Embark | Disembark The Highlights Of Athens - 4 H Private Shore Excursion

4 hours
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• 4-hour private shore excursion in Athens
• It is a 4-hour sightseeing private tour of Athens best highlights
• Transfer from/to Piraeus cruise port
• It blends harmoniously the best of modern and ancient Athens (Acropolis, Plaka, Monastiraki, Lycabettus Hill)
• Travelers can customize the tour within the itinerary!


  • A professional English speaking tour driver
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle appropriate for the size of your group
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Athens
  • Piraeus Port pickup and drop-off
  • Private vehicle

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Piraeus, Piraeus, Attica

Pick up from your cruise ship pier at Piraeus port. We will drive along the coastal road of Saronic Gulf to enjoy the Piraeus and Athens riviera.

The Port of Piraeus is the chief seaport of Athens, Greece, located on the Saronic Gulf on the western coasts of the Aegean Sea. Piraeus port is the largest port in Greece, home to Europe's biggest passenger port, and as such is a huge draw for cruise ships from around the world bringing tourists eager to explore this centuries-old city, and one of the largest in Europe. But yet another major draw is the fact that it's easy to visit Athens because it's located nearby. The Greek capital city of Athens is just 12 kilometers or 7 miles from Piraeus port. We will drive directly to the Acropolis to admire the Temple of Democracy!

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Athens, Athens, Attica

Welcome to Athens, the historical capital of Europe. Welcome to the birthplace of democracy, arts, science and philosophy of western civilisation. Home of Plato, Socrates, Pericles, Euripides, Sophocles, Aeschylus. Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities. It’s recorded history spanning around 3.400 years and it is being inhabited since the 11th millennium B.C. E. Today, under the shadow of Parthenon, the contemporary urban scenery of the sprawling city reflects its exciting history, its multi- cultural modern personality as well as the infrastructure and facilities.

The perfect Mediterranean climate with the legendary greek sunlight, the unique combination of glorious history with modern, urban innovation, the coexistence of great culture with astonishing natural beauty, the high standard hotel accommodation,

Pass By: Acropolis, Via Dionysiou Areopagitou Str., Athens 105 58 Greece

The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens, and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world. In the second half of the 5th-century bc, Athens, following the victory against the Persians and the establishment of democracy, took a leading position amongst the other city-states of the ancient world. In the age that followed, as thought and art flourished, an exceptional group of artists put into effect the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles and, under the inspired guidance of the sculptor Pheidias, transformed the rocky hill into a unique monument of thought and the arts. The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon, built by Ictinus, the Erechtheon, the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the Acropolis, designed by Mnesicles, and the small temple Athena Nike.

Stop At: Propylaea, Acropolis, Athens 105 58 Greece

The Propylaea of the Athenian Acropolis was built on the west side of the hill, where the gate of the Mycenaean fortification once stood. The first propylon, or gate, was constructed in the age of Peisistratos (mid-sixth century BC), after the Acropolis had become a sanctuary dedicated to Athena.

A new propylon, built-in 510-480 BC, was destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC and repaired after the end of the Persian Wars, during the fortification of the Acropolis by Themistokles and Kimon. The monumental Propylaia admired by modern visitors was part of the great Periclean building program. They have erected in 437-432 BC, after the completion of the Parthenon, by architect Mnesikles. The original building plan was particularly daring both in architectural and artistic terms but was never completed.
The pie-shaped building of Pentelic marble frames beautifully the entrance to the sacred precinct. The central section, the propylon proper, had an outer (west) and inner (east) facade...

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Temple of Athena Nike, Acropolis, Dionysiou Areopagitou Acropolis, Athens 10558 Greece

The temple of Athena Nike stands at the southeast edge of the sacred rock atop a bastion, which in Mycenaean times protected the entrance to the Acropolis. The Classical temple, designed by architect Kallikrates and built-in 426-421 BC, succeeded earlier temples also dedicated to Athena Nike. The first one of these, a mid-sixth century BC wooden temple was destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC. The eschara, the altar believed to have supported the cult statue of the goddess, dates to this period. Under Kimon, c. 468 BC, a small temple of tufa was erected around the base of the statue and a new altar was built outside the temple.

The foundations of these early temples and altars are preserved inside the bastion under the floor of the Classical structure. Pausanias (1, 22, 4) refers to this temple as that of the Apteros Nike, or Wingless Victory, and mentions that the cult statue of the goddess had no wings so that she would never leave Athens. Apart from the cult of Athena Nike other...

