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Historic Athens: Small Group Electric Bike Tour

1. Historic Athens: Small Group Electric Bike Tour

Embark on an electric bike tour of Athens that combines the city’s ancient and modern sites, and enjoy panoramic views, picturesque streets, and well-known archeological sights along the way. Following a short briefing and test ride at the centrally located meeting point, cruise through a park to familiarize yourself with the bike before the start of your tour proper. Glide effortlessly up the hill to Pnyka and Filoppappou, where there will be time to admire the views and take panoramic photos. Go to see the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Areios Pagos (Supreme Court) on the slopes of the Acropolis, before heading to the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. Along the way, discover some of the city’s more modern monuments, and look at the Evzones (guards) standing in front of the Parliament building in their colorful tunics. Travel through the National Gardens to arrive at the Panathenaic Stadium, the site of the very 1st Olympic Games. Then, cycle back through the narrow streets of Plaka to discover a picturesque neighborhood just steps from the Acropolis. Stop to look at the Tower of Winds and discover the Roman and ancient markets, before heading back.

Athens Half-Day Private City Tour

2. 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 Highlights: Myths & Philosophers Private Walking Tour

3. Athens Highlights: Myths & Philosophers Private Walking Tour

After meeting with your local guide outside Panepistimio Metro Station, begin your journey with the famous Trilogy of Athens, a work of the great architect, Theofilus Hansen. Admire stunning statues from famous 19th-century sculptors. While marveling at these miracles of architecture, take the opportunity to talk about two of the most famous philosophers of antiquity, Socrates and Plato. Discuss the god Apollo and goddess Athena, two gods totally different from one another but sharing many more commonalities than one may think. Afterwards, head to the Greek Parliament and the National Gardens to discover the live of Epicurus and his philosophical school, known as the Garden. Walk down the most commercial street in Athens, Ermou Street, named after the god and merchant, Hermes. Take a chance to admire an 11th-century temple known as Kapnikarea and hear about Aristotle and his Lyceum philosophical school. Take a pitstop to enjoy a greek coffee at a cozy cafe in the Thissio area, taking advantage of the location to chat about Pre-Socratic philosophers. Next to the Ancient Agora, discover the place where Stoic philosophy was born in the Poikile Stoa. The next stop will be the Plaka area and Anafiotika, on the foot of the Acropolis with Cinic philosophers close by. While admiring the famous Tower of Winds, learn everything there is about Aiolos, the keeper of the winds. The tour will conclude on the Areopagus Hill with a breathtaking view of the Acropolis and some more myths about the Olympian gods.

Athens: Acropolis & Mythology Guided Tour without Tickets

4. Athens: Acropolis & Mythology Guided Tour without Tickets

Discover the cradle of Western civilization on a guided visit to the Acropolis of Athens. Let your local guide captivate you with the most wondrous tales of Greek mythology as you explore this iconic site. Be inspired by ancient monuments coming to life, acquiring newfound context and meaning. First, you will discover the Hill of Pnyx and learn why it is the birthplace of the democratic governing system and the power of the majority. Gain insight into the significance of the historic monuments such as the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the Propylaea. Admire the stunning architecture of the Parthenon Temple, understand the importance of the Erechtheion Temple, and listen to the vivid myths of ancient Athens. Dive into ancient Greek mythology and hear tales of love, revenge, infidelity, and passion. Learn about the origin of words like panic and pandemic, and names like Europe, Athens, or Daphne. Be amazed by their true significance, and the marvelous legends associated with them. From the Acropolis, admire the views of the city and see other landmarks worth exploring. Have your guide point out other historic points of interest including Mars Hill, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Zappeion Hall, the Temple of Zeus, and the Anafiotika neighborhood.

Athens: Sunset Bike Tour

5. Athens: Sunset Bike Tour

Discover the must-see sights of Athens at the best time of day on an afternoon bike tour of the historic monuments. Avail of the breathtaking views of the ancient city as you cycle to landmark monuments, starting at the National Gardens, followed by the Panathenaic Stadium and Presidential Mansion. Get off your bike to take short walks to different locations, and journey through the history of Ancient Greece at monuments such as the Roman Agora. Admire the columns of the Zappeion exhibition hall, and cycle through the charming Plaka district at dusk. Make your way to Kerameikos just north of the Acropolis and explore the hip district of Thisseio.

Athens: Acropolis and Old Town Small Group Walking Tour

6. Athens: Acropolis and Old Town Small Group Walking Tour

Meet your friendly guide at the Acropolis Metro Station, then set out on your sightseeing adventure. The monuments of the Acropolis stand in harmony with their natural setting, and these unique masterpieces of architecture allow you to travel back in time to Ancient Greece. As you wander around the many buildings that make up the Acropolis, listen to your guide’s fascinating commentary about the famous mythological legends of Ancient Greece as well as the era's most significant religious beliefs, cults, and how the some of the city’s modern day events are still connected to this sacred precinct. After your tour of the Acropolis, walk downhill towards the traditional village of Anafiotika. Mimicking Cycladic architecture, with its stark white cubic houses, flat roofs and colorful shutters and doors, Anafiotika is a true hidden gem within the Greek metropolis. Learn about the fascinating history of this unique neighborhood, which was constructed in the 19th century when King Otto, sovereign of the newly established Greek monarchy, decided to revamp the capital. The village provides the opportunity to escape the crows of Athens whilst soaking up views of the city jungle below. Spend some time wandering through the picturesque streets, admiring the many bougainvillea-covered walls, and soaking up the tranquil atmosphere.

