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The Best Day Trips from Athens

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Updated: 12 August 2017
Have some extra days to spare while in Athens? This is your chance to explore the countryside and the many other treasures Greece has in store. Here are some inspirations to the best day trips when you are staying in Athens.

Delphi

An excursion to navel of the world is one of the most classic day trips to take when in Athens. One of the most important sites of Greek history, Delphi is a UNESCO World Heritage gem, home to the Temple of Apollo and to the Oracle of Delphi. This day trip to Delphi includes a visit of the site as well as the Delphi Archaeological Museum, which displays fascinating artefacts such as the Sphinx of Naxos. On the way back, stop by Arachova to feel like stepping into a Swiss village in the mountains.

Tholos of Athena, Delphi
Tholos of Athena, Delphi | © DebraJean / Pixabay

Delphi, Arachova and Saint Lucas Monastery

Prefer to travel in small numbers? Then this full-day, small-group tour to Delphi, Arachova and Saint Lucas Monastery is perfect. Dive into ancient history with a visit to Delphi’s archaeological and its museum, where you can explore ancient artefacts. Take a pleasant break at the picture-perfect mountain town of Arachova before visiting the beautiful Byzantine Saint Lucas Monastery, which dates back to the 11th century.

Mycenae and Epidaurus

Already seen the Acropolis and strolled around Plaka – why not head out to the wonders of Peloponnese? This day trip travels to the hilly side of Peloponnese and provides the chance to explore the sanctuary of Asklepios in Epidaurus and the city of Mycenae, an ancient hub of Greek civilization where the mythical Agamemnon is buried. As a bonus, the tour stops at the charming town of Nafplio.

The Granary and Grave Circle A in Mycenae
The Granary and Grave Circle A in Mycenae | Ⓒ Ken Russell Salvador/WikiCommons

Corinth

Want to escape the heat in the city for a morning? Then this Corinth half-day trip is ideal. Tour the archaeological site of ancient Corinth, where the Peloponnese meets the mainland, and pass by the Corinth Canal to enjoy splendid views over the Saronic Gulf – the perfect break to a holiday in Athens.

Cape Sounion

The ultimate excursion from Athens can be done in a half day by driving along the Athens Riviera before reaching the majestic Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounio. This ancient worship site overlooks the sea and allows for breathtaking views over the Saronic Gulf. Besides the site, there will be some time to relax at the nearby beach, where you can take a refreshing dip in the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea.

Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sunio
Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sunio | © PixaBay

Meteora

Leave the bustle of Athens and enjoy a train ride to the spectacular monasteries of Meteora with this full-day tour. This beautiful region is known for its Byzantine monasteries perched on top of stone boulders, and the fantastic landscape is truly mesmerising, so don’t miss out on seeing it with your own eyes. The tour includes access to two monasteries open to the public and describes all about the reasons why they were built there and the monastic life on top of those rocks.

Hydra Island

What would a stay in Greece be without exploring an island? For those pressed for time, this excursion to Hydra is an ideal day of escape from the Greek capital. Less than two hours away from Piraeus Port, tourists can visit the cosmopolitan island of Hydra, a bustling little island full of character and a popular destination for artists looking for inspiration. Since there is no car or motorcycle allowed, the island is perfect for those looking to be active and explore the area by foot. Find secluded beaches, discover abandoned churches and enjoy a delicious meal at the port before heading back to the city.

Hydra, Greece
Hydra, Greece | © Mike Norton/Flickr

Nemean wine country

Combine a love for history with great wine with this day trip to Nemea, a region is known for its age-old wine production tradition. Explore ancient Nemea to see the stadium where the Nemean Games were held, learn about this ancient tradition (which has been recently revived) and then discover a local winery.

Attica countryside

When visiting Athens, many forget that the capital is surrounded by a countryside rich with ancient treasures one of which is the Temple of Artemis, located in Brauron (also called Vravona). The site played a major role in the religious life of Athenian women, as goddess Artemis was considered the protector of childbirth. After a visit to the site and museum, discover the seaside town of Porto Rafti and relax by the beach for a while before heading to the hotel.

Π-shaped stoa and Classical Bridge, Brauron
Π-shaped stoa and Classical Bridge, Brauron | Ⓒ Ophelia2/WikiCommons

Nemea and Corinth

Nemea, located in a verdant hilly area of Peloponnese, has an ancient wine tradition. Catering to every epicurean and wine lover, a private tour of the wine roads of Peloponnese is a fantastic opportunity to discover two of the area’s many wineries by learning about wine production processes and a tasting session. On the way back to Athens, stop by Corinth to discover the ruins of this ancient city, once a rival city-state to Athens where Saint Paul preached the gospel.