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Athens: Acropolis Small-Group Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

1. Athens: Acropolis Small-Group Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

Enjoy skip-the-ticket line access and discover the cradle of Western civilization on a guided visit to the Acropolis. Choose from either a small-group or private guided experience and indulge in tasty Greek treats when you upgrade to include a street food tour in Athen's old town. At the start of the tour, meet your dedicated guide at a hot spot for traditional Greek delicacies, where there are restroom facilities and you can purchase water or snacks. Let your guide take you onto Pnyx Hill, which is the actual birthplace of democracy. Continue to immerse yourself in Ancient Greek history on a 50-minute tour of the world-famous Acropolis in Athens. Admire the stunning architecture of the Parthenon Temple, learn the importance of the Erechtheion Temple, and hear myths and stories about ancient Athens. After your guided tour, you have the option to stay on the hill to explore further at your own pace and enjoy the view over the city and up to the Aegean Sea. Your guide will show you a different route towards the south exit so that you also see the Altar of Asclepius and the Theater of Dionysus, the birthplace of theater drama. Upgrade and extend your tour by adding a Greek street food experience. Follow your guide to explore additional areas of the Acropolis hill and the south slope. Afterward, walk into the Old Town for a guided tasting of popular Greek street foods.

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Athens: Morning Bike Tour

2. Athens: Morning Bike Tour

Cycle the historic center of Athens on a 9-kilometer bike tour, and see archaeological and architectural highlights of the city such as the Panathenaic Stadium, Presidential Mansion, indoor exhibition center of the Zappeion Hall, and Roman Agora. Discover the city’s green spaces, such as the National Gardens, and explore historic neighborhoods such as Plaka at the footsteps of the Acropolis. Go to the ancient burial site of Kerameikos Cemetery. Admire the dome of the National Observatory of Athens, and enter the traditional neighborhood of Thission. Although you will not enter any of the archaeological sights, you will stop for approximately 5-8 minutes at each one while your tour leader provides valuable information and tells interesting stories. Get off your bike for a short walking tour of an areas that bikes can’t access, but leads you to an amazing view far off the tourist path.  Designed for the average cyclist, the route avoids the busy city traffic by following mostly flat paths and bike trails. Enjoy a more intimate experience in groups of no more than 12 people.

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Athens Mythology Highlights Tour without Tickets

3. Athens Mythology Highlights Tour without Tickets

Travel back in time to Ancient Greece, and discover the greatest landmarks of Athens. Hear the myths behind some of the city’s most significant landmarks. Meet your guide at the main entrance to the Temple of Olympian Zeus next to the Acropolis. Hear about the birth of the glorious city, through to its Golden Age and its downfall to the Spartan armies. Listen to stories from Greek mythology, and uncover their true meaning and historic facts. Visit all the most emblematic sites of the ancient city, as well as less well known attractions. Suitable for all ages, the tour will help you understand how Athens became the mythical city we know today. Visit landmarks, such as the Parthenon, Theater of Dionysus, and Temple of Athena Nike. See the ruins of the Temple of Erechtheion and Sanctuary of Asclepius. Go to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, learn the functions of the Agora and visit the Temple of Hephaestus.

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Athens Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots