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Parthenon, Acropolis Top of Dionyssiou Areopagitou, Athens 105 58 Greece

The Parthenon, dedicated by the Athenians to Athena Parthenos, the patron of their city, is the most magnificent creation of Athenian democracy at the height of its power. It is also the finest monument on the Acropolis in terms of both conception and execution. Built between 447 and 438 BC, as part of the greater Periklean building project, this so-called Periklean Parthenon (Parthenon III) replaced an earlier marble temple (Parthenon II), begun after the victory at the battle of Marathon at approximately 490 BC and destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC. This temple replaced the very first Parthenon (Parthenon I) of c. 570 BC from Periklis . The Parthenon was designed by architects Iktinos and Kallikrates, while the sculptor Pheidias supervised the entire building program and conceived the temple's sculptural decoration and a chryselephantine statue of Athena. The Parthenon is a double peripteral Doric temple with several unique and innovative architectural features.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Erechtheion, Acropolis, Athens 10558 Greece

The elegant building known as the Erechtheion, on the north side of the sacred rock of the Acropolis, was erected in 421-406 BC as a replacement of an earlier temple dedicated to Athena Polias, the so-called "Old temple". The name Erechtheion, mentioned only by Pausanias (1, 26, 5), derives from Erechtheus, the mythical king of Athens, who was worshipped there. The sanctuary also contained the grave of Kekrops and the traces of the dispute between Athena and Poseidon for the possession of the city of Athens.
Another door on the south facade of the western temple opened onto the porch of the Karyatides, a pi-shaped structure with six female statues instead of columns to support the roof. Created by Alkamemes or Kallimachos, the statues were later named Karyatides after the young women from Karyes of Laconia who danced in honor of the goddess Artemis. Five of them are in the Acropolis Museum and another in the British Museum; those on the building are casts.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Hellenic Parliament, Parliament Mansion, Athens GR-10021 Greece

The history of the impressive building of the Hellenic Parliament is intimately linked to the history of the Modern Greek state. Initially, the building served as the palace of Kings Otto and George I. It became the Parliament and Senate building a hundred years after it was constructed and still houses the Hellenic Parliament today. Through all those years, the building has undergone a series of changes and has been modernized. From 1836 to 1862; After the selection of Otto, Prince of Bavaria, as King of Greece, and the relocation of the Greek capital to Athens, it was decided to erect the palace on Boubounistra Hill. It proved an inspired choice. The chosen location was in the center of the new capital, easily defendable and cool. On February 6th, 1836 the founding stone was laid at the highest eastern point of the city. The ancient quarry of Pentele was the source of marble. King and queen Otto, and Amalia, took up residence on July 25th, 1843.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Leoforos Vasilissis Amalias Syntagma Square, Athens 100 28 Greece

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a war memorial located in Syntagma Square in Athens, in front of the Old Royal Palace. It is a cenotaph dedicated to the Greek soldiers killed during war. It was sculpted between 1930 and 1932 by sculptor Fokion Rok. The tomb is guarded by the Evzones of the Presidential Guard.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Change of Guards, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Syntagma, Athens 10562 Greece

The Presidential Mansion is the place to be to see a Changing the Guard ceremony in Athens, Greece.
Changing of the Guard ceremonies take place at the Presidential Mansion and at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is off Syntagma Square below the Hellenic Parliament.
The Changing the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in particular has become a popular tourist attraction in Athens.
The Evzone's, accompanied by a military band march from their barracks, just behind the Parliament Building, along the Vasilissis Sofias Avenue to the Tomb of the Unknown soldier where a ceremonial change of guards takes place every Sunday at 11:00.
The Evzone's provides a 24-hour honor guard, with an hourly sentry change, which is carried out in slow motion, that some say is to allow the troops circulation to resume after standing absolutely motionless.
Many smiles when they see the pompoms on the boots of the guards in Athens but make no mistake these men are part of an elite light infantry unit..

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Academy of Athens, 28 Panepistimiou Avenue, Athens 106 79 Greece

The Academy of Athens was founded with the Constitutional Decree of March 18th, 1926, as an Academy of Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts. The same Decree appointed its first Members, who were all eminent representatives of the scientific, intellectual, and artistic circles of that era.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 30 Panepistimiou Street, Athens 157 72 Greece

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) is a public, self-governed Higher Education Institution, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Research, and Religious Affairs. Inaugurated in 1837, it has been the oldest higher education institution in the Modern Greek state and the first university in the Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean area. Since then it has been an internationally competitive, globally-focused, research-led university.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: National Library of Greece, 32 Panepistimiou Street, Athens 106 79 Greece

The National Library forms part of the so-called "Neoclassical Trilogy" of the City of Athens: Academy - University - Library.

With a history of over two centuries, containing more than one million books and magazines, and a host of handwritten codices dating from the 9th to the 19th centuries, the National Library of Greece is the custodian of the Greek literary heritage, bridging the past, the present and the future.

It was built between 1887 and 1902, based on a study of the Danish architect, Theophile Hansen -brother of Cristian Hansen. Hernest Ziller was the supervising architect who also studied the entrance stairways and the main bookstands. As early as 1858, King Otho had ordered Hansen to make a study for the construction of a Library next to the University, which had already started being built.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Syntagma Square, Plateia Syntagmatos, Athina, Greece

Syntagma Square has literally been the very heart of Athens ever since the city became the capital of the modern Greek state, and it's the perfect central location for sightseeing.

