Athens Tours

If you do decide to take a trip to Athens, then you are going to see one of the most important cities in human history in all its glory through a Private tour of Athens. When you take part in a Private tour of Athens, you are seeing a great city in a great way.
A city that really has to be explained in the right way, as every little corner can hide stories and intrigues you may never think of.

Our Driving Guides and licensed Tour Guides will reveal many of these secrets to you with the passion and love for this city that makes Tours of Athens unique.

The selection of tours we offer is really wide and we thought it may get confusing if you would have to choose in a big list, so we suggest few among the most requested, but simply let us know what you would like to do and we will give you some ideas for your personalized day.

Private Half Day Athens City Tour

This tour will take you to all the must-see sights of Athens. If you are visiting Athens for the first time, this tour provides an excellent introduction to one of the greatest cities of the ancient world. Specially If you hire a licensed guide you will see and learn things that other tourists miss.

Your first stop is the Acropolis, which means the high city, for a visit to the foremost symbol of the glory of ancient Greece. Climb the smooth marble steps on the Sacred Way as visitors have for centuries.

You will see:
- Propylaea, a monumental gateway, is your reward for winding your way to the top of the Acropolis. (Be forewarned, however, that the steps are steep and slippery.) As you enter the small, rectangular hall, stop for a moment to marvel at the six Doric columns. Built of pure marble, this was the first building to combine Ionic and Doric styles.
- The Parthenon is the largest building on the Acropolis and one of the world's most awe-inspiring man-made sights. Built by Pericles to honor the virgin goddess Athena, the Parthenon has been the model for thousands of buildings throughout the world. Except for its roof, which was made of wood, the Parthenon was entirely constructed of marble. Most of the artifacts from the temple are housed in the Acropolis Museum nearby
- Erechtheion is ahead and to the left as you face the Parthenon. Built on the site of the legendary contest between Athena and Poseidon, the temple was a shrine to Athena and the twin deity Poseidon - Erechtheus. Its most distinctive feature was the ingenious design of the six support columns on the south side - carved in the shape of maidens, or caryatids
- The Temple of Athena Nike, also called the Temple of the Wingless Victory, is a small temple that once contained a sanctuary and an altar for animal sacrifices. The temple is currently being restored to its former splendor.


Looking down from the Acropolis you'll see the two ancient theaters in its shadow:
- The Theater of Dionysus , the oldest Greek theater (built in the 5th century BC), is on the south slope of the Acropolis. It's the first archaeological site you'll see as you walk up Dionysiou Areopagitou Street from Hadrian's Arch. The plays of Aristophanes, Euripides, Aeschylus and Sophocles were first performed there. The theater held some 17,000 spectators
- Odeon of Herod Atticus, an amphitheater on the south slope of the Acropolis that can be viewed from above, was built next to the Theater of Dionysus by the Roman ruler Herod Atticus in AD 161. The site hosts performances for the summer Athens Festival. The seats in the amphitheater are marble, and the stage is built from archaic stone formations. As you take your seat, the lighted Acropolis stands behind you.

Next is a driving tour of the city where you see the top sights of the city including:
*During the driving tour you will stop for photos and you will have enough time to visit the sites
-Hadrian's Arch and The ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus lie just behind Hadrian's Arch to the east of the Acropolis. It was once one of the largest temples in ancient Greece. The construction of this huge marble building commenced in 515 BC, but it took almost seven centuries until it was finished under the Roman emperor Hadrian in AD 132. Its perimeter included a total of 104 Corinthian columns, with additional columns inside the building that housed a huge gold-and-ivory statue of Zeus. After the temple's destruction by invaders in the 4th century AD, the marble from the ruins started to vanish as it was used as building material for newer buildings. Now, only some of the temple's columns can be seen.
-Syntagma or Constitution SquareSquare is the center of the city and the best spot for new visitors to orient themselves. The evzones (pronounced EV-zaw-ness), dressed in traditional garb, guard the monument to the unknown soldier, which stands in the forecourt of the Greek Parliament. The changing-of-the-guard ceremony takes place every hour on the hour. In the metro station just beneath Syntagma Square is an exhibition of archaeological finds that were unearthed during the construction of the city's two new metro lines.
-National Garden and Zappeion Park comprise a sprawling, peaceful stretch of green amid the noise and traffic of central Athens
-The old Olympic stadium - The all-marble Panathinaiko Stadium was the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896. It was constructed on the site of the stone original, which was built in 330 BC.
- Finally , Lycabettus Hill a breathtaking panoramic view to the city and the Saronic Gulf from the and much more. After you've seen this and much more you are returned to your ship in Piraeus.

