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Discover Athens and the Acropolis, 4 hour Private Tour

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Athens, Greece

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

This private tour of Athens is ideal for those with limited time in Greece’s history-rich capital. Tick off all of Athens’ most popular attractions as you travel with ease and efficiency between landmarks such as the Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panthenon and the Agora of Athens. This private tour means you can choose between a morning or afternoon departure, and enjoy the undivided attention of your guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Private half-day tour of Athens' top attractions
  • Ideal for those with limited time to see all of Athens' historical highlights
  • Travel comfortably and quickly between landmarks in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Attractions visited include Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panthenon and the Agora of Athens.
  • Commentary and undivided attention from a private guide
  • Round-trip hotel transport included
Private tour
Transport by private air conditioned vehicle
English-speaking driver with good knowledge of the history and culture of Greece
Hotel pickup and drop-off (from hotels located in the center of Athens)
Cruise ship passengers: Port (cruise ship) pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Entrance fees to the Acropolis of Athens
Professional licensed tour guide. Can be arranged at an additional cost, subject to availability

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pickup and drop-off (from hotels located in the center of Athens)

Cruise ship passengers: Port (cruise ship) pickup and drop-off

Departure Time

Flexible departure time (between 07:00am to 3:00pm).
Please indicate your preferred departure time you wish to be picked up at time of booking.
After hotel or port pickup in a private, air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll travel to your first stop while receiving an historical overview of the city from your guide.

On arrival at the Acropolis, a colossal testament to the legacy of ancient Greece, you’ll gaze at sweeping city views from the Scared Rock and behold the iconic Parthenon, a dominating feature and fine example of classical architecture (entrance fees at your expense).

Following your visit to the mighty Acropolis, continue to the city’s plethora of popular attractions: see the striking Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Hadrian’s Arch and the Panathenian Stadium, the site upon which the world’s first Olympic games occurred.

See, too, important cultural institutions such as the Parliament Building (Vouli), the National Library of Greece and the University of Athens.

Please note, entrance fees for archaeological sites and museums are not included. If you choose to enter these institutions, you will not be accompanied by your guide.

