Athens Vacation Packages
Athens is where the age of antiquity meets the best of the modern world. All this against the backdrop of mountain and the crystal blue Aegean Sea, dotted with islands. There’s plenty to do, whether you’re a history buff, an art aficionado, or simply enjoy Greek mythology and the fantastic views.
Be forewarned that the days here can get hot after noon, especially during the height of the tourism season in summer. So, plan on taking your walking tours during the morning. After a strong cup of Greek coffee, head out to explore the many archeological sites in and around the city center. Visit Pnyx Hill, where great orators such as Aristides and Pericles impassioned their countrymen to take part in the world’s first true democracy. Stroll through the Ancient Agora, where Socrates and Plato walked in flowing togas, debating philosophy. Marvel at the remains of ancient temples dedicated to the gods of Mt. Olympus, as well as stellar views, atop The Acropolis.
There are plenty of museums and galleries to cool off in during the afternoons. The affluent downtown neighborhood of Kolonaki is home to high-end shops and restaurants as well as The Benaki Museum. Housed in a beautifully restored family mansion, this is a great place to get an understanding of the history and culture of Greece. The New Acropolis Museum, located in the historic area of Makrygianni, explores the art, culture and customs of the inhabitants of the Acropolis from pre-historic times through late Antiquity.
While the city can easily keep you busy, don’t miss taking a car or bus trip out to the countryside. The Temple of Poseidon is set on a rocky hilltop overlooking the Aegean Sea, on the picturesque Saronic Gulf in Cape Sounion. Delphi and some of the other islands are also close enough for a day trip. If you’re not too tired upon your return, check out the nightlife in and around Omonia Square.
Accommodation in Athens
To thoroughly enjoy your time in the capital, think about staying at any of the 305 Athens hotels that feature on Expedia's extensive hotels page.
For those keen on finding a bed at the more exclusive end of the range, you're sure to be delighted at the Grand Resort Lagonissi, located at 40th km Athinon-Sounio, or the Westin Athens Astir Palace Beach Resort, at Apollonos 40. The Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens, and the Cape Sounio, Grecotel Exclusive Resort are also premier choices well worth investigating.
While you are holidaying in Athens, you'll definitely want to check out Ancient Agora and you might decide it is more convenient to stay nearby. the Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens is around 1 kilometre (1 mile) away. Another option is the AVA Hotel & Suites, which is around 0.9 kilometres (0.5 miles) away.