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Athens: Early Morning Acropolis & Plaka Guided Walking Tour

1. Athens: Early Morning Acropolis & Plaka Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide early in the morning and start your tour of the Acropolis before the heat of the day sets in. Admire the Theatre of Dionysus on the south slope of the Acropolis as you make your way up the hill to view the ancient structures located there. Tour the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Pedestal of Agrippa as your guide shares the fascinating history of this ancient site.  Next, head downhill in the direction of Plaka, admiring views of the Ancient Agora and the National Observatory of Athens as you walk. Explore the cobblestone streets of Plaka with your guide as you discover secrets unknown even to the locals. Enjoy the tranquility of this village within a city as you explore the many narrow passages and discover hidden gems. See the Bathhouse of the Winds, the Roman Forum, the Fethiye Mosque Museum, and Hadrian's Library as you head towards Monastiraki Square where your tour comes to an end.

Athens: Ancient Greek Theater Performance

2. Athens: Ancient Greek Theater Performance

Watch a unique, funny and touching play, right next to the Acropolis museum. Do not leave Greece without joining that thrilling experience, a theater performance given by actors talking in English and learn about some of the most interesting myths related to ancient Greece. The story goes like this: “During his visit to the Acropolis, a present-day tourist slips and gets knocked out. When he awakens, he finds himself transported to the 5th century B.C, Athens. There, he will have an intense talk with Medea, watch the daughters of Oedipus grieve, chase the god of Wealth himself around the Parthenon and find out how Odysseus solved a Cyclopean problem.”

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

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

4. 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: 2-Hour Highlights Tour by E-Bike After Sunset

5. Athens: 2-Hour Highlights Tour by E-Bike After Sunset

Experience Athens after dark on an e-bike ride through the city center. Listen to street musicians and enjoy the cooler air of the evening as you admire the historic monuments illuminated for the night. Climb the Hill of Nymphs for views of the Acropolis and Mount Lycabettus. Stop at Hadrian's Arch, the Temple of Zeus and the Greek Parliament building to admire the traditional tunics of the Evzones guards. Discover the site of the first modern Olympic Games at the Panathenaic Stadium. Cycle the picturesque streets of Plaka, lined with cafés and restaurants, and see the Ancient Agora, Temple of Hephaestus and porticoes of the Stoa of Attalos.

Athens: Acropolis Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

6. Athens: Acropolis Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

Join your small group to enjoy skip-the-line access to the famous Acropolis. Enjoy a more personalized and interactive experience led by an expert local guide. Begin exploring the Acropolis immediately avoiding the long queues. Journey through history with your local guide, from the ancient Hellenistic and Roman periods, through the Byzantine and Ottoman era into the modern-day. Learn about the most celebrated myths of ancient Athens, its most significant religious festivals, earliest cults, and how several specific events in the city’s history are all connected to this sacred precinct. Enjoy stunning views over Athens from a commanding point of this ancient citadel and see how the city has developed through nearly 3,000 years. Choose to stay on the hill to explore further at your own pace, or let your guide show you a different route towards the south exit that will present you with views of the Altar of Asclepius and the Theater of Dionysus.

Athens: Electric Bike Tour

7. Athens: Electric Bike Tour

This morning electric bike tour lasts about 3.5 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 Mythology Highlights Tour without Tickets

8. 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: Food and Wine Tasting Tour at Night

9. Athens: Food and Wine Tasting Tour at Night

Experience the romance of Athens after dark on a food and wine tasting tour in areas such as Syntagma and Plaka. Join a food expert to discover the hidden gems of the local cuisine and learn the history behind some of the most beloved dishes of Greece. On this tasting tour, you'll pop into quirky delis and family taverns to try dishes and delicacies loved by the locals and not so known internationally. Enjoy a meal as you take in the atmosphere and meet the vendors who delight visitors and locals alike with their artisanal skills. Later, upgrade your evening at a local wine bar and take an aromatic journey through the wine culture of Greece. Taste wines served with charcuterie and cheeses from across the country. End your experience by savoring local ice cream.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Plaka

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I and my partner Gordon thoroughly enjoyed our dance lesson. In addition to some basic Greek folk dances, Melina taught me the iconic Greek men's dance hasapiko from Zorba the Greek. It was so much fun! We also really enjoyed our tour guide Konstantine. His English was excellent, and he had wide knowledge of Greek history and culture. He also had a lot of interesting personal life experiences to share. We learned a lot from him and wish him the best!

Sophie was amazing.. She is a warm, kind and gracious tour guide. I had the best time ever on her walking food tour. It is by far the best and most interesting foods that I have tasted in Athens. I’m am so grateful that I was exposed to a more local.. style tour that perfectly highlighted the modern Greek culture. I highly recommend that everyone take this tour. It was an unforgettable experience for me.

Loved the Ancient Greek theater performance! Four talented young men kept us entertained with (parts of) ancient theater plays for 90 minutes. The simplest of settings with the most magnificent view of Acropolis!

Minnie was a fantastic host/ guide. We all enjoyed the different stops and explanations of athem all. Great way to spend an evening with others and making new friends.

A worthwhile, informative bus trip to give you the lay of the land.