Athens Highlights Tour & Vouliagmeni Leisure Tour
The reference list of what you will see and experience during the Athens Highlights Tour and Vouliagmeni Leisure includes but is not limited to:
- Temple of Wingless Nike
- Odeum of Herodes Atticus
- Temple of Olympian Zeus
- Hadrian’s Arch
- Old Olympic Stadium
- Presidential Palace
- Changing of the Guards
- Constitution (Syntagma) Square
- Lycabetus Hill
- Trilogy of Culture (Academy, University, Library of Athens)
- Lake of Vouliagmeni
- Beach of Vouliagmeni
First thing to do on our Athens highlights tour is to visit the Acropolis Hill, before the crowds and the heat begin to rise. There you will be able to explore the magnificent gate of Propylaea, the Temple of the wingless Nike, the Erectheion with the imperious maidens called Karyatides, and last but not least the masterpiece of Classical architecture, the Parthenon. The Acropolis gives you the chance to enjoy a panoramic view of the theater of Dionysus, the Odeum of Herodes Atticus, the Ancient Greek Agora, the modern city of Athens and even the port of Piraeus.
After your visit to the sacred rock of the Acropolis, you can lay back in our luxurious, comfortable and air conditioned vehicle and your chauffer will drive you to explore the rest of the city in the most stylish and convenient way. Next comes the visit to the biggest temple that ever existed, that is the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian’s Arch marking the ancient Greek boarders of the city.
Your next stop is the Old Olympic Stadium, where the first modern Olympics took place.
Right after you will have the chance to witness the intricate changing ritual of the guards in front of the Presidential Palace on their duty in front of the Presidential Palace.
We are ready now to hit the road once again and take some pictures that will last a lifetime. A drive through the old aristocratic neighborhood of Athens named Kolonaki, is incumbent. From there on, your chauffer will drive you to the most beautiful balcony of Athens on Lycabettus Hill where you can take a spectacular panoramic picture of the city. Whether you are an expert in photography or simply a lover of all things beautiful you will definitely be tempted to capture the stunning view through your lens and create a memento that will stay with you and help you remember your unique day in Athens.
The driving tour continues to present you the Athens of the 19th century with its remarkable neoclassical buildings preserved until today. The greatest examples can be seen on Queen Sophia’s Av., on Constitution Sq. (Syntagma Square) with the House of the Parliament. In front of this building is where you can also have the chance to admire the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a memorial of great significance for the Greek people. Coming up next is Trilogy of Culture including the buildings housing the Academy of Athens, the Library of Athens and the Library of Athens.
Time to leave the urban scenery…and head southwards to Vouliagmeni.
After all this soaking in of history and culture and before the relaxing time on Vouliagmeni beach or Vouliagmeni Lake we suggest a nice home cooked family style lunch to taste the real side of Greek Food.
Your driver will take you now to Vouliagmeni Lake. Vouliagmeni Lake is ranked by Greece’s Special Committee for the Protection of Natural Thermal Resources among the 20 recognised thermal springs.
Apart from its sublime natural beauty that you can admire with a stroll around the lake, the salts and minerals that are concentrated in the lake create a thermal spa like environment ideal for a relaxing day. You can enjoy the serene scenery, have a cup of coffee or tea by the lake and feel completely tranquil and stress – free. If you are up for a dive you can either visit the thermal waters of the lake or swim in the blue waters of Vouliagmeni beach which is in close proximity. Vouliagmeni beach became a favorite choice of Greek socialites such as Aristoteles Onasis and Jackie O and has been loved ever since.
At the end of this lux and tranquil experience your driver will take you back to your accommodation.
Entrance fees, to the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, and Ancient Agora, are 30 Euro total pp (combined ticket obtained at the ticket office of any site) and 20 Euro for just the Acropolis.
Free admission for:
Persons under 18 (with current identification to prove age)
University students from Greece and the E.U
Free admission (regardless age) on the following dates:
18 May (International Museums Day)
The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
Vouliagmeni Beach is 3 Euro per person
The entrance fee is €9 during the weekdays and €10 during the weekend (there are reduced tariff for children and eldery citizens) and it includes the use of the changing room, shower, toilets, parasols, and chairs (although you might not find any free parasols during the peak season peak hours).
Winter period:8:30am – 15:00
Summer period:8:00am – 19:30
All sites and museums are closed or have reduced opening hours, on the following holidays:
• 1 January: closed
• 6 January: closed
• Shrove Monday: 08.30-15.00
• 25 March: closed
• Good Friday: until 12:00 closed
• Holy Saturday: 08.30-15.00
• Easter Sunday : closed
• Easter Monday: 08.30-15.00
• 1 May: closed
• Holy Spirit Day: 08.30-15.00
• 15 August: 08.30-15.00
• 28 October: 08.30-15.00
• 25 December: closed
• 26 December: closed
There are a few things that are useful for you to know before participating in one of our tours.
Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended for most locations. Sun glasses, a hat and sun screen are also suggested since the Mediterranean sun is extremely hot during the summer months.
As far as walking is concerned you have to keep in mind that climbing up to the Acropolis is a rather challenging task. Guests must be able to walk over paved, inclined paths, some with steps and then climb a series of steps to reach the Propylea. The walking surface on top of the Acropolis is rather raw and uneven. It has been preserved in this manner in order to showcase the authentic environment of the monuments.
Photography is permitted in almost every site throughout the tours and if it is prohibited you will be informed beforehand.
Local currency (euros) might be needed in order to pay at the spot small entrance fees and small expenses.
In case one of our guests has some special needs, is under certain medication or has a limited walking endurance you can let us know during the organization of your customized tour and we will make sure that small breaks are incorporated into your itinerary. Also it is suggested that you bring with you a small bottle of water or something small to eat in case you need to during the tour. Furthermore if an individual has advanced accessibility needs you can let us know and allow us to customize the tour to fit your needs.
This tour brings together the historical and architectural highlights of Athens and is the best way to navigate among all the fundamental must-see sights in Athens. Combining the highlights of Athens with the lake or the beach of Vouliagmeni on the south suburbs of Athens that seems like an oasis just outside the urban scenery and you will create the ultimate travelling experience while in Athens. You will enjoy a personal hassle free sightseeing and leisure experience without having to worry about getting around in a city that you visit for the first time.
Duration approx. 8hrs
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