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How to Spend 3 Days in Athens

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How to Spend 3 Days in Athens
With three days in Athens, you have time to experience all of the historic city’s main draws, from its archaeological landmarks to its vibrant neighborhoods, and also venture into the surrounding countryside to visit hilltop monasteries, ancient ruins, and locations central to Greek mythology. Here are some top options for three days in Athens.

Day 1: Ancient Athens
Kick off your time in Athens with a tour of its landmarks. Tour on foot or by Segway or electric bike and visit lively neighborhoods such as Plaka and Monastiraki and spots including Hadrian’s Arch, Panathenaic Stadium, and the National Gardens of Athens. Most tours include a trip to the top of the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the Parthenon and take in views over Athens.

In the afternoon, spend time touring a few of the city’s museums. The collection at the Acropolis Museum focuses on the famous archaeological site, while the Museum of Cycladic Art on Vasilis Sofia showcases marble statuary dating back some 3,000 years. The world’s most comprehensive collection of Greek antiquities is on display at the National Archaeological Museum.

Day 2: Modern Greece
Now that you’ve explored Athens’s past, step into its present with a day spent savoring this modern Greek city. Wander through some of the city’s less-visited areas on a guided walking tour, and take in views of the Acropolis from Syntagma Square, the heart of Athens. Head to the upmarket neighborhood of Kolonaki for a coffee break with Greek socialites or head to the Athens Planetarium, among the world’s largest and most technologically advanced.

In the afternoon, dig into the modern culinary landscape. Get hands-on with a Greek cooking class, or join a food tour and treat yourself to bites at eateries popular among locals.

Day 3: Myths and Monuments
Some of Greece’s biggest destinations are within day-trip distance of the capital city. A self-guided, private, or group tour to the UNESCO-listed town of Delphi is among the most popular day trips from Athens. Tours here usually stop at ruins of the Temple of Apollo, Temple of Athena Pronaia, and the Delphi Archeological Museum.

Other options include a train ride through the Peloponnesian countryside to the cliff-top monasteries of Meteora or a group tour to see the Mycenae ruins and well-preserved Theater at Epidaurus in the Sanctuary of Asklepios. It’s also possible to take a half- or full-day tour of ancient Corinth and visit the Temple of Poseidon on the sea cliffs above Cape Sounion.
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Delphi Day Trip from AthensDay Trips

Delphi Day Trip from Athens

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Immerse yourself in the myths and monuments of classical Greece on this full-day tour of Delphi from Athens. Explore the UNESCO-listed archeological site of Delphi with an expert guide and learn how the city was considered the ‘Center of the World’ in ancient Greece. Stand in awe before the dramatically situated Temple of Apollo, then discover long-lost wonders at the Delphi Archeological Museum, including the Charioteer of Delphi and the Sphinx of Naxos. After lunch in Delphi (optional upgrade or at own expense), visit the handicrafts towns of Arachova and Levadia on the way back to Athens.
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Athens Half-Day Sightseeing TourHalf-day Tours

Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Discover some of Greece’s greatest treasures and the best of modern Athens on this morning or afternoon Athens sightseeing tour. With an expert guide, take a coach tour of top Athens sites, including the Greek Parliament and Panathenaic Stadium, stage of the first modern Olympic Games. Then, explore the mighty Acropolis on foot to see the glorious Parthenon and other highlights. Want to add more sightseeing in Athens? Upgrade your morning tour to include entry to the Acropolis Museum to see its incredible Parthenon friezes, and other archaeological exhibits.
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  • 3 hours
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Meteora Day Trip by Train from AthensDay Trips

Meteora Day Trip by Train from Athens

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Travel by train through the beautiful Peloponnesian countryside on a full-day tour from Athens to the Meteora monasteries. Your driver meets your train in the town of Kalambaka and take you to the medieval monastery complex, which sits perched high atop sandstone cliffs and is honored by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It’s a wonderful way to experience one of Greece’s most breathtaking and off-the-beaten-path cultural treasures.
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Private Gourmet Food Walking Tour in AthensHalf-day Tours

