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4 Days In Athens Itinerary: Ancient Ruins, Greek Food + Fun

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Ready to explore one of Europe’s most captivating cities? With its ancient ruins, delicious cuisine, and sun-soaked climate, Athens is a mecca for travellers looking for an eclectic mix of experiences. 

Whether it’s your first visit or a long-awaited return trip, spending four days in this beautiful city will leave you feeling energized and inspired – but how can you pack in so much adventure in such little time? Don’t worry!

That’s where this 4-day Athens itinerary comes into play. We spent over two weeks in Athens, taking all the possible tours and exploring every corner of this exciting European capital (we even rented a car and did a few epic day trips!). We hand-picked the best Athens attractions and experiences to make the best Athens itinerary.

From taking in breathtaking Acropolis views and exploring hipster neighbourhoods to indulging in delicious local culinary experiences – we have all your must-dos packed into one incredible itinerary!

Get ready to experience Athens like never before – read on for our ultimate guide to four days in this amazing city!

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4 Days Athens Itinerary Overview

So, how to spend 4 days in Athens? Below, you’ll find the overview of your 4-day itinerary for Athens.

4 days is enough time to experience some of the most important sites, such as the Acropolis, but also to schedule in some fun experiences, such as a food tour and even venture out of the city.

We also divided all ancient ruins sites between three days so that you don’t get bored of history and can truly appreciate every site without feeling overwhelmed.

🗺️ DAY 1 ➡️📍Acropolis + Anafiotika + Acropolis Museum + Food Tour + Rooftop

🗺️ DAY 2 ➡️📍Temple Of Zeus + Modern Athens + Monastiraki + Plaka + Dinner in the Sky

🗺️ DAY 3 ➡️📍Ancient Agora + Psyri + Kolonaki + Mt Lycabettus

🗺️ DAY 4 ➡️📍Delphi + Beach time + Temple of Poseidon + Athens Street Food


1/4 Days In Athens Itinerary Map
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On your Athens itinerary 1 day, you will get to see and experience the most important ancient monument, such as the Acropolis, coupled with gorging on the best Greek food.

📍 The Acropolis

The Acropolis is one of the best things to do in Athens.

You can’t visit Athens without exploring its most iconic landmark – soaring over 150 meters above the city skyline – the Ancient Acropolis. So it makes a lot of sense to start your 1 out of 4 days in Athens itinerary by exploring its greatest monument.

The best way to fully appreciate this important monument is to go on a guided tour. But if your itinerary or budget doesn’t allow for it, you can also purchase an audio tour. This is exactly what we did. We purchased a tour through Viator with access to the Acropolis and five other sites with audio, which you can listen to as you stroll independently through the monuments.


Acropolis Hill is busy all year round, and due to its fairly small size, it gets very crowded. If you want the best experience, arrive 15-20 minutes before the opening time of 8 am to be one of the first at the top. And don’t forget to pre-book your ticket. Enter the Acropolis from its South Slope to make sure you don’t miss the Theatre of Dionysus.

Acropolis was an easy choice for habitation, not because it was the highest hill in the area but due to its flat terrain and freshwater supply. The earliest evidence of human settlement dates back to the 6th millennium BCE!

Blogger Mal visiting the Acropolis Hill.
The Acropolis Hill is a must see on your 4 days itinerary in Athens.

Over time, it became an important city centre and was home to various important structures, including the first monumental building during the Late Bronze Age. This was the palace of the Mycenaean king, which was later replaced by a temple dedicated to Athena.

In 480 BC, Acropoli suffered destruction when Athens was attacked by the Persians. Despite this setback, the city rebounded during the Golden Age between 460 and 430 BCE, thanks to the leadership of Pericles.

The grand entrance.
Temple of Athena Nike.
Temple of Athena Nike.

During this time, Athens attracted the greatest architects, craftsmen, and ordinary people who worked together to create impressive buildings such as the Temple of Athena Nike, Propylaea, the Parthenon, and the Erechtheion.

Location: Find on Google

METRO: Acropoli (No 2 Red)

Recommended Time: 2 hours

Opening times: 8 am to 8 pm (April to October), 8 am to 5 pm winter time

Tickets: €22 or €36 for Athens Pass (entrance to 6 sites: Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Handrian’s Library, Kerameikos, Aristotle’s School, Temple of Olympian Zeus)

📍 Brunch In Anafiotika

Anafiotika Athens

After a busy morning delving into the city’s ancient history, head to the tiny but packed with character neighbourhood of Anafiotika, located on the northeastern slopes of the Acropolis.

Anafiotika is a unique place where you can stroll white-washed alleys and get lost amongst the Cycladic architecture of sugar cube houses adorned with blossoming bougainvillaea bushes.

