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Athens: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Athens: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

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

2. Athens, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Including Entry Fees

You’ll be picked up at your centrally located Athens hotel and begin your full-day and zero-carbon 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.

Athens: 48-hour Hop On Hop Off Bus Ticket & Acropolis Entry

3. Athens: 48-hour Hop On Hop Off Bus Ticket & Acropolis Entry

Combine a Hop On Hop Off bus ticket that gets you to the city center of Athens, Piraeus, and the beaches with skip-the-line entry to the Acropolis. Enjoy easy access to some of the most popular attractions in the city. Visit the Acropolis that towers over the Greek capital and walk around its ancient grounds. Feel connected to the past as you stroll through this place of great importance to the ancient Greeks. Admire the temples, the Parthenon and the other important monuments dotted around the site. See the Propylae, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Porch of Maidens at the Erechtheion. Travel around Athens with your Hop On Hop Off bus ticket. Get off any time to check out interesting attractions and get back on to continue your journey. Listen to audio commentary available in 14 different languages.

Athens: Electric Bike Tour with Optional Acropolis Tour

4. Athens: Electric Bike Tour with Optional Acropolis Tour

Embark on a sightseeing experience of the historic center of Athens effortlessly on a comfortable e-bike. Discover the traditional neighborhood of Thission and the trendy area of Plaka, with an option to add a guided tour of the Acropolis. Meet your guide near the Acropolis metro station. After a quick safety briefing, get set up on your e-bike to begin your tour of the heart of Athens. Cycle effortlessly through the streets as you learn about the sights and neighborhoods with your guide. Admire the dome of the National Observatory of Athens with unique views of the city, perfect for all photography lovers. Head to the traditional neighborhood of Thission, check out the ancient cemetery of Kerameikos, and cycle next to the remains of the Ancient Greek Agora and the Roman Agora. After exploring and cycling by many of the city's highlights and hidden gems, it's time for a short break by the shade of the Athens City Cathedral. Grab a refreshment or marvel at the beauty of the church before continuing your journey. Explore the trendy neighborhood of Plaka with an abundance of cute little souvenir shops and catch unique views of the Acropolis. Ride towards the Presidential Mansion and check out the ceremonial change of the guards. Pass by the architectural marvel of the Zappeion Hall and get a glimpse of the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the Panathenaic stadium. Finish your tour in front of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and take memorable photos in front of Handrian's arch. Choose the Acropolis option to join your guide for a guided visit to Acropolis Hill and its numerous landmarks. Learn about the history and importance of globally famous landmarks like the Theatre of Dionysus, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Erechtheion, and the Parthenon.

Historic Athens: Small Group Electric Bike Tour

5. 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: Sightseeing Small Group Bike Tour

6. Athens: Sightseeing Small Group Bike Tour

You will find our meeting point very close to the Acropolis metro station, where your tour leader will be there to welcome you. After getting equipped with a bike and a helmet you will receive a safety briefing before heading on an exciting adventure! Reach the National Observatory first, where you will get the chance to take amazing photos from a hidden spot with breathtaking views. Follow the path to Thission area, a lovely pedestrian place with beautiful coffee shops and great views of the Acropolis and cycle by the ancient cemetery of Kerameikos. Cycle next to the Greek and Roman Agoras on your way to Plaka neighborhood, the picturesque area with the aligned souvenir markets at the foot of the Acropolis. After exploring hidden paths and marveling at Athens' most and lesser famous spots, it's time for a short break at the Athens' Orthodox Cathedral to enjoy a refreshing coffee or beverage. When our short break comes to an end, it's time to continue the tour towards the other side of the Acropolis and make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where you will have the chance to take a glimpse of the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Ride through the wide pedestrian area of the magnificent Neoclassical building of the Zappeion hall before making a brief stop outside the Presidential Mansion to enjoy the unique event of the change of the guards. Finish off your tour in front of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and take memorable photos with Hadrian's Arch and the Acropolis above as your picturesque background.

Athens: Olympic Games Workout

7. Athens: Olympic Games Workout

Fulfill your Olympic dream without all the really hard stuff!! Join this fun activity suitable for all ages, where you'll discover the fascinating history of the Olympic Games. Start your day with a warm-up at Zapion, a charming neoclassical monument in the heart of the National Gardens, the first building to be erected specifically for the revival of the Olympic Games in 1896. Find out in detail what role the ancient Olympics played in society over the millennium in which they were held. Learn how the athletes trained and what disciplines were included as the games evolved. Hear some really old sports trivia to stump your friends, and investigate how the modern games were first proposed, organized and held in Athens more than 1,500 years after they were last staged. Then, stretch your muscles at Athens' oldest gym and try some classic techniques from old events, such as the discus and javelin throw. Practice newer ones too, like the shot put and long jump! By the time you reach the Panathenaic Stadium (the only stadium in the world made entirely of marble), you’ll be psyched up for a truly unique experience – a race in the stadium, on the hallowed track where the first modern Olympians competed more than a century ago. Don’t worry about personal bests; it’s the run that counts, not the finish line!

