National Library of Greece Tours

National Library of Greece
With a history dating back to 1832 and home to over 2 million books, microfilms, newspapers, ancient manuscripts and historic documents, the National Library of Greece is the heart of Greek literary history. 

The library moved to its current location in the center of Athens in 1903, a striking Neoclassical building designed by Danish architect Theophil Hansen, whose other creations include the National University of Athens and the Academy of Athens constitute. Inspired by a Doric Temple, the grand library is sculpted from Pentelic marble and fronted by a pair of dramatic winding staircases. 

Plans are currently underway to relocate part of the library’s extensive collection, with construction beginning at a new complex in Phaleron Bay back in 2012.

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The National Library of Greece is located on Panepistimiou Street in central Athens and is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 2pm.
Address: 32 Panepistimiou Street, Athens 10679, Greece
Hours: Open Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm and Fri-Sat 9am-2pm
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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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip

Combine two popular tours of Athens and Cape Sounion into one day at a discounted price with this Athens Super Saver. In the morning, board an air-conditioned coach for a sightseeing tour of Athens’ highlights. With an expert guide, stroll around the Parthenon and antiquities on the Acropolis; visit the New Acropolis Museum; see the Panathenaic Stadium and more. Then, take an afternoon trip to Cape Sounion, where the Temple of Poseidon overlooks the Aegean Sea. Admire the glittering temple and stellar views before your return by coach to Athens.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
$129.97 USD
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Athens Full Day Private Tour

Explore the highlights of Athens in a private vehicle on this full-day tour. Depart from your hotel and make your way the the Acropolis, where you can stroll through the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Temple of the Athena Nike, the Propylaea, the Erechtheum, and the Parthenon. Take in views from Lycabettus Hill and explore the neighborhoods of Plaka and Monastiraki.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Athens Full Day Tour with Lunch

Travel back in time to the thriving empire of ancient Greece on a full-day tour of Athens led by an expert guide. Visit a combination of classic and contemporary sites to gain a holistic picture of the bustling Greek capital; capture photographs of the colossal Panathinaiko Stadium, the venue of the first ever Olympic games; admire the ancient grandeur of the Temple of Olympian Zeus; and browse informative exhibits inside the Acropolis Museum. Gain fascinating insight into the rich legends and myths of ancient Greece during this comprehensive tour.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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City Sightseeing Athens, Piraeus & Beach Riviera Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Experience the best of Athens in one day and your own way, with this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off Athens bus tour. Travel around by open-top double-decker bus and create your own sightseeing itinerary. Learn about Athens’ history from the onboard audio guide and choose from three routes with 37 stops total. Perhaps visit the spectacular Acropolis, the cobbled streets of the Plaka, the New Acropolis Museum, or other top sights—you set the pace and choose where to explore on foot.
  • Duration: 1 to 3 days
  • Duration: 1 to 3 days
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Half-Day Private Taxi Service: Historical Athens City Tour

Take a whirlwind tour of Athens history in a private taxi driven by your guide. You’ll the city’s fascinating historical highlights in just half a day, including the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, Greek parliament, Panathenaic Stadium, and more. Hear fascinating commentary along the way, choose between a morning or afternoon departure to best fit your schedule, and enjoy convenient hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Athens By Night Private Tour

Experience the nighttime side of Athens on this private evening tour. Meet your driver at your hotel and depart in a private vehicle to the main sights of Athens, including the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Port of Piraeus, Lycabettus Hill, and more. Explore each place independently and at your own pace.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Athens Half Day Private Tour

If you’re short on time but want to see everything that Athens has to offer, take a five-hour tour by private transportation. The day starts with convenient pickup from your hotel and then takes you to the Acropolis, Panepistimiou Street, and much more. Traveling by private car enables you to take advantage of your time. You also have the flexibility to explore each attraction independently or add a licensed guide at an additional coast.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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6 Hours - Athens Sightseeing Private Tour

There’s so much to see in Athens and only so much time.  Maximize your Greek vacation with a full-day private tour of the city.  Starting from your hotel, you’ll have private transportation at your disposal whisking you away to multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Acropolis. You can explore each location independently at your own pace or choose to hire a private guide in advance. It's your day.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Best of Athens: Private Full-Day Tour including the Acropolis & Acropolis Museum

Spend a full, 8-hour day exploring Athens with a private guide. This tour allows you to visit highlights such as The Acropolis, the Ancient Greek Agora, Hadrian Library, and more. Stop in Plaka for free time and lunch. Round-trip private transportation included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Athens & Sounio Full Day Private Tour

Experience the best of Athens and Sounio on this action-packed private day tour. By traveling in a private vehicle, you’ll be able to access places that would be hard to reach by public transport. It’s the perfect tour for travelers with limited time as you’ll see multiple Athens and Cape Sounio highlights in a day including Acropolis Hill, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Temple of Zeus, and Temple Of Poseidon.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Walking Tour: National Archaeological Museum

Explore the National Archaeological Museum, one of the world’s greatest museums, along with other historical highlights of Athens on this 3-hour private walking tour. Witness the best of the 200,000 and more Greek treasures at the famous Athens archaeological museum, viewing everything from sculptures and artworks to pottery from prehistoric times to late antiquity as your guide details their history. Plus, stroll past some of Athens’ neoclassical buildings, see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Greek Parliament House, and view some fascinating archaeological finds displayed at Syntagma Square.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Evening Athens Half Day Private Tour

