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Wednesday 22 November 2017 | Athens Time :

Full Day Athens Tours

Below follows a list of all Athens Full Day Tours, which can be altered according to your wishes.

ATHENS [Duration : appr. 9 hrs] Request Form

Parthenon

(ACROPOLIS HILL: PROPYLEA, TEMPLE OF ATHENA NIKE, PARTHENON AND ERECHTHEION, DIONYSUS THEATRE AND HERODES ATTICOS THEATRE, TEMPLE OF ZEUS, THE OLD OLYMPIC STADIUM, THE CHANGING OF THE GUARDS IN FRONT OF THE PARLIAMENT, LUNCH AT A VERY NICE LOCAL TRADITIONAL RESTAURANT, THE LYCABETTUS HILL-HIGHEST POINT IN ATHENS- THE ANCIENT GREEK AND ROMAN AGORA LOCATED IN PLAKA-THE OLD CITY OF ATHENS, THE NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM OR THE NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM).

 

Tour Details

Our excursion begins by visiting the “sacred rock” of the Acropolis Hill, passing by its entrance called Propylea, the temple of Athena-Apteros Nike (Athena Wingless Victory), Parthenon, the temple devoted to Athena Parthenos, Erechtheion of Athena Polias with its world famous female statues of Caryatides, the ruins of Herodes Atticos Odeon the first world theatre still in use nowadays, Dionysus Theatre which hosted the world famous comedies and tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes (ancient poets) and Areopagus (Mars Hill)used as a court of appeal in antiquity and by St. Paul to deliver his famous speech.
We move on with and the Temple of Zeus, a colossal ruined temple in the center of the Greek capital Athens dedicated to Zeus, king of the Olympian gods, the Old Olympic Stadium called Panathenaic ( of all Athenians) or Kallimarmaro (best marble) Stadium, built in 1863 and hosted the first Athenian Olympic Games in 1896. We get to see the Former Royal Palace, the Presidential Palace (Maximou Mansion) which hosts the offices of the President of Democracy and the Prime Minister, the House of Parliament with the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier in front, as well as the Changing of the Guards.
We make a stop for Lunch at a very nice local restaurant and after, we drive by the buildings of the Architectural Trilogy of University Street; the Academy, the University of Athens, and the National Library, to reach up to Lycabettus Hill which offers a spectacular 360o panoramic view of Athens city.
Continuing our tour we head towards Plaka, the oldest picturesque neighborhood of Athens with stone-paved streets and traditional shops. There we go through the Ancient Greek and Roman Agora. The Greek Agora was the heart of ancient Athens, the focus of political, commercial, administrative and social activity, the religious and cultural centre, and the seat of justice. Early in the 6th century, in the time of Solon, the Agora became a public area. The Roman Agora was built between 19 and 11 B.C. with a donation of Julius Caesar and Augustus. So the administrative and commercial centre of the city was transferred from the Ancient Agora to the Roman Agora and the Library of Hadrian. During the Byzantine period and the Turkish occupation the area was covered with houses, workshops and churches along with the Fetiye Moosque.
We conclude our tour by visiting the New Acropolis Museum with findings of the Acropolis Sacred Rock or the National Archaeological Museum which is the largest museum in Greece.

 

 

ATHENS & CAPE SOUNION [Duration : appr. 9 hrs] Request Form

Cape Sounion at Night

(ACROPOLIS HILL: PROPYLEA, TEMPLE OF ATHENA NIKE, PARTHENON AND ERECHTHEION, DIONYSUS THEATRE AND HERODES ATTICOS THEATRE, TEMPLE OF ZEUS, THE OLD OLYMPIC STADIUM, THE CHANGING OF THE GUARDS IN FRONT OF THE PARLIAMENT, THE LYCABETTUS HILL-HIGHEST POINT IN ATHENS, DRIVE THROUGH THE COAST LINE, STOP TO VOULIAGMENIS LAKE, DINNE TO A GREEK TRADITIONAL SEA-FOOD RESTAURANT ON THE BEACH AND CONTINUE UNTIL CAPE SOUNION AND TEMPLE OF POSEIDON-THE SOUTHEST POINT OF ATTICA).

 