Athens: Hidden Athens Private 3-Hour Walking Tour

7. 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.

Athens: Timeless Hills Walking Tour & Mount Lycabettus

8. Athens: Timeless Hills Walking Tour & Mount Lycabettus

Starting from the lively Koukaki area, where Trekking Hellas Athens base is located, we will first walk up the Hill of the Muses and the Hill of the Nymphs with fantastic views towards the Acropolis. Then our walk takes us on the Hill of Pnyx, where we check out the meeting place of the Assembly in Classical Athens — the quintessence of Athenian Democracy. We will also see the National Observatory dating from the 19th century.Our exploration then takes us to the Hills of Areopagus and the Odeon of Herod Atticus. We then get lost in the maze of the Anafiotika district, before we find our way toward the Acropolis Museum area.Next stops are the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, and we then explore the National Gardens. We make our way through this historical park, and we will also see the Presidential Mansion. Finally, we start walking towards Lycabettus Hill , which surely offers stunning views of Athens! We pass by the bustling Kolonaki area on our way down before we end our walk in Evangelismos Metro Station. Distance of the walk ~ 7,4 km / 4,6 mi, including uphill parts

Athens: Acropolis Guided Tour and Old Town Food Tasting

9. Athens: Acropolis Guided Tour and Old Town Food Tasting

This guided tour gets off to a sweet start with a sampling of some Greek yogurt with fruit syrup – a perfect introduction to the Athenians' culinary habits. Next, enter the Acropolis from the south slope to explore the Dionysus Sanctuary, the Asklepieion, and the Dionysus Theater, all located at the foot of the majestic rock. Keep exploring while your experienced guide tells the stories of all the significant monuments surrounding the Acropolis. Take panoramic photos of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the National Observatory of Athens, and the city’s scenic hills: Filoppapos, Mars, and Pnyx. Enjoy scenic views of the city from the summit of the sacred hill. Then, one by one, visit and learn about the famous buildings of the Acropolis: the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaea, and the Nike Temple. Visit Mars Hill or “Areopagus” as it is called in Greek and learn about the historical, mythological, and religious importance of the location. Next venture into the Neighborhood of the Gods – the nickname given to the Plaka and Anafiotika areas. Explore the hidden corners and stroll between the whitewashed cubic houses decorated in the Cycladic style with brightly painted shutters. Learn the secrets of historic buildings and photograph old chapels and monuments such as the Ancient Agora, the Roman Forum, and the Tower of the Winds. The tour ends in the lively Monastiraki Square, located in the heart of Athens, where the guide will point out Hadrian’s Library, the Tzistarakis Mosque, and the flea market. Here, try some local delicacies and savor the tastes of Greek cuisine.

Athens: Plaka to Acropolis Smartphone Audio Tour

10. Athens: Plaka to Acropolis Smartphone Audio Tour

Begin the audio tour in the picturesque district of Plaka known for its narrow streets, winding staircases, and neoclassical houses. Then, wander through the streets of Anafiotika, a small neighborhood hidden at the foot of the Acropolis with its white houses and cobbled paths. Learn more about the history of these areas as you explore their charming streets. Afterward, head towards Areopagus Hill, a mythical place with a fascinating history. From here, enjoy a superb view of both the Agora and the Acropolis. As you reach the Acropolis, learn more about the architecture and mythological legends of this ancient landmark. The tour ends at the Acropolis Museum, an impressive building that blends naturally into the surrounding landscape.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 149 reviews

We cannot explain how much we loved this experience, in no small part due to the fact that we have made a lifetime friend with our guide, Bianca. Not only was she gracious enough to reschedule us after our flight was delayed, but she helped us get to our meeting place while we were jetlagged and late because our luggage was lost. The tour itself is fascinating, and easy to digest for the beginner philosopher or even the most advanced student of philosophy. Definitely something for everyone, and nothing was lost in translation; in other words, Bianca spoke flawless English and really was an outstanding representative of both her country and for her expertise! She is passionate, engaging and left us wanting more. Plus, we are now on Team Aristotle. My fiancé and I could’ve stayed the rest of the day simply because we enjoyed Bianca’s company so much. We will definitely return for another tour when in Athens again, and cannot encourage anyone reading this to opt for this unique tour!

Our guide Stelios was an amazing source of local history. Extremely friendly , helpful and knows the best restaurants, hotels and shopping. Stelio’s alone made our trip in Athens one to remember and cherish. We will be recommending him to all our friends and family.

We took a 4 hour tour with Effie and it was a wonderful experience. We went to many different historical locations in Athens while also learning about Greek philosophy. We highly recommend this experience for anyone that travels to Athens

Bianca was fabulous, informed, gracious and enlightening. Highly recommend.

A great way to experience Athens and/or get a quick introductory overview.