About Athens - Cradle of Democracy
Athens was the most famous city of the ancient world and has long been considered as the birthplace of democracy and civilization.
It is one of the most magical cities in the world and many go there to enjoy its treasures: the Acropolis; its many museums; the Agora, Hadrian's Arch, Temple of Zeus; the wonderful neo-classical buildings near Syntagma and the Parliament buildings with the uniquely dressed 'Evzones' guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Or why not stroll around Plaka, Athens' oldest district, a hotch-potch of history. Here important sites, including an ancient mosque, sit close to Byzantine churches. Alongside is modern Athens, the city which hosted one of the most successful Olympic Games of recent times.
The city centre is very compact and is extremely easy to get around, due 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 prebook with your Rediscover the World holiday. Athens is such a diverse city and we recommend a guided tour to help you get your bearings and to find out a little of the city's background. As well as full day trips to Delphi and the Argolis region we also offer the chance to take 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
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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.
Once considered the centre of the ancient world but its fame and prestige extended much further than the boundaries of the Hellenic world.
"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