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Athens: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Athens: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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 Acropolis / 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: Acropolis/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: Old Town Highlights Guided E-Bike Tour

Athens: Old Town Highlights Guided E-Bike Tour

Embark on a sightseeing experience of the historic center of Athens effortlessly on a comfortable e-bike. Discover the traditional neighborhood of Thission and the trendy area of Plaka. Meet your guide near the Acropolis metro station. After a quick safety briefing, get set up on your e-bike to begin your tour of the heart of Athens. Cycle effortlessly through the streets as you learn about the sights and neighborhoods with your guide. Admire the dome of the National Observatory of Athens with unique views of the city, perfect for all photography lovers. Head to the traditional neighborhood of Thission, check out the ancient cemetery of Kerameikos, and cycle next to the remains of the Ancient Greek Agora and the Roman Agora. After exploring and cycling by many of the city's highlights and hidden gems, it's time for a short break by the shade of the Athens City Cathedral. Grab a refreshment or marvel at the beauty of the church before continuing your journey. Explore the trendy neighborhood of Plaka with an abundance of cute little souvenir shops and catch unique views of the Acropolis. Ride towards the Presidential Mansion and check out the ceremonial change of the guards. Pass by the architectural marvel of the Zappeion Hall and get a glimpse of the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the Panathenaic stadium. Finish your tour in front of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and take memorable photos in front of Handrian's arch.

Athens, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Including Entry Fees

Athens, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Including Entry Fees

You’ll be picked up at your centrally located Athens hotel and begin your full-day and zero-carbon 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.

Historic Athens: Small Group Electric Bike Tour

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: City Highlights Bike tour

Athens: City Highlights Bike tour

You will find our meeting point very close to the Acropolis metro station, where your tour leader will be there to welcome you. After getting equipped with a bike and a helmet you will receive a safety briefing before heading on an exciting adventure! Reach the National Observatory first, where you will get the chance to take amazing photos from a hidden spot with breathtaking views. Follow the path to Thission area, a lovely pedestrian place with beautiful coffee shops and great views of the Acropolis and cycle by the ancient cemetery of Kerameikos. Cycle next to the Greek and Roman Agoras on your way to Plaka neighborhood, the picturesque area with the aligned souvenir markets at the foot of the Acropolis. After exploring hidden paths and marveling at Athens' most and lesser famous spots, it's time for a short break at the Athens' Orthodox Cathedral to enjoy a refreshing coffee or beverage. When our short break comes to an end, it's time to continue the tour towards the other side of the Acropolis and make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where you will have the chance to take a glimpse of the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Ride through the wide pedestrian area of the magnificent Neoclassical building of the Zappeion hall before making a brief stop outside the Presidential Mansion to enjoy the unique event of the change of the guards. Finish off your tour in front of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and take memorable photos with Hadrian's Arch and the Acropolis above as your picturesque background.

From Cruise Port: The Acropolis & Athens Highlights Tour

From Cruise Port: The Acropolis & Athens Highlights Tour

Whether it's your first time to Athens and the Acropolis or one of many, this ingenious structure will never cease to take your breath away. But Athens is not just the Acropolis, it is a thriving modern metropolis with much to explore. Start the day at the Syntagma metro station, where you will enjoy a brief visit to the metro Museum and its fascinating archaeological artifacts from daily life in ancient Athens that came to light during the construction of the metro. Continue on to the National Gardens and pass the neoclassical architectural design of Zappeion Hall. From this vantage point, you can see the remaining colossal columns of the Temple of Zeus, as well as Hadrian’s Arch. The tour then continues to the Acropolis, entering from the southern slope to avoid the crowds, and the great Dionysus Theatre, the most significant theatre of its kind in Europe. Ascend the Sacred Hill of the Acropolis, stopping along the way at the great monuments, including the Parthenon, the Erectheion, the Propylaia, the Nike Temple, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the ancient Agora. Enjoy some free time to explore the Acropolis and Plaka before you begin to make your way back to Athens. Skip-the-Ticket Line Access Please be aware that even with our skip-the-ticket-line service, there might be some waiting time required for security checks. This is because visitor numbers can fluctuate unpredictably at the sites throughout the day. The typical waiting time falls within 0 to 10 or 30 minutes, though on rare occasions, it might be longer. 

