4 Days Detailed Itinerary in Athens

Greece Athens Acropolis ancient citadel

Wondering what you can do in Athens for 4 days or even a week? Take a look at our 4 days detailed itinerary in Athens featuring the to-dos in a budget friendly way. These 4 days are part of our greater 14-day adventure in the Bulkan for a two week escape from our jobs.

4 Days in Athens – Day 1 : Airport Arrival & Public Transport

As we touch down at Athens Airport at 19:20, we begin our visit in Athens by purchasing a convenient 3-day tourist ticket, which grants us access to various modes of transportation throughout the city for 20 EUR per person including a round trip from airport to city center by bus or metro. For first time visitor like us, we mainly use the metro for our 4 days visit in Athens. The 3-day ticket is valid for 72 hours fitting our 4 day detailed itinerary in Athens after discounting the airport arrival and departure lead time.

We booked a hotel called Epidavros via booking.com with USD 120 for 3 nights in total for 3 persons. The hotel was not spacious but decent with 3 single beds and a clean toilet plus a balcony. The location was also very convenient near the Omonia metro station.

We took a KFC bucket for the dinner and walked around the city ceenter before ending the day.

4 Days in Athens – Day 2 : City Center, Lycabettus Hill & Visiting 3 of the 7 Archeological Sites

Our second day started with a free-walking tour around the city. After visiting the Zappeion Hall in the National Garden of Athens, we chose to chose to leave the group and spend more time staying in the National Garden of Athens. Partially, it was because we were a bit tired and partially because the environment of the Garden was so charming that we would like to just chill out there a bit more. I highly recommended you to spend at least 30 minutes just sitting there, enjoying the environment and seeing the green parrots (aka the Parrots of Athens) flying around and building their nest

After spending some time in the tranquil garden, we headed to The Academy of Athens which is a perfect spot for photos.  The exterior of the buildings contains two statues (Athena and Apollo) at the back and two statues (Plato and Aristotle) in front. Along with the stairs in the middle, it created a sense of elegance and classiness.We bought some cooked food in a supermarket nearby for lunch. The roasted chicken and other protein options there were just too attractive and budget-friendly that we could not resist.

Climbing up the Lycabettus Hill

After recharging, we decided to climb up the Lycabettus Hill. The mountain was not really tall, we spent less than an hour going from the bottom to the top. On the way to the top, we are rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of Athens. The mountain slope and the St. George’s Church on the top are highly recommended for photos. From there you could also have a view of the Parthenon along with the Athens city view.

4 Days Detailed Itinerary in Athens - Lycabettus Hill
The view Parthenon and City view from Lycabettus Hill
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The St. George’s Church

The journey to 7 archeological site with ticket package

Continuing our journey, we went to The Towers of the Winds but realized that it was inside an archaeological site called Roman Agora which required an entrance ticket. Already close to 4:00 PM and knowing that we had less than 2 days left in Athen, we made a brave (and also wise) decision to purchase the package ticket for 30 EUR per person which included Acropolis (a must-see in Athens), Ancient Agora, Kerameikos Cemetery, Roman Agora, Olympieion, Hadrian’s Library and Lykeion. This decision helped to create a very enriched content for our 4 days detailed itinerary in Athens.

It’s worth noting that there are various online ticket options available for these sites, but 30 EUR package ticket available for sale at each of the 7 archaeological sites shall be the most economical. I also found that the package is also avaialble on the offical website for the same price.

The Roman Agora, Hadrian Library & Kerameikos Cemetery

we explore the Roman Agora, an ancient marketplace that once thrived with trade and commerce. The Tower of the Winds, an impressive ancient timepiece, stands as a testament to the architectural prowess of the time.

The Tower of the Winds, constructed around the 1st century BC, a multifunctional timekeeping device, including sundials, a water clock, and a weather vane in the past. It was also open for tourists to go inside for photos. Other than the tower, Roman Agora also included various structures such as the gate of Athena Archegetis and the South Stoa which well we learned their history on the tourist board nearby and most importantly were ideal spots for pictures.

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The Tower of Winds

Upon the purchase of the ticket package, we played the ‘city hunting game’ of exploring all seven sites. After the Roman Agora, we picked Hadrian’s Library adjacent to the Roman Agora. It was an ancient Roman Library built in the 2nd century AD and used to be the house of a vast collection of books, manuscripts, and scrolls as one of the largest libraries during the ancient Rome and Greece time.

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The Hadrian’s Library

Around 1 hour before the closing time, we reached Kerameikos Cemetery the third site. It is a very large burial site featuring the street of the tombs with tombstones and stelae with multiple sculptures. Other than that, it also offers the Kerameikos Archaeological Museum which portrays various artifacts discovered in the surrounding areas with descriptions for the tourist.

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Museum inside Kerameikos Cemetery
4 Days Detailed Itinerary in Athens -  Archaeological Site - The Kerameikos Cemetery
Kerameikos Cemetery

The Sourvenir Street

Before heading back to the hotel, we indulged in some souvenir shopping, acquiring mementos to cherish from our Athenian adventure near Monastiraki Square. We highly recommend the olive soap which contains a magnet of Athens for 1 EUR and a table stand of Acropolis for 5 EUR. Especially the stand which still reminds my days in Athens today.

4 Days Detailed Itinerary in Athens - Monastiraki Square Souvenir Shop
The olive soap packages
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The Acropolis stand bringing back the memories of Athens
4 Days Detailed Itinerary in Athens -  Monastiraki metro station
Picture of the train from Monastiraki metro station

Having our beloved gyros at a local restaurant near our hotel, we ended our second day in Athens.

