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

1. 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.

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Athens: Mythical Rivers & Hills Private Tour

2. Athens: Mythical Rivers & Hills Private Tour

A small river flowed from a source in the foothills of Lycabettus through the ancient Agora to the archaeological site of Kerameikos. Part of the river was unearthed during the excavation of the Athens Metro. Ilissos was a river god of Green antiquity and of great importance for ancient Athenians. Now the River named after him lies beyond the city but, following its route with your guide on this 3-hour walk, you’ll be able to imagine the waters flowing once again. The Athens Riverside experience is a walk through unspoiled Athens. You’ll see a completely different side of the city and you’ll be supporting Urban Athens Collective and groups that are collaborating to save areas such as the group Ilissos-sos. Walk along hidden paths, and learn about past and present of Athens. Encounter ancient sanctuaries dedicated to mysterious gods and see the remains of ancient Athenian neighborhoods. Visit Pnyx Hill, Philoppapos Hill, and the Ilissos riverside.

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Athens: Highlights and Acropolis Guided Tour without Tickets

3. Athens: Highlights and Acropolis Guided Tour without Tickets

Discover the extraordinary sites and ancient ruins of Athens on a comprehensive city tour that takes to you face-to-face with antiquity at some of the city’s most breathtaking World Heritage Sites. Your 3-hour walking tour begins at the Syntagma metro station. The guide will show you the archeological sites around this historic square before continuing on to Parliament House and the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. You’ll even get to see the pageantry of the changing of the guards! Visit the National Garden of Athens, and see the neo-classical Zappeion Hall. In front of the Hall are the towering columns that once belonged to the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. This 6th-century B.C. temple was dedicated to the kings of the gods, but wasn't completed until nearly 600 years later. From here you’ll enter the hip and cool Plaka district. Walk past the the portrait of Melina Merkouri, one of Greece’s most famous film actresses and politicians. Continue walking along the winding pedestrianized streets, passing bustling cafés. You’ll soon begin the ascent to the Acropolis, taking in stunning views of the city below. Your knowledgeable guide will tell you about the monuments at the base of the Acropolis, including the famous Parthenon, Erechteion Propylaia, Nike Temple, the Dionysus Sanctuary, and Philopappos Hill.

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Athens: Sunset Electric Bike Tour

4. Athens: Sunset Electric Bike Tour

Equipped with a modern electric bike for a relaxed and enjoyable tour, you will begin exploring Athens by visiting the National Gardens, a peaceful shady place in the heart of the city. Next, you will ride towards the Presidential Mansion where you can witness the ceremonial unit of the Presidential Guards. Then, it’s time to discover the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place, and the Zappeion, a magnificent Neoclassical building completed in 1888. While cycling around Athens you will stop in front of the impressive Temple of Olympian Zeus, as well as the Arch of Hadrian, which is one of the best photo spots in Athens. Next you'll head to the biggest pedestrian area of the city, where you will pass by the Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis Hill before reaching a secret spot to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Parthenon.  Your journey back in time will continue with a stop at the Ancient Greek Cemetery (Kerameikos), the Ancient Greek Agora and the Roman Agora. The tour will end with a visit to the Cathedral of Athens and a ride through the scenic neighborhood of Plaka. In Plaka, you will find plenty of amazing spots to get awesome photos of the Old City, and your guide will give you pointers on the best places to visit after the tour ends.

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Athens, Acropolis & Museum Tour without Tickets

5. Athens, Acropolis & Museum Tour without Tickets

On this comprehensive city tour you’ll see some of the most important landmarks and sights in the historical center of Athens. You’ll also tour the Acropolis, enjoying an in-depth guided tour of this World Heritage Site. The 5-hour tour begins inside the Syntagma metro station where your guide will show you the archaeological finds that came to light during the construction of the metro. Head on to Parliament House and the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. See the changing of the guard before continuing on to the National Garden of Athens and the beautiful neo-classical Zappeion Hall. In front of the hall, note the surviving columns of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch Tower. Enter the famous Plaka district, and continue on the beautiful pedestrian walkway of Dionyssiou Areopagitou to the Acropolis. Begin your ascent while taking in spectacular views of the city below. Your guide will provide a detailed account of the monuments of the Acropolis, including the Parthenon, Erechteion, Propylaia, and the Nike Temple. Learn about surrounding landmarks, such as the Dionysus Sanctuary, Philopappos Hill, Mars Hill, and the Ancient Agora. The tours ends at the New Acropolis Museum, where you’ll have a chance to see some of the more than 4,000 magnificent objects that were unearthed during the excavation of the site.

