Greece is without a doubt the cradle of our culture, our thinking, our laws and our way of understanding the world. Our history cannot be separated from what happened there, and, undoubtedly, beyond its paradisiacal Mediterranean beaches, we still have much to discover from it. And what better place to start than Athens? The birthplace of Democracy and rich in history capital of this gorgeous country. Today we’re taking a look at tailor made tours in Athens and how they create a personal experience with the city and its locals.

Athens

Athens is a city full of monuments of antiquity, where the seeds of democracy, philosophy, medicine and Western art were planted. The Acropolis is undoubtedly its symbol par excellence: a sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Athena, patron of the city to which she gives her name.

This is a place to honour not only a divinity, but a way of thinking, the Greek, in opposition to that of other peoples called “barbarians”. For this reason the Acropolis is declared a World Heritage Site, including the Parthenon, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike. To its skirts is the archaeological site of the Ágora, a place dedicated in the classical period to politics, the arts, philosophy and everything that made human beings more virtuous.

Walking in the same place where Socrates, Plato or Pericles walked, and visiting the oldest district of Athens, Plaka, imbued with prestigious historical remains such as the Theseion, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Theatre of Herod or the Dionysus Theatre is a must for the traveller.

As recommendations to visit go, we cannot miss the National Archaeological Museum and the Cycladic Museum that houses an important collection of art from the Cyclades Islands with an age of more than 5,000 years.

Tasting the authentic flavours of modern and traditional Greek cuisine in one of the many Athenian restaurants to the sound of live traditional music, or enjoying the view on the terrace of any rooftop bar should also be part of the experience.

Tailor Made Tours in Athens

We have but one word that embodies perfectly what these customized tours are all about: Authentic. These tours adapted and tailored perfectly to the traveller’s needs and preferences are what many call the peak of attention to detail in the travel sector. GreekTravelTellers is one of the tour agencies offering this service in Athens.

Through these tours travellers get to see and experience any of the world famous attractions mentioned earlier while at the same time having absolute control over what exactly and for how long. A personalized tour through Athens does not only focus on providing the traveller as much interesting information as possible about the city but aims to create an authentic experience with a local feel for the traveller that he/she will talk about for many years to come. An unforgettable travel-telling memory that will make you feel as if you’re just another local living in Athens, immersing yourself in all that’s great and true about this city.

Conclusion

Having someone guide you through Athens while employing travel telling techniques, being attentive of you and making you feel like a local is a priceless journey and undoubtedly recommended for those who seek to spend a few days in ancient Greece and truly feel the traditions of the city.

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Could you imagine life without your besties? We didn’t think so! Having friends around through the hard times and the good times is what helps many of us get through life, and when it comes to planning a girl’s holiday together, it needs to be done right. With prices of flights and accommodation rising each year (especially closer to the summertime), then you might be looking for a more affordable option for you and the girls. Three words: Epic house party! There are hundreds of party houses for rent around the UK that you can rent out for a week so that you can the girls can spend some all-important quality time together. Want to know more? Here’s why you should consider renting a party house for the ultimate girl’s holiday this year!

It’s cheaper than you think

Hiring an entire house for the week isn’t going to come cheap, right?! While you’re not wrong, travelling as a group will make the overall cost much cheaper. For example, if you’re travelling as a group of ten then it’s likely that you’ll need ten bedrooms. This is likely to cost you around £3000 which equates to a mere £300 per person! Not only that, when it comes to food and drink if you all chip in and buy one or two things each, you really won’t be spending much at all for a wonderful weekend away with the girls.

The perfect backdrop for selfies

If you’re on a girl’s holiday then you’re going to need to take plenty of pictures so that in future years, you can all look back on the wonderful memories you’ve made. With a house in the country, you’re bound to have the perfect backdrop for those selfies!

 Not only that, when you’re in the middle of the country and you’re planning a house party, not only will you be able to capture some incredible pictures, but you won’t have to worry about disturbing any neighbours either!

Plenty of bedrooms

While spending the week with your girl’s is going to be amazing, everyone needs their own space from time to time, and there’s nothing wrong with that! However, if you were to say, rent a hotel room abroad, then you’d be confined to a much smaller space which would mean time alone isn’t really a thing. With a country house, you’d have your own bedroom, hallways long enough to play catch in and without a doubt, plenty of space to have some time to yourself. That’s not to say that for a night or two you won’t all squeeze together and have some serious girl talks, but if you want the space it’s there.

