Although Athens is arguably an impressive historical city, it’s not the end all be all of Greece. The mainland of Greece holds a world of wonder one can witness only a few hours away from the Greek capital. Enjoy the selection of day trips from Athens and get to know the impeccable beauty of Greece inside out!
The destination with the closest proximity to Athens, located at the far end of the Athens Riviera 70 km southeast of Athens, is the brilliant Cape Sounio with the Doric-column Temple of Poseidon standing tall on the top of its rocky coast hill, overlooking the endless blue of the Saronic Gulf and the Aegean Sea. Take a day trip to Sounio and enjoy the idyllic views that inspired Lord Byron and indulge in a dive at the crystal clear waters of the bay or in an hour-long visit to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, depending on the season.
You can’t visit Greece and omit the magical Argolis from your itinerary, around 2 hours away from Athens, the ambiance and scenery Argolis offers its visitors is priceless; pine tree-covered slopes and luscious valleys make for a picture-perfect memory that will be engraved in your mind for years to come.
From the imposing Corinth Canal and the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth to the royal Mycenae, the kingdom of the legendary Agamemnon, Nafplio, one of the most picturesque and romantic cities of Greece, and Epidaurus, with its still-in-use perfect-acoustics theatre and the healing sanctuary of Asclepius, a day trip to Argolis -or a 2-day trip to Argolis if you're up for it- will give you insight into both ancient and modern Greek culture, while at the same time it will give you the opportunity to marvel at the exquisiteness of the Greek land.
Of course, when talking about day trips from Athens, one can’t help but think of Delphi. The archaeological site of Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a sight to behold; aesthetically pleasing and spiritually engaging. Learn all about the famous Temple of Apollo, the famous oracle, the Theatre of Delphi and the Athens Treasury, visit the outstanding Delphi Archaeological Museum, and all that while gazing at the breathtaking view of Mount Parnassos. While on your day trip to Delphi, you will even get the chance to visit a village nearby to taste authentic Greek flavors during your lunch break or extend your trip to accommodate a visit to the Byzantine Monastery of Osios Lukas, also included in the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
Don’t let the opportunity of exploring the most beautiful regions of Greece pass you by! Along with expert professionals and licensed guides, in the comfort of a luxurious vehicle, there is no better way to get an overview of the country. Put your trust into the locals’ hands and leave no stone unturned!