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Athens City, Acropolis and Museum Tour with Entry Tickets

1. Athens City, Acropolis and Museum Tour with Entry Tickets

Travel back in time at the Panathenaic Stadium to see where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held. Pass the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch to take a look at the Greek Parliament building and the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier. Admire the state buildings of the old Academy, Athens University and the National Library on Syntagma Square Then, head to the Acropolis to explore the famous monuments of Ancient Greece from classical times. Visit the monumental gate of the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and the iconic Parthenon before learning more about the history of the city at the state-of-the-art Acropolis Museum.

Athens: Acropolis Museum, Temples, and Corinth Full-Day Tour

2. Athens: Acropolis Museum, Temples, and Corinth Full-Day Tour

Experience a full-day tour which combines the 2 historical cities, Athens and Corinth. Visit the Acropolis which is symbol of democracy. See the Parthenon which is considered the most perfect building in the world. The Erechtheion became famous for its Karyatides, the Propylae, and the reconstructed Temple of Athena Nike. Continue to the Acropolis Museum which was recently voted the fifth best in the world. See the famous Arch of Roman Emperor Adrian and the Temple of Zeus which was the biggest in ancient world. Catch a panoramic view over Athens from Mount Lycabettus and take some beautiful pictures. Visit the Panathinaiko Stadium which hosted the first modern Olympics in 1896. Watch the changing of the guards at the Parliament. Tour around the city center and see some fantastic Neoclassic buildings such as the University of Athens, the Academy of Art and Sciences, and the National Library. See the residence of Sleiman, the Geman Archaeologist who found Troy. Afterwards, continue southwest to Corinth an make a short stop to see the Corinth Canal and the Diolkos which helped the Corinthians to pull the ships along. Arrive in ancient Corinth, where you can see ruins of 2 theaters, the Temple of Apollo, temples of the Roman period, and of course the altar where Saint Paul spoke to the Corinthians about the new religion. The Museum which hosts hundreds of artifacts from different periods is really interesting. After lunch (optional) you'll return back to Athens.

Athens: Full-Day Private Tour

3. Athens: Full-Day Private Tour

Your private tour will start with the Acropolis, a complex of buildings that includes the Parthenon (main temple), the best example of classic architecture from the 5th-century BC, Erectheion (the temple with 6 female figurers, Caryatides), the Temple of Athena Nike (Wingless Godess), Propylaia (the monumental Gate), Odeon of Herodus Atticus, Dionysus theater and finally, the Mars Hill or Areios Pagos (the first ancient court and the place that St. Paul preached Christianity for the first time in Athens). The next stop will be the Temple Of the Olympian Zeus (the largest temple in Hellenic and Roman times), the Panathenian Stadium (the stadium of the first Olympic Games in 1896), the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier and the Changing of the Guards (Euzones) in front of the Greek Parliament, opposite the Syntagma or Constitutional Square. After that, you will see the Trilogy of Athens (the Academy, the First University of Athens and the National Greek Library) and finally, the Lycabettus Hill (the highest point of Athens) and don't forget to take some pictures and a memory in your mind and heart of the entire city. Drive through Plaka (the oldest neighborhood in Athens), a picturesque quarter of the city, where there are little shops with handmade crafts and gifts for you to buy and Monastiraki (Flea Market), where you can have a pleasant walk and shop with your friends and family. If time permits, your next stop will be the ancient Greek Agora or the Roman Agora (ancient markets), where you'll find the Temple of Hephaestus (the most well preserved temple in Greece), the Stoa of Attalos and the beautiful St. Catherine Orthodox Church. When you feel hungry, get ready to taste some famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch. The tour will guide you to a traditional Athens restaurant or tavern. It's up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most well-known Greek dishes. After lunch, enjoy a visit to the New Acropolis Museum, where you can see the marbles of the Parthenon and a superb collection of artifacts and relics found on the Acropolis excavations or the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, almost twice the size of the previous one that houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations not only Greece, but the Middle East and the Balkans as well from prehistory to late antiquity.

Athens: City Sightseeing Tour including Acropolis Visit

4. Athens: City Sightseeing Tour including Acropolis Visit

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.

Athens: Alternative Walking Tour

5. Athens: Alternative Walking Tour

With a recorded history that spans over 3,400 years, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world. This alternative walking tour takes you through Athens' rich history and multifaceted culture, surprising and enchanting you around every street corner. As you stroll through Athens' primeval streets, learn from your knowledgeable guide about the complex history of the ancient city. Visit landmark buildings such as the Parliament, the Academy, the University and the National Library, and come to understand their role in the construction of a contemporary European capital. Stroll through the beautiful neighborhoods of Psiri and Monastiraki, where the footprint of the Ottoman Empire is still present, to understand how the old city and its traditions mixed – or didn’t– with Western European values and ideas. Pass through Omonia Square, Kotzia Square, the central markets and many other fascinating sites, and discover the missing link between the glorious ancient past and the frantic, modern present.

