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Acropolis Views

The magnificent Acropolis, visible from almost every part of the city, is the hub around which Athens still revolves. This temple city, built in the 5th century BC, serves as a daily reminder to Greeks of their heritage and the city's many transformations. All over the urban basin, rooftops and balconies angle toward the landmark, a block of milky marble atop a steep-sided hill. Pull up your own chair, settle in and allow time to appreciate the Acropolis' many moods, as the light shifts and the clouds cast their shifting shadows.

Layers of History

The cultural and social life of Athens plays out amid, around and in landmarks that are centuries old, if not millennia. The remnants of Ancient Greece get the most attention, of course, thanks to a little thing called democracy. Oh, and mythology, and drama, and philosophy. But don't overlook the 'later' years: thousand-year-old Byzantine churches, for instance, which squat, unruffled in the middle of streets and attached to hillsides. Ottoman traces can be seen in architecture and in food. And the neoclassical style of the 19th century adds elegance all over the centre.

Creative Energy

Although Athenians have endured difficult circumstances since the start of the economic crisis in 2009, the city as a whole crackles with energy in art shows, political debates and even on the walls of derelict buildings, as Athens has become one of Europe's most noted spots for street art. Creative surprises lie around nearly every corner, so be sure to leave room in your schedule for spontaneous discovery: buy a ticket to that dance show that's just starting as you walk by, or sit down at the restaurant where the musicians are setting up. You'll be rewarded.

Beaches and Ruins

Beyond Athens, down the Attica peninsula, are more spectacular antiquities, such as the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion and the site of Ancient Eleusis, as well as very good beaches, such as those near historical Marathon. Sure, you could zip across, west to east, in less than an hour, but it's far more fun to take a leisurely road trip to a thermally heated lake, say, or a monastery with dazzling Byzantine mosaics. If you'd rather not drive, most of these surprise sights (including great beaches) can be reached on public transport.

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$106.18 Cultural & Theme Tours

Delphi Day Trip from Athens

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Delphi Archaeological Museum, Delphi, Phocis Region, Central GreeceDelphi museumDuration: 1 hourStop At: Temple of Apollo, Delphi, Phocis Region, Central Greecearchaelogical site of DelphiDuration: 1 hour 30 minutes

$10.28 Transfers & Ground Transport

Athens Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Skip the stress of finding a shuttle service or the public transport upon your arrival to Athens. Travel in a spacious luxury air conditioned vehicle, then sit back and enjoy the ride from the Athens airport to your central or coastal Athens hotel without worrying about taxi meters or getting lost. It’s a private Athens transfer service that’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To make a booking, simply note your arrival flight details and your Athens accommodation details on booking. Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It’s that easy!

$22.83 Tours & Sightseeing

Athens, Piraeus, Riviera Hop-On Hop-Of City Sightseeing Tour

Our flexible hop-on hop-off concept gives our passengers the option to explore Athens at their own pace, or if they prefer, they can stay on the tour for the full duration!Along the Athens line, the tour will approach some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Acropolis & Parthenon. This temple is one of the most eye-catching along Athens’ skyline, containing several amazing ancient architectures, not to mention the Parthenon! Another must-see historic attraction is the Temple of Zeus; it was built back in the 6th century and is dedicated to the famous Olympian God, it is also one of the oldest constructions to still be standing in Athens! For more notable architectures, hop-off at Stop 10 to enjoy close-up views of the National Library. It was built as part of famous architect, Theopill Freiherr's group of neo-classical buildings!Once you’ve explored the city’s deep history, hop onto the Beach Riviera Line and enjoy the most beautiful panoramic sea views as the tour bus passes through four different beaches! Soak up the sunshine as you travel and enjoy historic treasures such as the Temple of Zeus. Please note that this line only operates in the summer season which is April to October!If you’re travelling to Athens by cruise, than the Piraeus Line is perfect for you – hop on at Stop 1, the Cruise Terminal, and begin your journey through this enchanting city. Notable sights along this route include the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus and Mikrolimano Harbour.The tour stops along the routes are as follows:Athens Line:1. Syntagma Square2. Melina Mercouri3. New Acropolis Museum4. The Acropolis & Parthenon5. Temple of Zeus6. National Gardens7. Benaki Museum8. Panathinaikon Stadium9. National Gardens10. National Library11. National Archaeological Museum12. Omonoia Square13. Karaiskaki Square14. Thession Station15. Kotzia SquarePiraeus Line: 1. Cruise Terminal2. Lion’s Gate3. Archaeological Museum of Piraeus4. Mikrolimano Harbour5. Planetarium6. Marriott & Intercontinental Hotels7. Temple of Zeus8. National Gardens9. Syntagma Square10. Melina Merkouri11. Marriott & Intercontinental Hotels12. Planetarium13. The Municipal Theatre Beach Riviera Line:1. Interchange Athens & 1 Interchange Athens & Beach-Riviera2. Planetarium3. Faliro / Flisvos4. Ag Kosmas Beach5. Glyfada Terminal6. Asteria Glyfada Beach7. Kavouri / Oceanis Beach8. Vouliagmeni Lake Beach9. Temple of Zeus

