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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.

Top 5 Things To Do In Athens


We have a selection of hand-picked sightseeing tours and attraction tickets and booking them couldn't be simpler. Avoid disappointment and in some cases the queue by pre-booking all the best things to do and see around Athens. Athens is most prolific for its ancient history, and at CityXplora we can help you expereince it all plus more through our day tours. All you need is one booking, one payment transaction and ticket vouchers are sent immediately by email - it's so easy!

Discover both modern and ancient Greece. Image

Discover both modern and ancient Greece.

The Athens and Piraeus open-top bus tour is the easiest way to get around the top landmarks and attractions in both cities. Hop-on hop-off buses make regular daily circuits.

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Skip the line at Athens' most popular museum. Image Top Pick Sail the Saronic Gulf via Piraeus. Image

Sail the Saronic Gulf via Piraeus.

Greece has always had a strong seafaring legacy, replete with myths, exploration, war and trade. Unearth it all as you sail to the Saronic Islands of Hydra, Aegina and Poros.

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Embark on an ancient pilgrimage to Delphi. Image

Embark on an ancient pilgrimage to Delphi.

Travellers who once set out to consult the Delphic Oracles would make a stop at the Castalian Spring, and so will you as you venture in search of the Temple of Apollo.

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Journey back to the Greek Bronze Age. Image

Journey back to the Greek Bronze Age.

This coach trip from central Athens is an excursion into one of the oldest periods in Greek history. You'll cross the Corinth Canal, see Epidaurus Theater, and more.

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