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Gyros near our hotel

4 Days in Athens – Day 3 : Acropolis (the Parthenon!), Ancient Agora & Varvakios Central Municipal Market

Given the opening time of Acropolis for 8 am, we chose to take a walk to the site. On our way, we bumped into a local fresh market complex called Varvakios Central Municipal Market. It had plenty of stores selling fresh meat, aromatic spices, fruits, local tea, etc. Other than that, it also had several local restaurants with very budget-friendly offerings. On our way, to the Acropolis, we also came across a lot of local pop-up shops for pastry and bought some for our breakfast.

4 Days Detailed Itinerary in Athens -  The Varvakios Central Municipal Market
The Varvakios Central Municipal Market
4 Days Detailed Itinerary in Athens -  Local street food for breakfast
Local street food for breakfast

Here we come Acropolis !!!

With all the warm-ups, we finally arrived at the Acropolis. Again I would like to emphasize – No visit to Athens is complete without marvelling at the Acropolis. Afterall, it is one of the most iconic archaeological sites in the world recognized by UNESCO. The site includes a lot of most-see items including the Parthenon, a majestic temple dedicated to Athena, Erechtheion another temple dedicated to Athena and Poseidon, and other major structures inside.

By the way, the word “Acropolis” actually means high city in Greek.

Our tactic for the visit is to quickly ascend to its majestic slopes, the iconic Parthenon and Erechtheion first, other icons later. With this strategy, you can have all the time (or enough time at least) to take as many photos as you want for the Parthenon and Erechtheion you want.

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The Parthenon
4 Days Detailed Itinerary in Athens -  Archaeological Site - The Parthenon in Acropolis with me shooting photo for my friend
The crowd started to come in ~ 20 minutes after our arrival
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The Erechtheion situated the opposite Parthenon which contains six Caryatid statues
4 Days Detailed Itinerary in Athens - Archaeological Site - Acropolis Erechtheion - The six Caryatid statues
The six Caryatid statues

The Ancient Agora with The Temple of Hephaestus

Finished the most important icon in Athens, we intended to also cover the Ancient Agora today and left the Olympieion and Lykeion for tomorrow. Ancient Agora was a central public space and marketplace in ancient times.  The most prominent structures inside is the Temple of Hephaestus, a very well-preserved temple dedicated to the god of craftsmanship. We also visited the gigantic museum Agora Museum for the displays of sculptures, pottery, inscriptions, coins, jewellery, and other objects in the ancient Athenian society.

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The Temple of Hephaestus
4 Days Detailed Itinerary in Athens -  Archaeological Site - Ancient Agora - The Agora Museum
The Agora Museum

We finished all the visits around 2 PM and decided to head back to the Varvakios Central Municipal Market, where we enjoyed a delectable meal in a local restaurant.

Exhausted for the morning routine, we chose to have a rest at the hotel and chilled out for the rest of the day. In that, we did not advance to other icons but instead paid a visit to a Lidl near Attiki station for some budget-friendly snacks and potential souvenirs.

We also bought a very hearty dinner from Lidl as well.

4 Days Detailed Itinerary in Athens - restaurant near The Varvakios Central Municipal Market
Lunch at a local restaurant inside the Varvakios Central Municipal

4 Days in Athens – Day 4 : Lykeion, Olumpieion, Lukumades & Airport Departure

As you probably notice now, we really relied on our stamina for making the most in our 4 days detailed itinerary in Athens. With two archeological sites remaining, we started with Lykeion, the ancient gymnasium where Aristotle taught his students. Although it is not as popular as Acropolis, we still found the site worth visiting and the Garden inside comfortable. Afterall, our ticket also included Lykeion.

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The garden inside Lykeion
4 Days Detailed Itinerary in Athens - Archaeological Site - The Olympieion - Gateway at Olympieion
Gateway at Olympieion

Our final archeological site visit – the Olympieion

Next, we discovered Olympieion, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, a colossal monument dedicated to the king of the gods. Outside the Olympieion, you can also find the Arch of Hadrian for photo free of charge.

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The colossal column in Olympieion
4 Days Detailed Itinerary in Athens - Archaeological Site - The Arch of Hadrian
near The Olympieion
The Arch of Hadrian

Before bidding Athens farewell, we treat ourselves to a sweet indulgence at Lukumades.a renowned dessert shop specializing in loukoumades which are a popular Greek dessert made with deep-fried dough balls with toppings. We ordered a serving with pistachio source which was very amazing.  Savor the heavenly taste of these Greek doughnuts and relish the final delights of our Athenian adventure.

We covered a lot of items in our 4 days detailed itinerary in Athens. The same itinerary could be used upto one week travel by spending more time on each item. Particularly, the city is highly recommended for someone with interest in archaeology. Even for a normal traveller like us, we did enjoy taking photos with the stunning icons in the City. I highly recommend you to include Athens in your next annual leave escape.

You may also check out here for alternative Athens icons to add.

Our 4 Days Detailed Itinerary in Athens summary table:

Day 1Arriving at Athens airport at 19:20
Purchasing 3 day tourist ticket
Checking in at Epidavros Hotel
Dinner at KFC
Day 2Free-walking tour
National Garden of Athens
Academy of Athen
Lycabettus Hill
Roman Agora (with Tower of the Winds)
Hadrian’s Library
Kerameikos Cemetery
Souvenir shopping
Train station
Gyros
Day 3The Varvakios Central Municipal Market
Greek Street food shop
Acropolis and its slopes (with the Parthenon!)
Ancient Agora (with Temple of Hephaestus)
Lunch at the Varvakios Central Municipal Market
Break at hotel
Lidl near Attiki station
Dinner at Hotel
Day 4Lykeion
Olympieion
Final delights at Lukumades
Departing from Athens Airport at 13:45

Regulus K

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