4. Athens Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots

Athens is without a doubt filled with an endless collection of ancient and modern cultural monuments and neighborhoods that will stun even the most articulate poet. This tour is designed for those who wish to take photos of the most iconic and picturesque sites of one of the oldest cities in Europe. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, you'll see where the locals spend their daily routine and hear interesting stories about the local culture. Your local escort will meet you at the Fountain of the Syntagma Square. Here you have a first view of the busy center of the capital of Greece. The first stop will be the Greek Parliament where you will be able to see and photograph the Godly giants in kilts up close. The famous evzones are one of Athens' most popular tourist attractions and an instagrammable spot you can't miss. Your escort is available to snap cool shots for you. You will then visit the National Garden, a green oasis right in the center of the city. Home of 7000 trees, lakes and, several animals, the "garden of Amalia" also hosts a botanical museum, a conservatory and, various ancient ruins. It is the ideal place and a perfect scenic spot to find the right photography inspiration. Your next stop will be the Kallimarmaro stadium where your local guide will help you make fresh pictures and look more creative by finding the right point of view. This is one of the most iconic landmarks of Athens with a rich history directly connected to the modern Olympic games. You'll then take a stroll to reach Plaka, the neighborhood of Gods and one of the most picturesque areas of Athens. Plaka is one the best places to capture the perfect photo; little colorful houses, small alleys, cute cafes and many spots with views to the city will make the perfect background you are looking for your photographs. The next spot is placed on a hill, where you will enjoy the most breathtaking views of Acropolis and the city itself, following in the footsteps of Ancient Greeks. This is definitely one of the most Instagram-worthy places in Athens where you will take some of the most impressive photos. In addition to all the above places, you will have also the opportunity to explore more of the best spots in the city where you will exercise your artistic skills by taking spectacular photos and sharing them on Instagram. At the same time, you will learn about the history of the city and feel like an Athenian as you mingle with the locals. You'll have opportunities to take lots of pictures so don't forget your camera!

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Athens: Mythical Rivers & Hills Private Tour

5. Athens: Mythical Rivers & Hills Private Tour

A small river flowed from a source in the foothills of Lycabettus through the ancient Agora to the archaeological site of Kerameikos. Part of the river was unearthed during the excavation of the Athens Metro. Ilissos was a river god of Green antiquity and of great importance for ancient Athenians. Now the River named after him lies beyond the city but, following its route with your guide on this 3-hour walk, you’ll be able to imagine the waters flowing once again. The Athens Riverside experience is a walk through unspoiled Athens. You’ll see a completely different side of the city and you’ll be supporting Urban Athens Collective and groups that are collaborating to save areas such as the group Ilissos-sos. Walk along hidden paths, and learn about past and present of Athens. Encounter ancient sanctuaries dedicated to mysterious gods and see the remains of ancient Athenian neighborhoods. Visit Pnyx Hill, Philoppapos Hill, and the Ilissos riverside.

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Athens: Electric Bike Tour

6. Athens: Electric Bike Tour

This morning electric bike tour lasts about 3.5 hours and it is a nice way to get yourselves oriented in the city of Athens. The ride takes place in the amazing historic city center, on pedestrian areas, low traffic streets, and parks away from the traffic hustle. Your local tour leader will head the tour, riding with you very close to the main archaeological sites and guiding you through some hidden areas, while providing you with a stunning experience!  The group rides close to the new Acropolis Museum and the Ancient Cemetery of Kerameikos, through the neighborhood of Thission, while you enjoy a great view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Then, cycle through the Ancient Greek Agora and pass by the Roman Agora Continue cycling in the historic district of Plaka, and then move to the National Gardens, one of the best areas to ride in downtown Athens. Stop also in front of the Presidential Mansion to see the Presidential Guards, and pass by the Panathenaic Stadium and Zappeion Exhibition Hall.

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Athens: Sunset Bike Tour

7. Athens: Sunset Bike Tour

Discover the must-see sights of Athens at the best time of day on an afternoon bike tour of the historic monuments. Avail of the breathtaking views of the ancient city as you cycle to landmark monuments, starting at the National Gardens, followed by the Panathenaic Stadium and Presidential Mansion. Get off your bike to take short walks to different locations, and journey through the history of Ancient Greece at monuments such as the Roman Agora. Admire the columns of the Zappeion exhibition hall, and cycle through the charming Plaka district at dusk. Make your way to Kerameikos just north of the Acropolis and explore the hip district of Thisseio.