Having a lunch in Anafiotika is one of the unique things to do in Athens.
Anafiotika Athens

The neighbourhood originated in the 19th century when carpenters from Anafi island came to Athens to work on the refurbishment of King Othon’s Palace. The workers built their houses here and called the neighbourhood after their beloved island of origin.

Today, the neighbourhood is filled with cute cafes and a perfect place to come for a tasty brunch and a little break. We ate at Yiasemi and really liked it. Don’t forget to get lost in its quaint alleys, and have your camera ready to take some photos.

Location: Find on Google

METRO: Acropoli (No 2 Red)

Recommended Time: 1 hour

📍 Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is one of the must see in Athens.

After brunch at Anafiotika, continue your Athens 4 days itinerary at the Acropolis Museum, which is a must-visit destination for anyone with an interest in ancient Greece.

Opened in 2009, this state-of-the-art museum is located on the ruins of Athens’s ancient neighbourhood, providing a glimpse into the past as you walk across glass floors and see the remnants beneath.

What’s truly impressive about the museum, aside from its exhibits, is its construction. Built to withstand earthquakes up to a 10 on the Richter scale, the pillars themselves are built on roller bearings, ensuring the safety of the museum and the ruins underneath.

With 48 columns lining the space, built to mimic the Parthenon and designed to display its frieze, visitors will be transported back in time as they explore the over 4,000 exhibits on display, dating all the way from the Bronze Age to Byzantine times.


After your visit, take a break in the museum cafe, which boasts stunning views of the Acropolis.

You can purchase your ticket directly from the official museum website, where you will be required to pick a 2-hour time slot or book a guided tour that combines a visit to the Acropolis with the museum.

Tickets: €15

Location: Find on Google

METRO: Acropoli (No 2 Red)

Recommended Time: 2 hours

Opening times: 9 am to 8 pm (Monday 9 am-5 pm, Friday 9 am-10 pm)

📍 Athens Food Tour 

Blogger Mal enjoying sand-brewed coffee during the Athens food tour.
Greek food is a big part of the perfect 4 days in Athens itinerary.

After hours of exploring the ruins and learning about history, we recommend adding something super fun to your 4 \ 1 day Athens itinerary. And there is no better way to enjoy a new destination than sampling all the local foods!

Taking the Athens food tour was one of our favourite things to do in Athens, and if you’re a big foodie like we are, it will be yours too. Athens is worth visiting, even for the food only. 😋 There are different starting times, but we did one at 2 pm with a meeting point at Monastiraki Square.

On this tour, you will eat some of the most delicious foods from the culture-rich streets of Athens’s fun neighbourhoods, such as Psiri. From classic Greek dishes like pita gyros and various meze platters to local favourites like spanakopita, loukoumades and coffee brewed in the hot sand – yes, you heard us right! 

What we loved the most about this tour was all the interesting local stories and that we ate in non-touristy places that we would normally not even consider.

By the evening, you will be filled with yummy Greek food, so make sure you skip your dinner plans on this day. We also recommend starting the tour very hungry.

Suggested time: 2 pm (duration 4 hours)

Location: Find on Google

METRO: Monastiraki (No 1 & 3 Blue & Green)

📍 Sunset Drinks At A Rooftop Bar

Blogger Mal in A for Athens rooftop bar overlooking Monastiraki Square.
Athens rooftop bar.

After the food tour, head to one of Athens’s rooftop bars to enjoy a few cocktails and epic views of the city. There are lots of rooftop venues to choose from, but we particularly liked A for Athens. The view over Monastiraki Square and the Acropolis is just unmatched!

Coctails at a rooftop bar is one of the best things to do in Athens at night.

The bar is super busy and probably overpriced, but it’s so worth it for the views. We had a great time there drinking Apperol Spritzers and chatting with a friendly Canadian couple. We recommend booking ahead if you want a good table overlooking the square.


On day 2 of 4 day itinerary Athens, you will be exploring mostly the modern part of the city with epic places such as the Panathenaic Stadium, Athens’ charming neighbourhoods and ending the day, if you dare, in the sky (literally).

Let’s look at the map of the Athens trip itinerary for day 2 first.

2/ 4 Days In Athens Itinerary Map
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📍 Handrian’s Arch

Hadrian's arch Athens
Hadrian's arch Athens

Day 2 out of Athens in 4 days starts in the ancient part of the city.

The Hadrian’s Arch stands tall as a testament to the architectural prowess and to honour the Roman Emperor Hadrian for all he did for the city of Athens.

Built in the year 131 AD and resembling an arch of triumph, the massive arch linked the ancient city with the new city built by Hadrian.

