Things To Do In Athens
The timeless city of Athens is a place where finding things to do means journeying through diverse and exciting layers of history. Signs of the city's ancient past are never far behind its modern façade, and together they create one of the most wonderfully idiosyncratic places on earth.
To unlock the largest bulk of things to do in Athens with the least hassle, book yourself on the Athens and Piraeus open-top bus tour. This bus tour allows passengers to hop on and off at over 24 stops throughout the Greek capital and nearby port city of Piraeus. Helpful staff will always be on hand to provide travel advice, insightful history and personal recommendations. Amongst famous sights such as Syntagma Square and the Parthenon, you will also visit some of Athens' top visitor attractions, such as the National Archaeological Museum and the Benaki Museum. The Archaeological Museum houses the largest collection of artefacts from Greek antiquity and chronicles the nation's ancient history as a whole, while the Benaki Museum traces Greece's cultural evolution through a stunning and extensive art collection.
The city's most visited institution is arguably the renovated Acropolis Museum. The building's focus is on showcasing artefacts excavated from around the hill of the Acropolis. Exhibits are arranged in such a way that they illustrate the religious and cultural practices of Athenians from the Archaic through to the Roman periods. It's possible to avoid the Acropolis Museum's ticket queues by booking yourself on a guided 'skip the line', tour. There will be an experienced guide as well as free roaming time.
Switch over to the Piraeus route and visit a flourishing port city right on Athens' doorstep. Piraeus serves as the capital's gateway to the Saronic Gulf and is a prime cruise ship destination. Things to do in Piraeus include Archaeological Museum of Piraeus and the Hellenic Maritime Museum (featuring triremes)! Piraeus is also the location from which you can embark on a full day cruise to the Saronic islands of Hydra, Aegina and Poros.
Coach day tours from central Athens are a popular tourist activity. Arise bright and early for a journey to the sites of Delphi, Mycenae and Epidaurus, and Cape Sounion. We highly recommend at least one, as you'd be missing out on wonders such as the Temple of Apollo, the Castalian Spring, the Tomb of Agamemnon and many other locations of semi-mythical status.