Athens is one of the most magical cities in the world and many go there to enjoy its treasures: the Acropolis, its wealth of museums, the Agora, Hadrian's Arch, Temple of Zeus, the impressive neo-classical buildings near Syntagma, the Parliament buildings with the uniquely dressed 'Evzones' guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Stroll through Plaka, Athens' oldest district, which comes alive at night with people eating and chatting al fresco. Alongside sits modern Athens, the city which hosted one of the most successful Olympic Games of recent times.
The city centre is fairly compact and it's easy to get around thanks to the excellent metro and tram system. To get an idea of the scale of the city it is good to head up to the top of Lycabettus Hill - on a clear day you can see across to the Saronic Islands.
Why not enhance your stay in Athens with one or several of the day trips below, which are all available to pre-book with your Rediscover the World holiday.
We highly recommend a guided tour to help you get your bearings and to find out a little of the city's background. This can be arranged on a group basis or on a private basis. As well as full day trips to Delphi and the Argolis region you might also consider taking a relaxing cruise to explore three of the nearby Saronic Islands, an ideal way to pick up some varied souvenirs from your holiday!
Where to stay
Close to all of the major sights and attractions and steps away from the new Acropolis Museum.
The Acropolis Select is located in the vicinity of the Acropolis and Plaka area.
The glorious Hotel Grande Bretagne is an Athens institution at the very heart of Athens life.
The Hermes hotel is a modern 3 star superior hotel, located in the Plaka area of Athens.
Things to do
1/2 Day (pm)
This is a lovely side trip for anyone staying in Athens. Cape Sounion is one of the most imposing spots in Greece, celebrated in verse by Lord Byron.
Athens City Tour - a very popular guided tour taking in the most famous sights in the city; available any morning.
1/2 Day (am)
Learn all about the wonderful Greek cuisine. Each tour includes mouth watering food tastings from the various specialty and food shops that you will pass ...
Once considered the centre of the ancient world but its fame and prestige extended much further than the boundaries of the Hellenic world.
"This form can't convey how good we felt the service you provided was - each hotel seemed better than the last with the Palazzo Greco being absolute standout! The only complaint we had was the noise the night we stayed in Chania which went on until 5.00 am. If we did it again we wouldn't stay in the centre of Chania. The visit to Spinalonga was everything we anticipated and more."
J Hanson, June, 2017
"Had a fabulous time, stress free thanks to Dawn and the Rediscover team. All the accomodation was value for money. Majority of the accomodation staff couldn't do enough for us. Ironically it was one of the more modern hotels where the receptionist was rude and totally unhelpful, and resulted in our car hire not being picked up. Although that didn't put a dampner on an altogether fantastic trip."
C Long, July 2012
"Just a note to say a big thank you for arranging the holiday in Greece. We had a great time and we loved the selection of hotels and their locations. You did great job in putting this together and all went ahead smoothly as planned. Thank you again for the lovely holiday!"
G Maheswaran, Sept 2016
"Thank you for your assistance towards our stay in Athens. All went well and we got the rooms requested - the reception remembered us from previous stays. We even got a late check out FOC !"
M Lemon, Sept 2015
"Some arrangements I made myself, so it was the 4 day Classical tour and half day tour of Athens, that you arranged for me. It was absolutely brilliant, and if you are able to feedback to our guide Martina from GO, I would be grateful. The trip and choice of visits was really superb and Martina looked after us and gave us so much information. It was the best trip ever. Rediscover were always so helpful and gave me good advice from the start. You are so helpful, thanks yet again. I have been telling everyone how good you are, there's nothing like a recommendation!"
Ms C Chapman, July 2012
"I wanted to thank you for arranging such a lovely trip for my parents. They were a bit anxious before they reached Athens but everything went so smoothly that they absolutely loved it. My parents also send their wishes and want to say thank you. All the guides and drivers made their travel very easy and relaxing. Very punctual and well informed. I would happily recommend your company to our friends and family."
S. Prabhu, April, 2015
"I wanted to thank you for all your planning an assistance in our recent Greece trip. The drivers, additional island flight, and ferries and hotels were wonderful with no glitches."
A Swanlek, Sept 2017
"Just arrived back and wanted once again to thank you for helping to organise such a terrific holiday. Naxos is a jewel; the Lagos Mare delightful with lovely staff; and the Herodion in Athens a great location. Their new rooftop restaurant Point is superb. The only complaint was rather rattle and poor aircon and quite rude/abrupt reception staff but otherwise all other staff delightful. These two comments I now see are echoed on Tripadvisor so might be useful info - but in the scheme of things, minor. We particularly appreciated your responsiveness to the last minute changes. "
J Pendleton, June 2016
"Well organised overall. A very few minuses to the holiday were: Hotel Atrium was too far from the centre to go out in the evening other than in the local neighbourhood, which, while very pleasant and friendly, was limited in restaurant choice. Flight out delyed by 3.5 hours."
M Asser, October 2017
"Just back from our great greek adventure!! Thanks for the brilliant arrangements - everything was just perfect. A special mention should be made to the excellent taxi driver from Argonaut - unfortunately we didn't get his name - but he was such a lovely polite lad and his timekeeping was spot on from meeting us at the airport to meeting us off the hydrofoil. We loved the route you gave us - first we managed the climb to the Acropolis (despite the 35% heat!!) which was unbelievable - the visit to monomvassia was well worth the detour, lovely little coastal village of guthion - the mani was so different - sometimes quite barren sometimes lush green, the Diros caves were stunning and loved the atmosphere in areopolis - great tavernas. The Messini Bay hotel was perfect - picturesque setting and so peaceful. The little villages of Finikounda, Koroni and others along the way were so unspoilt and people very friendly. Pylos was very pretty (despite a thunderstorm!!) and we were recommended to a great fish restaurant there by the hotel - loved the Mystras - so well preserved and plenty to interest us. Then to Sparti and on to lovely Nafplion where we did the climb to the castle for the magnificent views - also spent some time on the lovely quiet beach. Back to Athens where we loved the Plaka hotel with its rooftop bar - and one of the staff even supported Leicester City FC!!! Off to Aegina island where we witnessed a Greek wedding in the hotel on Saturday night!! We even hired a scooter to get round the island - its fifty years since I rode pillion - our daughter wants to know when we are going to grow up!!! Thanks again for the fantastic planning - our first time to Greece will certainly not be the last"
P Robinson, Sept 2016