$114.17 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Greece Hydra, Poros, and Egina Cruise from Athens, VIP Option

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Clock Tower, Poros, Saronic Gulf Islands, AtticaPoros islandDuration: 1 hourStop At: Aegina Waterfront, Aegina Town, Aegina, Saronic Gulf Islands, AtticaAegina islandDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Poros port, Poros, Saronic Gulf Islands, AtticaPoros islandDuration: 1 hourStop At: Flisvos Marina, Paleo Faliro, AtticaDeparture point for boats ANNA MARU and PLATYTERADuration: 20 minutesStop At: Harriets Hydra Horses, Hydra Town, Hydra, Saronic Gulf Islands, AtticaHydra islandDuration: 1 hourStop At: Temple of Aphaia, Aegina, Saronic Gulf Islands, AtticaAegina islandDuration: 1 hour

$542.32 Cultural & Theme Tours

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

ItineraryDay 1: Corinth Canal, Mycenae, Epidaurus, NaupliaStop At: The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, Epidavros, Argolis Region, Peloponnesethe famous theater of EpidaurusDuration: 1 hourStop At: Archaeological Site Mycenae, Mycenae, Argolis Region, PeloponnesePalace and tomb of AgamemnonDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Epidaurus Archaeological Museum, Epidavros, Argolis Region, Peloponnesethe visit of museum included in your visit Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Corinth Canal, Corinth, Corinthia Region, Peloponnesethe canal connect Attica with PeloponesseDuration: 20 minutesMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: overnight 4 star hotelDay 2: OlympiaStop At: Archaeological Site of Olympia, Olympia, Elis Region, West GreeceOlympic gamesDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Olympia, Elis Region, West Greecethe museum of Ancient OlympiaDuration: 1 hourPass By: Rio-Antirrio Bridge (Charilaos Trikoupis), Antirrio, Aetolia-Acarnania Region, West Greecethe beautiful BridgeMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: overnight 4 star hotelDay 3: DelphiStop At: Temple of Apollo, Delphi, Phocis Region, Central GreeceArch. site of DelphiDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Delphi Archaeological Museum, Delphi, Phocis Region, Central Greeceadmire the bronze statue of Iniochos and the dancers!Duration: 1 hourStop At: Tholos, Delphi, Phocis Region, Central GreeceThe temple of Athena PronaiaDuration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: overnight 4 star hotelDay 4: Meteora - KalambakaStop At: Meteora, Kastraki, Kalambaka, Trikala Region, ThessalyKalambaka area with the Meteora monasteriesDuration: 1 hourStop At: Great Meteoron Monastery, Kalambaka, Trikala Region, ThessalyMonasterieDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Varlaam Monastery, Kalambaka, Trikala Region, Thessalyyou will visit 2 Meteora monasteries before your return to AthensDuration: 1 hourStop At: Leonidas Monument, Thermopylae, Phthiotis Region, Central Greecethe statue of LeonidasDuration: 15 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: overnight 4 star hotel

$55.94 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Athens Small-Group Culinary Walking Tour with Tastings

Embark on a culinary journey of taste, color, smell and texture, right below the striking Acropolis in the heart of Athens’ historic city center. This food tour offers an array of colorful and enticing treats. Visit delicatessens, aromatic bakeries and sweet shops, restaurants, dairies, spice merchants, grocery stores and pie shops where you will sample traditional Greek food, including the ever-popular koulouri, a circular bread with sesame seeds. Your licensed guide will lead you on a food stroll and introduce you to small, hidden specialty food shops. Listen to commentary about the unique and intricate culinary heritage of Greece, as well as the famous Mediterranean diet, hailed today as a model of healthy living.A genuine Athenian food tour would not be complete without a visit to the vibrant and central Varvakeios food market. Its bustling energy and colorful world of fruit and spice stalls and meat and fish vendors truly make for a cultural experience.