The reference list of what you will see and experience during the Athens Half Day tour includes but is not limited to:
- Temple of Wingless Nike
- Odeum of Herodes Atticus
- Temple of Olympian Zeus
- Hadrian’s Arch
- Old Olympic Stadium
- Lycabetus Hill
- Presidential Palace
- Changing of the Guards
- Constitution (Syntagma) Square
- Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
- Trilogy of Culture (Academy, University, Library of Athens)
- New Acropolis Museum or Ancient Greek Agora
First thing to do on this superb half day tour is to visit the Acropolis Hill, before the crowds and the heat begin to rise. There you will explore the magnificent gate of Propylaea, the Temple of the wingless Nike, the Erectheion with the imperious maidens 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 chauffeur will drive you to explore the rest of the city in the most stylish and convenient way. Next comes the visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian’s Arch.
Your next stop is the Old Olympic Stadium.
This tour could never be considered full if we do not drive up the highest hill of modern Athens, the Lycabettus hill to take the most beautiful panoramic pictures of the city.
Right after you will have the chance to witness the intricate changing ritual of the guards in front of Athens’ Presidential Palace.
Continue with the driving tour and see the greatest examples of 19th century neoclassical architecture like the Trilogy of Culture, the masons on Queen Sophia’s Av., the House of the Parliament on Constitution Sq. (Syntagma Square) where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier exists.
And because our purpose is to offer you what suits you best…do not forget that you can customize the last hour of your tour by adding to your itinerary one of the following options:
1. The New Acropolis Museum is undeniably among the best museums of the World. The beautiful new museum is both of great historical and modern architectural importance. You can delve further into the magical stories behind the Athenian civilization in a place where ancient history meets the modern world of 21st century.
2. The ancient Agora with its wonderful Temple of Hephaestus, being the most well preserved temple in Greece, Kerameikos but where the Prison of Socrates is also located is an excellent alternative. The Roman Agora with the tower of winds and the Socrates Prison can both be visited on our tour after your lunch while also providing an excellent chance for a walk through the beautiful neighborhood of Thiseio.
Before we say Goodbye…
On the way to your accommodation if time permits we can have a quick stop to enjoy Greek delicacies and something cool to drink just like the locals do whenever they need to cool down during the summer months.
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 and for the Acropolis Museum is 5 Euro pp.
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)
For the Acropolis
Winter period:8:30am – 15:00
Summer period:8:00am – 19:30
For Acropolis Museum:
Monday to Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Last admission: 4:30 p.m.)
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Last admission: 9:30 p.m.)
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Last admission: 7:30 p.m.)
Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Last admission: 3:30 p.m.)
Tuesday to Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Last admission: 7:30 p.m.)
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Last admission: 9:30 p.m.)
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
- Furthermore if an individual has advanced accessibility needs you can let us know and allow us to customize the tour to fit your needs.
The Athens essentials that you just can’t miss! This tour brings together the historical and architectural highlights of Athens, along with some of the most adorable alleys of the city. A wonderful route that will amaze you for its diversity and the many perspectives that you will discover: a great tour to navigate among all the fundamental must-see sights in Athens from the locals’ perspective. You will enjoy a personal hassle free experience without having to worry about getting around in a city that you visit for the first time.
We will wait for you right in front of your cruise terminal and one of your most memorable tours will begin…
Duration approx. 5hrs