Best of Athens in a day

Length: 8 hours approx Depart From: Your accommodation in Athens/ Piraeus or Athens Airport

You will be greeted at your hotel or outside your cruise terminal and will make your way to the very historical center of Athens and begin your tour with a visit at the Acropolis Hill (first thing in the morning to avoid heat and crowds). The visit takes you through the Propylaea, its monumental gate, to the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, to the Erechtheion, a site associated with some of the most ancient and holy relics of the Athenians, and the small temple Athena Nike protecting the gate of the citadel.

From the Acropolis, you can also look down on the Ancient Agora, Tower of the Winds, Herodes Atticus Theatre, and the Theatre of Dionysos.

You will then continue on to visit the Temple of Zeus the largest in ancient Greece, taking over 700 years to build. Moving on you will proceed to the Panathenaic Olympic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. From here, you will continue on to Lycavettus Hill (the highest hill of Athens) for great photo opportunities (this stop is not available for large groups).

Next you will see the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier in front of the Greek Parliament. From here, you will continue on to the Ancient Agora.

After a stop for a traditional Greek lunch, you will head over to the New Acropolis Museum before making your way back to your hotel.

FEES & FREE ADMISSIONS

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). Entrance fee to the Acropolis Museum is 5 Euro pp.

Free admission for:

  • Journalists
  • 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:

  • 6 March
  • 5 June
  • 18 April
  • 18 May (International Museums Day)
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
OPENING HOURS

SUMMER PERIOD: 1 April – 31 October
WINTER PERIOD: 1 November – 31 March

Opening hours for the archeological sites of Athens including Acropolis:

  • Winter period:8:30am – 15:00
  • Summer period:8:00am – 19:30

Opening hours for Acropolis Museum:

Winter period:

  • 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.)

Summer period:

  • 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.)
HOLIDAYS SCHEDULE

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
SPECIAL NOTES & TIPS

Restrictions

  • Please note that on this tour, your driver is not licensed to accompany you on your climb to the top of the Acropolis or inside any other site or museum. If you want a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you can hire one at extra cost.
  • Photography is permitted throughout the tour except for the Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis and the Archaic Gallery, at the New Acropolis museum.
  • The Acropolis may only be accessed by walking uphill. It is a strenuous walk and you must be in good physical condition. There is a pathway, but there are also steps near the top. Keep in mind that the weather may be very hot during the summer.
  • Disabled access at the Acropolis is provided by a wheelchair stair climber lift elevator. Please do keep in mind that this is an elevator strictly available to disabled visitors only. That includes:
    -visitors using a wheelchair or some other kinetic equipment,
    -visitors with some kind of physiopathological situation that affects their kinetic ability either permanently or temporarily and
    -visitors that have a certified rate of disability whether this is affecting their kinetic ability or not.

Special Notes

  • Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sun screen are suggested.
  • Walking: Difficult-To climb up to the Acropolis, guests must be able to walk over paved, inclined paths, some with steps, then climb a series of steps to reach the Propylea. The walking surfaces on top of the Acropolis are uneven.
  • The order of the sites may change due to crowds, traffic and demonstrations.We do our best to ensure that every stop described is available for your visit. There are some times when a site or building is closed at the last moment with little to no warning. We assume that those in charge make those decisions based on external information and for the visitors’ safety and we apologize when this causes inconvenience and disappointment.

Tips

  • Our prices are much better in comparison to those of the big tour operators, because we are ourselves the tour operator and we do not use third party providers.
  • It’s always a great idea to bring a bottle of water and sunscreen with you because in the warmer months it becomes quite hot and sunny.
  • A hat to protect your head and shade your face is also recommended when spending a significant amount of time in the sun.
  • The area around the Acropolis Hill and Syntagma Square (changing of the guards) can become quite crowded, especially during the peak travel months, so be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings close to you.
  • Do not accept ‘gifts’ from street vendors approaching tourists. They may offer you roses, but if choose you accept, you will be expected to pay or give a tip for them.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Terms of Use

For your safety inside the vehicle, drivers provide commentary only when it is deemed safe to do so while driving. When your driver must concentrate during difficult driving conditions, please refrain from any distracting behaviour as your safety during the tour is our top priority.

Your Driver will drop you off as close to the sites as legally possible and in accordance to the Municipality and Traffic laws of Athens.

Our service is solely confirmed when the potential customer has received and email confirming services along with the details of the tour. If the confirmation email is not received than please conclude that the service has not been confirmed. We suggest you contact us immediately for further clarification.

Hi Billy,
I would like to say on behalf of myself and family that we all very much enjoyed our tour around Athens with our tour guide, I do apologise for not remembering his name as we done so many tours on the boat. I do remember clearly that he was well spoken, pleasant and gave us quite a bit of knowledge about Athens. He took us to all the places on our list and more and would highly recommend your company to anyone I speak to going to Athens. We would like to thank you and your company for our lovely tour of Athens and hope to be back one day.
Kind Regards,

Vicki Masters, Australia

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I want to thank you for making our 35th anniversary trip to Greece with our family one of the best vacations we have ever had.

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