- Local licensed guide
- Skip-the-line service
- Athens guide magazine
- Athens map
- Entrance fees
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
- Food and beverages
- Gratuities (gratuity rates in Greece are around 10% of service cost)
Modern and Ancient Highlights
The tour starts at the Syntagma metro station where you’ll take part in a 10-minute tour inside of the station’s museum. During the metro’s construction, archaeological artifacts were uncovered here and offer insight into daily life here thousands of years ago. The next stop is the Greek Parliament, followed by the Monument to the Unknown Soldier to watch the Changing of the Guards in a unique ceremony.
The walk continues to the National Gardens of Greece, Zappeion, Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. The walk continues on to the next stop: the Acropolis.
Skip-the-Line Access: The Acropolis
Entering on the south slope of the Acropolis, you’ll visit the Dionysus Sanctuary and Dionysus Theater before you walk up the slope leading to the Acropolis monuments. Panoramic views of the city will be perfect for Instagram-ready photos.
During your tour, you’ll gain insight into the significance of the historic monuments of Acropolis including the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaia, the Nike Temple as well as other significant sights of Athens including the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Ancient Agora, the National Observatory of Athens and the city’s scenic hills: Filoppapos, Mars, and Pnyx.
Note: After the first part of the tour, which ends on the Acropolis you will have time to take more photos before walking to the Ancient Agora with your guide. Before the guided Plaka and Agora tour begins, you may get a snack or a drink. There will be no time for a leisurely lunch.
Walk through Plaka
On your way to the Ancient Agora, you will have the opportunity to explore one of the oldest neighborhoods in the world: Plaka. You will stroll this unique urban pocket of culture and charm which oozes with atmosphere; the perfect spot to snap the most memorable photos as you stroll down the narrow stone pedestrian walkways and wander cobbled paths. Passing by the Roman Agora and Hadrian’s library you’ll find yourself to lively Adrianou street with many shops and cafes. Right across the beautiful Orthodox church of St. Philippe’s is the main entrance of the Ancient Agora.
Ancient Agora: The Core of Ancient Athenian Life
Of all Athens' ancient sights, the Agora firmly defines the city’s status as the cradle of Western civilization. This was where ancient Greek democracy came to life. It was a commercial, political, religious, and cultural hub where the greatest Greeks such as Plato, Socrates, Demosthenes, e.t.c. theorized, spoke out and debated. Explore the temples, an ancient concert hall and imagine ancient life under its famous long, marble colonnaded arcades. You’ll also see the significant artifacts at the Agora Museum, located in the two-storied Stoa of Attalos which was built in the 2nd century BC.
The tour ends at the Ancient Agora.