WHAT TO DO IN ATHENS IN 24HRS
07.00: Rise and shine! Get a head start and see the most you can in the next 24 hours. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the recently renovated Sofitel Athens Airport’s “Mesoghaia” Restaurant. Pancakes, omelettes, croissants, fresh fruits, smoothies, you name it, it’s there!
08.00: Take the train or any means you prefer and head to the city’s most iconic attraction, the Acropolis of Athens. The so-called “sacred rock of Athens” dates back to as early as 510 BC. Stroll through the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Propylaea, the Erechtheum, and the Parthenon and enjoy beautiful views of the city.
10.00: Visit the new Acropolis Museum, which houses every artifact found on the rock and the surrounding slopes.
12.00: You definitely deserve a break now, and it happens one the best restaurants in Athens to be right next to the museum, as you exit take a left. “Dionysos Zonar’s” offers spectacular views and great tastes, ideal for a nice meal or just a cup of coffee and a warm galaktoboureko (a traditional Greek sort of custard cream).
13.00: Leaving “Dionysos” take a nice walk to the area of Thiseio and explore the Ancient Greek Agora, standing to the northwest of the Acropolis, the remainder of the civic center and marketplace where Greek democracy was first brought to life. Visit the Stoa of Attalos, which houses the Museum of the Agora.
14.00: Exiting the Agora, walk around Monastiraki, a flea market neighborhood and one of the principal shopping districts in Athens. The area is home to clothing boutiques, souvenir shops and specialty stores and is a major tourist attraction in Athens. Continue walking towards Plaka and Anafiotika.
15.00: While in Anafiotika, Yiasemi, Amaltheia and Café Melina (named after the famous Greek actress and politician, Melina Mercouri) are always a great choice for a thirst quencher or crepes.
16.00: Continue your walk towards Syntagma Square (Constitution Square), located in front of the Hellenic Parliament. The Parliament was the Royal Palace of the first King of modern Greece, Otto, in 1843. Watch the Greek guards, “Evzones”, right outside the Parliament.
17.00: Feel like a bit of shopping? Ermou St. hosts many famous international brands. Some of the nicest boutiques are around the posh area of Kolonaki. Designer names such as Armani, Gucci, etc. are there, around the streets of Anagnostopoulou, Milioni, Tsakalof and Voukourestiou. Don’t forget to visit Luisa, on Skoufa St., the Athenians’ favorite store, with the most significant designer brands.
19.00: Cocktail time! Athénée, Noel or Clumsies are great picks to start your evening.
21.00: Time to head south, to the so-called Athenian Riviera, the capital’s most elegant seacoast. In Vouliagmeni, with spectacular sea views, Ithaki Restaurant. Its Mediterranean menu is infused with French and Japanese influences.
01.00 Return back to Sofitel Athens Airport and watch airplanes and air crafts landing and taking off from the roof-top restaurant while you sipping signature handcrafted cocktails and sophisticated spirits.
Our 24 hours tour is unfortunately over. Every time you visit Athens make sure to check out the local events, festivals & art exhibitions as well, so you don’t miss out on some of the best this city has to offer.