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Athens: Acropolis Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

1. Athens: Acropolis Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

Enjoy skip-the-ticket line access and discover the cradle of Western civilization on a guided visit to the Acropolis. Choose from either a shared or private guided experience and indulge in tasty Greek treats when you upgrade to include a street food tour in Athen's old town. At the start of the tour, meet your dedicated guide at a hot spot for traditional Greek delicacies, where there are restroom facilities and you can purchase water or snacks. Let your guide take you onto Pnyx Hill, which is the actual birthplace of democracy. Continue to immerse yourself in Ancient Greek history on a 50-minute tour of the world-famous Acropolis in Athens. Admire the stunning architecture of the Parthenon Temple, learn the importance of the Erechtheion Temple, and hear myths and stories about ancient Athens. After your guided tour, you have the option to stay on the hill to explore further at your own pace and enjoy the view over the city and up to the Aegean Sea. Your guide will show you a different route towards the south exit so that you also see the Altar of Asclepius and the Theater of Dionysus, the birthplace of theater drama. Upgrade and extend your tour by adding a Greek street food experience. Follow your guide to explore additional areas of the Acropolis hill and the south slope. Afterward, walk into the Old Town for a guided tasting of popular Greek street foods.

Athens Mythology Highlights Tour without Tickets

2. Athens Mythology Highlights Tour without Tickets

Travel back in time to Ancient Greece, and discover the greatest landmarks of Athens. Hear the myths behind some of the city’s most significant landmarks. Meet your guide at the main entrance to the Temple of Olympian Zeus next to the Acropolis. Hear about the birth of the glorious city, through to its Golden Age and its downfall to the Spartan armies. Listen to stories from Greek mythology, and uncover their true meaning and historic facts. Visit all the most emblematic sites of the ancient city, as well as less well-known attractions. This tour helps you understand how Athens became the mythical city known today. Visit landmarks, such as the Parthenon, Theater of Dionysus, and Temple of Athena Nike. See the ruins of the Temple of Erechtheion and Sanctuary of Asclepius. Go to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, learn the functions of the Agora, and visit the Temple of Hephaestus.

Athens: Ancient Agora Pre-Booked E-Ticket with Audio Tour

3. Athens: Ancient Agora Pre-Booked E-Ticket with Audio Tour

No trip to Athens could be complete without a visit to the Ancient Agora! Make the most of your visit with a fast-track e-ticket and waltz in this unique site with a fascinating audio tour on your phone. Download the tour on your smartphone and follow, at your own pace, the riveting journey of the evolution of Athenian democracy as you enjoy a visit to the most dynamic archaeological site of Athens. Your tour begins with a comprehensive introduction to the chain of events that made democracy possible in ancient Athens. At the foot of the hill where the temple of Hephaestus still stands radiant, you’ll learn about Solon, whose legal reforms paved the way for the formation of the earliest civil society in world history. Just uphill from the Tholos, take a glimpse of the ruined Bouleuterion, where 500 Athenians met daily to draw up laws and proposals presented to the city’s popular assembly. As you continue your walk, anecdotal stories from the lives of bright Athenian personalities, such as Aristides the Just and glorious Pericles, will come alive through the original and fun content of your expertly designed audio guide. The exhibits in the Museum of the Agora are bound to fascinate you, providing a rich pool of information on the ingenious, yet at times cruel, methods used by the Athenians to defend their democracy from any malign influence. Enjoy picture-postcard vistas to the Acropolis from the hill of Pnyx and the Rock of Ares, while later as you ascend on the hill of Philopappos, you’ll discover the prison of Socrates and gain some important insights into the life and death of the great Athenian philosopher. Your tour ends within easy reach of the Acropolis archaeological site, in front of the theatre of Dionysus, where you’ll marvel at the oldest theatre of the world and the actual place where the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides were once staged.

Athens: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

4. Athens: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

The bike tour lasts about 3 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.

