Athens Christian Private Tour of St Paul 8-H

Athens Christian Private Tour of St Paul 8-H

Duration 8 hours
Private Tour & Shore Excursion
Price from €83

** Price is per person for a group of 3 passengers. Prices vary greatly depending on the number of people and type of vehicle. The final price will be calculated online using our booking engine.

Immerse yourself in the hidden gems and captivating secrets of Athens with the Athens Christian Private Tour of St Paul 8-H. Th; is vibrant city offers an array of engaging activities that invite visitors to delve into its rich history and mythology. Guided by master storytellers, explore the footsteps of ancient philosophers, rulers, and playwrights, experiencing the essence of Athens’s seminal past.

Athens, a thriving metropolis and empire, formed the core of Ancient Greece. It remains the present-day capital of Greece. The city still bears the imprint of its illustrious past, evident in its 5th-century BC landmarks. Prominent among these is the Acropolis, a hilltop fortress adorned with ancient structures such as the Erechtheion and the majestic Parthenon temple.

Athens served as a cradle of intellectual and artistic advancements in Classical civilization, earning it recognition as the birthplace of Western civilization. Your exploration of Athens will encompass the vibrant modern metropolis, juxtaposed with the remnants of its glorious past, creating a captivating contrast.

Highlights of Athens Christian Private Tour of St Paul 8-H

  • Visit the most famous memorial of western civilization
  • An expert English-speaking tour driver
  • Visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon
  • The Catholic Cathedral of Athens
  • The Ancient Greek Agora
  • Enjoy a walk in the picturesque neighborhood of Plaka
  • The breathtaking view from Lycabettus hill
  • The Byzantine Daphni monastery
  • Taste the famous Greek cuisine

DESCRIPTION Of Athens Christian Private Tour of St Paul 8-H

  • Early Christian Presence in Athens: Christianity had a small presence in Athens as early as the 3rd century AD, but it gained prominence from the 4th century onward.
  • Influence of Theodosius’s Edict: In 437, Emperor Theodosius I banned pagan cults, leading to a surge in the number of Christian followers in Greece. Paul’s Missionary.
  • Journey: The spread of Christianity in Greece was significantly influenced by Paul’s second missionary journey, which successfully established the first Christian churches in Europe.

Paul’s missionary efforts transformed Greece from a pagan country into the first Christian nation in Europe. Greece became a fertile ground for Christianity, which remains a strong presence today. Paul’s legacy is evident in the biblical sites of Greece, including Athens. Despite its intellectual elite, Athens proved to be a challenging but significant destination for Paul’s evangelical work.

Paul came to Athens by himself to share the teachings of Christianity, while his companions Silas and Timothy stayed in Macedonia. Modern tourists are amazed by the spectacular architecture of the city, such as the Acropolis and the temple of Olympian Zeus, as well as the bustling Agora and majestic Stoas. However, Paul was troubled by the widespread idolatry he witnessed in Athens.

ITINERARY (break-down)

Start: Your tour begins with a convenient pick-up from your hotel or address in Athens. If you’re arriving by cruise ship, you can be picked up at the pier in Piraeus port. The route to the Acropolis will vary based on your starting location, taking you past various landmarks along the way!

  • Duration: 20 Minutes average

Stop At The Acropolis

Athens Christian Private Tour of St Paul 8-H
The Athens Acropolis Greece

Our first stop is the renowned Acropolis hill in Athens, which will highlight your day. On the historic Acropolis, you’ll encounter the Propylaea, an imposing gateway to the sacred site honoring Athena, the city’s patron goddess. Mnesicles designed the Propylaea using avant-garde Pentelic marble.

Nearby is the restored Temple of Athena Nike, dedicated to the winged goddess of victory. Continue to the Erechtheion, a magnificent temple honoring Poseidon and Athena, and finally, the iconic Parthenon, the grandest temple dedicated to Athena, the virgin goddess.

