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Athens: Hidden Athens Private 3-Hour Walking Tour

1. Athens: Hidden Athens Private 3-Hour Walking Tour

Get off the usual tourist trail on a 3-hour walking tour that goes beyond the historic sights of Athens. Meet your guide at Syntagma Square, and wander down streets that reveal a rich history with every step. Walk the more hidden routes towards the Parliament building, and learn its history as you look at the guard in front of the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. See the ancient ruins of the National Garden, and continue to the Zappeion Exhibition Hall and Zappeion Garden. Go to the Panathenaic Stadium (also known as the Kallimarmaron) to see the home of the first modern Olympic Games, held in 1896. Continue past the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arc, and the Theater of Dionysos, Herodus Atticus Odeon, and Areios Pagos on the southern slopes of the Acropolis. Follow ancient streets through the Plaka area to Anafiotika, a hidden island inside the city of Athens. Stop for refreshments, and sample a traditional Greek sweet, before going to the Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, and Monastiraki Square, a popular meeting point with a long history.

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Athens: Highlights and Acropolis Guided Tour without Tickets

2. 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.

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Athens: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with Acropolis

3. Athens: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with Acropolis

Discover the diverse city of Athens. Known for its historical monuments, Athens is also home to many modern, elegant structures. Visit the Acropolis, which still stands as a reminder of the beauty and glory of ancient Athens. High atop its rocky base are the Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechtheion, with its stunning Porch of Maidens. Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathinaikon Stadium. This stadium was site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, birthplace of a world-wide tradition. Continue driving and pass by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. Here you’ll experience views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, and National Library.

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Ancient Athens for Kids: Private 4-Hour Walking Tour

4. Ancient Athens for Kids: Private 4-Hour Walking Tour

Start at Hadrian's Gate and see the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Enter the Plaka district and learn what life was like for children in ancient times. Walk to Pnyx Hill, where Pericles, Aristides and other politicians of the day would address the crowds. Explore the traditional neighborhood of Thissio at the foot of the Acropolis and arrive at the Temple of Hephaestus. Enjoy a beverage and familiarize yourself with the 12 gods of Olympus. Enter the Monastiraki district, and then take the metro to Syntagma Square. Continue to Zappeion Hall, the National Gardens and the Panathenaic Stadium, where your kids will be given awards as the ancient Olympians were.

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Athens: City & Acropolis Walking Tour without Entry Tickets

5. Athens: City & Acropolis Walking Tour without Entry Tickets

The tour, which is a must while in Athens, begins in front of the House of Parliament in Syntagma Square. There, you will see the Monument of the Unknown Soldier and the change of the famous Euzony Guards. Take a pleasant walk will follow through the National Gardens and on to the Zappeion Hall, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian’s Arch. From here you will enter the Plaka area heading to the Acropolis and visit with your Guide the Propylaia, the Temple of Nike, and the Parthenon, the Monuments that remind us the Glory of Ancient Athens and the Golden Age of Pericles, and see also in the surrounding the Athenian Agora, the Observatories, the Hill of Democracy (Pnyx), Mars and Philoppapos Hill, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and the Theater of Dionysus. At the end of the tour, and since you are so close, do not miss the opportunity to visit on your own the new Acropolis Museum.

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Athens: City Highlights Tour for First-Time Visitors

6. 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.

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Zeus Temple, Acropolis & Museum Private Tour without Tickets

7. Zeus Temple, Acropolis & Museum Private Tour without Tickets

Meet with your expert private guide on the beautiful pedestrian walkway Dionisiou Areopagitou and depart on a fascinating historical trip to explore the 3 main attractions of the historical city of Athens. Your licensed knowledgeable tour guide will make the ancient stones come alive and narrate their stories. Being in Greece, the cradle of the European civilization, you cannot but visit the Acropolis, this unique UNESCO Heritage monument!  Enter the Acropolis from the south slope so as to avoid the crowds and also to visit the Dionysus sanctuary and Dionysus Theatre built in the 5th century BC. On your way to the Acropolis, enjoy the marvellous view that unfolds before your eyes. Seize the opportunity to take the best pictures of the surrounding monuments, such as, the Philopappos hill monument and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Observatory. 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 will point out the best point to capture with your camera the Ancient Agora, the Lycabettus hill and the best views of the city. The impressive Zeus Temple, the biggest Temple of antiquity is a must-see. You will not only admire the size of the building but you will also be able to take wonderful pictures of the Acropolis from a unique point of view. Continue to the Acropolis Museum with its stunning displays. The unique design of the Acropolis Museum 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.

