This tour of Athens takes us to the most famous sites of the city, both ancient and modern. Undoubtedly the most famous landmark of Athens is the Parthenon. It is the ancient temple which was dedicated to Athena, the goddess that Athens got its name from. It is on top of the Acropolis Hill, which is visible from many parts of Athens, and around it there is the historical centre.
We will see both of the ancient agoras (marketplaces), the Roman and the Ancient Greek where Socrates used to go to speak with the citizens of Athens about such subjects as justice, truth and love. We will also visitthe cave where Socrates was allegedly held prisoner before his execution by the Athenians for “corrupting the youth”.
Moving away a little bit from the area just around the Acropolis, we will see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament. These guards, known as Evzones, are the elite force of the Greek Army and until the Second World War they were known for their bravery and honour. The costume they wear was introduced by King Otto of Greece, inspired by the traditional clothes of the mountain warriors and bandits who formed the resistance to the Ottoman Empire.
Near the Parliament, we will also see the famous “trilogy” of buildings designed by the Danish architects Theophil and Christian Hansen: the Academy of Athens, the University of Athens and the National Library. Built in a grand neoclassical style, they represent the ambitions of the early Greek state. Along with these more moderns landmarks, we will also see the stadium where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.
We will visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus, with only a few of its original 104 columns standing, and the monument known as the arch of Hadrian, a Roman structure dedicated to Theseus and Hadrian as the founders of Athens. Finally, we will see the second change of the guard at the Presidential Mansion.
- What Will You DoVisit the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, the changing of the guards at the President’s Residence, The Prime Minister’s House, the Roman Agora, the Greek Agora, the Old Parliament and Socrates’ Prison Cell, the changing of the guard at the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the National Library, the University and the Academy of Athens, Hadrian’s Arch, the 1896 Olympic Stadium, plus a view of the city from Lycabettus Hill.
- What To Expect- Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
- All prices are for one vehicle for 1 to 4 passengers
- You must be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain, other wise the driver will do the best so you can see most of the sites
- Departure time is up to you between 09:00am -10:00am
- Time needed 5 to 6 hours
- Our drivers are polite, friendly and professional. Their first priority is your satisfation and safety. All drivers on on tours know english, will help you and give you tips. The cars are well maintained and clean, all of them have free wifi
- If needed we can also provide babychairs, wheelchairs and most phone chargers.
- What Is Included- Transportation from and to your central hotel in Athens or Piraeus
- Transportation from and to the cruise terminal of Piraeus port
- Everything that involves the vehicle
- What Is Not Included- Admission fees
- Food and drinks
- Professional guide in the site (if wanted)
- Transfers- We can pick you up from your central hotel in Athens or Piraeus. If you wish for us to pick you up at your accommodation, please contact us after booking to provide your address.
- If you prefer, you can meet us at the meeting point.