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Athens itinerary for 3 days

Hi we are planning on arriving in Athens center about late afternoon on Oct 25 and leaving at about late afternoon
on Oct 28.....we are planning our itinerary but are not sure what is reasonable to fit into a day.......Has anyone taken Rick's
Athen's City walking tour and if so how strenuous and how much time should we allow for that we need a half day for the Acropolis area........has anyone taken a bus tour to Delphi and if so which one.......any suggestions for a reasonable itinerary would be helpful.......thank you Marie

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Delphi would take all day and you only have 3. Acropolis and Acropolis Museum, Ancient Agora-day 1,
National Archeological Museum day 2 plus walk around neighborhoods, Rick's tour?
Olympic Stadium, Hadrian's Arch, Monastiraki area
Funicular up Lycabettus Hill for beautiful views of Athens to the sea.

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Try the "Explore Europe" link on this website for Rick's prioritized Athens sites -- which generally track the recommendations above. What you prioritize depends on your interests and energy level, of course. I don't think the RS city walk is particularly strenuous.

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With just 2-1/2 days I would recommend staying in Athens and exploring what the city has to offer. Going to Delphi will take more time traveling to and from the site than actually being there. While it's a special place you really don't have the time to devote to it.

The Acropolis will take a good hour plus time and more time for the south slope . . . get there at opening time, 8 a.m. to avoid tour groups and tourists. Oct. will be off-season but you'll still get lots of tourists. It also depends on how much of a history buff you are and how much time you want to devote to take in everything you are witnessing.

Rick Steve's tour is good and is really not that strenuous. All depends on your stamina, age and health but it's do-able!

Check out Matt's Athens Guide for everything you need to know and what to do in Athens!