Greece is truly an incredible city in the world and has so much to offer. But if you are looking to get out of the city and venture into the countryside of the mainland of Greece, there is so much to do! A country with so much history of the foundations of Western civilization is bound to have various day trips to wonderful places to explore. Here are eight of the best day trips you can do while visiting the incredible city of Athens. Your custom tailored Greece vacation to Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini combine the marbled pillars of the ancient world, the luxuries of the modern world, and the pebbled shores and panoramas that have consistently made Greece a hotly pursued vacation destination.
Marvel at the preserved ancient temples and historic streets of Athens and the Acropolis on a private guided tour of the city
Explore the beachside neighborhoods and fabulous ruins of the Temple of Poseidon overlooking Cape Sounion Bask in a luxurious sunset cruise around Santorini’s caldera Revel in a rejuvenating
Thalassotherapy spa session in a tranquil spa near the shores of Mykonos
Discover the charming village-like atmosphere in Oia, located overlooking the Aegean Sea on Santorini Relax on the celebrated sun-drenched, sandy beaches of Mykonos
Day 1: Delphi
Day 2: Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon
Day 3: Corinth and Olympia
Day 4: The Epidaurus and Mycenae
Day 5: Greek Islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina
Day 6: Nafplio
Day 7: Departure
Delphi is one of the most popular day trips to go to while in Athens, and for good reason! This is said to be where the Greek god Apollo had his oracle where mortals would go and ask the god questions on how to solve their problems in life. Tucked away in the gorgeous mountainside, this day trip is not one to miss!
Another great day trip while visiting Athens is heading to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. Poseidon, the god of the sea has a beautiful temple that overlooks the water. Spend the day making your way down the cape of Greece and see some of the Greek islands in the distance, and finally explore this incredibly well-kept temple from thousands of years ago.
After having breakfast at the hotel, you can choose to do a full day tour to Ancient Olympia and the Corinth Canal as a private tour, and see where the first Olympics were said to be located.
The Epidaurus and Mycenae tour is excellent if you are interested in the myth of Agamemnon, the king of the Mycenaeans and said to be one of the instigators of the Trojan War. See his tomb and the famous Lion’s Gate before going to the Epidaurus greek theatre and experience the original beginnings of theatre!
If you want to visit some of the Greek Islands but don’t want to stray too far from the mainland, the Greek islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina as a day trip is an excellent way to explore. Board a ferry that takes you to the islands where you can see what these amazing islands have to offer.
Nafplio is also another excellent option for a day trip. Take a city tour while you are there and learn about how this city and island was the first capital of Greece, the “First Hellenic Republic.” The town is similar in style to the Venetians since the Venetians occupied the island for many years of its past. Learn about the history of this great city which has so much connection to the history of the entire country, and marvels at its wonderful beauty.
After having a breakfast at your hotel, check-out from the hotel and take a transfer to the Airport for your return flight.
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