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Day Trips from Athens

By Viator, August 2014

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There is so much to do in the Athens area, from island hopping in the Aegean and consulting with oracles at Delphi to exploring ancient Corinth or wine tasting in Nemea.

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

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Hydra, Poros and Egina Day Cruise from Athens

4 star rating: Recommended 380 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 $130.40

Delphi Day Trip from Athens

4.5 star rating: Recommended 440 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 $113.28

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 41 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 $93.65

Mycenae and Epidaurus Day Trip from Athens

4.5 star rating: Recommended 118 Reviews

Explore the remains of the ancient city of Mycenae a major centre of Greek civilization from 1600BC to 1100BC and visit the small village of Epidaurus famous ...  Read more

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

From USD $113.28

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

4 star rating: Recommended 232 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 $56.64

Private Tour: Marathon from Athens

Immerse yourself in the fascinating worlds of modern and Ancient Greece on this private 4-hour tour from Athens. With a private driver and guide, visit the ...  Read more

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

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Athens Super Saver: Athens Sightseeing Tour plus Delphi Day Trip

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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.)

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Corinth Half-Day Trip from Athens

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Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Viator Exclusive: Private Tour from Athens to Cape Sounion with meal at Vouliagmeni

Combine a visit to spectacular Cape Sounion with a top restaurant meal on this 6-hour private tour from Athens — it’s a Viator Exclusive that’s available ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $166.84

Delphi, Arachova and Saint Lucas Monastery Tour from Athens

Visit one of the most important archaeological sites in Greek history on this full-day, small-group tour to Delphi, Arachova and Saint Lucas Monastery from ...  Read more

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

From USD $197.57

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