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The Perfect One Day in Athens Itinerary – Your Guide to The City

Athens in one day itinerary

Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to explore Athens in just one day? We are here to tell you that it is possible! Many people fly into Athens and only spend a day or two before catching a flight or ferry to the Greek Islands, but Athens is a magical city that deserves more time. However, in today’s world, everyone is running short on time, so we have put together the perfect one day in Athens itinerary to help you make the most of your stay.

One Day in Athens Itinerary

Athens in one day itinerary

Morning – History

To plan your 1 day in Athens itinerary, you should purchase the Acropolis and 6 archaeological sites, including the Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Ancient Agora, and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Aristotle’s School and the Keramikos Ancient Cemetery,

  • Entry to the Acropolis of Athens only on your preferred date and time slot
  • One-time entry to each site with the same ticket
  • Athens Old Town (Plaka) self-guided audio tour
  • Acropolis and Parthenon self-guided audio tours (if option selected)

You have five calendar days from activation to use this pass, so if you are spending more time in Athens, you can book timed entries to see each of these attractions first thing in the morning or later in the day.


Athens in one day AcropolisAthens in one day Acropolis

Most likely, every Athens itinerary you’ve read will tell you to head straight to the Acropolis, and they are correct! The Acropolis is the star of Athens, and it should be the first place to visit. Going to the Acropolis first thing in the morning helps you beat the crowds and beat the heat!

Plan to get to the Acropolis at 7:30 a.m. We highly recommend booking a hotel with breakfast included, and most start breakfast at 6:30 or 7 a.m., so you should be fine. The Acropolis opens at 8:00 a.m., and you need to book your timed entry in advance. So do that right now. Times book quickly, and you will want to make sure you get your slot.

Exploring the Acropolis in AthensExploring the Acropolis in Athens

We’ve stayed at many places in Athens, but during our last visit, we loved the Astor Hotel for its location, view of the Acropoli, and price point—it didn’t break the bank! If you are staying longer in Athens, read our complete guide for Where to Stay in Athens.

Deb at the Parthenon in AthensDeb at the Parthenon in Athens

We booked the Acropolis and 6 main archaeological sites combo, which still works. It is the best way to see Athens in one day as it gives you 1 timed entry to each site with the same ticket. You will need to plan wisely to be on time for your entries, but trust me, you will want to see it all!

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