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Afternoon Bike Tour
This guided bike tour takes in Athens's most historic temples and monuments as they are illuminated during sunset. After a short introduction, you'll begin with visits to the National Gardens, the Presidential Mansion, Zappeion Hall and Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games were held. Then it's on to the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch – one of the most photographed spots in the city – before passing by the Acropolis Museum and Acropolis Hill. Next, you'll be led to a secret spot boasting breathtaking views of The Parthenon, before descending past the Ancient Greek Cemetery (Kerameikos), the Ancient Greek Agora and the Roman Agora. The tour concludes with a visit to the Athens’ Orthodox Cathedral and a ride through the scenic neighborhood of Plaka.
Acropolis Segway Tour
This two-hour Segway tour takes you on a sightseeing experience around the sacred Acropolis Rock in Athens. You'll learn about the Greek capital's mythical history while visiting the birthplaces of theatre, art and democracy. Your professional tour guide will take you to important sites including the Cemetery of Kerameikos, the Ancient Greek Agora, the Hill of Pnyka and the Roman Forum, before leading you past modern highlights like the Flea Market, Monastiraki Square and the picturesque old town of Plaka. Other top attractions of the tour include the Hill of Mars, the Temple of Hephaestus and Stoa of Attalos, where ancient philosophers used to give lectures.
Acropolis Skip-the-line Half-day Tour
This half-day trip begins with a tour of the most historic monuments in central Athens, such as the National Garden, St. Paul's Church and the Monument of The Unknown Soldier. Your itinerary also includes the former Royal Palace, the Temple of Zeus and Constitution Square. Later, there are photo opportunities at the Panathinaiko Stadium, before the tour concludes with a visit to the Acropolis. Feast your eyes on the likes of the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon and the Erechtheion.
Cape Sounio Half-Day Tour
This half-day afternoon trip from Athens will take you to Cape Sounio via the scenic coastal road, offering picturesque views along the way. After leaving behind Athens's beautiful suburbs of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiz, you will approach Cape Sounio and the Temple of Poseidon. Dating back to the fifth century BCE, its remains are perched on the headland, rising high above the sea. Take time to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea from this privileged standpoint, that on clear days go as far as seven of the Saronic Islands. You can also take time to admire the temple's Doric columns that have inspired many poets, including Lord Byron who carved his name into one of them. There's also a great view of the mountains of the Peloponnese in the distance, rising behind the sharp profile of the island of Aegina.
Greek Islands Tour
This day tour of three Greek islands takes place on board a modern cruise ship with several spacious decks, each offering panoramic views of the Greek coastline. The first stop is the island of Poros, where there’ll be plenty of time to explore before returning to be served a delicious Mediterranean lunch as the ship sails towards Hydra. On Hydra, you can explore the stone-paved streets and small shops of the island on foot or by saddled donkey, which is the traditional mode of transportation. When you return to the ship, you’ll find the tables set once again with more delicious food and a traditional Greek music show to accompany you on the way to Aegina. Here, you will have the chance to explore on your own or join an excursion to the Temple of Aphaia.
Delphi Day Tour: Guided Visit at the Navel Of The World
Travel to Delphi and explore some of Ancient Greece's most famous archaeological discoveries. Departing from Athens, you will have the opportunity to see the scenic town of Arachova. Once in Delphi, enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain from the theatre. Visit historical landmarks including the Temple of Apollo, best-known for its famous oracle and the Athena Pronaia Sanctuary. The Museum of Delphi houses many unique artefacts including a bronze Charioteer, the Naxian Sphinx, and the Statue of Antinoos. This tour will no doubt offer you the opportunity to catch a glimpse into Ancient Greek culture and its history.
Morning Tour of Ancient Corinth
This morning tour starts off in an air-conditioned coach, which will take you past the Saronic Gulf and along the coast to the Corinth Canal. You’ll then see Ancient Corinth’s fascinating archaeological site and museum, as well as the forum, temple and theatre. Your final stop will be at the seaside town of Kehreai before you return to Athens.
Day Trip to Corinth, Mycenae, Nauplia and Epidaurus
A chance to see some of the wonders of Ancient Greece in a day. The trip starts with a drive to Corinth Canal, where you can stop to take pictures. Then, you’ll visit the amazing ancient cities of Mycenae and Nauplia. After lunch, the trip continues to Epidaurus, famous for its amphitheatre. You’ll arrive back in Athens around 19:00.
Open-Top Bus Tour of Athens, Piraeus and Beaches
This open-top bus offers four hop-on, hop-off routes over multiple days. You can see Athens’ most historic sites, and visit Piraeus' old harbour, Kavouri Oceanis Beach and the cosmopolitan Glyfada district. You'll also have the option to visit the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum for an additional cost.
