With roots going back to the Neolithic age, Athens in classical times was a breeding ground for ideas that shaped Western civilization. Today, the city that has been regarded as little more than a stopover destination for decades is undergoing a renaissance in which its storied past is blending with a contemporary scene.
Perfect forFamilies | Intellectuals | Romantics
When to goJune-August | September-November
Ideal length of stay1-2 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
2-3 Days: Essential Athens
In Athens, Indagare can arrange activities like a scavenger hunt, a food tour, a boat trip or a classical Greek meal re-created using ancient recipes. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
After arriving in Athens, settle into your hotel before meeting your private guide who will also take you through the Acropolis and provide context about the advancements of democracy, science, philosophy and art that flourished during its creation. Then you will see more iconic sights like the Parthenon, Hephaisteion temple, Hadrian’s Library and the Roman Agora, as well as the uber-modern Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, which is housed in a stunning, Renzo Piano–designed building.
To complement the history lesson from day one, spend day two exploring Athens’s blossoming cultural scene. Begin with a tour of Monastiraki, one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, filled with trendy boutiques and restaurants and cool street art. After popping into some shops, begin a food tour of the neighborhood, stopping at “underground” restaurants and bars that you would not be able to find without an in-the-know guide.
Enjoy your last morning either at leisure or making a return visit to a favorite museum from day one. Then, pack up and depart for your next destination.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special perks, including upgrades, early check-in, spa credits, and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel
The most legendary of Athens's hotels, the old world Grande Bretagne looks out over the Greek Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
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King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel
After extensive renovations completed in 2013, the King George has just the right mix of Old European grandeur and modern comforts.