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Athens: Acropolis & Mythology Guided Tour without Tickets

1. 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 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: Acropolis and Old Town Small Group Walking Tour

3. 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: Acropolis Guided Tour and Old Town Food Tasting

4. 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: City Highlights Tour for First-Time Visitors

5. 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.

Athens: Acropolis, Hidden Gems and Plaka Guided Tour

6. 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 Anafiotika

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 34 reviews

Ewa welcomed us very warmly and we had a really great time with her. That was a lot more than just a guided tour. There was a lively exchange and exciting information from her. For the 4 of us, that was so much input far beyond the Acropolis and the old town of Plaka. We drew on it in our further activities in Athens and even now at home it was the greatest experience in Athens for us. Thanks again to Eva!

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

Lovely, “Joy” was excellent. We met such nice people. Thank you

Great tour and amazing guide. Must do and recommend!