Athens Itinerary 6 Days

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6 Days in Athens Vacation Guide

Athens is the largest city in Greece and is home to one of the ancient civilizations in the world. If you want to explore the mix of art, culture, and history, then visiting Athens in 6 days will give you a plenty of time to discover its secrets. Do not worry about travelling in and around the city as public transport in Athens has been improved a lot. You can choose from options like metro, suburban trains, buses, trolleybuses, trams, and taxis. And when it comes to an accommodation, you will find that hotels in Athens are located around areas like Syntagma Square, Monastiraki, Plaka, and Omonia. Take a look at this itinerary to know what you can do, and which places you can visit in Athens.

What to see in Athens in 6 days?

Day 1

Discover the secrets of Acropolis of Athens

Start your 1st day in Athens by visiting one of the most famous sites in the city. Start your day early and head towards Acropolis of Athens. This is an ancient citadel nestled a little away from the residential area. You can explore the ruins of several historic buildings that were once part of this site. You can spend an entire morning wandering through the remains of Parthenon, Old Temple of Athena, Temple of Athena Nike along with other archaeological sites.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens will tell you how stone theatres were in past whereas Theatre of Dionysus is another majestic theater at the foot of the Athenian Acropolis that represents the magnificence of bygone days.

Spending an afternoon at Acropolis Museum is recommended to understand the Acropolis of Athens better. With more than 4,00 objects found on the slopes of the site, this archaeological museum is an ideal place to learn about the glorious past of the city. Take a guided tour to know the significance of sculptures and other artifacts.

You can catch a traditional dance performance at Dora Stratou Dance Theater in the evening. With only 6 days/ 5 nights in Athens, visiting theaters will give you a chance to soak yourself in local flavour. Do not forget to call them to confirm the timings before planning anything.

Day 2

The tour of gardens and museums

Now that you have visited some major archaeological sites in Athens already, you can spend a quiet morning at the National Garden. This 15 hectares of a garden is located in the heart of the city and is home a small pond, cafe, playground along with several ancient ruins.

You can go to Temple of Olympian Zeus after visiting the garden. The site was one of the largest temples in Greece and you can still see its majestic 16 pillars. The temple was completed in 2nd century AD and was never repaired after it started suffering from the ravages of time.

There are a couple of lesser-known museums in Athens in this area. If you are interested in learning more about the interesting culture of Athens, then you can visit Jewish Museum of Greece and Museum of Greek Folk Art as well.

You can spend an evening at Syntagma Square as it has numerous charming cafes around. There are park benches where you can sit and watch the life go by. Having street food in Athens is a great way to pamper your taste buds.

Day 3

Become part of the local vibe

You can spend the 3rd day in Athens at and around Monastiraki neighbourhood in the old town. The square is home to the ruins of Hadrian's Libra along with the 10th century Church of the Pantanassa, and Tzistarakis Mosque. Visit these places in the morning and dedicate an afternoon to shopping in Athens. You can wander for hours in the Flea Market at Monastiraki. The streets are lined with shops that sell vibrant souvenirs along with numerous other local items.

When it comes to experiencing the nightlife in Athens, you can head off to Psyri neighbourhood that is hardly minutes away from the market. This area is packed with bustling bars, restaurants, and hotels. You can pamper your taste buds with local cuisine, wander around soaking in the local flavour, and dance the night away.

Day 4

Combine old and new

There are numerous archaeological sites in and around Athens. You can spend 6 days in Athens visiting these ruins and still there will be some places left unexplored. But, Kerameikos is one of the major sites and you must not miss visiting it. It is known for having ruins of one of the largest cemeteries in Athens and also has a museum on the premises. Kerameikos Archaeological Museum is famous amongst history buffs as it has early Geometric Art pieces that date back hundreds of years.

Do not forget to include visiting Plaka area in your Athens itinerary for 6 days. Popularly known as the neighbourhood of the Gods, this area is a lovely combination of old and new. Its tiny street and structures that carry an influence of neoclassical architecture look picturesque. Its cobblestone alleys are dotted with cafes, hotels, shops, and boutiques making it ideal for shopping in Athens.

Day 5

Visit islands near Athens

If you think Athens is all about archaeological sites and ruins, then you are in for a surprise. It is also one of the popular romantic honeymoon destinations around the world. You can visit Aegina island near Athens as it takes only 40 minutes from Piraeus port to reach the island. This small island has a rich history and has places like the Monastery of Saint Nektarios, Paleohora along with the Temple of Aphaia. You can spend some time at the archaeological museum of Aegina as well. And when it comes to beaches around Athens, this island boasts of Keri, Kleidi, and Marathonas beaches that are ideal for spending some quality time with your loved one. You can catch a lovely sunset from one of the beaches and be back in Athens for dinner.

Day 6

Visit lesser known places in Athens

You can wander around the city at your own pace on the last day of your Athens trip. You can go to Mount Lycabettus to admire the stunning panoramic vista of Athens. The top also has the 19th century Chapel of St. George and an open-air theatre. A small restaurant will keep you energized and will satiate your hunger.

You can come back to the city and visit attractions near the center of the city. From Technopolis (Gazi) industrial museum to Numismatic Museum of Athens, you can visit several places within a couple of hours.

When it comes to budget planning, keep in mind that luxury trip to Athens will cost around EUR 2,100. If you are a budget-traveller, you will be able to manage a trip in approximately EUR 500. You can also use TripHobo’s budget calculator to keep track of your spending. It will help you stick to your budget.

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