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Discover some of Greece’s greatest treasures and the best of modern Athens on this 3.5-hour morning or afternoon Athens sightseeing tour. With an expert guide, take a coach tour of top Athens sites, including the Greek Parliament and Panathenaic Stadium, stage of the first modern Olympic Games. Then, explore the mighty Acropolis on foot to see the glorious Parthenon and other highlights. Want to add more sightseeing in Athens? Upgrade your morning tour to include entry to the Acropolis Museum to see its incredible Parthenon friezes, and other archaeological exhibits.

Highlights

  • 3.5-hour sightseeing tour of Athens, combining modern Athens with the city’s ancient sites
  • See top Athens attractions such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Constitution Square and Panathenaic Stadium
  • Visit the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus and learn about ancient Athens
  • Explore the Acropolis of Athens and see the world-famous Pantheon temple
  • Upgrade to include an entrance ticket to Athens Acropolis Museum
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned minivan

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What You Can Expect

Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

See the Parthenon in Athens on a half-day sightseeing tour!

Book your chosen tour option and meet your guide in central Athens. Then, set off on your Athens sightseeing tour by air-conditioned minivan.

Hear insightful commentary from your guide, and pass top Athens attractions including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Greek Parliament building and Presidential Palace, the home of Greece’s royals until the monarchy ended in 1974.

See the Panathenaic Stadium, the venue of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Then, drive along Panepistimiou Avenue to snap photos of the National Library and Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, known to locals as ‘Mitropoli’, and one of Greece’s most revered orthodox churches.

After your coach tour, see two Athens’ historical treasures on foot. View the exterior of the Temple of Olympian Zeus — a gigantic, semi-ruined edifice completed in the 2nd century AD—as your guide explains its turbulent history.

Continue to Athens’ showpiece: the Acropolis. Stroll up to the UNESCO-listed site that served as the ancient citadel, and tour the buildings as you hear how they reflected Athens’ prosperity in the 5th century BC.

Admire the magnificent Parthenon, and see monuments including the Propylaea gateway and stunning Temple of Athena Nike.

After time to explore the rest of the site independently, return to your coach and end your tour back at the start point.

Morning Tour plus Acropolis Museum:

Make the most of your time at the Acropolis by upgrading the morning tour to include entry to the Athens Acropolis Museum, one of the world’s top museums.

Show your entrance ticket and explore independently. Walk around the spectacular Parthenon Hall to ogle the incredible sculptures of the Parthenon frieze, and roam the other galleries to view more than 4,000 other ancient objects.

Your ticket lets you spend as long as you wish inside the museum, although most people find two hours sufficient after their 3.5-hour morning tour.

Customer Reviews

RUTH O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

VERY THOROUGH AND OUR GUIDE WAS GREAT AND VERY KNOWLEDGABLE

Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a well conducted tour. We really appreciated Viator confirming the reservation via the Hotel and for the Hilton Hotel pickup. The tour coach was also comfortable. The guide was personable and knowledgeable.

Carolyn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very, very good but we could not climb the steps to the Acropolis, so went to the Acropolis/Parthenon Museum nearby. Excellent tour guide and driver

Elizabeth R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent half day trip - exactly what it said on the tin but with a guide that made it incredibly interesting. Joy was so likeable and a very special lady.....knowledgeable and obviously passionate about making the tour special. My only regret was that I didn't take the whole day and head out of the city.....next time !

n.simpson81

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our Athens tour was exceptional, our guide was very informative and a pleasure to listen to. Taking time to ask for and replying to any questions asked, a wealth of knowledge in a friendly manor.

Jimbo United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour. Our Guide, Joy, was first class. Very passionate about Athens and the Acropolis. Joy's explanation of the history was totally fascinating, all information given was well paced and fully understood. Superb opportunities for photographs throughout.
Would highly recommend and if you are able to have Joy as your guide you will have a well informed, informative and enjoyable tour.
Definitely NOT to be missed.

nihada.delibegovic

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was absolutely amazing. We had a great guide, Stefanie. She answered all our questions and also gave us some tips concerning some other sights that were not included in the tour.

Quanice F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

I loved it!! There is a lot of walking involved. Got to see the Acropolis and the acropolis museum.

Stephan D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The tour was very organized and the tour guide was excellent in her knowledge and the way how she explained the ancient historical sites.

Julie A W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The tour was well worth it: a great overview of the city. Joy had a really impressive knowledge of Greek culture-- it really helped having her explain the history of the Acropolis and lead us through the museum.

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