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Athens: City Experience

Athens: City Experience

7 days, 1 city17
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Ruins of an ancient temple on a hill dusted with snow on a sunny day
Ruins of an ancient temple on a hill dusted with snow on a sunny day
Aerial view of a city at sunset with ancient ruins on a hill in the center
Statue of a woman wearing a helmet and holding a spear and shield atop a stone column
A busy street with a canopy of umbrellas overhead at night
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Why go?

Greece in the off-season? Absofreakinglutely. Experience all that Athens has to offer—from old stuff like ancient ruins to new stuff like freshly cooked calamari—with fewer crowds and less sweat dripping down your back.

Picture yourself

  • Channeling ancient gods and goddesses at the Acropolis

  • Savoring the fresh, local ingredients of Greek cuisine

  • Touring Delphi, once considered the center of the world

  • Soaking up equal parts history and ouzo

  • People watching at a traditional taverna

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers (or book 'em yourself)

  • 5 nights in handpicked, city-center accommodations

  • 5 breakfasts

  • 3 dinners

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 support

  • Greek cooking class

  • Insider tour of Athens with local guide

Map for the Athens: City Experience tour
Full trip itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Overnight flight

    Board your overnight flight to Athens, the cradle of Western Civilization and one of the oldest cities in the world. NBD.

  • Day 2: Arrive in Athens

    Welcome to Athens! 2,500 years ago, it was kind of a happening place, and still is today—with fewer people in togas walking around.

    Today's highlights:

    • Meet an EF representative and fellow travelers as they arrive at the airport.
    • Transfer to your hotel to check in and check out your room.
    • Get acquainted with Athens on a brief walk around the city with your Tour Director.
    • Enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with your group.
  • Day 3: Tour Athens + Greek cooking class

    Today, you’ll get to know the real Athens with a real local guide. Then, top it off with an authentic cooking class and dinner with local chefs.

    Today's highlights:

    • Step back in time at the historic Acropolis of Athens with your local guide.
    • See the Propylaea, the Theatre of Dionysus, and a bunch of other structures you’ll need your guide’s help to pronounce.
    • Take in incredible panoramic views of Athens from the citadel’s hilltop vantage point.
    • Prep three classic dishes, then devour your creations at an included cooking class and dinner.
  • Day 4: Free day in Athens

    Now that you’ve had a taste of the tzatziki that Athens has to offer, head out and explore it on your own. May we suggest more tzatziki?

    Free time suggestions

    Ancient Agora of Athens: Visit the ruins that were once the central gathering place for ancient Greeks and do your best Socrates impression.

    National Archaeology Museum: It’s considered one of the greatest museums in the world, housing everything from Greek sculptures to Egyptian Antiquities.

  • Day 5: Free day in Athens or optional Delphi day trip

    If you’re loving the Athens vibes, take today to keep exploring—trust us, you won’t run out of things to do. But if you feel like gettin’ outta town, opt for the day trip to Delphi.

    Free time suggestions

    Kolonaki: Combine two favorite traveler pastimes—shopping and people watching—in this chic, trendy neighborhood in central Athens.

    Mount Lycabettus: Hike (or don’t—there’s a cable car) to the highest point in Athens for spectacular views of the city in every direction.

    Delphi day trip (extra cost)

    Journey to the mystical ruins of Delphi, where ancient Greeks once spoke with gods.

  • Day 6: Free day in Athens + Farewell Dinner

    At this point you’re practically an Athens local. Venture out into the city and cross off any remaining bucket list items before one last included dinner with your crew.

    Free time suggestions

    Plaka: If you take your neighborhoods like you take your ancient ruins (historic), Plaka is for you. Feel the energy as you stroll the narrow streets in search of the perfect taverna.

    Panathenaic Stadium: Combine your love of architecture and sports at the site of the first modern Olympic games. And yes, this is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble.

  • Day 7: Fly home

    Antio, filoi!
    Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?

Reviews


Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Based on 17 authentic traveler reviews
  • DO IT

      Anonymous, traveled Apr. 2024

    This was my first ever trip with EF and it was unbelievably incredible! Highly highly recommend, good balance of culture, activities and free time, Georgios is a phenomenal tour director

  • Perfect Length of Time for Athens

      Kellie, traveled Mar. 2024

    This is a great introduction to Greece! It was the perfect amount of time in the city plus the additional day trips EF planned and our tour director (Georgia) planned made it so you saw a little bit of everything (not just downtown). We saw downtown, the mountains, the sea, and some of the islands. If you want to go to Greece but aren’t much of a drinker/par... See more

  • You’ll want to do this trip if you’re new to Greece!!

      Katelyn, traveled Mar. 2024

    If you have never traveled to Greece, this is a great way to introduce you to the country! My group’s tour guide, Georgia, was able to create an amazing experience that was beautifully paced where I never felt rushed, but also never felt bored! She even added extra excursions to show us every corner of Greece we could with the time that we had!! The hotel wa... See more

  • Amazing trip!

      Ryleigh, traveled Mar. 2024

    Our tour director, Georgia, really went above and beyond to make sure that we all got the most out of our time in Athens. I got to see so much around the city and made so many new friends!

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