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Things to do in Athens

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Athens Attractions and things to do in Athens

The Grecian capital city of Athens is well known for its tourist Temples and monuments such as the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the temple of Athena. Many associate Athens has an open-air museum for ancient Greece but Athens is much more than that. Today the city is a vibrant capital to be proud of and has found a way to blend the ancient with the modern. Since the turn of the millennium and the hosting of the summer 2004 Olympics the city changed from a dirty grey urbanization to a modern city with pedestrianised squares lined with trees and cafes.


There is plenty to see and do whilst in Athens and we have listed a few ideas below. Several of these attractions can be booked at discounted rates to our customers who use our Flight & Hotel search option. If you're only booking the hotel with us then most attractions can be booked from your hotel or via a local agency but the cost may be higher


Acropolis Ascend one of the world’s greatest monuments of classical antiquity with this half-day tour of the incredible Acropolis. What trip to the capital would be complete without getting up close to the jewel in Athens’ crown, and the triumphs of architecture it displays? More than an archaeological site, the Acropolis is an eternal symbol of Greek identity just waiting to be discovered. Meet your friendly guide at Syntagma Square, the centre of modern Athens, in the shadow of the Parliament building. Here you’ll enjoy a short tour within Syntagma Metro station, where there are exhibits of some of the incredible pottery and other finds discovered while constructing the station. Then hop on the train for a five-minute ride to the Acropolis metro station, where your guide will show you more sculptures and pottery. Wander up the most beautiful pedestrian street in Athens, the marble-paved Dionyssou Areopageitou among horse-drawn traps and traditional buskers. Ascend the Acropolis Hill through the shady gardens of cypress and olive trees to view the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age. Entering through the monumental Propylaea, tour the Temple of Athena Nike. See the Erechtheion where six ageless marble maidens support the porch. Marvel at the sublime Parthenon, one of the world’s greatest expressions of architectural harmony and grace, and gaze out at the incomparable view. Be transported to another world with this relaxed tour of the birthplace of western culture..


Ancient Corinth – Half Day Excursion Spend a morning exploring the ruins of enigmatic ancient Corinth on this half-day trip from Athens. Drive west from the capital along the breathtaking coastal road, with views over olive trees to the sparkling Saronic Gulf. Pass the famous beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza, popular summer spots for Athenians looking to escape the city and take a dip in the crystal-clear waters. Our first stop gives you a chance to look down into the dizzying Corinth Canal. Watch the ships make their way down the narrow blue channel, cut through the isthmus to connect the Aegean and Ionian seas a century ago. After a short break here we’ll drive on to Ancient Corinth, a city-state built at the meeting place between northern and southern Greece. Hear the famous myth of the arrogant Corinthian King Jason and his sorceress queen, Medea, whose bitter conflict led to a violent end. Learn about the real historical figure St Paul the Apostle, who lived here for two years spreading the Gospel of Christ. Explore the fascinating remains of the city, including the Agora, the market place which formed the hub of daily life in the ancient polis. Visit alsothe sixth century BCTemple of Apollo to discover something of the wealth and political importance of Corinth in ancient times. On our way home to Athens we’ll call in at the tiny port of Kechries. Now a calm azure cove where lizards bask on the marble ruins, this was once a bustling port where St. Paul disembarked. We return to Athens in time for lunch.


Apollo combination from Athens – Day Tour Description Strap on a pair of Apollo’s winged sandals and zoom between the greatest archaeological sites of Greece with this fantastic three-in-one tour. For a special fixed price, enjoy stunning countryside, ancient history and modern culture in one flexible package. Tour Athens, and then enjoy a day trip to Argolis and another to Delphi, each with a delicious lunch included. Choose the order of your tours to suit your schedule. Perhaps start by exploring the marble streets of busy 4,000-year-old Athens. Follow in Apollo's footsteps and see the mighty Acropolis, the Agora market and other notable sites. There's also time to explore the new Acropolis Museum and the fantastic treasures within. There’s no need to choose between the Argolis and Delphi day trips – see it all with the Apollo combo! The tour of Argolis winds through some of Europe's most beautiful scenery to visit the best of modern and ancient Greece. Visit the peaceful hilltop ruins of ancient Mycenae, and then enjoy a romantic stroll through neoclassical Nafplio, the enchanting first capital of Greece. Then test the extraordinary acoustics of Epidaurus for yourself in the amphitheatre. You’ll also enjoy a day exploring mystical Delphi, the ‘navel of the earth’ now a Unesco World Heritage Site. Discover the majestic ruins and learn about the power of the Delphic oracle, whose accurate prophecies drew kings, emperors and warriors from across the ancient world. A delicious local lunch is included in both great trips. Venture beyond Athens and discover centuries of history with three exciting tours for one low price!


Hydra, Poros and Aegina cruise Explore 3 paradisiacal islands, Enjoy a delicious lunch as you sail between islands, Plenty of time to take a dip in the refreshing water, Be serenaded by traditional Greek folk music and dancers. After collecting you from your hotel we’ll cast off from the historic docks of Piraeus. Relax and enjoy the warm breeze as we make our way out to these paradise islands, where you’ll have plenty of free time to explore. Spend an hour discovering windmills and waterfalls among the citrus trees in the ‘Lemon Forest’ on tiny Poros Island. Or visit Trinzia, the Russian shipyard, to learn about the history of Russian-Greek friendship and cooperation. Then it’s back on board for the sailing to our second island, Hydra. We’ll spend two hours moored in the harbour, once a notorious hangout for pirates, while you explore the colourful old capital. Wander the tiny streets between sleepy red-tiled buildings. Enjoy a cup of strong Greek coffee, or pick up a bargain in one of the shops. Finally, we head to Aegina, the largest of the three islands and famous for its pistachio trees. Join a trip to the Temple of Aphaia or take a dip in the beautifully clear ocean. Or just watch the boats come and go while you enjoy a glass of ouzo on the quayside. A delicious traditional lunch is served in two sittings while sailing between islands. On the way home, enjoy an evening of beautiful Greek folk music, with dancers in full regalia. Revel in the furious energy of the dances, and then drift into Athens to the sweet nostalgic refrains of the old love songs. It’s the perfect end to a magical day.


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