I have booked a trip to Athens with my wife in late June, for 3 nights. I have come up with a rough itinerary, and would be keen to hear any suggestions/tips!
THURSDAY: flight arrival at 2pm, take a cab to our hotel in Syntagma Square (Grande Bretagne). I assume we would be there by 4pm, and can head out shortly afterwards, to walk around the local area (Plaka, Monastiraki...). Head up to Lycabettus Hill to watch the sunset, and go for dinner afterwards to a nearby taverna - perhaps Oikeio or Filippou.
FRIDAY: Start off with a half day tour using Athens Walking Tours, which will cover key sights around the Acropolis area, including the Acropolis museum. The tour will finish by 2:30pm, after which we could either do more roaming around the Plaka/Monastiraki areas (I want to see Central Market as well), or perhaps visit the Ancient Agora. Head to an upmarket venue for dinner - perhaps Spondi or Funky Gourmet.
SATURDAY: visit the National Archaeological Museum in the morning. In the afternoon, take a tour to Cape Sounion/Poseidon. Once back in Athens, dinner at Tzitzikas & Mermingas.
SUNDAY: take the metro/bus to the airport, for our flight to Santorini at 11:45am.
A few questions:
1) Would we be able to cover the Plaka, Monastiraki and Central Market on Thursday? We would probably have around 3 hours.
2) If we don't manage this, would it be worth finishing it off on Friday, at the expense of visiting Ancient Agora?
3) Regarding museums, given that we are already visiting the Acropolis museum, would we be better off visiting the Archaeological or Benaki museum on Saturday? Keep in mind we are usually the type who don't visit museums, but in Athens it seems that these are key attractions.
4) Any advice on restaurants, would you recommend something different from what I have listed, keeping in mind locations/travel times. None of the restaurants I mentioned have a view, but I figured I could always get a good Acropolis view from our hotel bar before/after dinner (GB Rooftop).
5) Any others suggestions are welcome.