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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.

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. 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 - A Melina Merkouri / Plaka Stop 3 - A Acropolis Museum Stop 4 - A The Acropolis & Parthenon (Interchange: Piraeus route) Stop 5 - A Temple of Zeus Stop 6 - A Parliament / National Gardens Stop 7 - The Four Museums Stop 8 - The National Gallery Stop 9 - A Ancient Olympic Stadium Stop 9 - B Parliament / National Gardens 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

Historic Athens: Small Group Electric Bike Tour

3. 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, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Including Entry Fees

4. Athens, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Including Entry Fees

You’ll be picked up at your centrally located Athens hotel and begin your full-day tour with a visit to Panathinaikos Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. Pass by the Prime Minister’s residence and the former Royal Palace, which is still guarded by the colorfully garbed Evzone soldiers. You’ll see the historically important Zappion building, now a conference and exhibition hall, before arriving at the Temple of Olympian Zeus, completed in 131 A.D. The tour continues past the National Gardens to Hadrian’s Arch and on to the Parliament. You’ll also pass by the National Academy, the National Library, the Old Parliament, Constitution Square, and the Russian Orthodox Church. Marvel at the Acropolis, built in the 5th century B.C. Visit the Propylaea Gateway, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, and the Erechtheum with its famous Porch of Maidens. Take a short, pleasant walk past the Herodion and Dionysos theaters to the new Acropolis Museum. The museum houses more than 4,000 artifacts from the Acropolis site, and its exhibits cover the Greek Bronze Age as well as the Roman and Byzantine periods.

Athens: Sunset Electric Bike Tour

5. Athens: Sunset Electric Bike Tour

Equipped with a modern electric bike for a relaxed and enjoyable tour, you will begin exploring Athens by visiting the National Gardens, a peaceful shady place in the heart of the city. Next, you will ride towards the Presidential Mansion where you can witness the ceremonial unit of the Presidential Guards. Then, it’s time to discover the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place, and the Zappeion, a magnificent Neoclassical building completed in 1888. While cycling around Athens you will stop in front of the impressive Temple of Olympian Zeus, as well as the Arch of Hadrian, which is one of the best photo spots in Athens. Next you'll head to the biggest pedestrian area of the city, where you will pass by the Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis Hill before reaching a secret spot to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Parthenon.  Your journey back in time will continue with a stop at the Ancient Greek Cemetery (Kerameikos), the Ancient Greek Agora and the Roman Agora. The tour will end with a visit to the Cathedral of Athens and a ride through the scenic neighborhood of Plaka. In Plaka, you will find plenty of amazing spots to get awesome photos of the Old City, and your guide will give you pointers on the best places to visit after the tour ends.

Athens: Guided City Tour on an Electric Trikke Scooter

6. Athens: Guided City Tour on an Electric Trikke Scooter

Marvel at the top sights in central Athens as you glide around on an electric Trikke scooter. See some of the main attractions in the city as you explore in a unique and fun way. Meet your local guide, learn how to ride, and get ready to discover the city. Start your tour by taking in views of the Acropolis and Parthenon. Admire the Temple of Olympian Zeus, built to honor the king of the gods, and stop to take a picture beneath Hadrian's Arch. Cruise along the flat and even surface at the Zappeion Exhibition Hall and then race with your family or friends at the Panathenaic Stadium. Cool off and relax at the beautiful national garden, an oasis in the heart of the city, and finish your tour by exploring the Hellenic Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Athens: Electric Bike Tour

7. Athens: Electric Bike Tour

This morning electric bike tour lasts about 3.5 hours and it is a nice way to get yourselves oriented in the city of Athens. The ride takes place in the amazing historic city center, on pedestrian areas, low traffic streets, and parks away from the traffic hustle. Your local tour leader will head the tour, riding with you very close to the main archaeological sites and guiding you through some hidden areas, while providing you with a stunning experience!  The group rides close to the new Acropolis Museum and the Ancient Cemetery of Kerameikos, through the neighborhood of Thission, while you enjoy a great view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Then, cycle through the Ancient Greek Agora and pass by the Roman Agora Continue cycling in the historic district of Plaka, and then move to the National Gardens, one of the best areas to ride in downtown Athens. Stop also in front of the Presidential Mansion to see the Presidential Guards, and pass by the Panathenaic Stadium and Zappeion Exhibition Hall.

Private Acropolis and Athens City Tour

8. Private Acropolis and Athens City Tour

This comprehensive city tour takes you to the modern sights in the heart of Athens and the most important ancient sights that have been standing in the city for millennia.  The tour concludes at the Acropolis which is one of the most visited and culturally revered ancient sights in the world. It continues to stand higher than the metropolis built around it, offering panoramic views of the entire capital. Start at the Syntagma metro station for a 10-minute tour inside of the station’s museum.  Archaeological artifacts uncovered during the metro’s construction offer insight into daily life here thousands of years ago. The next stop is the Greek Parliament, followed by the Monument to the Unknown Soldier where you will watch the changing of the guards. The walk continues to the National Gardens of Athens, Zappeion, Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. The route passes by the Plaka district to reach the next and final stop: the Acropolis. Entrance tickets are not included in the tour fee and the ticket costs will be payed to the tour guide before the tour begins. This way you can skip the long lines. This service is provided at no extra cost. Note that children under 18 years old have free admission to the Acropolis and all the archaeological sights. Entering on the south slope of the Acropolis, you’ll visit the Dionysus Sanctuary and Dionysus Theater before you walk up the slope leading to the Acropolis monuments. Panoramic views of the city will be perfect for Instagram-ready photos.    

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.

4-Hour Athens City Highlights Tour with Acropolis

10. 4-Hour Athens City Highlights Tour with Acropolis

The first stop on this private 4-hour tour is the Panathenian Stadium, site of the first modern Olympic Games, held in 1896. Near the stadium is the Temple of Zeus, where your guide will tell you stories about the Greek gods. Continue to Athens National Gardens and stop outside the Greek Parliament to see the Changing of the Guard. Next on the itinerary is the Acropolis. Walk up the slopes of the ancient citadel, which is home to several important ancient monuments. See the Parthenon, Erechtheion and Temple of Athena Nike. Last is a visit to the Acropolis museum.

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What people are saying about National Garden, Athens

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,259 reviews

What an amazing way to discover the amazing and beautiful city of Athens. Well maintained bikes, knowledgable guide and lots of fun. If you have a good sense of direction and memory, you will be able to retrace your steps on foot another day, to go and re-visit the places that caught your eye whilst on the ride.

It is very important that they announce the pick-up times at the port since on the web it indicates 12:30 pm but in reality they pick up passengers from 8:30 am. There are 3 routes to take for the same price and there is always a place and they are on time. Highly recommended if you arrive by cruise

Our guide was knowledgeable and very friendly, the tour goes around major places and helped us get oriented with the city. We also left with recommendations where to go next. Electric bikes are a great option when it's hot.

Very complete, practical solution for not driving in Athens and seeing as many monuments as possible

This experience was great! I would highly recommend!!! Our guide was Stellar!!