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As one of the world’s oldest cities you’d expect to discover an enchanting world of history and awe-inspiring ruins but there are plenty of things to see and do in Athens that bring the city into modern day.
Spend your days intertwining the wonders of the past and present. Get a close up glimpse of the Acropolis –a fascinating cluster of ancient ruins, or admire it from afar as you enjoy dinner or a late night drink. Spend your days shopping and sightseeing and your evenings dining in Michelin-starred eateries, like Funky Gourmet, or listening to traditional Greek music whilst sampling authentic Greek cuisine.
Athens offers plenty of opportunity for shopping - you’ll find bustling pedestrianised streets, bazaar style stores and traditional markets bursting with local produce. The city boasts a great range of shopping, from everyday stores on Ermou, Athens busiest shopping street, to upmarket shopping and designer boutiques in Kolonaki. Pick up some custom made sandals at Stavros Melissinos Art Shop or handmade olivewood carvings for an authentically Greek keepsake.
A trip to Athens wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Acropolis, undoubtedly the city’s most famous site. The large hill lies in the centre of the city and contains a cluster of ancient ruins. The Acropolis Museum houses important Greek statues – pop in after seeing the Acropolis itself. See ancient artefacts at the National Archaeological Museum or visit the impressive Temple of Olympian Zeus.
You’ll find plenty of options for dining across Athens, whether you’re looking for the finest Michelin-starred cuisine or just reasonably priced homemade specialities. Stop at the Piazza Duomo in Mitropoleos, an all-day Italian coffee bar and restaurant located in the heart of Athens – make sure you try the homemade moussaka. Or ask for rooftop seating at Strofi and take advantage of the amazing views of the Acropolis.
Head to Brettos Bar in Plaka, the oldest distillery in Athens. The walls of this old-fashioned distillery are adorned with colourful bottles and lights. Booze in Kolokotroni is a great day into night venue. An arty hangout with a theatre upstairs and art exhibitions in the basement. While A for Athens Cocktail Bar has an urban terrace with stunning views.
Combine the sights of modern Athens with the sites of historical importance on this comprehensive five hour sightseeing tour. With an expert guide on hand to explain all the top Athens attractions, your tour passes Constitution Square and Parthenon temple -- home of the first modern Olympic Games. Explore the incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed Acropolis of Athens on foot, seeing famous monuments like the Pantheon.
See the best of Athens and its surrounding highlights on this sightseeing super saver that combines two best-selling tours. Begin with a leisurely paced walking tour to see top Athens attractions, like Syntagma Square and the historic neighborhood of Plaka, on your way to the Acropolis. Tour the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site and its ruins with your guide, and then travel to picturesque Cape Sounion in the afternoon to see the Temple of Poseidon.
Visit three beautiful Greek Islands in one day on an island-hopping cruise from Athens. Visiting the Saronic Islands of Hydra, Poros and Egina, this sightseeing tour includes a delicious Greek lunch and hydrofoil boat transfers. Sightsee, shop, swim or join exciting excursions, like a trip to the Temple of Aphaia (own expense), on this must-do day trip from Athens. Enjoy free time on each contrasting island, from the pretty windmills and waterfalls of Poros, to the quaint alleys and charming red-tiled houses of Hydra and the vibrancy of the larger island of Egina.
Fuel your appetite with a night-time tour of Athens and the Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments, before relaxing with a Greek dinner show. Your evening tour commences with a relaxing panoramic drive through central Athens over to Acropolis, which you will see lit up against the night sky. Next you will visit the Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments, and then continue to Plaka, in the old city of Athens. Here you will dine in a typical Greek restaurant and enjoy a folklore show with live music and dancers in traditional Greek dress.
Taste the local flavours of Greece, during this three hour small-group cooking class. Taking place at the endearing Klimataria Tavern, your cooking class is run by its owner, Maria, who is famous throughout Athens for her traditional family Greek cooking. Under her watchful eye, prepare an authentic Greek feast and then sit down with fellow food-lovers in your group to eat. This small-group cooking class is limited to 12 people, ensuring you'll learn all about Greek cooking in an intimate atmosphere.