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5 Things to Never Do in Greece


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Cut that Return to Athens Too Close
The ferry from Heraklion, Crete to Athens.

The ferry from Heraklion, Crete to Athens.

deTraci Regula
Returning from the islands to Athens in the morning for your flight home that afternoon or night? That's fine if you like to live dangerously - but a better strategy is to get back to Athens the day before. Your ferry could suffer mechanical problems, be hit by a work stoppage or slowdown, or be stuck in port due to weather. With this trio of potential problems, it's better to allow a little extra time for your big flight back home... though I know how hard it is to leave that lovely island for the more urban experience of Athens.

If you are flying from the island to Athens, your risks are lower. You're less likely to be hit by a strike or slowdown - though it is not impossible. The windy weather and high seas that keep ferries in port generally will not affect flights.

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