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

1. 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: 48-hour Hop On Hop Off Bus Ticket & Acropolis Entry

2. Athens: 48-hour Hop On Hop Off Bus Ticket & Acropolis Entry

Combine a Hop On Hop Off bus ticket that gets you to the city center of Athens, Piraeus, and the beaches with skip-the-line entry to the Acropolis. Enjoy easy access to some of the most popular attractions in the city. Visit the Acropolis that towers over the Greek capital and walk around its ancient grounds. Feel connected to the past as you stroll through this place of great importance to the ancient Greeks. Admire the temples, the Parthenon and the other important monuments dotted around the site. See the Propylae, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Porch of Maidens at the Erechtheion. Travel around Athens with your Hop On Hop Off bus ticket. Get off any time to check out interesting attractions and get back on to continue your journey. Listen to audio commentary available in 14 different languages.

Athens, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Including Entry Fees

3. 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.

Athens: Electric Bike Day Tour

4. Athens: Electric Bike Day Tour

Start your tour at the meeting point where you will have the chance to meet your fun and friendly guide. Once you've had the chance to meet your guides, you will be shown the route for the day, hop on your E-bike and off you go.  Set off toward your first stop, the traditional meat and fish markets to see local Athenians buying fresh supplies. Then pass by the Athens Trilogy and visit three wonderful neoclassical buildings, the Library, the University, and the Academy. Pass by the upper part of the city known for its luxury and exclusive streets. The tour is scheduled so that you will be on time at Syntagma square to watch the famous changing of the guards and take photos with the Evzones. Next, visit Zappeion Hall and head towards the stunning Panathenaic Stadium. Then, you will ride to the temple of Olympian Zeus, around Acropolis, and the Areopagus Hill to experience the city from above. Ride around Acropolis to Plaka, Anafiotika, the Roman Agora, Monastiraki, and the lively streets of Psyrri. Riding back to the finishing point you will pass the Athens triangle, a fun local hang out area for Athenians. Your tour will end with a special treat back at the local partner's office. By the end of this tour, you will surely be in love with Athens.

Athens Half-Day Private City Tour

5. Athens Half-Day Private City Tour

Discover the cradle of civilization, the birthplace of democracy, and the home of philosophy on a private half-day tour of Athens. You will experience some of the greatest monuments ever built, with visits to all the major attractions, from the site of the first modern Olympics to the former Royal Palace. The 5-hour tour takes in the Panathenaic Stadium, the only marble stadium in the world. Built over the ruins of the ancient Roman stadium of Athens, it was where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896. Continue to the famous Arch of Emperor Hadrian, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, dedicated to the King of the Olympian gods, and the largest temple of the ancient world. Go to the Acropolis, considered a work of architectural perfection. Admire the Theater of Dionysus, the first theater ever built in the world. You will also see the Odeon of Herod the Atticus, go to the Hill of Pnyx, visit the Propylaea, the Temple of Apteros Nike, the Erechteion, and the New Acropolis Museum. Take in some wonderful panoramic city views from Lycabettus Hill, and visit the Parliament buildings to see the changing of the Royal Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Continue to Omonia Square and the open-air flea market in the lively Plaka neighborhood. Finally, see the 19th-Century Anglican church of St. Paul, the former Royal Palace, the Numismatic Museum, Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Library, the Benaki Museum, Byzantine and Christian Museum, and Museum of Cycladic Art.

Athens: City Highlights Nighttime Walking Tour in Spanish

6. 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: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with Acropolis Museum

7. Athens: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with Acropolis Museum

Be picked up at the entrance to your hotel in Athens and hop aboard a comfortable bus. Head to the Panathenaic Stadium for a short stop at this location where the first Olympic Games of modern times took place in 1896. Drive past the Prime Minister’s residence (Royal Palace) that is guarded by Euzones in colorful uniforms. View the imposing columns at the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the monumental gateway of Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament building, and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, See the Academy of Athens, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). Make your way to the archeological site of the Acropolis, a UNESCO’s World Heritage monument. Visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens, like the Propylaea gateway, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion (Athena's Temple), and finally the famed Parthenon. End your tour by walking by the Herodion and Dionysus Theater in order to visit the Acropolis Museum where you can admire the wonders of the classical era. Return to your meeting point with unforgettable memories of the city.

Athens: Acropolis Visit and City Night Tour

8. Athens: Acropolis Visit and City Night Tour

In the first part we will visit the Acropolis, dedicated to the goddess Athena, patron saint of the city. This activity is the essence and wonder of the monuments of Classical Greece. Our Athens: Guided Walking Tour of the Acropolis will start from the south-east side, avoiding the main entrance which is always more crowded. Our official tour guide will explain to us the most interesting legends of the archaeological site as we visit all the temples and monuments of the site. See the temple of the Parthenon and the Propylaea, a monumental gateway to the Acropolis. Learn about the long history of the capital of modern Greece. Visit the Theatre of Dionysus, which seats 17,000 spectators and was used to host festivals in honour of the birth of the Greek god. Be impressed by the Erechtheion, named after the demigod Erechtheus and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Enjoy your guide's commentary on the ancient Greek myths behind the ruins. Take a look at the stone carvings of the Caryatids and the Temple of Athena Nike, the smallest temple. After your tour, have free time to stay longer and explore the exceptional site at your own pace. The second part will be our night 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.

From Athens: Athens & Corinth Guided Day Tour

9. From Athens: Athens & Corinth Guided Day Tour

Experience a full-day tour which combines the 2 historical cities, Athens and Corinth. Visit the Acropolis which is symbol of democracy. See the Parthenon which is considered the most perfect building in the world. The Erechtheion became famous for its Karyatides, the Propylae, and the reconstructed Temple of Athena Nike. Continue to the Acropolis Museum which was recently voted the fifth best in the world. See the famous Arch of Roman Emperor Adrian and the Temple of Zeus which was the biggest in ancient world. Catch a panoramic view over Athens from Mount Lycabettus and take some beautiful pictures. Visit the Panathinaiko Stadium which hosted the first modern Olympics in 1896. Watch the changing of the guards at the Parliament. Tour around the city center and see some fantastic Neoclassic buildings such as the University of Athens, the Academy of Art and Sciences, and the National Library. See the residence of Sleiman, the Geman Archaeologist who found Troy. Afterwards, continue southwest to Corinth an make a short stop to see the Corinth Canal and the Diolkos which helped the Corinthians to pull the ships along. Arrive in ancient Corinth, where you can see ruins of 2 theaters, the Temple of Apollo, temples of the Roman period, and of course the altar where Saint Paul spoke to the Corinthians about the new religion. The Museum which hosts hundreds of artifacts from different periods is really interesting. After lunch (optional) you'll return back to Athens.

From Athens: Seaside Tour with Electric Bike

10. From Athens: Seaside Tour with Electric Bike

A ride of approximately 3.5 hours that will take you along the coast line. After a short stop at Kerameikos, the tour continues by using the new cycle path in Athens to go all the way down to the coastline. It will take around 30 minutes to reach the coastline. Arriving at Trocadero you can see and almost touch  the impressive reconstruction of Olympia. An entry into the floating naval museum is a must and a welcome surprise where you can really see what life on board was all about. The impressive yachts in the Marinas for pictures and continue towards picturesque Mikrolimano in Piraeus, where a short rest while watching the view is planned. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit so you can take a dip.

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Konstantinos was a super guide. I was apprehensive about doing a bike tour, but it seemed to be an efficient way to cover lots of what we wanted to see, but also to get a feel for the city - and where to go to later. The tour was great fun and informative and excellent value for money. My family loved this tour and would highly recommend to all - whether you are cyclists or haven't been on a bike for a while.

my sister and I had a perfectly wonderful time touring Athens with her guide. We changed a itinerary a bit and our guide was wonderfully accommodating. He filled our heads with history and knowledge, which greatly added to our terrific experience. At day's end, we were tired and very happy :-). And his vehicle was amazing comfortable and big.

took a lot of time for everything and showed us beautiful spots. Would do the tour again at any time, especially if you already know the center you can see new places on the beach/promenade.

Friendly guide, attentive, too time to explain, nice ride good citybikes, i can recommend this Tour guide by One native athenian.

The PSL group was great, they were very friendly and helpful!