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:

DAY 1:

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.

DAY 2:

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.

DAY 3:

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:

Athens – 3 Day Itinerary