Loads of facilities

One of the main things that can put people off renting a house in the country is the lack of things to do. However, with many country houses, you’ll find that it’s packed with facilities such as:

  • Indoor and outdoor pools

  • Pool and snooker tables

  • BBQ facilities

  • Ping pong tables

  • TV equipped with Sky and Netflix

  • Large rooms for parties if you’re inviting extra guests for an event

  • Plenty of cooking options

 One thing’s for sure, you won’t have to worry about being bored in a party house!

Hottubs!

Hot tubs are a great way of relaxing in style with the girls, and with most country houses you can expect a hot tub or two around the premises! They’re not only great for adding luxury either, because no matter whether it’s rain, sun or snow hot tubs are perfect for any occasion and any kind of weather. So, when you’ve got the champagne flowing between a group of you, you’ll be able to enjoy it relaxing in the warmth of a hot tub. Don’t forget to get yourself a new bikini!

Free WiFi

Finally, we live in an age where the easiest way of communicating (other than physically speaking) is via the internet. It’s also likely that during your trip you’re going to want to upload some snaps of your girl’s week away to social media. Luckily for you, many country houses come equipped with free WiFi so that you don’t have to feel disconnected from the world.

 As you can see, taking a girl’s holiday in the country is an incredible idea. Not only is it cheap, but it will also require less travelling and less packing (okay, maybe not). Most importantly, whatever you choose to do with the girl’s for your holiday, make sure you pack your camera so that you can capture lasting memories!

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With city life getting more hectic by the day, many are looking to take a real break from civilisations. Forget sun loungers and resort cocktails – we’re talking about off the grid breaks to truly get away from it all. An off the grid break typically involves going somewhere a little from civilisation, engaging with nature, and leaving a few creature comforts behind. They’re a great way to reconnect with nature and break up with your phone. Before you go remember to sort out the essentials and remember to pack light. Getting the right cover in place before your trip gives you the peace of mind to enjoy our time away. All Clear provide specialist policies that cover people of all ages and medical backgrounds.

Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are an archipelago made up of 18 rocky, volcanic islands off the coast of Iceland and Norway, in the North Atlantic Ocean. They’re known for their dramatic scenery and scarce population, which makes them an appealing destination for off the grid breaks. Hikers are in for a real treat as the islands’ unique environment is ideal for exploration on foot and keen birdwatchers will be pleased to know that the islands are home to thousands of seabirds. Don’t expect luxury but do visit for the rugged terrain and a stripped-back living experience.

The Azores

Sometimes called the Hawaii of the North Atlantic, The Azores are ideal for an off the grid adventure. An autonomous region of Portugal, this archipelago is known for lush greenery, picture-perfect-vistas, and lake-filed calderas. There’s more than enough on offer to entertain adventure-hungry tourists, like whale watching, paragliding, surfing, and hiking. Last year The Azores were named the top destination for sustainable tourism. It’s a truly unusual destination that will satisfy anyone’s cravings for a one-in-a-lifetime travel experience.

Tinker’s Bubble

This community, located in England’s South Somerset, is proud of its sustainable life philosophy, which uses environmentally sound methods of looking after land, without the use of fossil fuels. The community looks after about 40 acres of land, made up of pastures, woodland, and orchards. It’s powered by solar panels, spring water runs from the tap and composting is the typical way of dealing with waste. Anyone keen to visit and get a taste for this kind of living get in touch by email or post, stating why you’d like to spend some time there. It’s a great place to visit if you’d like to learn more about sustainable living, as you’ll be encouraged to volunteer within the community.

Racha Region

Georgia’s Racha Region has started popping up on more traveller’s lists as more and more head and discover the beauty of this once overlooked destination. While Tbilisi has plenty on offer for culture-vultures, the Racha Region is ideal for anyone looking for a true getaway. You’ll be blown away by the snow-capped Caucasus Mountains as you hike the area’s many trails. You can also taste 28 types of mineral water or indulge by touring the region’s small vineries and tasting the local specialty, a rare semi-sweet Khvanchkara red wine.

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Chasing Clear Skies, Not Storms

by Julie on May 16, 2019

One of the most common mistakes people make is forgetting to check the climate and weather conditions before embarking on their dream vacation. If you’re heading out to Spain to go rafting in the Pyrenees, an unexpected snow storm can turn your wet and wild adventure into a real-life exercise in avoiding death by hypothermia.

That particular trip is open from March to mid-November, so late or early snowstorms are definitely a possibility you need to take into account when you’re planning it. The weather doesn’t know – or care – that you’re on vacation. It’s going to happen anyway, so you might as well pay attention and be ready for it.