When you look closely, you will be struck by the intricate details of the carvings on the arch, depicting various mythological scenes and figures. And as you walk through the arch, the feeling of stepping back in time will be palpable.

It’s amazing to think that this monument has stood for nearly 2,000 years and has witnessed the rise and fall of empires, yet still retains its timeless beauty and grandeur.

Tickets: free

Location: Find on Google

METRO: Acropoli (No 2 Red)

Recommended Time: 10 minutes

📍 Temple of Olympian Zeus

Temple of Olympian Zeus Athens

Right after, head to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, located right behind the arch, where you will continue on your 4 days in Athens itinerary. If you purchased Athens Pass, which we highly recommend, this archaeological site is included in your ticket.


Make sure to get an audio guide; otherwise, there is no point paying for the entrance since the columns can be seen from the street.

The ancient Temple of Olympian Zeus was nothing short of ambitious. It took a whopping 638 years to complete, with work beginning all the way back in 174 BC and finally completed by the beloved Roman Emperor Hadrian.

The temple’s towering columns and intricate carvings are a testament to the skills of the builders who toiled for centuries on the project.

In fact, it remains the largest temple ever built, and its sheer size and grandeur continue to capture the imaginations of visitors. Though today only a few columns remain, they serve as a haunting reminder of the temple’s former majesty.

Tickets: €13 or included in Athens Pass.

Location: Find on Google

METRO: Acropoli (No 2 Red)

Recommended Time: 1 hour

Opening Times: 8 am to 7 pm (closes at 3:30 pm November – March)

📍Panathenaic Stadium

Panathenaic Stadium is a must on a 4 days in Athens Itinerary.

Next, walk for 8 minutes to reach the Panathenaic Stadium. The entrance ticket is unfortunately not included in the Athens Pass, but you can see it from the street even if you don’t buy the ticket.

The Stadium is a true marvel of ancient engineering. It’s the only stadium in the world built entirely with marble, which was a privilege reserved only for the most important buildings. The stadium was first built back in 330 BCE, but it was reconstructed in marble by a Roman emperor named Herodes Atticus.

After the rise of Christianity in the 4th century, the stadium was largely abandoned for centuries. It wasn’t until the 19th century that it was excavated and restored to its former glory.

Today, the Panathenaic Stadium is not only a historical landmark, but it is also a magnificent sports venue. It was the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and hosted the 2004 Olympics, too.

Moreover, it is the finishing point for the yearly Athens Classic Marathon, which is an ode to the mythical run from Marathon to Athens! With a capacity of 50,000 seats, this stadium is a true testament to the ancient art of construction.

Tickets: €10

Location: Find on Google

METRO: Acropoli or Syntagma (Line no 2 Red or 3 Blue)

Recommended Time: 1 hour

Opening Times: 8 am to 7 pm

📍Zappeion Hall

Athens 4 days should include Zappeion Hall.

After a visit to the Panathenaic Stadium, cross the Zappeion Gardens to reach your next stop Athens Greece Itinerary.

The grand Zappeion Hall is situated in the national gardens, and it is way more than just an imposing exhibition hall – it has a rich history rooted in the revival of the Olympic tradition.

Zappeion Hall
Zappeion Hall

Thanks to the sponsorship of Evangelis Zappas, a wealthy businessman who dedicated part of his fortune to this cause, Athens was able to hold the first modern Olympic Games in 1869.

Zappeion Hall was built specifically to serve the Olympic needs at the time, and it stands as a testament to the lasting legacy of this monumental event. Today, visitors can peek into the halls that once hosted athletes from around the world and check out its magnificent architecture.

Tickets: free

Location: Find on Google

METRO: Syntagma (Line 3 Blue)

Recommended Time: 15 minutes

Opening Times: 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday

📍Athens National Garden

Blogger Robin cycling in Athens through the city gardens.
Cycling through the city was super fun!

Next, make your way to the Athens National Garden to take a little break from the hustle and bustle of all the busy Athens tourist attractions.

The former royal gardens were established by Queenn Amalia, the first queen of Greece. The gardens cover 16 hectares of land and are home to 500 species of plants. The gardens are a tranquil nature oasis in the middle of the urban jungle and a great place to take a stroll.

There is a botanical museum, and also, make sure you don’t miss out on a small pond with tinny turtles and an alley lined with huge palm trees before you move on to the next stop of the Athens Greece itinerary 4 days.

Tickets: free

Location: Find on Google

METRO: Syntagma (Line 3 Blue)

Recommended Time: 1 hour

Opening Times: 6 am to 7 pm

📍Watch Changing Of The Guards

The Greek Parliament

The Parliament House located on Syntagma Square is the next stop on the Athens 4 day itinerary.

