Highlights of Impressive Athens in an 8-hour private tour

Tour Athens to experience the birthplace of western civilization. Feel and live like the ancient Greek people that inspired the creation of art, science, and culture.

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.

Your Athens tour includes an overview of the modern city and striking contrasts to the remains of its glorious past.

Highlights of Impressive Athens in an 8-hour private tour

  • Experience the most visited memorials of western civilization
  • Includes first-class luxury vehicle
  • Expert, English-speaking tour driver
  • Visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the New Museum of the Acropolis
  • Enjoy a walk in the picturesque neighborhood of Plaka
  • Taste homemade food and experience the famous Greek cuisine

Your private chauffeur will pick you up from your Athens hotel or cruise ship where your private tour begins. Drive by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square and the Panathenaic Stadium (the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896). Enjoy vistas of the Presidential Palace (ex-Royal Palace), government buildings, and elegant homes. Your private tour continues with a drive along Panepistimiou Avenue to view the Catholic Cathedral, the “Neoclassical Trilogy,” (Academy, University, National Library), and Omonia Square.

Your Greece tours private chauffeur will then take you to Olympian Zeus Temple and Adrian’s arch, where you will visit the most recognized monument on earth, the Acropolis. Its glorious past and monuments atop its rocky base such as the awesome Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens, and the Mars hill, will amaze you. You will then drive and walk in the footsteps of the Acropolis through Plaka (the old part of Athens) and visit the Greek ancient agora. After the walk, have time for lunch in a typical Greek restaurant and taste real home-cooked food.

After lunch, Best Greece Tours will take you to one of the most important museums in the world, the Acropolis museum. Here you can gaze upon the Greek marble with the view of the Acropolis in the background. The spectacular view from the highest hill in town, Lycabettus, will amaze you with panoramic views of Athens, the port of Piraeus, and the Saronic gulf. Ending your tour of Athens, your private chauffeur will drop you off at the cruise terminal or your hotel in Athens.

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. Acropolis is an excellent introduction to one of the greatest cities of the ancient world. Then Athens Acropolis Greece 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: 90 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 Hadrian Arch, or else the Athens Gate.

  • Duration: 20 Minutes

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Athens Temple of Olympian Zeus

Stop At The Temple of Olympian Zeus.

The Temple of Olympian Zeus, also known as the Olympieion or Columns of the Olympian Zeus, is a former colossal temple at the center of the Greece capital Athens dedicated to “Olympian” Zeus, a name originating from his position as head of the Olympian gods. Construction began in the 6th century BC and was completed until the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD some 638 years after the project had begun. The temple of Zeus included 104 colossal columns, it was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world.

  • Duration: 15 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket: Not Included

Pass by: Zapeion. The Zappeion Megaron is a part of the national heritage of Greek civilization and it is a donation from Zappas to the state! Evangelis Zappas, a Greek patriot and benefactor from North Epirus, envisaged the rebirth of the spirit of ancient Greece and devoted his life to the revival of the Olympic Games and the promotion of the Αrts. Today Zappeion offers the ideal conditions for conferences, and cultural, scientific, and sports exhibitions. It has 4,546 square meters of exhibition and congress halls and a Peristyle Central Circular Atrium.

  • Duration: 10 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.

  • Duration: 15 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, a 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: Numismatic Museum of Athens, Attica shopping mall, the Catholic cathedral of Athens, 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 (old parliament house of Athens), the constitutions square, Ermou str. ( the Athens central shopping street).

  • Duration: 20 Minutes

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Plaka Athens Greece

Stop At Plaka

Wonder around Plaka the old part of Athens with it picturesque neighborhoods and pedestrian streets full of cafes, restaurants and all kind of shops! You will have free time for lunch (Not included) and shopping!

  • Duration: 70 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket: Free

Pass By: The Metropolis of Athens (central church), Monastiraki square, Flee market, and Theseion.

  • Duration: 20 Minutes

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Athens Ancient Agora

Stop At: Agora;

The ancient marketplace was founded in the 6th century BC. St. Paul preached here and Socrates addressed his public here as democracy was born. Socrates was later indicted and executed in the state prison here in 399 BC. The ancient agora of Athens (St. Paul’s meeting place); For eight centuries was the primary meeting place of the city.

It was at one time the heart of Athens and was the focal point of administrative, commercial, political, and social activity. The point to which all roads led. It is the point where government and justice were laid out as well as a religious center. Here, Apostle Paul preached Christianity for the first time to Greeks in 51 A.D.

During that same time, the Byzantine church (1000 B.C.) of Agioi Apostoloi (Holy Apostles) was restored. Some of the top Ancient Agora sights to see include: The Stoa of Attalos was built by King Attalos II of Pergamum (159 BC-138 BC). It’s an impressive two-story stoa. People gathered here every four years to watch the Panathenaic Procession. It houses the Agora Museum which displays finds from the reconstruction in 1956.

The Temple of Hephaestus…

… is the best-preserved Classical temple of Greece. It was dedicated to Hephaestus, the god of the forge and fire. The Church of the Holy Apostles was built in the early 10th century to commemorate St. Paul’s teaching in the Agora. It was returned to its original form between 1954-1957. The Stoa Basileios was built in 500 BC. It housed the office of legal affairs concerning ancient cults. Most of it was destroyed when the Goths invaded Athens in AD 267.

The Odeon of Agrippa is a theater built in 15 AD. It featured statues of serpent-tailed Giants and Tritons on huge plinths. Two Tritons and a Giant still remain today. Tholos; The first parliament lived and worked here. It’s a circular building where the 50-member executive committee is hosted here. The name translates to “beehive”. The Great Drain is still functioning and collects runoff from the Acropolis, Areopagus, and Agora when it rains. It sends the runoff to the Eridanos River.

  • Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket: Not Included

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The Athens Acropolis Museum

Stop At Acropolis Museum.

One of the most high-profile museums built in the world in the 21st century. The Acropolis Museum holds the historic archaeological treasures of the Acropolis in Athens. A world-class museum of vast proportions stands today as one of the most significant museums of the ancient world offering a unique look into the past of Greece. The Acropolis museum is a must-visit for any traveler in this age-old city.

  • Duration: 90 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket Not Included

End of our service. We’ll drop you off at the same place we’ve picked you up!

  • 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!

Guaranteed Departures

  • 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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  • Dress: religious and memorial sites: shoulders and knee must be covered.
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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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