Tour Details

Our excursion begins by visiting the “sacred rock” of the Acropolis Hill, passing by its entrance called Propylea, the temple of Athena-Apteros Nike (Athena Wingless Victory), Parthenon, the temple devoted to Athena Parthenos, Erechtheion of Athena Polias with its world famous female statues of Caryatides, the ruins of Herodes Atticos Odeon the first world theatre still in use nowadays, Dionysus Theatre which hosted the world famous comedies and tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes (ancient poets) and Areopagus (Mars Hill)used as a court of appeal in antiquity and by St. Paul to deliver his famous speech.
We move on with and the Temple of Zeus, a colossal ruined temple in the center of the Greek capital Athens dedicated to Zeus, king of the Olympian gods, the Old Olympic Stadium called Panathenaic (of all Athenians) or Kallimarmaro (best marble) Stadium, built in 1863 and hosted the first Athenian Olympic Games in 1896. We get to see the Former Royal Palace, the Presidential Palace (Maximou Mansion) which hosts the offices of the President of Democracy and the Prime Minister, the House of Parliament with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front, as well as the Changing of the Guards.
We drive by the buildings of the Architectural Trilogy of University Street; the Academy, the University of Athens, and the National Library, to reach up to Lycabettus Hill which offers a spectacular 360o panoramic view of Athens city.
Afterwards we make a beautiful coastal drive along the Saronic Gulf during which we get to see the most popular southern suburbs of Athens like Old Faleron, Glyfada, Voula, Varkiza, Vouliagmeni, Lagonissi, and Old Fokea.
We make a stop at Vouliagmeni Lake ("Sunken Lake") a rare geophysical formation of brackish water lake fed by underground currents seeping through the mass of Mount Hymettus, functioning as a spa with an underwater cave never fully explored.
Moving in with our excursion we can have lunch or dinner at nice traditional Greek fish tavern on the coast side with beautiful sea view.
We will continue until we reach Cape Sounion and visit The Temple of Poseidon where ancient Greeks made sacrifices to the God of the sea Poseidon. It was originally made of 34 Doric style columns but the temple was destroyed in 480 B.C. by Persians and today only 12 are standing. The view from the edge of the cliff is extraordinary at the southest edge of Attica where the Saronic Gulf meets the Aegean Sea! If the weather is clear you can see the islands coming out of the dazzling waters during the day, or the sun diving in the dark blue waters at night, making this one of the most spectacular spots to capture by camera!
Finally, we drive back the same route in night view this time...

 

 

COASTAL TOUR:  MARATHON, BRAURON,CAPE SOUNION [Duration : appr. 9 hrs]

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Sounion

(MARATHON LAKE, TYMBTH OF MARATHON, THE MARATHON MUSEUM, BRAURON- ARTEMIS’ TEMPLE & MUSEUM, LUNCH IN A TRADITIONAL SEA FOOD RESTAURANT,  CAPE SOUNION, TEMPLE OF POSEIDON).

 

Tour Details

We begin our tour by a beautiful coastal drive along the Saronic Gulf during which we get to see the most popular southern suburbs of Athens like Old Faleron, Glyfada, Voula, Varkiza, Vouliagmeni, Lagonissi, and Old Fokea.
We make a stop at Vouliagmeni Lake ("Sunken Lake") a rare geophysical formation of brackish water lake fed by underground currents seeping through the mass of Mount Hymettus, functioning as a spa with an underwater cave never fully explored.
Moving in with our excursion we reach Cape Sounion and visit The Temple of Poseidon where ancient Greeks made sacrifices to the God of the sea Poseidon. It was originally made of 34 Doric style columns but the temple was destroyed in 480 B.C. by Persians and today only 12 are standing. The view from the edge of the cliff is extraordinary at the southest edge of Attica where the Saronic Gulf meets the Aegean Sea! If the weather is clear you can see the islands coming out of the dazzling waters during the day, or the sun diving in the dark blue waters at night, making this one of the most spectacular spots to capture by camera!
Afterwards, we drive up to Brauron. The city was named after the goddess. The Temple of Artemis Brauron (Doric style flourished in the 5th-4th c. B.C.) was among the most important sacred sites in the ancient times. Vravrona (or Brauron), about 20 km from Athens, was one of the 12 towns of Attica that was united to Athens by Theseus. According to a myth, this is the temple where Iphigeneia was brought by her brother Orestes, and served as a priestess in a local temple of Artemis. Iphigeneia had been transferred to Tauris by goddess Artemis herself, when she saved her from the sacrifice in Aulis.
Continuing our tour we reach the Marathon Lake (water from a drainage basin of 118 square kilometres with an average runoff of 14,400,000 m³ per year) at Marathon area. This is a lake formed by the Marathon Dam- height 54 m, width 28 m at the base and 4.5 m at the crest, length 285 m. It is constructed from concrete which is unique worldwide because its external cladding of white Pendelikon marble is the same marble used in construction of the Parthenon and the other buildings in the Acropolis. We will make a short stop there to take some photos of the lake being the main water source of Athens.
Approaching the Marathon plain we come across the Tymvos (Tomb) of Marathon –the burial ground of Athenian and Plataians solders who fell in the battle against the Persians (10.000 against 500.000 soldiers) in August 490 B.C. The outcome of the battle, which was victory for the Athenians, was announced to the city of Athens by a soldier named Pheidippides who run the distance from the Marathon Plain to Athens fully armed and died of exhaustion after announcing “Nenikikamen” (we have won). The worldwide known Marathon Race was established in honor of this event. Greek runner Spyros Louis won the Marathon Race at the first Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. Afterwards, we visit the Marathon Museum composed of five rooms with findings dated from Neolithic till after Roman period including the Trophy room.
We have lunch at a traditional food restaurant.