Amongst the top things to see in Athens, watching the change of the guards in front of the Parliament House and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a must-see attraction.

The Greek Parliament
Watching change of guard is one of the most fun things to do on Athens 4 day itinerary.

These guards, known as the Tsolidades, wear distinctive uniforms that are sure to catch your eye, complete with black pompon-adorned leather clogs, white stockings, and beautiful, wide-sleeved white shirts. Their wool jackets are embroidered, and their knee-length white skirts have 400 pleats, a nod to the years of Ottoman occupation of Greece.

Make sure to stick around for the hourly changing of the guards, where you’ll witness a parade of incredible legwork that will surely leave you impressed.

Tickets: free

Location: Find on Google

METRO: Syntagma (Line 3 Blue)

Recommended Time: 30 minutes

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Visiting Plaka should not be skipped out of any Athens itinerary.
Plaka Athens

After witnessing the change of the guards, head to the picturesque Plaka neighbourhood for lunch. Plaka is the oldest part of Athens, and today many of its streets are pedestrianised. It is a great place to shop for traditional Greek souvenirs such as spices, ceramics, silver jewellery, linen clothes and leather products.

If you’re a museum lover, there are a few good ones here worth checking out, including The Jewish Museum of Greece and the Museum of Popular Art and Tradition.

Adrianoy Street in Plaka.
Adrianoy Street in Plaka.

The area is also lined with family-owned tavernas and quaint cafes. Start your walk on the eastern side of Kidathineon Street and continue on Adrianoy Street, which is a bustling shopping street perfect for finding unique souvenirs for your loved ones.

A place that you don’t want to miss out on is the Cathedral Church of Athens, which is the largest church in the city. The cathedral was built in the 19th century, and due to its huge cost, the authorities decided to demolish 72 other churches to use their stones for building this one.

Cathedral Church of Athens

The construction took over 20 years, and the church today has its own unique architectural style combining antiquity and Byzantium.


For a scenic lunch spot, head to Ciel Athens, boasting excellent food and rooftop views over the cathedral.

From here, continue to the lively district of Monastiraki.

Location: Find on Google

METRO: Syntagma, Acropoli or Monastiraki

Recommended Time: 2 hours

📍 Monastiraki

Monastiraki Square, Athens
Monastiraki Square, Athens.

Start at Kapnikarea Square, home to a quint old Byzantine church with beautiful icons. Continue towards Monastiraki Square, which is properly the liveliest part of the city and the centre of all the social meet-ups.

Monastiraki Squere Athens should be at the top of the 4 day itinerary Athens.

The square takes its name from a former women’s monastery that was located here. Here you also find a metro station which connects the centre with the airport and Piraeus Port for those going to the islands next.

Monastiraki should be at the top of the 4 day itinerary Athens.
Monastiraki in Athens

Monastiraki is also home to Hadrian’s Library, and if you continue west, you’ll find yourself in Monastiraki Flea Market, packed with all sorts of products, including bargain antiques.

Monastiraki should be at the top of the 4 days in  Athens itinerary.
Flea Market in Monastiraki.

If you want to stop for a coffee or a refreshment, we recommend Instagram-worthy Ellyz Cafe, with floral pink decor or super healthy Happy Blender, serving vegan treats.

Hadrian's Library
Hadrian’s Library.

Location: Find on Google

METRO: Monastiraki (Line Green no 1 or Blue no 3)

Recommended Time: 2 hours

📍 Dinner in the Sky

Dinner In The Sky Athens was by far the most fun activity we've done.

For the evening of day 2 of the 4 day Athens itinerary, we suggest taking part in a super unique dining experience that we did and can highly recommend!

Dinner in the Sky Athens is a fine dining experience consisting of a 6-course meal prepared by professional chefs, accompanied by free-flowing wine. But what’s special about it?

Well, the dinner is served from a table suspended on a crane at 40 meters, from where you can admire the stunning 360° views of the ancient Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill, and panoramic views of the ageless Athens skyline.

Honestly, taking part in the Dinner in the Sky was the highlight of our trip to Athens, and worth every penny we spent on it!


On Day 3 out of 4 days in Athens itinerary, you will be exploring the birthplace of modern democracy – the Ancient Agora and the city’s hipster neighbourhood of Psyri as well as Athen’s best viewpoint.

3/4 Days In Athens Itinerary Map
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📍Ancient Agora Of Athens

Ancient Agora Of Athens
Temple of Theseus.

Let’s start the day at Ancient Agora, located just a few minutes walk from Monastiraki Square. Unlike the Acropolis, this ancient monument has ample space, and you don’t have to queue before opening time. So on day 3 of the Athens itinerary 4 days, you can enjoy a slow morning.

