10 Best Day Trips From Athens That You Shouldn't Miss!

Athens Day Trips

1. Delphi
2. Aegina
3. Meteora
4. Corinth
5. Nafplio
6. Atticaa Riviera
7. Mycenae
8. Epidaurus
Cape Sounion
10. Hydra Island

If you're visiting Athens, Greece, you can take several Athens day trips to explore the surrounding area. Within a few hours' drive, you can visit ancient archaeological sites, enjoy the stunning coastal scenery, or experience traditional Greek village life. There are plenty of interesting places to visit within a few hours’ drive of the city. This article will give you an overview of some of the best day tours in Athens Greece. Whether you're interested in history or culture or simply want to get out of the city for a day, there's sure to be an Athens day trip that's perfect for you.

Whether you're a local looking for something new to do or a visitor in town for a short while, Athens has plenty to offer in the way of Athens day tours. The day tour in Athens is a great way to see the city and get an introduction to its history and culture. The tour includes a visit to the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus, the Ancient Agora, and the Roman Forum. You will also get to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and visit the Athens National Archaeological Museum.

Here is the list of best day trips from Athens:

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  • The Acropolis of Athens is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and for good reason.
  • If you’re looking to escape the crowds and explore some other aspects of Greek culture, there are plenty of interesting Athens day trips.
  •  One such destination is the ancient city of Delphi. Delphi was once considered the centre of the world by the ancient Greeks, and it was home to the Oracle of Delphi, who was consulted on important matters by everyone from kings to philosophers.
Location: Phocis, Central Greece.

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  • The Meteora is one of the most popular Athens day trips. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to some of the most stunning monasteries in Greece.
  • The Meteora is located about 3 hours from Athens by car. There are many tour companies that offer day trips to the Meteora, or you can rent a car and drive there on your own.
  • When visiting the Meteora, you will want to make sure to visit at least one of the monasteries.
  • The monks living in the monasteries are very friendly and welcoming, offering Athens day tours of the monastery grounds.
Location: Thessaly, Greece.

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  • Corinth is the perfect place to go if you're looking for Athens day trips that are a little bit more low-key.
  • This small town is just an hour away from Athens, full of history and culture.
  • There are plenty of things to do in Corinth, including visiting the ancient ruins of the city, exploring the local museums, and taking a stroll through the scenic town center.
  • There's also a great selection of restaurants and cafes, so you can relax and enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere.
Location: Pelloponese, south-central Greece


  • Nafplio was the first capital of the modern Greek state from 1829 to 1834.
  • The city is located on the Argolic Gulf in the northeast Peloponnese. Nafplio is a popular tourist destination, especially for Athens day tours.
  • The city is built on the slopes of two hills, with a Venetian fortress perched on top of the Acronafplia.
  • The old town is charming, with narrow streets and neoclassical architecture.
  • The fortress has wonderful views of the bay and surrounding countryside. There are also several interesting museums in Nafplio, including the Archaeological Museum, War Museum, and Folk Art Museum.
Location: Argolic Gulf in the northeast Peloponnese.

Atticaa Riviera

  • There's more to Athens than just the Acropolis. Just a short drive from the city centre lies the Attica Riviera, a stretch of coastline dotted with chic beach clubs, seafood tavernas, and secluded coves.
  • Elia Beach is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, offering stunning views of the Aegean Sea as well as a wide range of amenities, including sun loungers, umbrellas, showers, and more.
  • If you're looking for a more secluded spot to relax, head to Glyfada Beach, where you can find plenty of quiet coves to yourself.
Location: Vravrona Avenue, Vravrona 190 03, Greece.


  • Mycenae is an ancient Greek city located in the Peloponnese region. It is believed to be the site of the first Mycenaean settlement, which was founded in the late Bronze Age.
  • The city of Mycenae is best known for its imposing citadel, which was built on a natural defensive position and served as the capital of the Mycenaean civilization.
  • The citadel is surrounded by a series of massive walls constructed using large stones weighing up to six tons. The walls protected the city from invaders and helped it withstand siege during times of war.
Location: Located on a small hill between two larger hills on the fertile Argolid Plain in Peloponnese, Greece.


