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Athens, Piraeus, and Coastline: Blue Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

1. Athens, Piraeus, and Coastline: Blue Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Explore Athens, the Port of Piraeus, and the coastline of the Athenian Riviera at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Benefit from easy transportation to key attractions, such as the Panathenaic Stadium and Parthenon at the Acropolis. Travel on 4 lines for 1 day, including Athens (Orange Line), Piraeus (Blue Line), Glyfada (Yellow Line), and Vouliagmeni (Green Line). Get acquainted with the Greek capital's most beautiful sites and enrich your cruise or vacation experience. Recorded commentaries in 16 languages will provide historical, cultural and social information about one of the most ancient capitals of the world. Blue Line - Piraeus  Ideal if you have just arrived on a cruise, you can hop on the Blue Line at either of the cruise terminals in the Port of Piraeus, just a stone's throw from your cruise ship. See attractions such as the yacht marina at Pasalimani and the ancient harbor of Mikrolimano. Don't miss out on the impressive new Museum of Acropolis and walk up the hill to admire the Parthenon at the top. The bus takes passengers directly to the most eminent monuments of Athens and Greece. Orange Line - Athens The Orange Line roams by the most beautiful attractions further down the city center from the Acropolis and Parthenon. Explore the historic Plaka district and discover the most traditional area of Athens. Visit the gate of the Roman emperor Hadrian. See the Temple of Olympian Zeus and admire the largest temple in Greece from Roman times. Go to the Hellenic Parliament on Syntagma Square and look at its impressive guards. Stroll through Ermou to experience the busiest shopping street in Athens. Visit the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games were held. Go to the National Library to marvel at an outstanding building of great historical value. Drop by the National Archaeological Museum, or roam around the picturesque area of Monastiraki and its Flea Market. Take a walk through the quaint neighborhood of Thission.  Yellow Line − Glyfada Enjoy a tour of the Athenian Riviera, starting from the Planetarium stop of the Blue Line. Find out how the bewildering desert of the 1900s has evolved into one of the most cosmopolitan areas of Greece. From the Niarchos Foundation to the Marina Alimou, the Yellow Line blends history with the modern. Watch the sunset from Marina Flisvou or swim and sunbathe in Agios Kosmas. From the Glyfada Terminal, you can wander around the most cosmopolitan suburbs of the capital and shop at the luxury department stores. Wind down in a beautiful cafe and don't miss out on the beach bar where you can enjoy a cocktail by the seaside.  Green Line − Vouliagmeni Vouliagmeni may be better associated with its beaches, but the area is also a history lesson in its own right. From the Allied Forces Cemetery to the Byzantine Museum, Vouliagmeni is certainly worth a visit. Relax at the beautiful beach of Kavouri Oceanis, one of the most popular beaches in Athens. Go to Vouliagmeni Lake to discover one of the city's most popular spots. Don’t miss out on the thermal baths and admire the breathtaking surroundings. The Happy Train of Piraeus  The Happy Train of Piraeus takes you on a round-trip of one of the most picturesque suburbs of the capital. Starting from the cruise terminals, it's a half-hour trip past the Municipal Theatre, Nautical Museum and Pasalimani. Stroll around Korai Square and discover the commercial center of Piraeus, just a stone’s throw from the Private Yacht Marina.

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Athens: Red Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Piraeus and Beach Rivera

2. Athens: Red Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Piraeus and Beach Rivera

Experience the Greek capital on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour along 3 different routes. You’ll travel on an open-top, double-decker bus as you take in the many important sights and attractions of the city. The tour takes around 90 minutes and encompasses central Athens, commencing at Syntagma Square. With the help of the onboard multilingual audio guide you can trace the history and culture of Athens from ancient times to the present day. In addition to the city’s many monuments, you’ll come across a multitude of shopping opportunities along the route. You can visit world-renowned museums and marvel at the ancient temples - the Acropolis and Parthenon. Athens Route Stops: Stop 1 - Syntagma Square Stop 2 - The Four Museums Stop 3 - The National Gallery Stop 4 - Ancient Olympic Stadium Stop 5 - Melina Merkouri Stop 6 - Acropolis Museum Stop 7 - The Acropolis & Parthenon Stop 8 - Temple of Zeus Stop 9 - Parliament Stop 10 - National Library Stop 11 - National Archaeological Museum Stop 12 - Omonoia Square Stop 13 - Karaiskaki Square Stop 14 - Monastiraki Square Stop 15 -Kotzia Square Piraeus Route Stops: Stop 1 - Pantion University Stop 2 - Niarchos Foundation Stop 3 - Municipal Theatre Stop 4 - Cruise Terminals A & B Stop 5 - Lions Gate Stop 6 - Cruise Terminals A & B Stop 7 - Archaeological Museum of Piraeus Stop 8 - Votsalakia Beach Stop 9 - Mikrolimano Harbour Stop 10 - Planetarium Stop 11 - Athens Ledra & Intercontinental Beach & Riviera Route Stops: Melina Merkouri/Plaka Pantion University Niarchos Foundation Falire/Flisvas Edem Ag.Kesmas Beach Bomo Palace Asteria Beach Divani Apollon Oceanis Beach/ Atrir Palace Vouliagemi Lake Pigadakia Blazer Suites Glyfada town Golf Ag.Kosmas Kalamki Poseidon Hotel Marriot/Planetarium Grand Hyatt/ Intercontinental Temple of Zeus

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Athens: Full-Day Private Tour

3. 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.

