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Athens: Red Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Piraeus and Beach Rivera

1. Athens: Red Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Piraeus and Beach Rivera

Experience the Greek capital on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour along 3 different routes. You’ll travel on an open-top, double-decker bus as you take in the many important sights and attractions of the city. With the help of the onboard multilingual audio guide you can trace the history and culture of Athens from ancient times to the present day. In addition to the city’s many monuments, you’ll come across a multitude of shopping opportunities along the route. You can visit world-renowned museums and marvel at the ancient temples - the Acropolis and Parthenon. Athens Route Stops: Stop 1 - Syntagma Square Stop 2 - A Melina Merkouri / Plaka Stop 3 - A Acropolis Museum Stop 4 - A The Acropolis & Parthenon (Interchange: Piraeus route) Stop 5 - A Temple of Zeus Stop 6 - A Parliament / National Gardens Stop 7 - The Four Museums Stop 8 - The National Gallery Stop 9 - A Ancient Olympic Stadium Stop 9 - B Parliament / National Gardens Stop 10 - National Library Stop 11 - National Archaeological Museum Stop 12 - Omonoia Square Stop 13 - Karaiskaki Square Stop 14 - Monastiraki Square Stop 15 -Kotzia Square Piraeus Route Stops: Stop 1 - Pantion University Stop 2 - Niarchos Foundation Stop 3 - Municipal Theatre Stop 4 - Cruise Terminals A & B Stop 5 - Lions Gate Stop 6 - Cruise Terminals A & B Stop 7 - Archaeological Museum of Piraeus Stop 8 - Votsalakia Beach Stop 9 - Mikrolimano Harbour Stop 10 - Planetarium Stop 11 - Athens Ledra & Intercontinental Beach & Riviera Route Stops: Melina Merkouri/Plaka Pantion University Niarchos Foundation Falire/Flisvas Edem Ag.Kesmas Beach Bomo Palace Asteria Beach Divani Apollon Oceanis Beach/ Atrir Palace Vouliagemi Lake Pigadakia Blazer Suites Glyfada town Golf Ag.Kosmas Kalamki Poseidon Hotel Marriot/Planetarium Grand Hyatt/ Intercontinental Temple of Zeus

Athens, Piraeus, and Coastline: Blue Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

2. Athens, Piraeus, and Coastline: Blue Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Explore Athens, the Port of Piraeus, and the coastline of the Athenian Riviera at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Benefit from easy transportation to key attractions, such as the Panathenaic Stadium and Parthenon at the Acropolis. Travel on 4 lines for 1 day, including Athens (Orange Line), Piraeus (Blue Line), Glyfada (Yellow Line), and Vouliagmeni (Green Line). Get acquainted with the Greek capital's most beautiful sites and enrich your cruise or vacation experience. Recorded commentaries in 16 languages will provide historical, cultural and social information about one of the most ancient capitals of the world. Blue Line - Piraeus  Ideal if you have just arrived on a cruise, you can hop on the Blue Line at either of the cruise terminals in the Port of Piraeus, just a stone's throw from your cruise ship. See attractions such as the yacht marina at Pasalimani and the ancient harbor of Mikrolimano. Don't miss out on the impressive new Museum of Acropolis and walk up the hill to admire the Parthenon at the top. The bus takes passengers directly to the most eminent monuments of Athens and Greece. Orange Line - Athens The Orange Line roams by the most beautiful attractions further down the city center from the Acropolis and Parthenon. Explore the historic Plaka district and discover the most traditional area of Athens. Visit the gate of the Roman emperor Hadrian. See the Temple of Olympian Zeus and admire the largest temple in Greece from Roman times. Go to the Hellenic Parliament on Syntagma Square and look at its impressive guards. Stroll through Ermou to experience the busiest shopping street in Athens. Visit the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games were held. Go to the National Library to marvel at an outstanding building of great historical value. Drop by the National Archaeological Museum, or roam around the picturesque area of Monastiraki and its Flea Market. Take a walk through the quaint neighborhood of Thission.  Yellow Line − Glyfada Enjoy a tour of the Athenian Riviera, starting from the Planetarium stop of the Blue Line. Find out how the bewildering desert of the 1900s has evolved into one of the most cosmopolitan areas of Greece. From the Niarchos Foundation to the Marina Alimou, the Yellow Line blends history with the modern. Watch the sunset from Marina Flisvou or swim and sunbathe in Agios Kosmas. From the Glyfada Terminal, you can wander around the most cosmopolitan suburbs of the capital and shop at the luxury department stores. Wind down in a beautiful cafe and don't miss out on the beach bar where you can enjoy a cocktail by the seaside.  Green Line − Vouliagmeni Vouliagmeni may be better associated with its beaches, but the area is also a history lesson in its own right. From the Allied Forces Cemetery to the Byzantine Museum, Vouliagmeni is certainly worth a visit. Relax at the beautiful beach of Kavouri Oceanis, one of the most popular beaches in Athens. Go to Vouliagmeni Lake to discover one of the city's most popular spots. Don’t miss out on the thermal baths and admire the breathtaking surroundings.

Athens, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Including Entry Fees

3. Athens, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Including Entry Fees

You’ll be picked up at your centrally located Athens hotel and begin your full-day tour with a visit to Panathinaikos Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. Pass by the Prime Minister’s residence and the former Royal Palace, which is still guarded by the colorfully garbed Evzone soldiers. You’ll see the historically important Zappion building, now a conference and exhibition hall, before arriving at the Temple of Olympian Zeus, completed in 131 A.D. The tour continues past the National Gardens to Hadrian’s Arch and on to the Parliament. You’ll also pass by the National Academy, the National Library, the Old Parliament, Constitution Square, and the Russian Orthodox Church. Marvel at the Acropolis, built in the 5th century B.C. Visit the Propylaea Gateway, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, and the Erechtheum with its famous Porch of Maidens. Take a short, pleasant walk past the Herodion and Dionysos theaters to the new Acropolis Museum. The museum houses more than 4,000 artifacts from the Acropolis site, and its exhibits cover the Greek Bronze Age as well as the Roman and Byzantine periods.

