Traveling to Athens is sure to be an experience of a lifetime, with so much to see and do! With this private Athens city tour, you’ll be able to visit popular sights such as the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill by private vehicle. With your local host, tips & tricks, and recommendations from your local host on what sights to see in Athens, you’re all set for your next sightseeing adventure in the city!
We will wait for you at your hotel lobby, to pick you up.
During our tour we will visit:
The Acropolis of Athens is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and a symbol of ancient Greece. It was also a center of worship to Athena, the patron goddess of Athens. Although there is evidence that the hill was inhabited as far back as the fourth millennium BC, it wasn’t until Pericles (c. 495 – 429 BC), in the fifth century BC who coordinated the construction of the buildings whose present remains are that site’s most important ones.
Since ancient times the rock has been known as one of the most stunning landmarks in all of the Greek world. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site where you can take in amazing views while seeing thousands of years of civilization within a single city block.
The Acropolis Museum, dedicated to the preservation and display of the finest surviving works of ancient Greek art, occupies a unique position on the Acropolis. The Museum was founded in 2003 while the Organization of the Museum was established in 2008. It opened to the public on 20 June 2009. More than 4,250 objects are exhibited over an area of 14,000 square meters.
Hadrian’s Arch was built to celebrate the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s visit to Athens in 131 AD. With eight white Corinthian columns and beautiful relief sculptures on both sides, this is one of the most recognizable monuments in Greece.
The Olympian Zeus Temple lies between the Acropolis and the Ilisos River. It was built on a hillside, which was leveled in ancient times, and is one of Athens’ most important and oldest shrines. The space even today gives the visitor a sense of grandeur.
The Panathenaic Stadium is a masterpiece of architecture, built in white marble with columns, statues and arches. It is one of the oldest structures used as a stadium in the world, completed in around 330 BC. The stadium has been used for sport since its completion until today and it was here that running competitions were held during the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.
The ride to Lycabettus hill is already worth the trip. This is when you get a glimpse of the Acropolis, as well as other well-known landmarks such as Omonoia Square and Metaxourgeio in Athens. We will drive up the Lycabettus hill, where you can enjoy an ultra-modern look at both old and new Athens from above.
Syntagma Square (Constitution Square) is located in the centre of modern Athens. It is the central square of Athens and the heart of social and political life in Greece. The square was named after the Constitution that Otto, the first King of Greece, was obliged to grant after a popular and military uprising on 3 September 1843. Syntagma Square is situated in front of the Old Royal Palace where the Greek parliament has been housed since 1934.
The Hellenic Parliament building, hosts the Greek Parliament in an amazing building in Athens city center overseeing Syntagma Square. Guarded by the presidential guard that consists of two soldiers dressed in a traditional Greek combat uniform, guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier. A ceremony with impressive accuracy takes place every hour for the two guards to be replaced.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a war memorial located in Syntagma Square in Athens, in front of the Old Royal Palace. It is dedicated to the Greek soldiers killed at war. The tomb is guarded by the Presidential Guard.
The Academy of Athens is Greece’s national academy and the highest research establishment in the country. Established in 1926, its mission is to promote learning and research at all levels, through specific initiatives of academic and public interest. Set in a regal neo-classical building on Panepistimiou Street, opposite the building of the National Library and next to the University campus, it houses a collection of historical documents. The Academy’s main building is one of the major landmarks of Athens.
Established in 1842, the National Library of Greece is situated near the center of the city of Athens. It was designed by the Danish architect Theophil Freiherr von Hansen and is one of the most important libraries worldwide. The library’s collection includes approximately 150,000 items and is available to researchers both online and in person.
The National Archaeological Museum in Athens, built in 1883, is one of the world’s most impressive and exquisite museums. Its collection of objects from Greek antiquity spans the entirety of Greek history, from prehistory to Classical times.
The Old Parliament House at Stadiou Street in Athens is one of the most important buildings in Greece. Built between 1874 and 1879, it served as the meeting place for Parliament until 1935, when it was destroyed in a fire. Now it has been restored and has been housing the National Historical Museum since 1973.
In-between the ancient ruins and across from the Acropolis, Plaka is a place to enjoy the pleasures of Athens. This historical neighborhood is reminiscent of Greek architecture and culture, offering visitors a glimpse into life on ancient Greek islands.
Free time for lunch at a traditional Greek tavern or for shopping with your friends and family.
The ancient Agora of Athens is the best-known example of an ancient Greek agora. Located to the northwest of the Acropolis, bounded on the south by the hill of Areopagus and on the west by the hill known as Agoraios Kolonos (Market Hill). This place was initially used for a gathering place and is considered to be the birthplace of democracy, philosophy and free speech.
Peek into the world of Ancient Athenians with an exhibition at Agora Museum. The findings on display include ceramics, glass pieces, jewelry and statues.
The Temple of Hephaestus is the best preserved monument of all the buildings in the Agora. Built in 548 BC and dedicated to the god Hephaestus, this Doric peripteral temple remained standing largely intact under Ottoman rule. The monument was used as a church from 7th century until 1834 and then abandoned to ruin.