Athens, with the dominating presence of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, the Theatres of Dionysus Eleuthereus and Odeon of Herodes Atticus are no traveller’s secret, but scratch the surface and you find a city with an unrivalled charm and vibe.

Athens is the historical capital of Europe; the centre of the arts, learning and philosophy; the birthplace of democracy – where values and civilization attained universal significance.

Explore the legacy by following the traces left by the city’s first inhabitants in the Plaka, Monastiraki and Thissio districts, a melting pot of modern urban life that coexists alongside the legacies of the different eras that once ruled the empire – myth, ancient and mediaeval history. Or travel to upscale Kolonaki district for boutique shopping and galleries. At night, look out for agreeable surprises in the Psirri and Plaka districts, where you can enjoy the full-on Greek experience well into the early hours.

Finally, extend your stay with a boat trip from Athens’ very own port, Piraeus, one of the oldest Mediterranean ports still in operation, to one of the famous Greek islands of Kos, Mykonos and Santorini, known for their sandy beaches and distinctive blue roofs.