A city like Athens which has so much history, culture, art and heritage to offer, is not easy to cover in mere three days. But I understand that most of us are limited in terms of time and would love to squeeze in as many places in a few days to see as possible ( Damn you corporate culture and little work holidays!).
The best service to yourself when travelling to this splendid city is to list down and build an elaborate itinerary for yourself of all the places you should and you wish to see while you’re there. Remember, being organized and productive is the key for this city. And trust you don’t want to miss out on any of those exquisite sites and trips down history’s lane.
Here is a sample itinerary for a three day visit to Athens based on my highly recommended attractions in Athens:
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch at Plaka Neighborhood
15 minute walk from the Acropolis neighborhood
14:15 – 15:00 Roman Forum and Tower of Winds 5 minute walk from Plaka
15:15 – 15:45 Hadrian’s Library 5 minute walk from Roman Forum
16:00 – 17:30 Ermou Street Walk from the Library & Shop till you drop
17:30 – 18:30 Syntagma Square At the end of Ermou Street, eat up!
18:45 – 21:00 Gazi Neighborhood Take the metro from Syntagma for dinner, photos and night life.
09:00 – 11:00 Acropolis Best site in the city!
11:15 – 13:00 Agora Walking distance from Acropolis
13:30 – 15:30 Lunch at Psiri Neighborhood 15 minute walk from Agora
15:45 – 16:45 Kerameikos Green metro line to Thissio Station
17:30 – 17:45 Hadrian’s Arch Take the metro/30 minute walk to the Arch
18:00 – 19:00 Temple of Olympian Zeus Five minute walk from Hadrian’s Arch
19:30 – 21:00 Anafiotika Neighborhood Enjoy, Dine and explore the beautiful neighborhood only a short walk from the Temple of Zeus.
09:00 – 11:00 New Acropolis Museum Walking distance from Acropolis
11:30 – 12:30 Kallimarmaro Stadium 20 minute walk from the Museum
13:00 – 14:30 Monastiraki Neighborhood Lunch and explore. There is a famous flea market here as well.
15:00 – 17:00 Benaki Museum Take the red or Green Metro Line to the Museum
18:00 – 19:30 Lykavittos Hill Take in the best panoramic views of city. You will need to take a funicular that will take you to the top of the hill. Dine and relax in the breathtaking views of the city.
If you’d like to print out the itinerary to take with you for reference, you can do so with this pdf version here: