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ATHENS SHORE EXCURSIONS

We offer private guided tours in Athens and mainland Greece with a variety of luxury and airconditioned vehicles. Depending on the number of participants we use limousines, taxis, mini vans or coaches. We use the best available professional guides and escorts.

Below are some examples of the Athens guided excursions we offer. These can be changed to fit your requirements. If you are visiting Athens with a cruise ship, we will arrange to meet you at Piraeus port and return you to the port when the Athens private tour is completed.


HALF DAY PRIVATE TOUR OF ATHENS (4 HOURS)

Start the tour by taking a drive to the Acropolis of Athens. Visit of the Acropolis and its Museum.
After the visit, continue with a drive through the historical part of the city. See all the highlights of the city such as the Hadrian's Arch, the temple of Olympian Zeus (visit), the statue of Lord Byron, the ex Royal Palace, the Evzons (the guards dressed in their special costumes), the Constitution Square, the Academy, the University, the Library, the theater of Herodus Atticus, the theater of Dionysus, the National Gardens, etc. (for your info, we will just drive through the above sites, not visit, except the temple of Zeus - we only stop at the Ex Royal Palace where you get to see the guards dressed in their special costumes - you can be even photographed with them...).
Visit also of the magnificent Old Olympic Stadium constructed in marble with a capacity of 65000 spectators (the first modern Olympic games were held in this stadium - the Stadium will be used for the Olympics of 2004, Archery and Marathon race...).

   

 


FULL DAY PRIVATE TOUR OF ATHENS (7 HOURS)

Our excellent English speaking guide and air-conditioned mini-coach will meet you and begin the tour by taking a drive through the historical part of the city. See all the highlights of the city such as the Hadrian's Arch, the temple of Olympian Zeus (visit), the statue of Lord Byron, the ex Royal Palace, the Evzons (the guards dressed in their special costumes), the Constitution Square, the Academy, the University, the Library, the theater of Herodus Atticus, the theater of Dionysus, the National Gardens, etc. (for your info, we will just drive through above sites, not visit - we only stop at the Ex Royal Palace where you see the guards dressed in their special costumes – you can be even photographed with them...) and visit also the temple of Olympian Zeus.
Then visit the magnificent Old Olympic Stadium constructed in marble with a capacity of 65000 spectators (the first modern Olympic Games were held in this stadium...) Stadium was used while the Olympics of 2004(archery and marathon). Continue our tour with the visit of the Acropolis of Athens and its Museum. Then your group can be taken for lunch in a typical Greek Tavern with excellent Greek food, in the old section of the city in the Plaka. (if you prefer, we can make the reservation at the tavern and you eat whatever you like paying on the spot)
After lunch, you can have free time to stroll around the narrow streets of the Plaka and do some shopping. Meet our mini bus around 3:30pm for the return drive to the port.

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BEST OF ATHENS FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING PRIVATE TOUR (8 HOURS)


The private tour starts early morning from your hotel or any other place convenient to you, for example your cruise terminal.
Your driver will drive you towards Queen Amalia Avenue by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the House of the Parliament located at the famous Syntagma Square (Constitution Square). The Parliament house used to be the ex Royal Palace .
Then the private tour continues towards the Panathenian Stadium, which is also known as the Kallimarmaron Stadium, the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens.
The Academy of Athens
The tour continues towards Panepistimiou Avenue where you can see the Catholic Cathedral of Athens and the Trilogy of Neoclassical Buildings of Athens.
The Academy of Athens, the Athens University and the National Library will definitely impress you with their aesthetics and architectural design.
At the end of Panepistimiou Avenue you will see the Omonoia Square, which is the second largest square of Athens after Syntagma.
The tour to Athens continues with a drive to the Temple of Zeus and the Hadrian’s Gate that blend the Ancient and Roman Era in Athens. The destination now is the crown of the city, the imposing Acropolis of Athens with its glorious Parthenon.
Temple of Parthenon in the Acropolis of Athens
The Parthenon is the most characteristic example of classic architecture of the 5th century BC, constructed to house the immense statue of Goddess Athena, the protector Goddess of the city.
You will get to see the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and the temple of the Erectheion that is mostly known due to the statues of the Caryatides, the Porch of Maidens.
You can enjoy the amazing vista to the entire city of Athens, along with the surrounding mountains and you will allow your sight to reach the shores of Athens and the famous port of Piraeus.


Plaka in Athens
Once you descend from the Acropolis, you have the chance to visit the New Museum of the Acropolis that is built at the feet of the Sacred Rock and admire the marbles of the Parthenon and an impressive collection of artifacts and relics found on the Acropolis during the excavations.
Later on, the private tour will drive you through Plaka, the picturesque quarter of the city, where you can see lovely little shops with handmade crafts and gifts, the Ancient Agora of Athens where the philosophers and orators of Athens used to present their views and Roman agora.