Tour Breakdown from a cruise ship in Piraeus port
1 - Depart pier and drive to the Acropolis- 30 Minutes
2 - Visit the Acropolis- About 2 Hours
3 - Scenic drive of Athens- 1 1/2 hour
4 - Drive back to Pier- 30 Minutes

Transfer Note- If you are starting or ending your cruise in Athens and wish to include an airport pick up or drop off as part of this tour, it can be extended to five hours to accomodate you. Please ask for a quote.

Full Day Athens and Wine Tasting tour

You will do the above tour plus Wine tasting in Athens

Private Full Day - Athens City Tour

Full Day: After finishing the above tour (half day Athens) we will proceed to Plaka district (Tower of the Winds, Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hefestus) and you will walk the short distance to:
-Thesseion, a temple dedicated to Hephaistos, the god of fire and the patron of craftsmen, and Athena, the goddess of wisdom, war, arts and justice. Situated on the western edge of the Agora, it is the best preserved of the ancient temples.
-The Agora, cradle of democracy - Just below the Acropolis, the Agora (or market) was a political, cultural and religious center. Athenians would gather on a daily basis, not only to buy and sell their goods, but also to learn the news, to criticize the government, to debate issues or simply to gossip. This is where Socrates spent his days in rational debate and where Western philosophy and politics were born. The site's museum, housed inside the splendidly restored Attalos Arcade, features many of the artifacts found in the area.
-Your journey of discovery will also include a stop at the Stoa of Attalus. This two-storey building was donated to the city of Athens by Attalos III, King of Pergamos. It is thought to have been an ancient shopping center that housed 21 shops on each of its floors.
You will then have some free time to visit the Monastiraki area, or Flea Market. Here, you will have the chance immerse yourself in the bustle of the marketplace and browse through vibrant displays, boasting an enormous array of treasures. Or, choose to just relax and enjoy some refreshments at a local cafe.
-The Roman Forum excavations can be seen best from Polignotou Street. On the northeast corner is the Tower of the Winds, built in the 1st century BC, which served as a sundial, water clock and weather vane.


*You can skip Plaka district in order to visit the New Acropolis Museum or other museum of your choice.

Tour Breakdown from a cruise ship in Piraeus port
1- Depart pier and drive to the Acropolis- 30 Minutes
2- Visit the Acropolis- About 2 Hours
3- Scenic drive of Athens- 1 1/2 hour
4- Visit the Plaka/Ancient Agora or a Museum - About 2 1/2 hours
5 Drive back to Pier- 30 Minutes

Private Full Day Athens and Cape Sounion Tour

Make your way to the city center and Syntagma, essentially the tourist core of the city. Dominated by the old Royal Palace, now the Greek Parliament (where you can see the changing of the guards in front every hour on the hour!), Syntagma Square is where most of the famous ancient monuments are located. Visit the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, and the National Library.
Of course, you can't miss the Acropolis, the trademark of Athens. The ancient "high city" is topped with marble temples dedicated to the city's goddess Athena, and dates back to the Late Bronze Age. Following your climb to the top, you will visit to the architectural masterpieces: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and finally, the magnificent Parthenon.
Travelling south from Athens, Sounion is situated at the southern end of the Apollo coast, right on the tip of the Cape. It is a scenic drive by car from Athens, taking approximately 1 1/2 hours to reach Cape Sounion - known as the 'Holy Cape' in ancient times. It is here that the ancient Athenians decided to build a Temple dedicated to the God of the Sea - Poseidon. Visit the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon,where, according to legend, King Aegeus waited for his son, Theseus, to return from Crete after slaying the Minotaurs. This is an excellent site, built in 444 BC, where 15 grand Doric pillars, bleached by the sun still remain standing on the hillside, looking out to sea. Poseidon's Temple is made of Parian marble and has a marvellous sculpted frieze depicting scenes from the mythical battle between the Giants and the Centaurs. The frieze also portrays scenes from the exploits of Theseus. There are magnificent views from the Temple across the sea, particularly at sunset and sailors used this landmark as a guide when sailing up the coast to Piraeus. Close by, there are also the ruins of the Temple of Athena of Sounion.

