In this one day tour in Athens you will have the opportunity to see Athens Highlights including the Acropolis Hill and enjoy the afternoon tour to Cape Sounio with the most breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea.
Our personnel will meet you just outside the cruise termnal in Piraeus Port and after 30min drive through the tonwn of Piraeus and its beautiful ports –Marina Zea–Kastela–Mikrolimano– we will arrive in Athens.
Our first stop (to avoid heat and crowds) will be the famous Acropolis Hill. The Acropolis, which means the high city, is the foremost symbol of the glory of ancient Greece. Climb the smooth marble steps on the Sacred Way as visitors have for centuries. History’s doors open before you as you reach the Propylea, a masterpiece of classical architecture, serving as the entrance to the complex of buildings.
You will see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum and the Caryatids (Porch of Maidens),the Temple of Athena Nike and looking down at the footsteps of the hill the theater of Dionysus, the first and the biggest ancient theatre where the first drama in the world performed and the Herod Atticus Odeum, a grand Roman theater restored and used today for concerts and classical plays during the summer Athens Festival.
After visiting the Acropolis, you will enjoy a driving tour of the city where you will visit the top sights including the Temple of Olympeian Zeus.
You will see the Old Olympic Stadium (Panathinaic Stadium) where the first modern Olympics where help in 1896, you will see the Parliament Building with its traditionally dreesed evzones soldiers guarding the Monument to the Unknown soldier, Lycavettus hill the highest hill of Athens for some wonderful photo opportunities, next to the famous neoclassical buildings of Athens like the Numesmatic Museum (H.Schliemann’s house), the Central Bank of Greece, the university of Athens, the National Library and more.
Now it’s time to make your way to the southern-most point of Attica Cape Sounion. Enjoy a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore before coming to the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon.
Visit the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon, constructed in the 5th century BC over the ruins of a temple from the Archaic Period, 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!
- Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sun screen are suggested.
- Photography is permitted throughout the tour.
- 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. To reach the temple area at Sounion, guests must walk uphill on a packed dirt path.
- 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. That includes:
- 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.
- Our prices are much better in comparison to those of the cruise companies or onboard, because we are ourselves the tour operator and we do not use third party providers.
- 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.
- This tour does not include entrance fees to any archeological site and museum, gratuities, or other client personal expenses.
- Entrance fees to the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, and Ancient Agora are 30 Euro total pp (combined ticket).
- Entrance fee to the Acropolis Museum is 5 Euro pp.
- Free admission for:
- Persons under 18 (with current identification to prove age)
- University students from Greece and the E.U