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Athina, Greece
Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Discover some of Greece’s greatest treasures and the best of modern Athens on this morning or afternoon Athens sightseeing tour. With an expert guide, take a coach tour of top Athens sites, including the Greek Parliament and Panathenaic Stadium, stage of the first modern Olympic Games. Then, explore the mighty Acropolis on foot to see the glorious Parthenon and other highlights. Want to add more sightseeing in Athens? Upgrade your morning tour to include entry to the Acropolis Museum to see its incredible Parthenon friezes, and other archaeological exhibits.
  • Sightseeing tour of Athens, combining modern Athens with the city’s ancient sites
  • See top Athens attractions such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Constitution Square and Panathenaic Stadium
  • Visit the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus and learn about ancient Athens
  • Explore the Acropolis of Athens and see the world-famous Parthenon temple
  • Upgrade to include an entrance ticket to Athens Acropolis Museum
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach with free WiFi
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Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
Entrance ticket of Acropolis
Entrance ticket of Acropolis Museum (if selected option with museum)
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Pick up from Piraeus port, airport, airbnb and apartments
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Leoforos Vasilisis Amalias 10 , Leoforos Vasilisis Amalias 10, Athina 105 57, Greece

hotel Amalia Athens - Syntagma square

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This activity will end right where it started.Pick up service commence 07:30 to 08:15. 08:30 is the departure time of the tour from departure point.
Book your chosen tour option and meet your guide in central Athens. Then, set off on your Athens sightseeing tour by luxury air-conditioned coach.

Hear insightful commentary from your guide, and pass top Athens attractions including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Greek Parliament building, and Presidential Palace, the home of Greece’s royals until the monarchy ended in 1974.

See the Panathenaic Stadium, the venue of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Then, drive along Panepistimiou Avenue to snap photos of the National Library and one of Greece’s most revered orthodox churches.



After your coach tour, see two Athens’ historical treasures on foot. View the exterior of the Temple of Olympian Zeus — a gigantic, semi-ruined edifice completed in the 2nd century AD—as your guide explains its turbulent history.

Continue to Athens’ showpiece: the Acropolis. Stroll up to the UNESCO-listed site that served as the ancient citadel, and tour the buildings as you hear how they reflected Athens’ prosperity in the 5th century BC.

Admire the magnificent Parthenon, and see monuments including the Propylaea gateway and stunning Temple of Athena Nike. 

After time to explore the rest of the site independently, return to your coach and end your tour back at the start point.

Morning Tour plus Acropolis Museum:
 Make the most of your time at the Acropolis by upgrading the morning tour to include entry to the Athens Acropolis Museum, one of the world’s top museums.

Show your entrance ticket and explore independently. Walk around the spectacular Parthenon Hall to ogle the incredible sculptures of the Parthenon frieze, and roam the other galleries to view more than 4,000 other ancient objects.

Your ticket lets you spend as long as you wish inside the museum.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Acropolis
the must when you visit Athens
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Parthenon
The temple of Athena
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Theater of Dionysus
the theater of Acropolis
Pass By:  
Herod Atticus Odeon
famous odeon of Acropolis
Stop At:  
Panathenaic Stadium
the satdium of first modern Olympics
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Plateia Syntagmatos
the city center of Athens
Pass By:  
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
memorial monument at Greek Parliement
Stop At:  
Erechtheion
Ancient temple
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Temple of Athena Nike
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
National Library of Greece
Library of Athens
Stop At:  
Propylaea
Entrance of Acropolis
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
The Academy of Athens
university of Athens
Pass By:  
The Academy of Athens
Greek academy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • French speaking available ONLY on Monday,Wednesday,Friday and Sunday.
  • Very important: Children aged 5 to 12 years old must hold passport or ID in order to get the discounted price. Otherwise they will pay entrance ticket to the Archaelogical sites or Museums.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Your guide will give you your entry tickets to the sites and museums
  • Port , airport or private apartment or from airbnb pickup are not available
  • Afternnon tour only with English speaking guide
  • Social distancing: Maintain distance of 1.5 meters
  • Mask: is mandatory for clients and staff in the bus and in closed museums.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
  • OPERATED BY CHAT Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
How can I let you know where to pick me up?
A:We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "All should use the whisper radio system, a small investment but we can all hear the stories." See review
  • "I do recommend that you add the museum to your tour since there is so much to cover inside." See review