The Ancient Agora of Athens stands as a testament to the birthplace of democracy and the public life that stemmed from it. This sprawling complex housed administrative, commercial, and judicial buildings that allowed for a meeting place for the greatest minds of ancient Greece, such as Socrates, Plato, and Pericles.

The most impressive building on the site is undoubtedly the Temple of Theseus. Perched atop a hill and dedicated to the god of fire and the forge, Hephaestus, this beautiful temple is the best-preserved ancient Greek temple in existence – largely due to the fact that it was converted to a Christian church over time.

It’s impossible not to feel a sense of awe when standing in the presence of such history.

Location: Find on Google

METRO: Theseio (Line 1 Green)

Recommended Time: 2 hours

Opening Times: 8 am to 8 pm

Tickets: €10 (April – October) €5 (November – March), €36 for Athens Pass (entrance to 6 sites: Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Handrian’s Library, Kerameikos, Aristotle’s School, Temple of Olympian Zeus) or Athens Pass + Audio Guide.

📍 Psyri

Psyri - the foodie neighbourhood of Athens.
Psyri – the foodie neighbourhood of Athens.

After the Ancient Agora, head to the fun and hipster neighbourhood of Psyri, located just a short walk.

The Psyri or Psiri is a vibrant and eclectic pocket of culture with a distinctly bohemian feel that pulses through its streets. Here, colourful displays of street art and intriguing political and cultural expressions can be found at every turn, making it a true haven for creatives.

The area boasts quirky cafes and bars where locals gather to chat and sip coffee and unique shops selling one-of-a-kind, hand-made items.

It’s a place where you can soak up its artsy atmosphere and truly feel the energy of the city that’s constantly evolving and pushing boundaries.

Little Cook in Psyri.
Psyri Athens is a must on your 4 days in thens itinerary.

Start with brunch, or if you’ve already eaten a coffee and a cake at the fairy-tale-inspired Little Cook.

If you purchased the Athens Pass and are still hungry for more ancient ruins, head to the Archaeological Site of Kerameikos, which is the largest ancient cemetery in Athens.

Alternatively, stroll Psyri’s streets, browse the shops and try some local foods in this hipster neighbourhood.

The streets of Psyri Athens

We loved trying the local spinach pie at the Creme Royal and people-watching while sipping on a drink at the Cuba-inspired cocktail bar Contrabando.

Psyri Athens
Contrabando in Psyri.
Blogger Robin visiting Contrabando in Psyri as part of his 4 days in Athens itinerary.
Robin in Contrabando Bar.

Also, don’t forget to check out the Athens Food Market Varvakios, where you can find some of the freshest produce in town.

Pastry making in progress at Creme Royal.
Pastry making in progress at Creme Royal.
Athens Central Market
Athens Central Market.

Location: Find on Google

METRO: Monastiraki (Line 1 or 3 Green & Blue)

Recommended Time: 2-3 hours

📍 Kolonaki 


Next, head to another cool neighbourhood located at the foot of Mt Lycabettus, called Kolonaki. It takes around 30 minutes to walk to Kolonaki from Psyri, or if you’re not up for it, take the metro.

Nestled at the foot of Mount Lycabettus, the Kolonaki neighbourhood in Athens is a charming and upscale area that boasts a unique ambience. The name “Kolonaki” itself means “Little Column”, a nod to the small column that stands in the neighbourhood’s central square.

Kolonaki Athens

Apart from its rich history, this neighbourhood is also famous for its fine dining options and high-end designer boutiques that cater to the elite crowd. Whether you’re a lover of art, fashion, or culinary delights, you’re bound to find something that piques your interest in Kolonaki. 

A stroll through the area’s winding streets feels like you’ve stepped into a luxurious bubble, with lavish architecture and high-end amenities at every turn.

For arts and history lovers, there are various excellent museums worth checking out, such as the Benaki Museum, set in a former family mansion, the Byzantine and Christian Museum and The National Gallery.

Kolonaki Athens

Have a drink in one of the neighbourhood’s cafes or ice cream at Ninolo Kolonaki, which we loved, and when you’re ready, make your way to the foot of Mt Lycabettus, which is the next stop on this 4 days in Athens itinerary.

Location: Find on Google

METRO: Evangelismos (Line 3 Blue)

Recommended Time: 1-2 hours

📍 Mount Lycabettus

Going up the Mount Lycabettus is a top position on the athens 4 days itinerary.

Mount Lycabettus offers a breathtaking experience as you get to witness the stunning panoramic views of Athens from 277m above sea level.

The cherry on top of the experience is undoubtedly Saint George Chapel, a 19th-century marvel nestled at the peak of the mountain.

