Tour guide and lunch included. The Meteora is my favorite destination in mainland Greece. Delphi is great, but you do need to have a keen interest in Greek history to make it worth the trip. The Meteora, on the other hand, will appeal to anyone with a pulse. The dramatic and awesome setting is stunning. A stop for lunch and a few other historical sights are built into the itinerary but most of the focus is on seeing the monasteries of the Meteora.
There is also a cheaper Meteora tour that involves taking the train; an overnight tour that allows for a complete tour of all 6 monasteries worth it if you have the time ; and a combination tour that visits both Delphi and the Meteora. Great boat tour of 3 wonderful islands a short boat ride from Athens. Lots of swimming and sunbathing. Includes traditional Greek lunch, made and served onboard. Highly recommended! If you only have time to do one thing in Athens then see the Acropolis the hill and the Parthenon the largest building on the Acropolis.
In summer it has long opening hours 8am to 8pm making it easy to visit on a tight schedule.
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Having a guide makes the experience much more rewarding and interesting. Also, guides can buy tickets at a different kiosk which is much quicker than the general ticket queue. This relatively new museum is a highlight of a visit to Athens. If you 5 hours or less in Athens then visit the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum. The single best museum in Greece and loaded with archaeological treasures. If you have only one day in Athens you might be forced to miss this. If you have 2 days or more then make an effort to get here. The experience is dramatically enhanced if you get a private tour guide to explain all the history and top exhibits.
A great area to wander, shop, eat, and sightsee. This hill sits across Syntagma Square from the Acropolis Hill and provides great views of the Parthenon and central Athens. A wonderful lively slice of modern Athens. A short walk from Syntagma Square and the Greek Parliament buildings this is relaxing break from the chaos of busy Athens. An 80 minute drive southeast of Athens but only worth the trip if you have 3 days or more in the capital any less and your time is better spent in central Athens.
Watch a movie in the Plaka under the lights of the Acropolis at Cine Paris. Films are typically American in english with Greek subtitles. Beer, wine, and light snacks are available. This is a highlight of summer in Greece. Athens is loaded with great restaurants but nothing beats an authentic gyro from a local shop. The best restaurant in the Plaka area is Psaras Taverna. Magical setting and great traditional Greek food.
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Lively and fun Brettos Bar is my favorite place to get a drink in the Plaka. Great food, cocktails, and wine at the rooftop bar and restaurant of the historic Grande Bretagne hotel. I have read so much about Delphi and Meteora and would like to join a tour so it is easy for us. Which is the best tour you would recommend and should I just do Meteora or both and should I do day or overnight trips?
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I looked and saw many tours are either large group or private tours only. Are there any that has a small group-small bus kind? If I could only do one it would be the Meteora. Absolutely stunning! The Meteora tour I listed above is a private tour and very well done. Do you have another recommendation that tours good Greek food and restaurants in Athens?
Taste of Athens also does a very good food tour of Athens. Try them. Hi Dave, We need your advice on how to go to Delphi from Kalambaka. My plan is to stay 1 night in Kalambaka and the next day we will visit Delphi and back to Athens. Getting from Kalambaka the Meteora to Delphi involves taking the bus via Trikala. The route is different depending on the day but takes between 5 and 7 hours. The latest you can leave Kalambaka is 2pm.
Is there a tour or event that we could see traditional Greek dancing and music in central Athens? This is a good tour for Greek dancing. Your blog is very helpful. Thank you. I have a question. I have a spare day in Athens after covering the Parthenon, Plaka, and area and I really want to visit Meteora. I know it seems like overkill for one day. The other two options are the tour to Delphi or the 3 islands tour Hydra, Poros, Aigina.
Let me know what you would think about the one day trip to Meteora. Thanks again! The Meteora is awesome. If you have the interest then definitely bite the bullet and make it happen. Do you think I will have enough time to catch a metro going to Monastiraki? Not sure how long the custom, and how far walking to buy a ticket and find metro. I believe the last metro train from the airport is at PM.
Any tip and information is appreciated. Yes, you should have plenty of time. Just follow the signs and buy ticket from the electronic kiosk. Then down the stairs to the train. If your plane is late and you do miss the last train then buses run 24 hours a day. Hi Dave, love your site! Interested in your recommendation to hire a tour guide at the gates of the Acropolis. Do you negotiate a price for the tour or is it a set price? Love your website! But is there any concern that things will be closed or extra busy at either location?
Looks like a great itinerary. Milos will be quiet but still mostly open. Athens and Santorini will be busy, but not crazy busy. Would you recommend doing a tour of the Acropolis or is that something we can do on our own? Is it easy to get around and see? I would recommend doing it with a small tour. As I say, they seem like the same experience, but with a guide and on your own — you might as well be visiting a different attraction.
I just found out that I am pregnant and I want to make sure I can eat the food for example: pregnant women can only eat cooked meat and milk products that are pasteurized. Do you know if most cheese over there is made of pasteurized milk? It would be a shame to not be able to eat cheese since it is one of the main ingredients in sallads etc. I think the meat is well cooked not red , but not sure about hygiene.
Any information you have would be much appreciated. All feta in Greece is pasteurized. The soft goat cheese that you might get at a farm-style restaurant is more likely to be unpasteurized. The blog is awesome. Thank you for all the suggestions. We are a group of 6 travelling to athens for 3 days in August. We were planning to take the hop-on hop-off bus with a 24 hour validity. Is it worth it or should be instead pick our locations and go there by Metro?