Vacation Preparations

When you’re getting ready to go on vacation there are a million things to do, from packing extra underwear to arraigning for someone to take care of Fluffy and Fido while you’re gone. Additionally, you should always check the weather forecast for the area you’re heading to. You can enter the zip code or name of the city to get a full forecast for the area during the time you’ll be there.

Preparing For Bad Weather

You’d be surprised how many people don’t check the forecast before they leave on vacation. As much time as people spend on the internet – like right now while you’re reading this – why not spend a little more time to find out what the conditions will be where you’re going. That way you can be ready for it.

If you’re taking a summer tour of Denmark and Sweden, it might be warm during the day but cold at night. Preparing for bad weather is just good planning. Pack smart so you won’t be caught off guard.

One genius refused to pack a raincoat when they were going on vacation to Cuba because they didn’t want to “jink it” because obviously, the weather responds to how we pack.

Yeah, right.

Travel Tips

So, here are some quick and easy ideas for preparing to deal with the weather, good or bad, on your next vacation.

  • Back-Up Plans. If you’re planning on visiting city parks or festivals, there’s always a chance of a rain-out ruining the day. Make sure you have a back-up in place so you don’t find yourself moping around your hotel room all day playing solitaire on your laptop. Have alternate plans such as museums or plays that you can go to. Many festivals stretch over several days. If you can’t go on one day, switch plans and go back the next day when the weather is more cooperative.

  • Pack Smart. If you’re going to a warm, tropical paradise, pack your flip flops and shorts but also take some rain gear and warm clothes. In many parts of the tropics, rain is a daily occurrence. Make up your mind not to let the rain stop you and go right ahead anyway. You’ll dry off in a hurry when the sun comes back out.

If your trip is in the northern climes, sweaters and windbreakers might be standard attire even in mid-July. Don’t assume the conditions there will be the same as the ones at home.

  • Take Extra Cash. When the weather interrupts your plans it will probably cost extra to make last minute changes to your itinerary. If you’ve planned your vacation down to the last penny you’re going to be stuck in your hotel room. If you have some extra money on hand though, you’ll be able to change gears at moment’s notice without spoiling everything or spending money allocated for later.

  • Arrange alternate travel. Sudden storms can cause temporary road closures. If you intended to take the train or use a specific highway to get to your next destination and it gets closed, make sure you have more than one way to get where you’re going.

Before you go, sit down with a map and explore at least two different routes from every location on your trip to the next one. If you can find three ways to get there, even better. The more options you have available, the less likely it is that you’ll be prevented from reaching your destination.

Poor Planning

It’s been said, “poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.” If the weather interrupts your vacation and you’re not ready for it, don’t expect the hotel staff or tour operators to go into emergency mode just for you. It’s your vacation. Take responsibility for it and you won’t be at anyone’s mercy, least of all, the weather’s.

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Introduction:

Marriage, the first and most lovely step to begin a family. The most important thing after tying the knot is to plan your honeymoon. We live in a digital world. Therefore, selecting a flawless honeymoon destination is no longer a challenge. You can plan your perfect honeymoon beforehand. All you need to do is a little research about the shortlisted destinations and select the most suitable one. The Maldives is a picture-perfect destination for a honeymoon. Visiting the Maldives nowadays is no longer unachievable or hard. Such a beautiful place is worth visiting.

About the Maldives

The weather in the Maldives is pleasant. It is sunny all year round. November and April are the best time to visit the place. It is one of the most popular and safest holiday destinations in the world. The Maldives is a beautiful tropical island that vaunts of white sandy beaches, blue seawaters, and exotic, flamboyant coral reefs. Private beach huts are the best lodging option at this tropical paradise lying amid the Indian Ocean. Families must also visit this place. In addition, as parents, if you are traveling with your spouse only, you can still observe your kid’s social activities using KidSecured.

Selecting the Maldives for a honeymoon can never be a mistake for couples. It is, without any doubt, a place fit for newlywed couples to enjoy their honeymoon. The beaches, environment, and everything would be perfect for couples who have begun their marital lives.

Things you can do in the Maldives

The climate of Maldives is so ideal and suitable for visitors to be engaged in water sports such as:

  • Swimming

  • Fishing

  • Scuba diving

  • Snorkeling

  • Water-skiing

Islands

You can visit several beautiful islands. Some of them are:

  • Vaadhoo island,

  • Kuredo island,

  • Mirihi, olhuveli,

  • Villingili and Baros Island.

