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  • Having fun in Athens
  • Parthenon Temple will perhaps be your most photographed site during your Greece vacation.
  • Socrates
  • Ruins of an amphitheater
  • Monastiraki Square

Athens, the enchanting capital of Greece, has always been a birthplace for civilization. It is the city where democracy was born and which was once the centre of the ancient World. Today, on a Greece vacation, it is the political, social, cultural, financial and commercial centre of Greece.

It is situated in the prefecture of Attica and extends to the peninsula that reaches up to Central Greece. It is surrounded by mountains to the north and east and the Saronic Gulf to the south and west. The sun shines in Athens all year round and it has one of the best climates in Europe with mild winters and hot summers.  Next door to Athens is the port of Piraeus, the central commercial port of the capital. 

Athens and the surrounding area have some of the most important archaeological monuments in the country on Greek vacations. Who hasn’t heard of the Acropolis, the most important site in the city and one of the most recognizable monuments in the world. It is a rocky hill towering over the city and is in evidence almost everywhere you walk. It is the most significant reference point of ancient Greek culture as well as the symbol of the city.  The first inhabited remains on the Acropolis date from the Neolithic period.

On top of the Acropolis is the Parthenon, the most important and characteristic monument of the ancient Greek civilization which still remains its international symbol. It was dedicated to Athena Parthenos (the Virgin), the patron goddess of Athens and was built between 447 and 438 B.C.  The Parthenon is a Doric temple and a true symbol of ancient Greek culture. Syntagma is the square in front of the Parliament, formerly the King's Palace, and is considered the main square of Athens. The square is a central point to access all the major attractions of Athens, particularly 'Museum Mile' along Vassilissis Sophias Avenue Here most of Athens’ museums are located including the Benaki Museum, Museum of Cycladic Art and the Byzantine Museum. At the bottom part of Syntagma Square is Ermou Street, the main shopping district of Athens.  

The Plaka is a self-contained area. It is the old historical neighbourhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis and incorporates a labyrinth of streets and neoclassical architecture. It is known as the "Neighbourhood of the Gods" due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites. It is also the site of many open air restaurants. Monastiraki, literally meaning little monastery, is a flea market neighbourhood in the old town and is one of the principal shopping districts of Athens. The area is home to clothing boutiques, souvenir shops, and speciality stores, and is a major tourist attraction on trips to Greece for bargain shopping.

Mount Lycabettus is a limestone hill in Athen which can be reached by a funicular railway. At a height of 277 metres/908 feet above sea level, the hill is the highest point in the city that surrounds it. Pine trees cover its base and at its two peaks are the 19th century Chapel of St. George, a theatre, and a restaurant. Kolonaki is the area at the base of Lycabettus hill, full of boutiques catering to well-heeled customers by day and with bars and more fashionable restaurants by night plus galleries and museums. This is regarded as one of the more prestigious areas of the city. 

Other areas close to the city are the beach resorts which include Glyfada and Vouliagmeni both easily accessible by local transportation. A short distance from Athens is the spectacular Cape Sounion, where the shimmering Temple of Poseidon stands on a cliff top. The views are stunning and it should ideally be visited at sunset to experience an amazing spectacle on a Greece vacation.

Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Greece vacation at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from  a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Greece.

 

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Athens, Greece

  • Best of Greece: Athens, Mykonos & Santorini

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Take in Greece’s highlights as you explore the country’s ancient past and vibrant present. Tour the world-famous Acropolis in Athens, Greece’s ancient capital, before sampling the iconic nightlife of Mykonos and the rugged volcanic landscape of Santorini in the Cyclades.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,879
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  • Athens and Classical Greece: Olympia, Delphi & Meteora

    MODERATE | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: Enjoy the best of modern and classical Greece on this 7-day program. See the modern city of Athens and visit the iconic Acropolis on a guided tour. Then, join an escorted coach program to visit the Greek countryside with stops in Olympia, Delphi, Nauplia and the Meteora Monasteries, a spectacular landscape high above the skies.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,420
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Escorted Coach Touring, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Greece Deluxe: Athens, Santorini & Crete

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore the country’s past and present on this journey across Greece. As you pass from Athens to the Greek Islands, you’ll see the iconic Acropolis, walk among the white-washed homes of Santorini, and feast on feta and olives on Crete all the while learning about the country’s ancient past.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,188
    Trip Type:
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  • Eat + Drink: Athens and Santorini

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Delight in local gastronomy, visit the iconic ancient Acropolis in Athens, hop on a high-speed ferry to the charming Saronic islands, catch the famous sunset in Santorini and take a dip at the Red Beach. This program also includes food experiences such as 2 cooking classes, 9 wine tastings, 2 cruises and a beach barbeque.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,237
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Greece Deluxe: Athens, Paros, Naxos & Ios

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Get off the beaten track with this journey from Athens to the Greek Islands. This Greek vacation takes you to Athens to explore the Acropolis and its historical treasures before visiting Naxos, Ios, and Paros, lesser-known islands that offer plenty of opportunity to swim, hike, and enjoy the charms of pastoral Greek life.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,689
    Trip Type:
    Private Experiences, Romance & Honeymoon, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Athens Signature

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Unlock the history, culture and beauty of Athens! Stroll along its charming streets, see the wonder of the ancient Acropolis and other important sights. Enjoy a traditional dinner and folklore show. Step outside the city to visit Delphi and then, experience breathtaking sunsets at Cape Sounion.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,751
    Trip Type:
    Private Experiences, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Greece Highlights: Athens, Paros and Mykonos

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Experience some of the Greek highlights in Athens and two popular Greek Islands. See the authentic side of Athens at night and marvel at the ancient Acropolis. Set sail to the tiny island of Paros and explore ancient architecture, traditional villages and white sand beaches. Finally, experience the characteristic narrow streets of Mykonos and enjoy its iconic nightlife.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,734
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Gems of the Greek Isles: Athens, Milos, Santorini and Mykonos