You can reach the top of the mountain by a funicular ride, but we highly recommend taking a walk from the funicular station for a more adventurous experience (we did it both ways). Winding through the mountain in sharp turns, it takes roughly 30 minutes to reach the summit.

Once at the top, enjoy a drink at the bar while taking in some of the best views Athens has to offer.

Location: Find on Google

METRO: Evangelismos (Line 3 Blue)

Recommended Time: 2-3 hours

Opening times: 8:20 am to 1:30 am

Tickets: €10 return funicular ticket or free if you walk

📍 Dinner in Plaka or Kolonaki

Dinning in Plaka is a big part of the 4 days in Athens itinerary.

Last on your Athens in 4 days itinerary is dinner. You can either have it in Kolonaki or go back to the lively Monastiraki, which we preferred.

We dined at Kitro Proin Terina because we really liked its ambience, and they also had live music.

Blogger Mal dinning in Plaka
4 days in Athens itinerary


What to do in Athens on day 4? During the 3 days in Athens itinerary, we’ve covered all the best things to do and places to visit in Athens, so the 4th day is perfect for venturing out of the city!

Based on your interest, you can simply select an organised tour that will get you to where you want to go hassle-free, or if you want to cover all the places we mentioned below, consider renting a car in Athens.

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📍 Delphi 

Delphi Tours From Athens.

Delphi is a UNESCO World Heritage site located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, 120 kilometres north of Athens. It was revered by the ancient Greeks as the centre of the world, and people, poor and rich, visited Delphi for over 1000 years to receive prophecies from Pythia, a priestess believed to receive messages from the Greek god Apollo.

Delphi is a fascinating historical site that provides insight into the lives of ancient Greeks and is one of the best day trips from Athens.

Today, you can only visit the remains of a once mighty city. Take a walk along the Sacred Way that leads to the Temple of Apollo, which was built in the 6th century BC. There is also a large amphitheatre that can seat 5000 people, a 200-meter-long sports stadium, and the iconic Temple of Athena.

The drive to Delphi takes 2.5 hours. We rented a car in Athens, specifically to make this trip, and had a really good experience. But taking a tour to Dephi is also a good option if you don’t want to drive.

📍 Athens Beaches

If you decide on renting a car in Athens you can add to the 4 days in Athens itinerary beaches.
Kape Beach.

The nearest beaches to Athens are a 30-minute drive from the city centre. Having your own car makes a beach day in Athens quick and easy, but is also possible to get here by bus, such as the HOHO bus.

We recommend Kape Beach, a one-hour drive from Athens on the coastal road. The sandy beach is made up of several coves backed by cliffs and has a laid-back island feel. It is clean and unspoilt and can only be accessed by stairs. 

If you prefer organised beaches, try Sounion Beach, a long sandy beach a 1 hour and 10 drive from Athens. There are dining options on the beach, plus sunbeds and umbrellas to rent. 

Sounion Beach is close to the Temple of Poseidon, so it is a perfect spot to relax and cool off after your sightseeing.  

📍 Temple of Poseidon 

Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounion could be add to the 4 days in Athens itinerary.

The 5th century B.C. The Temple of Poseidon has a spectacular 65-metre-high clifftop setting overlooking Cape Sounion. It is approximately a 1.5-hour drive (or 70 kilometres) from Athens, so it is a great day trip from the capital. 

The Temple of Poseidon is a popular sunset spot, and having your own rental car enables you to time your visit for sunset if you want to. Plus, you can enjoy lots of stops along the coastal road from Athens. 

It doesn’t take long to explore the exposed and vertiginous site, so you can combine your visit with a trip to a nearby fishing village or beach. 

📍 Street Food Dinner

Athens street food is a must to try on a 4 days in Athens itinerary.
Trying leukemades is one of the best things to do in Athens during the 4 days itinerary.

For your last dinner, head to the super lively Aiolou Street, where you’ll find a huge choice of casual eats for a great price!

During our stay in Athens, we dined there multiple times are particularly enjoyed Tylixto Greek Wrap, which makes hands down the best pita gyros in town, including fabulous veggie options!

And, if you haven’t tried the Greek doughnuts yet, next door, there is a dessert shop with cute decor which makes amazing loukoumades!

Athens Travel Itinerary: Tips

Here are the tips we found the most helpful for the 4 days in Athens Greece.

✔️ Walk everywhere

Athens is a walkable city, so make sure to get your feet on the ground and explore! All the places mentioned in this 4 days in Athens itinerary can be covered on foot.

✔️ Book your tickets in advance

We recommend purchasing tickets to all the attractions in advance to avoid long queues, or worse, tickets being sold-out.

