Long dominated by the omnipresent Parthenon, Athens mingles its classical past with a budding art scene and bustling markets. You'll spend nine days exploring this city's many cultural treasures and cool neighborhoods—along with day trips to archaeological sites in nearby Eleusis, Mycenae, and Delphi. See why the epicenter of antiquity and philosophy is well worth a trip today.
You'll start with a tour of Athens' main attraction, the beautiful and historical Acropolis. As you wander through the ruins and learn more about Ancient Athens, enjoy the mythical stories of Greece's great gods and heroes. Then, follow your guide through all the key monuments, including the Propylaea, Temple of Nike Athena, Erechtheion, and Parthenon, before moving onto the New Acropolis Museum.
After viewing over 4,000 artifacts at the museum, take a stroll through the city's historic Plaka neighborhood. Many describe this district as its own village, with cobbled streets lined with artisan shops and cafes. Learn about the history of this neighborhood and how it plays into Athens' modern scene.
Then, head over to the Ancient Agora, a popular plaza that served many purposes. The plaza was where political and philosophical discussions occurred in the 6th Century BCE. It also housed a place of worship, a market, and an entertainment venue.
Your exploration of Athens ends in the Thisseio area, where a private vehicle will take you through the rest of the city to admire other important landmarks. You'll pass by places like Syntagma (where you'll see the changing of the guards), Lycabettus Hill, the Temple of Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium, and Zappeion.
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Itineraries with Athens Highlights Tour
Make any three days feel like a long weekend in Greece's capital with this itinerary. After a welcoming wine tasting, you'll take a private tour through the highlights of Athens from the top of the Acropolis down to bustling Varvakios Market, spanning mythology, modernity, and the years in between.
In just over a week, you'll still have plenty of time to explore the history, culture, and cuisine of Greece's two biggest cities. Learn about ancient mythology at the Acropolis and indulge your taste buds on a street food tour of Athens. In walkable Thessaloniki, you'll visit impressive monuments and see the mesmerizing archaeological site of Pella just outside the city. End your journey back in the capital, where you'll cook a traditional Greek meal as you gaze out over the Athenian skyline.
Learn about the history and culture of Greece with this 11-day journey to its two largest cities and the island of Crete. In Athens, you'll indulge in a wine tasting, and get a sense of the capital's ancient heritage and modern thrills on a private tour of its neighborhoods. After a visit to the sacred mountain site of Delphi, continue on to Thessaloniki to see its fascinating Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. From there, head to Crete to explore the Old Town of Chania and to walk the Minotaur's labyrinth.