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Athens: 2-Hour Highlights Tour by E-Bike After Sunset

1. Athens: 2-Hour Highlights Tour by E-Bike After Sunset

Experience Athens after dark on an e-bike ride through the city center. Listen to street musicians and enjoy the cooler air of the evening as you admire the historic monuments illuminated for the night. Climb the Hill of Nymphs for views of the Acropolis and Mount Lycabettus. Stop at Hadrian's Arch, the Temple of Zeus and the Greek Parliament building to admire the traditional tunics of the Evzones guards. Discover the site of the first modern Olympic Games at the Panathenaic Stadium. Cycle the picturesque streets of Plaka, lined with cafés and restaurants, and see the Ancient Agora, Temple of Hephaestus and porticoes of the Stoa of Attalos.

Athens: Sunset Electric Bike Tour

2. Athens: Sunset Electric Bike Tour

Equipped with a modern electric bike for a relaxed and enjoyable tour, you will begin exploring Athens by visiting the National Gardens, a peaceful shady place in the heart of the city. Next, you will ride towards the Presidential Mansion where you can witness the ceremonial unit of the Presidential Guards. Then, it’s time to discover the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place, and the Zappeion, a magnificent Neoclassical building completed in 1888. While cycling around Athens you will stop in front of the impressive Temple of Olympian Zeus, as well as the Arch of Hadrian, which is one of the best photo spots in Athens. Next you'll head to the biggest pedestrian area of the city, where you will pass by the Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis Hill before reaching a secret spot to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Parthenon.  Your journey back in time will continue with a stop at the Ancient Greek Cemetery (Kerameikos), the Ancient Greek Agora and the Roman Agora. The tour will end with a visit to the Cathedral of Athens and a ride through the scenic neighborhood of Plaka. In Plaka, you will find plenty of amazing spots to get awesome photos of the Old City, and your guide will give you pointers on the best places to visit after the tour ends.

Athens: Guided Mythological Walking Tour

3. Athens: Guided Mythological Walking Tour

You may know something about the feats of ancient gods, heroes, and mythical beasts, but behind these tales of epic proportions lies a whole menagerie of jealousy, passions, and vengeful pride. As you walk the ancient paths of Athens, you will enjoy a stroll around the city and can admire some of the most important landmarks of the city. Learn interesting stories about how satyrs, nymphs, and gods, chased one another, loved, and fought. Find out about Zeus and his fury against the human race and learn how humans survived the rage of the Father of Gods. Stroll around the most beautiful neighborhood of Athens as you learn interesting facts about the city and its legends. During your walk in Plaka, you will have the chance to see some of the fascinating monuments on your way to Roman Agora. Along the way, find out the technological background of Ancient Greece and the myths about the city and the gods. Check out some jaw-dropping views of the city and learn more about the interaction between humans and Gods in Ancient Greece. Take beautiful photos of the Acropolis and check out the stories of Muses on Philopappou Hill. Aside from its historical value, it is a haven for Athenians and tourists alike for its tranquility, beauty, and exquisite view. Later, visit one of the most beautiful ancient theaters, which sits right under the shade of the Acropolis.

Private Guided Tour: Athens, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

4. Private Guided Tour: Athens, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

Meet with your expert licensed private guide in the heart of Athens, Syntagma square and start with a brief look at a lovely collection of archaeological findings dating from classical times and discovered during excavations in the area. Continue to the elegant House of Parliament to watch the Change of Guards done by the famous Evzones, in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Walk through the cool and shady National Garden, the former Queen Amalia’s Garden and admire the neoclassical architecture of Zappeion Hall. Learn about the first Olympic Games of modern times and about prominent figures of Athens recent history. Visit the Zeus Temple and Hadrian’s Arch from the Roman Era. Walk along the beautiful Dionysiou Areopagitou walkway until you reach the side entrance to the Acropolis.  Continue to the Acropolis by entering the site from the south slope, in order to visit the first theater of antiquity the Dionysus theater and to avoid the crowds. On your way to the Unesco-listed admirable Acropolis monuments, see the Philopappos hill monument and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Marvel the ancient beautiful constructions of the Acropolis: the Temple of Athena Nike, the Propylaea gateway, the Erechtheion and focus on the astonishing Parthenon. Your knowledgeable guide will provide you with plenty of information and uncover fascinating facts about the construction and history of the monuments. The unique, beautiful view of the city of Athens, including the Mars hill, the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus, will capture your heart and mind, same as you will capture them on camera. Time for exploring and picture taking at the Acropolis will be provided after your Acropolis tour and also a short break for a snack or a drink. After having admired one of the most famous sites in the world you can continue your tour to the Acropolis Museum. The New Acropolis Museum was designed by Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi in co-operation with the Greek architect Michalis Photiadis. Its unique design has incorporated the excavations which are visible under stunning glass floors. The Acropolis masterpieces are marked out and given the prominence they deserve through the ideal interior atmosphere conditions, the natural lighting, as well as easy visitor access, panoramic views and excellent layout of the exhibition areas. It exhibits about 4,000 artifacts. The tour ends at the Acropolis Museum.

