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From Athens: Full-Day Bus Trip to Delphi & Arachova

1. From Athens: Full-Day Bus Trip to Delphi & Arachova

Embark on a tour of Delphi from Athens and explore this Unesco World Heritage Site. Take in the spectacular views from Parnassus and discover the picturesque village of Arachova. Meet your guide at the Halandri Metro Station and journey to Delphi via bus. As you drive towards Delphi, you’ll see the sacred site emerge from two terraced rocks known as Fedriades.  Discover what the ancient Greeks called “the navel of the earth.” Visit the Oracle of Delphi, the holiest site in Ancient Greece. Learn about great figures of ancient history such as Alexander the Great and Cicero as you take a trip to Greek mythology. Explore the archaeological museum of Delphi, and see artifacts from the Archaic through the Roman era, including the Sphinx of the Naxians, the Iniohos, and the statue of Antinoos. Afterward, enjoy a delicious homemade lunch at a nearby restaurant. Before returning to Athens, see the picturesque village of Arachova nestled in the foothills of Mt. Parnassus.

From Athens: Full-Day Rail Tour to Meteora w/ Hermit Caves

2. From Athens: Full-Day Rail Tour to Meteora w/ Hermit Caves

Travel by train through the countryside on a day trip from Athens to the Meteora monasteries and Hermit caves, with the option to upgrade to first-class tickets. Take a scenic drive from Kalambaka and visit 3 of the monasteries atop their rock pinnacles along with the caves of Badovas with a guide. Catch the train to Kalambaka in the morning from the Athens railway station and enjoy a trip that will give you the chance to admire the beauty of the countryside. Arrive in Kalambaka by noon, a small town built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks, and crowded by the Meteora monasteries. Meet your driver and board a VIP Mercedes minibus to transfer to the UNESCO-listed clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Travel through a landscape of green valleys until you reach the rock formations. Visit 3 active monasteries over the next 5 hours (entrance fees not included). Next, discover the caves of Badovas, where the last of the hermit monks of Meteora lived more than 2 centuries ago. Stop for frame-worthy photos at each site, learn the stories and legends, and enjoy great views from the most panoramic spots. At the end of the day, be driven back to Kalambaka. Enjoy an hour of free time to walk in the town’s center or to have a light lunch (at your expense) before hopping on the return train to Athens.

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

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

Discover the Saronic Sea on a wooden sailing boat with this tour from Pireas. Sip on welcome drinks and snack on pastries on the way to the islands of Agistri and Aegina. Go for a refreshing dip in Moni or Metopi. Savor an authentic Greek lunch paired with traditional wine and beers.   Begin the excursion at Marina Zeas. 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 Nisis Metopi (depending on the 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 inhabitants but is populated with law-protected deer, wild goats, rabbits and peacocks. Make a final journey towards ards the beautiful island of Aegina. Aegina is famous for its white stone houses, flowery backyards, pistachios, the red volcanic landscape, sensational food, the temple of Apollo, and the temple of Aphaia. Here, enjoy the crystal-clear water and sandy beaches of the island, while exploring the breath-taking waterfront and traditional Greek cuisine. Sail back to the port of Marina Zeas while enjoying the ambiance of select and chill music, coffee, and drinks. 

Athens: Delphi Guided Day Trip with Pickup & Optional Lunch

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

Explore the most famous sights of ancient Greece on this guided day trip to magical Delphi. Spend an entire day learning about the oracle and discovering ancient ruins including the amphitheater and the Temple of Apollo. Your tour departs from Athens, from where you will 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 theater, 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 (depending on the local authority's permission), the most photographed spot in Delphi. Then, head back to Athens via the beautiful mountain village of Arachova, situated on the hills of the Parnassus Mountains, where the tour will stop for a short photo opportunity.

Athens: Full-Day Meteora Trip by Train in English or Spanish

5. Athens: Full-Day Meteora Trip by Train in English or Spanish

Take a day trip from Athens to Meteora with a guide, with round-trip train tickets to Kalambaka and onward transportation included. Get a panoramic view of all 6 holy monasteries and enter 3 of the most popular ones. While exploring the region’s hidden gems, visit the hermit caves of Badovas. Redeem your e-ticket for the early morning departure from Athens at and travel to Kalambaka using the train tickets sent to you in advance. 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, meet your guide at the train station and start your customized 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 taking photos of locations that only the locals know about. Have the chance after the tour for a nice walk in the city of Kalabaka and be prepared for the departure of the train. Be dropped off at Kalambaka Train Station to make the late afternoon departure for Athens.

From Athens: Meteora Day Trip by Train with Hotel Pickup

6. From Athens: Meteora Day Trip by Train with Hotel Pickup

Explore the UNESCO-listed Meteora monasteries on a full-day guided trip from Athens. Take the train to Kalambaka and ascend to the clifftop to admire the monasteries and hermit caves of Badovas. Enjoy your morning wake-up, avoiding any stress regarding your transfer to the rail station with our free-of-charge pick-up service. Arrive at the Athens railway station and catch the train for Kalambaka. Admire the beauty of the countryside along the way before arriving in Kalambaka, a small town built at the foot of rocky grey cliffs crowned by the monasteries of Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spot your driver upon arrival in Kalambaka, holding a signboard with your name on it. Be shown to the vehicle that’ll take you to the monasteries, where you'll have time to visit 3 of them, as well as the hermit caves of Badovas. At the end of the day, be transferred back to Kalambaka. Enjoy some time to explore the town and enjoy a light lunch (not included in the tour price). Afterward, the train departs Kalambaka, arriving in Athens in the evening.

