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Why Athens?

Athens is the largest city in Greece, as well as the home of democracy. The streets of this city are filled with wall-to-wall landmarks that embody the most august virtues of the ancient world. For those who are interested in the rich cultural heritage of the Athenians, some of most popular Athens attractions include the Parthenon, the Acropolis and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, a massive structure that took almost 640 years to build. There are a myriad of ruins to explore throughout Athens, and many of them are within walking distance of Syntagma Square, the heart of the city. The National Archaeological Museum, which is home to tens of thousands of treasures from Antiquity, and considered by many to be one of the most important museums in the world, is a twenty-minute walk away.

While Athens may be known as one of Ancient Greece’s most famous city-states, there are plenty of modern conveniences and luxuries throughout Athens, many of which were developed in anticipation for the 2004 Summer Olympics. Many of the central neighborhoods of Athens, such as Psiri, Plaka and Thission, are home to dozens of clubs and bars, as partying is one of the top things to do in Athens. Café culture is alive and well in Athens, too, and it is not uncommon to walk by one and hear a band playing songs in the rembetiko style, a genre that combines Turkish, Greek and European styles to create something entirely its own. The cuisine of Athens is also another one of its attractions, as the Greeks are well known for their unique culinary traditions and their wines, both of which vary from region to region. You will find all of these regions represented in Athens, as well as some fusions of cooking styles that you may not find anywhere else in the world. Athens is also well known for its variety of kolatsio, or street food, which includes pitas, wraps, kebabs and meat and vegetable pies.

Day trips from Athens vary from the educational to the recreational. Whether you are interested in seeing the temple at Delphi, which was home to an oracle renowned throughout the ancient Mediterranean for her wisdom, or enjoying a more epicurean trip while exploring any one of the many islands off the coast of Greece, there is most certainly something for everyone. Many Athens shore excursions will give you the opportunity to do a little bit of both: to absorb some history while also absorbing some sun.

Gray Line Athens

Gray Line Athens offers dozens of tours in and around Athens. For those who want to take a day to see all of the most important landmarks in Athens, we offer Athens walking tours that explore both the ancient and the modern elements that comprise the city. We also offer Athens day tours that will give you the chance to get out of the city. These tours make stops at iconic locations that have been paramount to both the history and culture of Greece.

Gray Line Athens also offers multiday trips to the Meteora, a site that is home to several monasteries perched precariously atop what initially seem like inaccessible sandstone pinnacles. Built primarily during the 14th and 15th centuries, these monasteries epitomize the rugged character of Thessaly and are certainly the most remote of Greece's 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are truly a wonder to behold.

Some of our most popular Athens tours are multiday excursions that allow you to take part in an Athens sightseeing tour before heading out of the city to such notable destinations as Hydra Island, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Delphi and Meteora. These tours are the best of both worlds: the city and the country, the mountains and shore, the past and the present.

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