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Packing for Rick Steves Athens and the Heart of Greece - Early - mid September - Advice please..!

Leaving in a few weeks. Last year, was my first trip to Europe. I went on RS 2 week Best of Europe tour (early October); I actually thought about what to pack and packed right; jacket, layers, light raincoat, ugly light travel pants, hiking shoes, etc. This year, I haven't put much thought into it. I'm leaving in a few weeks. Do I need a jacket for Greece in September? I did learn that it's best to pack light and intend to again. One carry on bag (22" x 14" x 9")and a backpack for my camera stuff and laptop.

Greece seems like it will be quite a bit warmer than Europe in October. I'm a solo traveler. Advice would be appreciated.

Thanks so much,
Steve

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What do you mean by "jacket" ... i.e. Sports Jacket for a bit of dress-up in the evenings? For Tours like Steves, no. Instead, pack a neutral-shade windbreaker (golf jacket) in tan, grey, navy, As a 2nd topper, a very light-weight sweater or vest. One nice longsleeve shirt might be handy, plus polos. As for trousers, I would strongly urge, use regular lightweight ones, not those awful khaki zip-off-at-knees-to-become-shorts types. Those are almost as bad as those Safari type mens hats with chin-tie and neck-cover. But I don't need to tell you that!

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Steve, we were in Athens and southern Greece a couple years ago the first two weeks of October. On the day we visited the Acropolis it rained buckets. Most other days were nice and sunny. My suggestion is to make sure the "light raincoat" is water repellant and either with a hood or carry an umbrella. Have a good trip.

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Galen, his last RS tour was more north and in October .. this one is early to mid Sept, should not have much rain problem. the extra teeny fold-brella is handy, when its too warm for the windbreaker.

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I also have experienced a bit of heavy rain during the Greece tour in October (surrounded by plenty of warm weather either side) and would expect even better weather in September. In the case of that rainy evening at Delphi, returning from dinner to hotel, coats and umbrellas would not have made much difference as we waded down stairs like a waterfall; waterproof sport sandals were ideal at that time. Also handy to have a plastic bag in your day/camera bag to protect that equipment.