Athens: Olympic Games Workout Session

Athens: Olympic Games Workout Session

Fulfill your Olympic dream without all the really hard stuff. Join this fun activity suitable for all ages, where you'll discover the fascinating history of the Olympic Games. Start your day with a warm-up at Zapion, a charming neoclassical monument in the heart of the National Gardens, the first building to be erected specifically for the revival of the Olympic Games in 1896. Find out in detail what role the ancient Olympics played in society over the millennium in which they were held. Learn how the athletes trained and what disciplines were included as the games evolved. Hear some really old sports trivia to stump your friends, and investigate how the modern games were first proposed, organized and held in Athens more than 1,500 years after they were last staged. Then, stretch your muscles at Athens' oldest gym and try some classic techniques from old events, such as the discus and javelin throw. Practice newer ones too, like the shot put and long jump! By the time you reach the Panathenaic Stadium (the only stadium in the world made entirely of marble), you’ll be psyched up for a truly unique experience – a race in the stadium, on the hallowed track where the first modern Olympians competed more than a century ago. Don’t worry about personal bests; it’s the run that counts, not the finish line!

Athens Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots

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!

Athens: City Highlights Nighttime Walking Tour in Spanish

Athens: City Highlights Nighttime Walking Tour in Spanish

Our evening city tour of Athens will start at the National Library of Greece, one of the three elements that make up the majestic trilogy of neoclassical buildings, then we will visit the University and the Academy of Athens. Our next stop will be Syntagma Square, where we will stop at the Greek Parliament to see the so known presidential guard. Continuing our tour, we will see a hidden gem among the National Gardens, the ancient Olympic Village of Zappeion, we will see the first Olympic stadium in modern history, the Panathinaiko Stadium. After visiting the stadium, we will take a trip back in time, as our next stop will be Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Zeus. We will then head to the great Metropolitan Cathedral and the Little Mitropolis. Immediately after, we will arrive at the vibrant Monastiraki Square to end in the Greek Agora with impressive views of the Acropolis.

Athens: Sunset Electric Bike Tour

Athens: Sunset Electric Bike Tour

Get ready to meet your tour leader at the heart of Athens, at the foot of the Acropolis Hill and be equipped with a bike and a helmet before starting your exciting tour during Athens' golden hour. After a safety briefing and a short introduction of the tour, ride towards Philopapou Hill and discover the breathtaking panoramic views of the city of Athens from the National Observatory as the sun has already begun its descend. Ride towards the cool neighborhood of Thission and check out the ancient cemetery of Kerameikos before passing by the Ancient Greek and Roman Agoras. Explore the buzzing local favorite areas of Psirri with the numerous coffee shops, restaurants and street food places and then move to the local souvenir market in Plaka neighborhood. After cycling to numerous other important landmarks and local areas, get ready to explove a well hidden area that looks it was taken right out of a greek island postcard in lovely sunset hues! As the sun lowers even more, cycle over the wide pedestrian paths of the Zappeion Hall and get a glimpse of the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the fantastic Panathenaic stadium. Follow the path towards the Presidential Mansion for a short stop during which you will have the chance to watch the ceremonial event of the change of the guards, a unique experience not to be missed. Reach the last stop of this magnificent tour just before the sun sets behind the Acropolis and get to marvel at the sky's beautiful color in front of the Temple of Zeus and over Hadrian's Arch which will constitute as the perfect frame for the most beautiful photos you will take in Athens!

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(4,107 reviews)

Very interesting explanations, the guide adapted and made a route taking into account the visits we had already made, an excellent visit with electric bikes perfectly adapted to the heat, we were able to discover typical places in the city of Athens

Anastasia was excellent! Her knowledge and love of the history is amazing. She was clear in her info, and instructions during our free time. I really enjoyed the tour!

We had a great time on this tour. Our guide Harris was very informative. I can’t imagine covering that much geography without an e-bike. Thank you!

It was all a wonder to behold! Also VERY crowded, hot and dusty. Our guide was outstanding!

Maria was an excellent guide. It was a fun tour, not difficult so many ages can do it.