From the Acropolis, you’ll not only get breathtaking views but also a glimpse into ancient history. Below, you’ll see the Theater of Dionysus, believed to be the very first theater globally. This ancient performance venue is nestled at the Acropolis’ base. Additionally, you’ll marvel at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a stone Roman theater that graces the Acropolis’ southwest slope. Constructed in 161 AD, this impressive building has been lovingly restored to its former glory.

  • Duration: 70 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket Not Included

Stop At  Mars hill

Athens Christian Private Tour of St Paul 8-H
Athens Mars Hill

From the days of Dionysus the Areopagite, a small Christian community existed in Athens. After the 4th century, their presence grew. Following Emperor Theodosius’ 437 ban on ancient cults, Christianity flourished. A significant event in Greek religious history was Paul’s second missionary journey. His successful trip marked the introduction of Christianity to Europe and the establishment of the first European churches.

Through his tireless efforts, Paul transformed Greece, a devout pagan nation, into the first Christian country on the European continent. The fertile soil of Greece proved receptive to the seeds of Christianity, which continue to thrive today. Paul’s presence remains palpable in the biblical sites of Greece.

Athens stands out as a city where Paul’s missionary work was particularly fruitful. His visit to this renowned center of philosophy, where luminaries like Socrates, Solon, and Themistocles once resided, stands as a testament to the challenges and triumphs he faced in spreading the gospel.

Paul came to Athens alone to spread the true teachings of God, leaving Silas and Timothy in Macedonia. While tourists today admire the magnificent structures of the Acropolis, Olympian Zeus, and the Stoas, Saint Paul was deeply disturbed by the rampant idolatry prevalent in the city.

  • Duration: 20 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By Syntagma Square

After the Acropolis, see vistas of the city heading 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 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: 15 Minutes

Stop At Hellenic Parliament

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Athens Parliament Greece

The Voulí ton Ellínon, or Hellenic Parliament, is Greece’s parliamentary body. It resides in Athens’ Old Royal Palace, with views of Syntagma Square. This supreme democratic institution allows citizens to participate through elected Parliament representatives. Visitors can also see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and witness the changing of the guard (performed by Evzones) at the former royal palace, now the Hellenic Parliament House.

  • Duration: 15 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket Free

Pass by: the Numismatic Museum of Athens, Attica shopping mall, and the Catholic cathedral of Athens.

  • Duration: 10 Minutes

Stop At The Catholic cathedral of Athens

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The Catholic Cathedral Of Athens, Greece

Erected from 1853 to 1887, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Dionysius the Areopagite stands as a significant vestige of Roman Catholic heritage in Athens. Known as a royal wedding venue for Spanish monarchs, its interior boasts an exquisite blend of marble and frescoes.

The cathedral’s architectural style combines the grandeur of Orthodox churches with the understated elegance of Catholic ones. Its namesake, St. Dionysius the Areopagite, revered as the protector of Athens, was an Areopagus judge who embraced Christianity, becoming Athens’ second bishop. The cathedral serves as the residence of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Athens.

  • Duration: 15 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket Free

Pass by: The Academy of Athens forms part of an architectural group of three buildings. Established in 1926, it focused on sciences, humanities, and arts. The National Library of Greece was completed in the late 19th century as the final part of a trio that included the Academy and the University. Designed by Theophil Hansen, the Academy building is located near Omonia Square and Karaiskaki Square. Our journey will take us past these landmarks as we head towards the Daphni Monastery in the Peloponnese peninsula, known for its Byzantine architecture.

  • Duration: 30 Minutes

Stop At Daphni monastery

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Athens Daphni Monastery

For a serene escape, we embark on a short journey outside the city to explore the renowned 11th-century Monastery of Daphni. This architectural marvel, a testament to the brilliance of the Byzantine era, is situated in Haidari, just off the Avenue of Attica. The Monastery of the Dormition of the Virgin, commonly known as Daphni Monastery, holds the distinction of being the largest Byzantine monastery in Attica.

