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  • Athens: The Wine Lover's Private Tour at a Greek Winery

    1. Athens: The Wine Lover's Private Tour at a Greek Winery

    Visit a prominent Greek winery and learn about its story, starting in Northern Greece, at the viticultural area of Drama, followed by a second winery near Athens, cultivated in 2000, and build in 2003. Being a leader in the wine industry, they produce excellent and multi-awarded labels, in both wineries. Upon arrival at the winery, you will be introduced to the history of the family, and their milestones throughout their years of operation. Then, visit the modern wine museum and cellar, renovated in 2011, probably the most comprehensive attempt in the country to reflect the course of vine and wine through time and space. After your tour, begin the tasting of their wines, vinegar, and distilled products while pairing them with local delicacies. Then, you can opt for an extra premium tasting and/or be transferred back to Athens.

  • Ancient Greek Flavors Private Food Tour

    2. Ancient Greek Flavors Private Food Tour

    Get an authentic taste of ancient Greece in this special food tour that will travel you in the gastronomical wisdom of ancient times through flavors that have survived over thousands of years. The ancient Greek nutrition was characterized by its balance, as it included a rich variety of grains, fruits, vegetables and meat. Try the unique food tour and explore the streets of Athens while tasting appetizing treats that ancient Greeks used to enjoy. In the company of your specialized food-wise guide, you will learn a lot about the ancient Greek nutrition standards and the social and  philosophical ideas that underlined them. You will taste flavors that have been around for thousands of years, while exploring the vibrant Athenian streets.

  • Athens: Acropolis and 6 Archaeological Sites Combo Ticket

    3. Athens: Acropolis and 6 Archaeological Sites Combo Ticket

    Save time and money during your time in Athens with a pre-booked combo ticket that gives you skip-the-line access to 7 of Athens' top archaeological sites. Enjoy savings of up to 50% and avoid the long lines of tourists at the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Temple of Zeus, Aristotle's School, Hadrian's Library, and Kerameikos Ancient Cemetery. Marvel at the Parthenon, a UNESCO World Heritage site, standing on Acropolis Hill, and immerse yourself in this impressive structure's 2500 years of rich history. Whilst there, visit the Ancient Agora that lies on the north-western slopes of the Acropolis. Learn more about this former artistic, spiritual, and commercial center. Just north of the Acropolis, explore the site of the Roman Agora, which was once the focus of public life in Athens. You can also enjoy access to the renowned Hadrian's Library and Temple of Olympian Zeus in the Ol...

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  • From Athens: Full-Day Meteora Trip by Train

    4. From Athens: Full-Day Meteora Trip by Train

    Redeem your e-ticket for the 7:20 AM departure from Athens and travel to Kalambaka on your own. Sit back and admire the beautiful landscapes along the way. The train ride takes about 4 hours and it is recommended that you bring your own food and drinks. Upon arrival in Kalambaka at approximately 11:30 AM, meet your guide at the train station and start your 5-hour, customized, panoramic Meteora tour. See all 6 monasteries of the stunning rock formation over 5 hours. Look inside 3 of the UNESCO World Heritage monuments for a glimpse behind their imposing walls. Stop to take photos from locations that only the locals know about. Get dropped off at Kalambaka Train Station, to make the 5:15 PM departure for Athens, scheduled to arrive at 9:30 PM.

    Amazing experience. One of the most beautiful places in the world. The tour was organized so that we could visit the three most important monasteries. The guide was nice too.

  • Athens: Delphi Guided Day Trip with Pickup & Optional Lunch

    5. Athens: Delphi Guided Day Trip with Pickup & Optional Lunch

    Explore the most famous sights of ancient Greece on this day trip to magical Delphi, where the oracle once fore. Departing from Athens, travel to Delphi, located on the spur of Mount Parnassus, making a short rest stop outside the town of Levadia. Arrive in Delphi, and visit the famous theatre, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, and get an insight into the world of the Ancient Greeks. Visit the Temple of Apollo, the center of Ancient Greece, and best-known for its famous oracle. Tour the Museum of Delphi, home to a unique bronze Charioteer, the Naxian Sphinx, and the Statue of Antinoos, providing an amazing insight into Ancient Greek culture and history. After a lunch break, visit Athena Pronaia Sanctuary, the most photographed spot in Delphi. Then, head back to Athens via the beautiful mountain village of Arachova, situated on the hills of the Parnass...

