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Athens Half-Day Private City Tour

1. Athens Half-Day Private City Tour

Discover the cradle of civilization, birthplace of democracy, and home of philosophy on a private half-day tour of Athens. You will experience some of the greatest monuments ever built, with visits to all the major attractions, from the site of the first modern Olympics, to the former Royal Palace. The 4.5-hour tour takes in the Panathenaic Stadium, the only marble stadium in the world. Built over the ruins of the ancient Roman stadium of Athens, it was where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896. Continue to the famous Arch of Emperor Hadrian, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, dedicated to the King of the Olympian Gods, and the largest temple of the ancient world. Go to the Acropolis, considered a work of architectural perfection. Admire the Theater of Dionysus, the first theater ever built in the world. You will also see the Odeon of Herod the Atticus, and go to the Hill of Pnyx, visit the Propylaea, the Temple of Apteros Nike, the Erechthion, and the New Acropolis Museum. Take in some wonderful panoramic city views from Lycabettus Hill, and visit the Parliament buildings to see the changing of the Royal Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Continue to Omonia Square and the open-air flea market in the lively Plaka neighborhood. Finally, see the 19th-Century Anglican church of St. Paul, the former Royal Palace, the Numismatic Museum, Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Library, and the Benaki Museum, Byzantine and Christian Museum, and Museum of Cycladic Art.

Athens City, Acropolis and Museum Tour with Entry Tickets

2. Athens City, Acropolis and Museum Tour with Entry Tickets

Travel back in time at the Panathenaic Stadium to see where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held. Pass the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch to take a look at the Greek Parliament building and the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier. Admire the state buildings of the old Academy, Athens University and the National Library on Syntagma Square Then, head to the Acropolis to explore the famous monuments of Ancient Greece from classical times. Visit the monumental gate of the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and the iconic Parthenon before learning more about the history of the city at the state-of-the-art Acropolis Museum.

Athens: Private Evening Sightseeing Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

3. Athens: Private Evening Sightseeing Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

Enjoy pickup from your hotel or meet your driver at a centrally located meeting point. Hop inside your charming electric tuk-tuk, which is the perfect size to navigate the city’s narrow roads, then set out on an evening of exploration. Start with a tour of the Athens’ most emblematic buildings and monuments including the Greek Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy of Athens, and Agios Dionysios Areopagitis Church. Continue the tour onto Mount Lycabettus and admire unforgettable views across the city and the Acropolis. Drive through the neighborhood of Kolonaki next, then pass by the Ancient Olympic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus, and Hadrian’s Arch. The tuk-tuk then winds its way through the narrow streets of the Plaka neighborhood, before heading to the Romain Agora and Hadrian’s Library. Pass by Thiseio to marvel at sprawling views of the Parthenon, then visit the areas of Monastiraki and Psiri. Throughout the tour, soak up the romantic atmosphere of Athens as the sun sets and day turns into night. At the end of an unforgettable evening tour, the driver will drop you off at the starting point, or to another location of your choosing.

Athens: City Highlights Private Tour with Temple of Poseidon

4. Athens: City Highlights Private Tour with Temple of Poseidon

Discover the highlights of Athens on this family-friendly tour as you see sights like the acropolis, the Panathenaic Stadium, Prime Minister’s residence, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Journey through the Greek Riviera on the way to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. Be picked up from you accommodation in Athens or Pireas in an air-conditioned Mercedes and head to the Acropolis. See the Parthenon that was dedicated to the goddess Athena at Parthenos and the entrance to the sacred area at Propylea. View the columns of the 420 BC temple of Athena and Nike. Stroll pass the Erechtheion with its maidens statues, the Roman theater of Odeon of Herodus Atticus, and an ancient Greek Theatre of Dionysus. Step into Greek mythology as you see the Hill of Ares where the god Ares is said to have had a trial. Visit the Temple of Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium which hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Drive by the Prime Minister’s residence at Maximou Mansion which was the former royal palace. Continue past the House of Parliament and stop at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to watch the changing of the guard. Head up to the highest point of in Athens at Lycabettus Hill to capture pictures of panoramic city views. Get out of the city on a scenic coastal road through the Greek Riviera. Travel through some of Athens’ suburbs and resort areas like Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Lagonisi on your way to the stunning coastal temple of Poseidon at Sounion. Have the option to stop to purchase lunch or have a coffee break on the waterfront. Return to your accommodation in Athens.

