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National Library of Greece (Ethnikí Vivliothíki tis Elládos) Tours

National Library of Greece (Ethnikí Vivliothíki tis Elládos)
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 (Ethnikí Vivliothíki tis Elládos) 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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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

City Sightseeing Athens, Piraeus & Beach Riviera Hop-On Hop-Off Bus 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.
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  • 80 to 90 minutes
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  • 80 to 90 minutes
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Athens Legends: Gods and Myths Private Tour

Get an on-the-ground lesson in Greek history on this private walking tour. Explore the atmospheric streets of Athens while learning about the myths and legends of ancient Greece from an informative guide. Visit the Trilogy of Athens, learn about neoclassical architecture, stroll down the Sofokleous shopping strip and hear about Hermes, the God of Commerce, explore the colorful local spice market and more on this affordable half-day outing.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

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.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Discover some of Greece’s greatest treasures and the best of modern Athens on this 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.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Athens Highlights 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.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Cultural Tours

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.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

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.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Best of Athens: Private Full-Day Tour including the Acropolis & Acropolis Museum

Spend a full day exploring Athens. This tour allows you to visit highlights such as the Acropolis, the ancient Greek agora, Hadrian's Gate, and more. Stop in Plaka for free time and lunch. Round-trip private transportation included.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Food Tours

Eat like an Athenian walking tour

Eat your way around Athens with a local foodie who will show you the local hot spots. Sample traditional Greek foods like olives and olive oil, honey, cheese, meats, Greek coffee, and sesame bread. You can also enjoy a cocktail or two. Along the way, learn a bit about Greek culture and everyday life in the city. 
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

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.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Gods, Myths & Tales of Athens with your Family

Doing your own family tour of Athens may leave the kids uninspired and everyone unaware of the myths behind its ancient history. This private family tour reveals the legends that shaped the city’s neighborhoods and culture, firing your imaginations with tales of the Greek gods and their exploits. Explore the Athens Trilogy, markets, and other places associated with the myths; enjoy fun activities, and sample “loukoumades” donuts along the way.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Dining Experiences

Athens Night Sightseeing Tour with Greek Dinner Show

Experience the full magic of Athens by night with this 3.5-hour panoramic evening tour, with an enjoyable Greek dinner show included. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, enjoy spectacular views of top Athens attractions such as the Parthenon, Temple of Zeus and Greek Parliament building, all beautifully floodlit against the night sky. Then, head for a traditional taverna in the old district of Plaka for a delicious Greek dinner and colorful folklore show of traditional dancing, music and song.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Athens Highlights & Ancient 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.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Full-day Tours

Athens, The Acropolis and Cape Sounion Full-Day Tour 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.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Evening Athens & Acropolis 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.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Athens Highlights & Sounio Temple of Poseidon 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.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

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.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Super Savers

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.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Athens Private Small Group Full Day

See Athens’ main attractions with your own private group on a full-day city tour by minibus for up to 19 passengers. With a knowledgeable driver-guide, you’ll visit the Acropolis of Athens and the Acropolis Museum to soak up the archaeological wonders of this ancient city, plus see an array of other landmarks like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Panathenaic Stadium. Pickup is available at hotels or the cruise port.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Best of Athens and National Archaeological Museum Private Tour

Combine one of the Greatest Museums with the tour of Athens. Visit the Panathinaic Stadium where the first Modern Olympic games took place. The Zappeion and the Syntagma Square, the complex of the Academy of Athens, tha National Library and the University. Finally we will visit the National Archaeological Museum one of the must see spots in Athens. It houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. You will see the musk of Agamemnon, the infamous statue epicted either Zeus holding the thunderbolt or Poseidon carrying his trident.The Thera Room draws the attention of visitors mainly through the celebrated wall paintings, the “Spring Fresco” with the sparrows and the lilies, the “Boxing Children Fresco” and the “Antelope Fresco”.The museum is considered one of the greatest museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

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A Neoclassical Capital: Discover architectural gems on this audio walking tour

This walk through Athens highlights some of its architectural gems. The majority of the buildings were constructed just after the creation of the Greek state in 1830. It was the king's attempt to transform Athens from a small village of a few thousands of people to a European capital. It's a city where modern chaos and history blend together perfectly, creating a unique and vibrant atmosphere.The tour starts at the fountain in the middle of Syntagma Square - this is the heart of modern-day Athens. Everything starts from here. The word Syntagma means "constitution" in Greek. The square got its name after a popular military uprising in 1843, when Greeks gathered here demanding that the country's first King, King Otto, follow his promise and introduce the country's first constitution - and the tour ends at the National Archaeological Museum, which you can visit after the tour.
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  • 35 to 120 minutes
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  • 35 to 120 minutes

Cultural Tours

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Athens city Tour (2hrs) combined with Piraeus Port Cruise Terminal transfers

Experience our high-quality Athens city tour.Book your taxi among our modern fleet.What makes us to stand out: -We quarantee: • Safe, easy, hassle-free transfer • High-quality services -We offer: -Pick up from a professional, licenced, reliable, english-speaking driver -Assistance for any concerns about your visit with the eye of a localler. -Air-conditioned cars -Free wifi on board -We can provide, upon request, the baby seat that is suitable for your child’s age. Let us be the wonderful start of your unique experience in Greece.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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