Monastiraki flea market in Athens
The full day tour to Athens will also give you the chance to get a glimpse of modern Athens as well, visiting the fish and meat market in downtown Athens and walking by the Monastiraki market, which is the famous flea market of the city.
However, a visit to Athens is never complete if you do not get to taste the famous Greek cuisine; the tour will take you to a traditional Athenian restaurant or tavern, where you can indulge to the colors and flavors of the most known Greek dishes.
Finally, you will enjoy the breathtaking views from Lycabettus Hill, which is the highest hill in the city of Athens, to take some spectacular pictures and an image of the entire city in your hearts and minds.

Finishing the private tour in Athens, your driver will drop you at your hotel, your cruise terminal or any other place you want in Athens

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FULL DAY PRIVATE TOUR OF ATHENS & CAPE SOUNION (7 HOURS)

Our excellent professional English speaking guide and air-conditioned car will meet you at the port. Start the tour by taking a drive to the Acropolis of Athens. After the visit of Acropolis, continue with a drive through the historical part of the city.
See all the highlights of the city such as the Hadrian's Arch, the temple of Olympian Zeus (visit), the statue of Lord Byron, the ex Royal Palace, the Evzons (the guards dressed in their special costumes), the Constitution Square, the Academy, the University, the Library, the theater of Herodus Atticus, the theater of Dionysus, the National Gardens, etc. (for your info, we will just drive through the above sites, not visit, except the temple of Zeus - we only stop at the Ex Royal Palace where you get to see the guards dressed in their special costumes - you can be even photographed with them...)
Visit also of the magnificent Old Olympic Stadium constructed in marble with a capacity of 65000 spectators (the first modern Olympic games were held in this stadium - the Stadium has been used for the Olympics of 2004, Archery and Marathon race....)
Then we depart for a wonderful drive along the scenic coastal road which affords a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf, passing through some of the most beautiful suburbs (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza) of Athens to CAPE SOUNIO. There you will visit the 5th century B.C. TEMPLE of POSEIDON with one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world (on a clear day you can see at least seven islands). The precipice is a sheer 197 foot drop to the sea.

     

 

ATHENS MUSEUMS HALF-DAY PRIVATE TOUR

Athens Tours Greece will take you to an enjoyable half day tour to the museums of Athens, ranging from archaeological museums to modern art centers and thematic museums.
The private tour to Athens museum starts with a visit to the Museum of Acropolis, which is a new museum that opened its gates in 2010.

The New Acropolis Museum is located at the feet of the Holy Rock of the Acropolis, with a magnificent view to the Parthenon. It houses the parts of the Marbles of the Parthenon that are still Greek, the Maidens from the temple of Erechtheion and some truly gorgeous statues and artifacts.

National Archaeological Museum in Athens
The private half day tour will continue to the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, which features a large collection of ancient artifacts from all over Greece.
It is considered one of the most important and significant museums in the world, due to its impressive collections from all over Greece, Middle East and the Balkans. It is housed in an impressive neoclassic building in the heart of the city and has a very interesting museum shop as well, where you can buy authentic copies of the actual exhibits.

Later on, you will have the chance to visit the Museum of Cycladic Art in downtown Athens, where you can see an amazing collection of Cycladic statues, sculptures and artifacts, featuring the most important civilizations of ancient Greece, such as Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, Sifnos and more.

The Benaki Museum, also part of the half day tour, is one of the most distinguished museums in the World, since it has an impressive collection of artifacts from the Byzantine Era. You will have the chance to get to know a culture that influenced the entire Mediterranean and South Europe.

Last but not least, the half day private tour will take you to Lalaounis Museum of Jewelry, where you can see a truly breathtaking collection of jewels dating back to the 9th century BC, as well as a collection of modern jewels as well.

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AFTERNOON ATHENS SIGHTSEEING INCLUDING THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

 

Start your private tour in Athens with the best museum in the world (voted by UK journalists): the impressive new museum of Acropolis.

Enjoy & admire the wonders of the classical era, the statues and the incredible art samples which at last found their home. Continuing your private Athens sightseeing afternoon tour we approach Plaka (the neighborhood of the Gods) the old city of Athens.

In the Ancient Agora in Athens
Walking on its paved narrow streets you get the feeling that you are traveling back in time. We will go by Lysikrates monument, the church of St. Nikolaos Rangavas (11th Century), the Roman market before reaching and visit the Greek Agora along with the amazing temple of Hephaistos (5th Cent. B.C.).

