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Welcome to Athens

Athens is a historic wonderland that welcomes millions of visitors each year. The Acropolis, with its hilltop ruins and the Parthenon, is indisputably Athens’ top draw. The city's also the gateway to the island of Hydra and ancient Delphi. But don't be deceived by the Greek capital's antique status as the cradle of Western Civilization—it also boasts some of Europe’s best cuisine and nightlife.

Top 10 attractions in Athens

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Acropolis

Acropolis

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An archaeological wonder, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the world's most instantly recognizable landmarks, the Acropolis is the star attraction of ancient Athens. Dramatically perched on a jagged clifftop—the so-called sacred rock of Athens—the ruins overlook the modern city and date back to as early as 510 BC.More
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Acropolis Museum (Museo Akropoleos)

Acropolis Museum (Museo Akropoleos)

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An Athenian landmark and feat of contemporary architecture, the Acropolis Museum sits at the base of the Acropolis, with the ruins of an ancient settlement visible through its floor. The collection runs from pre-classical times to the Roman era, but fifth-century BC treasures are the focus, especially the Parthenon Frieze sculptures.More
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Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós)

Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós)

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Athenian rulers began construction of the Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós) in the sixth century BC. By the time Roman Emperor Hadrian completed it 600 years later, it was the largest temple in Greece, and its statue of Zeus—king of the gods of Mt. Olympus—was one of the largest in the world. The temple began to fall into ruin shortly after it was finished; today only 15 of its original 104 columns still stand and much of its marble has been recycled or stolen for other temples. Nonetheless, what remains is a truly impressive sight to see.More
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Delphi

Delphi

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Delphi, with its remarkably preserved ruins dotted along the southern slopes of Mount Parnassus, is one of Greece’s most famous archaeological site. Dating back to the seventh century BC, the ancient city of Delphi is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to sites such as the Sacred Way, Stoa of the Athenians, polygonal wall, monument of Platea, and Temple of Apollo.More
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Meteora

Meteora

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The towering vertical cliffs of Meteora have provided a protected place to pursue spiritual contemplation for centuries. The first hermit monks lived up in caves, but eventually 24 Byzantine monasteries were built (six function today) atop the imposing rock. Part natural wonder, part manmade marvel, the dramatic site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular attraction in Greece.More
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Olympic Stadium (OAKA)

Olympic Stadium (OAKA)

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Originally built in the 1980s for the European Athletics Championships, the Olympic Stadium (officially the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens “Spiros Louis” or OAKA) was remodeled by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava for the 2004 Olympics. The largest stadium in Greece, with 70,000 seats, the Olympic Stadium hosts events and concerts by major international acts such as U2 and Lady Gaga.More
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Parthenon

Parthenon

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The star of Athens postcards and arguably the most impressive of all the city’s ancient ruins, the Parthenon stands proud atop the sacred rock of Acropolis, high above the modern city.Built between 447 and 432 BC, the temple was dedicated to Greek goddess Athena and originally housed her cult image, a giant ivory and gold-plated statue by Fidias. The restored temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a striking reminder of the glory of Ancient Greece with its grand marble façade, classic Doric columns, and elaborate sculptural friezes. The site also serves as a fascinating chronicle of Athens’ history.More
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Plaka

Plaka

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Built around the ruins of the ancient agora, Plaka is among the oldest residential areas in Athens and was considered the Turkish quarter during Ottoman rule. Much of it burned down during a fire in 1884, exposing many ancient sites below the neighborhood, and archaeological research has been carried out in the area ever since.More
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Agora of Athens

Agora of Athens

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The Agora was the political and social heart of the ancient city of Athens, and the ruins of this civic center and marketplace are among the most important archaeological sites in today’s capital. Explore this cradle of Greek democracy, including the Temple of Hephaestus and Stoa of Attalos.More
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Academy of Athens (Akadimía Athinón)

Academy of Athens (Akadimía Athinón)

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One of a trio of Neoclassical buildings known as the Athenian Trilogy, the 19th-century Academy of Athens (Akadimía Athinón was founded during the post-independence re-flowering of Greek culture and is home to the national institutes for sciences, philosophy, fine arts, and humanities—following a tradition first established by Plato.More

