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Athens: Red Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Piraeus and Beach Rivera

1. 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

Athens Half-Day Private City Tour

2. Athens Half-Day Private City Tour

Discover the cradle of civilization, the birthplace of democracy, and the 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 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, go to the Hill of Pnyx, visit the Propylaea, the Temple of Apteros Nike, the Erechteion, 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, the Benaki Museum, Byzantine and Christian Museum, and Museum of Cycladic Art.

Athens: Electric Bike Day Tour

3. Athens: Electric Bike Day Tour

Start your tour at the meeting point where you will have the chance to meet your fun and friendly guides. Once you've had the chance to meet your guides, you will be shown the route for the day, hop on your E-bike and off you go.  Set off toward your first stop, the traditional meat and fish markets to see local Athenians buying fresh supplies. Then pass by Omonoia square and visit three wonderful neoclassical buildings, the Library, the University, and the Academy. Pass by the upper part of the city known for its luxury and exclusive streets. The tour is scheduled so that you will be on time at Syntagma square to watch the famous changing of the guards and take photos with the Evzones. Next, visit the Presidential Mansion and head towards the stunning Panathenaic Stadium. You will ride to the temple of Olympian Zeus, Zappeion Hall, and then towards Plaka, the Acropolis, and the Areopagus Hill to experience the city from above. Ride around Acropolis to Plaka, Anafiotika, the Roman Agora, Monastiraki, and the lively streets of Psyrri. Riding back to the finishing point you will pass the Athens triangle, a fun local hang out for Athenians. Your tour will end with a special treat back at the local partner's office. By the end of this tour, you will surely be in love with Athens.

Athens: Private Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, and City Tour

4. 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: Island Cruise with Lunch & Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

5. Athens: Island Cruise with Lunch & Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Take a cruise from Piraeus to the islands of Agistri, Moni, and Aegina. See the ancient Temple of Apollo and savor a traditional Greek lunch on the beach. Make use of a two-day, hop-on hop-off bus ticket with access to the Acropolis and Vouliagmeni Lake.  Cruise:Sail out to sea from Marina Zeas in Piraeus after being welcomed aboard your boat with coffee, juice, and pastries.   Land on Agistri, a little island paradise. Gaze in awe at the beautiful cliffs and hills covered with pine trees, swim in the crystal clear waters or stroll around the traditional alleys of the island’s villages. Make a stop on the protected island of Moni and anchor close to the beach. Indulge in a delicious lunch served with Greek wine, beer, and soft drinks. After lunch, take the chance to go snorkelling, relax in the sun, or discover the plants and wildlife that call Moni island home. Drop anchor by the picturesque port of the island Aegina, famous for housing the ancient Temple of Apollo and Temple of Aphaia. Spend free time on the island at your own pace, departing at 17:00 pm and arriving back at Marina Zeas at 19:00 pm. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus:Benefit from easily accessible bus transportation to some of the best attractions in Athens. Access 4 lines over 2 days: the Athens line, Piraeus line, Glyfada line, and Vouliagmeni line. Choose to listen to pre-recorded commentaries in 16 languages, providing historical and cultural information as you drive around the monuments of Athens. Get on or get off the bus at 35 different stops and the beaches down in the south. Decide to spend your day swimming at the breathtaking Vouliagmeni Lake by travelling on the Vouliagmeni line.

Athens Private Group Shore Excursion

6. 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: Full-Day Private Tour with Personal Driver

7. 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 Full Day Private Tour

8. 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 Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

9. 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: Private Full-Day Classical Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

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Our tour guide, Odysseus, was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. He drove us around to all the tourist hotspots while explaining the historical relevance of each location. He even showed us around some of the local neighborhoods to get an authentic fee of Athena. We highly recommend Odysseus for your touring needs.

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

I like to walk… but Athens is hot in the summer. I thought that the bus was a great way to get to know the city a little and see a lot of the famous sights

Very practical to have a general view of the city, the various stops are very easy to access. A must do in Athens.

Our driver Tolos was a perfect host and very very patient. Great company and very knowledgeable.