Picturesque Athens Emerging Corinth in a 1-day private tour

Picturesque Athens Emerging Corinth in a 1-day private tour; Tour Greece on a secret journey through ancient and Christian times, joining our Greece private tour for a full day to the memorials of Athens, the famous Corinth canal & Ancient Corinth. Experience this Greece private tour, combining many of the city’s principal modern and classical sights.

Highlights of the full-day Athens and Corinth private tour

  • Visit the famous Corinth canal
  • The museum and ancient Agora of Corinth and Athens
  • The Acropolis & Parthenon
  • Visit the temple of Apollo & Apostle Paul’s church
  • An expert English-speaking tour driver
DESCRIPTION of the Picturesque Athens Emerging Corinth in a 1-day private tour

The capital of Greece is a cosmopolitan metropolis, modern Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political, and cultural life in Greece and it is rated as an alpha world city. Classical Athens was one of the most powerful city-states in the ancient world; a center for arts, learning, and philosophy, home of Plato’s Academy, Aristotle’s Lyceum, and the wisest of men Socrates. It is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 4th and 5th centuries BC on the rest of the then-known European continent. Enjoy this private tour in Athens, combining many of the city’s principal modern and classical sights.

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Your Athens tour includes an overview of the modern city and striking contrasts to the remains of its glorious past. See the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square, the Panathenaic Stadium (the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896). Admire the Presidential Palace (ex-Royal Palace), government buildings, and elegant homes. Your Athens private chauffeur will then drive you along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the “Neoclassical Trilogy,” (Academy, University, National Library), and Omonia Square. The private tour will take you to the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Adrian’s arch, the Acropolis with its many monuments including the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens.

ITINERARY (break-down)

Start:  Pick up from your hotel in Athens, address in Athens, or cruise ship pier at Piraeus port. Pass by several areas on the way to the Acropolis depending on where you’ll start!

  • Duration: 20 Minutes average
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The Athens Acropolis Greece
Stop At The Acropolis

One of the best Greece tours starts with the hill of the Acropolis of Athens which will make your day. On the historical hill at the Acropolis, you will have the chance to see the monumental gateway (Propylaea); The Propylaea is the monumental entrance to the sacred area dedicated to Athena, the patron goddess of the city. Built by the architect Mnesicles with Pentelic marble, their design was avant-garde.

To the south-west of the Propylaea, on a rampart protecting the main entrance to the Acropolis is the Ionian temple of Apteros Nike, which is recently being restored and dedicated to the goddess Athena Nike, the Erechtheion Temple of Poseidon & Athina and of course the famous Parthenon, the main temple dedicated to the virgin goddess Athena.

Also, you will have the chance to admire from the top of the Acropolis the Theater of Dionysus and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. The theater of Dionysus Eleuthereus is a major theater in Athens, considered to be the world’s first theater, built at the foot of the Athenian Acropolis.  The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone Roman theater structure located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens, Greece. The building was completed in 161 AD and then renovated in 1950.

  • Duration: 70 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket Not Included

Pass By: After the Acropolis, we will head towards the Melina’s Mercury statue, the famous Herodou Attikou street that leads you to the Acropolis museum and the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrians Arch or else the Athens Gate, The Zappeion Megaron is a part of the national heritage of Greek civilization and it is a donation from Zappas to the state!

  • Duration: 15 Minutes
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Panathenean Kalimarmaron Stadium In Athens
Stop At Panathenaic Stadium

We will stop for pictures at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. The Panathenaic (Kalimarmaro) Stadium is one of the main historic attractions of Athens and the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble. A stadium was built on the site of a simple racecourse by the Athenian statesman Lykourgos (Lycurgus) c. 330 BC, primarily for the Panathenaic Games. The stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympic games in 1896. It was used once again as an Olympic venue in 2004.

Today is the finishing point for the annual Athens Classic Marathon and it is the last venue in Greece from where the Olympic flame handover ceremony to the host nation takes place. Take some pictures and we’ll continue to our next stop.

  • Duration: 10 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket Not Included

Pass By: The statue of Truman (the USA president), the Runner statue made all of it glass, the Megaron the music hall and conversion center of Athens, and tour through Kolonaki the high end of Athens center.

  • Duration: 15 Minutes
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Lycabettus Hill Athens
Stop At Mount Lycabettus,

also known as Lycabettus, Lykabettos, or Lykavittos, is a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens, Greece at 277 meters (909 feet) above sea level, a bit less than twice as high as the Acropolis. . Pine trees cover its base, and at its two peaks are the 19th century Chapel of St. George, a theatre, a cafeteria, and a restaurant. The tallest of Athens’ seven hills rises abruptly out of the middle of the city and like the Acropolis, which it towers above, it is visible from almost everywhere.

