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Athens, a city rich in history and beauty, the busy city that was formed a staggering two-and-a-half thousand years ago. Much of the past is still on view today, with mighty monuments dotted around the bustling streets, and the mighty Acropolis dominating the skyline. Home to more than a third of Greece’s population, the capital city is a draw to Greeks and tourists alike.

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Athens is host to some of the most important archaeological monuments in Europe, as well as neoclassic buildings and museums. It has been the center of Greek civilization for some 4,000 years. The capital of modern Greece, it’s still dominated by 5th-century-B.C.E. landmarks. But it’s also a contemporary city, and it’s not uncommon for the nightlife hubs of Kolonaki, Psiri and Gazi to stay busy until dawn.

Start your day with a cup of strong Greek coffee and head out to explore Athens’ unchanged cobbled back streets steeped in mystery with one of our guided tours. Stroll through the Ancient Agora and the Academy of Athens, on the site where Socrates and Plato walked in flowing togas, debating philosophy. Marvel at the remains of ancient temples dedicated to the gods of Mount Olympus and take in stellar views from atop the Acropolis and Mount Lycabettus. Visit the vibrant squares, abundant in shops and cafés. There is no end of things to see and do, be it relaxing with the sea breeze in your face, or exploring the secrets the city has to offer, it is impossible to be bored in this luxurious, thriving city.