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Traveling with disabilities

I am planning a trip to Greece in 2019 and need to ask how someone with limited mobility is able to get around for sightseeing.

Thank you.

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Lorraine, of course this depends on the nature and degree of the limited mobility. In general, I would say most of the Greek ruin sites involve a lot of stairs, a lot of walking, and often slick marble surfaces. This is especially true of the Acropolis in Athens. Museums, squares, hotels and restaurants are usually easier to navigate, flatter and often, but not always, with elevators. It would be good to individually check out each site or facility being considered, in advance.

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Thank you for your replies. As you probably guessed, this will be my first trip out of the country. I appreciate your prompt response(s).

Lorraine

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Lorraine, since this would be your first trip overseas, I do think Greece is one of the more difficult countries for people with limited mobility.

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Lorraine I hope you are not too far down the road with planning this trip. Greece is one of our favorite countries but it is truly third world when it comes to traveling with a disability. Sidewalks are in terrible shape, if they are even present. Most sites are not accessible (some museums are). Europe as a whole lags behind the US when it comes to disability access, but they are making inroads. Greece and Italy are lagging.

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I'm not sure how disabled you are but as the others have said Greece and most of Southern Europe aren't as handicap accessible as the US. I believe the Acropolis has a wheelchair lift and the Athens Metro has elevators. Otherwise prepare for lots of climbing.

Would you be interested in a cruise around the Greek Isles instead? I find that some cruises have more handicap accessible outings planned simply because many of their clients are elderly.