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Discover the famous islands of Greece on this 10-day vacation. In Athens, step outside the city to explore ancient ruins in Epidaurus and Mycenae. Then visit the islands of the Cyclades, including Milos, Santorini, Mykonos, and Delos, to discover rocky landscapes, sunny beaches, and ancient treasures.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,480
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Jewels of the Cyclades Cruise

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: This leisurely cruise offers the best of the Cyclades Islands of Greece. Visit the whitewashed homes of Santorini perched 300 metres above the Aegean, see the mythical birthplace of Apollo on Delos and party like a Greek in Mykonos.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,040
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Classic Greece with Rhodes: Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete & Rhodes

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Experience Greece’s ancient past and vibrant present on this exploration of Athens and the Greek Islands. Passing from Athens to Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, and Rhodes, you’ll explore ancient temples like the Parthenon, stroll along windswept cliffs, and experience the long and storied history of this great nation.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,719
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Romance & Honeymoon, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Greece Highlights: Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Experience the most famous centres of Greece on this incredible vacation passing from Athens to the islands of Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete. As you explore the country, you'll visit ancient ruins, walk along gorgeous windswept cliffs, feast on delicious cuisine, and experience the living and breathing history of this great nation.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,581
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Romance & Honeymoon, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Greece Highlights: Athens, Mykonos, Paros and Santorini

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore the most famous destinations in Greece starting in Athens, then head to its islands Mykonos, Paros and Santorini. See the contrasting modern and ancient life in Athens, explore Delos, the birth of Artemis in Mykonos, get swept away on the golden beaches of Paros, and learn about Santorini's volcanic past.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,070
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Romance & Honeymoon, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Essence of Greece: Athens, Rethymno, Heraklion, Santorini & Paros

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Explore the country’s ancient past and vibrant present as you journey through Greece. See the iconic Acropolis in Athens and nearby ancient sites. In Crete, visit important monasteries and Renaissance monuments of Rethymno and the open-air market in Heraklion. Marvel at the the iconic white-washed homes of Santorini and explore the golden beaches of Paros.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,018
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Single Friendly, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Gourmet Greece: Athens, Syros & Paros

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Take in some alternative landmarks and enjoy delicious cuisine on this journey across Greece. Discover the historical treasures of the Acropolis in Athens, hike to the summit of the Meteora Monasteries near Kalambaka, and spend a few days lounging on the pristine beaches of Syros and Paros in the Cyclades.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,931
    Trip Type:
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  • Athens and Crete Explorer

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Visit Greek's famous capital, Athens, and its largest island, Crete, on this 7-day program. In Athens, tour the iconic Acropolis and head to nearby Delphi to see the home of the ancient Oracle, before jetting to the island of Crete where you can explore its capital, Heraklion, and enjoy an excursion to Spinalonga, the Leper colony!
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,366
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Idyllic Aegean: 8 Day Cruise

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Explore the idyllic Aegean on this cruise throughout the Greek Islands. As you journey from island to island, you'll experience the nightlife of Mykonos, stroll along windswept cliffs on Santorini, enjoy the pristine beaches of Milos, and feast on world-famous cuisine on sunny Crete.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Cruising Three Continents

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Venture to three continents on one incredible cruise. Aboard the Celestyal Experience, you’ll cruise throughout the ancient world, stopping off in Alexandria, Israel, Cyprus, Rhodes, and Kusadasi to explore ruins, gaze upon historical landmarks, and experience the diverse cultures of the Middle East.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,973
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Cruises & Sailing, Multi Country Vacation Ideas
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  • Antiquity to Byzantium Cruise

    MODERATE | CRUISE: Tour the Peloponnese and explore the world of Ancient Greece on this historical cruise. As you cruise through picturesque Greek waters, you’ll stop off at important archaeological sites like Epidaurus, Olympia, and Delphi to see ancient ruins and learn about the history and mythology of Ancient Greece.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,820
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Athens & Classical Greece with Air

    MODERATE | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: Enjoy the best of modern and classical Greece on this 8-day program including flights, accommodations, transfers and daily excursions. See the modern city of Athens and visit the iconic Acropolis. Then, join an escorted coach tour to visit the Greek countryside with stops in Olympia, Delphi, Naufplion and the Meteora Monasteries, a spectacular landscape high above the skies.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,320
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Escorted Coach Touring, Tailor-made Travel Ideas, Vacation Packages with Airfare
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  • Athens and Santorini: Stay of Distinction

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Embark on a Greece vacation to some of the finest accommodations in the Old World. Staying at the Electra Palace Hotel Athens in Athens and Canavaes Oia Hotel on Santorini, you’ll enjoy luxury accommodations as you explore Athens’ world-famous historical centres and delight in the white-washed paradise of Santorini.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,431
    Trip Type:
    Private Experiences, Stays of Distinction, Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Athens Stopover

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Ancient and modern Athens is steeped in history and culture. Marvel at the Parthenon on top of the Acropolis, stroll among the many important temples of the ancient gods and enjoy a day to Delphi, home of the mystical oracle.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 740
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Classic Italy & Cruising the Greek Isles with NCL

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Explore historical treasures and windswept islands on this journey across Italy and Greece. Starting in Italy, you’ll explore the masterworks of Rome, Florence, and Venice before cruising the Greek islands and visiting the medieval walled city of Dubrovnik.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Classical Greece and Cruising the Greek Islands

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Board a luxury yacht in Athens and set sail for an amazing experience taking in the beauty, culture and history of the fascinating Greek Islands visiting important destinations such as Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and Hydra among others.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,340
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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