    Our visit to Delphi was fantastic with a knowledgeable and professional guide! Many exceptional photo opportunities and an interesting museum.

  • Acropolis: Guided Walking Tour with Entrance Ticket

    6. Acropolis: Guided Walking Tour with Entrance Ticket

    Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the tree-lined streets to the foothills of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Acropolis of Athens, an ancient citadel and one of the world’s most revealing archaeological sites. Head for the south slope of the Acropolis to avoid the main crowds. Pick up your tickets and make your way inside to see the ancient treasures that await

    Visit the Theatre of Dionysus, a 5th-century amphitheater regarded as the birthplace of the performing arts. Hear about its history and imagine it filled with the theatergoers of Ancient Greece. Stop at the Dionysus Sanctuary, dedicated to the Greek god of wine and fertility. Once inside the Acropolis, get up close with important sights like the Propylaea gateway, Erechtheion, Temple of Athena Nike, and Parthenon. Learn the history of these fascinating ruins from your guide. Once at the summit of the sacred h...

    Great tour and tour guide!! She brought illustrations of historical stages which help me understand what the structures looked like as a point of reference. She was very passionate and informative. Best tour have done so far in Greece.

  • Athens, Piraeus, and Coastline: Blue Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

    7. Athens, Piraeus, and Coastline: Blue Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

    Explore Athens, the Port of Piraeus, and the coastline of the Athenian Riviera at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Benefit from easy transportation to key attractions, such as the Panathenaic Stadium and Parthenon at the Acropolis. Travel on 4 lines for 1 day, including Athens (Orange Line), Piraeus (Blue Line), Glyfada (Yellow Line), and Vouliagmeni (Green Line). Get acquainted with the Greek capital's most beautiful sites and enrich your cruise or vacation experience. Recorded commentaries in 16 languages will provide historical, cultural and social information about one of the most ancient capitals of the world. Blue Line - Piraeus  Ideal if you have just arrived on a cruise, you can hop on the Blue Line at either of the cruise terminals in the Port of Piraeus, just a stone's throw from your cruise ship. See attractions such as the yacht marina at Pas...

    Was great. Took us around town. The maps were extremely confusing however and not all stops had the corresponding numbers on the signs. Otherwise, it was great.

  • Athens: Acropolis Regular Entry Ticket with a Booking Fee

    8. Athens: Acropolis Regular Entry Ticket with a Booking Fee

    Visit the Acropolis, one the most famous landmarks in Greece. To see one of the world's most visited sites, book this skip-the-ticket-line admission to avoid the long wait at the ticket office. Receive your ticket by email, go directly to the ticket-validating machines at the entrance and scan it. Enter the site either from the Main Entrance, near Thissio metro station, or the South Entrance close to the Acropolis metro station. Walk uphill and explore the famous site at your own pace. Take as much as time as you need. Walk into the Theater of Dionysus and then, see the UNESCO-listed Parthenon Temple, which is dedicated to Athena, the goddess of wisdom and war. Visit the Propylaea, the temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion, and see the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Wander around all sides of the hill and get some marvellous views of the capital of Greece. See the surrounding mountains and the ...

    A must if you are in Athens. breathtaking. There was no queue to skip due to covid but was easy and mobile ticket worked perfectly.

