City Trip: Classical Athens - Greece
Short walks of generally 3-4 hours plus optional day excursions; level or slightly hilly terrain using well kept paths.
2. Average/ Moderate
Easy day walks with more strenuous excursions. 4-5 hours per day in hilly to mountainous areas using well kept, sometimes stony paths.
Strenuous day walks or trekking in mountainous areas. 5-7 hours per day, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for one night; altitude differences between 1,500-3,000 ft. (500-1,000 m.) per day.
Serious excursions in high mountains, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for several nights. 6-8 hours per day; altitude differences up to 3,600 ft. (1,200 m.) per day. Only for those with an excellent condition and without fear of heights.
Easy cycling in nearly flat areas; Little or no experience needed. Approx. 20-50 km daily. Bicycles with up to 3 gears will do.
2. Average / Moderate
Nearly flat to hilly areas with the occasional short climb. Approx. 30-65 km daily. Bicycles with minimum 7 gears will do.
Strenuous cycling with some steeper climbs. Some experience needed. Approx. 30-75 km daily. Bicycles with up to 21 gears needed.
Serious and strenuous in mountainous areas. Slopes are longer and/or steeper. Good physical condition needed. Experience and a mountain bike needed. Approx. 30-80 km daily.
You can choose from 4 different levels of comfort, although most of our trips are rated 2 or 3 (or a combination of the two) on our accommodation scale. We try to provide en-suite rooms where possible but on occasions this may not be possible on some tours.
We are constantly looking for hotels, B&B’s, guesthouses and mountain huts that offer a special location, ambience or atmosphere that fits the trip. Accessibility to the route and personal hospitality of the owners are part of our choice of accommodations.
A hotel, a pension or a mountain hut with all the basic facilities. Most rooms have a shared bathroom.
Fine hotels or B&B’s with basic to moderate facilities. Almost all rooms have a private bathroom.
A 3-star hotel, B&B or guesthouse. Comfortable rooms with private en-suite bathroom and often air conditioning. Some accommodations might have a swimming pool.
A 4-star chateau hotel or guesthouse. The rooms are relatively large with en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. A warm welcome and a high quality are guaranteed. Some hotels have a swimming pool or sauna.
Athens, the city with the most glorious history in the world, a city worshipped by gods and people, a magical city. The enchanting capital of Greece has always been a birthplace for civilization. It is the city where democracy was born and most of the wise men of ancient times. The most important civilization of ancient world flourished in Athens and relives through some of the world's most formidable edifices.
The city that now hosts more than 4,5 million people, was constructed around the Acropolis walls. Today it is the political, social, cultural, financial and commercial center of Greece.
- Strolling around in this ancient city
- Follow your own program
- One of the oldest cities in the world
- Easy connecting to our Naxos, Santorini, Peloponnese and Crete program
The indicated routes on Google Maps are approximate.
Day 1 Arrival in Athens
Meet the taxi driver and transfer to your hotel in Athens. Explore the ancient city centre and enjoy dinner in the Plaka.
Day 2 City walk Athens
A surprising walk will show you the hidden secrets of the town. Enter the old city center via the Holy Road that used to connect Elefsis with Athens. Walk along the Pnyx theatre where Democracy was born. Head to the National Gardens and the Olympic Stadium where the first new Olympics took place in 1896. Finalize the walk by climbing the Lycabettus hill from where you will enjoy a panoramic view over the City of Athens.
Day 3 End of program
Your trip to Athens comes to an end today after breakfast. Departure from Athens to Naxos, Santorini or Crete. Combinations with Peloponnese self drive tours are also possible.
- Accommodation for 2 nights (for an image selection, please see Flickr)
- 2 breakfasts
- Transfer Airport - Athens on day 1
- 24-hour telephone assistance, just a phone call away
- Detailed route description and map
- Flights and public transportation
- Travel insurance
- Other meals
- Additional transfers
- Personal expenses (drinks, phone calls, tips, etc.)
- Any items not mentioned in the program
Optional services (to be booked in advance):
- Additional night(s) at any of the accommodations (please use booking remarks field)
- Airport or station arrival and/or departure transfers
- Easy connection to the Naxos, Santorini or Crete module from Europe Lives
The walks follow wide unsurfaced tracks, cobbled roads, footpaths, and tarmac roads.
How to get there:
Best arrival and departure airports is Athens. Transfer Athens airport to hotel is included.