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Welcome to Athens

Athens is a historic wonderland that welcomes millions of visitors each year. The Acropolis, with its hilltop ruins and the Parthenon, is indisputably Athens’ top draw. The city's also the gateway to the island of Hydra and ancient Delphi. But don't be deceived by the Greek capital's antique status as the cradle of Western Civilization—it also boasts some of Europe’s best cuisine and nightlife.

Top 10 attractions in Athens

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Acropolis

Acropolis

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An archaeological wonder, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the world's most instantly recognizable landmarks, the Acropolis is the star attraction of ancient Athens. Dramatically perched on a jagged clifftop—the so-called sacred rock of Athens—the ruins overlook the modern city and date back to as early as 510 BC.More
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Acropolis Museum (Museo Akropoleos)

Acropolis Museum (Museo Akropoleos)

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An Athenian landmark and feat of contemporary architecture, the Acropolis Museum sits at the base of the Acropolis, with the ruins of an ancient settlement visible through its floor. The collection runs from pre-classical times to the Roman era, but fifth-century BC treasures are the focus, especially the Parthenon Frieze sculptures.More
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Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós)

Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós)

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Athenian rulers began construction of the Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós) in the sixth century BC. By the time Roman Emperor Hadrian completed it 600 years later, it was the largest temple in Greece, and its statue of Zeus—king of the gods of Mt. Olympus—was one of the largest in the world. The temple began to fall into ruin shortly after it was finished; today only 15 of its original 104 columns still stand and much of its marble has been recycled or stolen for other temples. Nonetheless, what remains is a truly impressive sight to see.More
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Delphi

Delphi

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Delphi, with its remarkably preserved ruins dotted along the southern slopes of Mount Parnassus, is one of Greece’s most famous archaeological site. Dating back to the seventh century BC, the ancient city of Delphi is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to sites such as the Sacred Way, Stoa of the Athenians, polygonal wall, monument of Platea, and Temple of Apollo.More
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Meteora

Meteora

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The towering vertical cliffs of Meteora have provided a protected place to pursue spiritual contemplation for centuries. The first hermit monks lived up in caves, but eventually 24 Byzantine monasteries were built (six function today) atop the imposing rock. Part natural wonder, part manmade marvel, the dramatic site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular attraction in Greece.More
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Olympic Stadium (OAKA)

Olympic Stadium (OAKA)

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Originally built in the 1980s for the European Athletics Championships, the Olympic Stadium (officially the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens “Spiros Louis” or OAKA) was remodeled by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava for the 2004 Olympics. The largest stadium in Greece, with 70,000 seats, the Olympic Stadium hosts events and concerts by major international acts such as U2 and Lady Gaga.More
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Parthenon

Parthenon

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The star of Athens postcards and arguably the most impressive of all the city’s ancient ruins, the Parthenon stands proud atop the sacred rock of Acropolis, high above the modern city.Built between 447 and 432 BC, the temple was dedicated to Greek goddess Athena and originally housed her cult image, a giant ivory and gold-plated statue by Fidias. The restored temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a striking reminder of the glory of Ancient Greece with its grand marble façade, classic Doric columns, and elaborate sculptural friezes. The site also serves as a fascinating chronicle of Athens’ history.More
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Plaka

Plaka

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Built around the ruins of the ancient agora, Plaka is among the oldest residential areas in Athens and was considered the Turkish quarter during Ottoman rule. Much of it burned down during a fire in 1884, exposing many ancient sites below the neighborhood, and archaeological research has been carried out in the area ever since.More
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Agora of Athens

Agora of Athens

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The Agora was the political and social heart of the ancient city of Athens, and the ruins of this civic center and marketplace are among the most important archaeological sites in today’s capital. Explore this cradle of Greek democracy, including the Temple of Hephaestus and Stoa of Attalos.More
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Academy of Athens (Akadimía Athinón)

Academy of Athens (Akadimía Athinón)

