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  • Location:Athens, Greece
  • Duration:Varies3.5 - 5 hours

Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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

DLERMAN1234

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

WONDERFUL GUIDE, SHE COULDN'T DO ENOUGH FOR US. I HAD FALLEN ON THE 10TH AND BROKE MY SHOULDER. SHE GUIDED AND HELPED ME GET TO WHERE EVER WE HAD TO GO. THE SIGHTS WERE AMAZING..I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND VIATOR TO ANYONE.

yiping

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

good as you respect, the museum is really five star

rmeegan1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Very fun half day of seeing wonderful historical areas!

daniel h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

great tour! very informative! loved - highly recommend.

Mohammad Mehdi S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I t was a nice half day tour of Athens. It is indeed worth going with a guide to visit Acropolis and its museum as you get a lot of information that easily take you back in time of antiquity and you will be drawn to the history and glorious days of the Athens.

MARIO A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour guide was excellent. Also, my husband and I were late and they were very accommodating.

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very interesting, good tour advisor

Bernie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide, Kostos, is a must-request for this tour. An ex-university professor, he made all the difference when you're essentially standing there looking at a lot of very similar looking objects. I wish we could have taken him elsewhere in Europe with us, because this was the most fact-filled and interesting tour I have ever taken.

Marcia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

had a delightful guide who made this trip a real pleasure.

Suzanne D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful tour ,a must. Extremely knowledgeable guide. Museum was amazing as was the Acropolis. This was a full day tour.

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