Athens: Full-Day Private Tour

5. Athens: Full-Day Private Tour

Your private tour will start with the Acropolis, a complex of buildings that includes the Parthenon (main temple), the best example of classic architecture from the 5th-century BC, Erectheion (the temple with 6 female figurers, Caryatides), the Temple of Athena Nike (Wingless Godess), Propylaia (the monumental Gate), Odeon of Herodus Atticus, Dionysus theater and finally, the Mars Hill or Areios Pagos (the first ancient court and the place that St. Paul preached Christianity for the first time in Athens). The next stop will be the Temple Of the Olympian Zeus (the largest temple in Hellenic and Roman times), the Panathenian Stadium (the stadium of the first Olympic Games in 1896), the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier and the Changing of the Guards (Euzones) in front of the Greek Parliament, opposite the Syntagma or Constitutional Square. After that, you will see the Trilogy of Athens (the Academy, the First University of Athens and the National Greek Library) and finally, the Lycabettus Hill (the highest point of Athens) and don't forget to take some pictures and a memory in your mind and heart of the entire city. Drive through Plaka (the oldest neighborhood in Athens), a picturesque quarter of the city, where there are little shops with handmade crafts and gifts for you to buy and Monastiraki (Flea Market), where you can have a pleasant walk and shop with your friends and family. If time permits, your next stop will be the ancient Greek Agora or the Roman Agora (ancient markets), where you'll find the Temple of Hephaestus (the most well preserved temple in Greece), the Stoa of Attalos and the beautiful St. Catherine Orthodox Church. When you feel hungry, get ready to taste some famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch. The tour will guide you to a traditional Athens restaurant or tavern. It's up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most well-known Greek dishes. After lunch, enjoy a visit to the New Acropolis Museum, where you can see the marbles of the Parthenon and a superb collection of artifacts and relics found on the Acropolis excavations or the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, almost twice the size of the previous one that houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations not only Greece, but the Middle East and the Balkans as well from prehistory to late antiquity.

Athens: Walking with a Local Private Tour

6. Athens: Walking with a Local Private Tour

This whistle-stop Athens tour is packed full of all those must-see Athens spots as well as those hidden gems that can only be found with a local by your side. Dive into the very soul of Athens and discover exactly what makes this city so very special – aside from all that ancient history. Start this historical Athens walking tour by meeting your local guide in Syntagma Square, the most important and crowded square in Athens, surrounded by impressive neoclassical buildings. The best known is the Grande Bretagne, once a royal palace but now a luxury hotel which has housed everyone from Churchill to Madonna. At the upper end of the square see the Evzones, the guards of the Constitution, and the tomb of the unknown soldier. The Evzones are traditionally dressed with 17th and 18th century clothes: an impressive white skirt, red hat, and an old rifle. The changing of the guard happens every hour, and you simply cannot tour Athens without seeing this spectacle – which is why we’ve incorporated it into this tour! Watch the ceremony while your local guide explains the tradition. Next on this Athens tour you’ll jump on the metro and travel to Acropolis station. Travelling between these stations is like stepping back in time; both have exposed ancient ruins behind glass, discovered during the excavations for the metro system. But these are just a taster of the ancient ruins to come… You’ll exit the station and take a walk around the walls of famous Athens Acropolis, passing by the Ancient Agora. We’ll walk along ancient roads, admire new architecture, and hear about the customs and traditions that still exist today. This is the central hub of classic Athens history, and you’ll hear the stories behind this monument from your local guide. (Please note that if you wish to tour inside the Acropolis, this will have to be done separately on your own time.).  Afterwards, explore the Plaka area. Shop for souvenirs along Adrianou Street, where you can find local products such as ouzo (Greece’s national alcohol). You’ll also see shops that specialise in olive oil, sponges, icons, leather sandals, and bags — something you won't experience on other Athens tours. Continue walking to Diogenis Square, under the impressive wall of the Acropolis. See Hadrian’s Arch, built in honour of one of the most glorified Roman emperors. Directly behind it you can see the ruins of the Jupiter (Zeus) temple as you taste and feel the history of Athens. Pass by the National Garden and Zappeion, to arrive at the white marble Panathinaiko Stadium. It was here that the first Olympic Games took place and where the 2004 Olympic marathon ended.  Finally, you’ll be taken back to present-day Athens to admire some of Athens’ more modern architecture.We walk through the new city highlights, where life goes on in modern rhythms. See where locals wander , shop, and gather. Visit the Kolonaki area, which is the heart of today’s Athens. The Athens walking tour comes to an end at the Academy of Athens,where you are free to continue your own personal exploration, or your local guide can tell you how to get back to your hotel, where you can digest all that history!

