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Athens Day Tours & Tips

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Athens Day Tours & Tips

Do you only have a couple of days in Athens? Wondering what to see and how to fit it all in? Looking for a guide? Perhaps you are interested to see the Acropolis in Athens?

Top Tips from We Love Crete

"Here are our tips for short tours to take in the Greek capital to familiarise yourself, and get the most out of a short stay in Athens."

  • See our Athens info page with an overview of what to see on a stopover, the port of Pireaus, and festivals.
  • Athens accommodation in the atmospheric centre of the city, close to the Acropolis, with tips on how to choose your hotel, and transfer hotels near the airport.
  • If you are staying longer in Athens, you may want to stay in the leafy, green, quiet suburb of Kifissia in the north of the city.
  • Athens weather - what to expect in each season.

In this article, we’ll explore the best Athens day tours, showcasing the best of what this eclectic capital has to offer. Whether you're looking for a historical and cultural experience, or an island walking tour or culinary adventure, there is a tour for you.

No time to read the whole article? Not a problem! The best tour of Athens is this half-day tour which takes in the essential highlights.

Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Athens 4 hour Tour

Athens Half Day Touring - the Cariatides Καρυάτιδες on the Acropolis

Athens Day Tours & Tips

Entrance to the Acropolis, Parthenon and Acropolis Museum - see the essentials in this half day tour.

Travel back in time on an informative and fun tour of the Acropolis of Athens. Guided by a field expert and licensed tour guide, discover the UNESCO World Heritage site through a journey into history, mythology, and storytelling. Continue with a visit to the Acropolis Museum, which has been ranked as one of the top museums in the world. All the original surviving masterpieces from the temples of the Acropolis are displayed with the use of natural light. Excavations are also visible under glass floors and walkways.

"Acropolis site and Parthenon was fabulous. Tour guide was brilliant, engaging and knowledgeable. The museum was impressive, architecture and artifacts amazing."

Athens Day Tours & Tips
Walking Tour

Acropolis Walking Tour

The Evzones guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Athens Day Tours & Tips - this is a 3.5 hour tour, beat the heat and skip the long lines on this early morning guided tour of the Acropolis. Upgrade your experience with a walking tour to Plaka old town and see one of the last public baths in Athens.

See the Parthenon, Erechtheion, and the Acropolis Museum. Walk the narrow cobblestone streets of Plaka, the Old Town of Athens.

"Emily our guide was truly exceptional. She expertly shared her vast knowledge of ancient history and Greek history that wove the whole tour together. She was able to make everything very understandable. Emily is very kind, pleasant and lovely to spend the morning walking through wonderful Athens. I cannot imagine having a better guide than Emily."

Athens Tour Suggestions
Food Tour

Athens - Greek Food Tour with Tastings

Athens Food Tour

This is a 4 hour culinary journey - discover the food culture of Athens on a guided tour and visit traditional stores and the famous food market area. Enjoy delicious Greek street food, pastries, wine, cheese, and mezze tastings.

Explore Athen's food markets on a 4-hour walking tour. Taste delicious treats and visit local stores selling Greece's "Green Treasures" such as olive oil, wines, mushrooms, herbs, and traditionally made pasta and salamis. Start with a traditional Greek with koulóuria (sesame bread rings). Sample the famous Ancient Greek loukoumades (Greek donuts) and custard-filled filo squares. Continue to a local phyllo pastry shop. Enjoy local pies and cheeses at authentic Greek bakery.

"This was an excellent tour. If you are a foodie and love Greek food or just want to explore Greek food you may not usually have, then this is a great opportunity to explore and indulge. Be sure not to eat anything beforehand, as you need space for all the food you are going to enjoy during the walking tour. Dorela was an excellent tour guide."

Athens Day Tours & Tips

Acropolis, Plaka and Ancient Agora

Athens ancient agora

On visiting Athens, enjoy the perfect combination tour for History buffs, including a visit to the Acropolis and all it's famous monuments, as well as to the fascinating Ancient Agora and it's Museum.

We cannot begin to tell you how much we love Plaka and the Ancient Agora (above and below), nestled into the foothills of the Acropolis. This tour takes you walking with an experienced guide to show you those hills and the green spaces at the base of the monument.

Explore the hidden areas around the slopes of the Acropolis and uncover their ancient and recent past. Stroll around Plaka, Athens Old Town and Anafiotika, where the white-washed houses remind us of Cyclades villages. Discover the ancient sites and enjoy a sumptuous Greek picnic and glass of wine as you gaze over Athens laid out below you.

This is a 3.5 Hour walking tour with a professional guide.

Get away from all the hustle bustle of the frenetic city! Enjoy Athens as the ancients did, relax and discuss philosophy.

"Absolute recommendation! It is super well organized and really very informative. Without it, I probably would have been stuck between all the ruins.. So you can imagine something underneath it everywhere, sometimes it's almost brought back to life a little bit. The subsequent tour through the Agora is definitely worth it! We were lucky and were there alone, so we had a private tour :) Many thanks to Tina, our guide, it was really great!"

Plaka and Picnic - a great escape in the green heart of AthensIn the Agora of Athens

Longer Tours From Athens
Greek Mainland

Flights to Athens Greece

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Athens taxis and the option of accommodation at the Athens Airport, which is 27 km from the city centre.

My Athens

Athens moves at a frenetic pace. You just gotta keep up. If you want some sanity amongst all the mayhem, stay in Plaka.

Plaka is a little village with steep streets at the base of the Acropolis. It is about as central as you can get, full of cute little lane ways and cafes, with history at every turn. There are loads of cheap places to stay if you are backpacking, and loads of fun bars and pubs to meet other backpackers.

If you want something a little more private, there are plenty of stylish hotels in Plaka. What I love about it? I can drop my bags and just walk, and be at the centre of it all, yet come back to the serenity of a Greek village. Sound good? Let's dive in!

This was the view from my hotel room to the Acropolis from the balcony where I had my breakfast on my first day in Athens... not bad, hey?This was the view from my hotel room to the Acropolis from the balcony where I had my breakfast on my first day in Athens... not bad, hey?

My Athens tour started at Hotel Adrian, chosen because of its location in Plaka, nice small size, affordable price tag and of course, the Acropolis View.

My Athens Acropolis view for breakfastMy Athens Acropolis view for breakfast

The calming view over terracotta rooftops to the ancient Acropolis and Parthenon - what a great way to start the day!

Walking around the ancient Agora which is a big wide open green space at the base of the Acropolis, just next to Plaka, is the way to start the day...Walking around the ancient Agora which is a big wide open green space at the base of the Acropolis, just next to Plaka, is the way to start the day

My Athens tour includes plenty of space and plenty of time for quiet relaxation, to juxtapose the hustle bustle of the city.


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