1. Walk atop the Acropolis
A visit to Athens will never be complete without stepping foot into the Acropolis. It stands as the city's most iconic tourist attraction and you'll be immersed into the great history of this great wonder of the world.
Not only will you be in awe of the remarkable monuments and historical landmarks such as the Temple of Parthenon,
Odeion of Herodes Atticus,
Temple of Athena Nike to name a few.
The impressive panoramic view of the city of Athens from this place is a bonus.
Tip: Acropolis has two entry zones which they call as North and South slopes and requires a bit of a walk to get to the top. We suggest you get in early to beat the queue or buy your ticket in advance with a 'skip-the-line' option.
Ensure that you wear comfortable walking shoes and get yourself hydrated. There's not much shade so it can be too hot for some at noon time. You may want to consider doing a morning or late afternoon visit if you have issues with heat exhaustion.
Lastly, while you'll be overwhelmed by the remarkable monuments, don't forget the to check the historical museums.
2. Take a day trip to Delphi
Delphi used to be the centre of the ancient Greek world. It's known as the place where the oracle of the Greek god Apollo spoke and where the omphalos, the 'navel of the world' sits. The Temple of Apollo dominates this mountainside UNESCO listed archaeological site.
Tip: A return trip to Athens including stops approximately takes 10 hours by bus or coach so it's worth keeping it in mind when planning your Athens itinerary. While the drive takes a bit of time, you'll be treated with a spectacular scenery.
There's a bit of walking / climbing involved so ensure you have comfortable shoes with you on the trip. Also, don't forget to take a peek at the Delphi stadium where the ancient phytian games were played.
3. Check out the Temple of Olympian Zeus
This historical landmark stands out because of its sheer size and its location which is bang on in the city. Only a few columns were left but is enough to give you a glimpse or idea of this once massive temple.
Tip: The area is not overly crowded so it's perfect for a relaxing walk at the same time admiring this colossal structure. You may consider it in your list when planning a slow-paced walking tour.
4. Drive to Cape Sounion
Cape Sounion is approximately 70kms away from Athens so is a short drive.
You will find the Cape's Temple of Poseidon, god of the sea, standing tall and overlooking the sea.
While it's a short drive from Athens, you'll be mesmerised by the beautiful landscape and coastal waters.
Tip: This can be planned as a 'lazy-afternoon' activity as the sunset combined with the ocean view is just simply spectacular.
5. Visit the Athens New Acropolis Museum
Acropolis Museum sits at the foot of the Acropolis. It is considered as the largest modern building built within the area and is considered on of the world's top museums.
It houses impressive sculptures including the original remnants of The Parthenon.
Tip: This museum gives you a general overview of the ancient Greek civilisation. It's ticketed and reasonably well priced. You'll walk thru its glass-floored galleries where you directly see the impressive archaeological excavation of the Acropolis.
There's a nearby cafe and restaurant too for a quick bite. You may consider putting the visit as you come down from Acropolis to refresh.
6. Drop by the Hellenic Parliament
The Hellenic Parliament houses the Members of the Parliament and is located around Syntagma Square. One notable attraction in this building is the changing of the guard.
Tip: Syntagma square is a bustling area of activities in Athens. There are numerous cafes and restaurants offering great food and Greek delicacies. You may want to grab some 'gyros' or 'falafel' which is filling. is the heart of activities in Athens. This activity can be the relaxing part of your trip in Athens.