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5-day Athens City Guide

Our 5-day Athens City Guide shows you a step-by-step time line and itinerary for your stay in Athens. Follow it and get the best of your days in the city.

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DAY 1

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Take Red Metro Line to Akropoli station
09:30-12:00 Acropolis (Monument, 12 €)

Why visit

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Greece's most iconic national treasure
Read more about Acropolis

Photo: Titanas

Take a walk to Roman Forum and Tower of the Winds - 15’
12:15-13:00 Roman Forum and Tower of the Winds (Park and outdoors, 2 €)

Why visit

  • Best known example of Greek agora
  • Ancient Athens' commercial and administrative center
Read more about Roman Forum and Tower of the Winds
Take a walk to Hadrian’s Library - 5’
13:05-13:15 Hadrian's Library (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • Typical Roman Forum architectural style
Read more about Hadrian's Library
Lunch time
Take a walk to Ermou Street
15:00-16:00 Ermou Street (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Best known shopping street of Athens
  • Great buildings along the way
Read more about Ermou Street
Take a walk to Syntagma Square
16:00-16:30 Syntagma Square (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • The heart of Athens
  • Archaelogical finds inside the metro station
Read more about Syntagma Square

Photo: namealus

Take a walk to Parliament
16:30-16:50 Parliament (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • Guards in skirtlike garments
Read more about Parliament
Take a walk to National Library - 20’
17:10-17:20 National Library (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • Fine example of Neoclassical architecture
Read more about National Library

Photo: [Dicky]

end of day 1

DAY 2

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Take Green Metro Line to Thissio station
09:30-11:00 Kerameikos (Park and outdoors, 2 €)

Why visit

  • Peaceful walk among the ancient ruins
  • Remarkable museum
Read more about Kerameikos

Photo: quillons

Take a walk to Agora - 15’
11:15-12:35 Agora (Park and outdoors, 4 €)

Why visit

  • Heart of ancient Athens
  • Amazing Temple of Hephaestus
Read more about Agora
Lunch time
Take a walk to Filoppapos Hill
15:00-17:00 Philopappos Hill (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Amazing view over the whole city
  • Great hill for a stroll
Read more about Philopappos Hill

Photo: archer10

Take a walk to Plaka neighborhood - 45’
17:45-18:45 Plaka neighborhood (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • One of the most attractive districts of Athens
  • Charming alleyways and pedestrian streets
Read more about Plaka neighborhood

Photo: Dan..

end of day 2

DAY 3

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Take Red Metro Line to Akropoli station
09:30-11:00 New Acropolis Museum (Museum, 5 €)

Why visit

  • Beautifully presented ancient artifacts
  • Modern, stylish architecture
  • Great view from the top floor
Read more about New Acropolis Museum
Take a walk to Hadrian’s Arch - 15’
11:15-11:25 Hadrian's Arch (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • Monumental gateway
Read more about Hadrian's Arch

Photo: iriskh

Take a walk to Temple of Olympian Zeus
11:25-12:55 Temple of Olympian Zeus (Park and outdoors, 4 €)

Why visit

  • Magnificient Greek columns
  • Awe-inspiring architecture
Read more about Temple of Olympian Zeus

Photo: namealus

Lunch time
Take a walk to Zappeion Gardens
15:00-15:30 Zappeion Gardens (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Perfect for a refreshing walk
  • Remarkable building called Zappeion
Read more about Zappeion Gardens
Take a walk to Kallimarmaro Stadium
15:30-15:50 Kallimarmaro Stadium (Monument, 3 €)

Why visit

  • Beautiful marble stadium
  • Venue of the first modern Olympic games
Read more about Kallimarmaro Stadium

Photo: n.macca

Take a walk to National Gardens - 10’
16:00-16:45 National Gardens (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Tranquil oasis in the city
  • Pleasant stroll
Read more about National Gardens

Photo: LoopZilla

end of day 3

DAY 4

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Take Green or Red Metro Line to Omonia station
09:30-10:30 Central Market (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • Tasty Greek delicacies
  • Vibrant atmosphere
Read more about Central Market

Photo: jen and joe

Take a walk to National Archaeological Museum - 30’
11:00-12:30 National Archaeological Museum (Museum, 7 €)

Why visit

  • Widest collection of ancient Greek art
  • Largest Greek museum
Read more about National Archaeological Museum

Photo: *clairity*

Lunch time
Take a walk to Benaki Museum
14:00-15:30 Benaki Museum (Museum, 6 €)

Why visit

  • Eclectic and unique art collection
  • Great insight into Greek culture
  • Amazing view from the top floor café
Read more about Benaki Museum

Photo: Powwow

Take a walk to the funicular station at the end of Ploutarchou street
Take the funicular to the top of Lykavittos Hill - 60’ in all
16:30-17:30 Lykavittos Hill (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Best panoramic view of the city
  • Highest point of the city
Read more about Lykavittos Hill

Photo: archer10

end of day 4

DAY 5

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Take the ferry from Piraeus port to Aegina Island
10:00-16:00 Aegina Island (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Excellent side trip from the city
  • Nice beaches
Read more about Aegina Island

Photo: Tim Norvell

end of day 5

 

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