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Athens: Acropolis Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

1. Athens: Acropolis Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

Join your small group to enjoy pre-reserved tickets with priority 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 over nearly 3,000 years. Visit the most important buildings visible on the Acropolis today: the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike. 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: Early Morning Acropolis & Plaka Guided Walking Tour

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

Join this walking tour to explore the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens with skip-the-line entry tickets. Start early to avoid the crowds and see highlights such as the Parthenon, Erechtheion, and the Acropolis Museum. Walk the narrow cobblestone streets of Plaka, Athens’ Old Town. 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. Marvel at 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: Old Town Highlights Electric Bike Tour

3. 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.

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

4. 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: Ancient Greek Theater Performance

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

6. 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 Original Street Art Tour

7. Athens Original Street Art Tour

London, Berlin, New York, or Paris normally come to mind when street art is mentioned. Athens, however, is often overlooked and yet is a city rich in graffiti art. Street art emerged in the Greek capital around 1998. The art form really took off, developing its distinctive style over the past 10 years, particularly as the country’s economic crisis unfolded. This 3-hour guided tour offers an alternative way to experience Athens and take a look at what’s happening at its core. A vested interest in art isn’t required to enjoy this activity. All you need is curiosity and receptiveness to the fantasy, colors, and meanings of the works you encounter, as you look at Athens in a fresh and unconventional way.

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

8. 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.

Greek Dancing in Plaka with 3-Course Meal

9. Greek Dancing in Plaka with 3-Course Meal

This entertaining evening will start with a pickup . Traditional Greek culture, fine food, and wild entertainment are on the menu at a Greek Typical Tavern for a night not to be missed. Enjoy a spectacular evening of Greek dancing in Plaka with exquisite Mediterranean food and no shortage of fun. Take your seat in one of the oldest restaurants in Athens, located in the heart of the historic Plaka district and just a stone's throw from the Acropolis. You will be rewarded with acrobatic displays of folk dancing and the intoxicating sounds of traditional Greek music that will have you on your feet in no time! Marvel at the showmanship while tucking into a 3-course menu of fine Greek cuisine. This unforgettable night of dining and dancing includes pick-up and escort .

Athens: Private Evening Sightseeing Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

10. 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.

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We have been on three food tours in the past 2 weeks. Without question, this was the best guide and best food. We cannot recommend this more highly. It is the most enjoyable, most informative and most delicious tour with the warmth and humor of a local. Do not hesitate to book (and love!) this tour!

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!

Very cool tour to see aspects of Athens beyond the archaeological sites. Would appeal to teenagers especially. Interesting art work shown to us which would not be easy to see on our own.

Chris was a great guide, and the tuk tuk was extremely maneuverable around the city.

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