Athens, A historical but lively city full of surprises.
Many come to Athens for the Acropolis, and indeed the ancient sites are not to be missed. However, unlike other cities like Paris, Barcelona or London, most tourist just stop here for a day or two. Give it a chance there are endless options for every type of traveller.
Sightseeing is easy in Athens. It is largely a walk-able city and taking the metro is an easy option. You can do the ancient sites, museums and shopping which will fill up a 3-day visit easily. However, to do something a little unconventional, there are many alternative tours catering to your interests – such as visiting wineries, taking a cooking class, visiting side streets and uncovering hidden gems, catching a theater show, taking a photography or architectural themed tour, discovering street-art, …..
AND what more when you travel outside the city? Full of day trips and overnight possibilities, most commonly Delphi, Meteora, Nafplio and Cape Sounio.
And that’s not all, there are even more places that would charm your pants off! The villages, the local beaches, the winter resorts, Local festivals and endless events around the city. I guess you will just have to stay here forever.
ATHENS SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
A guided tour of the New Acropolis Museum is a must, see artifacts from Ancient Greece at the height of its power. The Modernist building itself is a sight to behold, built right about relics you can admire through see through flooring!
3 island 1-day Cruise
Pack in a full day, by visiting 3 islands close to the city of Athens. Cruise to the islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina in the Saronic Gulf. Swim in crystal-clear waters off Hydra, admire neoclassical beach houses on Poros, and explore the pine-covered landscape of Aegina.
Athens Mythology Highlights Tour
See Athens’ most important landmarks, and learn all about the myths behind them. Visit the majestic Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, the Ancient Agora and find out their connection to the Greek gods and goddesses
Athens for Kids and Family
Various daily options to entertain the kids while teaching them about the history, myths and legends.
Guided by a specialist, tours can include treasure hunts, arts and crafts, food tasting all tailored for kids! Try the 3D-Tour of the Acropolis!
Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Tour
Evening tour from Athens to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. Pass idyllic beaches as you leave Athens for some of the most important ruins of Ancient Greece. Your guide with fill you in on the history as you look out over Poseidon’s sea, and the breakth-taking sunset.
Alternative Themed Tours
SHOPPING TOUR – visit the flea market, famous shopping streets such as Ermou for brands like Zara, H&M and many local outlets, Antiques and bargain hunting around Monastiraki, Upscale brands in Kolonaki, Outlet malls and other specialty scores, including jewelry, souvenirs and vintage & local crafts.
GASTRONOMY TOUR – walking tours that show you the landmark sights while leisurely sampling local favourites along the way. Food and wine tastings, Cooking + Dinner experience. The range is wide for the budget traveler right down to tasting menus at Michelin restaurants.
WORKSHOPS – Dance, craft marking, pottery, yoga and more. Numerous types are held throughout the year and will enrich your travels, while meeting like-minded people.
Corinth Canal is about an hour and a half drive from Athens, and separates the Peloponesse in the south from the Greek mainland. It is a waterway that cuts through and links the Corinth Gulf with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean sea. While it is not possible for large ships to pass through, today tourists can take a ride through it with small cruiseboats. And a new activity that has been introduced recently for the more adventurous is ‘bungee-jumping’.
STREET ART / ARCHITECTURE /PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS – perfect for those artist in you.
CYCLE/eBIKE/SCOOTER/TRIKKE Sightseeing tours on wheels for the more adventurous!
My List of Local & Alternative Dining Outlets Click to read!
This marvel is just the beginning of many sightseeing tours. After the obligatory photo op at this amazing man-made marvel, most visitors continue their tour to Ancient Corinth, one of the most rich and powerful cities in the classic times. Much still remains to explore in terms of ruins, including the temple, bath and a forum, the most popular being the Temple of Apollo built around 540BC. A small but extensive museum is also a required visit to get a better understanding and appreciate the mosaics, pottery and statues, all from the Neolithic time. Another recommended stop is the Acrocorinth a short distance away. Here you will be amazed at the fortress and pathways leading to the top, where you will find the Temple of Afrodite.