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National Garden, Athens: Our most recommended tours and activities

Athens, Piraeus, and Coastline: Blue Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

1. Athens, Piraeus, and Coastline: Blue Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Explore Athens, the Port of Piraeus, and the coastline of the Athenian Riviera at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Benefit from easy transportation to key attractions, such as the Panathenaic Stadium and Parthenon at the Acropolis. Travel on 4 lines for 1 day, including Athens (Orange Line), Piraeus (Blue Line), Glyfada (Yellow Line), and Vouliagmeni (Green Line). Get acquainted with the Greek capital's most beautiful sites and enrich your cruise or vacation experience. Recorded commentaries in 16 languages will provide historical, cultural and social information about one of the most ancient capitals of the world. Blue Line - Piraeus  Ideal if you have just arrived on a cruise, you can hop on the Blue Line at either of the cruise terminals in the Port of Piraeus, just a stone's throw from your cruise ship. See attractions such as the yacht marina at Pasalimani and the ancient harbor of Mikrolimano. Don't miss out on the impressive new Museum of Acropolis and walk up the hill to admire the Parthenon at the top. The bus takes passengers directly to the most eminent monuments of Athens and Greece. Orange Line - Athens The Orange Line roams by the most beautiful attractions further down the city center from the Acropolis and Parthenon. Explore the historic Plaka district and discover the most traditional area of Athens. Visit the gate of the Roman emperor Hadrian. See the Temple of Olympian Zeus and admire the largest temple in Greece from Roman times. Go to the Hellenic Parliament on Syntagma Square and look at its impressive guards. Stroll through Ermou to experience the busiest shopping street in Athens. Visit the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games were held. Go to the National Library to marvel at an outstanding building of great historical value. Drop by the National Archaeological Museum, or roam around the picturesque area of Monastiraki and its Flea Market. Take a walk through the quaint neighborhood of Thission.  Yellow Line − Glyfada Enjoy a tour of the Athenian Riviera, starting from the Planetarium stop of the Blue Line. Find out how the bewildering desert of the 1900s has evolved into one of the most cosmopolitan areas of Greece. From the Niarchos Foundation to the Marina Alimou, the Yellow Line blends history with the modern. Watch the sunset from Marina Flisvou or swim and sunbathe in Agios Kosmas. From the Glyfada Terminal, you can wander around the most cosmopolitan suburbs of the capital and shop at the luxury department stores. Wind down in a beautiful cafe and don't miss out on the beach bar where you can enjoy a cocktail by the seaside.  Green Line − Vouliagmeni Vouliagmeni may be better associated with its beaches, but the area is also a history lesson in its own right. From the Allied Forces Cemetery to the Byzantine Museum, Vouliagmeni is certainly worth a visit. Relax at the beautiful beach of Kavouri Oceanis, one of the most popular beaches in Athens. Go to Vouliagmeni Lake to discover one of the city's most popular spots. Don’t miss out on the thermal baths and admire the breathtaking surroundings.

Athens: Red Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Piraeus and Beach Rivera

2. Athens: Red Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Piraeus and Beach Rivera

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 Melina Merkouri / 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: Melina Merkouri/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, 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 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.

Historic Athens: Small Group Electric Bike Tour

4. Historic Athens: Small Group Electric Bike Tour

Embark on an electric bike tour of Athens that combines the city’s ancient and modern sites, and enjoy panoramic views, picturesque streets, and well-known archeological sights along the way. Following a short briefing and test ride at the centrally located meeting point, cruise through a park to familiarize yourself with the bike before the start of your tour proper. Glide effortlessly up the hill to Pnyka and Filoppappou, where there will be time to admire the views and take panoramic photos. Go to see the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Areios Pagos (Supreme Court) on the slopes of the Acropolis, before heading to the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. Along the way, discover some of the city’s more modern monuments, and look at the Evzones (guards) standing in front of the Parliament building in their colorful tunics. Travel through the National Gardens to arrive at the Panathenaic Stadium, the site of the very 1st Olympic Games. Then, cycle back through the narrow streets of Plaka to discover a picturesque neighborhood just steps from the Acropolis. Stop to look at the Tower of Winds and discover the Roman and ancient markets, before heading back.

