Travel tips for Greece
Greece is in turmoil and on the precipice of financial collapse. Will it scare off potential travelers?
On Saturday, Greek Prime Minister Alexi Tsipras surprised the world by announcing that the country would hold a referendum on July 5 on whether or not to accept the tough economic terms set by the country’s international creditors, including severe tax increases and cuts to public service spending and even pensions. The government is urging the public to reject the terms, making it increasingly likely that the country will default on its debt and abandon the euro in favor of its own independent currency. On Monday, Greek officials said it would not make a 1.6 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund.
Reuters Tourists take pictures of Greek presidential guards conducting their ceremonial march towards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens.
Instead of photos of sandy beaches on the islands of Paros and Mykonos or historic sites like the Acropolis, the ancient citadel on a mountaintop in Athens and the Parthenon, the former temple completed in 438 B.C., images of Greeks standing in line at automatic teller machines fill the media and social networks. ATM withdrawals by Greeks are limited to just 60 euros ($74) per day, but the government said late Sunday that there would be no such restrictions on credit cards issued overseas. That said, visitors there now are braced to stand in long lines at cash machines some of which are not working, amid reports of hoarding of food and gasoline.
“The Greek tourist industry is certainly worried but remains alert, says Xenophon Petropoulos, spokesman for the Greek Tourism Confederation, a nonprofit industry group based in Athens. Τhe referendum announcement is “understandably cause for concern to holidaymakers already in Greece or those booked to visit in the coming weeks, ” he adds. “However, rest assured that the needs of these visitors have been anticipated.” Throughout the current uncertain political and economic landscape, Petropoulos says, a record number of international tourists have still decided to vacation in Greece.
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No , and many of the government subsidies for things like ferries to some of the out-of-the-way islands have been slashed , so there are many less transport links and fares have risen a great deal .
Also the Operators have had to cut back so buses are now less frequent .
Add the constant strikes , and it is difficult to travel with certainty at this time - you have to allow for getting stranded , and having to stay somewhere for a day or several .
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You can take a Cruiser or ferry from Alexandria... I made that trip once all the way From Venice (Italy) with a stop over in Athens on a cruiser called Adriatica... it was beautiful...