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star-5
Since it was hot, I...
lpaljevic220
, Aug 2022
Since it was hot, I wanted a quick trip to the main attractions which is what this tour does. 2 pluses are the bus had ac and WiFi. If you are taking this tour during the summer it is very hot with no shade, wear comfortable clothes. Also wear sneakers, the grounds around Acropolis is uneven and slippery.
star-4
Stepping back in history
Joseph_B
, Aug 2022
The Acropolis and Acropolis were great. Guide(Nancy) was very knowledgeable on the Greek history and mythology.
star-5
The tot guide was...
George_K
, Aug 2022
The tot guide was awesome. Extremely knowledgeable about Greek history. Made the tour of Ancient Greek sites much more interesting. She was great.
star-4
It was a great idea to do...
Madison_W
, Aug 2022
It was a great idea to do the morning tour, because the acropolis was a good 7 degrees Celsius warmer than the rest of Athens, and it was less crowded. It was convenient to get tickets without waiting in line at the museum and the acropolis, and to have a guide explain things. However, the tour was a large group and was difficult to keep everyone together and there was a lot of standing and waiting. The guided audio was informative and helpful but they should have divided the group in English and French speakers and had 2 groups rather than just repeating everything twice in the two languages, and that might have solved the problem of the size of the group.
star-3
Basic tour, overpriced.
Tiffany_R
, Aug 2022
This is an average, quite basic level tour. You spend an hour on a coach driving around the city seeing landmarks. But you only drive past with very basic facts from the tour guide. Then we went to the Acropolis for 1 hour where again the tour guide gave really basic facts. I could hear other tour guides much more energetic with stories of Athens history. Ours was “this is the Athena temple.” I think the tour is overpriced for the level of guide that is running the tour.
star-4
A good overview of Athens
Lynn_D
, Aug 2022
This is a good tour if you have a short time and want to see the Parthenon and get a general sense of the city center of Athens. It looks like you're going to make 11 stops but most of these are "pass by" in the bus. It's really just 2 stops: Olympic Stadium and the Parthenon. The tour guide was knowledgeable and spoke excellent English but sometimes left people behind, for example, when they were in the bathroom or buying a drink, and didn't always make it clear where she was going next so they could catch up. Although we had to meet at one place to get picked up, the driver dropped us at our hotels at the end, which was great.
star-3
Miscommunication with pickup. We had to take taxis for $75.
Terri_S
, Aug 2022
The tour of the Acropolis. Tour guide was good. Museum was good, but your website said we had to buy our own tickets to the museum, which we did. Also the mess with the hotel pick up and having to take 2 taxis to get to the bus. Cost us about 75 euros.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Terri , There was not any responsibility from Chat Tours regarding your pick up or any miscommunication. You had to contact us to give your hotel name but you didn't so you send your message for pick up from Hotel Amalia (our departure point) for 08:20, The proof of our message is hereunder: Hello! Kindly be informed that for your tour tomorrow you have to meet us at Amalia hotel (Vasilissis Amalias avenue 10 , Syntagma square ) at 8:20 am . Please confirm Best regards, Orestis Iordanoglou. HARA A. Lucarelli - Booking Information Aug 13, 2022, 02:24 PM T Next morning you answered our message at 07:44 l(45 min before tour departure) and says the following: I thought you were picking us up at Grand Hyatt Hotel. Terri Seeba Aug 14, 2022, 07:44 AM When we read your message we called you immidiately and informed you that we are sending the bus to Grand Hyatt in 5 min and you said that you had already called taxi to come to Amalia. The cost of the taxi each was 7 Euros so you paid total 15 Euro and not 75. Upon your arrival you shows us your voucher and you see that on the voucher was written departure point hotel Amalia and there was not written any information for Grand Hyatt and I am reminding you that I show another voucher for same tour booked from Viator and was very clear written hotel name on the pick up details. So you said me that was understood and you asked me to confirm that you must be back at your hotel the latest by 14:00 as you had transfer to the cruiseship. We done it and changed the routing of hotel drop off and put your hotel in priority in order to be back on time. You didnt pay any extrance tickets as your guide Eleni gave you on the bus the Acropolis tickets on your hands and then at the museum you entered with her with our group ticket. Hope that you enjoyed your guided tour of Acropolis and museum. Kind regards Hara Kritikidou Customer Service Manager (i personally meet you and assist you at Amalia Hotel)