  • Athens: Boat Tour to Agistri, Aegina with Moni Swimming Stop

    9. Athens: Boat Tour to Agistri, Aegina with Moni Swimming Stop

    The excursion begins at Marina Zeas where guests are expected to come on board at 8:45 AM. The first stop of the cruise is the island of Agistri, surrounded by vibrant blue waters and clothed in pine trees. Here you can connect with the lush nature and feel the presence of ancients Greeks and deities while swimming and relaxing on the hot fine sand of the long flax-golden beach between Megalochori and Skala. Adventure lovers can join the optional bike tour between Melalochori and Chalikiada Beach.

    From there, move onto the island of Moni or Metopi ( depending on weather ). While here, you will be served a delicious traditional Greek lunch, accompanied by traditional wine, beer, soft drinks, and coffee. Once you've finished your feast, have the chance to jump off the boat, snorkel, swim around the boat, or swim to the island. This gorgeous and unique island has no ...

    Awesome tour!! These islands are beautiful. The boat was great and the staff is excellent and super friendly, highly recommended.

  • Full-day Tour of the Saronic Islands from Athens

    10. Full-day Tour of the Saronic Islands from Athens

    After a morning transfer by bus from Athens to the port, you’ll be welcomed on board a luxurious cruise ship and invited to one of its spacious open decks. From the deck you’ll have a great vantage point for enjoying views of the Greek coast. The first stop is the island of Poros, the smallest of the 3 islands you’ll visit on the tour. It’s separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strait. Have ample time to explore the island and once you’re on board again you’ll be served a delicious lunch as the ship sail towards Hydra. Take in the stunning views as you enter the port of Hydra and see the cove that at one time served as a shelter for pirates. From the open decks, marvel at the dramatic landscapes of this island. There will be time for you to explore the narrow, stone-paved streets of the island on foot, or by saddled donkey, which is the traditional mode of transportation. If you ...

    This was an amazing trip allowing to see some of the beauties of Greece! Very well organized, comfortable setting on boat, nice excursion options, knowledgeable guide, great food and drinks :)

5 best day trips from Athens

Day trip to Delphi

1. Day trip to Delphi

One of the most important locations of ancient Greece, history lovers cannot miss a trip to Delphi. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a plethora of points of interest to explore. Likely Delphi’s best-known attraction, the 4th-century Temple of Apollo was once the seat of the legendary Oracle of Delphi, and the main source of the town’s wealth and influence. Other fascinating parts of the sanctuary include the theater, the Athenian Treasury, and the elegant columns of the Tholos. Make sure to check out the Archaeological Museum of Delphi to see the treasures unearthed here.

How far is Delphi from Athens?

Plan ahead as there are no trains covering the 162 kilometers (100 miles) from Athens to Delphi. The many available buses can get you there in around three hours. Driving yourself will generally take about two and a half hours, depending on traffic.

Day trip to Mycenae

2. Day trip to Mycenae

Mycenae was a powerful civilization during the Bronze Age, and today is one of the most popular day trips from Athens. Legend has it that Perseus, son of Zeus, was the original founder of this ancient citadel. Travelers can tour this former stronghold and its structures like the Lion Gate, the palace ruins, and the Treasury of Atreus — believed to be the tomb of Agamemnon. Also, be sure to visit the incredible collection of tombs and grave circles.

How far is Mycenae from Athens?

Without train service to Mycenae, traveling the 120 kilometers (74 miles) has to be by road. In a private car, the journey is about two hours, while by bus takes only a bit longer than that.

Day trip to Corinth

3. Day trip to Corinth

One of the many cities with an ancient history, Mycenae is worth the short trip from Athens. The small Corinth Canal separates mainland Greece from the Peloponnese Peninsula and is a favorite stop for adrenaline junkies looking for bungee jumping opportunities. As the home to a number of different rulers and cultures through the years, the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth is a huge draw to the area. See landmarks like the Pirene fountain, legendary watering hole of the mythical Pegasus, the imposing Acrocorinth, and the Temple of Apollo.

How far is Corinth from Athens?

Located across the Isthmus of Corinth, the city is just 83 kilometers (51 miles) from Athens. The drive takes around an hour by car and 90 minutes by bus.