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Athens: Highlights and Hidden Gems Small Group Tour & Picnic

6. Athens: Highlights and Hidden Gems Small Group Tour & Picnic

Meet your expert guide for this half-day tour at the Evangelismos metro station and set off a leisurely paced stroll through the streets of Plaka, the old town of Athens. In this sprawling, historical neighborhood you’ll follow along a maze of cobbled streets lined with examples of Neoclassical architecture, Byzantine churches, and busy shops. On the northernmost streets of Plaka is the area known as Anafiotika, an idyllic cluster of whitewashed houses that are reminiscent of buildings in the Greek islands. In the 19th century workers from the Cyclades, homesick for their native island life, built the houses and painted them bright white to remind themselves of Anafi. While listening to some stories about the area and its history from your guide, you’ll walk to the Rock of Ares, which is just a bit farther up the slopes of the Acropolis on Mars Hill. The colossal rock marks the site of the supreme court of ancient Athens. Kings from centuries ago are buried in tombs surrounding it. Continue to Philopappou Hill, passing the prison where the Greek philosopher Socrates was sentenced to death on controversial charges. You’ll also stop at the top of Philopappou Hill to enjoy breathtaking views over Athens. Sit down with a glass of white wine and enjoy a picnic of various Greek delicacies.

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Ancient Athens and Acropolis 3–Hour Segway Tour

7. Ancient Athens and Acropolis 3–Hour Segway Tour

If your time is limited and you are wondering whether to visit the hill of Acropolis or see the rest of the city, why not do both? Visit the hill of Acropolis and admire from up close the most important temple and one of the seven wonders of antiquity, the Parthenon.  Travel up and down the most beautiful of Athens seven famous hills, covering must–see sights such as the Mars hill, Acropolis hill and ancient Agora. Start by visiting Keramikos, the ancient cemetery and one of the entrances to Athens. Follow the path of the ancient Greeks to visit the Ancient Agora, the heart of ancient Athens and the roman agora. Drive over to your next stop, Mars hill and the entrance to the Acropolis. Take in this majestic world icon from your unique viewpoint on a Segway. This is a perfect photo opportunity! Ride up the Pnyka Hill and discover its off-the-beaten track terraced area, where democracy was born.

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Private Guided Tour: Athens, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

8. Private Guided Tour: Athens, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

Meet with your expert licensed private guide in the heart of Athens, Syntagma square and start with a brief look at a lovely collection of archaeological findings dating from classical times and discovered during excavations in the area. Continue to the elegant House of Parliament to watch the Change of Guards done by the famous Evzones, in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Walk through the cool and shady National Garden, the former Queen Amalia’s Garden and admire the neoclassical architecture of Zappeion Hall. Learn about the first Olympic Games of modern times and about prominent figures of Athens recent history. Visit the Zeus Temple and Hadrian’s Arch from the Roman Era. Walk along the beautiful Dionysiou Areopagitou walkway until you reach the side entrance to the Acropolis.  Continue to the Acropolis by entering the site from the south slope, in order to visit the first theater of antiquity the Dionysus theater and to avoid the crowds. On your way to the Unesco-listed admirable Acropolis monuments, see the Philopappos hill monument and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Marvel the ancient beautiful constructions of the Acropolis: the Temple of Athena Nike, the Propylaea gateway, the Erechtheion and focus on the astonishing Parthenon. Your knowledgeable guide will provide you with plenty of information and uncover fascinating facts about the construction and history of the monuments. The unique, beautiful view of the city of Athens, including the Mars hill, the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus, will capture your heart and mind, same as you will capture them on camera. Time for exploring and picture taking at the Acropolis will be provided after your Acropolis tour and also a short break for a snack or a drink. After having admired one of the most famous sites in the world you can continue your tour to the Acropolis Museum. The New Acropolis Museum was designed by Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi in co-operation with the Greek architect Michalis Photiadis. Its unique design has incorporated the excavations which are visible under stunning glass floors. The Acropolis masterpieces are marked out and given the prominence they deserve through the ideal interior atmosphere conditions, the natural lighting, as well as easy visitor access, panoramic views and excellent layout of the exhibition areas. It exhibits about 4,000 artifacts. The tour ends at the Acropolis Museum.