✔️ Choose guided tours or audio guides

Without background stories, most ancient sites are just a pile of bricks. But with a guide or audio guide, you can really understand what the site was all about and how it played a role in ancient Greek life.

✔️ Buy Athens Pass

If you plan on visiting multiple attractions, buying Athens Pass, which includes access to 6 top ancient sites, will save you money! We recommend getting the 6 attraction pass with audio.

✔️ Be aware of pickpockets

Especially in crowded places such as Monastiraki Flea Market and Syntagma Square.

✔️ Stay centrally

Stay either in Monastiraki, Psyri or Plaka. You will not only be able to enjoy the lively vibe and walk everywhere but also can use the metro to get to the airport or the ferry port.

✔️ Metro to the airport

To avoid a fine, make sure you buy the special ticket costing €10 if you’re going to the airport. Normal metro tickets are €1.20.

Where To Stay In Athens?

if you’re a first-time visitor, we recommend staying centrally, either in Monastiraki, Plaka or Psiri neighbourhoods.

Where to stay in Athens.


Boasting a central location, a 13-minute walk to Monastiraki Square and 9 minutes to the Acropolis, The Stanley features luxury suites, daily breakfast and a rooftop pool with views over the Acropolis.

places to stay in Athens.


This hotel is located a 9-minute walk to the entrance of the Acropolis and boasts cosy, ultra-modern rooms; some come with a private kitchenette and a jacuzzi.

4 days in Athens itinerary


Located in the Neapoli neighbourhood, 1.2 km from Panepistimio Metro Station and a 27-minute walk to Monastiraki Square, Alter Athens boasts modern elegant rooms for a good rate.

How Do You Get Around Athens Without A Car?

Monastiraki Square is the major metro station in Athens.
Monastiraki Square is home to the main Metro Station in central Athens.

Athens Metro

The Athens metro system is a great option for getting around the city centre as it is both extensive and reliable. It is available seven days a week, with services beginning at 5:30 am and stopping just after midnight (or at 2:30 am on weekends). Additionally, fares are super affordable.

You can buy a single ticket which gives you unlimited public transport for 90 minutes for €1.20. Alternatively, you can buy a two, three or five-day unlimited travel card. The three-day Tourist Card Ticket is excellent value for money at €20 and includes a round trip to the airport. 

If you are staying longer in Athens, you can also buy plastic rechargeable cards similar to London’s Oyster Card. These cards must be bought from metro stations but can be topped up in most shops and kiosks around Athens. 

Athens Hop ON Hop Off Bus

hop on hop off bus Athens can be perfect to use on a 4 days in Athens itinerary

Another excellent and easy way to get around the city is by HOHO bus. There are three Hop On Hop Off bus lines in Athens, and together they cover all of the city’s major attractions. 

Each route takes around two hours to complete if you stayed solely on the bus, but you can get on and off the bus as many times as you wish. There are up to 22 stops on the routes, and the buses travel as far as Piraeus and local beaches. 

Your ticket includes full commentary, and you can choose between a 24-hour or 72-hour ticket. If you choose a 24 ticket, we advise starting your ticket around midday. This means you can enjoy a full afternoon and evening of sightseeing but also have time to see more attractions the next morning when you feel refreshed.  

The one downside of using the HOHO buses in Athens is that traffic is often slow-moving in the city centre. But as you are not the driver, you can sit back and soak up the views! 

4 Days In Athens Itinerary: FAQ

Here are the most frequently asked questions with answers regarding the 4 days in Athens itinerary.

4 days in Athens itinerary

Is 4 days enough to see Athens?

Yes, 4 days in Athens is enough to experience the city’s main attractions and landmarks and even to schedule a day trip to Delphi or visit a beach near Athens.

What should I pack for 4 days in Athens?

Pack comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and sunglasses. You’ll also want to pack light clothes as temperatures can get quite warm during the day – but don’t forget to bring something for cooler evenings!

Additionally, don’t forget to make copies of your passport and travel insurance policy in case of an emergency, and bring your power adapter if you’re visiting from the UK or outside of Europe.

What is the best month to visit Athens Greece?

While Athens is a year-round destination, some months are better to visit than others. For the best experience, the best times to visit Athens are in April, May, September, and October. During these months, the weather is comfortable, and the crowds are fewer than in the peak summer months of June, July, and August.

You’ll get to experience Athens without the oppressive heat and the swarming tourists. Spring and fall are also the best times to enjoy outdoor activities, such as strolling around ancient archaeological sites and parks. Plus, during these months, the hotels and Airbnb prices are lower, so you can save money and enjoy a more affordable Athens experience.

How many days in Athens and Santorini?

If you’re planning a trip to Greece and wondering how much time to allocate for Athens and Santorini, three days in each destination is a good place to start.

