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3 days in Athens

Updated: May 2, 2019


A few years ago, for my birthday, I chose to visit one of the oldest cities in the world right in the HEART of ancient Europe! If you haven't already guessed from the picture/title, yes it was to Athens, Greece!! I have wanted to visit this place for quite awhile now so when thinking of a destination to go to for my twenty-GREAT birthday, Greece was definetly the answer! I planned to visit 2 other greek isles as well and in 8 days giving me roughly 48 hours in each destination. I started in Athens (3 days), flew to Santorini (2 days), sailed to Mykonos (2 days) and flew back to Athens on the last day to catch the plane back home. I planned this entire trip from start to finish which was more difficult than I expected but all the more rewarding in the end! Coordinating all check in and check out times with flights and sail departures was a bit overwhelming but VERY necessary to have a carefree trip while abroad! If you are interested in how I did so, keep reading!


Flight details:

Let's start with the basics.. getting there! Our flight was $640.00 round trip with two stops along the way. One in Toronto and the other in Montreal via Air Canada. Yes you heard me, $640.00 RT! Talk about A STEAL?! Tickets were purchased one month in advance, why? Because I can be last minute which was definetly the case when I booked this trip. I purchased my flight ticket around September via TravelMerry.com whom I randomly found through Hopper, both travel discount websites. I was skeptical at first because I never had used them before but the flight was too cheap to turn down. At the end of the day, I had no issues!


PRO TIP #1: The most affordable time period traveling to Greece is usually during the off season of September-November UNLESS you catch a flight deal randomly. Purchase flight fares at LEAST 3 months in advance, not at the last minute like I did lol.






Day 1: Arrival, Transport,

Airbnb & Walking tours

Athens Metro System train routes

Arrival/Transport:

So after a full day of flying, we arrived at Athens International Airport at approximately 10:30AM and from there it was time to see what our 3 days in Athens had to offer! So after contemplating catching a cab v.s. using the Athens Metro system we decided, out of convenience and unfamiliarity, to take an Uber from Athens International Airport to our Airbnb. It costs €40.00 from the airport to Uber. We later found out we could have just taken the Metro for a mere 8€ for 1 one-way ticket from the airport seeing how our airbnb ended up being walking distance from the nearest train station. Needless to say, upon leaving Athens we took the metro instead of using Uber.



PRO TIP #2: Use the public transit system when abroad when you can. It's usually easy to navigate despite your natural instincts to take a private vehicle AND you get to embrace a piece of the city as the locals do.

@nurse_alee & @stampeddiary

Airbnb:

My Airbnb was $40/night located in Dimitrakopoulou, Athina, a small quiet neighborhood that was about a 10min walk to the Acropolis museum entrance. It was also 5min from the nearest metro station, Syntagma Square. It had a small elevator, or "lift" as our Airbnb host called it, which was very convenient considering we were located on the 2nd floor and had 2 very large suitcases with us. It was much smaller than any elevator I'd been on (see for yourself! Pictured to the left). Our Airbnb was equipped with free wifi and our host was very polite giving us details on all of Athens‘ hidden gems.


PRO TIP #3: In Athens neighborhoods, or at least the one we stayed in, the temperature of the water is controlled by a switch when bathing/showering. There isn't an abundance of "hot" water available so be mindful of this detail if you are sharing a space like we were.




Walking Tours:

Yes on Day 1, after a quick outfit change, we were out of the airbnb and headed to the city! We started with the historical ancient greek sites we were dying to see! There were a total of 7 sites on the self-guided walking tour we chose to follow. There were two options as far as the ticket purchase went, options listed below:


MAP KEY (Bold font=places we visited):

1. Acropolis

2. Ancient Agora

3. Roman Agora

4. Hadrian's Library

5. Olympieion (Temple of Zeus)

6. Kerameikos

7. Aristotle's Lykeion

Ancient Greece walking tour map

OPTION 1: Individual ticket option valid for one day, originally 6€ but discounted at 3€ every year if you're visiting between Nov.1st-Mar.31st (If you're staying less than 3 days choose this option).


OPTION 2: Package option valid for 5 days (which I didn't have lol), 30€ with access to all 7 sites listed on map above (if you're staying more than 3 days choose this option).


Olympieon, AKA "Temple of Zeus"

Address: Athens 105 57, Greece

Located smack dab in the middle of Athens you'll find this large, half-ruined, ancient structure commonly known as the Temple of Zeus or the Olympieon. Did you know this structure started construction as early as 6th century BC but was stopped around 510 BC due to political differences? As you can see, you are not even able to walk through or touch this structure due to its fragile remains but even being a few yards away, I could appreciate its beauty.

Tempe of Zeus (Temple of Olympian)

PRO TIP #4: If you have more time and plan on visiting ALL 7 sites, purchase the package option #2, package ticket. If you're like me, with little time and only want to see 1 or 2 of the sites listed on this map? Purchase option #1, the individual ticket!


Panathenaic stadium

Address: Leof. Vasileos Konstantinou, Athina 116 35, Greece

Ever seen a coliseum made entirely of marble?? Before my visit to Panathenaic stadium I hadn't either! But I soon learned that this monumental tourist attraction was much more than a huge, marble stadium. The Panathenaic Stadium was constructed in the 4th century B.C. home of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and was used for many centuries host games. To this day, it remains the only stadium in the world built entirely out of marble.


Panathenaic stadium


VISITING TIPS & ADMISSION PRICES:

Tickets:

General=€5,00

Students/Retired (>65 years old)= 2,50€