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How to Spend 2 Days in Athens

How to Spend 2 Days in Athens

With two days in Athens, you have time to branch out beyond the essential museums and archaeological sites to delve deeper into history, treat your tastebuds to some traditional cuisine, and explore the local neighborhoods. Here’s how to make the most of two days in Athens.

Day 1: Essential Athens

Morning: Kick off your 48 hours in Athens with a half-day city sightseeing tour. You’ll get an overview of the city’s top attractions, such as the Temple of Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium, Dionysos Theater, and the National Gardens of Greece. Opt for a private tour to customize your itinerary and get insider tips on the best places to visit during your stay.

Afternoon: Now that the morning crowds have cleared, head up to Athens’ main landmark, the Acropolis. Spend the afternoon exploring this UNESCO-listed archaeological wonder on your own or with a tour guide who can fill you in on the history of the ruins, including the Parthenon. Continue learning about the Acropolis and its history at the Acropolis Museum.

Night: Wind down your day of sightseeing with an evening on the town. Do it like the Greeks do with a leisurely dinner at a traditional taverna; tuck into meze (appetizers) at spots where locals go to socialize, sip ouzo or raki, and dance to the sounds of bouzoukia, a local folk music.

Day 2: Culture and Cuisine

Morning: After getting an overview of Athens, today is the day to dig deeper into the rich culinary traditions of Greece with a morning cooking class. Classes typically include learning to prepare traditional dishes using fresh, local ingredients before dining on the fruits of your labor. Alternately, hit the pavement on a walking food tour to sample some of the city’s best bites.

Afternoon: Spend your afternoon strolling through one (or more) of Athens’ neighborhoods. Colorful Plaka, the oldest residential district in Athens, is a maze of narrow lanes and alleyways lined with shops and cafes. For bargain shopping and historic ruins, head to Monastiraki in central Athens, or, for people watching, visit Syntagma Square.

Night: Treat yourself on your final night in Athens to dinner with a view. Take the funicular to the top of Lycabettus Hill for a meal with panoramic views over the illuminated city below, or book a table in a revolving restaurant 165 feet (50 meters) up for a look at the Acropolis while you eat.

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Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Discover some of Greece’s greatest treasures and the best of modern Athens on this morning or afternoon Athens sightseeing tour. With an expert guide, take a coach tour of top Athens sites, including the Greek Parliament and Panathenaic Stadium, stage of the first modern Olympic Games. Then, explore the mighty Acropolis on foot to see the glorious Parthenon and other highlights. Want to add more sightseeing in Athens? Upgrade your morning tour to include entry to the Acropolis Museum to see its incredible Parthenon friezes, and other archaeological exhibits.
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  • 3 hours
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$63.47
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Dinner in the Sky Athens

Dinner in the Sky Athens

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Eat dinner in a revolving restaurant suspended in the sky during this thrilling experience in Athens. From a bird's eye view at 165 feet (50 meters) in the air, get views of the city of Athens lit up at night, including the illuminated Acropolis, as the table slowly rotates. With 22 dining companions, feast on a 6-course meal of modern and traditional Greek dishes with unlimited wine, beer, and soft drinks. Choose between Sunset Dinner or City Lights Dinner.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip

Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip

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Combine two popular tours of Athens and Cape Sounion into one day at a discounted price with this Athens Super Saver. In the morning, board an air-conditioned coach for a sightseeing tour of Athens’ highlights. With an expert guide, stroll around the Parthenon and antiquities on the Acropolis; visit the New Acropolis Museum; see the Panathenaic Stadium and more. Then, take an afternoon trip to Cape Sounion, where the Temple of Poseidon overlooks the Aegean Sea. Admire the glittering temple and stellar views before your return by coach to Athens.
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  • 1 day
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$118.40
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Athens Small-Group Food Tour

Athens Small-Group Food Tour

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Sample Greece’s tastiest dishes on this food and walking tour through Athens. Led by a local guide, stroll through the city’s historic streets, tasting ‘bougatsa’ (a sweet or savory pastry), ‘loukoumades’ (Greek honey dumplings), olives and other Greek specialties. Then, take a trip to the Varvakeios market to peruse regional spices and herbs. To keep this small-group tour as intimate as possible, numbers are limited to 14 people.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Super Saver: Acropolis Walking Tour plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip

Athens Super Saver: Acropolis Walking Tour plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip

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Discover the best of Athens and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion on this full-day Super Saver—a combination of two popular tours for a great discounted price. Start with a guided morning stroll around top Athens attractions such as Syntagma Square, the charming old Plaka district, and more. Then, take a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Acropolis to see its classical showpieces, including the Parthenon. Finish with a scenic afternoon trip to see the Temple of Poseidon, a 5th-century BC temple perched on sea cliffs at Cape Sounion.
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  • 9 hours
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Greek Small-Group Athens Cooking Class & Dinner

Greek Small-Group Athens Cooking Class & Dinner

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Learn the secrets behind your favorite Greek dishes during this hands-on cooking class in Athens. Led by an expert instructor, step inside a traditional tavern, sip on a glass of raki and try your hand at four starters and one main course, using fresh, local ingredients. Then sit down to savor the fruits of your labor with your fellow chefs. Numbers are limited to 16 to keep the experience as intimate as possible.
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  • 3 hours
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Athens Piraeus and Glyfada Hop on Hop off Tour

Athens Piraeus and Glyfada Hop on Hop off Tour

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See the best of Athens on a flexible hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Settle onto the comfortable bus, listen to the audio commentary available in 12 languages, and admire Athens’ historical highlights. View the Greek Parliament at Syntagma Square and other major landmarks, and disembark at any stop to explore on foot. Your ticket is good for 24 hours, plus a second day free, and includes discount vouchers for shops, restaurants and attractions. Upgrade to enjoy a hop-on, hop-off circuit around Athens and Piraeus, or Athens, Piraeus and Glyfada.
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  • 3 hours
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Half Day Historical Athens City Private Taxi Service Tour

Half Day Historical Athens City Private Taxi Service Tour

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Take a whirlwind tour of Athens history in a private taxi driven by your guide. You’ll the city’s fascinating historical highlights in just half a day, including the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, Greek parliament, Panathenaic Stadium, and more. Hear fascinating commentary along the way, choose between a morning or afternoon departure to best fit your schedule, and enjoy convenient hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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$94.98
Price varies by group size