Athens, the ancient capital, offers a wealth of historical landmarks that could easily fill a few days, including the Acropolis, Parthenon, and Agora. You’ll also find plenty of authentic Greek cuisine to sample, local markets to peruse, and neighbourhoods to explore.

Meanwhile, Santorini, the picturesque volcanic island, boasts stunning cliffside views, black-sand beaches, and classic blue-and-white architecture. Whether you want to lounge on the shore, hike along the caldera, or watch the sunset from a rooftop bar, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy.

Is Athens a walkable city?

Athens, the capital of Greece, is a city that can be easily explored on foot due to its compact layout and pedestrian-friendly streets. Visitors can embark on a journey through time by taking a stroll from the ancient Acropolis to the enchanting Plaka neighbourhood, experiencing the city’s rich history and culture at every turn.

Walking in Athens is not only beneficial for sightseeing but also for immersing oneself in the vibrant atmosphere of local street life. The city’s bustling markets, lively cafes, and charming neighbourhoods provide ample opportunities to take in the sights and sounds of Athens at a leisurely pace.

What is the cheapest month to travel to Athens?

From November to February, prices for flights and accommodations drop significantly due to the decrease in tourism during the colder season. You’ll not only save money, but you’ll also get to experience Athens with fewer crowds and more opportunities to immerse yourself in local culture.

However, keep in mind that while winter months are cheaper, the weather may be chilly and wet, so be sure to pack accordingly.

Is there Uber in Athens Greece?

Athens does have Uber service, but it is only limited to Uber Taxi. This means that it is the same as taking a regular taxi, and fares are not cheaper than traditional taxi rides. 

Where not to stay in Athens?

Athens is a city full of amazing places to stay during a visit, but not all neighbourhoods are created equal. While it can be tempting to save money by booking a hotel or Airbnb in a less popular area, it’s important to know which neighbourhoods to avoid.

One areas to be especially careful of are Omonia and Exarchia. Known for its high crime rates and the presence of drugs, it’s best to steer clear of these neighbourhoods when searching for a place to stay.

Is Athens safe?

When considering safety in Athens, it’s important to keep in mind that the city, like any major urban area, has its share of crime. However, with that being said, Athens is generally a safe city for tourists and locals alike.

The areas surrounding major tourist attractions, such as the Acropolis, are heavily patrolled by police, and violent crime is relatively rare.

That being said, petty crimes such as pickpocketing and theft can occur, especially in crowded areas or on public transportation. By staying aware of your surroundings and taking basic safety precautions, such as keeping valuables out of sight and avoiding deserted areas at night, you can safely enjoy the city’s amazing history and culture.

Can you drink tap water in Athens?

If you’re planning a trip to Athens, Greece, you might be wondering if it’s safe to drink tap water. The good news is that Athens has a well-developed water supply system, and tap water is generally safe to drink.

Of course, like any city, there may be occasional water quality issues, so it’s always a good idea to check with local authorities or your hotel to get the latest information on water safety.

But overall, you can feel confident drinking tap water in Athens and enjoy the convenience and savings that come with not buying bottled water. We always travel with a LARQ bottle with UV cleaning technology, ensuring we drink safe water anywhere we go.

Is Athens expensive?

The answer, like most things, is that it depends. While Athens may not be as cheap as Southeast Asia or parts of South America, it is also not as pricey as other European cities such as Paris or London. 

However, be prepared to spend a bit more on popular tourist attractions such as the Acropolis and other historical sites. Local restaurants and cafes offer delicious Greek food at very reasonable prices, and the city also has a great public transportation system and a lot of street food choices, which saves travellers money on getting around.

Does Athens have a beach?

Athens is located on the mainland and is known for its world-famous ancient landmarks, such as the Acropolis and the Parthenon. However, Athens also boasts a few beautiful beaches for tourists and locals to enjoy within a 30-minute drive of the city centre.

The beaches are located along the Athenian Riviera, such as the popular Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza beaches. Whether you want a lively beach party scene or a family-friendly stretch of sand, Athens has something to offer everyone. 

4 Days In Athens Itinerary: Wrap-Up

Athens is a bustling metropolis with plenty of historical and cultural attractions to explore. From ancient monuments to stunning beaches, there’s so much to do in this energetic city.

In 4 days, you should be able to visit all the must see in Athens, plus you should also have the time to engage in more fun things to do in Athens, such as the Athens bike tour or food tour.

We hope you found this 4 days in Athens itinerary we put together helpful and are ready for your upcoming trip! Athens is not just a pit stop before embarking on visiting the Greek islands. It is one of our favourite cities in Europe for its bustling vibe, history and, of course, food!

Happy tripping! 🧳🗺️🏝️

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