Explore Athens with a private guide on a 4-hour tour, and discover the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens, Temple of Zeus, Panathenian Stadium and more! After admiring the downtown city sights, watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Athens National Gardens, and take a walk up the slopes of the city’s famous Acropolis. See the Parthenon and other intriguing monuments, learn about the Greek gods, and visit the New Acropolis museum.
Start with a centrally located hotel pickup from by air-conditioned minibus, and then travel into the city center with your private guide. During the drive, relax and chat about the things in Athens that interest you the most. Although your itinerary is planned, the commentary on your private tour can be customized to your interests. Your first stop is Panathenian Stadium, an impressive white-marble structure that was the site of the first Olympic Games in 1896. During a look around inside, hear tales of the stadium’s architecture and reconstruction, and learn all about its history as one of the country’s most renowned sports venues. Near the stadium lies the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus — or more simply, the Temple of Zeus. Pose for photos in front of the colossal ruins that honor the king of the Olympian gods, and listen to stories about the mystery-shrouded Greek gods from your guide. Continue onward to Athens National Gardens and stop outside the Greek Parliament to see the traditionally dressed guards watching the buildings. Have your camera ready to capture snapshots of the Changing of the Guard ceremony and get a sense of Greek modern history. Next is the sight that’s sure to be a highlight on any visitor’s list: the Acropolis of Athens. Leave your minibus and head out on foot for a stroll up the slopes of the city’s famous ancient citadel. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the acropolis is home to several incredible buildings that date back to the days of Ancient Greece. See the Parthenon, Propylaea gateway, Erechtheion and Temple of Athena Nike, a monument built to represent Athens’ ambition as the most powerful Greek city. After soaking up the views and perhaps enjoying a bite to eat or a drink from a local cafe (own expense), wander down the acropolis’ slopes to the New Acropolis museum. Your half-day tour then finishes with a drop-off back at your hotel.