The Best Day Tours From Athens Every Traveller Should Discover

Best Day Tours from Athens: Images of Nafplio, Meteora and Tho

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Athens is one of the top cities on the planet, so there’s certainly no shortage of things to do. But, if you’re looking to take a trip out of the city, you’ll want to read this blog to discover the best day tours from Athens that you can reach in one to four hours.

From exploring the incredible Meteora UNESCO Heritage Site, to the ancient city of Delphi – to visiting the sunny shores of Nafplio, there’s so much to experience in the rest of mainland Greece!

Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion, Greece on Mediterranean sea close to Athens

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Leaving the busy streets of the Greek capital behind for a day offers the chance to discover new, fascinating cultural experiences that you can tell your grandchildren about.

And you can read on secure in your knowledge that these tours are based on first-hand experience of my trips in Greece, along with traveller feedback and best value for money.

So, all set to discover the best day tours from Athens? Let’s get to it, beginning with a tour that takes you to the famous Poseidon’s Temple in Cape Sounion…

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Discover the Best Day Tours from Athens

1.Essential Athens and Cape Sounion, Poseidon’s Temple, Private Day Tour

View of Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounion, Attica, Greece.
Book this Private Tour to Cape Sounion and visit the legendary Poseidon’s Temple.

⌛8-9 hours 🚙Pickup offered📱Mobile ticket

This unmissable private tour to Poseidon’s Temple offers you an experience you’ll never forget, all tailored to your preferences.

You’ll be taken on an epic journey by your private driver that will encompass iconic stops like the Acropolis, Cape Sounion, and Temple of Poseidon.

The latter is really not to be missed and is one of my favourite ancient sites in Greece. Fun fact: legend has it that Aegeus, King of Athens jumped to his death off the cliff, giving his name to the Aegean Sea!

Our one day private tour was perfect. We booked it our last day to make sure we hit all the remaining areas we hadn’t seen and to help minimize our walking. Our tour guide was fabulous, very personable, and full of information.

-Daniel See More Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


  • Start your tour in Athens, visiting the Sacred Rock at The Acropolis. 
  • Explore other ancient sites in the Greek capital and experience the beauty of Greece during your drive to Cape Sounion.
  • Admire the Doric Temple of Poseidon along with the gorgeous view over the Aegean Sea.
  • Travel in the comfort of a climate-controlled Mercedes.

2.Meteora All-Day Tour from Athens

General view of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Meteora, one of the best day tours from Athens.
Book the Meteora All-Day Tour from Athens and visit The Monastery of the Holy Trinity (1475).

⌛12 hours 🚙Pickup offered 📱Mobile ticket

Book this Meteora all-day tour from Athens and visit at least three of the monasteries at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora.

By choosing this full-day excursion from Athens, you can unwind, free from the hassles of managing logistics and potential planning hiccups that could otherwise eat into your valuable vacation time!

Drinking in the views!! Meteora is home to 6 UNESO World Heritage Site monasteries and nunneries precariously perched atop massive rock pillars. It was as breathtaking as I had imagined.

-Evelyn See More Reviews⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


  • Visit three of the Greek monasteries at Meteora.
  • You’ll get the benefit of travelling in comfort rather than having to plan separate guided visits.
  • Stop off at Thermopylae, where 300 Spartans fought 100,000 Persians.

3.Thermopylae and Delphi Private Full-Day Tour from Athens

View of Leonidas' statue the king of spartans in Thermopylae, Greece.
Book this Thermopylae and Delphi Private Full-Day Tour and view Leonidas’ statue at Thermopylae.

⌛10 hours 30 minutes 🚙Pickup offered📱Mobile ticket

If you’re interested in the Spartans you will want to book this Thermopylae and Delphi private full-day tour from Athens and explore the ancient city of Delphi along with the historic battlefield and museum at Thermopylae.

It was here where the legendary battle was fought in 480 BCE between the Persian empire and alliance of Greek city-states under Leonidas I, King of Sparta.

This private tour means you can enjoy the wonders of Greek history without the hassles and itiniary of a big group.

Memories were made, and experiences of a life time! Our Guide Terry treated us well. He had interesting stories of history, myths, and we had good conversation! Our lunch was absolutely the perfect spot to experience Greek friendliness and food!

-Cynthia See More Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


  • Private transportation to visit two sites in one day.
  • View the treasures at Thermopylae and Delphi at your own pace.
  • Enjoy traditional Greek food at an authentic taverna over lunch.

4.Sailing and Gastronomy around Athens

Close-up of sailing yacht catamaran in the sea in Greece.
Try this Sailing and Gastronomy around Athens Tour and experience this unique combination experience!

⌛6 hours 🚙Pickup offered📱Mobile ticket

This amazing sailing and gastronomy around Athens tour with tastes from all over Greece, will allow you to indulge in the rich tapestry of Greek cuisine while luxuriating on a private sailboat.

Such a great experience! The entire crew was so accommodating and helpful. The food was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed our time on the boat swimming in the Mediterranean. Highly recommend this tour of you have a day in Athens for the water!

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  • Set sail from Athens and absorb the incredible scenery of the Saronic Gulf.
  • Enjoy a Greek lunch expertly crafted by an onboard chef.
  • Delight in a snorkelling adventure with complimentary equipment at your disposal.

5.Corinth Canal, Mycenae, Nafplio and Epidaurus Private Tour from Athens

Nafplio promenade with palm trees and white boats and Bourtzi fortress on small islet in Peloponese, Greece.
Book your place on this private tour and visit the Bourtzi fortress on the islet in Nafplio.

⌛8-9 hours 🚙Pickup offered📱Mobile tickets

Book this outstanding private tour and visit four remarkable destinations in a single day, including Corinth Canal, Mycenae, Nafplio and Epidaurus.