Resorts:

You should absolutely visit some resorts. Almost every resort has its own Island. Each provides finest offerings to the visitors, such as personal butlers, in-room massages and spa facilities. There are nearly 106 resorts, ranging from affordable resorts to ultimate luxury ones. The best resorts in the Maldives are:

  • Mirihi island resort

  • Niyama private island resort

  • Baros island resort

  • Meeru resort and spa

  • Coco palm Dhuni Kolhu

  • Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Facilities:

It would be best if you chose resorts keeping in mind the facilities you want. Some resorts do not offer sports facilities, and some resorts have a set menu, they do not have more restaurants in the resort. Before finalizing any retreat, we should be aware of all the facilities of selected resorts. Some resorts are very lively. They offer evening entertainment and arrange music nights. Sports like tennis courts, watersports, such as windsurfing and kayaking. Reading resorts description will help you select a resort that will provide you the most facilities mentioned.

Accommodation:

Price is the first thing people consider. Resorts provide accommodation at varying costs. The brochures of resorts provide with all the details, price, view and arrangements. Some rooms are terraced. Some are detached.

Some interesting information and facts:

  • An exiled Indian prince shaped this island.

  • This island contains more than 1190 Coral Islands in its 26 Prime Atolls

  • The flattest and lowest nation in the world is the Maldives

  • The Maldives is the world’s smallest Muslim country

  • It is among the Safest Holiday Destinations in the World

  • 98 percent of Maldivian adults are literate

  • First ever underwater cabinet meeting in the world was held here

  • It is known as the home of whale sharks and sinking paradise

  • Before becoming a Muslim country, national religion was Buddhism

  • The currency is Rufiyaa

  • The language is Dhivehi, with the influence of Arabic and Hindi

  • The population is about 395,000

Conclusion

Begin your marital life in a remarkable way. Take your spouse to the Maldives. It will be a great way to express your affection towards your beloved partner and to start making evergreen memories.

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Cape Town is scenically beautiful, culturally diverse and interesting and it’s the oldest city in South Africa. Cape Town is the capital of South Africa, legislatively and it’s part of the Western Cape province. The city is well-known for landmarks like the Harbor and Table Mountain.

In 2014, Cape Town was named the World Design Capital by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. In 2014, The New York Times named it the best place in the world to visit.

The city is urban, and it has a population of around 500,000, not including surrounding areas and suburbs. The climate is warm and Mediterranean-like, and in the winter the temperatures are around 64 degrees on average.

So, it’s natural you might be considering a trip to Cape Town, and if so, what should you know?

Visas and Travel Documents

There are around 48 countries that travelers aren’t required to have a visa to go to South Africa for 90 days or less. This includes not needing a South Africa visa for American citizens unless you’re staying for longer than 90 days or you’re going to be something like working.

The country is working to make the visa process easier for visitors as well, and they’re using a pilot program that allows visitors to go through the visa process electronically, rather than with immigration officials.

While as a U.S. citizen going for tourism you will only need a valid passport, you may need to have two unstamped pages. Immigration officials do sometimes require you to have two blank pages—one of which is for a temporary residence permit sticker and the other is used for the entry and exit stamps. It’s possible without these you’ll be denied entry.

Safety in South Africa

You’ll hear mixed information as it pertains to the safety of South Africa. South Africa does have a high crime rate, including violent crimes. The U.S. State Department issued a Level 2 Travel Advisory for the entire country in October 2018. This indicates travelers should exercise increased caution. Specific threats named by the state department include robbery mugging and the potential for civil unrest to turn violent.

For the most part, while crime levels are on the rise, the guidance for visiting Cape Town is to use common sense and be smart and vigilant, much as you would visiting any other city in the world. Make yourself aware of the threats and take the proper steps—for example, walking alone at night isn’t a good idea.

When Should You Go?

While the weather is mild and there’s not a ton of fluctuations in temperatures, the best times to go to Cape Town are usually from March to May and September to November. Crowds are smaller, prices are lower, and the weather is nice.

The seasons of South Africa are the opposite of the seasons in the U.S., so be aware. In our summer months here in the states, the weather in Cape Town can get cold and rainy.

What to Do

There’s so much to do in Cape Town that it would be impossible to include it all, but some highlights of the city include:

  • Table Mountain is 3,500 above sea level, and one of the things most well-known in Cape Town is the cableway you can ride up the mountain. There are also hiking trails that vary in length and intensity. When you reach the top, you can take in the stunning views, and there are a restaurant and café.

  • Lion’s Head is adjacent to Table Mountain a well. It’s a 45-minute climb to the top, and it also offers great city views. The most popular times at Table Mountain and Lion’s Head are at sunrise and sunset, so be aware it will be crowded at these times.

  • Cape Point National Park is where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. This point is the Cape of Good Hope. You can hike as well as taking in the ocean views when you’re at Cape Point National Park.

