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Advance Bookings and Lines in Greece

I love traveling in Italy, but, due to lines and the ability to book in advance, much gets scheduled in advance. I am wondering if this is the case with Greece. My impression is that it is not and that, since we will be there for the second half of June, we will gone before the extreme heat and crowds even arrive. So, are there any sights for which we should or can book in advance, either in Athens, Delphi, or the Peloponnese?

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Don't be misled, there will be crowds in early June. You don't need to book in advance but if you want to avoid them try going in the earliest part of the day when the attraction first opens. This way you also avoid the heat. It might not be as hot then as mid-summer, but believe me, it can still sometimes reach into the 90's.

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Thanks, Lee. If I wanted to book in advance, could I? (Without booking through a tour company.)

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I don't know. Try searching for the individual sites' websites and see if they have online booking options. It may be that if you want to book in advance you will have to go through a travel agency. Try searching for agencies in the same towns/cities as the attraction you want to visit. You can also contact Dolphin-Hellas Travel or Fantasy Travel in Athens to ask about pre-booking.

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Thanks, Lee. I'll check a few "official" sites. I'm not interested in using organized tours or travel agencies, so I assume we'll just wing it and hope to avoid lines. Getting places early is great advice. Or, going at the end of the day probably works well, too.

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Leslie, you posted this query on another thread hard to know WHERE to answer! Italy has longer "hi season", it crowds up earlier. In Athens, no problem, if u follow advice already given for Acropolis: go EARLY or LATE. If u are at entrance as it opens, 8 am, u will have little crowding until 9:30, plenty of time, then walk down thru Ancient Agora. OR, go at 5:30 pm, we did this in June, the light is lovely, less hot. After lunch, do Acrop. Museum (enjoy the a/c!). In Delphi, from 5-7 visit museum EMPTY! Then do ancient site 8 a.m., few people til bus throngs arrive 10 am on. Unlike italy, No lines for museums; do check hours however; the govt. budget crisis may have some opening/closing different hours. Here's a handy list to print/take & phone ahead when there. http://www.athensinfoguide.com/open.htm NOTE: if Nat. Arch Museum seems like too much, I ADORE the Benaki much more compact, but VERY well curated with great English signage (AND an enjoyable restaurant; plus it's totally free AND open until midnight on Thurs)

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Janet - Sorry about the duplication, but I had forgotten that I had posted this last month! Thanks for the tips on Athens and Delphi.

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Leslie, we were there in June and virtually all the attractions don't have a reservation system like they do in Italy. All the main sights you pretty much walk up to and enter. Depending on weather and random closures you may have to adjust your schedule anyways. The only reservations I may recommend is transprotation to Delphi if you are not driving yourself.

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Thanks, Jon. That's great to hear. And, we are driving ourselves to Delphi, so we're all set there.