Day trip to Epidaurus

4. Day trip to Epidaurus

Head out of the big city to the intriguing UNESCO World Heritage Site of Epidaurus. As the home of the sanctuary of the healing god Asclepius, Epidaurus was once a major healing center in Greece. Visitors today can still see the ancient sanctuary, as well as the incredible Theatre of Epidaurus, which is still in use today. The Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus dates back to 1909 and is another worthy stop to examine the artifacts excavated from the area.

How far is Epidaurus from Athens?

Head 126 kilometers (78 miles) around the Saronic Gulf from Athens to get to Epidaurus. By car, the travel time is around 90 minutes, while buses take around two hours.

Day trip to Nafplio

5. Day trip to Nafplio

For people looking to escape the bustle of Athens for a day, charming Nafplio is a breath of fresh air. From the Acronauplia (the oldest part of the city) atop the hill, the picturesque seaside town spills down into the blue waters below. Stroll the inviting streets in between visiting places like the Venetian fortress of Palamidi, Bourtzi Castle sitting atop an island in the harbor, or the ancient fort of Tiryns. For some relaxation, soak up the sun on Arvanitia Beach.

How far is Nafplio from Athens?

It will take a little over 90 minutes to drive the 136 kilometers (84 miles) from Athens. Allow more time if taking the bus, as the trip takes around two and a half hours.

Athens day trip FAQ

What transportation option is best for my day trip?

With so many different buses, routes, and recommendations, planning the transportation for your day trip may seem like all Greek to you. We’re happy to help you sort out your travel plans.
  • • Athens day trips by train

    Greece’s train service is not extensive, and in some areas non-existent. For many day trips, the train is not a viable option. If you do venture somewhere by train, remember you need to have a reservation to board.

  • • Athens day trips by bus

    Without a car, the bus is your only choice for many day trip destinations. Buses to more popular areas and attractions are frequent, and drive times aren’t much longer than by car.

  • • Athens day trips by car

    A car is often the best choice for making day trips around Athens. You can set your own itinerary and go at your own pace.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

With so much to learn and see all over Greece, a guided tour is a fantastic idea. With a guide, you don’t miss out on any of the fascinating histories of the ancient cities and towns. A tour also can help you avoid the need to figure out the bus or navigating the roads yourself.


What should I pack for my day trip?

The Mediterranean climate means it will never get too chilly, but an extra layer in winter months is still a good idea. While many guided tours will provide everything you need, carrying plenty of water is always advisable.


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What people are saying about Athens

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,399 reviews

If you’re interested in ancient Greece history and staying in Athens, this is a perfect choice for you. Mycenae and Epidaurus are must-see destinations for everyone who enjoys visiting and learning about ancient landmarks and Napflio is a beautiful coastal city with many instagrammable spots. Athena & Gary were very helpful, funny and entertaining guides. They shared with us a lot of information about visited places, history of Greece, Greek mythology and modern Greek language & culture. We were travelling with a small group of 7 people from 4 different countries what made our trip even more interesting. The guides were open to adjust the schedule to our need so in Nafplio one part of the group enjoyed lunch while the other were walking around the city. Meeting point was very easy to access via metro and travelling by bus was great because we had a chance to see some really beautiful coastal landscapes. All Covid-related safety rules were followed. Highly recommended!!

It was such a pleasure to cycle through the city with Kostas. Kostas was one of the best and kindest tour guides I’ve had so far in my life. I highly recommend this tour for your first day in Athens, especially when you only have 1-3 days. We saw a lot of the beautiful and vibrant city. Thank you to Kostas! Mees and I loved the tour and all the spots you showed us!

Excellent tour We are not usually coach trip people but this was well worth the visit. Excellent guide Excellent driver. A good way to see the sights and a thoroughly enjoyable lunch

Perfect organised and bikes well maintained. Easy and nice way to have a glimpse of the hot spots.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting!! We enjoyed our day.