There is no way you can miss Mount Lycabettus. It almost begs to be climbed and sooner or later, if you have a spare afternoon in Athens and you are even moderately fit, you are going to be tempted to have a go. The main reason people climb Lycabettus is to enjoy the astonishing 360° views from Athens’ highest and most central point.

  • Duration: 15 Minutes

Pass By: After Lycabettus will drive again through Kolonaki and the historical site of the city passing by the war museum, the Byzantine museum, the museum of ancient archaeological Cyclades civilization, the national garden (ex-royal garden), the Plateia Syntagmatos Syntagma Square, the central square of Athens. The square is named after the Constitution that Otto, the first King of Greece, was obliged to grant after a popular and military uprising on 3 September 1843.

  • Duration: 20 Minutes
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Athens Parliament Greece
Stop At Hellenic Parliament.

The Hellenic Parliament, in Greek known as Voulí ton Ellínon, is the parliament of Greece, located in the Old Royal Palace, overlooking Syntagma Square in Athens. The Parliament is the supreme democratic institution that represents the citizens through an elected body of Members of Parliament. See the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Watch the changing of the guard (Euzones) in front of the ex-royal palace, today the Parliament House of Greece, above the central square of Athens.

  • Duration: 15 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket Free
Pass By the Numismatic Museum of Athens,

Attica shopping mall, the Catholic cathedral of Athens, and The Academy of Athens. The Building constitutes one of three parts in an “architectural trilogy”. It was founded with the Constitutional Decree of March 18th, 1926, as an Academy of Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts, The Kapodistrian University of Athens,  The National Library of Greece was built at the end of the nineteenth century, as the last of the Architectural of Athens, a group of three neoclassical buildings which also includes the Academy and the University.

The building was designed by Theophil Hansen, Council of State, Kolokotronis statue (Theodoros Kolokotronis; The ultimate Symbol of the Greek Revolution of 1821 against the Ottomans!), The National Historical Museum (the old parliament house of Athens), the constitutions square, Ermou str. ( the Athens central shopping street), and Plaka the old part of Athens with it picturesque neighborhoods and pedestrian streets full of cafes, restaurants, and all kinds of shops!

  • Duration: 20 Minutes

Pass By: We will now drive through Athens and its surroundings passing by the towns of Megara (King Bizas where the Byzantium city took its name from), Efisna (Elsfsinia mysteries), several resort towns like Ag. Theodoroi, Kineta…, till we reach the famous Corinth Canal!

  • Duration: 90 Minutes
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Corinth Canal
Stop At Corinth Canal

Argolis is one of the most interesting Greek provinces, travel with us through time for this amazing one-day visit to ancient Corinth. The tour opens with a seaside drive passing coastal villages and the island of Salamis (the set of the historical naval battle between the Athenians and Persians).

Our first pause is the Corinth Canal. Finally opened in 1894, separating the Peloponnese Peninsula from the rest of Greece while connecting the Saronic Gulf (Aegean Sea) to the Corinthian Sea (Ionian Sea). You’ll have time to stretch your legs, walk across a pedestrian bridge and admire the canal closer (if you’re game) on some days bungee jumping is an option.

  • Duration: 15 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket Free

Pass By: We’ll travel now through orange tree fields, and olive tree fields to reach ancient Corinth.

  • Duration: 15 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket Free

Visit the ancient town of Corinth where St. Paul lived and preached for two years. Ancient Corinth is 76 Km/48 miles west of Athens on a narrow stretch of land that joins the Peloponnese to the mainland of Greece. Ancient Corinth was an important city in ancient Greece, with a major role in the missionary work of the Apostle Paul. Ancient Corinth was first inhabited in the Neolithic period (5000-3000 BC), and flourished as a major Greek city from the 8th century BC until its destruction by the Romans in 146 BC. Nowadays, Corinth is the second-largest city in the Peloponnese, with high tourist interest for its multiple break-taking sights.

Picturesque Athens Emerging Corinth in a 1-day private tour
Picturesque Athens Emerging Corinth in a 1-day private tour
Stop At Ancient Corinth (Archaia Korinthos);

You will have free time for lunch (not included). Ancient Corinth, located at the foot of the Corinth Acropolis hill Acrocorinth with its Venetian Castle, the oldest and largest castle in southern Greece, includes the Roman Agora of Corinth, the temple of God Apollo, and the small museum of the ancient Corinth Agora. Apart from its archaeological and historical interest, the site is also one of the most popular religious destinations in Greece. In this world-famous place, Apostle Paul preached Christianity, was judged by the tribunal in the Agora, and established the best-organized Christian church of that period.

