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Explore the Acropolis, Athens’ crowning glory, and other historical highlights on this 3-hour private walking tour. With a private guide, see the Greek Parliament House and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Syntagma Square; meander through the charming Plaka neighborhood; and view monuments such as the Zeus Temple. Then, hear about the glories of ancient Athens as you admire its showpiece monuments at the UNESCO-protected Acropolis. Stroll around highlights such as the Parthenon and Temple of Athena Nike, and ogle the breathtaking views from the rock down over Athens.

Highlights

  • 3 hour walking tour of Athens
  • Visit top Athens' attractions including the Zappeion Hall, the Acropolis, the Zeus Temple and National Gardens
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your guide on this special private walking tour
  • Expert guide specializing in the history of the Athens Acropolis

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Ask your expert guide as many questions as you'd like on this private tour that culminates at Athens's most famous attraction. You also get to see other top city sights such as the House of Parliament, the National Gardens and the remains of Hadrian's Arch.

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What You Can Expect

Private Walking Tour: The Acropolis

Private Walking Tour: The Acropolis

Meet your expert private guide in Syntagma Square and start with a brief look at a fascinating local archaeological exhibition. View the ancient relics, including items of household pottery, mosaics and a 2,000-year-old beehive, all dating from classical times and discovered during excavations in the area.

Continue to see the elegant Greek Parliament House at one end of the square. Pause to snap photos and view the Monument to the Unknown Soldier, guarded by the city's brightly uniformed evzones — presidential guards.

Cross the National Gardens and admire the neoclassical architecture of the Zappeion Hall and the ancient columns that front it — the remains of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. Next, stroll through the paved streets of Plaka, Athens’ charismatic Old Town. Drink in the atmosphere of this charming neighborhood with its tavernas and bars, and pass the Lysicrates Monument as your guide explains how this large stone pedestal was used to display a competition trophy in the 4th century BC.

Inspect the remnants of an early Christian church, and then follow the Dionyssiou Areopagitou walkway to the UNESCO-listed Acropolis, the ancient citadel set on a rock high above the city. As you walk up the slopes, pause to see the Dionysious Sanctuary, Mars Hill, the Philopappos Hill monument and the Odeon of Herodes.

Pay the Acropolis entrance fee (own expense) and tour the age-old remains with your guide. View highlights such as the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea gateway, and focus on the astonishing Parthenon, the Acropolis’ showpiece monument. Listen to in-depth commentary about each of the treasures, and uncover fascinating facts about their construction and history.

As you wander round, stop to absorb the stellar views down over Athens and capture them on camera.

After roughly three hours exploring, your tour concludes when your guide departs, leaving you free to continue exploring Athens at your leisure.

Customer Reviews

Wendy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My head is spinning with factual - and fun anecdotal information that will remind me of the important facts. Just had my very own PH.D. archeology student guide me around the monuments of the birth of western civilisation. Nicholas could not have been more welcoming, helpful or professional.

Jennifer N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

WONDERFUL!!! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. She went above and beyond and told us stories about how everything comes together. She is an asset to your company!! Thank you!!!

Melton R W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent guide Lily was very knowledgable

Claudio R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Emmett Kelly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Our private walking tour of the Acropolis was excellent. Our guide, Aristotle, an archaeologist, did a terrific job explaining the sites and putting everything in historical context. I have a background in ancient history; the others in our small group did not, but we were all equally impressed.

Sanjay S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Brilliant! Artemis was a great guide, very patient and took time to explain and share the rich history of her city.

Neale W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

The tour was well worth it. Our guide was so knowledgable and actually appreciated questions from us. We were fortunate enough to have a one on one and it was amazing. Thoroughly recommend it. Saw so much and learnt even more. Best thing I have discovered this year is viator.

Jennifer B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Despina was full of information! She tailored the content for my children and they are citing information throughout our stay in Athens based on what she told us!

Donavan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

The absolute highlight of our trip! Nic or Nicos was an amazing tour guide. We learnt so much about not only the acropolis but also Athens and Greece. It truly was a great experience and would highly recommend it!

Jenn E. USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This was the perfect way to start our stay in Athens. Our guide, Marianna, was friendly, knowledgeable and very willing to tailor our tour according to our interests and pacing. It was helpful to visit these incredibly important sites with someone who could help us understand what we were seeing and put them in a historical context. Marianna was also willing and able to talk with us about current events and the more recent history of Athens. This was particularly helpful since we encountered several political demonstrations during out stay. In addition to that, this tour helped us orient ourselves in the city so that we could find our way around more easily as we explored more on our own in subsequent days. For us, this tour was well worth the time and the expense and we would recommend it to anyone planning to visit Athens.

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