Athens to Tripoli Mainland Trip

See the Cities GearYou’re in the land of the gods now. All throughout Greece, you’ll see the influence of the mighty Greek gods, from statues, food, and the people who have clearly been brought up to respect them. In Athens and Tripoli see the historical and engaging sites while emerging yourself with the rich culture.

What to Bring     What to Know    Where to Stay


Day 1: Colossal Marble Surroundings

You’ve touched down to the land of the gods! Start the trip off by getting right to the sites on your way and into Athens, which is where you’ll spend the next three nights.
  • Arrival at Athens International Airport
    • (22m)
  • On your way to Athens take the highroad and stop off at Rafina which is a small town with some enjoyable areas to walk around
    • (25m)
  • Stop off again in the town and battlegrounds of Marathonas
    • (20m)
  • Continuing the drive to Athens stop off at the larger town of Marousi, here you’ll begin to see a more city-like environment, before working your way up to the capital
    • (30m)
  • From a long plane ride to the car, the more walking around the better. Drive to the Parthenon to tour your first godly ruins
    • (10m)
  • Get your first real taste of Athens in the lively cobblestone paved town of Monastiraki. In Monastiraki there are lots of bars, restaurants, and places to shop
    • (EOD)

Day 2: Side-by-Side with the Gods

Get a sense of what Ancient Greece was like by exploring the temples of the Gods and other ruins.
  • 11:00 – 13:00: Start the day stepping back into Ancient Greece by visiting the Athenian Agora Ancient Ruins and the Temple of Hephaestus. These two sites capture a glimpse into what ancient Greece was like and are only a five-minute walk from each other
    • (5m)
  • 13:05 – 14:00: Still not so far away from the first two sites head over to Hadrian’s Library
    • (3m)
  • 14:03 – 14:45: In the rumble of ruins you’ll walk to the Tower of Winds, which, served a time keeping building for the ancient Greeks. The Tower of Winds has lovely carvings of Gods in the marble
    • (10m)
  • 15:55 – 16:30: It may be a big rock, but it’s a historic big rock. After a day of walking through ruins and temples, top it off by stopping at Areopagus, which was designated as a court system in ancient Greece
    • (15m)
  • 16:45 – EOD: Carry the rest of the day and grab some food at the Athens Central Market, in this market, you’ll find the freshest food as we as all the Greek delicacies

Day 3: Let the Driving Begin! If you don’t have a car there are buses that will take you, Tripoli. However, by having a car for the next two days you’ll get to stop along the way if you choose not to stop between Athens and Tripoli the drive is only 1h43m.

  • 10:30: Grab some breakfast and depart Athens for Tripoli, but along the way, you’ll stop at a couple of special sites
    • (1hr20m)
  • 12:50 – 14:30: While you haven’t been to a beach yet, take a swim in the beautiful Limni Vouliagmenis thermal hot lake and spa. At Limni Vouliagmenis you can also grab a delicious meal and if you’re there at the right time join a yoga class
    • (50m)
  • 15:20 – 16:30: Hang around the town and beaches of Kiato
    • (30m)
  • 17:00 – 17:30: Get a little taste of Mediterranean scenery in the rock formation divide at Corinthia
    • (1h30m)
  • 19:00 – EOD: While there isn’t has much to do in Tripoli as Athens its nice to drive the Greek countryside to get to it. Explore the city, eat the food, and prepare for the sites and drive on the way back to Athens tomorrow

Day 4: Tripoli Nafpilo

The Gods are missing you get back to Athens! On the second half of the trip you’ll see more lively areas and scenic attractions from Tripoli back to Athens, which is where you’ll stay the reminder of the trip.
  • 10:30 – 11:00: Enjoy some more delicious Greek cooking and get Breakfast
    • (50m)
  • 11:50 – 13:30: In the gorgeous hillside foliage and Mediterranean rooftops visit the city of Nafpilo for some exploring, dining, and shopping
    • (10m)
  • 13:40 – 15:00: Another reminder that the lifestyle of the ancient Greeks still have a heavy presence throughout the land, visit the massive Palamidi fortress where you can walk the walls and ramparts
    • (10m)
  • 15:10 – 16:00: If you can catch a ferry leaving off any of the Nafpilo ports head over to the water castle of Bourtzi, which was built to protect the mainland from pirates
    • (10m)
  • 16:10 – 17:00: Visit Tiryns, one of the old archaeological sites in Greece. At this site, you may explore the ruins and underground tunnels built by the Ancient Greeks.
    • (40m)
  • 17:40 – 18:20: Go see some more ruins at the Temple of Isthmia
    • (30m)
  • What used to be a massive citadel and stronghold for the ancient Greeks, go visit the ruins of Mycenae, this site makes for a great picnic
    • (1hr30m)
  • 19:50 – EOD: You’ve now returned to Athens just in time to catch the nightlife on its upswing

Day 5: More Athens

So much to do and see in Athens, on the final two days before departure, you’ll be visiting the remaining sites trying to fit in as much in as possible, leaving Greece knowing you’ve seen it all!
  • 10:00 – 13:00: Everything is right about the Plaka neighborhood of Greece, from the floral rooftops, cobblestone road, stores and restaurants, you’ll have a blast here
    • (10m)
  • 13:30 – 14:00: One of Greeks most preserved ruins and most iconic ruins, visit the Temple of Athena Nike
    • (20m)
  • 14:20 – 16:00: Take the hike up Mount Lycabettus, which is about 980 feet above sea level. At the top of the mountain, there is a chapel and restaurant. The hike itself is only about 30 minutes of walking each way, but you’ll probably want to hang around for longer at the summit
    • (20m)
  • 16:20 – 17:30: Though you might not be seeing a show at this theater, party with the god of wine and fun at the Theatre of Dionysus
    • (1m)
  • 17:31 – 18:00: Pynx
    • (1m)
  • 18:01 – EOD: In what may be one of the most iconic and recognized areas of Athens go to the Acropolis of Athens

Day 6: Saying Hi to Zeus

Tie the trip altogether by going to the Acropolis Museum to learn more about the places you’ve seen on this trip, after the museum you’ll go pay a visit to the mightiest god of them all.
  • 10:30 – 12:30: After looking at all of the ruins of Greece go to the Acropolis Museum to put it all together
    • (8min)
  • 12:38 – 13:50: See where the mightiest God was worshiped at the Temple of Olympian Zeus
    • (8m)
  • 13:58 – 15:00: If you haven’t stumble upon Syntagma Square already now is a good time to spend some time in the area. Syntagma Square is the center of Athens and has been since the ancient Greeks
    • (2m)
  • 15:02 – 16:00: Take a break from walking and hang out in the open fields of the National Garden of Athens
    • (4m)
  • 16:04 – 16:50: Walk over to the Panathenaic Stadium, if you’re lucky you may be able to catch a concert or show here
    • (6m)
  • 16:56 – EOD: In the neighborhood of Kolonaki you’ll be able to slow down a little and get some final shopping and fine dining in

Day 7: Booted off the Mountain

The Gods have had enough of you, now go back to the airport and return to where you came!
  • Leave from Athens International Airport

Estimated Cost $700


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