Athens Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots

8. 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!

Best of Athens Small-Group Segway Tour

9. Best of Athens Small-Group Segway Tour

Your tour leader will start with a 30-minute training session to help you get comfortable on your Segway. Within minutes you’ll realize just how easy and intuitive it is! The tour will start by visiting the area where, in antiquity, everything ended! Keramikos area was the ancient cemetery but also one of the entrances to Athens. Then follow almost the same path as the ancient Greeks to visit the Ancient Agora, the heart of ancient Athens and the Roman agora. Without breaking a sweat, drive over to the next stop, the most important one, Mars hill and the entrance to the Acropolis. Take in the sight of this majestic world icon from your unique viewpoint on a Segway as you visit from the outside. This is a perfect photo opportunity! But wait… there is more! From here, easily ride up the Pnyka Hill — no tired feet! — and discover its off-the-beaten track terraced area where democracy was born and follow the path that  leads on to Athens’(Acropolis) best panoramic view. Roll through the pedestrian street around the hill of Acropolis so as to meet the “Roman” part of the city, where the temple of Zeus and the gate of Andrian stands. Then visit the first modern Olympic “village”, the Zappion mansion and the Panathinaikon Stadium, to discover where the first modern Olympic Games took place andl glide on to the national gardens, to ease your mind like kings and queens used to do! A sure highlight of the day is the presidential guards, with their unique and meaningful uniform. Right before heading back, you will have the change to get a picture next to the guards, a must-do here in Athens! If you are looking for a fun, eco-friendly way to discover the best that Modern Athens has to offer in just a few hours – you’ll love this Modern Athens Segway Tour! You’ll cover more ground and see more without the effort it would take the cover the same route on foot.

Athens: Acropolis Visit and City Night Tour

10. Athens: Acropolis Visit and City Night Tour

In the first part we will visit the Acropolis, dedicated to the goddess Athena, patron saint of the city. This activity is the essence and wonder of the monuments of Classical Greece. Our Athens: Guided Walking Tour of the Acropolis will start from the south-east side, avoiding the main entrance which is always more crowded. Our official tour guide will explain to us the most interesting legends of the archaeological site as we visit all the temples and monuments of the site. See the temple of the Parthenon and the Propylaea, a monumental gateway to the Acropolis. Learn about the long history of the capital of modern Greece. Visit the Theatre of Dionysus, which seats 17,000 spectators and was used to host festivals in honour of the birth of the Greek god. Be impressed by the Erechtheion, named after the demigod Erechtheus and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Enjoy your guide's commentary on the ancient Greek myths behind the ruins. Take a look at the stone carvings of the Caryatids and the Temple of Athena Nike, the smallest temple. After your tour, have free time to stay longer and explore the exceptional site at your own pace. The second part will be our night city tour of Athens will start at the National Library of Greece, one of the three elements that make up the majestic trilogy of neoclassical buildings, then we will visit the University and the Academy of Athens. Our next stop will be Syntagma Square, where we will stop at the Greek Parliament to see the so known presidential guard. Continuing our tour, we will see a hidden gem among the National Gardens, the ancient Olympic Village of Zappeion, we will see the first Olympic stadium in modern history, the Panathinaiko Stadium. After visiting the stadium, we will take a trip back in time, as our next stop will be Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Zeus. We will then head to the great Metropolitan Cathedral and the Little Mitropolis. Immediately after, we will arrive at the vibrant Monastiraki Square to end in the Greek Agora with impressive views of the Acropolis.

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Georgious was extremely professional and kind, he gave us very interesting historical insights on the monuments we were seeing. He took us to see the change of the guards in front of the Presidential Palace to avoid the crowds. Highly recommend this tour for an overview of Athens, I was with my 11 year old son, he had a great time! This experience was awesome!

Marios was great guide! He was entertaining and gave us info in a way that was interesting for any public! The E-bike were the best way to discover Athens in a different and were in a good condition! Marios, the tour guide, was attentive to our security. Great afternoon!

It was very fun, Maria was very sweet and knowledgeable. I had a bit of trouble at first as it's been a while since I've ridden a bike but she was patient and helped me when possible. It was a great tour, I'm just sad that it went by so quickly!

Marios is an amazing guide in our tour! If your a solo traveller like me, try this one its a great value of money.

Marius was very Kind and informative and it‘s very good to have a first impression of Athens.