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How to Spend 1 Day in Athens

How to Spend 1 Day in Athens

The Acropolis rises from the heart of Athens, and remnants of ancient history appear around every corner of the city. With an early start and a bit of planning, you can catch the highlights of one of the world’s oldest cities in a single day. Here’s how to make the most of your limited time in Athens.

Morning: City Sightseeing

Some of the greatest treasures of ancient Greece are found in Athens, and there are a few ways to see them all. Join a half-day sightseeing tour to make sure you hit the highlights—you can visit the Greek Parliament and Panathenaic Stadium (home of the first modern Olympic Games) and climb to the top of the UNESCO-listed Acropolis to take in the marble columned Parthenon. Next, make your way to the Acropolis Museum to admire the Parthenon friezes and learn about the archaeology of the site.

Afternoon: Plaka and Agora

After lunch, wander the colorful streets of the Plaka neighborhood, home to numerous ancient sights, Byzantine churches, 19th-century homes, and sidewalk cafes. Take an afternoon stroll through the ruins of ancient Agora (the commercial center of ancient Greece), or book hop-on hop-off bus tickets to catch sight of some of Athens’ top spots at your leisure.

Night: Athens Illuminated

You haven’t seen Athens until you’ve seen it at night. As the sun goes down, head out on an evening tour to see monuments such as the Parthenon, Temple of Zeus, and the Greek Parliament illuminated against the night sky. Duck into a traditional taverna for a dinner of Greek favorites and an evening of traditional bouzouki guitar folk music. Alternatively, go all out on your one night in Athens with a 5-course dinner in a revolving restaurant 165 feet (50 meters) above the city.

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Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Discover some of Greece’s greatest treasures and the best of modern Athens on this morning or afternoon Athens sightseeing tour. With an expert guide, take a coach tour of top Athens sites, including the Greek Parliament and Panathenaic Stadium, stage of the first modern Olympic Games. Then, explore the mighty Acropolis on foot to see the glorious Parthenon and other highlights. Want to add more sightseeing in Athens? Upgrade your morning tour to include entry to the Acropolis Museum to see its incredible Parthenon friezes, and other archaeological exhibits.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.11
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$79.11
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City Sightseeing Athens & Beach Riviera Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Athens & Beach Riviera Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Experience the best of Athens in one day and your own way, on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off Athens bus tour. Travel around by open-top double-decker bus and create your own sightseeing itinerary. Learn about Athens’ history from the onboard audio guide and choose from various routes. Perhaps visit the spectacular Acropolis, the New Acropolis Museum, or other top sights—you set the pace and choose where to explore on foot.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.34
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$24.34
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Viator Exclusive: Acropolis of Athens, New Acropolis Museum and Greek Dinner

Viator Exclusive: Acropolis of Athens, New Acropolis Museum and Greek Dinner

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Explore the greatest of ancient Greek architectural feats on a 4-hour private walking tour of the Acropolis of Athens and the New Acropolis Museum, followed by dinner. Stroll around the UNESCO-listed Acropolis with an archaeologist to learn about its monuments, including the Parthenon. Then, visit the ultra-modern New Acropolis Museum for a guided tour of its spectacular statues and treasures. Finish with a delicious Greek dinner at a restaurant with stellar views over the Parthenon.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$121.71
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$121.71
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Athens Super Saver: Acropolis Walking Tour plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip

Athens Super Saver: Acropolis Walking Tour plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip

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Discover the best of Athens and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion on this full-day Super Saver—a combination of two popular tours for a great discounted price. Start with a guided morning stroll around top Athens attractions such as Syntagma Square, the charming old Plaka district, and more. Then, take a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Acropolis to see its classical showpieces, including the Parthenon. Finish with a scenic afternoon trip to see the Temple of Poseidon, a 5th-century BC temple perched on sea cliffs at Cape Sounion.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$98.59
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$98.59
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Athens Airport Private Departure Transfer

Athens Airport Private Departure Transfer

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Arrange for a stress-free ride to Athens International Airport with this private transfer service.  Meet your driver at your Athens city hotel, and relax on the journey to the airport in a climate-controlled vehicle. Pickups are also available from the Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, or Faliro coastal areas.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.38
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$27.38
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Athens Electric Bike Tour

Athens Electric Bike Tour

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Make easy work of Athens’ busy streets and steep hills by whizzing around the sights on an easy-to-ride electric bike. Glide effortlessly around the hilltop ruins of the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens, pedal around the atmospheric Old Town of Plaka, and explore lively Monastiraki. Hop off along the way to see the New Acropolis Museum, Hadrian’s Arch, Panathenaic Stadium and the National Gardens of Athens.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.20
Price varies by group size
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$57.20
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Athens, The Acropolis and Cape Sounion Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Athens, The Acropolis and Cape Sounion Full-Day Tour with Lunch

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Admire ancient treasures side-by-side with modern marvels on this full-day sightseeing tour of Athens and Cape Sounion. Visit the famous Acropolis and Temple of Olympic Zeus, plus contemporary Athenian highlights like Panathinaikon Stadium and Parliament House. Savor traditional Greek flavors with an included lunch, and travel to Cape Sounion in the afternoon for spectacular views of the Saronic Gulf and the ancient Temple of Poseidon perched dramatically atop sea cliffs.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.32
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$108.32
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Athens Full Day Tour with Lunch

Athens Full Day Tour with Lunch

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Travel back in time to the thriving empire of ancient Greece on a full-day tour of Athens led by an expert guide. In the morning, visit a combination of classic and contemporary sites to gain a holistic picture of the bustling Greek capital including the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum. Then, after savoring a delicious lunch, head out to the Saronic Gulf to Cape Sounion where the great Temple of Poseidon is still standing.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$103.45
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Athens Night Sightseeing Tour with Greek Dinner Show

Athens Night Sightseeing Tour with Greek Dinner Show

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Experience the full magic of Athens by night with this 3.5-hour panoramic evening tour, with an enjoyable Greek dinner show included. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, enjoy spectacular views of top Athens attractions such as the Parthenon, Temple of Zeus and Greek Parliament building, all beautifully floodlit against the night sky. Then, head for a traditional taverna in the old district of Plaka for a delicious Greek dinner and colorful folklore show of traditional dancing, music and song.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.76
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