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3 Days in Athens: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, December 2013

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Athens - cradle of democracy and birthplace of philosophy. How much of ourselves we can trace back to ancient Greece is truly remarkable, but when visiting this magnificent city, its history is not the first thing you meet. That Athens is rife with history is an adjunct, a secondary to the plain fact that Greece is one of the most visually stunning countries to ever nestle against the pellucid blue of the Mediterranean.

Day 1: The Acropolis and Orientation

As busy as you're likely to have been packing, planning your trip, checking luggage and that lot, why not ease into your vacation with a laid-back morning tour of Athens, which highlights modern marvels with the wonders of the ancients. From there, on to Athens' crown jewel, the towering Acropolis. Alternatively, walking and/or biking are great ways to see the city, and a private walking tour with the option to be a bit more photographic is always a nice introduction to the city.

Day 2: Delphi

Cradled by Mount Parnassus, the modern, buslting town of Delphi is a UNESCO World Heritage site and original resting place of the Delphic oracle - the most important oracle in ancient Greece and a major site for the worship of Apollo. Explore the Temple of Apollo and other famous sites on a day trip from Athens, or venture further on a multi-day Delphi tour. Complement your experience of classical Greece with a half-day visit to Cape Sounion, where the picture-perfect Temple of Poseidon frames the beautiful Mediterranean sea.

Day 3: The Islands and Beyond

Athens' proximity to the port of Piraeus makes it the perfect base for exploring the idyllic islands of the Aegean, and, honestly, who could resist them? For classic and popular Greek islands, sail no further than Santorini and Mykonos, but if time is tight, consider a day cruise to the lovely islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina for a day of sailing, shopping, swimming and other leisurely pursuits. Multi-day tours can take you further afield to magical islands like Rhodes, inland on a wine-tasting tour to ancient Corinth or a 4-Day tour of Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora.

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4-Day Classical Greece Tour: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora

4.5 star rating: Recommended 152 Reviews

Step back in time on this 4-day Classical Greece tour from Athens, seeing all the top attractions that date back to this fascinating era. With overnight ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $655.25
$750.66 Save $95.41

Delphi Day Trip from Athens

4.5 star rating: Recommended 379 Reviews

Visit Delphi – one of the most important archeological sites in Greek history – on this full-day trip from Athens! Traveling with an expert guide, you’ll ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.67

Hydra, Poros and Egina Day Cruise from Athens

4 star rating: Recommended 323 Reviews

Visit three gorgeous Greek Islands in one day on an island-hopping cruise from Athens! Visiting the Saronic Islands of Hydra, Poros and Egina, this independent ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.91

Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 330 Reviews

Combine the sights of modern Athens with sites of historical importance on a 3.5-hour morning or afternoon tour by luxury coach. With an expert guide on hand ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: Varies
3.5 - 5 hours

From USD $77.17

Athens Super Saver: Acropolis Walking Tour plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

See the best of Athens and its surrounding highlights on this sightseeing super saver that combines two best-selling tours at a saving of 10%! Begin with a ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.76
$110.84 Save $11.08

Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip from Athens

4 star rating: Recommended 205 Reviews

Take your own postcard-perfect snaps of Cape Sounion's Temple of Poseidon on a scenic afternoon trip from Athens. Cape Sounion is only 45 miles (70 kilometers) ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.33

Hydra, Poros and Egina Luxury Cruise from Athens

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Hop between three stunning Greek islands on a day of luxurious cruising! Leaving from Piraeus Port in Athens, you’ll travel aboard the impressive high-speed ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $294.65

Athens Night Sightseeing Tour with Greek Dinner Show

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 81 Reviews

Fuel your appetite with a night-time tour of Athens and the Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments, before relaxing with a Greek dinner show. Taking place ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $88.40

Greek Cooking Class in an Athens Tavern

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

Taste the local flavors of Greece during this 3-hour small-group cooking class in Athens! Taking place at an enchanting city taverna, your cooking class is run ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.40

Athens Super Saver: Athens Sightseeing Tour plus Delphi Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

With this Athens Super Saver, combine two best-selling tours for a two-day immersion in Athens and Delphi. See top sights on a half-day tour of Athens, from ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $197.84
$237.12 Save $39.28

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