Making the Most of Athens

I can’t believe we will take off for Greece in three short days! So exciting!

Our first stop in Greece will be in Athens. We will arrive Saturday afternoon, and then leave Monday morning for Santorini. Because we will be in Athens for such a short time, we have mapped out all the things we want to see and do while we are there. That way we won’t miss anything. 

Here is a look at our tentative plans:

Saturday

Get our bearings of the city once we have checked into the hotel by walking around the city. My camera sure is going to get a work out! We have a lot to see. 

Temple of Zeus  

National Gardens

Panathenaic Stadium

Syntagma Square

We will just grab dinner somewhere that looks good, and then we are planning to check out the hotel rooftop bar. We are staying in the Herodion Hotel and their rooftop has a beautiful view of the Acropolis. The perfect way to end a very long day of travel and sightseeing.

A tip we read about was to get an Acropolis Pass, which will get you into most of the sites we are interested in seeing. If we get that on day one, we can skip the lines and the crowds on day two, and get some pictures without a thousand tourist in them.

Sunday

Day two will be jam packed with sightseeing, eating good food, and shopping! We will start the day early to beat the crowds at the Acropolis. Here is a look at what we are hoping to see.

Parthenon

Temple of Athena Nike

Erechtheion

Theatre of Dionysus

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

 Ancient Agora

Temple of Hephaestus

Odeon of Agrippa

Stoa of Attalos

After refueling with some delicious Mediterranean style noms, it will be back to the tourist grind. It will also finally be that part of the day where my brain gets a break from cramming it with information, and my wallet gets a bit lighter, shopping time!

Monastiraki Market 

Plaka

If we can make it through the day without falling asleep at dinner I’ll call the day a success!

The schedule is a bit ambitious, but I think we can do it. Many times I only get to travel someone once, so I have to make the most of my time. If that means early morning wake up calls and going until I literally collapse into bed at night, so be it. Plus, there’s always time to relax once we get to Santorini. 

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Katy

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