This full day tour is a walking tour but a bus and your guide shall come to collect you in the morning firstly and from there we will park the bus and head out around Athens on foot.The pick-up shall begin in the morning, now whether you book as a regular group tour or as a private tour with us you shall be given your collection time upon time of booking, also your pick up can be from various points such as from Piraeus Harbour – Athens Airport and also your hotel depending upon which tour you wish to book either private or as a regular group tour. You will also receive an Athens Travel guide book, Athens City Map from your professional English speaking licensed Athens Tour Guide.
To visit Athens Acropolis – Monumental Gateway – Parthenon – Erechteion will take about 2 hours
Once all guests have been collected the tour shall begin with the first point of call to be the Parthenon which is of course the number 1 attraction of Athens, people from all walks of life come to Athens just to see this magical site as a visit to Athens would not be the same without visiting here.As we reach Parthenon we will take a walk up the hill where along the way you can see the Temple of Athena Nike, it was here that Athena was worshipped as the goddess who stands by the Athenians in the time of war and this temple still stands in a great condition. Straight after the Temple you will pass through the grand Propylae which in the English language means ‘Monumental Gateway’, this amazing well-kept Propylae was created back in 437-432 B.C and also offers great views before you enter through it.Moving on you will come to the world-famous Parthenon, it can be seen from any angle you stand in Athens and shines down to the city below the same as the sun shines in the sky. This Temple was built as a dedication to Athena and is absolutely incredible – it makes the most perfect photograph to take back home as a reminder! Just next to the Parthenon is a smaller building called Erechtheion and just beside here is known by legends that the very first olive trees were grown by when Athena threw the seeds to the ground.
To visit Hadrians Gate – Temple of Olympian Zeus will take about 30 minutes.
After discovering the fascinating site of Acropolis, we will take a walk back down and make our way over to see Hadrian’s Gate. Hadrian’s Gate can also be known as The Arch of Hadrian and it is located not too far from Syntagma Square, it is in fact wedged between the rock of Acropolis and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the gate is made from fine marble and reaches the height of 18m and to the structure of the gate is very similar to Roman arches as it is fully symmetrical. An interesting fact about this gate is that no one truly know who actually built it but we do know that the symbolically the location was to mark the line between the ancient parts of Athens and Hadrian’s new city.
As we are in the area we will make a visit to the Temple of Olympian Zeus and its obvious to understand that this temple was built as a dedication to the God - Zeus. This temple was the biggest in all of Greece it was even bigger than the Parthenon and to top it off its smack bang in the centre of Athens, when the temple was built it reached an impressive size of 17m high and consisted of 104 Corinthian columns but unfortunately over the years of damage there is only 15 columns left to see, there also used to stand a gold and ivory statue of Zeus himself and was recorded to be one of the wonders of the ancient world, what is also a bonus is that the surrounding views from here are also astounding as you can also capture the Parthenon in the background.
To visit Panathenic Stadium - National Royal Gardens will take about 1 hour
Moving onwards we will take a walk together over to visit the Panathenaic Stadium as its nearby, this stadium is the only one in the world that has been made completely from marble and is just as popular to visit as is the Acropolis as it’s a very significant monument not only for just Athens but for the whole of Greece, and was built during the 4th century B.C. and of course since that time it has seen and undergone many changes but it was in the late 19th century that architects put it back to its final form. This stadium was used by nude male athletes that would compete in various track events and also championships throughout the year, the audience capacity is believed to be of 50,000 people so you can just imagine how busy it would be but also as you explore around you will still get that ambience of the crowds that once was.Just a 10-15 minute walk from the stadium we will reach the National Royal Gardens, they are called the royal gardens because they belonged to the palace where the Greek royal family lived and was initially just behind the palace and only for the use of kings and queens, there is a numerous variety of trees that have come from all over the world so the smell and colours are absolutely magnificent. The gardens now belong to the general public and this was since the royal Greek family became exiled, it’s the perfect place to sit – relax during a hot summer day as there is plenty of shade but also a passing stream which just makes these gardens an oasis.