Private Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Athens

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Indulge your inner foodie on this 4-hour gourmet tasting tour and sample the edible delights of Athens. Take to the streets for a walking tour of Athens’ cafés, markets, delicatessens and street food haunts. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private food-expert guide as you uncover the secrets of Greek cuisine and learn more about the city’s culinary heritage. Stop along the way to sample local treats like sweet donuts, Greek bread and regional cheeses, washed down with Greek wine and freshly brewed coffee.
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Mycenae and Epidaurus Day Trip from AthensDay Trips

Mycenae and Epidaurus Day Trip from Athens

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Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks on a fascinating full-day trip to Mycenae and Epidaurus from Athens. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, you'll drive along the beautiful Saronic Gulf and into the Peloponnese to the atmospheric hilltop ruins of Mycenae, a fortified city from the second millennium BC. See the famous Lion’s Gate, Tomb of Agamemnon and Palace, and after a stop in pretty Nauplia, continue to another archaeological treasure, Epidaurus. Pick your way around the UNESCO-listed Sanctuary of Askeplios and ogle the age-old theater, a wonder of ancient architecture.
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City Sightseeing Athens, Piraeus & Beach Riviera Hop-On Hop-Off Bus TourBus Tours

City Sightseeing Athens, Piraeus & Beach Riviera Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Experience the best of Athens in one day and your own way, on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off Athens bus tour. Travel around by open-top double-decker bus and create your own sightseeing itinerary. Learn about Athens’ history from the onboard audio guide and choose from various routes. Perhaps visit the spectacular Acropolis, the New Acropolis Museum, or other top sights—you set the pace and choose where to explore on foot.
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Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip from AthensHalf-day Tours

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

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Marvel over one of Greece’s most photographed monuments on this half-day tour to the Temple of Poseidon from Athens. Wind your way along the coastal cliffs and beaches on the scenic drive to Cape Sounion, then grab your camera as you spot the magnificent remains of the Temple of Poseidon, perched high on the sea cliffs. You have a chance to get up close to the ancient monument, explore ruins dating back to 444 BC, and soak up the impressive coastal views.
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Viator Exclusive: Acropolis of Athens, New Acropolis Museum and Greek DinnerHalf-day Tours

Viator Exclusive: Acropolis of Athens, New Acropolis Museum and Greek Dinner

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Explore the greatest of ancient Greek architectural feats on a 4-hour private walking tour of the Acropolis of Athens and the New Acropolis Museum, followed by dinner. Stroll around the UNESCO-listed Acropolis with an archaeologist to learn about its monuments, including the Parthenon. Then, visit the ultra-modern New Acropolis Museum for a guided tour of its spectacular statues and treasures. Finish with a delicious Greek dinner at a restaurant with stellar views over the Parthenon.
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Greek Small-Group Athens Cooking Class & DinnerCooking Classes

Greek Small-Group Athens Cooking Class & Dinner

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Learn the secrets behind your favorite Greek dishes during this hands-on cooking class in Athens. Led by an expert instructor, step inside a traditional tavern, sip on a glass of raki and try your hand at four starters and one main course, using fresh, local ingredients. Then sit down to savor the fruits of your labor with your fellow chefs. Numbers are limited to 16 to keep the experience as intimate as possible.
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Athens Electric Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Athens Electric Bike Tour

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Make easy work of Athens’ busy streets and steep hills by whizzing around the sights on an easy-to-ride electric bike. Glide effortlessly around the hilltop ruins of the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens, pedal around the atmospheric Old Town of Plaka, and explore lively Monastiraki. Hop off along the way to see the New Acropolis Museum, Hadrian’s Arch, Panathenaic Stadium and the National Gardens of Athens.
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Acropolis of Athens Segway TourCity Packages

Acropolis of Athens Segway Tour

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Journey around ancient Greece on a Segway! This thrilling Segway tour is the ideal introduction to Athens, taking in historic highlights like the UNESCO-listed Acropolis, the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestous. Learn to operate your easy-to-use self-balancing Segway, then follow your guide on a scenic tour around the neighborhoods of Plaka, Monastiraki and Thiseio, stopping to take in the views from Mars Hill. Best of all: this small-group tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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