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One of a trio of Neoclassical buildings known as the Athenian Trilogy, the 19th-century Academy of Athens (Akadimía Athinón was founded during the post-independence re-flowering of Greek culture and is home to the national institutes for sciences, philosophy, fine arts, and humanities—following a tradition first established by Plato.More

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Delphi Day Trip from Athens

Delphi Day Trip from Athens

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Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Athens
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Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
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All Day Cruise -3 Islands to Agistri,Moni, Aegina with lunch and drinks included
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Luxury Catamaran Cruise from Athens with Traditional Greek Meal and BBQ
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Skip the Line: Acropolis of Athens Afternoon Walking Tour
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Athens Full Day Private Tour

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Katherine_M, Jun 2022
Mount Olympus And Dion Full-Day Tour From Athens By Train
It was a long day, but a great way to see more of Greece and get away from the busy city of Athens.
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Outstanding finish to a Greek holiday
Daniel_S, Jun 2022
Luxury Catamaran Cruise from Athens with Traditional Greek Meal and BBQ
Don’t miss this opportunity to see the Attica coast from a luxury catamaran!
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Check all your Athens boxes!
Susan_H, Jun 2022
Best of Athens Half Day Private Tour
Picked us up at the airport and then took us to all the main sites to see in Athens.
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Perfect day in Athens!
Michael_S, Jun 2022
Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
You have to see it to really believe it!
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Great bicycle tour
Bobbi_K, Jun 2022
Athens Electric Bike Tour
This definitely seemed like the best way to see all of the local Athens ruins.
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A truly Greek Experience
Frances_R, Jun 2022
Small-Group Athens Food Walk
So much food and a fab way to see the nightlife of Athens.
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Great way to see the Acropolis
Sara_A, Jun 2022
Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
Worth the money to see these historical sites of Athens.
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Great Fun!
Georgia_H, Jun 2022
Private Athens Electric Bike Half Day Tour
Got to see the birth place of democracy!
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Amazing tour. We covered...
Rachael_B, Jun 2022
Athens Scenic Bike Tour
Highly recommended to anyone who wants to see all of the attractions in Athens in a day.
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Amazing sunset with the gods!
Gregg_A, Jun 2022
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
Stopped (for a look only) at a hot spring lake, stopped at a nice beach for a snack then up to Poseidon's Temple in time for an amazing sunset (second only to Oia on Santorini).
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Great tour and fantastic guide
Pamela_R, Jun 2022
Athens Highlights Half Day Private Tour
The tour was a fantastic way to see some of Athens’ best sites and his recommendation for dinner was spot on
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A Spectacular Day with Sebastian
Aishawarya_S, Jun 2022
Best of Athens Half Day Private Tour
I highly recommend him for anyone who wants to see the best parts of the city.
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Easy Way to See Athens
Claire_S, Jun 2022
Hop on Hop Off Classic tour of Athens
Bring water, it can get quite warm and sunny in summer.
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Couldn’t be better
Jennifer_V, Jun 2022
Athens Greece Full Day private tour
This is absolutely the best way to see Athens.
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Mari_F, Jun 2022
Athens Greece Full Day private tour
Was a great way to see Athens and not feel rushed.
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A beautiful evening in Athens
John_D, Jun 2022
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
It gives you another view of the island and you get to see Poseidon’s Temple Gari was a fantastic tour guide and had very good stories along with a great education in Mythology
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worth it to see the major sights in Athens!
rach2695, Jun 2022
Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
Great way to see the acropolis and some of the other sights in Athens.
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Wonderful experience!
rach2695, Jun 2022
Small-Group Athens Food Walk
Also allowed to us to see more of the neighborhood’s in Athens and to try food we may not have tried on our own.
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Wonderful stroll through the streets of Athens!
Mandeep_H, Jun 2022
Get Lost in Athens with an Insider
It’s a great way to see parts of Athens on foot and learn some of the history and culture.
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Best Way to See Athens
Kaitlin_P, Jun 2022
Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
The best way to see the highlights of Athens!
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