Love love love. Again paid for. Tour that no one showed us to pick us up. So we bought the HOHO Tour bought the Gray line (yellow bus) since the guy who was selling that ticket was helping us for the hour we waited for our guide to locate and call them.
The gray line also has covered upper decks and ac inside. Good routes! Great audio guides! Loved this line since everyone was easy to find at each stop since they matched the bus color and the signs for the stops were well marked-also matched the bus. This bus also announces the stop number and name. None of the others I’ve done have. This is simple, but can be very useful when trying to keep track of where you are. This line also was not crowded, buses on time, no ticket issue and easy getting on and off. Loved it so much wish it was in Rome!
Athens itself was much larger and had so much more to offer than just the historical big site everyone goes for. The tour really showed a lot of the city and all the various areas.
Stopped near a fish market where we bought spices, they had a fruit, vegetable, but market outside as well. Down the alley they had a flea market for lack of a better term and it was very nice to look through old items. Found postcards from all over the world some had writing and postmarks on them for 1€ each which was a good find for me since I collect! These were also older post cards so that may have been the best part!
We walked the streets, saw all of the sights and had a lot of fun. The heat is intense-take it from someone from Arizona. It’s INTENSE!!! Everyone we encountered was so nice and welcoming!
Very cheap food, souvenirs, drinks shopping etc.
Felt safe despite hearing negative reviews. A few people got pick pocketed on the trains but all I can say is to do your research when traveling. Be smart about how much money you carry out on each port, leave everything locked on the boat in safe. Never pull out large bundles of money when buying items, don’t leave wallet in your back pockets, beware of leaving valuables in zippers in backpacks...etc. All common sense type tips when traveling. Pickpockets are all over Europe, they work in groups nothing against any particular port.
Research. Be smart and be prepared.