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Private Tour of Classical Athens and Cape Sounion

4. Private Tour of Classical Athens and Cape Sounion

Start with meeting your guide via pickup from your hotel in Athens. First drive by Hadrian's Arch, a monumental gateway resembling a Roman triumphal arch. Stop at the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, a colossal temple at the center of Athens. Visit the nearby Acropolis with its famous Parthenon. Next, discover the Olympic Stadium at Kallimarmaro, the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble.  Travel to Mount Lycabettus to enjoy magnificent panoramic views of Athens. Visit the breathtaking Athens National Archaeological Museum housing some of the most important artefacts from around Greece. After this stop, drive by the neoclassical buildings of the 'architectural trilogy' consisting of the National Library, Athens University, and the Academy of Athens. Pass by Stadiou Street with the remarkable statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis, the General of the War of Independence of 1821. After discovering some of Athens' main sights, travel along the Athens Riviera, the coastal road that passes the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni ,Voula, and Varkiza towards Cape Sounion. Be captivated by the crowning jewel of the peninsula, the spectacular Temple of Poseidon. Built between 444 and 440 BC, it is one of the major monuments of the Golden Age of Greece. Enjoy your refreshments at the snack bar overlooking the temple and the sea. Next, make your way to Kavouri where you will treat your taste buds to delicious Greek delicacies by the Saronic sea, before travelling back to the designated drop-off point in Athens.

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Athens: Full-Day Private Tour by Limo-Minivan

5. Athens: Full-Day Private Tour by Limo-Minivan

Start your tour at the Acropolis hill, where you can see the Erechtheion, the Temple of Athena, Nike, and Propylaea, and glimpse the famous Parthenon. From the top of Acropolis hill, marvel at the Odeon of Herodus Atticus, the Theatre of Dionysus, and the Areopagus. Move on to the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. See the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic games of the modern era were held in 1896. Witness the Evzones changing of the guards at the Presidential Palace. Visit the Athens Trilogy of Culture: the National Library of Greece, the Athens University, and the Academy, and see the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Houses of Parliament, Constitution Square, and enjoy a panorama of the city from Lycabettus hill. Drive through modern Athens and stop at Hermou street, the old city Plaka and Flea Market for traditional Greek delicacies, and grab something to drink. If time permits, visit some additional sites such as Hefestus Temple, Kerameikos, Greek & Roman Agora, and Socrates Prison. After lunch, enjoy a visit to the New Acropolis Museum or the National Archaeological Museum to complete your experience.

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Athens: Kerameikos & Archaeological Museum Private Tour

6. Athens: Kerameikos & Archaeological Museum Private Tour

Discover the key ancient sites in Athens during a unique one-day experience filled with beautiful landscapes and archaeological adventures. Upgrade your tour to include a private guided tour with a licensed English-speaking guide, authorized to enter all the archaeological sites with you, or alternatively explore the sites at your own pace without a guide. Start the tour with pick up from your hotel in Athens where you will meet your driver and set off on your full-day tour. First, head over to the Acropolis for a tour of the most significant parts of this archaeological site. Walk uphill through the grand marble entrance and marvel at the astonishing construction of the Parthenon, a splendid temple built by the Greeks and dedicated to goddess Athena. Gaze down at the modern city of Athens from the hilltop, exploring all sides for panoramic views of the old town and its picturesque buildings. See the ancient Theater of Dionysus, the Roman Temple of Zeus, and the world-famous Herodeion theater. Then, visit the spectacular Acropolis Museum which houses a wide collection of original sculptures. Marvel at the glass-made floor which reveals the ruins of ancient buildings underneath. On the first floor, admire marble masterpieces and impressive views of the Acropolis Hill, the Lycabettus Hill, and the rest of the city. Next, take a drive around the most popular parts of modern Athens. Take a look at the extraordinary venue for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, the Roman temple of Zeus with its imposing pillars, the National Gardens, the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the outstanding 19th-century University of Athens, the Academia, and the National Library. Complete your tour with a visit to the archaeological site of Kerameikos. This unique, extended historical site served as the ancient cemetery of Athens. While walking around the site you can take a look at the ruins of the ancient defense wall that marked the city’s boundaries. Finally, visit the National Archaeological Museum, founded in the 19th-century, which hosts the richest and biggest collection in Greece.