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Top activities in Athens

Delphi Day Trip from Athens

Delphi Day Trip from Athens

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Meteora Day Trip by Train from Athens
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Half Day Athens Private Tailor-Made City Tour (Skip the line of Acropolis)
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Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Athens
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Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
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All Day Cruise -3 Islands to Agistri,Moni, Aegina with lunch and drinks included
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Luxury Catamaran Cruise from Athens with Traditional Greek Meal and BBQ
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Skip the Line: Acropolis of Athens Afternoon Walking Tour
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Athens Full Day Private Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Athens

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Exceptional Private Tour
Troy_S, Jun 2022
Athens Full Day Private Tour
We saw more attractions in one day than we could in a week on our own.
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A day in Athens
Paola_E, Jun 2022
Athens Full Day Private Tour
Very well educated in the country , speaks perfect English !
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Great tour
Beverly_V, Jun 2022
Ancient Corinth, Epidaurus, Nafplio full day private tour from Athens
Greece has so much to see and do beyond Athens.
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Not a tour but taxi service
Radka_L, Jun 2022
Half-Day Tour in Athens
However don´t expect much information as the driver speaks rather limited English (at best).
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Meteora a heavenly place
Renato_A, Jun 2022
Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train
We had a great day with Kate who showed us the best sights and adviced us on where to eat, share personal stories as well as insights on religion and the history of the place.
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Amazing Tour
FeliceA_J, Jun 2022
Ancient Olympia Greece Tour
Great tour to see the site of the Birthplace of the Olympics.
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Fun on a bike!
Peter_S, Jun 2022
eBike Tour to the Coast with Seaview Lunch
It’s a nice way to see Athens that is a little different from the norm.
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We had an amazing time...
Katherine_M, Jun 2022
Mount Olympus And Dion Full-Day Tour From Athens By Train
It was a long day, but a great way to see more of Greece and get away from the busy city of Athens.
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Check all your Athens boxes!
Susan_H, Jun 2022
Best of Athens Half Day Private Tour
Picked us up at the airport and then took us to all the main sites to see in Athens.
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Outstanding finish to a Greek holiday
Daniel_S, Jun 2022
Luxury Catamaran Cruise from Athens with Traditional Greek Meal and BBQ
Don’t miss this opportunity to see the Attica coast from a luxury catamaran!
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Perfect day in Athens!
Michael_S, Jun 2022
Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
You have to see it to really believe it!
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Great way to see Athens when you're short on time
Michele_O, Jun 2022
Half Day Athens Private Tailor-Made City Tour (Skip the line of Acropolis)
Great way to see Athens when you're short on time.
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Great bicycle tour
Bobbi_K, Jun 2022
Athens Electric Bike Tour
This definitely seemed like the best way to see all of the local Athens ruins.
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Great way to see the Acropolis
Sara_A, Jun 2022
Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
Worth the money to see these historical sites of Athens.
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A truly Greek Experience
Frances_R, Jun 2022
Small-Group Athens Food Walk
So much food and a fab way to see the nightlife of Athens.
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Must do to see Athens crowdfree
Xavier_G, Jun 2022
Athens Full Day Private Tour
We wanted to see all of Athens and not waste time and avoid the crowds.
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Great Fun!
Georgia_H, Jun 2022
Private Athens Electric Bike Half Day Tour
Got to see the birth place of democracy!
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Must do
Mariela_C, Jun 2022
Half Day Athens Private Tailor-Made City Tour (Skip the line of Acropolis)
What a great way to see the Acropolis and Athens!
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Amazing tour. We covered...
Rachael_B, Jun 2022
Athens Scenic Bike Tour
Highly recommended to anyone who wants to see all of the attractions in Athens in a day.
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Amazing sunset with the gods!
Gregg_A, Jun 2022
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
Stopped (for a look only) at a hot spring lake, stopped at a nice beach for a snack then up to Poseidon's Temple in time for an amazing sunset (second only to Oia on Santorini).
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