The Old Town market district Monastiraki is a favorite among tourists and locals alike. Though cheap souvenirs dominate its storefronts, there’s plenty on offer for sophisticated tastes too!
Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens
In ruins, but once considered the epitome of Doric architecture, the important temple Olympieion was home to the gold Statue of Zeus – one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
How long to spend in Athens depends on how much of it you want to see, of course, but with most of its historic landmarks situated at the Acropolis, you could cover its archaeological sites, best restaurants, and most popular markets in 3 days.
The city is served by buses and electric trolleys that must be waved down at the blue (bus) and yellow (trolley) stops. Tickets are cheap, but then so are taxi fares. Athens also recently opened a sleek new Metro network. Construction was greatly delayed because they couldn’t dig for 5 minutes without hitting undiscovered antiquities!
Athens is most pleasant during the spring and fall, when the temperatures are warm and the tourist traffic is at a minimum.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Awesome views of the Meteora Monasteries and a great tour
I would definitely recommend this tour, and if you only have one spare day for a trip while you’re in Athens, I would make it this tour 🙂 It was a holiday highlight. Meteora was amazing and the views were awesome. Our tour guides, George and Jannis were lovely. The commentary was really informative and they were more than happy to take photos while you were there. I was really happy with the stop-offs that we did on the tour – the hermit caves, followed by multiple stops for photos and two monasteries. We had a lovely day! It is a long day, but well worth it, and the tour wasn’t as physically tiring as I expecting, due to the bus/group being fairly small and not having to walk for hours, which is a bonus. Thank you to George and Janni for a lovely time!
From Athens: Full-Day Rail Tour to Meteora reviewed by Shelley
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Great information to help you understand the site.
Our guide and initial greeters were kind, knowledgable and concerned for our experience. They met us in the Metro station as promised and found a place nearby for us to use the toilet at the last minute, offered cold water, warned us of pickpockets etc. The guide was informative, made time for personal requests, and showed particular concern for w/1 couple w/medical issues. The only disappointing thing was that in trying to meet personal requests/questions we ended up w/only 10 mins to explore on our own at the Acropolis top. It also seemed like the facility closed earlier than normal, but I’m not sure why. It worked out fine and is worth the money and time to see this amazing historical site.
Acropolis: Entrance Ticket and Guided Walking Tour reviewed by Elaina
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was superb! I would highly recommend this e-bike tour
Our guide led us through paths that were not too difficult for those who do not cycle routinely. His commentary was informative, interesting and contained surprises: he got us to a certain corner to see the parade of the changing of the guard without the crowds. I just loved his offer to photograph tour members at iconic sites such as with the Acropolis in background. At the end of our tour, he capped it off with several small but traditional Greek gifts, as it was my birthday…he helped make it memorable!
Historic Athens: Small-Group Electric Bike Tour reviewed by Kathryn
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Very enjoyable archaeological sites in Delfi & impressive Monasteries
The tour guide Sophia was knowledgeable and very professional in keeping a busload of people of different cultures very satisfied. I suggest the quiet time between Delfi and Meteora to have some very low, and relaxing background music. The driver was also very professional and all in all my friend and I had an excellent trip.
From Athens: Delphi and Meteora 2-Day Guided Tour reviewed by Peggy
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