What would you do if you had only one day in Athens? More than you can imagine. At first glance, Athens might strike you like a lost city with a horrible sense of urban planning and smoggy air. However, if you care to look hard enough, you will realize this city harbors a wealth of historical goodies. In only one day, you will come across historical wonderments that will easily drive you into a state of palatable nostalgia.
Although it is not possible to tour the whole of Athens in one day, there is still a lot you can do. What you need is a touring expert that knows the city inside out. Whether you need a private tour, a walking tour, a trip to taste some of Athens’s most delicious food or finest wine, don’t worry. You got covered. If you hate touring by foot and would love to have a tour on a car, you should not worry as all that is possible.
Below are some of the best tours to take while in Athens.
Athens Walking Tours
If you would like to absorb the beauty of the city of Athens at a slower pace, a walking tour is just the perfect thing to do. The walking tour will give a chance to see and learn more about the oldest city in the world. You can start by touring the Holly rock of the Acropolis and feed your eyes and curiosity on the ancient temples such as the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea.
You can head over to the ancient marketplace of Agora after which you can tour the Plaka and interact with locals or have a bite of their most delicious local food.
Athens wine tours
Who wouldn’t want to have a test of the finest wine in Greece? The city of Athens prides itself on having the most loved wine bars you will ever find anywhere. When you tour the wine bars, you will usually get more than you bargained. For instance, you get a chance to meet and interact with the locals and other tourists. You will hear amazing stories about the history of Athens from the locals themselves and perhaps get to tell them your own stories. The wine-makers and experts will also be more than willing to share some wine making secrets and give you a sip of their most exotic brands. The guide will take you around all the wine bars you would ever want to visit.
Tasting tours in Athens
If you are tired of big hotels and would love to have a taste of the local food, the food tasting tour will make that happen. You will hang out will a social and knowledgeable guide who will take you through all the best food joints that locals use. You will be shown where to eat Athens’ most loved street food. You also get a chance to tour an ancient dairy store where you will have a taste of the real and original Greek yogurt with a splash of golden honey.
This tour will essentially take you through the heart of Athens where you will be able to learn why the local food depicts clearly the real Greek culture. You will meet with ever smiling locals who will be more than willing to give you food suggestions and knowledge on the origin of most of the Greek food and why it is considered some of the best in the world.
Athens Shopping Tour
Would you love to experience an unforgettable shopping tour in Athens? If yes, this is just the tour for you. Get to meet local passionate and talented fashion designers, buy some of the most sought-after Greek brands without forgetting the beautiful handmade jewelry. You will also get a chance to visit a local Greek delicatessen.
If you love Greek cosmetics or the amazing leather goods, you won’t miss out on them.
If you are looking for more luxurious and sophisticated goods, you can start your tour in the neighboring upmarket of Kolonaki. Apart from buying the best and most desirable Greek brands, you will also get a chance to have one on one chat with Athens most experienced fashion designers and probably shop some of their products.
The shopping tour should however not stop you from enjoying some of the breathtaking sceneries you will come across. The guides will be happy to tell you everything you need to know about local goods and perhaps give you some tips on what to buy and what to avoid.
Go for a swim in the Attica beaches
Athens has some of the most picturesque beaches with azure waters that will quickly eat away the heat from your body. The coast of Attica is dotted with amazing beaches just to make sure that you don’t walk too long to reach the nearest beach.
If you would like to lie on the smooth white sand and watch the skies with your loved ones, you are welcome to do so. Some of the most loved beaches in Attica include Asteras Glyfada, Astir Beach Vouliagmeni, Yabanaki Beach, Varkiza, Althea, Sounion, Kokkino, and the Grand Beach Lagonissi.
If you don’t know how to swim and would love to learn, the local experts here will be very willing to teach you. The beach is the best place to meet and socialize with people from all walks of life in Athens.
Sunset tours in Cape Sounion
If you are a nature enthusiast and would love to watch the beautiful rays of the sun go behind the horizon, you need this tour. A quick trip to Cape Sounion will give you the chance to watch the most amazing sunsets in Greece. As you walk to Cape Sounion, you will have the opportunity to see the Athens Riviera and Saronic Gulf on your way. You will also be able to sojourn the Temple of Poseidon and watch how it seats on a sea cliff dramatically.
The tour will, of course, begin with a slow drive along the Athens Rivera where you can enjoy the spellbinding view of the Saronic Gulf.
When you arrive at Cape Sounion, you may want to tour the temple of Poseidon which traces back to the 5th Century B.C. This temple gives you a magnificent view of the Aegean Sea and some beaches.