Full Day Tour of Athens, Acropolis & Cape Sounion with Lunch

7. Full Day Tour of Athens, Acropolis & Cape Sounion with Lunch

Follow your expert guide to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held. Continue past the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, Athens Academy, the university, the National Library and Constitution Square. At the Acropolis, visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens such as the Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion and the Parthenon. Continue and visit the New Acropolis Museum before enjoying lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, drive along the coastal road past the beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza to the southernmost point of Attica, Cape Sounion, to see the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon. On the way, enjoy a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, have time to leisurely walk on the rocky promontory of Sounion.

Athens: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

8. Athens: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

This full-day Athens tour provides visitors the opportunity to get to know one of the oldest cities in the world. Included in the experience is a visit to the famous Acropolis, where democracy was born. Discover the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathinaiko, where the first Olympics games took place in Athens. Enjoy visits to the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus, as well as the city's highest mountain, Mount Lykavittos, where you'll get to enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the city. Settle down for a traditional Greek meal in a local restaurant. Follow lunch with a visit to the Trilogy, three very important buildings in Greek history. Conclude the experience with the new Acropolis Museum, one of the most beautiful in the world. Get in touch with the city within which democracy, philosophy, geometry, and general sciences were born.

Athens: Private Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, and City Tour

9. Athens: Private Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, and City Tour

Enjoy a well-paced guided tour to admire the most significant classical masterpieces of Greece. Walk uphill through the Propylaea grand marble entrance, contemplating the hills of Philoppapus, Pnyx, and Mars. Discover the astonishing construction of the Parthenon, the most splendid temple ever built by the Greeks - dedicated to the goddess Athena. Admire the Erechtheion with its renowned Caryatids and the view of the temple of Athena Nike. Gaze at the infinite modern city from the hilltop, stretching between low mountains and the Aegean Sea. Explore the panoramic views of the old town and its picturesque neoclassical buildings, as well as the ancient theater of Dionysus, the Roman temple of Zeus, and the world-famous Herodeion Theater. Continue on to the spectacular Acropolis Museum, the most modern museum of Athens. Made of concrete, steel, and glass, it houses a wide collection of original sculptures from the Acropolis. Its glass floor reveals the ruins of ancient buildings underneath, and the building displays a pottery collection of high artistic value. Discover the marble masterpieces waiting to be discovered in the first floor, and the top Parthenon Gallery floor with its impressive view of the Acropolis hill, Lycabettus Hill, and the rest of the city. Complete your tour with a drive around the most popular parts of central Athens, and take a look at the Panathenaic Stadium (the venue of the first modern Olympic Games), the Roman temple of Zeus, and the National Gardens. See the Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in front of the Parliament House and opposite Syntagma Square. Finally, complete your city tour driving by the outstanding trilogy of neoclassical buildings; the 19th-century University of Athens and the Academia and the National Library, at the heart of the city’s modern commercial center.

Athens: Private Panoramic Night Tour with Personal Driver

10. Athens: Private Panoramic Night Tour with Personal Driver

See Athens transformed in the evening on this private panoramic drive through the city. Marvel at iconic monuments golden against the skyline and experience Athenian nightlife before stopping at a Greek traditional tavern for dinner as pre-discussed by yourself and your driver. Get picked up in a luxury vehicle by your private driver, then start your evening with a visit to the Acropolis of Athens. Choose to visit highlights like the Temple of Zeus, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the former royal palace which is now the Greek House of Parliament. Continue the panoramic tour around the Athens Trilogy, three neoclassical buildings including the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Spot the Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaro), where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896, then see Mount Lycabettus (Saint George), Athens’ highest hill, offering an unbeatable panoramic view of all the city. Finish off your night by having dinner (at your own expense), either in a traditional Greek Taverna at Plaka with a view of the acropolis or at Mikrolimano, a small port of Piraeus, right next to the sea.

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Very good experience, the guide Michèle (her French first name) is very kind and explains in an enlightened way throughout the visit. We were two French in a group of twenty English, after an hour between English and French, we "allowed" him to do the visit in English being at least bilingual. It went very well.

It was great, the guide was very knowledge and took things at a great pace. Even through the busy crowds she stopped to allow everyone to catchup and ensure she had the whole group around. It was a tough job for sure.

Athens is hot and you always have a guide with an air conditioned car and cold water waiting. Wonderful to know exactly what to do and where to go. It does not include fees or food you’ll be paying those.

Great half day tour around Athens with a very knowledgeable guide. Bus tour around the city followed by an informative visit to the acropolis. Definitely worth the money.

Great tour and amazing guide. Must do and recommend!