There are few cruises over the
Christmas holidays since most of the fleet will be
in the Carribean but the Saronic Gulf Cruise that
visits Aegina, Poros and Hydra goes pretty much
everyday. For more information see
and click on organized land tours.
You can also visit these
islands on your own or with the help of a travel
agent if you are going to stay the night.
for more info on these
The best time to eat out in
Athens is in the winter and over the Christmas
holidays things are especially festive. Believe it or
not there will be days when you have lunch outdoors and there will
be restaurants that have heaters at night for outdoor dining like
Byzantino in the Plaka. For
restaurant reviews see
Though some sites are closed on
Mondays and may close earlier in the afternoon
then they do in the summer, it is business as
usual for them and Christmas is a great time to
visit places that are usually very crowded in thesummer. Plus everything is green. See Matt's Archaeological Sites Page
See also Matt's Athens Museums Page
and Matt's Athens Art Galleries Page.
Everything is open and in
January everything goes on sale. If you come
before Christmas it is fun to do your Christmas
shopping in Athens and buy gifts you probably
would not find at home.
See Matt's Athens Shopping Page
Just because it is warm in
Athens does not mean that there won't be snow on
Mount Parnassos and in other ski areas of Greece.
For other winter sports see
Bring warm clothes because it
can get chilly at night. I had a waterproof parka
and a sweater and a thermal undershirt. It was
rare that I needed all three at once and there
were days when I just wore a t-shirt. Remember
that anything you need you can buy in Athens and
shopping is part of the fun.