Waste no time in discovering the essential sites and experiences of Athens. Let us guide you straight through a 3-day glorious getaway, where you’ll get to experience the highlights of the city easily and completely stress-free!
3-Day Athens Essentials Trip
We invite you to take the road off the tourist trail and join us for a unique 3-day trip through the best sites and experiences of Athens, where you'll get to discover the wondrous secrets that this city holds. From the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum to the ancient Agora, an Athens foodie tour and the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounio, this 3-day trip will take you to the all the places you absolutely need to visit before leaving Athens, in the company of your deeply knowledgeable, local guide.
Airport/port pick-up and transfer to hotel/apartment
Your driver will pick you up from the airport/port with an air-conditioned, comfortable and luxurious vehicle, and will drive you to your accommodation in order for you to settle in.
Athens Highlights Evening Tour with welcome dinner (Optional / Depending on the time of your arrival)
Have a strong start to your Athens experience by joining an Athens Highlights Evening tour that will end with a welcome dinner. Explore Athens' city center under the sparkling night lights and stroll around some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the heart of Greece's capital. Your night will come to a close with a traditional Greek feast full of scrumptious meze and local wine! What better way to kick off your trip to Athens?
9:00-16:00 Best of Athens in One Day: Acropolis and City Exploration with Private Transfer
After your licensed archaeologist guide picks you up from your hotel on foot, visit the sacred Acropolis Hill and the Acropolis Museum, where you can marvel at the fascinating 3.000-year-old exhibits. In the wake of your history-drenched morning, wander around the picturesque neighborhood of Plaka and its neoclassical architecture, where you'll come across the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates.
Following your -much deserved- lunch break, get in your luxury vehicle and start your city tour around Athens' most noteworthy monuments, such as the Library of Hadrian, located in the colorful and multicultural Monastiraki Square, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Your driver will take you to Syntagma Square, the emblematic meeting point of the Athenians that houses the Greek Parliament, and the monument of the Uknown Soldier. Right next to it, the majestic National Gardens host hundreds of plant varieties, providing a fresh breath of nature in the middle of the bustling city. Last but not least, you'll drive by the Panathenaic Stadium, the place that hosted the 1st modern Olympic Games.
By the end of the day, you'll have seen Athens's essentials: its history, its architecture, as well as its ancient and modern life.
- 09.30 Pick-up from your hotel
Your guide will meet you at your place of your accommodation and together, you'll start the third day of your Athens adventure on foot!
- 10:00-12:00 Private Ancient Agora Tour
Discover the history behind the Ancient Agora, the commercial center of ancient Athens, with the help of your licensed guide. Learn fun facts about all of the Agora's buildings, such as the Aiakeion, the Monument of the Eponymous Heroes, the New Bouleuterion, the Temples of Hephaestus and Apollo Patroos, and the Stoa of Zeus, among others. Don't worry about getting overwhelmed, your expert guide will be more than happy to answer all of your questions, ensuring you leave the tour educated and happy!
- 12:00-14:00 Athens for Foodies - Our popular Athens food tour!
Accompanied by your local, foodie guide, kick off your tour in Syntagma square and stroll through the neighborhoods of Athens while exploring its culinary scene. Wander through Athens' Central Market and feast your eyes upon the huge variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, seafood and meat on display. Stop at traditional family-run delis and try recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. Enjoy 15 (!) different tastings of Greek cuisine, including traditional pastries, dishes, and desserts, as well as a variety of cold cuts, and cheese. There will be no morsel bites in sight, so make sure to come hungry!
- 16:00-21:00 Sounio Sunset Tour with Swimming Stop (Time depends on the season)
Stray further from the city center and enjoy a drive along the Athenian Riviera, which will take you to one of Athens' most romantic settings: Cape Sounio, from where you can marvel at the view of the imposing Temple of Poseidon. The tour is timed perfectly for you to catch the kaleidoscopic sunset Cape Sounio generously offers to its visitors. If you choose so, on your way to Sounio, you can even opt for an hour-long swim in Lake Vouliagmeni, known for its atmospheric landscape and healing properties. Either way, the Sounio Sunset Tour is sure to be one of the highlights of your stay in Athens!
Drop off at the airport - Departure
Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport in plenty of time to catch your flight home. Our goal is to completely eliminate the element of stress from your Greek vacation!
- Visiting the must-see attractions of Athens on a carefully designed itinerary put together by expert locals
- Enjoying the ease of skip-the-line entrance fees to all sites
- Getting valuable information from the expert archaeologist guides all tours are led by
- Luxuriating in private transfers to ensure a comfortable and stress-free trip
Andronis Athens BC is a boutique, centrally located hotel that aims to offer its guests the time of their lives and wrap them in style and comfort.
Elia Ermou is a 4-star hotel on the most commercial street of Athens that welcomes its guest with delightful services, first-class amenities and high-end facilities.
Ergon House Athens is a luxury foodie hotel that will make your stay in the historic city a deliciously rich experience.
New Hotel is a 5-star accommodation choice in Athens that provides its guest with the most opulent stay and a central location that is both convenient and beautiful.
These are our top accommodation options for this trip. Please keep in mind that the accommodation cost is not included in this trip's price. We only feature particular hand-picked hotels, which our team has carefully inspected. These hotels have received great feedback from our previous guests.
- All private guided tours mentioned in the description
- Services of our exceptional local licensed guides
- Skip the Line Entrance fees to the Acropolis and all archaeological sites
- Airport pickup and drop-off
- All the transfers with our cozy vehicles
- All applicable taxes and VAT
- Meals are not included, apart from hotel breakfast & the dishes offered in our optional 'Athens Highlights Evening Stroll with Meze Dinner' and 'Athens for Foodies' tours.
- Accommodation (can be arranged)
We believe in a certain way of traveling. And this does not include big bus tour groups, nor large chain hotels or just crossing destinations off your list.
- immerse yourself in the culture and the landscape of your destination
- take a moment to appreciate your surroundings and not hop from one destination to another
- exploit your limited time with the help of a knowledgeable guide who will open your eyes about what you see and give you a real perspective of living in this country
- trust an experienced, local travel specialist with whom you will design a trip tailored to your needs, avoiding endless research and first-timer mistakes
And this is what we strive to do. Either you join one of our small-group tours or design a private trip just for you, we are here to help you experience Greece in a meaningful, authentic way.
We visited Athens for the 1st time and the 3-day Athens essential trip was the ideal way to explore the most essential highlights of the city in such a short amount of time. All tours were amazing, but our favorite was the mythology one. Can't thank you enough for an amazing trip!
We had 2 days in Athens and we selected Greeking.me. Tina was amazing with her suggestions and seemed available 24/7. She booked us the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum tour with Arias. By the time the day ended we felt we had seen the best of Athens. Arias was pleasant, knowledgeable, and patient. Day two had us heading to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. Xenia gave a complete history of the area and timed everything to allow us to look at a perfect sunset over the Aegean. I can confidently recommend Greeking.me to organize your tours in Greece.