We flew to Athens on the only available direct flight option we could find - which was Air Canada Rouge - the budget version subsidiary of Air Canada. We weren't too kicked on the idea, but on balance the direct flight won over the longer trip connecting through one of any number of European cities with the other flight options we had to get to Athens.
We opted to book Premium Rouge to get at least the best possible service on our chosen flight. The seats were comfortable but they didn't recline too far even though they did look quite a bit better than the seats in the economy section. The service was good and what really paid off was that we arrived in Athens at 9:40am on Wednesday June 22 and it was amazingly quick for us to get through the customs formalities and collect our luggage. With in no time at all we were in a taxi on our way to our hotel - the Intercontinental Athenauem Athens. With the early arrival at the hotel we were expecting to leave our luggage and then head out for some sight seeing before we'd be able to actually check in later in the afternoon but we were pleasantly surprised that our room was ready.
We had reserved a room with a view of the Acropolis of Athens, and we weren't disappointed - it was a nice room with a great view. We didn't linger too long - enough time to freshen up and unpack what we'd need for the short stay in Athens ahead of our cruise. With that done we set off to enjoy some of Greece's capital city - known as 'The City of the Violet Crown'.
WHITEonline is the digital home of Gary & Linda White. We’ve been married since 1980 and live just outside Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Linda was born and raised in Toronto while Gary was born in London, England and moved to Canada at the age of 11. We enjoy travelling and taking photos while we travel. WHITEonline provides the opportunity to share some of our photos & experiences.