The ancient agora, which extends over the North – West slopes of the Acropolis, was the heart of Ancient Athens from the late 6th century B.C. onwards. It was a place for political gatherings and debate, for elections, religious occasions and trading activities, theatrical performances and athletic competitions.

Finally enjoy the spectacular view having refreshments on Lecabetus with its Orthodox St. George church, the highest hill in town and remember Athens & our Athens tours for the rest of your life.

 

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SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN ATHENS AND FAMOUS WINERIES IN NEMEA

This is a full day tour that takes you to the best parts of Athens, the ones you simply cannot miss. It combines the city’s classical and modern sites along with some of the best wineries in close proximity to the prefecture of Attica.

Greek Parliament in Syntagma Square in Athens
The full day private tour starts with a city tour – overview of Athens that will take you to the Constitution Square and the Tomb of the Unknown soldier, just in front of the House of the Parliament and the ex-Royal or National Gardens.
You will pass by the Panathenaic Stadium, which hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.
You will also drive along Panepistimiou Avenue, which is one of the most central avenues in Athens where you will see the Trilogy of Neoclassical Buildings that stand out due to their beauty and architectural style: the National Academy of Arts, the University of Athens and the National Library, reaching soon afterwards the Omonoia Square, one of the main squares of the city.
The sightseeing tour in Athens will continue taking you to the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Arch of Hadrian that stands just in front of the archaeological site, typically dividing the modern from the ancient city of Athens.

Plaka in Athens
The highlight of the sightseeing tour is the visit to the Acropolis and the Parthenon, the crown of the city. Entering the archaeological site of the Acropolis, you will pass by the main gates, the Propylaea, and you will admire the Temple of Athena Nike and the temple of the Erectheion, known mostly for the Porch of Maidens (Caryatides).
After your visit to the Acropolis, you will see one of the main quarters of the city, Plaka, which stands at the feet of the Holy Rock of the Acropolis. Plaka is a lovely, picturesque quarter with many tourist and art shops you will love. You will also see the Roman and Ancient Greek Agora located within this historical part of the city.

The famous wineries of Nemea
After your city tour, you will head for the famous wineries of Nemea in South Greece. Driving along the coast of the Saronic Gulf, you will reach the Corinth Canal after an hour drive, and you will have the chance to admire the splendid views. After a short stop, you will head to Nemea, which is a town in Argolis famous for its wineries and the exquisite varieties of wines.

Wine tasting in Nemea, Greece
Nemea is also known as the hosting town of the Nemea Games, which were equally famous in the antiquity, as the Olympic Games of Athens. The games were organized to celebrate and honor Zeus and included both gymnastics and musical games.
Except for the sightseeing tour, you will also visit the famous local wineries. Nemea is the place where numerous wine varieties are produced, and home of some of the most famous Greek wineries: Boutari – Matsa Estate, Domaine Evharis, Katogi-Strofilia S.A. and Semeli Wines
You will taste some elect red wines, with the Agiorgitiko variety being the most famous one. Some of the most known wines based on this variety are the Anemos, Amos, Stone hils, Vissino and The art of Sun wines that you will have the opportunity to see and taste if you like. These wines are famous for their rich aroma and full flavor.

After the wine tasting, the tour will bring you back to Athens in afternoon, dropping you off at your hotel or cruise ship

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ATHENS GUIDED WALKING TOUR
INCLUDING VISIT TO THE ACROPOLIS

Tour starts at 09:30am. Duration:3 hrs 15min. Walking time: 45 minutes
*Entrance fees NOT included
Price per person:  37.00€

 Our world famous Athens Acropolis sightseeing tour and city tour is a combination of a city tour through the Syntagma area and Plaka, the old town of Athens, and a detailed visit trip to the Acropolis of Athens
This comprehensive city tour will show you some of the most important landmarks and sights of the historical center of Athens but also a thorough visit to the Acropolis where your guide will give you in-depth guided tour of the history of this world heritage site and its breathtaking monuments.

The tour begins inside the Syntagma metro station where your guide will show you shortly (in 10 minutes) the archaeological exhibits that came to light during the construction of the metro. You will then continue on to the House of the Greek parliament, the Monument to the Unknown Soldier and watch the changing of the guards.
Your tour continues towards the National Gardens passing by the Anglican church of S. Paul and on to the beautiful neoclassical Zappeion Hall, in front of which tower the surviving columns of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, both of which you will have to opportunity to visit.
From there you enter the famous Plaka district where you see the portrait of Melina Merkouri and we head towards the beautiful pedestrian walk way of Dionyssiou Areopagitou until we reach the Acropolis where we will begin our ascent while taking in the spectacular views of the city below. Your guide will give you a detailed explanation of the glorious monuments of the Acropolis such as, the Parthenon, Erection, Propylaia, Nike Temple and the surrounding monuments as well (Dionysus sanctuary, Philopappos Hill, Mars Hill, Observatory, Pnyx Hill, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Ancient Agora).