Discover the wonders of Athens at a cooler time of the day—during the evening. Enjoy a hassle-free tour with round-trip transport included. You’ll see many Athens top sites from the comfort of a private vehicle, including the hill of Acropolis, the Parthenon, Parliament, and Lycabettus Hill. By going on a private tour, you’ll enjoy a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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St Paul Steps Full Day Private Tour

The Greek peninsula of Attica is full to the brim with ancient landmarks – so many that it can be easy to miss them. This day trip will take you on a whistle-stop tour of highlights in two Attican cities, Athens and Corinth. Start the day at the Acropolis and work your way down the hill to Parliament House in time for the changing of the guards. In the afternoon, drive along the isthmus to Corinth, visiting the Temple of Apollo and other historic sites.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Half-Day Athens Highlights Tour

Combine the classic with the contemporary on this private 5-hour sightseeing tour of Athens, designed for travellers seeking a personalized experience. Stay cool in the daytime heat as you travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to sights such as the iconic Acropolis, the Agora of Athens, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. See, too, examples of modern architecture including the University of Athens and the National Library. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Athens are included on this private tour.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Athens Shore Excursion from Piraeus Port

Dive head first into the ancient city of Athens on a one-day sightseeing tour.  You’ll cover more ground in private transportation, starting from your hotel or cruise terminal. As an added bonus, you’ll enjoy wifi on board in between all the stops.  Go at your own pace, as your guide narrates sights such as the Parthenon and the Acropolis. Afterwards, enjoy free time before returning to your lodging.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
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Athens Coastal Bike Tour

See a different side of the Greek capital on an energizing half-day bike tour of Athens. Cycle through the city along bike-friendly paths, getting a great perspective of landmarks like the Parthenon, before heading to the beautiful coastline known as the Athens Riviera. Soak up fantastic views of the Saronic Gulf while riding along the water, and see coastal highlights that most visitors miss like the new opera house, the Faliro Olympic Complex and Flisvos Marina. Enjoy leisure time to explore the marina, and take advantage of your local guide’s insider expertise.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Sightseeing Half-Day Tour

Travel back in time to ancient Athens during this 3.5-hour history-themed sightseeing tour of this iconic city’s major sights. Get a sense for the wealth of historical sites in Athens during panoramic drive past attractions like Hadrian’s Arch, Syntagma Square, the National Library and more. After reliving the athletic glories of the first ‘modern’ Olympics at Panathinaiko Stadium you’ll head for the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Acropolis where you’ll explore the Parthenon and temple of Athena. A guide, entrance fees and round-trip transport from select hotels is also covered.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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e-TUK Athens Old Town Tour by Night

Discover the vibrant, history-packed Greek capital at night, once the daytime crowds have thinned. On this unique, eco-friendly private tour, you’ll hop an electric tuk-tuk to cruise between eight different standout sites, with get-down stops at the Acropolis and Mount Lycabettus. Upgrade to include door-to-door pickup as well.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Full-Day Tour of Athens, Acropolis and Cape Sounion with Lunch

Admire ancient treasures side-by-side with modern marvels on this full-day sightseeing tour of Athens and Cape Sounion. Visit the famous Acropolis and Temple of Olympic Zeus, plus contemporary Athenian highlights like Panathinaikon Stadium and Parliament House. Savor traditional Greek flavors with an included lunch, and travel to Cape Sounion in the afternoon for spectacular views of the Saronic Gulf and the ancient Temple of Poseidon perched dramatically atop sea cliffs.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Athens City Tour with Spanish-Speaking Guide

Explore both ancient and modern Athens on this half-day sightseeing tour with a Spanish-speaking guide. You’ll travel by luxury coach to attractions such as Constitution Square and Panathenaic Stadium, home of the first modern Olympic Games. Of course, no trip to Athen would be complete without visiting the Acropolis and its famous monuments. Central Athens hotel pickup and drop-off make this tour extra convenient.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Sightseeing with Acropolis Museum

Enhance your experience of Athens’ ancient wonders on a half-day sightseeing tour of the Greek metropolis. Alongside an expert guide, see prominent landmarks that represent both classic and contemporary Athens before browsing the fascinating exhibits housed within the Acropolis Museum. Marvel at archaic monuments like the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathinaiko Stadium and receive an exceptional introduction to the history and heritage of the city from your knowledgeable guide.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Athens & Corinth Full Day Private Tour

It can be difficult to cram all of Athens’ historical highlights into an itinerary, even more so if you also want to fit in other towns such as ancient Corinth. Remove the stress of planning a timetable with this full-day tour of the most impressive landmarks in the two towns. Spend the morning walking from the Acropolis to Lycabettus Hill, the highest hill in Athens, then jump over to Corinth for an exploration of the Corinth Canal and the Temple of Apollo.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$74.18 USD
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4 hours - Athens & Acropolis Highlights Private Tour

Delve deep into the history of ancient Greece on a 4-hour private tour of the ancient ruins of Athens. Visit the ruins on Acropolis Hill, the Temple of Zeus, the Old Olympic Stadium, Lycabettus Hill, and much more. Discover what each building was used for over 2,000 years ago and what daily life was like for the ancient Greeks as you admire the ruins and views of the city.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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