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Athens: Ancient Agora Pre-Booked E-Ticket with Audio Tour

8. Athens: Ancient Agora Pre-Booked E-Ticket with Audio Tour

No trip to Athens could be complete without a visit to the Ancient Agora! Make the most of your visit with a fast-track e-ticket and waltz in this unique site with a fascinating audio tour on your phone. Download the tour on your smartphone and follow, at your own pace, the riveting journey of the evolution of Athenian democracy as you enjoy a visit to the most dynamic archaeological site of Athens. Your tour begins with a comprehensive introduction to the chain of events that made democracy possible in ancient Athens. At the foot of the hill where the temple of Hephaestus still stands radiant, you’ll learn about Solon, whose legal reforms paved the way for the formation of the earliest civil society in world history. Just uphill from the Tholos, take a glimpse of the ruined Bouleuterion, where 500 Athenians met daily to draw up laws and proposals presented to the city’s popular assembly. As you continue your walk, anecdotal stories from the lives of bright Athenian personalities, such as Aristides the Just and glorious Pericles, will come alive through the original and fun content of your expertly designed audio guide. The exhibits in the Museum of the Agora are bound to fascinate you, providing a rich pool of information on the ingenious, yet at times cruel, methods used by the Athenians to defend their democracy from any malign influence. Enjoy picture-postcard vistas to the Acropolis from the hill of Pnyx and the Rock of Ares, while later as you ascend on the hill of Philopappos, you’ll discover the prison of Socrates and gain some important insights into the life and death of the great Athenian philosopher. Your tour ends within easy reach of the Acropolis archaeological site, in front of the theatre of Dionysus, where you’ll marvel at the oldest theatre of the world and the actual place where the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides were once staged.

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Athens: Ancient Greek Mythology Exploration Game

9. Athens: Ancient Greek Mythology Exploration Game

Discover the city's fascinating history and attractions as you solve clues around Athens. Travel back in time and relive Athens' ancient history by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Receive your access code by e-mail upon booking the tour and use the code in the app. Wander around Athens for about 1.5 hours to complete your quest. However, there's no time limit, and you are free to explore the city at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and be ready to begin the adventure.  Solve clues and guess the answer to unlock the secret story of each place. Play as a large group and solve the clues together; one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. You can also split into teams and compete against each other or purchase an individual access code.

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Athens: Best Sights of the City 3-Hour Tour

10. Athens: Best Sights of the City 3-Hour Tour

Visit the best places in Athens, stroll around the most scenic areas and learn interesting facts for one of the most historical cities around the world. During this 3-hour walking tour, you will see the city’s most iconic landmarks, visit some of the city's most picturesque neighborhoods and discover the hidden gems of the city only locals know. Visit the Greek Parliament and the presidential guards, see a green oasis in the center of the city, the residence of the Greek Prime Minister and the Panathenaic stadium as you walk through one of the most high-end streets of Athens. Explore the place where the first Olympic village was set, admire its architecture and the beautiful frescos.  Stroll around Plaka’s small alleys, admire the vibrant colors of the houses, see locals playing the traditional bouzouki and enjoy some of the best views of Athens. End this beautiful walking experience at one of the most striking architectural and cultural buildings of Athens, the Acropolis museum.

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What people are saying about Pnyx

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 687 reviews

I loved this experience. Without a guide, my trip to the acropolis would have felt like an empty tourist attraction. This guide was exceptional. I was continuously impressed by her knowledge, expertise, and professionalism. I also really appreciated being given transmitters for the audio. I was able to hear her without having to stay glued to her side. It was really fantastic. Exactly what I was hoping for and exceeded expectations. My only complaint is that I would have appreciated slightly more detailed directions to the meeting place. It was not obvious where to go after exiting the metro stop, and I ended up waiting at the wrong place for several minutes, as I don’t read Greek and I had no WiFi/network once I was away from my hotel.

The tour is simply amazing and had been more memorable with an able guide like Natasha who is highly knowledgeable and really enjoys the work she does. Our family was highly impressed with her kind nature and passionately responding to every question and almost felt we were been transported to the antiquity.

What I was looking for, the only drawback should be given the option of being able to extend the acropolis ticket to the package of all archaeological sites

Very nice guide, Pascal, also knowledgeable. I liked the pace of the tour, not too rushed.

Excellent guide sweet and with deep knowledge of Greek history