Great Hotels in Athens, Greece For All Budgets

By Alex Kallimanis: Athens is the oldest European capital and the birthplace of democracy. The city draws millions of visitors for world class sites like the Acropolis and great beaches around the country. As a dual Greek and American citizen, I’ve made many trips to Athens over the years and have stayed in a range…

view of the Acropolis from the Grand Bretagne Hotel in Athens

Great off the Radar European Towns

By Alex Kallimanis:¬†Experiential travel has become a buzzword in the industry, even though travelers have immersed themselves in foreign cultures for centuries. While cities like London, Paris and Amsterdam are wonderful to visit, they’re also extremely touristy capitals. You’ll generally get more value for your money (especially in the offseason) in smaller towns and cities…

How to Spend the Perfect Week in Greece

By Alex Kallimanis: Greece conjures images of picturesque island hopping amid storied ancient sites. How to spend the perfect week in Greece is subjective. If you want to lie on the beach by day and party at night, visit Ios or Myknonos in summer. But this article assumes you want a mix of everything that…

6 Fantastic Greek Islands to Visit

By Alex Kallimanis: The Greek islands conjure images of beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs and narrow whitewashed pedestrian laneways. Tourism in Greece is booming again, and in summer, some islands are overwhelmed with visitors. During eight previous trips to Greece over the years, I’ve been fortunate to visit many of Greece’s most beautiful islands. Here are…

Olympia, Greece: Local Tips for Visiting

By Alex Kallimanis: Birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games in 776 BC, Olympia is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Greece. Nearby, tourists are also drawn to a long stretch of sandy beaches, with Katakolo serving as the gateway for visitors via cruise ship. In the middle lies the town of Pyrgos, where…