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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 Full Day Private Tour

2. Athens Full Day Private Tour

Following pickup from your hotel, the airport, or the port by private vehicle, travel to the famous heart of Athens, the Acropolis. While there, observe the city’s rich history documented in every piece of marble gracing the Parthenon, Erechtheion, and Propylaea. From the rocky heights, view the new Acropolis Museum, an architectural jewel that hosts a rich variety of treasures. From there, head toward the city center to Syntagma Square, the Greek Parliament, and the impressive Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the heart of the modern Greek Republic. Following that, enter the most cosmopolitan quarter with its elegant shops and countless dining options. You'll then take the road to the Panathenaic Stadium, which hosted the first modern Olympic Games on their revival in 1896. Nearby, enjoy the cool shade of the National Gardens and view Zappeion Megaro Hall, one of the city's most important and impressive neoclassical buildings. Your route will pass by the picturesque Plaka area for you to enjoy the famous view from the Lycabettus Hill. There, savor the sight of Athens laid out before you, illuminated and noble. Your next stop is at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cutural Center before your tour concludes in the suburb of Glyfada. Finally, you'll be returned to your hotel or the port.

Athens Private Group Shore Excursion

3. Athens Private Group Shore Excursion

On this 4 hour Athens tour you’ll have time to experience Greek hospitality, marvel at the ancient monuments of the Acropolis, enjoy some traditional Greek food, and do some shopping. Visit the majestic Acropolis and its ancient monuments, including the Propylae, the Erechtheion, the reconstructed temple of Nike, and of course the Parthenon, which was dedicated to Goddess Athena. See the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, which in ancient times was the largest temple in Greece. Visit the Panathenaiko Stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896. Go on a bit of a run inside the stadium, following in the footsteps of marathon runners, and find the seat of Pierre de Coubertain, the father of the modern Olympic Games. Admire Neoclassic buildings such as Athens University, the Numismatic Museum, the National Library, the Cycladic Museum, and the Byzantine Museum.

Athens: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

4. 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: Full-Day Private Tour with Personal Driver

5. Athens: Full-Day Private Tour with Personal Driver

Visit the most important sites of Athens on a city tour and learn from your personal driver who has deep knowledge of local history and knows all the information you want to hear. Enjoy an intimate Athens tour customized to the needs and interests of your group. After getting picked up in a private luxury vehicle, your sightseeing in Athens will start with the hill of the Acropolis of Athens. On the historical hill, get the opportunity to see the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Temple of the Athena Nike, the monumental gateway (Propylaea), the Erechtheum, and the famous Parthenon, the main temple dedicated to the virgin goddess Athena. Afterward, head towards the Temple of Zeus by way of Hadrian’s Arch. From there you’ll visit the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. Then, driving alongside the National Garden, witness the changing of the guard (Evzones) in front of the old palace (now the parliament house), above the central square of Athens. Get driven to Panepistimiou Street, one of the most historical streets of Athens, where you will see numerous neoclassical buildings still standing and dating back to the late 19th century. Spot the architectural trilogy of Athens: the National Library of Greece, the University of Athens, and the Academy of Athens. Then, moving into the historical center of the city, drive up the highest hill of Athens, Lycabettus Hill, where you’ll have the best panoramic view of the city, from the hill of the Acropolis of Athens to the Aegean Sea. You will be feeling hungry by now, so take a lunch break at a Greek traditional tavern with authentic Greek dishes (costs not included). After lunch, visit the two historically old neighborhoods of Athens, Plaka and Monastiraki, where the famous Andrianou Street is located. Visit a local flea market (shopping area) where you will also get to see the Roman Agora and the Tower of the Winds. Don’t miss the Ancient Greek Agora, considered the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, and free speech. In the Ancient Agora of Athens, stop at the Temple of Hephaestus, the best-preserved temple in Greece still sanding largely as it was originally built, and at a small museum housed under the Portico of Attalos. Eventually, you'll get to the New Acropolis Museum, a brand new museum opened in 2009 to host all the findings that have been excavated on the hill of the acropolis and its slopes. This museum is considered one of the best in the world.

Athens: Private Full-Day Classical Tour

6. Athens: Private Full-Day Classical Tour

Start your private experience in the morning with pick up from your hotel in Athens. Then, head over to the Acropolis for a tour of the most significant parts of this archaeological site. 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. First, 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 relaxing stroll through the picturesque 19th-century streets of Plaka and Monastiraki. See where significant personalities dwelled in stunning houses built in the neoclassical architectural style. See old sites and monuments, including the Greek Agora, the Roman Forum and the tower of the winds, the ruins of Hadrian’s Library, old Orthodox churches, and historical mosques. After this, walk through the Flea Market to Adrianou Street, where you feel the commercial vibe of the old town. Turn down the scenic, flowery back streets and experience the calmness of the Anafiotika neighborhood, with some of the oldest houses in the Plaka district. Complete your tour with 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.

Athens: Private Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, and City Tour

7. 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 Sightseeing Tour with Visit to Cape Sounio

8. Athens: Private Sightseeing Tour with Visit to Cape Sounio

After getting picked up from your hotel, head to Panathinaiko Stadium, where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. Later, visit the iconic Temple of Zeus. You will then admire the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Continue through the National Garden, Hadrian’s Arch, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann’s House, Constitution Square, and the Russian Orthodox Church.  Later, continue with a stroll by Herodion and Dionysus Theater, where you will visit the Acropolis Museum. Here, admire several artifacts and sculptures which have been excavated from buildings such as the Temple of Nike and the Erechtheum. Break for lunch in the Plaka area before enjoying a drive along the "Athenian Riviera". Reach the popular site of Cape Sounio in the afternoon, where you will be able to watch the breathtaking sunset over the Aegean Sea. Enjoy a stroll around this expansive complex, visiting sites such as the Temple of Poseidon, where you will learn stories of Greek mythology. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Athens at the end of the day.

Athens: Kerameikos & Archaeological Museum Private Tour

9. 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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Our guide/driver, Odysseas, arrived early at the cruise port with a sparkling clean van, large enough to accommodate all of our luggage from our cruise. He was very knowledgeable in Greek & Roman mythology and history. He gave us valuable insights into all of the monuments on the tour, along with visual aids to show details, highlights and construction techniques. He adapted his tour to include other sights and gave us a continual narrative of things we were seeing and questions we had along our route. My wife was interested in the ancient history and I was interested in Greece’s post 1821 revolution to it’s present history. Odysseas was very knowledgeable in both areas answering our questions and tying together pieces of interconnected history. Our tour ended with being dropped at our hotel. We had a great time on our tour and we’d very highly recommend it to anyone!

Odisseas was an exceptionally, well versed guide. His professionalism from pick-up to drop-off was consistent, & I felt safe and at ease under his care. He was charming and hilarious with an ability to answer questions seamlessly while transitioning to new facts at each location. He was a true gem and I'd suggest his services to any incoming tourist. It was the highlight of my short visit. I was able to combine local tradition with an ancient Greek mythology lesson in one setting. Just perfect!

Spiros was great! He was punctual, knowledgeable and very kind. He took us to the main attractions and told us about the places in between on the way.

The tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable, gave us time to visit explore and take photos, recommend him to others

Great tour and amazing guide. Must do and recommend!