So…. It’s time you finally took that trip of a lifetime! Maybe you’re overwhelmed by all the things you want to do and see in just a short four days!
Well… no need to worry because… Hello-Greece is here to plan it all out for you!
Without further ado, let’s get on with it!
Arrival in Athens! Have you arranged a hotel transfer?
You can take the Metro, Bus or a Taxi from the airport to take you to your hotel.
I assume you have booked your accommodation, right?
Get to your hotel then and after you have unpacked and relaxed a bit … be careful not to overdo the relax part, especially if you’re jet lagged!
Get over it by staying awake for as long as possible.
Put on your walking shoes and …. Away we go!!!
You can either book a full City Tour through a travel agency or get out a map – there is a lovely one for free at the airport which I’m sure you’ve already picked up.
If you haven’t, get one from your hotel concierge desk.
OFF WE GO!!!
Start off by taking a walk up Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. This is one of the longest pedestrian streets in Athens which starts from across the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
You will see the bust of the great Melina Merkouri.
You’re on the right track!
Head up and find yourself beneath the sacred rock of the Acropolis with the Temple of Athena at the very top.
This is the Parthenon!
The landmark of Greece! The country that you’ve always wanted to visit.
You’re here NOW!!!
Take it in!
Climb up the hill and as you do so, you will see the Odeon of Herod the Atticus – during the Greek Festival, it hosts some of the world’s greatest artists and is the main venue of this annual event.
FEEL THE MAGIC!
After your visit to the Parthenon and after you’ve taken hundreds of photos of the site itself and the view of the city, go down the hill and visit the Acropolis Museum. This is a very modern building which hosts ancient treasures found at the archaeological site.
What a controversy!!!
As you leave the Acropolis Museum, you will find yourself in the Plaka and Monastiraki area.
The old Athens with it quaint little taverns and cafes.
TIME TO REST THOSE FEET!
Enjoy a meal at any one of the traditional tavernas. Rest your feet before you head on to visit the Changing of the Guard at the Hellenic Parliament.
Take photos of the rigid, expressionless, most admirable ‘evzones’ watching over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
To the right,is the National Garden.
Care for a relaxing walk through the garden?
Go through it and follow the signs for Vasileos Konstantinou Avenue – you will find yourself in front of the Panathenaic Stadium or otherwise known as the “Kallimarmaro”.
If you happen to be a runner, I bet you will already know about it and be tempted to take a short run around.
Enjoy this experience!
There is an energy about this stadium which is inexplicable!
You can almost hear the cheering crowds of bygone days – perhaps the 1896 Olympic Games … the first to have taken place.
Though your feet may be aching after having walked so much, you feel rejuvenated and fulfilled.
Time to head for your hotel now and rest.
Tomorrow is another day!
If you have not planned a trip to the Greek Islands and so wish to get a taste of what they’re like and why people the world over can’t stop talking about them, I have the perfect solution!
Book Ferry Tickets online and visit Aegina, Poros or Hydra. They are in the Saronic Gulf and close enough to visit, spend the day there and be back by nightfall.
Another option would be to book the 3-island Cruise and visit all three while enjoying all the luxuries of a mini cruise of the Saronic Gulf.
If you are going to be visiting an island anyway, then I suggest you spend the second day of your stay in Athens by taking a full day tour to Delphi!!!
You can do this either through a travel agency, or privately with a driver.
Delphi was considered to be the Naval of the World. It was the famous oracle of the god – Apollo.
Delphi Museum has been recently renovated and hosts some of the major archaeological findings from the area.
On your way back to Athens, you have to stop at Arachova. This is a most picturesque village where you can enjoy a walk through the main street and have lunch or afternoon coffee.
Buy some of the traditional goodies you will see in the shops like hand-woven rugs or Formoli cheese to take with you.
Arachova gets extremely crowded during winter since it is one of the most cosmopolitan places to visit if you like skiing.
Many celebrities have homes in Arachova. Don’t be surprised if you bump into one. You can see them either strolling the streets or skiing down the slopes of Parnassos.
A visit to Arachova will certainly get you planning a winter vacation to Greece – that’s guaranteed!!!
Today is dedicated to the … Greek Riviera! Book a tour to Cape Sounion – to the Temple of Poseidon – and enjoy a drive all along the Riviera.
Before you actually arrive at the Temple, you will already have taken so many photos of the areas you drive past, the cliffs, the rocky islands on the way and so much more.
At Sounion, which is about an hour and a half away, you will get off the bus and visit the Temple.
On a clear day, you can see the islands of the Saronic Gulf very clearly.
Catch a most divine sunset and enjoy a cocktail at the café restaurant there.
Back at the hotel by nightfall.
Time to pack for tomorrow’s flight back home or better still to one of the many Greek Islands and carry on with the holiday you have always dreamed of.