A Full Itinerary on how to spend 48 wonderful hours in Athens!

Athens is a city that has a lot to offer you.

One minute you walk into a very trendy area with shops, then you turn into a narrow street and suddenly you see ancient ruins right in front of you. The effect of this dramatic contrast is quite moving. You know the food is amazing.

We have created an itinerary so you can tour the most important sights in just two days!

The program includes:

Acropolis (Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion, Dionysus Theater, Odeon of Herodes Atticus), Acropolis Museum & Ancient Agora (Temple of Hephaestus, Conservatory of Agrippa, Stoa of Attalos), Monastiraki Square and Flea Market, National Garden and Temple of Olympian Zeus, Syntagma Square and Panathenaic Stadium.


Day 1:

8:00 - Go to the Acropolis when the gates open to pass the crowd and take lots of pictures. Get a map at the entrance to be sure you will not miss anything!

10:00 - Buy coffee in hand at the base of the Acropolis (near the metro) and walk to the shops of historic Plaka that open at that time.

11:00 - Go to the Acropolis Museum. Do not forget to look at the live excavation sites through the glass floors outside the entrance.

13:00 - Food in Plaka. What else but souvlaki with a Greek salad?

15:00 - Head east from the Acropolis to see the temple of Olympian Zeus. Keep walking until you see a large highway and you will see the monument just across the street. Temple (Columns) of Olympian Zeus

17:00 - Walk back to the subway through the National Park and explore the beauty.

Maybe it’s time to rest for a couple of hours.

20:00 - Get dressed and dine in Athens. We suggest you the amazing food at the restaurant "Geros tou Moria" in Plaka, for the traditional dancing and breaking of the plates! Note: They bring you special dishes to break.

22:00 - Walk in Monastiraki and Plaka.

Sit in a shop that will inspire you and order Greek wine.

Panathenaic Stadium
Panathenaic Stadium

Day 2:

08:00 - Wake up to enjoy traditional Greek coffee. You know, the one served in small espresso cups.

9:00 - Get on the subway and go to Syntagma. Spend a minute in the square and then walk to the Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaro).

1:30 - Take the metro and get off at Thiseio to walk to the Ancient Agora. There you can observe the very well-preserved temple of Hephaestus, before passing to the Conservatory of Agrippa to the Museum of the Ancient Agora, which houses the Stoa of Attalos.

13:30 - From the Stoa of Attalos, Monastiraki is on the other side of the metro. See the fresh products of the sellers in the square before you sit down to eat in Monastiraki. This time order appetizers for the middle of the table that you can share with your friends and maybe you could order traditional moussaka. Every restaurant will tell you that theirs is the best!

16:00 - How about a little bit of souvenir shopping at the Flea Market in Monastiraki?

17:30 - Go to the Tavern "Klimataria" for a Greek cooking class! You may not be hungry yet, but after a few hours in the kitchen, you will be ready to eat everything!

21:00 - Go for a drink with your new friends from the cooking class or buy a small bottle of local ouzo to enjoy back at your hotel.

Greek Salad
/Greek Salad

Useful Tips:

  • Buy the all-day subway ticket, not the hourly rate.
  • Take your time at every meal. Lunch and dinner require a few hours of enjoyment.
  • Wear shoes without a flat sole. There are marbles everywhere. Seriously, many sidewalks are made of marble.
  • Get used to the light breakfast and dinner at very advanced hours. Most Greeks just drink coffee and maybe eat toast for breakfast, so you will not find many restaurants open during the morning hours. Your solutions are two: Breakfast at your hotel or breakfast from the numerous bakeries you will find literally at every corner.
  • You can see the Acropolis from everywhere in Athens. Do not stay in the room because you have a view of the Acropolis!
  • If you want to eat souvlaki in Athens, do not forget to say "with pita". If you do not say so, they will offer you a plate with chopped gyros, vegetables, and sauce, but you cannot eat it as a sandwich.
  • When buying tickets to the Acropolis, buy a multi-day ticket for the whole day, which will take you to all the attractions.
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