Athens: Old Town Highlights Electric Bike Tour

5. Athens: Old Town Highlights Electric Bike Tour

Cycle the historic center of Athens on a 9-kilometer bike tour, and see archaeological and architectural highlights of the city such as the Panathenaic Stadium, Presidential Mansion, indoor exhibition center of the Zappeion Hall, and Roman Agora. Discover the city’s green spaces, such as the National Gardens. Explore historic neighborhoods, such as Plaka, in the footsteps of the Acropolis. Go to the ancient burial site of Kerameikos Cemetery. Admire the dome of the National Observatory of Athens, and enter the traditional neighborhood of Thission.  Although you will not enter any of the archaeological sights, you will stop for approximately 5-8 minutes at each one while your tour leader provides valuable information and tells interesting stories. Get off your bike for a short walking tour of an areas that bikes can’t access, but leads you to an amazing view far off the tourist path.  Designed for the average cyclist, the route avoids the busy city traffic by following mostly flat paths and bike trails. Enjoy a more intimate experience in groups of no more than 12 people.

Athens Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots

6. Athens Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots

Athens is without a doubt filled with an endless collection of ancient and modern cultural monuments and neighborhoods that will stun even the most articulate poet. This tour is designed for those who wish to take photos of the most iconic and picturesque sites of one of the oldest cities in Europe. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, you'll see where the locals spend their daily routine and hear interesting stories about the local culture. Your local escort will meet you at the Fountain of the Syntagma Square. Here you have a first view of the busy center of the capital of Greece. The first stop will be the Greek Parliament where you will be able to see and photograph the Godly giants in kilts up close. The famous evzones are one of Athens' most popular tourist attractions and an instagrammable spot you can't miss. Your escort is available to snap cool shots for you. You will then visit the National Garden, a green oasis right in the center of the city. Home of 7000 trees, lakes and, several animals, the "garden of Amalia" also hosts a botanical museum, a conservatory and, various ancient ruins. It is the ideal place and a perfect scenic spot to find the right photography inspiration. Your next stop will be the Kallimarmaro stadium where your local guide will help you make fresh pictures and look more creative by finding the right point of view. This is one of the most iconic landmarks of Athens with a rich history directly connected to the modern Olympic games. You'll then take a stroll to reach Plaka, the neighborhood of Gods and one of the most picturesque areas of Athens. Plaka is one the best places to capture the perfect photo; little colorful houses, small alleys, cute cafes and many spots with views to the city will make the perfect background you are looking for your photographs. The next spot is placed on a hill, where you will enjoy the most breathtaking views of Acropolis and the city itself, following in the footsteps of Ancient Greeks. This is definitely one of the most Instagram-worthy places in Athens where you will take some of the most impressive photos. In addition to all the above places, you will have also the opportunity to explore more of the best spots in the city where you will exercise your artistic skills by taking spectacular photos and sharing them on Instagram. At the same time, you will learn about the history of the city and feel like an Athenian as you mingle with the locals. You'll have opportunities to take lots of pictures so don't forget your camera!

Private Guided Tour: Athens, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

7. Private Guided Tour: Athens, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

Meet with your expert licensed private guide in the heart of Athens, Syntagma Square, and start with a brief look at a lovely collection of archaeological findings dating from classical times and discovered during excavations in the area.  Continue to the elegant House of Parliament to watch the Change of Guards by the famous Evzones, in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Walk through the cool and shady National Garden, the former Queen Amalia’s Garden and admire the neoclassical architecture of Zappeion Hall.  Learn about the first Olympic Games of modern times and about prominent figures of Athens' recent history. Visit the Zeus Temple and Hadrian’s Arch from the Roman Era. Walk along the beautiful Dionysiou Areopagitou walkway until you reach the side entrance to the Acropolis.  Continue to the Acropolis by entering the site from the south slope, to visit the first theater of antiquity, the Dionysus Theater and to avoid the crowds. On your way to the UNESCO-listed admirable Acropolis monuments, see the Philopappos hill monument and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.  Marvel at the ancient beautiful constructions of the Acropolis: the Temple of Athena Nike, the Propylaea gateway, the Erechtheion and focus on the astonishing Parthenon.  Listen as your knowledgeable guide will provide you with plenty of information and uncover fascinating facts about the construction and history of the monuments.  The unique, beautiful view of the city of Athens, including the Mars hill, the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus, will capture your heart and mind. Enjoy time to explore and take pictures at the Acropolis after your Acropolis tour, before taking a short break for a snack or a drink. After having admired one of the most famous sites in the world, continue your tour to the Acropolis Museum.  The New Acropolis Museum was designed by Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi in co-operation with the Greek architect Michalis Photiadis. Its unique design has incorporated the excavations which are visible under stunning glass floors.  The Acropolis masterpieces are marked out and given the prominence they deserve through the ideal interior atmosphere conditions, the natural lighting, as well as easy visitor access, panoramic views and excellent layout of the exhibition areas. It exhibits about 4,000 artifacts.

