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The birthplace of Western civilisation and democracy, Athens is an ancient city that will enthral history buffs.
It also has enough delicious food, treasure filled markets and buzzing bars to keep everyone else happy.
Whether your preference is clambering through the temples of the ancient Agora or gazing at the Acropolis view from a rooftop bar, Greece’s capital has enough treats to entice all tastes.
This Big Deal takes you there for three nights with direct flights from Edinburgh.
This Big Deal is for an Athens holiday with three nights accommodation in a central hotel and return flights from Edinburgh.
The flights leave Edinburgh International Airport on the following dates:
4th, 11th December 2019
15th, 22nd, 29th January 2020
5th, 12th, 19th, 26th February
4th, 11th March
Flights leave Edinburgh at 07:20 and arrive at 13:25. Return flights leave Athens at 20:55 and arrive in Edinburgh at 23:20.
Flight times may change and will be confirmed at time of booking.
Four star accommodation
The deal includes three night’s accommodation in the four star ibis Styles Athens Routes Hotel in central Athens.
Bedrooms at the hotel have a seating area, flat screen TV, ensuite bathrooms with a hairdryer and shower, air conditioner and a desk. The hotel itself has free WiFi throughout and a 24 hour front desk.
The hotel is within a 30 minute walk of the city’s most famous sights like the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora of Athens and Filopappou Hill.
Not only is Athens the birthplace of Western civilisation, it’s also a great place to shop for souvenirs and sip ouzo while watching the sunset, so you’ll never be bored. With this Big Deal you’ll have a chance to explore the city’s historic squares, cobblestoned streets and lively markets.
Athens is packed with fascinating ancient landmarks, with the highlight being the Acropolis, a 2500 year old citadel and site of the Parthenon, the Erechtheion and the Theatre of Dionysus. Syntagma Square, at the centre of the city, is home to the Old Royal Palace and a great place to people watch.
For shopping, your first port of call should be the rustic Plaka neighbourhood for ceramics, rugs, crafts, antiques and jewellery. Next, check out the upmarket designer district of Kolonaki and the bustling 19th century Central Market.
For a swanky start to an evening out, head for a cocktail at the top floor of A Is For Athens which has excellent terrace views of the Acropolis lit up at night.
Brand new hotel
Opened in July 2019, ibis Styles Athens Routes Hotel is brand new and ultra modern. It has already received a number of rave reviews on TripAdvisor, with an average rating of five stars from 16 reviews. Here’s what some recent guests had to say (reviews edited for length):
‘Spent a week at this place and it was sensational. Location wise it was a five minute walk to the train station, with numerous eateries and supermarkets nearby. The hotel itself was sensational. The rooms were spacious and had all the amenities with a room safe and mini fridge stocked with two waters daily. The staff made the hotel rating from 5/5 to 6/5. They were extremely attentive, polite and nothing was too much trouble. I fortunately encountered the GM and made an effort to congratulate him for the hotel and the fine staff he had. Definitely worth coming back to Athens to stay at this hotel.’
‘This hotel opened in August 2019 and everything is brand new. The design is modern, welcoming and makes you feel comfortable. Check-in and stay were very good. Breakfast choice is perfect for a hotel of this category. Very friendly staff and nice rooms. Location is good. A 10 minutes walk to the centre. I definitely recommend this hotel.’
This Big Deal for a three night trip to Athens is the perfect pre or post Christmas treat.
With flights and accommodation (in a brand new hotel) taken care of, all you’d need to concern yourself with is how best to explore the fascinating city.
This deal would also make a fantastic gift.