It is located in front of the 19th century Old Royal Palace, housing the Greek Parliament since 1934. With the Greek Parliament building and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier looming over it, it is rich with history and is the place where most major events of the last two centuries have taken place.

Its name in Greek means “Constitution Square, ” a name granted by Greece’s first modern royal, King Otto, on September 3, 1843, after an uprising of the people. This was a smart political move since the royal palace overlooked the square.

Stop At: Plaka, Athens 10556 Greece

In the shadow of the Acropolis and its ancient temples, hillside Plaka has a village feel, with narrow cobblestone streets lined with tiny shops selling jewelry, clothes, and local ceramics. Sidewalk cafes and family-run tavernas stay open until late. Nearby, the whitewashed homes of the Anafiotika neighborhood give the small enclave a Greek-island vibe.

Visiting the Plaka district in Athens is an experience that stays with travelers for a lifetime. With its colorful neoclassic buildings and ruins waiting to be discovered around every corner, there is so much to be discovered in Plaka.

Plaka is appropriately known as the “Neighborhood of the Gods.” It lies beneath the northeastern slope of the Acropolis and stretches almost all the way to Syntagma Square, in a maze of winding narrow streets laced with shops and dotted with antiquities throughout.
Truly, this is one of the most charming and elegant neighborhoods you will encounter anywhere on Earth.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Panathenaic Stadium, Leof. Vasileos Konstantinou, Athina 116 35, Greece

Admire the Kallimarmaro stadium, else Panathenaea stadium where here the first modern Olympic games took place in 1896. It is called Kallimarmaro because is all made of marble. A special marble called the Pentelic marble. Special because it changes color according to the daylight. Cool within the morning and in the afternoon it changes color to bone gold color. The monuments on the Acropolis and the temple of Zeus are made of the same Pendelikon marble.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Lycabettus Hill, Athens 114 71 Greece

Mount Lycabettus is the highest point in central Athens, Greece. Known in Greek as Lykavitos Hill, it stands 277 m (909 feet) above sea level, providing spectacular views of the Greek capital and the coastline.

The hill is one of the largest green areas in central Athens, located close to the Kolonaki and Exarchia areas. Many Athenians come here for a stroll and go to the top to enjoy the city from above.

Lycabettus hill is accessible on foot, by funicular railway, and by car.
Thousands of tourists visit every year to climb to the top, see the small chapel of Saint George, and enjoy the cityscape from above.

Today Lycabettus hill is a fantastic place to go if you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The peace and quiet are so different from Kolonaki and Exarchia areas right below and the crowded market streets of Monastiraki and Psiri. After our visit to Lycabettus Hill.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Piraeus, Piraeus, Piraeus Region, Attica

We will drop you off at the same spot we have picked you up.
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Thank you for choosing us for your tour in Athens!

Duration: 20 minutes

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations.
  • Athens International Airport transfers can be arranged on request at an extra cost!
  • Important note: You will have a professional English-speaking driver with good knowledge of the history and culture of Greece, to guide you till you enter archaeological sites and museums according to the program. Tour drivers are not licensed to companion you inside the archaeological sites and museums. If you'd like to have one, we can arrange it for you at an additional cost. Licensed by the state tour guides are freelance and it is subject to availability on bookings day!
  • We suggest that you have your admission tickets pre-purchased as there is a chance not to find availability, please note that we can buy the tickets for you in advance -under a small service fee
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
September 2023

We were onboard the Norwegian Gem cruise ship and were disembarking in Athens. Our flight home wasn't till 17.00 hours so we decided to book a tour of Athens. We were met at the Cruise port by Jorge at 8.30am. He took us on a sight seeing tour of Athens which included the Acropolis and Parthenon....

August 2023

Peter was our tour guide. What an amazing experience seeing Athens with a wonderful guide who grew up in the country. Peter was informative, knowledgeable and made simple things we would never of notice come to life. We had lunch at a wonderful restaurant! Best money we spent the entire trip!

July 2023

Excellent four hours excursion which really exceeded our expectations. Our guide/driver was very helpful and had brilliant knowledge of both Greek history and the current day places worth visiting in Athens. We really got a lot out of our brief visit thanks to him. The car (minivan) was also bran...

Rose H
May 2023

This tour is the best way to see Athens in a short period of time. The traffic in Athens is overwhelming especially at the tourist spots. Theodore was our driver. He was very knowledgeable about the history and arranged our stops to beat the crowds from the buses. If you are going to Acropolis I...

November 2022

Pre booked a tour and were collected at Piraeus port in a 16 seat Mercedes bus for our family of 14 including 5 teens and two younger children. Our driver George G was excellent and pointed out various sites as we travelled to Athens Centre. We stopped at the Acropolis and Parthenon and he said i...

September 2022

We very much enjoyed our tour. Christos was knowledgeable of the sites. He was very accommodating as he adjusted the start/end time to better match our ferry departure time. The vehicle was clean and comfortable. Highly recommended. Picked us up from our hotel and dropped us off with our lugga...

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