  • Robben Island used to be a political prison. Robben Island is where President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was held for 18 of 27 years he was in jail before the end of apartheid. Along with Nelson Mandela, two other inmates who were held at Robben Island have become President of South Africa including Jason Zuma and Kgalema Motlanthe. Robben Island is also a South African National Heritage Site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This just gives a tiny sample of all the many offerings of Cape Town to include in your trip planning.

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7 Off-The-Beaten Path Hikes In America

by Julie on May 10, 2019

For those thrill-seekers and adventure-lovers who want to try something new, here is a list of 7 off-the-beaten path hikes in America.

  1. New Hance Trail, Grand Canyon (September to May)

One of the least-travelled trails in the Grand Canyon, this trail requires a very “hands-on” approach. Often you will be scrambling over boulders using elbows and knees.

This rugged trail rewards adventurers will the most stunning vistas of the Grand Canyon but should only be attempted by experienced canyon hikers.

Roughly 2 to 5 hours round trip, and should be avoided from June to August, when temperatures become dangerously high.

You can camp overnight at the river rapid beach, but this will require a permit.

  1. Mount Washburn trail, Yellowstone National Park (May to October)

This is a 3 to 6-hour round trip, with an elevation gain of 450m.

Ensure that you have protective clothing for the change in temperature.

The Northern route offers wonderful wildlife viewing, while the Southern route is open to bicycles and park vehicles. Both routes offer steady climbs and stunning views of the park.

Bear spray is recommended as well as hiking in groups.

Once you reach the top, the Fire Lookout Station provides a wonderful interactive exhibit for you to explore.

  1. Beehive Trail, Acadia National Park (March to November)

This advanced trail is rather popular. You will need scrambling experience for this hike.

The trail is 2 to 4 hours with an elevation gain of 450m (protective clothing may be required).  Much of the ascend is an exhilarating climb, and the view from the top makes all the scrambling worthwhile.

Upon descent, you could choose the Bowl Trail or the longer Gorgham Mountain Trails and Ocean Path. Do not descend via Beehive – this is incredibly dangerous.

There is lake between the 2 peaks on descent. You can swim but there are leeches.

  1. The Subway, Zion National Park (Late Spring to Fall)

This is a semi-technical climb and experience in canyoneering and rappelling is required (will need 60ft of rope for the “top-down” route).

Be prepared for 7 to 9 hours of scrambling and climbing (and even swimming). Ensure you stay hydrated. Waterproof socks are required as you will be in the water much of the time.

A permit is required for this trail and only 80 are handed out a day.

It’s recommended to hike with another hiker who has experience with this trail. Alternatively, obtain thorough information beforehand.

Avoid this trail if there are warnings of rain; flash floods are not uncommon

  1. Charlies Bunion, Great Smokey Mountains National Park (All Year)

This strenuous hike is best attempted in Spring and early Summer, when the wildflowers are in full bloom. You’ll be travelling along the Appalachian Trail and there will be an elevation gain of 1,640ft.

The first part is a steady climb and you should allow your body time to acclimate. Ensure you know the signs of altitude sickness. You will need protective gear and a hydro pack.

The climb offers stunning views on either side of the ridge. Your final destination, the rocky outcrop of Charlies Bunion, offers the most magnificent view.

Bear spray should be included in your gear, and camping is only possible via permit.

  1. Static Peak Divide, Grand Teton National Park (June to August)

This is a 10 to 12-hour hike, and you might want to do it over 2 or 3 days (a permit is required for overnight camping – see our camping tips article). The trail is strenuous with a 5,000ft elevation gain. Suitable for experienced hikers only.

Appropriate protective clothing is required. Beware of altitude sickness and allow your body time to acclimate.

Ensure you have enough food and water. The trail starts at Death Canyon Trailhead and there are sections that have steep switchbacks. The stunning sights along the way, and the mesmerising view at the final destination, makes the effort worth it.

Hiking with others experienced in this area is recommended.

Bear spray should be added to your gear and hikers should travel in groups. An ice pick is needed if hiking in July.

  1. Fairyland Loop Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park (April to October)

A seven-day pass is required to access the park.

As the name suggests, this trail is simply magical. You will encounter breathtaking hoodoo formations such as China Wall (impressive fence of hoodoos) and Sinking Ship.

This 4 to 5-hour trail is one of the parks longer trails and is thus less popular. It’s rated as “moderate to difficult” and will require experience and a good fitness level.

As the quietest trail in the park, you might encounter deer if you begin early enough. Watch out for snakes.

If you start your hike later in the day, you’ll be able to see the Milky Way from the trail (a head torch is required for night hikes).

Remember to take plenty of water with you.

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