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Athens: City Tour by Car or Van

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Discover many of the highlights of Athens on this city tour. Visit the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Hadrian’s Arch, the 1896 Olympic Stadium, and many more famous spots.

Highlights

  • Visit the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, the Changing of the Guard at Parliament
  • It is private, your party only.
  • You get to see all main Highlights and more, you are never rushed.

Description

This tour of Athens takes us to the most famous sites of the city, both ancient and modern. Undoubtedly the most famous landmark of Athens – and the pride of Athenians - is the Parthenon, atop Acropolis Hill. It is the ancient temple, which was dedicated to Athena, the goddess Athens is named after. It is visible from most of central Athens and is surrounded by the city’s charming and picturesque historical center. We will see the ancient Roman Agora (marketplace) and the Ancient Greek Agora where Socrates once spoke with the Athenian citizens about such subjects as justice, truth and love. We also visit the cave where Socrates was allegedly held prisoner before his execution by Athenians for “corrupting the youth”. Wandering a little further from immediate surrounds of the Acropolis, we watch the Changing of the Guard - at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - in front of the Parliament. These guards, known as Evzones, are the elite force of the Greek Army and were known for their bravery and honor until World War II. Their uniform was introduced by King Otto of Greece and was inspired by the traditional clothes of the mountain warriors and bandits who formed the resistance to the Ottoman Empire. Near the Parliament, we will also see the famous “trilogy” of buildings designed by the Danish architects Theophil and Christian Hansen: the Academy of Athens, the University of Athens and the National Library. In grand neoclassical style, they represent the ambitions of the early Greek state. Along with these more modern landmarks, we also see the stadium where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896. Next is the Temple of Olympian Zeus, with only a few of its original 104 columns standing, and the monument known as Hadrian’s Arch, a distinctive Roman structure dedicated to Theseus and Hadrian, the founders of Athens. The day ends with the second Changing of the Guard at the Presidential Mansion.

Includes

Transportation from and to your central hotel in Athens or Piraeus Transportation from and to the cruise terminal of Piraeus port Private tour (your party only), Air condition, Wi-Fi in vehicle, fuel surcharge and tolls Professional English-speaking driver. Gives information & tips but does not come in the sites Everything that involves the vehicle

Important Information

  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • All prices are for one vehicle, for 1­-7 passengers
  • You must be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain, other wise the driver will do the best so you can see most of the sites
  • Professional guide in the site (if wanted) is not included
  • departure time is up to you between 06:30am - 07:00am .
  • time needed 11-­14 hours
  • Our drivers are polite, friendly and professional. Their first priority is your satisfaction and safety. All drivers on on tours know English, will help you and give you tips. The cars are well maintained and clean, all of them have free wi­fi. If needed we can also provide baby-chairs, wheelchairs and most phone chargers.

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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