Begin your half-day tour with pickup from your Athens hotel, or Athens airport or cruise port. Settle inside your private, air-conditioned minivan, and gaze at the city’s bustling streets as you begin your panoramic tour.
As you travel between the sights, hear fascinating facts about Athens’ history. Each landmark has a story that your driver will share along the way.
Stop for photos at the Panathenaic Stadium, the setting for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Admire the building — the only all-marble stadium in the world — and hear how it stands on the site of a 4th-century BC arena.
Pass the Zappeion Hall and Temple of Zeus, where several, still-standing columns mark what was once a huge Greco-Roman temple. Admire the three elegant buildings of the ‘Athens Trilogy:’ the University of Athens, Academy of Athens, and National Library, and drive by the 2nd-century Hadrian’s Arch, Parliament building, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the National Garden and St. Paul’s Church.
See the Catholic Cathedral of St Dionysius, Russian Orthodox Church, and Old Parliament and Constitution Square. Then, have your camera ready as you pass under the Acropolis, the city’s world-famous ancient rock citadel, crowned by the Parthenon.
Hop out for a pleasant stroll around the Acropolis’ slopes, seeing the ancient Herodion and Dionysos Theater, two age-old stone theaters cut into the steep hillsides.
Then, head inside the ultramodern Acropolis Museum (own expense), famous for its collections of treasures from the Acropolis site. Admire the highlights, including everyday objects such as votives and vases; the draped Caryatid statues of maidens; and the richly carved friezes, stones, and pediments inside the stunning Parthenon Gallery.
Having explored here, your tour finishes with a drop-off at the original start point at around 1:45pm.