Athens: Guided E-Scooter Tour in Acropolis Area

8. Athens: Guided E-Scooter Tour in Acropolis Area

Meeting point: Odeon of Herodes Atticus - the restored roman theatre that hosts many performances under the Athenian sky. Constructed in 161 AD with the expense of Herodes Atticus, as a memorial to his wife, Regilla. Station 1: Philopappou Hill The Monument of Philopappos built by the Athenians in 114-116 AD, to honor their benefactor, Gaius Julius Antiochus Philopappos. The Prison of Socrates: Even though it has been disputed by many that this cave was the real prison of Socrates, this name has still caught on. Church of Saint Dimitrios Loubardiaris: A byzantine church located in a picturesque grove under the Filipappos hill and restored in 1955 by the architect Dimitrios Pikionis. Station 2: Pnyx - The meeting place of the Athenian democratic assembly. Station 3: National Observatory of Athens - Designed by the famous architect Theophil Hanse and founded in 1842, with the contribution of Georgios Sinas. Station 4: Dionysiou Areopagitou Street - One of the valuable pedestrian streets, in terms of archaeological significance, in the whole world. We will drive and learn about the history of the New Acropolis Museum and the Monuments of the Acropolis Station 5: Temple of Olympian Zeus – The monument was starting to build in 174 BCE and only finally completed by the Roman emperor Hadrian in 131 CE. Station 6: Arch of Hadrian - A monumental, marble arch built by the emperor Hadrian as the formal gateway to Athens

Athens: Best Sights of the City

9. Athens: Best Sights of the City

Visit the best places in Athens, stroll around the most scenic areas and learn interesting facts for one of the most historical cities around the world. During this 3-hour walking tour, you will see the city’s most iconic landmarks, visit some of the city's most picturesque neighborhoods and discover the hidden gems of the city only locals know. Visit the Greek Parliament and the presidential guards, see a green oasis in the center of the city, the residence of the Greek Prime Minister and the Panathenaic stadium as you walk through one of the most high-end streets of Athens. Explore the place where the first Olympic village was set, admire its architecture and the beautiful frescos.  Stroll around Plaka’s small alleys, admire the vibrant colors of the houses, see locals playing the traditional bouzouki and enjoy some of the best views of Athens. End this beautiful walking experience at one of the most striking architectural and cultural buildings of Athens, the Acropolis museum.

Athens: Private 4-Hour Tour with Acropolis and Old Town

10. Athens: Private 4-Hour Tour with Acropolis and Old Town

Embark on a search for the traces of the ancient Greeks and explore the most important buildings of the Greek capital on this walking tour through Athens. Visit the famous Acropolis with the Parthenon, a true wonder of architectural engineering. See the Erechtheion, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Pnyx, the birthplace of democracy, and the Areopagus. Enjoy walking through the beautiful streets in the old town. Take a look at the Roman Agora, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Tower of the Winds, and Hadrian’s Library. In the old town you will explore Plaka, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Athens, as well as Monastiraki, the popular shopping districts in Athens. There you can sample Souvlaki (Greek kebabs) – the favorite food of the Greeks – before walking on to Metropolitan Square.

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What people are saying about Pnyx

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,702 reviews

The bike ride was so much fun! Kostas was lovely and took us to some amazing locations. He was super helpful and gave us tips and advice on how to make the most of Athens. He made us all feel so comfortable and relaxed on the bike ride and we got to meet people from other parts of the world on the ride. He even took us to some instagrammable spots (perfect for four 20 year old students). He even took photos of us on our phones for us so we could keep the memories. He made sure we all stayed together as a group and learned all of our names almost instantly. (We’re south Asian so his effort was really appreciated). Don’t hesitate to book this experience, it was our favourite part of Athens!

This was my first bike tour and it was amazing. We managed to see many different things in a relatively short period of time (but with no rush!) and avoid being stuck in traffic. I'd say this is the best way to get some orientation in the city and learn about some hidden places. Dimos is an amazing guide and shared so many interesting stories. I'd say that the whole group had lovely time thanks to Dimos :)

Pascal was a great guide, he was friendly, knowledgeable and informative. We took some great pictures from locations we wouldn’t have found ourselves. Highly recommend this tour.

Magda was a very knowlegeable tour guide and we really enjoyed the tour

Awesome time, Sotto was a great guide and saw so much of Athens.