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Athens - Holiday Tour Packages from India
A bustling metropolis bounded by mountains on three sides, with twelve hills spread within the city, and a marble temple that stands sentinel all over, Athens is a paradise that will inspire and leave you in awe during your holiday. It is one of the most popular travel destinations, where people who have been there before keep coming back for more, and where others dream of visiting even once in their lifetime.
As the birthplace of Western civilization, classical Greece, and the wise men of ancient times, you can bet that sightseeing & activities in the city would be quite interesting. Not to mention, mythological in a sense. It shouldn't come as a surprise then that it is almost always included in Greece holiday packages.
Places to visit in Athens
You can see a lot of Athens without moving too far from the city. The city centre at Syntagma Square will already treat you to places that come highly recommended by travellers and tourists from all over the world.
Some of the must-visit also include the ancient "high city" The Acropolis; the residential area for the wealthy, Kolonaki; historic districts of Plaka, Monastiraki and Thissio; and the high-end shopping district, Kfissia.
Further away from the city centre is Piraeus, an ancient port city turned independent, highly industrialised municipality. It serves almost all ferry connections from Attica to the Aegean islands and Crete. South of downtown is Nea Smyrni, dubbed as the modern European district.
Top things to do in Athens
- Visit most, if not all, of Athens' tourist attractions, from the Acropolis to Mount Lycabettus and beyond. With the historical significance of the iconic landmarks and other features, these are definitely worth checking out during your vacation.
- Volunteer at the sea turtle rescue Society Archelon in Glyfada, near Athens.
- Travel during summer and join in the revelry of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival.
- Explore the beaches to the south of Athens or the mountains and hills found in the area. Bring out the adventure and nature lover in you.
- Watch a basketball game. Believe it or not, buying a seat at a basketball stadium is one of the popular things to do when in Athens.
Top attractions in Athens
There are so many interesting sights to see in Athens that you will be hard pressed to choose the top 5 or 10 attractions to include in your holiday packages. But the most famous are:
- The Parthenon -Located on the Acropolis overlooking Athens, this temple was built in honour of the goddess Athena Parthenos. It features a huge statue of the goddess.
- Plaka District - The reason that tourists flock in the area is the offer of authentic Greek cultural experience. Several cafes are built in the middle of ancient trees, stone walkways, and surrounded with unique scenery.
- Erectheum -This temple on the Acropolis gives you a glimpse of the legendary Greek architecture. Made from Pentelic marble, it was built as a replacement to the earlier temple to Athena that was destroyed during the Persian invasion.
Athens holiday packages from India
Plenty more sights and sounds await you in Athens. So choose a Greece holiday package, pack your bags and take the next flight to the capital city of Greece.
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