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Acropolis, Plaka & Ancient Agora Guided Tour without Tickets

9. Acropolis, Plaka & Ancient Agora Guided Tour without Tickets

Discover the Acropolis - the landmark of Greece! You will enter the Acropolis from the south slope so as to avoid the crowds and also to visit the Dionysus Sanctuary and Dionysus Theater, built in the 5th century BC. As you begin to ascend the sacred hill a breathtaking view of the city below will unfold. Your guide will give you a detailed explanation of the glorious monuments of the Acropolis such as, the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaia, the Nike Temple, the Agrippa Monument and the surrounding monuments such as the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Observatory as well as the Philopappos, Mars Hill, and Pnyx Hill. Afterwards enjoy free time for exploring and picture taking at the Acropolis after your tour. For the guided tour of the Agora you will meet your tour guide at about 1:45 pm in front of the Acropolis canteen, which is located exactly opposite the main exit. You will also be advised by your tour guide.  Before the Agora tour starts, you can grab a snack or a drink  from the canteen as the tour schedule does not include time for a leisure lunch. You will then meet with your tour guide and continue your tour to the Ancient Agora. Next discover the Ancient Agora - the heart of the Ancient City! After your Acropolis tour you will have a short break to grab a snack or beverage, as the tour schedule does not include time for a leisurely lunch. You will then walk down to the Ancient Agora which was the commercial, political, and financial center of Ancient Athens. The walk through the monuments will offer you the sense of traveling back in time. You will visit the Hephaestus Temple - the best preserved Greek Temple from the 5th century BC, and you will see the wonderful church of the 12 Apostles, the Temple of Apollo Patroos, the Stoa of Zeus, the Altar of Zeus, and with your knowledgeable and professional guide the ancient stones will come alive. The Ancient Agora is the place where Socrates, Plato and many world renowned philosophers walked and taught. Your licensed guide will then take you to the Attalos Museum which is worthwhile visiting as it houses artefacts of great historical value such as the ID’s of the ancient Greeks, and the original measures and weights for the Market inspectors.

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Athens: Coastline E-Bike Tour with Lunch by the Sea

10. Athens: Coastline E-Bike Tour with Lunch by the Sea

Start your electric bike ride at the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian road on a 4.5-hour tour that connects some of the most important sights in Athens, including the Acropolis Museum, Areios Pagos, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Filopappos Hill, Pnyx, the Ancient Agora and Kerameikos. Leaving the archeological area behind, you’ll ride along the bicycle lane, cycling through popular areas such as Kallithea, Petralona, and Taurus, developed in the late 19th century. Soon approach the construction site of the new Opera House that will also host the National Library. As you continue on you’ll have superb views of Faliro Bay. The esplanade leads you to the Naval Museum, where you’ll see the battleship Averof and a replica of an ancient Greek trireme. Then you’ll enter the imposing Flisvos Marina, which hosts some of the biggest yachts around. Cycle along the coast, where Athenians would spend summer vacations. Holidaymakers would stroll along the magnificent boardwalk listening to the orchestra playing music in front of the Aktaion Palace, a luxurious hotel that remained open until the 1970s. Before ending the tour, you’ll have plenty of time to swim and relax at the beach, which was the first integrated swimming beach in Athens, established almost 150 years ago. There, for the first time, men and women were able to swim together. Following your swim, head back to the center of Athens on a relaxed ride by electric bike.

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What people are saying about Filopappou Hill

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 673 reviews

We only had about 36 hours in Athens on the start of our Honeymoon and we really wanted to make the most of it, so we booked a private tour of the Acropolis & Museum. This was an amazing choice because it allowed us to talk one on one with our guide, move around Athens freely, ask all sorts of questions and really get an intimate feel of the city! Dorina, our tour guide, was absolutely fantastic & every few steps it seems she taught us new things about the history of the city. She was so incredibly knowledgeable I wish I could have taken her with us through the rest of Greece! We were referencing things she said or taught us the rest of our 10 day trip, she really helped make our honeymoon! The tour was also definitely a lot of walking (I think we did 12 miles or so that day) so bring comfortable shoes, a hat & a water bottle to combat the heat. Refill stations are available. The Museum is new and well worth the visit -if you're a history buff you can't pass this one up!

It was magical! Definitely top of my list of "must do" activities in Athens. You begin in the early evening light with spectacular scenery and you finish in the dark again with spectacular scenery--as so many buildings are lit up at night. The guides were so knowledgeable and interesting--and very attentive to the traffic, so I never felt worried. And the e-bikes are such fun to ride.

This is an excellent experience. I thought it was a little pricey, but our tour guide (Aris) made it worth it. It is nice to have your own private licensed tour guide to walk you through the city and through all the historical sites.

Great tour, lovely views, very nice tour guide! Best to do first day there to get a good background before visiting the sights in full after.

Marina était au top je recommande à 100% très bonne visite de la ville et des lieux emblématiques d’athénes. Donne de très bon conseils +++