Athens, Acropolis & Museum Tour without Tickets

5. Athens, Acropolis & Museum Tour without Tickets

On this comprehensive city tour you’ll see some of the most important landmarks and sights in the historical center of Athens. You’ll also tour the Acropolis, enjoying an in-depth guided tour of this World Heritage Site. The 5-hour tour begins inside the Syntagma metro station where your guide will show you the archaeological finds that came to light during the construction of the metro. Head on to Parliament House and the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. See the changing of the guard before continuing on to the National Garden of Athens and the beautiful neo-classical Zappeion Hall. In front of the hall, note the surviving columns of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch Tower. Enter the famous Plaka district, and continue on the beautiful pedestrian walkway of Dionyssiou Areopagitou to the Acropolis. Begin your ascent while taking in spectacular views of the city below. Your guide will provide a detailed account of the monuments of the Acropolis, including the Parthenon, Erechteion, Propylaia, and the Nike Temple. Learn about surrounding landmarks, such as the Dionysus Sanctuary, Philopappos Hill, Mars Hill, and the Ancient Agora. The tours ends at the New Acropolis Museum, where you’ll have a chance to see some of the more than 4,000 magnificent objects that were unearthed during the excavation of the site.

Athens: Highlights and Acropolis Guided Tour without Tickets

6. Athens: Highlights and Acropolis Guided Tour without Tickets

Discover the extraordinary sites and ancient ruins of Athens on a comprehensive city tour that takes to you face-to-face with antiquity at some of the city’s most breathtaking World Heritage Sites. Your 3-hour walking tour begins at the Syntagma metro station. The guide will show you the archeological sites around this historic square before continuing on to Parliament House and the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. You’ll even get to see the pageantry of the changing of the guards! Visit the National Garden of Athens, and see the neo-classical Zappeion Hall. In front of the Hall are the towering columns that once belonged to the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. This 6th-century B.C. temple was dedicated to the kings of the gods, but wasn't completed until nearly 600 years later. From here you’ll enter the hip and cool Plaka district. Walk past the the portrait of Melina Merkouri, one of Greece’s most famous film actresses and politicians. Continue walking along the winding pedestrianized streets, passing bustling cafés. You’ll soon begin the ascent to the Acropolis, taking in stunning views of the city below. Your knowledgeable guide will tell you about the monuments at the base of the Acropolis, including the famous Parthenon, Erechteion Propylaia, Nike Temple, the Dionysus Sanctuary, and Philopappos Hill.

Athens: City Highlights Tour for First-Time Visitors

7. Athens: City Highlights Tour for First-Time Visitors

Embark on a sightseeing adventure through Athens on this action-packed three hour tour that has been designed for first-time visitors. Stroll around the Greek capital with a knowledgeable, local guide, and visit some of the city’s most important and iconic monuments. In addition to Athens’ landmarks, the tour takes you to off-the-beaten-path locations including picturesque courtyards and charming alleyways. As you explore, listen to your guide share fascinating insight into Athens’ history, traditions, and local culture. By the end of the tour, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and recommendations to enhance your vacation in this ancient wonderland. Highlights of the tour include the Hellenic Parliament, National Garden, Herodou Attikou Street, Presidential Mansion, Kallimarmaro Stadium, Zappeion Conference and Exhibition Center, Arch of Hadrian, Roman Agora, Pnyx, and more.

Acropolis, Plaka & Ancient Agora Guided Tour without Tickets

8. Acropolis, Plaka & Ancient Agora Guided Tour without Tickets

Discover the Acropolis - the landmark of Greece! You will enter the Acropolis from the south slope so as to avoid the crowds and also to visit the Dionysus Sanctuary and Dionysus Theater, built in the 5th century BC. As you begin to ascend the sacred hill a breathtaking view of the city below will unfold. Your guide will give you a detailed explanation of the glorious monuments of the Acropolis such as, the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaia, the Nike Temple, the Agrippa Monument and the surrounding monuments such as the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Observatory as well as the Philopappos, Mars Hill, and Pnyx Hill. Afterwards enjoy free time for exploring and picture taking at the Acropolis after your tour. For the guided tour of the Agora you will meet your tour guide at about 1:45 pm in front of the Acropolis canteen, which is located exactly opposite the main exit. You will also be advised by your tour guide.  Before the Agora tour starts, you can grab a snack or a drink  from the canteen as the tour schedule does not include time for a leisure lunch. You will then meet with your tour guide and continue your tour to the Ancient Agora. Next discover the Ancient Agora - the heart of the Ancient City! After your Acropolis tour you will have a short break to grab a snack or beverage, as the tour schedule does not include time for a leisurely lunch. You will then walk down to the Ancient Agora which was the commercial, political, and financial center of Ancient Athens. The walk through the monuments will offer you the sense of traveling back in time. You will visit the Hephaestus Temple - the best preserved Greek Temple from the 5th century BC, and you will see the wonderful church of the 12 Apostles, the Temple of Apollo Patroos, the Stoa of Zeus, the Altar of Zeus, and with your knowledgeable and professional guide the ancient stones will come alive. The Ancient Agora is the place where Socrates, Plato and many world renowned philosophers walked and taught. Your licensed guide will then take you to the Attalos Museum which is worthwhile visiting as it houses artefacts of great historical value such as the ID’s of the ancient Greeks, and the original measures and weights for the Market inspectors.

