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Athens Vacations

The top sights, highlights, tours & travel itinaries curated by our Travel Experts.

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    2. Europe
    3. Greece
    4. Athens

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    Athens: The ancient city that still bursts with life. Start your Athens tour on the Acropolis, where the ancient ruins will make you feel like you’re walking among gods, before heading to the chaos of the Varvakeios food market, packed to the brim with cubes of tangy feta. Refuel with Lukumades, honeyed dough balls that are so good Aristotle wrote about them. Unwind in Plaka, where locals play at being Socrates by putting the world to rights over moussaka and Mythos beer—it’s easy to see why people have stayed here for 5,000 years.

    1. Der Tempel von Athene - ein Muss bei Ihrem Athen Urlaub

      Parthenon and Acropolis

    2. Die Plaka ist ein Muss bei Ihrem Athen Urlaub

      Plaka

    3. Das Archäologisches Nationalmuseum ist ein Muss bei Ihrem Athen Urlaub

      National Archeological Museum

    4. Psyrri ist das Szeneviertel, das Sie bei Ihrem Athen Urlaub unbedingt besuchen sollten.

      Psyrri

    Things to Do in Athens

    Parthenon

    If you’ve seen a big important building with columns at the front, it’s a copy of the Parthenon. Built 2400 years ago and dedicated to Athena, this temple’s soaring columns and magnificent gables were originally built as a celebration of Athens’ victory over the invading Persians. Catch the best view of the temple at sunset for an effect that Mark Twain compared to a “pink sugar loaf”.

    Acropolis

    The Acropolis is the hill that dominates the center of Athens, studded with ancient ruins. After scaling its craggy 490-foot peak and seeing the Parthenon, head to the southern slopes and look down on the Theater of Dionysus, the god of drinking, fun, and the theater. This magnificent ruin was once home to the Greek tragedies of Sophocles and Aeschylus, to name a couple.

    Plaka

    No trip to Athens is complete without seeing the Plaka, known as “the Neighborhood of the Gods” due to its proximity to the Acropolis. With winding cobbled streets, hole-in-the-wall shops, and tavernas, Plaka feels more like a village in the islands of Kefalonia or Crete rather than part of Greece’s largest city. Follow ancient stone staircases to secluded tavernas for an ice cold glass of Ouzo under the shade of an orange tree.

    National Archeological Museum

    The sprawling neoclassical facade of this museum is a clear continuation of the columned temples that define the ancient Athenian style. Make sure to see the Funeral Mask of Agamemnon, the leader of the Greeks during the Trojan war. As well as mythology, this museum is a journey into Athenian genius. Don’t miss the Antikythera Mechanism, the world’s oldest analog computer—those ancient Athenians were really ahead of their time.

    Psyrri

    This trendy neighborhood is where the young Athenians come out to play. Walk the tree-lined streets, where every corner will have an open-air artwork adorning a wall. You’ll notice that many of these works have mysterious heritages and unknown artists, much like their older counterparts in the museums. End a day here with the hip youngsters, enjoying lively cocktail-fuelled conversation and mezedopoleio, Greek-style tapas. Psyrri shows that even ancient Athens is young at heart. Less

    Visit Athens on These Tours

    1. The ancient theater of Epidaurus (or "Epidavros"), Argolis Prefecture, Peloponnese, Greece.

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      $4,300

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    2. View of Oia the most beautiful village of Santorini island in Greece

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      $3,000

      excl. Flight (p.P.)

    3. See the Acropolis of Athens, pictured here, on a tour of Greece

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      $3,500

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    Useful Information for Your Athens Trip

    Athens is full of great accommodation options, so the best place to stay for you depends on your travel tastes and preferences. We highly recommend the neighborhoods of Plaka and Psyrri as great places to stay in Athens.

    Greek food is world famous for being delicious, and the food scene in Athens is no exception to this. The food scene in Athens is dynamic and constantly changing, so speak to a Tourlane Travel Expert for insider tips and recommendations for the best places to eat in Athens.

    Athens is 186 miles from Santorini. The quickest way to do this journey is by flying, which takes approximately 50 minutes. Alternatively, there is a ferry, which takes between five and eight hours.

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