Athens: Old Town Highlights Electric Bike Tour

4. 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.

Historic Athens: Small Group Electric Bike Tour

5. Historic Athens: Small Group Electric Bike Tour

Embark on an electric bike tour of Athens that combines the city’s ancient and modern sites, and enjoy panoramic views, picturesque streets, and well-known archeological sights along the way. Following a short briefing and test ride at the centrally located meeting point, cruise through a park to familiarize yourself with the bike before the start of your tour proper. Glide effortlessly up the hill to Pnyka and Filoppappou, where there will be time to admire the views and take panoramic photos. Go to see the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Areios Pagos (Supreme Court) on the slopes of the Acropolis, before heading to the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. Along the way, discover some of the city’s more modern monuments, and look at the Evzones (guards) standing in front of the Parliament building in their colorful tunics. Travel through the National Gardens to arrive at the Panathenaic Stadium, the site of the very 1st Olympic Games. Then, cycle back through the narrow streets of Plaka to discover a picturesque neighborhood just steps from the Acropolis. Stop to look at the Tower of Winds and discover the Roman and ancient markets, before heading back.

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!

Full-Day Tour of Athens and Cape Sounion

7. Full-Day Tour of Athens and Cape Sounion

Start this tour by visiting the Panathinaikos Stadium, home of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Our scenic drive will continue past by the Prime’s Ministers residence and the Royal Palace guarded by the colorful Evzones guards in traditional uniforms. View the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus, the National Gardens, the beautiful Arch of Hadrian, and the Old Parliament in birthplace of democracy. Look forward to discovering the Acropolis high atop Athens. Experience the history of the Pantheon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena and built in the 5th century B.C.. Next we will visit the Erechtheion. This beautiful temple can be easily recognized by its the Porch of Maidens, gazing over the Greek Capital. Experience breathtaking views from the Acropolis as the city of Athens opens up below you. After a morning full of beauty and history, relax and enjoy a delicious Greek lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will take a scenic drive along the coastal road which offers fantastic views of the Saronic Gulf. Look forward to reaching the Cape of Sounion. A temple was built here in 44B.C.on a hilltop overlooking the sea. It was dedicated to Poseidon, god of the seas. The tour will conclude with a drive back to Athens, completing a full day of history and beauty.

Best of Athens Small-Group Segway Tour

8. Best of Athens Small-Group Segway Tour

Your tour leader will start with a 30-minute training session to help you get comfortable on your Segway. Within minutes you’ll realize just how easy and intuitive it is! The tour will start by visiting the area where, in antiquity, everything ended! Keramikos area was the ancient cemetery but also one of the entrances to Athens. Then follow almost the same path as the ancient Greeks to visit the Ancient Agora, the heart of ancient Athens and the Roman agora. Without breaking a sweat, drive over to the next stop, the most important one, Mars hill and the entrance to the Acropolis. Take in the sight of this majestic world icon from your unique viewpoint on a Segway as you visit from the outside. This is a perfect photo opportunity! But wait… there is more! From here, easily ride up the Pnyka Hill — no tired feet! — and discover its off-the-beaten track terraced area where democracy was born and follow the path that  leads on to Athens’(Acropolis) best panoramic view. Roll through the pedestrian street around the hill of Acropolis so as to meet the “Roman” part of the city, where the temple of Zeus and the gate of Andrian stands. Then visit the first modern Olympic “village”, the Zappion mansion and the Panathinaikon Stadium, to discover where the first modern Olympic Games took place andl glide on to the national gardens, to ease your mind like kings and queens used to do! A sure highlight of the day is the presidential guards, with their unique and meaningful uniform. Right before heading back, you will have the change to get a picture next to the guards, a must-do here in Athens! If you are looking for a fun, eco-friendly way to discover the best that Modern Athens has to offer in just a few hours – you’ll love this Modern Athens Segway Tour! You’ll cover more ground and see more without the effort it would take the cover the same route on foot.

Athens: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

9. 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: Guided City Tour on an Electric Trikke Scooter

10. Athens: Guided City Tour on an Electric Trikke Scooter

Marvel at the top sights in central Athens as you glide around on an electric Trikke scooter. See some of the main attractions in the city as you explore in a unique and fun way. Meet your local guide, learn how to ride, and get ready to discover the city. Start your tour by taking in views of the Acropolis and Parthenon. Admire the Temple of Olympian Zeus, built to honor the king of the gods, and stop to take a picture beneath Hadrian's Arch. Cruise along the flat and even surface at the Zappeion Exhibition Hall and then race with your family or friends at the Panathenaic Stadium. Cool off and relax at the beautiful national garden, an oasis in the heart of the city, and finish your tour by exploring the Hellenic Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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Punctual start. No issue with directions to location. Quickly got us registered and took time to ensure could operate safely. Went at pace to suit group so nobody felt left out. Sterious knew his subject perfectly and communicated that well with just enough info to explain without boring....

Our guide George was very knowledgeable and had great insights and knowledge about the various sites in Athens. The bikes were super fun to ride, it was an excellent way to tour the city, I would recommend this excursion!

We loved this. Different way to explore Athens and learn about its history. Guide very friendly and knowledgeable.

Relaxed tour giving an interesting insight on the centre of Athens and beyond.

It was great!! So much fun!! I would do it again !! Trudy