 

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ATHENS WALKING CITY TOUR INCLUDING THE ACROPOLIS
AND THE NEW ACROPOLIS  MUSEUM

PRICE: EURO 53 per person (excluding entrance fees)
Tour starts at 09:30am. Duration: 5 hours. Walking time: 60 minutes.

 This sightseeing tour is the perfect combination tour with which you will experience the two most important attractions of Athens. The Acropolis of Athens, one of the most famous archaeological sites and landmark of Athens and Greece and the Acropolis Museum where the masterpieces of the Acropolis are displayed in a stunning way and will be explained expertly by our Athens Walking Tour licensed guide.
This comprehensive city tour will show you some of the most important landmarks and sights of the historical center of Athens but also a thorough visit to the Acropolis where your guide will give you in-depth guided tour of the history of this world heritage site and its breathtaking monuments.
 
The tour begins inside the Syntagma metro station where your guide will show you shortly (in 10 minutes) the archaeological exhibitsthat came to lightduring the construction of the metro. You will then continue on to the House of the Greek parliament, the Monument to the Unknown Soldier and watch the changing of the guards.

Your tour continues towards the National Gardens passing by the Anglican church of S. Paul and on to the beautiful neoclassical Zappeion Hall, in front of which tower the surviving columns of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, both of which you will have to opportunity to visit.

From there you enter the famous Plaka district where you see the portrait of Melina Merkouri and we head towards the beautiful pedestrian walk way of Dionyssiou Areopagitou until we reach the Acropolis where we will begin our ascent while taking in the spectacular views of the city below. Your guide will give you a detailed explanation of the glorious monuments of the Acropolis such as, the Parthenon, Erection, Propylaia, Nike Temple and the surrounding monuments as well (Dionysus sanctuary, Philopappos Hill, Mars Hill, Observatory, Pnyx Hill, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Ancient Agora).
Your tour will end at the New Acropolis Museum which is the definite must for everybody visiting the city and the best way to complete the archaeological tour to the Acropolis of Athens.

The New Acropolis Museum was designed by Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi in co-operation with the Greek architect Michalis Photiadis. Its unique design has incorporated the excavations which are visible under stunning glass floors.

The Acropolis masterpieces are marked out and given the prominence they deserve through the ideal interior atmosphere conditions, the natural lighting, as well as easy visitor access, panoramic views and excellent layout of the exhibition areas. It exhibits about 4,000 artifacts.

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ATHENS WALKING FOOD TOUR


Price: Euro 44 per person
Tour starts at 09:30am. Duration: 3hrs 15min. Walking time: 35 minutes

 Seize the opportunity to taste a wide variety of Greek delicacies ranging from the mouth-watering sweet and syrupy “loukoumades” to traditional “bougatsa” or the savoury “pastourma”, Feta cheese and famous Greek olives. Enjoy this small group tour, in the non-touristy area of Athens and acquaint yourself with Greek cuisine in the company of your food specialist guide.
An “off the beaten track” tour
Discover another side of Athens which lies in the shadow of the famous Acropolis where a kaleidoscope of colors, smells, tastes and textures await. Your expert and totally passionate about food guide will lead you past produce stalls bursting with color, intoxicating spice shops, enticing sweet shops, and of course the bustling central food market of Athens.
We will visit various specialty food shops, colorful and alluring delicatessens, aromatic and tempting bakeries and sweet shops, restaurants, dairies, spice, grocery and pie shops where you will sample and taste the most traditional Greek food and not necessarily the Greek food stereotypes such as "Greek salad” or “moussaka". A genuine Athenian food tour would not be complete without a visit to the vibrant central Varvakeios food market, with its bustling energy and loud bargaining; this dazzling galaxy of fruit and spice, meat and fish will enchant you.
Our guides will knowledgeably lead you through a food stroll and introduce you to small, hidden specialty food shops. They will provide valuable insight both on the unique and intricate culinary heritage of Greece as well as the famous Mediterranean diet, hailed today as a model of healthy living.
Join us as we embark on a culinary journey and a delightful world of the five senses and the culinary Athens will be revealed to you.
The tour ends at Iroon square in Plaka.
The tour takes place every day except on Sundays and begins at 09:30 am. Max participation: 14 persons.
 
Includes:
Athens guide magazine
Athens map
Food specialist guide
Food and Beverage sampling

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