Personally, I would not do the hop on hop off bus tours. Most of the top sights in Athens are in the Plaka area and easy to get between on foot actually the bus will not go near many of them. With only 3 days stick to the central area. Psaras Taverna in the Plaka is my favorite. Outdoor tables spill down the steps and onto the sidewalk. Great atmosphere, great food. The best restaurant with views of the Acropolis in Athens is Strofi in Koukaki.
We get to Athens for am and my flight leaves at noon. If you hurried you could do a super-quick tour of the sight in 30 minutes. If you'd like to see what Koukaki is like at night, you can join us on our Athens nightlife tour in Koukaki neighborhood. By walking along the oldest commercial street in Athens , Andrianou Str. As the day gives way to the night, make your way to Anafiotika , to catch the magical Athenian sunset.
There's no better way to familiarize yourself with the city than with a long walk through its narrow streets, revealing its nooks and crevices. Since Anafiotika is arguably one of the best parts of Athens , we suggest you also explore the neighboring area by night, watching it awaken under the sparkling lights. Since then, it has been loved by the locals, who enjoy coffee, drinks, homemade pies and desserts in the snug traditional bar that sports a fireplace, as well as outside seats for the summer months.
Join our Athens highlight tour with meze dinner and discover the beauty -and culinary excellence- of Athens after dusk! Your second day in Athens will start with a visit to the 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 National Archaeological Museum plays host to some of the most valuable artifacts of ancient Greece from across the country, dating back to prehistoric times up until late antiquity.
From there, you can walk to Omonoia , a focal point for commercial and social life in Athens , despite the urban decay it has suffered in recent years. Walking along Athinas Str. The tavern has a selection of different dishes every day -always including a couple of vegetarian options-, depending on the best ingredients that can be found in the market. Are you a foodie discovering the Greek cuisine in Athens?
Join us for our Athens food tour or our Athens Market tour and cooking class and give your taste buds a treat! Being already close to the area, spending your afternoon exploring the emblematic Monastiraki square , along with the monuments nearby is the most time efficient choice you can make. From the center of the square, you can witness the Athenian past unfold around you. Following the establishment of the modern Greek State, the Mosque was converted into an armory, a prison, and a storage room.
A little further down the road from Monastiraki square, stands the Roman Agora. Consisting of a spacious courtyard surrounded by columns on each of its sides, the Roman Agora used to be the marketplace of the city during the Roman times where. Visitors can find the Tower of the Winds ; a tall, octagonal building designed by the famous ancient Greek astronomer Andronicus of Cyrrhus to function as a water clock, a sundial, and a weather vane.
By strolling through Monastiraki, you will find the essence of Greek history packed in just a few square meters! No Athens guide would be complete without including the intriguing and alternative neighborhood of Psirri. Its specialty dish is the meatballs, but everything they have is mind-blowingly tasty. Being on vacation presents the perfect excuse to eat naughty food. Can you? Enjoy the friendly customer service and drink selected wine from a non-exhaustive wine list that changes every month for your palate only!
Alternatively, to further enhance your experience in Athens and discover the city's hidden gems, indulge in our Athens night food tour and wine-tasting , which will give you the opportunity to eat and drink like a local in places you'd never find yourself! Start your day experiencing the spectacular Athenian Trilogy on Panepistimiou Str. Go to Syntagma Square , the central square of Athens , and watch the changing of the guards that takes place once every hour.
The military unit partaking in the ceremony are referred to as the Evzones -also known as Tsoliades-, which is a special unit of the Hellenic Army constituted in , guarding the Monument of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Hellenic Parliament. Right next to the Greek parliament is one of the seven entrances of the National Gardens , the public park that covers 38 in the center of Athens , which remains open from sunrise to sunset.
Enjoy the escape to nature, marvel at the impressive vegetation of the park that includes rare plants from all over the world, and go to Zappeion , the imposing building in the middle of the gardens that houses important cultural events.
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During the Roman period, the temple consisted of colossal columns and held the title of the largest temple in Greece. Today, it is still a very important archaeological site of Greece , while sixteen of the original gigantic columns continue to stand proud in the heart of modern Athens. Having been fueled with energy, it is time for you to visit the most commercial street of Athens and indulge in retail therapy; your trip to Athens wouldn't be complete without some essential shopping.
Stroll through Ermou Str. Appreciate the ravishing beauty of Athens under the evening lights with a walk along Dionysiou Areopagitou Str. The regal street was pedestrianized under the instructions of Melina Merkouri , a Greek actress, singer, and politician that served in the Minister of Culture in the s. While walking on Dionysiou Areopagitou you will be able to witness the past f Athens blending into the present, with passing through an with the majestic monuments of the Acropolis and the Parthenon on your right, and the luxurious neoclassical buildings of the 19th and the 20th centuries on your left.
The pitas are kneaded and baked on the spot, while a series of dips are served to accompany them. Since this is your ultimate night in Athens and your three-day trip was packed with things to do, see and experience, you can now relax and absorb the barrage of information you have accumulated throughout your stay in Greece. Opt for a rooftop bar to wind down with a tasty drink and a magnificent view of the city and the Acropolis hill. Thankfully, there is a wide selection of rooftop bars to choose from, with ' Couleur Locale ', ' A for Athens , ' Cocktail bar ' being our top picks.
Alternatively, you can enjoy fresh, homemade dishes, Cretan raki and live accordion music in a place that integrates old and new, ' Cafe Avvisinia ' in the center of Avissinia Square , within the flea market of Monastiraki. Athens : where the western civilization set its roots and evolution; the city that actively shaped the world and beams as a beacon for all humankind. Three days are not enough to explore the city of the goddess Athena , but it is enough time to relish a moment in this historical and vibrating place.