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Athens: Full-Day Private Tour with Personal Driver

1. 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: Electric Bike Day Tour

2. 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 Group Shore Excursion

3. 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: Private Full-Day Classical Tour

4. 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.

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 Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

6. 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: City and Cape Sounion Private Tour with Transfer

7. Athens: City and Cape Sounion Private Tour with Transfer

We start our tour by visiting the Acropolis where you will see the great monuments that were built during the classical age of Pericles and stands for 2500 years. Then by request, you can visit as well the Acropolis Museum. Continuing our tour we will see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896 and it's the only Stadium in the World that is built entirely of marble. In the past, at the same location, the Athenians were celebrating the Panathinaia, a religious festival honoring the goddess Athena. After we see the changing of the guards at the Parliament building and the tomb of the unknown soldier. Then we head to the Athens trilogy to see 3 neoclassical buildings such as the Academy-University and National Library, as well as the statues of Apollo, Athena, Socrates, and Plato. Then we will drive up to Lycabettus hill to see the panoramic view of the city, 267 meters high from the level of the sea. Passing by the temple of Zeus we will stop to see it and Hadrian's Arch, builded in 1st century AD. Then, we drive to the south suburbs of Athens, passing by the Athenian Riviera, on our way we will stop for breathtaking pictures. In the beautiful area of Anavissos we will stop at a local restaurant for lunch next to the sea, having seafood. After lunch, we reach the Cape Sounion and we visit the temple of Poseidon. Finally we drive back to Athens, on our way we will have a short stop at Vouliagmeni Lake.

Athens: Highlights Tour of Classical Athens

8. Athens: Highlights Tour of Classical Athens

Be inspired by the Acropolis with the colonnaded majestic Parthenon temple, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Temple of Olympiad Zeus, the Panathenaic Olympic Stadium or Kalimarmaro, the dazzling Acropolis Museum and the captivating National Archaeological Museum. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from Mount Lycabettus, 300 metres above sea level before being tantalised by the neoclassical buildings of the ‘architectual trilogy’ consisting of the National library, Athens University and the Academy of Athens. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the changing of the Royal Guards at Constitution Syntagma Square is also intriguing! Lively Monastiraki known for iconic landmarks such as the ruins of Hadrian’s library, the Stoa of Attalos and the ancient Agora together with its flea market is of significant interest! Explore the narrow cobblestone streets lined with tiny shops, sidewalk cafes and authentic tavernas at Plaka!

Athens: Private Sightseeing Tour with Visit to Cape Sounio

9. Athens: Private Sightseeing Tour with Visit to Cape Sounio

Panoramic city tour Athens: You will visit Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times took place in 1896. It is the only stadium built out of white marble. Proceeding our wonderful panramic city tour, we will visit Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus. You will then admire the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Continue passing by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Schliemann’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Old Parliament, Constitution Square ,Russian Orthodox Church, Acropolis: Finally, our driver drops you of at Acropolis, built during the Golden Age of Pericles to admire the Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens). Cape Sounio: Then, we will follow the Mediterranean coastline known as "Athenian Riviera" with short stop for panoramic photos, we will reach at the second most popular site of the Greek capital "Cape Sounio" (especially during the afternoon hours when you can take the chance of the breathtaking sunset over the Aegean Sea!) and Temple of God Poseidon! Sounio is noted as the site of ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea.

Athens: City Highlights Nighttime Walking Tour in Spanish

10. Athens: City Highlights Nighttime Walking Tour in Spanish

Discover the city of Athens on a guided evening tour and come across specific landmarks that give off a particular magic when seen under the moonlight. Take a leisurely walk through charming ancient roads as you talk about history, mythology, and culture with a local expert. Begin your journey at the National Library of Greece before heading to the Academy of Athens and the University. Discuss the origins of modern Greece and the revival of classical culture. Take advantage of the unique decorations inspired by Greek gods to learn about mythology. Move on to Syntagma Square. See the Greek Parliament and the famous Evzones changing of the guard. Find a hidden gem among the National Gardens, the ancient Olympic Village of Zappeion. Observe its contrast with the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games were held. Travel back in time to Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Zeus. Head over to Plaka, the oldest neighborhood in Athens. Pass by the flea market and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Reach Hadrian's Library and the Roman Agora, and see monuments like the Gate of Athena Archegetis and the Tower of the Winds. Arrive at the Ancient Agora of Athens, the most ancient one, and find the best-preserved temple in all of Greece. Finally, visit the imposing Acropolis of Athens Appreciate the sacred rock and walk up to a lookout with panoramic views of Athens.

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The tour with Yiannis on our first day in Athens was the perfect activity. With the electric bikes you can get around to seeing so much in a short time and so much better than being in a vehicle - you can get a much better sense of the city, and we got to ride through the beautiful National Garden. Our two children, aged 14 and 11, had a great time too - not a hint of boredom from either of them and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience! Yiannis looked after us really well and was extremely knowledgeable. He offered flexibility if we had wanted to adjust the route too.

Nico is very kind and attentive, he was always on time and very attentive to our needs, highly recommended!

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

Great day, staff were really friendly & helpful, will def do again on next trip to Athens

Highly Recommended! Very sociable! Great guide! I would book again at any time