Luxury Holidays to Athens 2019/20 l Designer Travel

Athens, Kentrikos Tomeas Athinon, Greece

Athens

A place of historical beauty

Athens is the birthplace of civilisation and democracy and is an exciting and vibrant city packed with museums, monuments and parks. There are plenty of tavernas, restaurants, bars and cafes as well so there are plenty of places to rest up and enjoy the tasty Greek cuisine and drinks while you take a break from exploring this fascinating destination. A traditional meze dinner under the stars provides special holiday memories.

Athens is situated in the Attica province, surrounded by the Hymettos, Pendeli and Parnitha mountains. It is the Greek capital and a modern city combined with a glorious past; home to some of the most important heritage sites of Greek civilisation. The Plaka and Monastiraki neighbourhoods lie in the heart of the city and are bustling tourist areas with an outdoor market, beautiful labyrinthine streets and plenty of tourist shops, cafes and bars.

Of course, the highlight of any trip to Athens is a visit to the ancient Acropolis which is crowned by the towering columns of the Parthenon. At the slopes of the sacred rock of the Acropolis there are sanctuaries, caves and monuments including the ancient theatre of Dionysus and the Roman Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

The best views over the peninsula can be enjoyed form Lycabettus Hill which you can ascend following the wooded paths or taking the cable car. Panoramic views over the Saronic Gulf can be enjoyed from the Temple of Poseidon which lies approximately one hours’ drive from Athens. Built in the middle of the 5th century BC, the sanctuary of Poseidon is one of the most important in Attica and is a truly impressive site.

The nearby Athens Riviera has a selection of luxury resorts and boasts a wonderful marina, sandy beaches and gourmet restaurants.

Athens port is also the gateway to cruising around the Greek Islands and Designer Travel can assist you if you would like to know more about cruising round Greece. There are some amazing luxury trips and we have a team of over 75 travel experts so you can be assured that your enquiry will be passed to someone can give you first hand experience as well as details about the best offers available. You can enquire by giving us a call or filling in the enquiry box – simple! As Designer Travel are independent, we are able to offer you a huge range of flights and holidays – whether that’s with a small, specialist supplier or with one of the bigger well known operators. Personalised itineraries are no problem either, we love putting together a tailor-made holiday for however long you need to wherever you would like to go.

Key Highlights
  • Visit the ancient Acropolis
  • You must see the Parthenon, it’s simply breathtaking
  • Performances are still held in the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus
  • Plaka is one of the most beautiful districts in the city
  • The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece
  • Take a trip to the Attica Zoological Park which hosts a wide collection of birds, serpents and rare animals
  • The Temple of Poseidon is approximately an hour away from Athens
  • Ascend Lycabettus Hill for the best views over the peninsula
  • Stay in a luxury hotel on the Athens Riviera
  • Nightlife is best enjoyed in Psiri and Gazi which have a large selection of evening entertainment
  • Local specialities include stuffed vine leaves, souvlaki and grilled swordfish
  • Getting around Athens is easy as there are plenty of local buses and taxis, a good tram service and the metro

Travel Information

Time Difference: GMT +2 hours

Currency: Euro

Climate Information

Summers can be very hot in Athens as it has a warm, Mediterranean climate, with an average temperature in August of 30°C.

In winter you can expect an average temperature of 10°C in January with the wettest month being December with an average of 4 inches of rain.

Leisure & Activities

Acropolis
One of the most famous sites in the world, the Acropolis sits high on a rocky outcrop and features many ancient buildings of significant archaeological interest including the Parthenon. Special attention has been paid to the access to the site especially for the pathways, to allow good access for people with walking difficulties.

Temple of Olympian Zeus
Situated near the centre of Athens, they began construction of this site in the 6th century BC, but it wasn’t completed until the 2nd century AD by Roman Emperor Hadrian. Although there are only 15 of the original 104 columns remaining, it’s easy to envisage that this was a colossal construction. Nearby there is the Arch of Hadrian which was a gateway between the ancient city and the Roman city of Athens.

National Garden
The National Garden is the largest green oasis in the centre of Athens and a perfect face for a cool walk. Created in 1839, it has approximately 500 species of trees and plants from all over the world, lakes ducks, interesting antiquities, a botanical museum, a playground and a cafe.

Hotels in Athens