Day Trips from Athens
By Viator, May 2013
Most Greek island-hopping adventures start off from Piraeus harbor in Athens, and today with the advent of high-speed catamarans and hydrofoils as well as the stately inter-island ferries, more and more islands can be enjoyed for a day. It’s easy to visit Hydra, Aegina, and Poros for the day, even on the ferry, and be back in Athens for a late supper, but the hydrofoils also enable travel to Spetses in two hours to experience its laid-back island charm, Venetian mansions, and solitary beaches. If that sounds like too much effort, take a three-hour round trip to the island of Fleves by yacht to snorkel in the pristine waters of the Saronic Gulf.
Back on dry land, day-trippers can venture west along the Saronic coastline to explore ancient Corinth, home of St Paul, before visiting the canal and later touring the cellars and sampling the wares at a Nemea vineyard. A short drive further west of Athens offers up the vast amphitheater at Epidaurus and the ancient city of Mycenae, both accessible on day trips from the city.
Still in the Classical vein, day jaunts to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Delphi, north-west of Athens, take in the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, dating from 800BC, a tour of the treasures in the Archeological Museum, and a leisurely lunch. If time is short, combine an exploration of the Acropolis and its stunning new museum with a drive to Cape Sounion to admire the Temple of Poseidon standing proud on its headland overlooking the Aegean Sea – on a clear day the view stretches to the island of Kea.
Contributed by Sasha Heseltine
Tours & Tickets
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
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 2 days (approx.)
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
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
Combine traditional Greek wine with a little history of Ancient Greece on this day trip from Athens to a Greek vineyard and a visit to Ancient Corinth.
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)