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Always vibrant, this 24-hour city is an intriguing mix of east and west, history and modernity, bustle and culture. Athens contains treasures that really should be seen at least once, and a few nights here can easily be included in our fly-drive or tailor-made holidays.

The 2004 Olympic Games meant substantial investment in Athens’ infrastructure (new airport, roads, transport systems), upgrading of museums and historical sites, and significant hotel refurbishment.

We have selected a range of hotels, mainly within our favoured district of Makriyianni, as it is just a short walk from both the Acropolis, the splendid new Acropolis Museum and the atmospheric 19th century Plaka district, now largely pedestrianised.

Athens also has organised beaches – the nearest can be reached by tram from the centre in about half-an-hour.

Wherever you stay, a wide range of guided excursions can be had, the most popular being the half-day city tour, full day Delphi and full day Argolis (Mycenae and Epidavros). All can be pre-booked. Three and four day Classical Tours are also available. For a full list of tours please enquire or see our website.

Athens is also the embarkation point for a range of 3, 4, 7 and 14 night cruises to the Aegean islands, Turkey and Egypt - choose from popular itineraries on a larger ship taking in the most famous islands or a more intimate small ship/mega-yacht cruise visiting some of the lesser-known. A cruise can be easily tailored into a longer holiday. Please see our website or call for details.

For a brief taste of Athens (including of course the Acropolis) the city can also be visited as part of an excursion from our resort of Tolon (overnight stay possible). A few nights in the city can also be included in any holiday booked via Athens Airport e.g. to Hydra or Andros, only 90 mins and 2 hours by ferry respectively.  

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Excursions from Athens

Below is a sample of the most popular day excursions and longer tours available from Athens. All can be pre-booked, and a pick-up service is included from all our central Athens hotels. Entrance fees to sites/museums are included and all coach tours are escorted by an English-speaking licensed guide. Coaches are fully air-conditioned.

Tour  & Price per person 2018/19:

  • ½-day Athens City Tour £60 (Mon-Fri pm)
  • ½-day Athens (incl. Acropolis Museum) £71 (daily am)
  • ½-day Athens Walking Tour £35 (daily am)
  • ½-day Cape Sounion £45 (daily pm)
  • ½-day Cape Sounion Sunset £52 (Tue, Fri, Sat pm)
  • ½-day Ancient Corinth £57 (Mon & Fri am)
  • 1-day Athens & Cape Sounion Tour £110 (Mon)
  • 1-day Delphi £85 (£98 with lunch) (daily)
  • 1-day Argolis (Mycenae, Epidavros) £91 (£104 with lunch) (daily except Fri & Sun)
  • 1-day Cruise (Aegina, Poros, Hydra) £102 (daily - lunch included)
  • 2-day Delphi fr £133 (Half Board) (daily)
  • 2-day Argolis fr £140 (Half Board) (Mon, Tue, Wed)
  • 2-day Meteora fr £167 (Half Board) (Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat)
  • 3-day Classical Tour fr £320 (Half Board) (Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat)
  • 3-day Delphi & Meteora fr £310 (Half Board) (Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun)
  • 4-day Classical tour fr £480 (Half Board) (Mon)
  • 4-day Classical tour with Meteora fr £482 (Half Board) (Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat)
  • 5-day Northern Greece (incl. Meteora & Macedonia) £711 (Half Board - dates on request)
  • 7-day Grand Tour of Greece £940 (Half Board - dates on request)


Above details are subject to change. Please enquire for tours with a private guide.


Notes: Prices are per person (children generally pay 50% - see below) and include the services of a professional English-speaking guide and entrance fees to sites and museums. Buses are fully air conditioned - those used on 2-day plus tours have WiFi.  Tours depart Athens 0815-0845 (except Sounion c 1400) and return 1200-1530 (½-day) or 1830-1900 (full day - these times do not allow for pickup/ drop-off at your hotel). All 2, 3 and 4-day tour prices are based on 3 star hotels on a half board basis (breakfast and dinner) when out of Athens. Hotels used are comfortable and air-conditioned most with free WiFi. 4 star hotels can be booked at a supplement – please enquire. Single room supplement £25 per night. On 1/2 day or 1 day tours, children under 4 years of age are free of charge but seat on coach not guaranteed. Otherwise children under 12 years generally pay 50% on land tours (note: on tours involving overnight hotels children must occupy 3rd or 4th bed in a room to qualify for the reduction). Days of operation are subject to change. Pick-up times will be advised locally.

For the sites wear sensible (flat) shoes – some sites may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties. Museums and sites are closed 29 April, 1 May and 15 August.

If you would like further details for any of these tours please enquire.

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