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Athens: Highlights Walking Tour Tickets Not Included

8. Athens: Highlights Walking Tour Tickets Not Included

Step into ancient Greece on this in-depth walking tour of historical central Athens, including the Acropolis World Heritage Site and other key monuments such as Hadrian's Arch, the Temple of Zeus, and the Parthenon. After meeting your guide in the hotel lobby, you will begin by visiting the Greek House of Parliament and the Monument of the Unknown Soldier to watch the changing of the guards. Your tour continues on to the beautiful National Gardens, passing by the Anglican church of St. Paul and on to the beautiful neoclassical Zappeion Hall, in front of which tower the surviving columns of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. Heading to the famous Plaka district, you will see the portrait of Melina Merkouri before moving on to the beautiful Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian walkway. From here, you will begin the mythical climb to the Acropolis, enjoying the spectacular views of the city below. Your qualified English-speaking guide will provide a detailed explanation of the glorious monuments of the Acropolis including the Parthenon, Erection, Propylaia, Nike Temple and the surrounding monuments such as the Dionysus sanctuary, Philopappos Hill, Mars Hill, Observatory, Pnyx Hill, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and Ancient Agora.

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Athens City and Acropolis: 3-Hour Walking Tour

9. Athens City and Acropolis: 3-Hour Walking Tour

Begin your tour of Athens in front of the Parliament building in Syntagma Square, where you’ll see the changing of the guard. From the city’s central historical district you’ll walk from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to the National Gardens, where you’ll enjoy a pleasant stroll to the neoclassical Zappeion Hall. Visit Europe’s oldest temple, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, and the old Plaka district. The 3-hour guided tour continues with a visit to the Acropolis, where you’ll see the wonders of the Golden Age of Pericles. See the Propylea, the Temple of Nike, and the Parthenon. From the top of the hill you’ll have breathtaking views of the city and the sea. In addition, you’ll visit the Observatory, and Democracy, Philopappos, and Mars hills. Admire the Theater of Dionysos and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, where ancient Greek drama was first staged. Your guided tour ends on the hill of the Acropolis.

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Acropolis & Athens City Sightseeing Tour with Russian Guide

10. Acropolis & Athens City Sightseeing Tour with Russian Guide

Following your hotel pick-up, enjoy transportation in a private luxury air-conditioned vehicle for your guided 3.5-hour tour with a professional Russian guide. Your first stop is Panathinaiko Stadium, the 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. Pass by the handsome Numismatic Museum at Schlieman's House, the Catholic Cathedral of Agios Dionysios Aeropagitis, Constitution Square and finally reach the breathtaking Acropolis. The Acropolis archaeological site is one of the most important UNESCO World Heritage monuments. Visit the monumental marble gates of the Propylaea, the Temples of Athena Nike, the impressive Parthenon, and see also the famous Porch of Maidens at the Temple of Erechtheion. The tour officially ends here and you can continue exploring on your own, or if you prefer you can be dropped back at your hotel.

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Great tour, especially the Acropolis is so much better with a guide in order to understand the context. The 1st part (“Athens Highlights”) took us to the parliament, royal gardens and Temple of Zeus. For the 2nd part (Acropolis) some additional people joined us. At the end of this tour, there was a “3rd part” where they visited the Acropolis museum - this was not included in my ticket but I decided to pay the difference and stay for that too, since I had enjoyed the morning so much! The guide Kimon was so knowledgeable and able to keep everyone interested (there was quite a diverse audience). Bear in mind the actual entrance fee is not included for the temple/Acropolis/museum so you will need to pay the guide the extra amount at the beginning of the tour).

We had the most fantastic tour with Maria Anna. We spent 5 hours with her, going on a walking tour of The magical Acropolis, a city tour in a very comfortable air conditioned coach and then finally a superb tour of The Acropolis Museum. She was so knowledgable, warm and wonderful with children and adults alike. She is part of Chat Tours, who also have exemplary customer service and suggested I upgrade my walking tour to the city tour in the air conditioned coach, and to be collected from my hotel. So considerate. My daughter and I learnt so much and loved being in the small group. I cannot recommend this tour or any others by Chat tours, with Maria Anna highly enough. 10/10.

We were lucky that it was only the two of us on the tour with our fantastic guide. It made it easy to ask questions as well as accomodate individual needs. In generel the tour is well put together, gives you an overview of the most iconic archeological monuments and provides you with historical facts

Despina was an incredible and knowledgeable guide that made our entire experience enjoyable. She gives you all the great and interesting facts you want to know about Athens. Absolute must!

Our guide was amazing!! She really took her time to explain history and culture to us. Very knowledgeable and a great story teller. Definitely book!