I remember telling myself a few years ago to save up for a trip to Greece namely Athens, Santorini and Mykonos for my future honeymoon. Well, I guess it’s just Santorini and Mykonos then! Hahaha. Athens was the last stop for our Contiki Mediterranean Escape tour and I just couldn’t not go here, right? We took an overnight ferry ride from Italy to Greece and it was so fun because I really got to bond with almost everyone in our group. We played a lot of ice breaker games and ended up laughing the entire night.
Our first historical visit was, of course, the Acropolis. The Acropolis comes from the greek words akron, which means highest point, and polis, which means city. It’s a very rock outcrop above the city and inside you’ll see the remains of a lot of ancient buildings. There are a lot of Acropolis in Greek, but this one is the most significant.
Inside the Acropolis is the famous Parthenon. It used to be a temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena.
It’s really beautiful during nighttime as well. It’s far away from the city so you’ll get to see it as a whole when you’re back at your hotel or when you’re out strolling somewhere. That’s why there are so many rooftop bars in Athens because that’s your view. Imagine that.
During our free time, we got to do so many things. It was just too hot to walk the entire day, so I went inside this quaint cafe where they have different rooms for artists and they can showcase whatever they want to put there. Such a cool concept.
I also went around their flea market and shopping district to look at their stuff. Take note, hindi ako nag shopping because I was on a budget this trip and really wanted to prove that I can go around without buying anything. Yas!
On our last day, I met up with my good friend Panos and he took me to Balux Cafe, a coffee place by the beach. Best new? It’s only 30 mins away from the city! I was able to try their really strong iced latte and was able to chill and relax. What a good way to end my trip.
I had so much fun meeting new people and doing a lot of activities with them around Italy and Athens. I never knew tours could be so much fun! Thank you Contiki for this wonderful experience. Your tour guides are so cool and the places included in the package is just awesome.
Aww, I can’t believe I’m posting my last Contiki travel experience! It’s okay though because I’m doing another this November and this time I’m going to London, Paris and Amsterdam! Woot!
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