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Philadelphia
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Safety

We are a retired couple interesting in traveling to Athens and one or two islands on our own. How safe is it? What should we watch out for? Would it be better to go on a tour (we usually travel independently).

Thanks.

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1. Re: Safety

It was and it is safe,just plan your trip,choose which islands you want to visit,book your accommodation and airfares(sometimes if not most of the time is cheaper to fly than take a ferry,saves you time as well.

Athens, Greece
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hi,greece is a european country,so it's safe.a couple of areas in athens like omonoia or metaxourgeio are a bit dodgy -any metropolis has some- ,but you have no reason to be there anyway,there is nothing there that would attract a tourist..the islands are as safe as it gets.

booking independently is the best way to go ,the tour companies take half of your travel budget for things you can perfectly arrange on your own.

first step is to find a good deal for a direct flight from philadelphia to athens and back..sites like expedia or kayak can help with that..

once you really start planning you can ask more questions here about where to go,what to do,when you are going,if you will rent a car etc

Edited: 08 July 2014, 15:06
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3. Re: Safety

Hi Kathryn,

Athens is as safe as any large city. Just take usual precautions such as not walking around with an open handbag, taking care when withdrawing money from an ATM, etc., etc.

Have a look at this link about mistakes many people make when planning to visit "Athens and one or two islands"

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g189398-i192-k63…

Happy planning

Bob

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4. Re: Safety

Much safer from Philly...

Athens, Greece
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Much safer than Philly...

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Hi Kathryn:

We are from the US and have been going to Greece ever since 2010 and that was one of the most disruptive years for Greece with the austerity moves, budget cuts, demonstrations and protests, yet we had no problems anywhere in Athens let alone on the islands. The only concern was strikes that would disrupt transportation. This year seems to be very quiet in Greece with few strikes and tourism increasing. You'll be safe and sound and probably more secure than most major US cities. Like anywhere you go use common sense, even then if you end up in an area of Athens that looks questionable you'll be fine. The most concern you'll have is scams and purse snatching and even that will be rare. We book all our trips to Greece, airfares, hotels, and use public transportation such as the Metro and taxis with the Metro being the cheapest. I recommend Matt's Greek Guide for the best info on Athens and all of Greece. We are booked for another trip to Athens this Oct. and then off to the Cyclades. You'll love Greece including Athens!

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Hi Kathryn

We are an English couple in late fifties and have just returned from our first island hopping trip. It was great. Everything was easy and went very well. Although we have travelled independently to Greece before we had never been on the ferries. We decided to start with islands not too far away from Athens. Our flight arrived at 12.40 and we had to catch a bus to the port of Rafina for the Fast Ferries boat at 17.30 to Andros. It's a 2 hour crossing. The most difficult thing was getting on the bus, lots of pushing and shoving. We had a leisurely lunch in Rafina whilst waiting for the ferry. The apartment owner picked us up at the port and we had a lovely 6 nights in Batsi.

After getting a taxi back to the port we then caught a ferry to Tinos a further 2 hours away. After two nights we took the ferry to Piraeus via Syros (4 and 3/4 hours) .This was because our hotel was in Monastiraki and was on the direct Metro route from the port. We were a bit nervous about using the metro as we live in a small Yorkshire town and are not used to anything like that. Anyway it was all fine.

We went midweek in mid June and I booked the first ferry online with the company's own website (just for peace of mind). You still have to pick up your tickets at the port. We bought the other tickets at the port before boarding. I booked all our accommodation beforehand on www.booking.com and we paid for it when we checked out.

It was great using the ferries and the public transport. Hopefully we will try some other islands next year. I hope you decide to go for it and enjoy all your planning.

Jean

Philadelphia
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Thanks so much to all who wrote. Gave us lots of ideas and confidence!

Steilacoom,WA
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60+ couple traveled to Athens on our own and took the metro from the airport to our hotel. Landed in the middle of a soccer crowd that had just let out. Sardines have more room. No problems and none the rest of our trip. On days when we have a lot of new input, we use either a money belt or neck pouch underneath something tucked in and leave just enough accessible cash so we won't be devastated if it's snatched. So far, so good. LOVED GREECE.

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10. Re: Safety

Watch out for pickpockets, just like you'd do in any large city. Be extra vigilant on the metro and metro stations, and beware of distractions. Other than that, nothing to worry about.