Sunset Tour: Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon
This half-day tour includes a guided visit to the Temple of Poseidon and panoramic views over the surrounding Aegean islands during sunset. A glass of wine will be provided while you soak up the beautiful vista.
Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum
Housed in a neoclassical 1930s building beneath the Acropolis, Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum exhibits collections of modern jewellery alongside historic decorative art. The permanent exhibition, which consists of more than 4,000 pieces of jewellery and decorative objects, encapsulates the Greek designer's remarkable vision and career. You can also visit resident artists’ studios, a video room and a café with views of the Parthenon. The museum has undergone major renovations to create an international centre for the ancient art of goldsmithing and other traditional crafts.
The only gallery for contemporary European art in Greece, the Frissiras Museum houses over 4,000 pieces and temporary exhibitions. Showcasing the private collection of the Frissiras family, the museum features paintings and sculptures by Greek and other European artists. The permanent collection is made up exclusively of paintings focused on the human form and body, and representation.
The Benaki Museum of Greek Culture
Housed in a beautiful Neoclassical building, the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture focuses on the history of Hellenism from the prehistoric era to the 20th century. Thousands of objects are on show, including pieces portraying Byzantine and Neohellenic art and culture. In 2000, the Benaki Museum reopened following a renovation and restoration of the building, which was damaged in an earthquake. The renovation allowed it to become the only museum in Greece that brings visitors through all ages of Greek culture and history.
Museum of Cycladic Art
Located in the heart of Athens, this museum focuses on the ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, as well as the Cycladic art of the third millennium BCE. Inside, you'll find priceless works of ancient Greek and Cypriot art, and temporary exhibitions showcasing modern art and archaeological projects. The exhibition comprises approximately 500 artifacts dating from the Neolithic (7th-6th millennium BCE) to the Byzantine period (8th century ACE). Some artifacts are newly discovered, others from old excavations, with most never before presented to the public.
Athens Pinball Museum
Just 30 metres from the Acropolis Metro Station, the Athens Pinball Museum showcases more than 100 perfectly restored pinball machines from the year 1950 until 2000, available to play free with a one-time entrance fee for an all-day pass. Take a break at the on-site cafe and grab a coffee, a drink or a snack.
Museum of Illusions
At this museum, you will discover the world of illusions as you resist the laws of gravity and trick your senses. This fun experience is also educational and is perfect for visitors of all ages. From a rotating tunnel to a mirror room, each illusion will teach you about vision and perception.
Eureka: Science, Art & Technology of Ancient Greeks
This museum is home to the Technology of War in Ancient Greece and Automata exhibition. Visitors can uncover replicas of armour, weaponry, ships, siege machines and a functional model of the Antikythera mechanism in its two buildings.
Athens War Museum
Home to military artefacts and 20,000 historic photographs, this museum provides a glimpse into the many wars fought throughout Greece’s history.
Museum of the City of Athens
Athens may be Europe’s most ancient city but its modern history can often be overlooked. Formed by two buildings from Athens’ post-revolution era, the Museum of the City of Athens highlights the development of the city since it became the capital of the newly founded Hellenic State in 1834. Inside, you’ll learn about Athenian culture and day-to-day life over the years since then, and get to see art collections as well as rooms decorated in the typical style of the Athenian aristocracy.
0.3 miles from city centre
Plaka’s appeal lies in its village-like atmosphere. Its small lanes are lined with 19th-century houses, enticing cafés – and a fair few tourists. The Acropolis is the area’s showstopper, but spare some time for the smaller spots. The 4th-century Monument of Lysicrates is worth a stop, as is Hadrian's, and an amble through the National Gardens.
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7.3 miles from city centre
Welcome to glitzy Glyfada – home of the chic and distinctly international. The area’s shops and restaurants once catered for a now long-gone US military base, but the spoils are great – TGI Fridays and an array of swanky fashion outlets are in the vicinity, as are sizzling nightspots along the beach facing Posidonos Avenue. Get ready to splurge!
Places to stay from £32 per night
0.6 miles from city centre
Psiri is a quiet inner-city suburb with little to do during the day. However, the volume goes from mute to full blast at night. Locals roll in and out of low-lit bars onto the expansive terraces, and live music fills the air. For a bite to eat, try the typically Greek mezes at Mavros Gatos – think octopus, tzatziki, eggplant, cheeses and more.
Places to stay from £12 per night
0.9 miles from city centre
Below the Acropolis, Koukaki's Dionysiou Areopagitou promenade is a welcome escape from the city's rumbling automobile traffic. The area underwent a facelift with the arrival of the ultra-modern Acropolis Museum, but Koukaki retained its unpretentious feel. To this end, try the fresh grilled fish from taverna To Kati Allo right behind the museum.
