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Athens City Break

Discover the timeless allure of Athens, where ancient history meets vibrant modernity against a backdrop of historical sites and vibrant neighbourhoods. Marvel at diverse architectural wonders, explore the roots of democracy and philosophy, and savour authentic Greek cuisine while basking in the stunning beauty of the Aegean Sea. Prepare for an unforgettable city break in Athens

  • Greece

  • 4 nights
  • Breakfast, 3 Dinners, 1 Food Tour.
  • City Breaks

    Culture

    Food & Wine

  • Nov

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Grade 3

This is Grade 3/SS holiday includes half day walks at a moderate pace. The majority of the holidays involves city walking with a local guide. Half day walking will probably include about 4 hours of walking. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

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Meticulously curated, guided walking holiday itineraries that delve into the culture, wildlife, cuisine, and rich history of the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit Athena’s Acropolis, topped by the spectacular Parthenon.
  • Sample traditional Greek dishes on an Athens food tour.
  • Learn the origins of classical civilisation from local experts.
  • Experience knowledgeable local guides.
  • Explore the 11th century Kaisariani monastery on Mount Hymettus.
  • Stroll through the historic area of Plaka on a guided excursion.

Legend has it that Athens, founded in the 10th Century BC by the enigmatic half-man, half-serpent King Cecrops, takes its name from the goddess Athena. This ancient city, among the world's oldest, stands as the epicentre of classical culture, philosophy, and the arts.

Explore the remarkable legacy of ancient Greece through our expert-guided tour of the city's renowned archaeological sites, including the Acropolis and Parthenon. Athens is replete with impeccably preserved remnants of Greek civilization, from intricately hand-chiselled marble sculptures to vibrant mosaics, exquisite amphora pottery, and ornate Corinthian citadels.

Beneath the mighty Acropolis, you'll discover the historic Plaka district, Athens' oldest neighbourhood. Here, narrow, honey-coloured streets are adorned with blushing pink Bougainvillea, while locals dine al-fresco beneath shaded tavernas. Plaka is a shopper's paradise, with terracotta alleyways lined with artisanal craft stalls, antique shops, and jewellers.

As you explore, our guide will regale you with the captivating stories woven into the neighbourhood's walls. Nearby Syntagma Square offers a glimpse into the power of the Athenian republic with a visit to the site of a public revolt against King Otto.

Delve into the world of authentic Greek cuisine on our foodie tour of the city. We'll visit charming courtyard tavernas to savour delectable meze, such as stuffed vine leaves, fire-roasted aubergines, local wines, and homemade Souvlaki. Along the way, you'll discover how Athenian culture has profoundly influenced culinary traditions, with insights from local experts about the history of classic Greek flavours.

Conquer the rugged paths of Mount Hymettus, adorned with statuesque cypress trees and dense pine forests, leading to hidden monasteries perched on hilltops. The Kaisariani Monastery, dating back to the 11th century, offers a glimpse into the Byzantine era, featuring intricately carved stone frescoes and gilded ceilings.

With ample free time for further exploration, we provide a combination entrance ticket at no extra cost, granting access to key sites, including the Acropolis and Slopes, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrian's Library, Olympieion, Kerameikos, and Aristotle's School. Alternatively, you can explore Athens' artisanal flea markets for unique handicraft souvenirs.

With so much to see and do, let us know if you’d like to extend your holiday at the time of booking, and our sales team will be happy to help. 

  • Return flights from London to Athens.
  • Airport transfers.
  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Three dinners taken at local tavernas.
  • One evening food tour.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary.
  • Combined Entrance ticket granting access to main sites in Athens.
  • Services of a local guide on day two.
  • Services of a Discover Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

14800

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Athens

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Depart from London to Athens. A short transfer takes you to your hotel, The Acropolis Hill Hotel to start off your holiday located with views of the Acropolis, the Filopapou Hill, the sea, and across the city of Athens from the communal roof terrace. Once you have checked in and settled down you head out to dinner at a local restaurant. 

Transfer Time = 30 minutes

Day 2

Exploring Athens

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Acropolis of Athens

Experience the majestic wonder of the Acropolis, a timeless symbol of ancient Greece's grandeur. Perched high above the city, this architectural masterpiece, crowned by the iconic Parthenon, transports you to a bygone era of art, culture, and history. Marvel at the harmonious blend of Doric columns, intricate sculptures, and the rich narrative of a civilization that shaped the world. The Acropolis stands as a testament to human ingenuity and is a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and travellers seeking an unforgettable journey through time.

Today you meet with your local guide for a morning tour of one of the main attractions in Athens, The Acropolis. Finishing in time for lunch and free time in the afternoon to explore the city. Take this time to use your combination entrance ticket which gives you entry to the following attractions: Acropolis and Slopes, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrian's Library, Olympieion, Kerameikos, Aristotle's School [Lykeion] and can be used for 5 days after the first entrance. Your leader will recommend a walking route to take to cover as much of the city as possible. Dinner will be taken in a local taverna this evening. 

Day 3

Taste authentic Athenian cuisine

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    80m

You start the day by going on a short walk around the hills near your hotel. This walk finishes in the local markets of Athens just in time to start your authentic Athens food tour, giving you the chance to taste all the local cuisine and learn about the Athens culinary scene. You have a free evening to explore the city at night and grab a bite to eat (if you are hungry after the food tour!).

Day 4

Hike on Mount Hymettus and visit Kesariani Monastery

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner.

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    380m

You take a local bus to the start of the walk at Mount Hymettus, be sure to pack a picnic lunch. This walk takes you through a forest filled with pine and cypress tress until you arrive upon Kesariani Monastery where you take a short break to explore. You then continue the walk on to the botanical trail before heading back down the mountain via an ottoman tower. Your final dinner this evening will be in a local taverna. 

Day 5

Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, you check out and pack your bags to head to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

18th Nov 2024 - 22nd Nov 2024 (4 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (30mins).
  • Return flights from London to Athens.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Acropolis Hill

The 37 room boutique Hotel Acropolis Hill is located in the centre of Athens with easy access to all sites. The hotel's roof top terrace has splendid views of the Acropolis and you will also find a small outdoor swimming pool, lobby bar and breakfast room. All rooms are en suite with a hairdryer, TV, safety deposit box and complimentary wifi.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is Grade 3/SS holiday includes half day walks at a moderate pace. The majority of the holidays involves city walking with a local guide. Half day walking will probably include about 4 hours of walking. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

Some entrance fees are included. This tour includes a combination entrance ticket which includes entrances to: Acropolis and Slopes, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrian's Library, Olympieion, Kerameikos, Aristotle's School. 

Any other attractions you wish to visit will be at your own expense.

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.


Country Currency

The currency in Greece is the euro.


Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (30mins).
  • If you wish to make your own way to the hotel you are able to catch the subway from Athens Airport to Monastiraki station, which is a 20 minute walk/ short taxi ride away from the hotel.
  • Return flights from London to Athens.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.


Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Greece

Electricity in Greece is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at  https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Greece

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Greece. 

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may also wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

There is a low to no risk of malaria in Greece. Malaria risk is from May to October and is very limited; confined to the villages of the Evrotas delta area in Lakonia district. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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  • Capital

    Athens

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Greek

  • Time Difference

    UTC +03:00

  • Flight duration

    4hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • February

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • March

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • April

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 43mm

  • May

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • June

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 15mm

  • July

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 10mm

  • August

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 11mm

  • September

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • October

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • November

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 94mm

  • December

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 106mm

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