Athens: The Original Bike Tour

5. Athens: The Original Bike Tour

The bike tour lasts about 3 hours, and it is a nice way to get yourselves oriented in the city of Athens. The ride takes place in the amazing historic city center, on pedestrian areas, low traffic streets, and parks away from the traffic hustle. Your local tour leader will head the tour, riding with you very close to the main archaeological sites and guiding you through some hidden areas, while providing you with a stunning experience!  The group rides close to the new Acropolis Museum and the Ancient Cemetery of Kerameikos, through the neighborhood of Thission, while you enjoy a great view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Then, cycle through the Ancient Greek Agora and pass by the Roman Agora Continue cycling in the historic district of Plaka, and then move to the National Gardens, one of the best areas to ride in downtown Athens. Stop also in front of the Presidential Mansion to see the Presidential Guards, and pass by the Panathenaic Stadium and Zappeion Exhibition Hall.

Athens: Sunset Electric Bike Tour

6. Athens: Sunset Electric Bike Tour

Equipped with a modern electric bike for a relaxed and enjoyable tour, you will begin exploring Athens by visiting the National Gardens, a peaceful shady place in the heart of the city. Next, you will ride towards the Presidential Mansion where you can witness the ceremonial unit of the Presidential Guards. Then, it’s time to discover the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place, and the Zappeion, a magnificent Neoclassical building completed in 1888. While cycling around Athens you will stop in front of the impressive Temple of Olympian Zeus, as well as the Arch of Hadrian, which is one of the best photo spots in Athens. Next you'll head to the biggest pedestrian area of the city, where you will pass by the Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis Hill before reaching a secret spot to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Parthenon.  Your journey back in time will continue with a stop at the Ancient Greek Cemetery (Kerameikos), the Ancient Greek Agora and the Roman Agora. The tour will end with a visit to the Cathedral of Athens and a ride through the scenic neighborhood of Plaka. In Plaka, you will find plenty of amazing spots to get awesome photos of the Old City, and your guide will give you pointers on the best places to visit after the tour ends.

Athens, Acropolis & Museum Tour without Tickets

7. Athens, Acropolis & Museum Tour without Tickets

On this comprehensive city tour you’ll see some of the most important landmarks and sights in the historical center of Athens. You’ll also tour the Acropolis, enjoying an in-depth guided tour of this World Heritage Site. The 5-hour tour begins inside the Syntagma metro station where your guide will show you the archaeological finds that came to light during the construction of the metro. Head on to Parliament House and the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. See the changing of the guard before continuing on to the National Garden of Athens and the beautiful neo-classical Zappeion Hall. In front of the hall, note the surviving columns of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch Tower. Enter the famous Plaka district, and continue on the beautiful pedestrian walkway of Dionyssiou Areopagitou to the Acropolis. Begin your ascent while taking in spectacular views of the city below. Your guide will provide a detailed account of the monuments of the Acropolis, including the Parthenon, Erechteion, Propylaia, and the Nike Temple. Learn about surrounding landmarks, such as the Dionysus Sanctuary, Philopappos Hill, Mars Hill, and the Ancient Agora. The tours ends at the New Acropolis Museum, where you’ll have a chance to see some of the more than 4,000 magnificent objects that were unearthed during the excavation of the site.

Full-Day Tour of Athens and Cape Sounion

8. Full-Day Tour of Athens and Cape Sounion

Start this tour by visiting the Panathinaikos Stadium, home of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Our scenic drive will continue past by the Prime’s Ministers residence and the Royal Palace guarded by the colorful Evzones guards in traditional uniforms. View the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus, the National Gardens, the beautiful Arch of Hadrian, and the Old Parliament in birthplace of democracy. Look forward to discovering the Acropolis high atop Athens. Experience the history of the Pantheon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena and built in the 5th century B.C.. Next we will visit the Erechtheion. This beautiful temple can be easily recognized by its the Porch of Maidens, gazing over the Greek Capital. Experience breathtaking views from the Acropolis as the city of Athens opens up below you. After a morning full of beauty and history, relax and enjoy a delicious Greek lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will take a scenic drive along the coastal road which offers fantastic views of the Saronic Gulf. Look forward to reaching the Cape of Sounion. A temple was built here in 44B.C.on a hilltop overlooking the sea. It was dedicated to Poseidon, god of the seas. The tour will conclude with a drive back to Athens, completing a full day of history and beauty.

