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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: Private 3-Hour City Tour on Eco-Friendly Tuk Tuk

2. Athens: Private 3-Hour City Tour on Eco-Friendly Tuk Tuk

Explore Athens on an eco-friendly, 100% electric tuk-tuk that’s perfect for getting around on the city’s narrow roads. Let your private driver take you to the must-see locations of the city on this 3-hour tour. Start by visiting the most emblematic monuments at the center of the city: see the Greek Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy of Athens, and the Agios Dionysios Areopagitis Church.   Then, climb up Mount Lycabettus, a hill located in the city, and take in gorgeous 360-degree views of Athens. Follow this with visits to the Ancient Olympic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus, and Hadrian’s Arch.   Continue on to the Plaka neighborhood with its charming streets, restaurants, bars, and shops. See Romain Agora, Hadrian's Library and the Ancient Agora. Finally, visit the Acropolis, a sight you simply can’t miss. Your driver will end your tour by passing through Thissio and Monastiraki’s flea market.

Athens Half-Day Private City Tour

3. Athens Half-Day Private City Tour

Discover the cradle of civilization, the birthplace of democracy, and the home of philosophy on a private half-day tour of Athens. You will experience some of the greatest monuments ever built, with visits to all the major attractions, from the site of the first modern Olympics to the former Royal Palace. The 5-hour tour takes in the Panathenaic Stadium, the only marble stadium in the world. Built over the ruins of the ancient Roman stadium of Athens, it was where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896. Continue to the famous Arch of Emperor Hadrian, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, dedicated to the King of the Olympian gods, and the largest temple of the ancient world. Go to the Acropolis, considered a work of architectural perfection. Admire the Theater of Dionysus, the first theater ever built in the world. You will also see the Odeon of Herod the Atticus, go to the Hill of Pnyx, visit the Propylaea, the Temple of Apteros Nike, the Erechteion, and the New Acropolis Museum. Take in some wonderful panoramic city views from Lycabettus Hill, and visit the Parliament buildings to see the changing of the Royal Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Continue to Omonia Square and the open-air flea market in the lively Plaka neighborhood. Finally, see the 19th-Century Anglican church of St. Paul, the former Royal Palace, the Numismatic Museum, Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Library, the Benaki Museum, Byzantine and Christian Museum, and Museum of Cycladic Art.

Athens: Private Evening Sightseeing Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

4. Athens: Private Evening Sightseeing Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

Enjoy pickup from your hotel or meet your driver at a centrally located meeting point. Hop inside your charming electric tuk-tuk, which is the perfect size to navigate the city’s narrow roads, then set out on an evening of exploration. Start with a tour of the Athens’ most emblematic buildings and monuments including the Greek Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy of Athens, and Agios Dionysios Areopagitis Church. Continue the tour onto Mount Lycabettus and admire unforgettable views across the city and the Acropolis. Drive through the neighborhood of Kolonaki next, then pass by the Ancient Olympic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus, and Hadrian’s Arch. The tuk-tuk then winds its way through the narrow streets of the Plaka neighborhood, before heading to the Romain Agora and Hadrian’s Library. Pass by Thiseio to marvel at sprawling views of the Parthenon, then visit the areas of Monastiraki and Psiri. Throughout the tour, soak up the romantic atmosphere of Athens as the sun sets and day turns into night. At the end of an unforgettable evening tour, the driver will drop you off at the starting point, or to another location of your choosing.

Athens: City Sightseeing Tour including Acropolis Visit

5. 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: 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: Full-Day Private Tour

7. 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: Electric Bike Day Tour

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

9. 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 Highlights by Electric Trikke Bike

10. Athens Highlights by Electric Trikke Bike

Relish the beauty of Athens and all its ancient treasures. Enjoy riding your Trikke through Plaka, the old neighborhood of Athens and pass through Anafiotika, a scenery stolen from the Greek islands, in the heart of Athens! Pass through ancient landscapes and monuments like the Kallimarmaro stadium which is the first modern Olympic stadium, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Library. Experience the vivid and ceremonial change of the guards at the Greek Parliament. Cool off riding through the National Garden and be assured that your guide will capture your unique tour with many pictures and a video of the ride. Finish off by feeling the heartbeat of Athens passing through Monastiraki square, the flea market and Plaka which is the Old neighborhood of Athens. Some of the sights you’ll see include: • Temple of Olympian Zeus • Plaka • Roman Agora • Tower of Winds • Monastiraki Square • Zappeion Hall • National Gardens • Presidential Mansion • Kalimarmaro – Panathenaic Stadium • Parliament – Syntagma Square – Tomb of Unknown Soldier • Hadrian's Arch

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What people are saying about Academy of Athens

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 228 reviews

It was my first stay in Athens, and this private tour was a fantastic way to discover the landmarks of this city. Dimitris was the perfect host, very attentive and knowledgeable. He took me comfortably from one destination to the next in his car and told me about their history and importance. The day ended with a meal in a wonderful authentic restaurant, far from the tourist areas, with delicious home-cooked food. What I particularly liked: Even though we looked at a lot, I never felt rushed or overwhelmed. Personal requests (e.g. preferences on where to go or where to stay longer) were taken care of at any time. In Athens, you can discover a lot very well on foot. However, the driving service gives a welcome rest in between places. A great experience!

Our guide was very enthusiastic about showing off his town to us and eager to show us unique places. It was a great way to see the city. I wish we had done it first thing so we'd know what we wanted to go back to for further insurrection. He was very happy to stop for photos and water. We were very happy with our tour. Please Remember to bring tip money. Most tour guides are very appreciative of the extra money. We were on our last day and had just a few coins left and it felt so inadequate for all his efforts and all he showed us.

After the initial confusion with the pick up location, we managed to meet our guide, Achilles, who was amazing! He was lovely, well mannered, patient and polite. He is very knowledgeable about the history of his country and his English was perfect. The whole tour was awesome.. my daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! Would Highly recommend this tour to any first timers in Athens. Thank you :)

Our guide Stelios was an amazing source of local history. Extremely friendly , helpful and knows the best restaurants, hotels and shopping. Stelio’s alone made our trip in Athens one to remember and cherish. We will be recommending him to all our friends and family.

Great visit and our guide was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to show us more of the sites. We have already recommended him to other people we met in the resort.