Athens: The History of Greek Mythology Private Tour

6. Athens: The History of Greek Mythology Private Tour

Dive deep into Greek mythology and embark on a journey of stories with your local guide. See a mix of highlights and sights such as the University and Academy of Athens, the central city market Varvakios and the flea market Monastiraki.  Relive one of the most important historical events in Athens and the impact from then to now. Your guide, an expert on the subject, will keep you entertained while you gain insights you won't find in any history book. Your local guide will make you feel like you are taking a trip into the past that has shaped the city we see today.

Athens: Acropolis Half-day Tour and Guided City Visit

7. Athens: Acropolis Half-day Tour and Guided City Visit

Tour the sites of Athens at a relaxing pace from the comfort of a WiFi-equipped van. Amaze yourself with the marble Panathenaic Stadium, the Acropolis, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Take in Hadrian's Library, The Academy of Athens, and many other sites Athens has to offer. Hop on board the van to begin your private vehicle tour of Athens. See the Panathenaic Stadium, which is built entirely out of marble. Stop outside the Temple of Olympian Zeus, built in the 6th century. Drive to the Hellenic Parliament. Visit Hadrian's library, which dates back to 132 AD. Continue to the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, a public university founded in 1837. Follow your guide to The Academy of Athens, the national academy, which gets its founding principles from the Academy of Plato. Go to the famous Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. Marvel at the Acropolis, a citadel containing many ancient buildings, which sits above the city on a rocky surface. Arrive at the Plaka district of Athens and enjoy the village vibe from this neighborhood situated in the shadow of the Acropolis. Be dropped back at the starting point.

Athens: Private Tour of Acropolis, Plaka and Lycabettus

8. Athens: Private Tour of Acropolis, Plaka and Lycabettus

Explore some of the most visited sights in Athens with a half-day private bus tour around the Acropolis, the Mount of Lycabettus, the Plaka district and several scenic locations in Greece's capital. You start your trip with a panoramic tour of the most iconic landmarks in Athens. Go to the Panathinaiko Stadium, home of the first Olympic Games. Next, stop by the Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus, followed by the Athens Trilogy made up of the University, the Academy and the National Library. More memorable landmarks await you in your tour of Athens, like the National Garden, Hadrian’s Arch, St. Paul’s Church, the Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann’s House, Catholic Cathedral, Old Parliament, Constitution Square and the Russian Orthodox Church. A visit to Mount Lycabettus will give you plenty of photo opportunities in one of the city's most stunning natural features. Thanks to the vantage point over town, the panoramic views of Athens and the Acropolis make this destination one of the most sought-after stops. Finally, stop by the Acropolis, and wander around this historical complex, filled with many of the most recognizable sights in Athens, like the Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon and the Erechtheion. Stroll past the Herodion and Dionysus Theater, where you'll find the new Acropolis Museum, its collection of artifacts and the excavation site located under the museum. You will be next to Palka district, the perfect place to check out more Greek culture and cuisine.

Athens: Full-Day Private Tour with Personal Driver

9. 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.

Full Day Tour of Athens, Acropolis & Cape Sounion with Lunch

10. Full Day Tour of Athens, Acropolis & Cape Sounion with Lunch

Follow your expert guide to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held. Continue past the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, Athens Academy, the university, the National Library and Constitution Square. At the Acropolis, visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens such as the Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion and the Parthenon. Continue and visit the New Acropolis Museum before enjoying lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, drive along the coastal road past the beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza to the southernmost point of Attica, Cape Sounion, to see the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon. On the way, enjoy a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, have time to leisurely walk on the rocky promontory of Sounion.

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Both the guide and Josephine are great. Josephine shows her alternative Athens with a lot of heart and knowledge. Far from the normal tourist paths, you get a special impression of the city and, above all, of its modern history. But be careful - Josephine is a trained archaeologist and shines through the whole history of Greece. Furthermore, you will receive lovingly prepared insider information on the hottest spots in town at the moment (eating, drinking, must-sees, etc.). The tour takes place in English - but don't worry, an expandable school English is always enough here. Have fun!

Our guide Michelle was excellent. She would perfectly translate from English to French and the info she shared with us was very interesting. I strongly recommend this visit and particularly this guide.

Our driver/guide was very knowledgeable and we learned so much on this tour. I highly recommend it.

The bus was clean and luxurious.... The driver was courteous.....we all had a great time.

Very interesting and informative tour about modern life in Athens.