Athens is a city of contrasts; a modern city sprawled against a beautiful, ancient backdrop. This contrast is reflected in City-Discovery.com’s Top 10 Things to do in Athens this summer. Athens is featured as a popular destination in the travel website’s series of top 10 summer picks, which was launched to help customers and other travelers stay informed about top activities and attractions for summer.
The travel website announced that featured activities include day trips to Delphi, Meteora, and other Greek Isles, including Aegina, Poros and Hydra on top of sightseeing of famous monuments and temples within the city. The top 10 in Athens also offer itineraries by expert travel guides, pickup and drop-off transfers, and other travel options.
“With so many things do and see in Athens, even the most worldly of travelers would require some assistance to organize trips, in order to maximize the time they have for vacation. For each major city, we release a Top 10 guidelist. With Athens, we made sure we covered all major attractions inside and outside the city,” said Xavier Hallauer, the travel website’s marketing director.
Top 10 Summer Activities in and around Athens
The Athens City Tour is an extensive exploration of ancient monuments. On this tour, participants will discover how and why Athens is a center for the arts, learning and philosophy. Attractions on this tour include the Panathinaiko Stadium, Museum of Cycladic Art, Byzantine Museum, War Museum, National Gallery, the former Royal Palace, Zappion Garden, Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, St. Paul’s Church, Old and New Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Constitution Square, Acropolis, Propylaea, Parthenon, Erechteion, and the Museum of Acropolis.
Athens by Night includes a visit to the port of Piraeus, Athen’s main port for 2500 years. Greek appetizers and ouzo (an anise-flavored beverage) will be served at the yacht harbor of Microlimano. A dinner at a popular tavern with Bouzouki music and Greek folk dances for a truly Greek experience concludes the activity.
The Athens Hop On Hop Off Tour is a 90-minute open-top Double Decker bus tour of important and popular landmarks of Athens. It traces the history and culture of the city from the ancient times to the present day, shopping opportunities along the route.
To experience Athen’s ancient way of life, the Markets, Ruins, and Ancient Athens activity is ideal. Highlights include wandering through the streets and flea markets around Monastiraki Square; a visit to Agora, Athen’s ancient commercial center; and a stop at the Acorpolis.
The Aegina, Poros and Hydra 1 Day Cruise offers trips to the Temple of Athena in Aegina, beautiful beaches of Poros, and island of Hydra. Shopping, swimming, and lunch onboard the ship are other highlights.
On the Day Trip to Delphi, the featured attraction is the Museum of Delphi housing the Charioteer of Delphi, one of the best preserved examples of classical bronze casts. Other museum artifacts are the Sphinx of Naxos and the Statue of Antinoos. The tour also includes a stop at the picturesque mountain village of Arachova.
The tour of Cape Sounion involves a drive along the scenic coastal road offering a view of the Saronic Gulf, passing through some of Athens’ beautiful suburbs (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varzika). Once in Cape Sounion, participants pay a visit to the 5th century temple of Poseidon.
The Day Trip to Argolis features the Argolis region, including Mycenae, the plain of Argos, the bay of Nafplio, and the remarkable acoustic theater of Epidaurus. It also includes stops to ancient Corinth, Lion Gate, Tomb of Agamemnon, and the Palace.
On the 2-day activity to Meteora, Greece’s picturesque towns and villages along the route from Delphi to Meteora are featured. Attractions include Mount Parnassus, ageless monasteries, Leonidas Monument, and Kammena Vourla.
The 4-Day Classical Tour starts with a short visit to Corinth Canal and the Theater of Epidaurus. This extensive multi day tour covers all bases as it includes journeying past the town of Nauplion, a seaport town and first capital of Greece, Mycenae (Site and Tomb of Agamemnon), Central Peloponnese, the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis, Olympia, Sanctuary of Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaelogical Museum, plains of Eliad and Achaia, towns of Nafpactos and Itea, before making its way to Delphi.
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Economical transfers and ground transportation options such as private vans, limousines, mini coaches, and deluxe motor coaches are also available on the main website.