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Archaeological Museum and Panoramic Private Tour in Athens

7. Archaeological Museum and Panoramic Private Tour in Athens

Visit the National Archaeological Museum, which is considered to be one of the greatest museums in the world. Its abundant collections, with more than 20,000 exhibits, provide an overview of Greek civilisation up to Late Antiquity. Your guide will take you through the numerous galleries, revealing all the stories that lie beneath the artifacts. You will find many treasures from the past, including sculptures, jewelry, pottery, and the incredible Antikythera Device - a 2000 year-old mechanism found in a shipwreck, which is considered the first computer in human history. You will also enjoy a vehicle tour. You will pass by more distant but equally important sites in the city, such as the Panathenaic Stadium, Zappeion, the monument of the Unknown Soldier, and see the changing of the guards.

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Acropolis and National Museum Private Athens Tour

8. Acropolis and National Museum Private Athens Tour

Take a private tour of the ancient city of Athens on this 5-hour excursion with a personal guide. You will visit the Acropolis, icon of Athens perched on its plateau, and the National Museum, packed with antiquities. Tour the famous sites of Ancient Greece and get an overview of the modern city that will give you your bearings for the remainder of your vacation. Following a hotel pick-up, your first stop will be at the Panathinaikos Stadium, cradle of the first modern Olympic games, which took place in 1896. Pass by the Greek Parliament in the former Royal Palace of Syntagma Square and watch the fanciful Evzoni Guards in their amber tunics. Continue to the stately Zappion Conference Center in the National Gardens of Greece. Proceed past the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arc and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, guarded by more Evzones. You will pass the handsome Numismatic Museum at Schlieman's House, the Catholic Cathedral of Agios Dionysios Aeropagitis, Constitution Square and finally the Acropolis. Here you will visit the monumental marble gates of the Propylae, the Temples of Athena, Nike and Parthenon. See the famous Porch of Maidens at the Temple of Erectheion. Continue with a pleasant short trip past Herodion and Dionysos Theater, in order to meet the bus to drive you to the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. The largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world, it is devoted to ancient Greek art. The tour officially ends here and you can continue exploring on your own, or if you prefer be dropped back at your hotel.

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Athens: Private Full-Day City Tour with Popular Museums

9. Athens: Private Full-Day City Tour with Popular Museums

Begin your tour early in the morning with a visit to the Acropolis of Athens. Located in the middle of modern Athens, the "sacred rock" proudly displays a set of marble monuments that express their outstanding universal value. Walk uphill through the Propylaea grand marble entrance, as you contemplate the hills of Philoppapus, Pnyx, and Mars. Discover the astonishing construction of the Parthenon, the most splendid temple ever built by the Greeks and dedicated to goddess Athena. Admire the Erechtheion with its renowned Caryatids and the view of the temple of Athena Nike, before gazing at the infinite modern city from the hilltop, stretching between low mountains and the Aegean Sea. Explore all sides for 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 and its slopes, where the glass floor reveals to visitors the ruins of ancient buildings underneath. As lunch time approaches, you can choose to dine in the museum’s restaurant or the museum district, near Plaka. In the picturesque district of Monastiraki, encounter the second-most-significant historical site of Athens, the Agora. Once a vivid and bustling marketplace, the Agora was for many centuries the heart of Athens, filled with stores, administrative buildings, public monuments, and temples. Stroll around the ruins of public monuments, the ancient parliament, and store stoas that once embellished the area. Find out more about philosophers such as Socrates, Athenian politics, and the society of Greek antiquity, and admire the temple of Hephaestus - the best preserved classical temple of Greece which offers panoramic views of all of Agora. Towards the latter stage of your tour, visit the local museum’s collection, which features ancient drachma coins, measurement weights, voting ballots, and high-quality pottery, among many other interesting exhibits. Finally, visit the National Archaeological Museum, which is the largest archaeological museum in Greece. Its collections represent the whole range of Greek history and art, from Prehistory to Late Antiquity and from Greek to the Roman times.

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Not a lot of places we wanted to hop off, but the ability to see the whole city is good. We did find that the other company with yellow buses (Grayline) had better audio information. Definitely fun to go all the way to Glyfada and eat at Labros restaurant on the deck by the sea.

Very friendly staff. Totally helpful. Punctual departure times. No problems exchanging hand vouchers. Buses clean. And the drivers great, with the slightly chaotic traffic.

allows you to tour the city in front of sites that we would not have had time to do otherwise, lack of time!

Everything worked out great, the buses are right at the Kteuzfahrtterminal.

Fantastic way to see the city and coastline quickly