Places to stay from £11 per night
1.1 miles from city centre
Metaxourgeio is getting Athens hot under the collar. This powerhouse of trendy bars and galleries attracts a young crowd, and is a hipster hang-out par excellence. Wander past its gardens, warehouses and tavernas to get a taste for the area's mish-mash of styles. Bohemian and industrial, it's a tight bundle of all things alternative.
Places to stay from £18 per night
5 miles from city centre
Chalandri has developed quite the reputation among the northern suburbs. This modern area is a burgeoning leisure hub, with the new Golden Hall Mall and hip hang-outs, like Theory Bar or Ancho Mexican Grill. Head here for the cluster of shopping streets around Dourou Square, and enjoy the open-air concerts at the Theatro Rematias.
Places to stay from £23 per night
Greece's ancient capital is an open-air museum of history and stunning sights dating back over 2,500 years. Once home to Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, Athens is often referred to as the cradle of Western civilisation.
While the Acropolis towers above to serve as a reminder of Athens’ ancient origins, the modern-day city below offers a huge variety of contemporary comforts. You’ll find a wide range of trendy cocktail bars and nightclubs dotted throughout the centre, as well as the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the unique Technopolis complex.
Other points of interest include the beaches of Attica and the scenic National Garden just behind the Greek Parliament Building. This combination of age-old monuments, enticing cultural landmarks and natural scenery make the city a major hotspot for holidays.
Greeks also take an immense amount of pride in their cuisine, and once you've had a taste of their delicious dishes, it's easy to see why. Take a seat in a traditional taverna and order up some grilled souvlaki and anise-flavoured aperitif Ouzo. The centre is easily reached from the airport by metro, railway or express bus, but you'll also find plenty of taxis outside the terminal.
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|Most popular time to visit||July–September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Local currency||€ 10 = £8.90|
|Average weekend price||£85 per night|
|Average weekday price||£86 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
Amazing history with lots of postcard photo material. However, we were pickpocketed on the Metro which was a major inconvenience - very slick operation involving multiple people. Sadly when we went to the police station to report it, we found ourselves with many others in the same predicament. My advice: don't ride the Metro, and be careful with all your belongings.
Where to start. The two main museums, the bustle, and the sites only before read about. So What sandal shop, they'll last a lifetime. The wonderful people, service and food. The one day trip to the islands. The four bronze statues in the Piraeus museu .......
We stayed in Athens 2 times during our Greece trip Upon arrival we stayed 3 nights in an apartment in the Plaka area, Plaka Architect Apartment Dedalou, Athens, 10558, Greece which was very nice and close to the Hop on bus stops as well as restaurants. At the end of our trip we stayed in an apartment for one night near the airport. Panorama Penthouse & Studios Themistokleous 20, Voula, Voula, Athens, 16673, Greece which was one of the most beautiful apartments I have ever seen with magnificent views, and the owner could not have been more helpful.
I enjoyed visiting all the historical sites and loved our "Urban free walk tour" with Vasilis as he filled in the gaps in our knowledge of Greek history and showed us some places we would not have thought of going to.
Dirty sidewalks, lots of homeless. Was not happy to see, that such an ancient and glorious city, craddle of the European civilization could be that much affected by the everlasting greek economical troubles...
The whole historic centre is full of great places to eat and drink. The prices are low (except typical tourists traps) and they often have live music. Not to mention all the historic and archaeological must-see bits that are just stunning.
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Fish Pedicure - 20 Minutes
Experience an exotic pedicure by sinking your feet in calming waters and letting hundreds of little fish take care of your skin. This natural practice, which originated from the Middle and Far East, leaves your feet baby-soft and your whole body rejuvenated.
Foot Massage and Optional Pedicure
Athens Foot Spa offers a rejuvenating foot massage to help you relax and alleviate anxiety. Foot massage has been practised in various cultures to improve health and well-being. You'll also have the opportunity to enjoy a 20-minute fish pedicure.
During this fun activity you get the chance to dress up as an ancient Greek god or goddess and have it captured by a professional photographer. Suitable for all ages and individuals or groups, this unique experience will transport you back to ancient Greece. You will be given quality dresses and costumes to choose from, before the make-up artist and hair stylist create a signature look for you. As well as an indoor studio photography session you can also opt for an outdoor shoot at Filopappou Hill, with its impressive views of the Acropolis and its surroundings. There's also the option to participate in a 45-minute outdoor theatrical acting tour, where you can be part of a mythical fight performance between Hercules and the Spartans.
Polis Hammam Experience
Enter the Hammam, a hot marble room with running water, traditional basins and a large marble heated bench, and indulge yourself with a relaxing time using exfoliation glove and olive oil soap provided. You can also enjoy the ancient Greek bath experience and apply a clay-mud mask over your body.