Raw and elegant, ancient and alive: the Greek capital Athens is a city of contrasts. You will find historical sites and modern museums; traditional tavernas and Michelin-starred restaurants; old-fashioned stores and trendy designer boutiques - extremes alternate effortlessly here. Feel the pulse of this vibrant city and prepare yourself to be charmed by its super welcoming residents. Venture out in Plaka in the morning or get lost at night in the lively district of Psirri. Explore the industrial city of Piraeus or stroll along the fashionable avenues of the Athenian Riviera. Whatever you're looking for: this southern metropolis has everything you need for an unexpected and memorable city trip.
DAY 1: Foodie tour and wine tasting
After checking into your hotel, it's time to dive into the labyrinth of narrow streets and wide boulevards. Greek cuisine is definitely one of the best in the world and the range of inviting eateries is overwhelming. Can't decide where to eat? Then let an experienced guide take you on a food tour. You will discover the most delicious Greek delicacies in an original way: you will start with a strong Greek coffee, after which there is time for various local dishes. So while you discover the city, you will also satisfy your cravings. Handy! Finish as a true Athenian in a traditional Greek restaurant where you can taste the Mediterranean sun in their delicious mezzes. Hadn't have enough yet? Then complete your tour with a customised drinks package and sample some surprising Greek liquors. Jamas! (= cheers in Greek)
Day 2: The Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum
Just like Paris has its Eiffel Tower and Rome its Colosseum, Athens has its Acropolis. The city's most famous monument has proudly towered over the Athenian rooftops for centuries. You will enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of this almost endless metropolis and be catapulted back in time more than 2,000 years. Therefore, no visit to the Greek capital is complete without stopping at this impressive complex; a fortified fortress from classical antiquity culminating in the Parthenon, the iconic temple in honour of the Goddess Athena. Next, you will continue your visit at the state-of-the-art Acropolis Museum, at the bottom of the hill, where you can see some of the most important remains from Ancient Greece. Finally, take some time to stroll around the streets surrounding the Acropolis. Thanks to the many street musicians, especially at dusk, there is an almost magical atmosphere.
Day 3: Bike ride along the Athenian Riviera
Today it's time to escape the city's hustle and bustle. And what better way to do so than to get a breath of fresh air on a bicycle along the elegant dikes of the Athenian Riviera? An experienced guide will take you along famous highlights, such as the impressive Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. On the way you pass fashionable seaside resorts full of luxury yachts and lovely beaches, so if the weather is nice, don't forget your swimsuit/swimming trunks! Once cooled down and refreshed, you will return to the heart of the city where you will enjoy a delicious dinner one last time in one of the many restaurants. Don't feel like going to sleep yet? Then dive into the vibrant Athenian nightlife for a lovely finale. There is clearly more than one "city that never sleeps".
Day 4: Going home
By day four, you've inevitably fallen in love with this amazing city and its welcoming residents, but unfortunately your stay in Athens has come to an end. After breakfast, it's time to pack your bags and return home. Can't get enough of the Greek sun? Then extend your stay with a few days by the sea at our Caractère hotel in Vouliagmeni. Dive into the healing warm waters of Vouliagmeni Lake or admire the sunset at the Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion.
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