• Duration: 8 hours
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Description

Sightseeing in Athens starts with the hill of Acropolis which will make your day. On the historical hill, you will have the opportunity to see the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Temple of the Athena Nike, the monumental gateway (Propylaea), the Erechtheum and of course the famous Parthenon, the main temple dedicated to the virgin goddess Athena.

After the Acropolis, we will head towards the Temple Of Zeus, the biggest temple in antiquity by way of Hadrians Arch and from there we will visit Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. Next driving alongside the National Garden, we will see the changing of the guard (Evzones) in front of the old palace, which is today Parliament House, above the central square of Athens.

After that, we will drive to Panepistimiou Street one of the most historical streets of Athens to see numerous neoclassical buildings still standing and dating back to the late 19th century but more importantly we’ll see the architectural trilogy of Athens (The Academy – The University – The National Library). Then moving into the historical centre of the city we will drive up the highest hill of Athens, Lycabettus Hill, where you’ll have the best panoramic view of the city, from the hill of Acropolis to the Aegean Sea.

After that, we will drive to the western suburbs following the Sacred Way that connects since the antiquity Athens with Eleusis. On halfway we will stop at Dafni Monastery to admire the incredible mosaics date back in the 11th c. in a peaceful place by the forest.

Finally, we will arrive at Eleusis to visit the sanctuary of Demeter at the so-called gate to the underworld. You will visit the temple were the Eleusinian Mysteries took place and see the findings exhibiting at the museum while having a view of the nowadays factories next to the site.

Please note: This tour includes hotel pick up and drop off service. You can select your hotel from the list or select the "I'll type the address (next step)" message and write the name and address of your hotel in the relevant field during the booking process.

Itinerary

Acropolis

Sightseeing in Athens starts with the hill of Acropolis which will make your day. On the historical hill, you will have the opportunity to see the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Temple of the Athena Nike, the monumental gateway (Propylaea), the Erechtheum and of course the famous Parthenon, the main temple dedicated to the virgin goddess Athena.

Propylaea

The Propylaea is the monumental entrances to the sacred area dedicated to Athena, the patron goddess of the city. Built by the architect Mnesicles with Pentelic marble, their design was avant-garde. To the south-west of the Propylaea, on a rampart protecting the main entrance to the Acropolis, is the Ionian temple of Apteros Nike, which is now being restored.

Parthenon

Parthenon, the main temple dedicated to the virgin goddess Athena.

Erechtheion

Temple of Poseidon & Athina, the most sacred place in ancient Athens.

Temple of Athena Nike

Temple dedicated to the goddess Athena Nike or Wingless Victory.

Theatre of Dionysus

The Theatre of Dionysus Elefthereus is a major theatre in Athens, considered to be the world's first theatre and the birthplace of Drama, built at the foot of the Athenian Acropolis.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone Roman theater structure located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens, Greece. The building was completed in 161 AD and then renovated in 1950 and is still in use as in summertime drama plays and concerts are held.

Temple Of Zeus

After the Acropolis, we will head towards the Temple Of Zeus, the biggest temple in antiquity, devoted to the King of the Gods, by way of Hadrian's Arch.

Panathenaic Stadium

We will visit Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896, the biggest marble stadium in the world.

Mount Lycabettus

Then moving into the historical center of the city we will drive up the highest hill of Athens, Lycabettus Hill, where you’ll have the best panoramic view of the city, from the hill of Acropolis to the Aegean Sea.

Hellenic Parliament

The Hellenic Parliament, in Greek known as Voulí ton Ellínon is the parliament of Greece, located in the Old Royal Palace, overlooking Syntagma Square in Athens. The Parliament is the supreme democratic institution that represents the citizens through an elected body of Members of Parliament.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

We will see the changing of the guard (Euzones) in front of the old palace, which is today Parliament House, above the central square of Athens.

Plateia Syntagmatos

Syntagma Square is the central square of Athens. The square is 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.

The Academy of Athens

The Academy Building constitutes one of three parts in an “architectural trilogy”. It was founded with the Constitutional Decree of March 18th, 1926, as an Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts. It is considered the most beautiful building of modern Athens.

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is the largest state institution of higher learning in Greece, and among the largest universities in Europe. The splendid Athens University was designed by the Danish architect Christian Hansen and completed in 1864.

National Library of Greece

The National Library of Greece was built at the end of the 19th century, as the last of the Architectural of Athens, a group of three neoclassical buildings which also includes the Academy and the University. The building was designed by Theophil Hansen.

Monastery of Daphni

The Monastery is built on the location of the ancient temple, dedicated to Daphnian Apollo that was destroyed during the raid of the Goths in 395 B.C. Today, what remains of this ancient temple is an Ionian pillar built on the colonnade of the narthex. Dafni Monastery is protected by Unesco as one of the World's Heritage Monuments because of its incredible mosaics dating back in the 11th c AD.

Archaeological site and museum of Eleusis

Visit the archaeological site of Eleusis with the Great Propylaea, the Sacred Well, the Telesterion, Demeter’s Temple, the entrance to the Underworld and the little church. The mycenean cult of Demeter was introduced, as the worship of a deity connected to nature and the growing of cereals. The continuity of Demeter's cult is attested until Roman times, by the erection of successive temples on the east side of the hill. Here were celebrated the famous Eleusinian Mysteries in which the participants swore to secrecy. While in the Museum are exhibited findings from the area, most important the huge statue of Kore, a female featured statue that decorated the Propylaea.

Athens

We will drive back to Athens.

What's included

  • Professional Drivers with Deep knowledge of history. [Not licensed to accompany you in any site.]
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Skip the line to purchase site tickets. [44€ for over 6 yo for Non-EU & 24 yo for EU Citizens]
  • Bottled water   

What's excluded

  • Entrance Fees [44€ for over 6 yo for Non-EU & 24 yo for EU Citizens]
  • Licensed Tour guide upon request depending on availability [Additional cost - 250 €]
  • Airport Pick Up and drop-off (Additional cost) 
  • Lunch 

What do I need to bring

  • Suitable clothing and athletic walking shoes are recommended for your comfort.
  • Hats, sunglasses and suntan lotion are highly recommended.    

Important information

  • Not suitable for pets.
  • No public transportation nearby.
  • The duration of the tours is approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions.
  • The drivers are not licensed to accompany you inside any other site or museum. If you require a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you need to hire one additionally. If you have any questions you can contact us.
  • We suggest that the tour starts at 8:00 am. If for any reason this is not convenient for you we will adjust the time according to your needs.  

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure
  • Cancellation fee of 0% if cancelled 1000 days or less before departure

Categories

  • BUS OR MINIVAN TOUR
  • CITY BREAK
  • CLASSIC CAR TOURS
  • CITY TOURS
  • DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
  • CULTURAL AND THEME TOURS
  • LUXURY AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS
  • EDUCATIONAL TOUR
  • MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITIONS
  • NATURE
  • PRIVATE CAR TOUR
  • PRIVATE ROUNDRIP
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • SIGHTSEEING ATTRACTION
  • SKIP THE LINE
  • TRANSFERS AND GROUND TRANSPORT
  • WEDDING AND HONEYMOON
  • VIP AND EXCLUSIVE

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