From Cruise Port: The Acropolis & Athens Highlights Tour

9. From Cruise Port: The Acropolis & Athens Highlights Tour

Whether it's your first time to Athens and the Acropolis or one of many, this ingenious structure will never cease to take your breath away. But Athens is not just the Acropolis, it is a thriving modern metropolis with much to explore. Start the day at the Syntagma metro station, where you will enjoy a brief visit to the metro Museum and its fascinating archaeological artifacts from daily life in ancient Athens that came to light during the construction of the metro. Continue on to the National Gardens and pass the neoclassical architectural design of Zappeion Hall. From this vantage point, you can see the remaining colossal columns of the Temple of Zeus, as well as Hadrian’s Arch. The tour then continues to the Acropolis, entering from the southern slope to avoid the crowds, and the great Dionysus Theatre, the most significant theatre of its kind in Europe. Ascend the Sacred Hill of the Acropolis, stopping along the way at the great monuments, including the Parthenon, the Erectheion, the Propylaia, the Nike Temple, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the ancient Agora. Enjoy some free time to explore the Acropolis and Plaka before you begin to make your way back to Athens.

Athens Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots

10. Athens Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots

Athens is without a doubt filled with an endless collection of ancient and modern cultural monuments and neighborhoods that will stun even the most articulate poet. This tour is designed for those who wish to take photos of the most iconic and picturesque sites of one of the oldest cities in Europe. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, you'll see where the locals spend their daily routine and hear interesting stories about the local culture. Your local escort will meet you at the Fountain of the Syntagma Square. Here you have a first view of the busy center of the capital of Greece. The first stop will be the Greek Parliament where you will be able to see and photograph the Godly giants in kilts up close. The famous evzones are one of Athens' most popular tourist attractions and an instagrammable spot you can't miss. Your escort is available to snap cool shots for you. You will then visit the National Garden, a green oasis right in the center of the city. Home of 7000 trees, lakes and, several animals, the "garden of Amalia" also hosts a botanical museum, a conservatory and, various ancient ruins. It is the ideal place and a perfect scenic spot to find the right photography inspiration. Your next stop will be the Kallimarmaro stadium where your local guide will help you make fresh pictures and look more creative by finding the right point of view. This is one of the most iconic landmarks of Athens with a rich history directly connected to the modern Olympic games. You'll then take a stroll to reach Plaka, the neighborhood of Gods and one of the most picturesque areas of Athens. Plaka is one the best places to capture the perfect photo; little colorful houses, small alleys, cute cafes and many spots with views to the city will make the perfect background you are looking for your photographs. The next spot is placed on a hill, where you will enjoy the most breathtaking views of Acropolis and the city itself, following in the footsteps of Ancient Greeks. This is definitely one of the most Instagram-worthy places in Athens where you will take some of the most impressive photos. In addition to all the above places, you will have also the opportunity to explore more of the best spots in the city where you will exercise your artistic skills by taking spectacular photos and sharing them on Instagram. At the same time, you will learn about the history of the city and feel like an Athenian as you mingle with the locals. You'll have opportunities to take lots of pictures so don't forget your camera!

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What people are saying about National Garden, Athens

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4.4 / 5

based on 3,259 reviews

I did the hills of Athens walking tour with Magda and Yiannis. This was honestly one of the best tours I ever had. They were so informative and friendly. I learned so much about the different sites and enjoyed the beautiful sunset with them. They also shared some bits about local life with me. Overall, I highly recommend this tour especially with these two lovely guides!

I cannot say enough about our amazing and knowledgeable guide, Anastasia. This was a long day and a long tour yet she remained patient and professional and brought the whole tour alive. She kept me interested with her way of imparting her knowledge and her passion and respect for history and antiquity. Thank you

Bought the tickets before leaving home to save time. Very easy to use. Hopped on and off as we wanted. There were plenty of buses and the queues were minimal. Such an easy way to get an idea of where things are before the real exploring started. Polite and helpful staff

We had a wonderful tour with Magda. She was very knowledgeable but also very humorous and kind. The sites were amazing and the tour was well paced allowing time to see everything but also take some photos.

Great tour, informative, timed well. Would suggest offering bottled water as many people were quite hot and thirsty after 3 hours in the hot sun.