From Athens: Full-Day Guided Trip to Mycenae and Epidaurus

7. From Athens: Full-Day Guided Trip to Mycenae and Epidaurus

Discover the ruins of the city of Mycenae on a day trip from Athens. Explore the archeological site, home to the Lionesses Gate, and the tomb of King Agamemnon. Afterwards, make a short stop in the village of Epidaurus and see its Hellenic theatre. Drive along the scenic coastal road of the Saronic Gulf, and arrive at the archeological site of Mycenae. Explore the historical setting for much of ancient Greek literature, including the works of the poet Homer. Continue with a brief stop in Nauplia, the first capital of modern Greece and home to the fortress of Palamidi. After enjoying a relaxing lunch, head to the nearby village of Epidaurus, home to the World Heritage, is listed as an ancient theatre and is believed by ancient Greeks to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asklepios. The theatre at Epidaurus is perhaps the best-preserved theatre of ancient Greece.

Athens: Full-Day Meteora Tour by Train with Lunch

8. Athens: Full-Day Meteora Tour by Train with Lunch

Redeem your train e-tickets (they will be delivered to you via email after your booking) for the 7:57 AM morning train departure from the Central Railway Station of Athens (Stathmos Larisis) to Kalambaka and travel on your own. Embark on a scenic train ride through the Greek countryside and admire the beautiful landscapes. You will arrive at 12:03 PM at Kalambaka’s train station, where your tour guide will be waiting for you holding a signboard with your name. You will then board a comfortable minibus to begin an unforgettable journey to this true wonder called Meteora. During this guided tour you will have the opportunity to see all six magnificent monasteries and admire the interior of three of them. See some of Meteora’s most spectacular hidden gems like the ancient hermit caves, the Chapel of Doupiani, and the magnificent St. George Mandilas cave. You will also discover the other side of Meteora, like the truth about why the hermits settled in these imposing caves a thousand years ago and how the monks achieved the impossible. Last but not least, you will have the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views and capture some amazing photos that you will cherish forever. At around 4:45 PM, transfer back to Kalambaka’s train station. The train back to Athens departs at 6:22 PM so you will have approximately an hour and a half of free time in order for you to explore (on foot) the nearby center of Kalambaka, visit one of the many cafes or restaurants, have lunch, and relax.

Athens: Saronic Islands Day Cruise with Lunch & Audio Guide

9. Athens: Saronic Islands Day Cruise with Lunch & Audio Guide

Explore the Saronic Islands of Poros, Hydra, and Aegina on this day trip from Athens. Cruise over the azure waters of the Mediterranean sea and have free time on each island. Savor a mouth-watering buffet lunch and enjoy an app-based audio tour of the island of Hydra. After a morning transfer by bus from Athens to the port, hop on board a cruise ship and be 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. An app-based audio tour is also included in your trip. 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. As an added perk, download the mobile app (instructions found on your confirmation voucher), put on your headphones, and listen as licensed guides and experts on storytelling present you with original stories and historical information about the area. 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 choose to go by foot, you can walk along the old seaside promenade and perhaps stop at some of the small shops. When you return to the ship, the captain heads for Aegina which is the largest of the 3 islands on the tour. Apart from its beautiful harbor, there are numerous interesting sites that you’ll have a chance to discover on your own. Alternatively, you can join an excursion to the Temple of Aphaia at an additional cost. Return to your cruise-boat and enjoy your one-hour sail back to the port. Disembark and finish your trip (if option selected) in Athens.

Athens: Sailing Cruise along the Coast

10. Athens: Sailing Cruise along the Coast

Few people know that just half an hour away from the city center, there is a beautiful coastline with sparkling clear waters waiting to be explored. During this tour, you will sail along the Athenian Coast and experience the beauty for yourself. Hop on a sailboat, meet experienced crew and join a heart-filling experience sailing in the Saronic Gulf. Upon leaving the port, the boat will head towards Vouliagmeni Bay, past the Athenian Riviera, for your first swim stop. Enjoy a quick dip in the clear waters before you continue to your second swim stop located off the coast. There you will be served a selection of Greek appetizers and some local wine or refreshments. Learn the basics of sailing from your skipper or just sit and relax in the sun. Explore some hidden coves and drop an anchor in beautiful secluded bays where you will be able to enjoy a swim using the on-board snorkels, flippers and goggles. If swimming is not your thing, then grab a fishing rod and try your luck with fishing. In the mean time, you will be served some authentic Greek tapas and quality Greek wine before making your way back to base for your return. 

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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

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I would highly recommend this tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the itinerary was well timed. The bus was comfortable and the restaurant was accommodating to dietary restrictions.

It was a great guide, explained everything very well. The food we booked was delicious. We would choose the trip again.

Great tour across Meteora. You’ll get to see a few monasteries along the way and breathtaking views.

it was amazing, all of the guides were very knowledgeable.

Very nice staff, a nice ambience and very good food.