  • The Epidaurus archaeological site is located just a short drive from Athens and is home to the well-preserved ancient Greek theatre, which is still used for performances today.
  • The theatre was built in the 4th century BC and could seat up to 14,000 spectators. The acoustics are so good that you can still hear a whisper from the stage, even when sitting in the back row.
  • There are also several other ancient ruins on the site, including a temple of Asclepius (the god of healing) and a stadium.
Location: Within the archaeological site of the Sanctuary of Asklepios in Palea Epidaurus.

Cape Sounion

  • Cape Sounion is one of the most popular Athens day trips. The drive from Athens to Cape Sounion is about an hour and a half, and the views along the way are stunning.
  • Once you reach Cape Sounion, you'll be greeted by the Temple of Poseidon. The temple is perched on a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea, and it's absolutely breathtaking.
  • You can explore the temple ruins or simply take in the views from the cliff. Either way, Cape Sounion is a must-see when you're in Athens.
 Location: Cape Sounion, Greece.

Hydra Island

  • The tiny island of Hydra is a favorite day-trip destination from Athens and a must to be included in your Athens day tours greece.
  • Just a short boat ride from the city, Hydra offers a taste of traditional Greece, with its whitewashed houses, winding streets and lack of cars.
  • The island is perfect for a leisurely stroll, with plenty of stop-offs for coffee or lunch in the cozy cafes and restaurants.
  •  In the evening, the waterfront comes alive with bars and clubs, making it the perfect place to party into the early hours.
Location: Between the Myrtoan Sea and the Argolic Gulf.

People Also Ask About Athens

  1. Which are some romantic places in Athens?

    1. The Acropolis of Athens: This ancient citadel is one of Athens's most popular tourist destinations. However, it is also one of the most romantic places in the city to be included in your day tours in Athens, Greece. The Acropolis is a great place to watch the sunset with your loved one. 

    2. The Temple of Poseidon: Located in Cape Sounion, about an hour south of Athens, this temple is one of the most beautiful and romantic places in all of Greece. The views from the temple are simply stunning, and it is the perfect place to watch the sunset over the Aegean Sea. 

    3. The Plaka: This is the oldest and most historic district in Athens and is filled with charming streets, traditional Greek restaurants, and cute cafes, making it perfect for Athens day trips. 

    4. The Parthenon: The Parthenon is one of the most well-known landmarks in Athens, and it’s also a very romantic place. The views from the top are absolutely stunning, and it’s a great place to watch the sunset. 

    5. Philopappos Hill: Philopappos Hill is a great spot for a romantic walk. The hill is covered in beautiful flowers, and there are amazing views of the city from the top. 
  2. Which are some famous museums in Athens?

    • National Archaeological Museum
    • Acropolis Museum
    • Benaki Museum
    • Museum of Cycladic Art
  3. What is the best time to visit Athens?

    The best time to visit Athens is between the months of March and May as well as from September to November. If you want to avoid the heat, go in May or September. The weather in the autumn and spring months is the most pleasant and perfect to explore the city.
  4. What to know before visiting Athens?

    If you're planning Athens day tours, you should know a few things before you go. Athens is a large city with a lot to see and do. You'll need to plan your time carefully in order to see everything you want to see.  Athens is very hot during the summer, so pack plenty of water and sunscreen. The rain shower during these months is also minimal, allowing a hassle free visit outdoors.
  5. Why is Athens so famous?

    Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world and was the cradle of Western civilization. The city is filled with historical landmarks to be included in your Athens day tours of Greece, such as the Acropolis, which is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Athens is also a major cultural centre, with numerous museums and art galleries.
  6. How to get around in Athens?

    • By Car: Traffic can be very congested, so it's important to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Parking can be difficult to find and expensive, so it's often worth taking a taxi or public transportation instead.
    • By Taxi: If you're taking a taxi, use a licensed taxi service. Taxi drivers in Athens are required by law to use meters, so make sure your driver starts the meter when you begin your journey.
    • By Train: You can also take the train to get around Athens. The city has an extensive rail system that can get you pretty much anywhere you need to go.
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