After meeting with your driver, begin your journey with a visit to the Acropolis, the trademark of Athens. The ancient Acropolis (means “high city”) is topped with marble temples dedicated to the city’s goddess Athena, and dates back to the Late Bronze Age. Following your climb to the top, you will be rewarded with a visit to the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and finally, the Parthenon.
After visiting the Acropolis, your driver will take you to the city center passing by the ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Arch of Hadrian, a monumental gateway that spanned an ancient road from the center of Athens, to the complex of structures on the eastern side of the city that included the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Continue with a stop at the Panathenian Olympic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896.
As you drive to Syntagma Square (essentially the tourist core of the city) you will see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the former Royal Palace which is now the House of Parliament (where you can see the changing of the guards in front every hour on the hour!). Continue to the Athen’s trilogy consisting of the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library.
Finally,your driver will drive you all the way up to Lycabettus hill; a limestone rock reaching almost 1,000 feet into the once-crystalline Athenian sky.
After a short photo stop in Lycabettus hill, you will head out of town, along the coastal road to Cape Sounion. You will be treated to a wonderful view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands off shore. You will have a short lunch break before reaching Cape Sounio.
Visit the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon, constructed in the 5th century BC over the ruins of a temple from the Archaic Period. The temple is perched above the sea at a height of nearly 200 feet. The 20-foot columns of the temple were intended to resist the weathering action of the sea air, and you can still see them there today.
Alternative Tour Options:
There are so many other things to see in this area. Keep in mind that your driver is at your disposal, so if you would like to adjust the proposed itinerary at all, just let him know!
What Makes this Tour Unique?
1) This is the only Athens tour which covers all of the most important sites in the center of Athens without missing the splendid views of the Athenian “Riviera”.
2) This is a great introductory tour of Athens, to help you get oriented and better organize the remainder of your stay.
3) Allows you to tour Athens with a local driver able to show you the real face of the city.
- Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sun screen are suggested.
- Walking: Difficult.To climb up to the Acropolis, guests must be able to walk over paved, inclined paths, some with steps, then climb a series of steps to reach the propylea. The walking surfaces on top of the Acropolis are uneven.
- Disabled access at the Acropolis is provided by a wheelchair stair climber lift elevator.Please do keep in mind that this is an elevator strictly available to disabled visitors only.
- visitors using a wheelchair or some other kinetic equipment,
- visitors with some kind of physiopathological situation that affects their kinetic ability either permanently or temporarily and
- visitors that have a certified rate of disability whether this is affecting their kinetic ability or not.
- The order of the sites may change due to crowds, traffic and demonstrations.
- We do our best to ensure that every stop described is available for your visit. There are some times when a site or building is closed at the last moment with little to no warning. We assume that those in charge make those decisions based on external information and for the visitors’ safety and we apologize when this causes inconvenience and disappointment.
- It’s always a great idea to bring a bottle of water and sunscreen with you because in the warmer months it becomes quite hot and sunny.
- A hat to protect your head and shade your face is also recommended when spending a significant amount of time in the sun.
- The area around the Acropolis Hill and Syntagma Square (changing of the guards) can become quite crowded, especially during the peak travel months, so be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings close to you.
- Do not accept ‘gifts’ from street vendors approaching tourists. They may offer you roses, but if choose you accept, you will be expected to pay or give a tip for them.