Do you want to experience all of Athens in a day? This private Athens city tour is for you. Departing from your hotel, travel through the heart of Athens’ attractions and visit the Acropolis and its exquisite Parthenon. You’ll also ride to the top of Lycabettus Hill, a symbol of Athens and home to an ancient Byzantine church overlooking the Greek capital. Alongside stops at other major sights such as Monastiraki Square and Panathenaic Stadium, this tour takes you along south Attica’s scenic coastal roads to reach Cape Sounio, an ancient temple built on top of a towering sea cliff. The view of the sea from this temple dedicated to the Greek god Poseidon is breathtaking!
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.
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.
A tranquil, serene suburb of Athens, Voula is an unforgettable vacation destination in a gorgeous setting that is close to the city’s main attractions. Luxuriate on crystalline beaches with views of the Peloponnese and Mount Hymettus, and let Athens International Airport deliver you from a mere 25 minutes away.
Lake Vouliagmeni is a small brackish-water lake, surrounded by tall cypress trees, located in the heart of Attica. It is fed by underground currents seeping through the mass of Mount Hymettus which is located to the south of Vouliagmeni. The water here was used for bathing as early as the 2nd century BC and today it is still a popular destination for relaxation and recreation .
Varkiza has a popular beach and an amazing stretch of coastline in the south east corner of Athens. Truly idyllic, it has tennis courts, parkland and fields, restaurants, taverns and complexes as well as other amenities.
Anavyssos is a small town in East Attica, Greece. The town has become known in recent years for its popular beach resorts and nearby pine forests. Free time for having lunch at a local tavern by the beach.
Located on the southernmost tip of the Attic peninsula, 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of the town of Lavrio and 70 kilometres (43 mi) southeast of Athens, Cape Sounion is an outstanding natural site. It is a place where you can experience the majesty, power and beauty of Greece’s unique landscape – mountains, forests, valleys and seas. The ancient temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion stands 60 metres tall vertically above the Aegean Sea, with its majestic lines reflected in the waters below.