I just spent 2-days in Athens and 1 day in wonderful Mykonos where there was a noticeable drop in tourists milling around the amazing sights and sounds of this popular destination. The news hasn’t helped. As the Greek economy was tanking and Euro zone in danger of breaking up, the Greek public resorted to strong protests, riots and the evening news showed mayhem… I can tell you firsthand that things have calmed to less than a ripple and tourism prevailed even during the darkest days.
It is over folks! My July stay in Athens was terrific. The city had been cleaned up. Commerce and tourism are in full swing, and there is nary a sign of any government distrust or riot damage from the past couple of years. The Greek people have remained their amazingly friendly selves, helpful, kind, and proud of their Hellenic past. I did not see anything out of line during my many hours walking the streets of Athens!
I was fortunate to stay at the cities Grande Belle, The Grande Bretagne Hotel, which remains the most luxurious hotel in Athens and sits directly across from the Parliament Building at the seat of all the past troubles.. The president of Bulgaria and Greece had a meeting there while I was there and I happened to be in the lobby when the parties convened for a meeting somewhere within the hotel amid high security. Nonetheless, my point of this quick story was that Athens is back. It is safe to go (perfectly so on all accounts). Thousands of cruise passengers who arrive daily for visits will report the same … So, go now while the crowds are few and rates are at historically low rates!