  • Duration: 90 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket Not Included

Pass By:  After the end of our visit, we’ll take the same way back to Athens.

  • Duration: 80 Minutes

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  • Transfer offerd; Travelers pickup/drop off is offered.
  • Pick up from; We will pick you up from any hotel or apartment in Athens center and Piraeus cruise port at the cruise ship pier!
  • Info needed When booking make sure to include the address of your accommodation, or the name of the cruise line and the cruise ship!
  • Pick up time; We propose to pick you up at 8 am in order to avoid traffic and crowed at the Acropolis.
  • Drop off; We will drop you off at the same place we have picked you up or at any hotel in Athens center or cruise ship pier!


What is Included

  • Professional driver with good knowledge of history and culture in Greece
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle appropriate for the size of your group
  • Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple day tours only)
  • Flexible pick up time on request (proposed 08:00AM)
  • Free Pick-up from and return to your hotel
  • Free Pick-up & drop off from Piraeus cruise port
  • Athens Airport transfers or pickup locations outside Athens: arranged on request with surcharge
  • First class transport: By Mercedes E-Class or similar; Mercedes minivan or Mercedes minibus according to the size of your party. All new models come with full leather and A/C.
  • Road tolls and local taxes
  • Our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athina, Greece.
  • Official licensed tour guide for guiding in archeological sites. Available on request with surcharge
  • The private tour is 100% exclusive for your party

What is Excluded

  • Entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museum
  • Wine tasting fee (wine tours)
  • Athens Airport transfer: arranged on request with a surcharge
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and beverage
  • Your private chauffeur/guide will discuss a program best suited to your interest and mobile abilities. Option for a professional tour guide with a state license at an extra cost.


Tour Type

  • Private tour - Shore Excursion
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Departures: Daily


  • Due to the high complexity and uncertainty of contemporary transportation, as well as unexpected situations, the planned itinerary can change at any moment and our choices may be affected by any social, economic or environmental phenomena!

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  • Best Greece Tours is proud to be the first in the industry to offer Guaranteed Departures . A guaranteed departure means; There is no minimum number of bookings required on a trip to run and that the tour will definitely operate on the day it is scheduled and will not be cancelled. All guaranteed departures will run except in the event of a natural disaster or other similarly disruptive event that is beyond our control. Our current collection of tours can take you to exciting places in Athens and around the world.

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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A voucher will be emailed to you with our contact numbers and all necessary information for your tour.
  • This is your ticket and proof of purchase. On the day of tour please present a paper voucher in order to redeem your tour/activity.
  • Itinerary (break-down)Due to the high complexity and uncertainty of contemporary transportation, as well as unexpected situations, the planned itinerary can change at any moment and our choices may be affected by any social, economic or environmental phenomena!

Persons with Disabilities

  • Due to uneven surfaces, certain sites are not recommended for persons with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Such sites are the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi and Meteora.
  • In all cases, we recommend comfortable flat-solid walking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • For guests who are full-time wheelchair users a ramp vehicle will be needed. Guests may remain in their wheelchair or scooter for the duration of the excursion. Wheelchair or scooter dimensions are required in order to confirm the correct vehicle!
  • Wheelchair or small scooter folding type only. (Please note that disabled passengers must be able to board the vehicle independently or with the assistance of those in their party.)

Opening hours & Admission fees

  • Opening Hours: Summer April 1st to October 31st from 08:00 AM to 07:30 PM
  • Winter: November 1st to March 31st from 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
  • Free admission fees: Children under 18 & Students from E.U.
  • Reduced admission fees: Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65 & Students from countries outside the E.U.

Free admission days

  • March 6: In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
  • June 5: Environment international day
  • April 18 : International monuments day
  • May 18: International museums day
  • September 27: International tourism day
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • National Holidays
  • Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
  • The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September
  • NOTE: If the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the free admission day

Holidays in Greece

  • January 1: closed
  • January 6: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Shrove Monday: 08:30AM - 03:00 PM
  • March 25: closed
  • Good Friday: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Holy Saturday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Easter Sunday: closed
  • Easter Monday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • May 1: closed
  • Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • 15 August 15: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • October 28: 08:30 AM- 03:00 PM
  • December 25 & 26: closed


  • Sedans; Within 24 hrs of travel 100% fee will apply. Outside of 24 hrs a €2 per person cancellation charge will apply.
  • Minivan; Within 36 hrs of travel 100% fee will apply. Outside of 36 hrs a €2 per person cancellation charge will apply.
  • Minibus 10-20 seats; Within 96 hrs of travel 100% fee will apply. Outside of 96 hrs a €2 per person cancellation charge will apply.
  • For all vehicles; No show mean, no refund


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