Your tour concludes with drop-off at your original departure point. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Athens Tours Greece
Our half-day tour in Athens will give you an overview of the modern city of Athens, and an insight to the ancient monuments and sites that have made Athens known all over the world. If you are first-time visitor of Athens, this tour will help you in orientation and a possible plan you want to make for the remaining days. Athens is a balanced mixture of ancient and modern characteristics, reflected in each and every corner of the city. The famous Acropolis of Athens: The highlight of this sightseeing tour in Athens is of course the Acropolis, the trademark of the city. The Sacred Rock, the symbol of the Greek culture, features the highest point in town that used to serve as a fortress. The word Acropolis with a capital “A” indicates in all world languages the Acropolis of Athens, the most famous Acropolis, the cradle of Western civilization. Visiting the Acropolis you will have the chance to pass through the Propylaea, admire the Erechtheum, and the Caryatids, while watching the city spreading in front of your feet, allowing your eyes to wander from the distant mountains to the blue waters of Piraeus harbor. The most important monument of Athens dominates the Acropolis: The Parthenon of Athens, the most perfect example of classical architecture in the world, was designed as a shrine to Goddess Athena, the patron God of the city, and used to house a massive gold and ivory statue of the Goddess of Wisdom. After the visit to the Acropolis, the sightseeing tour in Athens continues with a drive to the most important parts of the city. You will pass by the Tomb of Unknown Soldier and the Parliament on Syntagma (Constitution) Square, and you will see Hadrian’s Arch. Soon afterwards, the tour will bring you to the Panathenian Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games took place, in 1896. And then you will see many government buildings, the Presidential Palace ( ex-Royal Palace) and elegant houses built on streets half covered by sour orange trees. Close by you will also drive down the Panepistimiou Avenue where you can see the Catholic Church of Athens, and pass by the Academy, the University of Athens and the National Library.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Acropolis of Athens
The greatest and finest sanctuary of ancient Athens, dedicated primarily to its patron, the goddess Athena, dominates the centre of the modern city from the rocky crag known as the Acropolis. The most celebrated myths of ancient Athens, its greatest religious festivals, earliest cults and several decisive events in the city's history are all connected to this sacred precinct. The monuments of the Acropolis stand in harmony with their natural setting. These unique masterpieces of ancient architecture combine different orders and styles of Classical art in a most innovative manner and have influenced art and culture for many centuries. The Acropolis of the fifth century BC is the most accurate reflection of the splendour, power and wealth of Athens at its greatest peak, the golden age of Perikles.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Arch of Hadrian (Pili tou Adrianou)
The triumphal arch lies on an ancient street that led from the old city of Athens to the new, Roman section, built by Hadrian. It was constructed by the Athenians in A.D. 131, in honor of their benefactor emperor. Two inscriptions are carved on the architrave, one on each side: the first, on the side towards the Acropolis reads "This is Athens, the ancient city of Theseus"; the second, on the other side, facing the new city reads "This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus".
Pass By:  
Hellenic Parliament
The Hellenic Parliament is the parliament of Greece, located in the Old Royal Palace, overlooking Syntagma Square in Athens. The Parliament is the supreme democratic institution that represents the citizens through an elected body of Members of Parliament
Pass By:  
The Academy of Athens
The Academy of Athens is Greece's national academy, and the highest research establishment in the country. It was established in 1926, and operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Education. The Academy's main building is one of the major landmarks of Athens.
Pass By:  
National Library of Greece
The National Library of Greece is situated near the center of city of Athens. It was designed by the Danish architect Theophil Freiherr von Hansen, as part of his famous Trilogy of neo-classical buildings including the Academy of Athens and the original building of the Athens University.
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Panathenaic Stadium
The Panathenaic Stadium is located on the site of an ancient stadium and for many centuries hosted games in which nude male athletes competed (gymnikoi agones) in track events, athletics championships as we would call them today. The games, which since antiquity had been held in an area far from the city, were included in the programme of the Panathenaia festival celebrations in 566/565 BC. When the orator Lykourgos assumed responsibility for the finances of Athens, in 338 BC, he included in the public works carried out in the city the building of a Stadium. The ravine running between Ardettos Hill and the low height opposite, extra muros of the city and in an idyllic setting on the verdant banks of the River Ilissos, was deemed to be an ideal location. This was private land but its owner, Deinias, conceded it to the State for the construction of a Stadium. Major earth-removal works transformed the ravine into a space for contests, with the features of the Greek stadium: parallelogram shape with entrance at one narrow end and room for the spectators on the earth slopes of the other three sides. Lykourgos’ stadium was used for the first time during the celebration of the Great Panathenaia in 330/29 BC, when games in which nude athletes competed were held.
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Temple of Olympian Zeus
Located in southern Athens, between the Acropolis and the Ilissos river, the Olympeion was the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus. Here stands one of the greatest ancient temples of Zeus and, according to Vitruvius, one of the most famous marble buildings ever constructed. The sanctuary's foundation is attributed to mythical Deukalion. The site also comprises the temple of Apollo Delphinios - the sanctuary of Apollo Delphinios was traditionally associated with Theseus - and a tripartite building with a south courtyard of ca. 500 BC. The latter has been identified as the Delphinion Court, which was allegedly founded by Aegeas.
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a war memorial located in Syntagma Square in Athens, in front of the Old Royal Palace. It is a cenotaph dedicated to the Greek soldiers killed during war. It was sculpted between 1930 and 1932 by sculptor Fokion Rok. The tomb is guarded by the Evzones of the Presidential Guard.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Please note that our English-speaking tour driver has good knowledge of history and culture of Greece and will guide you till you enter sites. Please note that tour drivers cannot escort you inside the archaeological sites and museums
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Kivotos of Aegean travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.


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Athens and Acropolis Review
GrandTour728858
, Aug 2019
This tour company provided a driver, not a tour guide. The issue was that the driver did not accompany us on the tour of the Acropolis. He dropped us off and advised how to proceed up to the Acropolis - on our own. When asked why he is not going with us up to the Acropolis, he replied that he was not registered to be a tour guide. So basically, we paid big $$$$ to get a taxi driver, not a tour guide.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for your review. In the tour description it clearly states the following: "our English-speaking tour driver has good knowledge of history and culture of Greece and will guide you till you enter sites. Please note that tour drivers cannot escort you inside the archaeological sites and museums". So clearly you did not pay for a tour with a professional guide, which could be arranged at a supplement cost, as is clearly stated in the tour description.
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Overpaid driver not a tour guide
reynamora31
, May 2019
The guide was basically a driver. He does not get off at any place to tell you about the history of the places. We paid way too much money for a driver. This was not needed as you can walk to the place without having an overprices driver.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thank you for your comments which we take into serious consideration. Please note however that the tour is NOT advertised with a guide, but is clearly stated that it includes an English speaking driver with good knowledge of history and culture of Greece that will guide you till you enter sites. Our drivers are carefully chosen for their excellent knowledge of history, professionalism, and polite character.
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Highly recommended! Great guide who...
Sam J
, Sep 2017
Highly recommended! Great guide who showed us all there is to see in athens. Also potined out where to eat and shop! Great way to get your bearing of Athens. Only suggestion would be that the guide comes into the Acropolis with you to help explain the area in more details as there's a lot up there!
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Good tour... so many places to see...
Susan T
, Jul 2016
Good tour... so many places to see. Guide was very knowledgeable.
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