To visit Zappeion & Syntagma Square / Parliament Building ( Change of Guards ) will take about 1 hour
Just 5 minute stroll away we will come to Zappeion, now this building is of great importance to Athens as this neoclassical building is beaming with the modern history from all over Greece and is used for public but also private exhibitions / ceremonies. During the year of 1869 the Greek government gave 80,000sqm of public land away so that the building of Zapeion could be built in the same area between the royal palace, national gardens but also close to the ancient temple of Zeus, it is noted that the Zappeion was the worlds first building built exclusively for the Olympic games. This grand building has many great events behind it mostly with political use, its nickname used to be ‘ Small Parliament’ due to its location and been a meeting point for many elderly Athenians who would sit and discuss politics. Moving onwards we start our walk over to the bustling Syntagma Square, this square was named after the constitution that the first king of Greece Otto was obliged to grant after a military uprising in the year 1843. We can also see the memorial of the unknown solider but this memorial is guarded 24/7 by Evzones which if we can catch on time when the Evzones change over it truly is magnificent to see especially as they still wear the old dated uniform, just near to here is also two stairways but also an elevator that shall lead you to the Syntagma Metro Station and in all honesty it really is a beautiful created metro station with its very own museum that holds various artifacts that were found when constructing the station.
Walking onwards we will pass by the Numismatic museum, this large museum that was founded in the year 1834houses the greatest collection of coins from ancient to modern, medals and precious stones from all around the world therefore making the museum of great importance.
To visit Akademi - University & National Library will take about 1 hour (short visits)
The end of the day is soon approaching which only means one thing which is our last stop of the day and that will be to discover the Akademi, library and also the university now all three of these buildings are side by side which is easy for you to visit. Firstly is the Akademi now the interesting thing about this is that it was actually constructed by a Danish architect but was financed by a Greek and what a beautiful building it is with astonishing statues of Apollo, Athena and also of Socrates.
Located just next door is the Athens University that was founded in the year of 1837, the interior and exterior of this building contains many wall paintings of science but also the rebirth of arts, your camera and eyes will be busy capturing all the amazing works. Last exploration of the day is to the National Library which is a treasure for many reasons and that’s not only for the architecture but also for what’s held inside, over 5,000 manuscripts dated way back from the 9th – 19th century but also has a wide range of very important historical documents / archives that must be kept preserved so that in years to come they will still be visible for be seen, without a doubt that in this library you will get lost in all its culture / history but also the legendary stories that were made by the ancient Greeks.
At the end of the tour your guide will walk you to the bus meeting point and from here will then drop you back off to your allocated drop off points where you will be able to spend the rest of the day relaxing and also reviewing your day with us.
P.S – You shall be given your Athens City Tour documents / vouchers at the time of confirmed booking via email as well as all the detailed information you will be needing.
*This Athens Walking Tour is available all year round
*Pick up and Drop Off
*Professional Licensed Guide
*Transport and Driver
*Lunch – Drinks
ACROPOLIS AND PARTHENON
General admission fee: €20
The price is reduced by 50% during winter (1 November and 31 March). Children under 18 (with proof of ID), students and others (scroll down for the full list) pay €10 for their tickets (€5 during winter). Entry to the Acropolis not only gives you access to the Citadel (where you can see the Parthenon and the Erechtheion) but also the North and South slopes, where you will find the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Theatre of Dionysus – amongst other features.
ROMAN AGORA TICKET
General admission fee: €8, Reduced: €4
Ancient Agora of Athens - Museum of Ancient Agora of Athens
Special ticket package: Full: €30, Reduced: €15
According to the common ministerial decision ΥΠΠΟΑ/ΓΔΑΠΚ/ΔΜ/ΤΑΜΣ/Φ32-Φ56/370862/218709/12209/7831 (FEK 2916 b’/31.12.2015) from the 1st of April 2016 the ticket price for the site (Ancient Agora and Museum of Ancient Agora of Athens) changes to 8 Euros (reduced 4 Euros). The price for the unified ticket changes to 30 Euros (reduced 15 Euros) and has valid for 5 days. Valid for: Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Agora of Athens, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos, Archaeological Site of Lykeion, Hadrian's Library, Kerameikos, Museum of the Ancient Agora, North slope of Acropolis, Olympieio, Roman Agora of Athens, South Slope of Acropolis.
THE PANATHENAIC STADIUM
General Admission ticket :5,00 € Reduced Admission ticket , 2,50 € (students and visitors over 65 year old).
Visitors with diasbilities and person accompanying them Free Admission ticket Children under 6 years of age free entrance.
TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS
General Admission ticket :6,00 € Reduced Admission ticket , 3,00 € (with Acropolis pass free,students and visitors over 65 year old).