Its exceptional size, architectural brilliance, and historical significance, reminiscent of the grandeur of Constantinople, place it among the most remarkable and valuable remnants of the Byzantine period, earning it the prestigious designation as a World Heritage Site.

  • Duration: 60 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket: Not Included

Pass by: When you drive back to Athens, follow the same route. Passing by the Zappeion Megaron is crucial, as it represents a valuable part of Greece’s cultural history. This architectural masterpiece was a generous gift from Zappas to the nation.

Stop At Panathenaic Stadium

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Athens Panathenaic Kalimarmaro Stadium

During our tour, we’ll pause at the Panathenaic Stadium, a historic landmark constructed entirely of marble. This stadium was originally built in 330 BC and hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. It was later renovated for the 2004 Olympic Games and now serves as the finish line for the Athens Classic Marathon.

Additionally, it’s the site where the Olympic flame is ceremonially handed over to the host nation. Take some pictures and we’ll continue to our next stop.

  • Duration: 10 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket Not Included

Pass by: Explore the iconic Truman statue honoring the US president; marvel at the Runner statue, crafted entirely from glass; visit the Megaron, the esteemed concert hall and conference center; and take a stroll through Kolonaki, the exclusive neighborhood showcasing the finest of Athenian elegance.

  • Duration: 15 Minutes

Stop For Lunch

It’s time to indulge in a delightful lunch at an authentic Greek restaurant where you can savor the same mouthwatering, home-cooked meals enjoyed by Greek families in their own homes.

  • Duration: 60 Minutes

Pass by:  the runner, the statue made of glass, the Megaron (the modern music hall of Athens), and Best Greece tours will drive you to Mount Lycabettus

  • Duration: 15 Minutes

Stop At Mount Lycabettus

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Lycabettus Hill Athens

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
  • Admission Ticket Free

Pass by Kolonaki:

After exploring Lycabettus Hill, the tour continues through Kolonaki and the historical center of Athens. Along the way, you’ll pass the War Museum, Byzantine Museum, Museum of Cycladic Art, Council of State, Statue of Kolokotronis, the National Historical Museum (former parliament building), Constitution Square, Ermou Street (a bustling shopping district), and Plaka, the charming old town with its picturesque streets, cafes, restaurants, and shops. The tour concludes with a drive down Mitropoleos Street, taking in the Athens Cathedral (The Metropolis), Monastiraki (the flea market), and Thiseio.

  • Duration: 20 Minutes

Stop At Ancient Agora

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Athens Ancient Agora

Established in the 6th century BC, the Ancient Agora was the central hub of ancient Athens. It was the bustling marketplace and the epicenter of social, cultural, and economic activities. Within the Agora, you can admire the exquisitely preserved Temple of Hephaestus, the iconic Christian landmark of the Church of the Holy Apostles, and the fascinating Museum of the Ancient Agora. Stroll through the picturesque neighborhood of Thiseio, connecting you to the heart of ancient Greece.

The Agora served as the cornerstone of government, justice, and spirituality, drawing visitors along roads converging at this vibrant focal point. In 51 A.D., the renowned Apostle Paul introduced Christianity to Greek citizens at this ancient site. This historic location served as a hub for civic life, embracing philosophy, religion, the arts, and athletic competitions. It was here that St. Paul delivered his teachings while Socrates engaged with the public, fostering the birthplace of democracy. However, Socrates later faced charges and met his demise within the state prison on this very site in 399 B.C.

  • Duration: 50 Minutes
  • Admission Ticket: Not Included

Pass by:  Monastiraki, Athens, and Kolokotroni street (shopping area for budget items), Syntagma.

  • Duration: 20 Minutes


Rather than visiting the Byzantine Daphni Monastery, you have the alternative of exploring the Byzantine Museum in Athens.

At the conclusion of this exclusive tour with Best Greece Tours, you will be given ample time in the late afternoon to explore the city at your own pace. Alternatively, if desired, we can conveniently return you to your cruise ship or hotel in Athens, marking the end of our service.

  • Duration: 20 Minutes


  • 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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Importantant information!

  • 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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