star-5
Our tour guide was a...
Paul_O
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide was a wonderful knowledgeable person. The detail, the time frame in her brain! Wowed us. Great job!
star-4
Athens past and present
Mickey_K
, Aug 2022
This tour is a must for anyone visiting Athens. Our guide explained the sights very clearly and brought the past to the present. The museum was an important part of the day as well.
star-3
Would not recommend.
Christina_M
, Aug 2022
The tour was educational but the tour guide although knowledgeable was a unorganized and did not seem to understand how to engage an entire group. We could have visited these places ourselves.
star-2
Should be called Acropolis Tour
Raghunath_K
, Aug 2022
The title is misleading: it is basically a tour of Acropolis (which we had seen already) only other stop was 10 minutes to see the original Olympic Stadium Pls only book if you want to see the Acropolis parthenon
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for your feedback. You had seen the Acropolis as you mentioned but usually our customers book the tour to visit Acropolis which is not the Parthenon only! is the Erechtion, Propylea, Karyatides, Dionysos theater and many more. As for the Stadium is true that we stop for photos as per our advetrised itinerary. So we are wondering for the reason of 2 stars rating review and of course the title is correct as except Acropolis we are providing by bus and guide sightseeing of Athens important buildings , squares , Parliement, University, Academy, Library....... Kind regards Hara Kritikidou Customer Service Manager
star-5
Great tour, great value
Tracey_W
, Aug 2022
This was a great Athens highlight tour! The tour of the Acropolis was fantastic and I was pleasantly surprised by how helpful it was to tour the Acropolis Museum with a guide.
star-5
Great tour
Sorbrique_G
, Aug 2022
Great tour of acropolis and acropolis museum. Highly recommend that you don’t skip the museum. Bring water and be patient with the lines.
star-4
Acropolis and city tour with Acropolis Museum tour
Cheryl_O
, Aug 2022
Very good historical insight and explanations. Guide was patient and answered lots of extra questions. Crowds were awful and so was the heat but Helen never lost her cool!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour!!
Tammy_C
, Aug 2022
Our guide (I wish I could remember his name) was amazing! Very knowledgeable and friendly. Great way to get more information about Ancient Greece.
star-5
Ancient City
Robin_M
, Aug 2022
Sights were breathtaking! Tourguide extremely informative. People on the tour very polite. Loved going in the morning
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Short and memorable
Rema_D
, Aug 2022
Knowledgeable tour guide. The staff at the pickup hotel were friendly. Focused mainly on the Acropolis and the Acropolis museum. Included drive by of numerous other attractions and a photo stop at the Olympic stadium.
star-5
Tour was great. Guide was...
Brent_H
, Aug 2022
Tour was great. Guide was great. First class all the way. I would recommend this for any adults and families with older children
star-5
Wonderful Culinary Adventure. In the delights of Greek cusine
Susan_B
, Aug 2022
Wonderful trip into the culinary delights of Greece and Greek cuisine. Katherine, our host was knowledgeable and entertaining. A MUST in Athens
star-4
Nice tour of Ancient Greece and Museum
Jay_S
, Aug 2022
Very nice tour of historic Athens and the Acropolis area. The guide was nice. Unfortunately the audio system was not working well and there was a lot of static which made the commentary difficult. It was also easy to get separated from the guide due to the enormous crowds. However, the museum and tour of the acropolis was great.

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