On this Athens private tour you’ll make the most of your short stay in one of the world’s oldest cities, where ancient and modern coexist. Be ready to explore the Acropolis, the jewel of Athens, and the Acropolis Museum, listed among the top museums in the world.
Start your private tour with a pick-up from the arrivals gate of the Port of Piraeus, or from Athens International Airport, where your Urban Adventures tour representative will be waiting for you at the cruise arrivals terminal or at the arrivals lounge at the airport.
The first stop on your epic exploration of Athens will be the one and only Acropolis and its main temple of the Parthenon. A local licensed guide will be waiting for you at the entrance to the Acropolis archaeological site, and will hand you your pre-purchased tickets so you can enjoy skip-the-lines access.
Feel the historical weight of this global monument, highlighting the legacy of ancient Greece and attracting curious travellers from around the globe. Follow the steps of ancient philosophers and the founders of democracy, and see why celebrities such as Marlon Brando, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Jennifer Lopez, Barack Obama, Agatha Christie and the Prince of Monaco (just to name a few) made sure to get a photo next to this famous monument.
Your next stop will be the fascinating Acropolis Museum, a modern masterpiece with a stunning view of Acropolis rock and a great collection of findings including the Parthenon marbles (stone sculptures and inscriptions) and countless artifacts. You won’t be able to stop admiring the original Caryatids, statues of maidens which once supported the roof of the Erechtheion temple, and who are now the real stars of the museum!
Continuing your tour you’ll walk through Athens’ oldest neighbourhood: Plaka. Hillside Plaka has a village feel, with its narrow cobblestone labyrinthine alleys, pastel-hued houses, mythical monuments, and souvenir shops selling local products such as ouzo (Greece’s national alcohol), feta cheese and olive oil (which you will sample), or specialised boutiques selling jewellery, clothing and organic cosmetics.
While wandering below the eastern slopes of the Acropolis rock you’ll discover a difficult-to-find enclave reminiscent of a Greek island, with its whitewashed houses, winding staircases and yards full of flowers.
Next, you’ll have a short stop for a freshly brewed coffee before visiting Monastiraki Square, a lively melting pot of cultures. Admire the ancient Adrian Library, Pantanassa Monastery and Tzistarakis Mosque; the square’s landmarks representing different periods and religions.
Walking through the side streets, you’ll explore the buzzing square’s flea market where you’ll see shops selling unique pieces of art, Greek musical instruments and leather sandals. This is the perfect way to get in touch with Athens market culture.
Moving on, you’ll stroll around Psirri, a neighbourhood famous for its local taverns and bustling street art scene. Here, you’ll have time to enjoy lunch (not included) before your chauffeur picks you up for a ride around some of the most famous landmarks in Athens.
Get ready to blow up your Instagram account with some seriously awesome selfies! Take this opportunity to capture snaps of the best spots in the city such as the Panathenaic Olympic Stadium where the first modern day Olympics took place in 1896, Syntagma Square and the Evzones (guards in front of the Parliament Building), the Temple of Zeus, the neoclassical Athenian Trilogy of the National Library, and the Chapel of St. George at the top of Lycabettus Hill with its breathtaking 360-degree views of the city!
At the end of your tour you’ll know why a visit to Greece couldn’t be complete without a stop in the historic yet modern and lively city of Athens.
Please inform us upon booking if you require a transfer back to your cruise ship/Athens airport, or if you want to be dropped you off somewhere in the centre to continue your exploration of Athens on your own.
Inclusions: All transport including pick-up and drop-off at the port/airport/other local destination, local English-speaking guide, a licensed archaeologist guide for the Acropolis/Acropolis Museum, one coffee or fresh juice, a local product tasting including olives, koulouri, feta and local sweets, one glass of wine, ouzo or raki (local spirits) one-hour chauffeur-driven tour past Athens’ famous landmarks.
Exclusions: Entrance fees to the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum are not included in the tour fee, and the ticket costs will be paid to the tour guide before the tour begins. We save you time by buying entrance tickets in advance so you can skip the lines. Please note that children under 18 years old have free admission to the Acropolis and all the archaeological sights.
Entrance ticket for the Acropolis Hill: 20 euros. Entrance ticket for the Acropolis Museum: 5 euros.
Also excluded: additional food and drinks (during the mid-tour break), souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Please wear comfortable shoes for walking.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel or cruise ship for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher.
If your details are not correct, it is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.