Welcome to Athens

As Rome is eternal, so Athens is immortal. Situated in the Attica province and surrounded by mountains, the Greek capital is a modern city combined with a glorious past encapsulating mythology and history, and the birthplace of democracy. Athens is home to some of the most important heritage sites of Greek civilisation from antiquity through the middle ages to modern times.

When to visit

With warm, sunny days for most of the year, Athens is a year-round destination. It does have a winter but it’s quite short. The most popular time to visit is from late spring through to autumn when the weather is at its most accommodating. August can be extremely hot, but the city is less crowded as Athenians leave for their own holidays. Winter brings fewer visitors to the Greek capital although there are still events and festivities. Greek Orthodox Easter is the most important and sacred festival of the year and Holy Week is brimming with festivities, ceremonial processions and centuries-old traditions.

The Caryatids of the Erechtheion, Athens

The Caryatids of the Erechtheion, Athens

Experience Athens

We’re delighted to highlight a few holiday experiences to enhance your visit to Athens. Simply confirm at the time of booking or prior to travelling.
For further details and prices of private excursions and small group escorted tours, to visit some or all of these places of interest, please ask our Personalised Travel Team about pre-bookable experiences and excursions on 0800 008 7288.

We highly recommend…

History, food and views

Take in the three floors and 4,000 exhibits of the Acropolis Museum, before
spending a couple of hours in the museum’s wonderful restaurant;
at night it enjoys views of the illuminated Acropolis.

Athens (full day)

Travel back in time to the thriving empire of ancient Greece on a private tour of Athens. Visit a combination of classic and contemporary sites including the colossal Panathinaiko Stadium, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Acropolis Museum.

 

From £163 per person

Cape Sounion (half day)

Experience a wonderful drive along the Athens Riviera to the unique Temple of Poseidon, God of the Seas. Cape Sounion has long played an important part in Greek mythology and history.

From £54 per person

Segway tour (half day)

Explore ancient and modern Athens in an easy and fun way that allows you to visit the city’s most important sites, followed by a pleasant ride inside the National Garden.

From £55 per person

Cookery class (3 hours)

A gastronomy adventure in the southern area of Athens. Learn the secrets of Greek cooking and prepare an authentic 3-course meal. Enjoy your creations over a glass of Greek wine.

From £79 per person

City sightseeing bus (full day)

See the wonders of Athens accompanied by a personal audio guide. Athens is a city filled with iconic landmarks and you have the freedom to jump off the bus at any given point of interest.

From £19 per person

Athens and the Acropolis (half day)

A private tour of Athens including the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch and Memorial to the Unknown Soldier. The Acropolis visit includes all the highlights.

 

From £109 per person

Out and about

This vibrant city is home to over four million people and historical and cultural buildings abound. The historic triangle includes the districts of Plaka, Thissio and Psyrri where Neoclassical mansions and modern architecture, fashionable department stores and small artisan shops, sophisticated restaurants and traditional tavernas, happily co-exist.

The Acropolis is the symbol of the capital and home to the Parthenon, one of the world’s most famous buildings and a formidable sight, especially at night when illuminated. At the foot of the Acropolis lies the impressive Acropolis Museum filled with artifacts from Bronze Age to Byzantine times. The prestigious Kolonaki neighbourhood is home to outstanding museums including the Byzantine & Christian Museum covering religious art, the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture, considered one of the finest museums in Greece, and the exceptional Museum of Cycladic Art. The wooded Lycabettus Hill is a fantastic vantage point easily reached by funicular, or on foot; boasting Athens’ highest point it affords splendid city views, especially at sunset. The modern city encompasses Monastiraki Square with its interesting flea market, vibrant Omonia Square, and Syntagma Square, home to some of the city’s most luxurious hotels.

Athens also offers a vibrant nightlife with a multitude of restaurants and tavernas. All over the Greek capital there’s a fresh appreciation for Greece’s food heritage and the amazing natural produce that is available.

Good to know

Athens has an extensive and inexpensive integrated public transport network of buses, metro, trolleybuses and a tram line. A single ticket is valid for 90 minutes, or a day pass for 24 hours, and can be used on the entire Athens urban transport network, including the suburban railway. A combination ticket for the Acropolis gives you access for up to five days to Ancient Agora, the Theatre of Dionysis, Roman Agora, Kerameikos, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Library.

Luxury hotels in Athens

Electra Palace

Athens

  • Recommended Spa
  • Indoor and Outdoor Pool
  • Michelin Plate Restaurant

Electra Hotel

Athens

  • Stunning Views
  • Central Location
  • Rooftop Restaurant

Electra Metropolis

Athens

  • Central Location
  • Rooftop Garden
  • Indoor and Outdoor Pool

Athens musts

Acropolis

Visible from almost anywhere in the city, and considered by many to be the most important ancient site in the Western world, little can prepare the viewer for the breathtaking magnificence of Pericles’ stunning, monumental achievement.

Planetarium

Athens is home to the most technologically advanced and largest digital planetarium in the world, featuring 3D virtual trips to the galaxy, with simultaneous narration in English, as well as IMAX movies from its near three hundred seat amphitheatre.

National Archaeological Museum

The largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. The time span covered is immense, from the Neolithic to the golden age of Greek history and beyond.

National Gardens

Considered one of Athens’ greatest treasures, these formal gardens are a tropical paradise in the middle of the city. Stroll, feed the ducks and visit the botanical museum.

Ancient Agora

The heart of ancient Athens is a lush, refreshing break from congested city streets, and is dotted with beautiful monuments including the world’s first shopping arcade, the best-preserved Doric temple in Greece and an excellent museum.

The Temple of Olympian Zeus

Built to surpass the Parthenon and the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, this colossal project was never completed. Of the original 104 columns, only 15 remain but their 17-metre height gives a sense of the enormous scale when illuminated at night.

Twin centre

Ask our travel consultant about combining a stay in Athens with a visit to the Greek islands, the Peloponnese or Halkidiki.
See our dedicated Greece & Cyprus brochure for further details.