Depart from a location of your choice and maximise your time, avoiding the hassles of navigating through the Peloponnese on your own (trust me it’s not easy!)

Every single viewpoint was exceptional. We can advise every Traveller to do the same. We were fetched on time by our tour guide Nickos from where our adventure have started. Enough time was given to fully explore and enjoy every point of interest. Thank you for a memorable day.

-Marianne See More Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


  • Visit Corinth Canal, which links the Gulf of Corinth in the Ionian Sea with the Saronic Gulf.
  • Explore the historical sites of Mycenae and Nafplio.
  • Finalise your day by discovering ancient ruins and the museum of Epidaurus before heading back to Athens.

6.Delphi Private Day Tour from Athens

General view of Athena Pronaia Sanctuary at Delphi, Greece
Book this Delphi Private Day Tour from Athens and visit the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia.

⌛8-9 hours 🚙Pickup offered📱Mobile tickets

Book this Delphi Private Day Tour from Athens and experience this outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Site seamlessly and in style.

Embark on a comfortable journey to this historic symbol of ancient Greece, considered the centre of the world by the ancient Greeks.

This experience was exactly as described. Our drive to Delphi was comfortable and convenient, and our guide was friendly and brought us right to the doorstep of all the specified locations and was always ready to leave when we were done. We had a great visit thanks to this tour!

-Tammy See More Reviews⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


  • Visit the Tholos of Delphi, and the Temple of Apollo within the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia.
  • Pay a visit to the Delphi Archaeological Museum and Site which served as the seat of Pythia, the high priestess of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi (otherwise known as the Oracle of Delphi).
  • Enjoy lunch in Delphi Village.
  • A trip to the mountain town Arachova before returning to Athens.

Wide view of the stunning Theatre of Dionysus at the Acropolis, in Athens, Greece.

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7.Mercedes Private Tour Nafplio, Corinth Canal & Nemea Wine Tasting

Top view of the Corinth Canal with a boat sailing through in the Peloponnese, Greece.
Reserve your spot on this private tour of Nafplio and visit sites such as the Corinth Canal along the way.

⌛8 hours 🚙Pickup offered📱Mobile tickets

Experience this incredible private tour of Nafplio, including a visit to Corinth Canal with wine tasting in Nemea, an ancient site in north-eastern Greece.

Nafplio, is one of Peloponnese’s most exquisite cities and the first capital of the Greek state between 1823 and 1834. The city can be quite a journey to reach using public transportation. But with this convenient, comfortable driving tour, you can depart directly from Athens and enjoy a scenic route along the way!

Great experienced driver knew considerable Greek history told in a entertaining informative fashion. Made the trip a pleasure and the day was over too soon. The Wine tour was well done and the wine selection was representative of the Greek wine in of the region!

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  • En route to Nafplio, take in the sights of the Corinth Canal and Palamidi Castle.
  • Pause for a delightful wine tasting experience at the Domaine Skouras winery.
  • Enjoy the freedom to explore the historic city of Nafplio at your own pace.

8.Athens Highlights & Sounion Temple of Poseidon Full Day Private Tour

The famous Evzone Soldiers guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Greek Parliament.
Book this private tour of Athens and Cape Sounion and witness the changing of the guard at the Hellenic Parliament Building.

⌛9 hours 🚙Pickup offered📱Mobile tickets

Book this private tour to experience the best of Athens and Cape Sounion that ensures exclusive access to hidden gems unreachable by public transportation.

This comprehensive adventure caters to travellers with limited time, offering an opportunity to visit the both Athens and Cape Sounion in a single day. You’ll benefit from the personalised touch of a private tour as you navigate between various attractions in the comfort of a private vehicle.

Antonis was an incredible driver/guide. Tons of insights and lovely energy, totally recommend the experience.

-Vitor See More Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


  • Visit the remarkable Acropolis Hill along with landmarks such as the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Temple of the Athena Nike and the Parthenon.
  • Visit the Hellenic Parliament and the iconic changing of the guard ceremony at the historic palace.
  • As you head to Cape Sounion, enjoy coastal views of Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza.
  • At the Temple of Poseidon, perched above the Aegean Sea, discover archaeological wonders and stunning views of the Greek Islands.

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Best Day Tours from Athens: Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are plenty of incredible trips from Athens to experience. Steeped in history and culture, why not explore the wonders Greece has to offer and book one of these best day tours from Athens?

Still undecided about which day tour from Athens to pick?
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And if island trips are your thing you’ll want to check out this list of the best islands to visit in three hours or under and explore the full beauty of the Saronic Gulf!

The best day tours from Athens offer a fascinating array of experiences, from ancient archaeological wonders to idyllic coastal getaways and everything in-between.

Just a heads-up: before booking any tours read through customer reviews or speak to the local travel agency for their experience with different tour companies.

And make sure you request information about cancellation policies along with information on access and extra costs that aren’t included.

Whether you’re captivated by the mythology of Delphi, the charm of Nafplio, or the awe-inspiring monasteries in Meteora, these day tours grant you the opportunity to immerse yourself in Greece’s diverse landscapes and rich heritage.

Best Car Rentals Athens

If you’re still unsure about booking a tour you may want to tailor your own trip and hire a rental car to drive to your favourite destinations.

Driving in Greece is considered pretty safe, but if you want more information you may want to familiarise yourself with Greek road signs so you can feel more confident on the roads.

Enjoy your trip out of Athens!


For over a decade I've been exploring the beauty of Greece and, over time, I've fallen in love with the wonders of this rich, lively culture. And I want to share my discoveries with you! From where you should stay to the best day trips, restaurants and beaches - you're in the right place to experience the best of Greece!

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