The city of Athens is regarded as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Its influence in philosophy, arts and learning has widely spread in all corners of the world today.
Athens is home to two World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis and the ancient Daphni Monastery. It was also the venue of the first ever Olympic games held in 1896. In 2004, after 108 years, Athens successfully hosted the Olympics for the second time.
A visit to Athens usually takes visitors to the ruins of ancient temples like the Parthenon and temple of Zeus but cities around Athens are also a treasure trove of architectural wonders dating back to antiquity.
A three-day trip schedule should be enough to cover all the important sites in Athens and the surrounding cities. Here is a suggested itinerary for first-time visitors but more options are available on City-Discovery.com, especially for seasoned travellers who may want to see more of Athens.
Day 1 – Ancient Athens
Immerse yourself in Greek history and culture as you visit the center of Athens. Visit the Constitution Square, the House of Parliament, and the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier. Pass by the National Library, the University, and see the Evzones or the Presidential Guards in their traditional uniform at the Presidential Palace. The tour proceeds to the Acropolis and see the Hadrianâ€™s Arch along the way. Visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus and make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, the venue of the first Olympic Games of the modern era held in 1896.
Continue on to the National Archaeological Museum in order to visit the Parthenon, the Herodus Atticus Odeon, the Propylaia, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion. You will see some architectural masterpieces from the Golden Age of Athens at the Museum of Acropolis.
At night, join the night tour in Athens and discover the night culture of the Greeks. The tour offers a perfect opportunity for visitors to capture the Acropolis illuminated at night. You will proceed to a typical Greek tavern for dinner, while enjoying live music and Greek Folk Dances.
Day 2 – Aegina, Poros and Hydra
Go on a trip to three beautiful islands in Greece on your second day. Departing from Athens by bus, the tour takes you the Paleon Phaleron, Trocadero Harbor where you will sail to reach the island of Aegina, famous for the temple of Athena Aphaia. Cruise down the strait to visit the island of Poros which is popular for its romantic beaches. After having lunch on board the boat, the tour takes you Hydra. Take some time to explore the island. Go on shopping for souvenir items or go swimming at the beach before sailing back to Trocadero Harbor. A bus will be waiting to transfer you back to Athens.
Day 3 – Classic Corinth
Visit the ancient town of Corinth where Paul the Apostle stayed and preached for two years. See the Corinth Canal which connects Gulf of Corinth and the Aegean Sea, cutting through the Isthmus of Corinth.
Proceed to the Agora (market place) and see Apollo’s Temple constructed in the 6th century. Take a short stop at the site of the Ancient Port of Cehries, where St. Paul disembarked, before returning to Athens.
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