On the eastern side of the Cape, a short drive from Sounion, is another archaeological site worthy of note. Thoricos, close to Lavrion was an ancient walled city built on a hill and has a unique theatre dating from the 4th Century BC. The theatre is still in very good condition.

Tour Breakdown from a cruise ship in Piraeus port
1- Depart pier and drive to the Acropolis- 30 Minutes
2- Visit the Acropolis- About 2 Hours
3- Scenic drive of Athens- 1 1/2 hour
4-Depart Athens for Cape Sounion - 1 1/2 hour
5- Visit the Temple of Poseidon: about 1 hour
6- Drive back to Pier- 1 1/2 hour

Private Full Day Ancient Corinth and Athens Tour

Departing from Athens and after one hour drive you will reach the ancient town of Corinth where Saint Paul leaved and preached for two years. Back in the ancient times, Corinth was amongst the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge Agora (Market Place) and Apollo's Temple (6th BC century). The systematic excavations of the area, initiated by the American School of Classical Studies in 1896, are still continuing today and have brought to light the agora, temples, fountains, shops, porticoes, baths and various other monuments. The investigations extended also to the fortress on Acrocorinthos, the prehistoric settlements, the Theatre, the Odeon, the Asklepeion, the cemeteries, the Quarter of the Potters, and other buildings outside the main archaeological site.
Your next stop is the famous Corinth Canal. The Canal is 4 miles long, 70 feet wide and has sloping sides, which reach 170 feet. The depth is at 26 feet. Its construction commenced in 1881, although the idea of connecting the Ionian and Aegean seas in order to provide a short cut seems to date back to at least Roman times.
After your lunch you shall re-board your coaches passing by numerous points of interest such as Constitution Square, the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier, the Greek Parliament, Hadrian's Gate and the Olympic Stadium before arriving to the Acropolis hill. On the sacred rock of the Acropolis the monuments date from the prehistoric period to the end of antiquity. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, you will walk up the uneven footpath leading to the summit. Sights include the Propylaea, the Temple of Apteros Niki, the Erectheum and the architectural triumph of the Parthenon.

Tour Breakdown from a cruise ship in Piraeus port
1- Depart pier and drive to Canal of Corinth and Ancient Corinth site- 1 hour
2- Visit the Canal and Site of Ancient Corinth- About 2 Hours
3- Return back to Athens- about 1 1/2 hour
4- Scenic drive of Athens- 1 1/2 hour
5- Visit the Acropolis- About 2 Hours
6- Drive back to Pier- 30 minutes

Half Day Cape Sounion Tour

Depart for the southern-most point of Attica, Cape Sounion. Enjoy a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf , passing through some of Athens most beautiful suburbs (Glyfada,Vouliagmeni,Varkiza) and the 7 little islands off shore before coming to the white marble Temple of Poseidon
Visit the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon,where, according to legend, King Aegeus waited for his son, Theseus, to return from Crete after slaying the Minotaur and it was constructed in the 5th century BC over the ruins of a temple from the Archaic Period, perched above the sea at a height of nearly 200 feet. The 20-foot columns of the temple were intended to resist the weathering action of the sea air, and you can still see them there today.

1-Depart Athens for Cape Sounion - 1 1/2 hour
2- Visit the Temple of Poseidon: about 1 hour
3- Drive back to Athens- 1 1/2 hour

Full Day Cape Sounion Tour With Beach Stop

You will do the above tour and you will have time to go to a beach..

*CUSTOM MADE TOURS ARE AVAILABLE AT YOUR REQUEST. SPEAK TO DENNIS ABOUT YOUR PREFERENCES AND TOUR CAN BE CREATED ESPECIALLY FOR YOU.

 

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