Athens: Mythical Rivers & Hills Private Tour

9. Athens: Mythical Rivers & Hills Private Tour

A small river flowed from a source in the foothills of Lycabettus through the ancient Agora to the archaeological site of Kerameikos. Part of the river was unearthed during the excavation of the Athens Metro. Ilissos was a river god of Green antiquity and of great importance for ancient Athenians. Now the River named after him lies beyond the city but, following its route with your guide on this 3-hour walk, you’ll be able to imagine the waters flowing once again. The Athens Riverside experience is a walk through unspoiled Athens. You’ll see a completely different side of the city and you’ll be supporting Urban Athens Collective and groups that are collaborating to save areas such as the group Ilissos-sos. Walk along hidden paths, and learn about past and present of Athens. Encounter ancient sanctuaries dedicated to mysterious gods and see the remains of ancient Athenian neighborhoods. Visit Pnyx Hill, Philoppapos Hill, and the Ilissos riverside.

Athens: Acropolis, Hidden Gems and Plaka Guided Tour

10. Athens: Acropolis, Hidden Gems and Plaka Guided Tour

Meet your licensed tour guide, who is also an archaeologist, then start your combination tour of Athens. Enter from the south slope of the Acropolis and set off on your leisurely walking tour of some of the world’s finest monuments. Along the way, listen as your guide shares insight into the citadel’s ruins and excavation details. Visit the Theater of Dionysus, an amphitheater that is arguably the birthplace of performing arts. Continue with a leisurely paced stroll through the streets of Plaka, the old town of Athens. In this sprawling, historical neighborhood, you’ll follow along a maze of cobbled streets lined with examples of Neoclassical architecture, Byzantine churches, and busy shops. On the northernmost streets of Plaka is the area known as Anafiotika, an idyllic cluster of whitewashed houses that are reminiscent of buildings in the Greek islands. In the 19th century, homesick workers from the Cyclades built the houses and painted them bright white to remind themselves of Anafi. While listening to some stories about the area and its history from your guide, you’ll walk to the Rock of Ares, which is just a bit farther up the slopes of the Acropolis on Mars Hill. The colossal rock marks the site of the supreme court of ancient Athens. Kings from centuries ago are buried in tombs surrounding it. Continue to Philopappou Hill, passing the prison where the Greek philosopher Socrates was sentenced to death on controversial charges. You’ll also stop at the top of Philopappou Hill to enjoy breathtaking views over Athens. Sit down with a glass of white wine and enjoy a picnic of various Greek delicacies.

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What people are saying about Filopappou Hill

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 625 reviews

My guide was Pascal and he was wonderful; very personable, and very knowledgeable about the area - but in a refreshing way: Pascal showed us "hidden" gems that are hidden in plain sight, it was amazing! He was generous with his regional mastery and gave us great recommendations for places that would be good to visit, which I really appreciated. Most of all, he was patient when I got myself a bit turned around & couldn't find the meeting point; Pascal reached out to me & came to me (I was around a corner) so we could start the tour, I am very grateful because the tour was, again, amazing. I highly recommend this tour, it was packed with information in a short period of time so you have the rest of the day to continue exploring - a great way to maximize your time - and Pascal is great!

Great guide with lots of anecdotes and local tips to enjoy later. Concept is perfect as you get to see everything that matters over 2 hours without getting too tired. Athens is quite hilly so e-bikes are quite handy. Would strongly recommend.

We had a great evening on our bike tour. It was an after sunset tour and I would highly recommend doing this tour. Our guide was lovely and friendly and we saw quite a few sites at night which was beautiful. Bikes were great. Go for it!

This is definitely the way to go! This tour was fun and offered gems that I wouldn’t have ordinarily thought of. This is the first tour I didn’t leave with blisters on the bottom of my feet.

Katerina is an amazing ambassador for Athens and Greece. She has expert knowledge of history, archaeology and culture and warmly shares it all.