Athens: Suggested Itinerary

The Ancient Capital of Greece

 Day 1: Athens city centre is compact and quite easy to explore, when you consider the size of the city. Syntagma should be the first stop. Over the years most major events in Greek history have occurred here and the country's parliament (known as the Vouli) were built here in 1843. You can see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the front, guarded constantly by two soldiers (Evzones) 24 hours a day.

The centre of the square is adorned with a fountain and statues of King Otto. Trees stand tall on every side and it is always full of Athenians.

Plaka, just south of Syntagma is the oldest part of Athens. It is similar to many other ancient towns around Europe - a maze of narrow, pedestrianised streets. These streets here are filled with musicians and traders - selling everything from flowers to beads to photographs. This area of Athens is full of bars and restaurants in which to while away an evening.

Day 2: Time to get out the city and explore. Departing from the bus terminal in the centre of Athens at 8am, Sightseeing SA operates a tour where you can do some island hopping before going anywhere. The first stop is the island of Aegina, known for its peanut production. From there you go to the Temple of Afaia, boasting amazing views.

Onto Poros, arriving at approximately 1pm, you enjoy a nice coffee at the cafÃ, hanging over the island’s harbour watching the carefree fishermen come and go. Onto Hydra, famous for the architecture of the houses which stand proudly all around it, you can walk around the island's main town. Hydra always proves to be a favourite with tourists, you get to relax here for a while and explore the different towns. After exploring the towns various boutiques and shops, you then get back on the boat and return to the mainland for 7pm.

Allou Fun Park is a more unique way to spend an evening. Attracting thousands every evening, it is full of weird and wonderful rides that will keep both young and old occupied.

Day 3: Every city has its instantly recognisable landmark, Athens the Acropolis. Standing on the 'Sacred Rock' of Athens, it is the most important site in the Greek capital and pretty much the reason it exists today.

The most important monument on the Acropolis is The Parthenon and is Greece's most instantly recognisable landmark - built for Athena Parthenos, Athens' patron goddess.

Other highlights on the Acropolis include The Erechtheion which was built around 420BC in the Ionic order and the Temple of Athena Nike.

The best time to visit the Acropolis is in the morning when it isn't too hot and the crowds aren't as big. Make sure not to miss it when it is lit up at night time. This is when the Acropolis looks most impressive.

You can't go to Athens without trying out some local Greek cuisine and the best place to do so is in Plaka. Here you will find many places to get some authentic nosh.

Day 4: Spend your final day in Athens just reminiscing about the stunning ancient history and maybe just think what it would have been like to live there when the Gods ruled the roost. Greece is of course the culture that Rome took its inspiration from and no doubt you will want to revisit things like The Parthenon before heading home.