Academy of Athens Tours

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The lovely Neoclassical Academy of Athens was built in the mid 19th century during the post-independence re-flowering of Greek culture and is home to the national institutes for sciences, philosophy, fine arts and humanities, following in a tradition first established by Plato in around 387 BC. It is part of a triumvirate of neighboring buildings known as the ‘Neoclassical Trilogy’ designed by Danish architects Theophil and Christian Hansen and encompassing the National Library and the University of Athens. With a marble façade, the main entrance is through an ornamental colonnaded portico topped with sculptures on the carved pediment representing the birth of Athena and flanked by statues of Athena and Apollo standing on slender columns – all are the work of sculptor Leonidas Drossis in the 1870s and are guarded by two philosophical-looking sculptures of Plato and Socrates.

The Academy’s imposing marble assembly hall is decorated with murals of the Prometheus legend, painted by German artist Christian Griepenkerl. Alongside its 23 research departments, it also houses the Ioannis Sykoutris Library, where rare editions and manuscripts are preserved. Members of the Academy are elected for life and part of its work is to award intellectual works as well as publishing books and journals. It is not open to the public.

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Eleftheriou Venizelou Avenue 28 (also called Panepistimiou Avenue), Athens. Metro Line 2 to Panepistimiou.
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Address: Eleftheriou Venizelou Avenue 28 (also called Panepistimiou Avenue), Athens, Attica, Greece 10679, Greece
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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 30 minutes
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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
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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
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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
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Private Panoramic City Tour of Athens

Catch the historical highlights of Athens in one morning on this private half-day panoramic tour. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, hear about the city’s history, and pass landmarks including the Panathenaic Stadium, Temple of Zeus, and Parliament, along with the Acropolis. Enjoy a walk around the Acropolis’ slopes, and view the best of its archaeological treasures at the new Acropolis Museum. Athens hotel, cruise port, or airport pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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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
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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: 8 hours
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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
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Acropolis and Athens 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
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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
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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
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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
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Private Best of Athens Full-Day Tour with Transportation

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: 8 hours
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Central Athens Highlights Small Group Tour by TRIKKE

Explore Athens by TRIKKE® (electric tricycle) and check off the Greek capital’s top sights with this 2-hour small group tour. Hop aboard your easy-to-ride, three-wheeled Trikke, and zip between showstopper sights — from the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens to the Panathenaic Stadium. Enjoy frequent stops to take photos, and benefit from the personalized commentary of your local guide.
  • Duration: 2 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
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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
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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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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Historical Athens Walking Tour Including the Changing of the Guard

Discover the ancient history of Athens, Greece on this guided, 3-hour walking tour. Walk along the city streets packed with famous and not-so-famous historical sites and the center of Greek civilization. See sites like the Acropolis of Athens, the Ancient Agora of Athens and Panathenaic Stadium. Learn about the 4,000-year history of Athens and discover modern-day life from a local guide’s perspective. Also, witness the traditional Greek changing of the guard ceremony. Metro ticket is included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Athens by Night: Small Group Sightseeing with Drinks and Food Tasting

Discover the best of Greek cuisine on a 3-hour small-group tour. The well-rounded evening itinerary presents traditional food in a modern atmosphere. Follow your guide through ancient Athens and into the hip Psirri neighborhood. Along the way, sample peinirli (Greek pizza), local cheese, fried donuts, and more. With a maximum group size of 12 people and a nighttime setting, you’re sure to have an immersive and intimate epicurean experience.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
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TUK TUK Athens Old Town Tour by Day

Explore the Athens Old Town with our Unique, First time in Greece ECO friendly, 100% Electric TUK TUK vehicles ! We are private and commuting with style. All our private tours are operated via Tuk Tuks, which are 100% electric tricycles that make it easy for everyone to enjoy a 360° city view. All the tours are booked privately for you, your family and friends. We respect your individuality and privacy. All our drivers have 10+ years of experience in guided tours so we promise you an exciting itinerary full of history,culture and lots of fun! So #enjoytheride with Comfort, Luxury & Style !
  • Duration: 1 hour
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TUK TUK Athens Old Town Tour by Night

First time in Greece our ECO friendly, 100% Electric TUK TUK vehicles are at your service for a unique night tour ! We are private and commuting with style. All our private tours are operated via Tuk Tuks, which are 100% electric tricycles that make it easy for everyone to enjoy a 360° city view. All the tours are booked privately for our customers, customers' family and friends. We respect our clients' individuality and privacy. All our drivers have 10+ years of experience in guided tours so we promise our foreign friends an exciting itinerary full of history, culture and lots of fun! So #enjoytheride with Comfort, Luxury & Style !
  • Duration: 1 hour
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