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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: Sunset Bike Tour

2. Athens: Sunset Bike Tour

Discover the must-see sights of Athens at the best time of day on an afternoon bike tour of the historic monuments. Avail of the breathtaking views of the ancient city as you cycle to landmark monuments, starting at the National Gardens, followed by the Panathenaic Stadium and Presidential Mansion. Get off your bike to take short walks to different locations, and journey through the history of Ancient Greece at monuments such as the Roman Agora. Admire the columns of the Zappeion exhibition hall, and cycle through the charming Plaka district at dusk. Make your way to Kerameikos just north of the Acropolis and explore the hip district of Thisseio.

Athens: West Hills Walking Tour and Herakleidon Museum Visit

3. Athens: West Hills Walking Tour and Herakleidon Museum Visit

Discover the road less traveled in the West Hills of the Acropolis with a shared group tour with an expert historian and archaeologist. Discover the birth of democracy in Ancient Athens and learn all about the construction and intricacies of this influential building. Begin the walking tour just outside of the Acropolis Metro Station, Dionysiou Areopagitou exit. Get acquainted with the group and receive relevant directions from your historian-archaeologist. Head west walking on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, one of the most beautiful walking streets of Athens. The first stop is next to the Dionysian Theater, on the southeast slope of the Acropolis hill, as you hear facts about the ancient Greek theater and its role in Athenian society. Walking parallel to the archaeological site, and standing outside of it, the second stop is the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. It exhibits the evolution of the theater as a constructed physical space, but also as a form of art, from the Greek-Hellenistic era, towards the Roman times. Leaving the Acropolis behind, the group continues to head West through the Mouseion Hill (also known as The Philopappos hill) and the Pnyx Hill. Encounter the ruins of the ancient gate of the first wall of Ancient Athens and then head north towards the Pnyx. On the walk, two stops are made to see the Deme and the streets of Ancient Athens, and admire the view from the top of the hill, all the way to the Piraeus Port and the sea. Turning east, take in the breathtaking view. It's said this is the best view of the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, the Mount Lycabettus, and of the modern city today. Take your time to witness the remnants of ancient history. See the expanse of Pnyx in front of you, where Ecclesia, the Parliament of Athenian Democracy, once held its meetings. Afterward, make a brief stop outside the nearby National Observatory of Athens, where you can learn important historical information about the building. Head to the Herakleidon Museum and take the opportunity to admire the specifics of the exhibition, Eureka, Science, Art, and Technology of the Ancient Greeks. To end your journey through time, enjoy some refreshments as your guide answers questions and offers advice about must-sees, cool activities, and most importantly, what to avoid on your stay in Athens.

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What people are saying about National Observatory of Athens

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 56 reviews

This was the perfect walking tour if you have a short time in Athens and want to make the most of your visit. Our guide Anna was amazing - she was so knowledgeable of the history of the city - she made our visit to the Acropolis something we won’t ever forget. She took the time to tell us all about the meaning of the Acropolis and the importance of this amazing period of time in history and also kept the information present about present day Athens and the city we were touring. I can’t recommend this tour enough and if you have the chance ask for Anna to be your guide!

The guide was a very nice woman, she was our mom, she told a lot of beautiful stories, regularly shaded us and has a lot of passion for her work. Super good trip, definitely do it because later in the day it is too hot on the Acropolis …… recommended

Highly recommend taking the morning tour to beat the heat and the crowds. Our guide was knowledgeable, experienced and allowed for plenty of time for each site. Great tour!

Ekaterina was excellent. Tour was sufficient to learn about mythology history and contemporary Greece!:)

Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of info and history. Loved it!