 

 

ATHENS & ANCIENT CORINTH [Duration : appr. 5 hrs] Request Form

Temple Of Apollo

(CORINTH CANAL, RUINS OF THE CITY OF ANCIENT CORINTH, TEMPLE OF APOLLO, ACROPOLIS HILL: PROPYLEA, TEMPLE OF ATHENA NIKE, PARTHENON AND ERECHTHEION, DIONYSUS THEATRE AND HERODES ATTICOS ODEON, AREOPAGUS(MARS HILL), TEMPLE OF ZEUS, LUNCH AT TRADITIONAL RESTAURANT, THE OLD OLYMPIC STADIUM, THE CHANGING OF THE GUARDS IN FRONT OF THE PARLIAMENT, THE LYCABETTUS HILL-HIGHEST POINT IN ATHENS).

 

Tour Details

Driving along the National Highway is how this tour begins, until we reach the Corinth Canal or else Isthmus completed in 1893 – 6 km length, 25m width, 8m depth- which connects the Aegean with the Ionian Sea. Our 15’ stop there gives us the opportunity to take some marvelous pictures and then continue our route until we reach the Ruins of the city of Ancient Corinth.
You can see the long rocky wall of Acrocorinth leading to Lechaion (artificial harbor of the Corinthian Gulf) where the road leading to Ancient Agora starts. The Temple of Apollo (6th c. B.C.-restored 1st c. AD) is the only Greek monument standing, as all others are mainly Roman. Afterwards, we drive back to Athens up to the “sacred rock” of the Acropolis Hill, passing by its entrance called Propylea, the temple of Athena-Apteros Nike (Athena Wingless Victory), Parthenon, the temple devoted to Athena Parthenos, Erechtheion of Athena Polias with its world famous female statues of Caryatides, the ruins of Herodes Atticos Odeon the first world theatre still in use nowadays, Dionysus Theatre which hosted the world famous comedies and tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes (ancient poets) and Areopagus (Mars Hill)used as a court of appeal in antiquity and by St. Paul to deliver his famous speech. We take lunch at a very nice traditional restaurant.
We move on with and the Temple of Zeus, a colossal ruined temple in the centre of the Greek capital Athens dedicated to Zeus, king of the Olympian gods, the Old Olympic Stadium called Panathenaic ( of all Athenians) or Kallimarmaro (best marble) Stadium, built in 1863 and hosted the first Athenian Olympic Games in 1896. We get to see the Former Royal Palace, the Presidential Palace (Maximou Mansion) which hosts the offices of the President of Democracy and the Prime Minister, the House of Parliament with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front, as well as the Changing of the Guards.
Ending our excursion, we drive, to reach up to Lycabettus Hill which offers a spectacular 360o panoramic view of Athens city.

 

Acropolis Museum

Opening Hours

  • Winter : November 1 to March 31
  • Tuesday to Thursday : 9:00am - 5:00pm (Last admission: 4:30pm)
  • Friday : 9:00am - 10:00pm (Last admission: 9:30pm)
  • Saturday & Sunday : 9:00am - 8:00pm (Last admission: 7:30pm)

Monday Closed

  • Summer : April 1 to October 31
  • Monday : 8:00am - 4:00pm (Last admission: 3:30pm)
  • Tuesday to Sunday : 8:00am - 8:00pm (Last admission: 7:30pm)
  • Friday : 8:00am - 10:00pm (Last admission: 9:30pm)

Tickets : Full: 5€, Reduced: 3€

Temple of Poseidon

  • Opening Hours : Monday - Sunday: 10:00am until sunset (Last admission: 19:30pm)
  • Tickets : Full: 4€

Acropolis Hill - Ancient Agora

  • Opening Hours - Winter : From November 1 to March 31 08:30am until 15:00pm
  • Opening Hours - Summer : From April 1 to October 31 08:00am until 19:30pm
  • Tickets : Full: 12€, Reduced: 6€
  • Valid for : Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Agora of Athens, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos, Hadrian's Library, Kerameikos, Museum of the Ancient Agora, North slope of Acropolis, Olympieio, Roman Agora of Athens, South Slope of Acropolis

Archaeological Sites Season Periods & General Opening Hours

  • Winter Season : From November 1 to March 31- Opening Hours : 08:30 until 15:00
  • Summer Season : From April 1 to October 31- Opening Hours : 08:00 until 19:30

Free Admission Days

  • 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
  • 18 April (International Monuments Day)
  • 18 May (International Museums Day)
  • 5 June (International Enviroment Day)
  • 27 September (International Tourism Day)
  • 28 October
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • Sundays from November 1st to March 31st
  • The first Sunday of every month except July, August & September

Marathon Museum & Battle Site

  • Opening Hours : Tuesday - Sunday: 08.00am - 15.00pm
  • Tickets : Full: 3€, Reduced: 2€
  • Valid for : Archaeological Museum of Marathon, Tomb at Marathon

Holidays

  • 1 January : closed
  • 6 January : 08.00 - 15.00
  • Shrove Monday : 08.00 - 15.00
  • 25 March : closed
  • Good Friday : closed until 12:00
  • Holy Saturday : 08.00 - 15.00
  • Easter Sunday : closed
  • Easter Monday : 08.00 - 15.00
  • 1 May : closed
  • Holy Spirit Day : 08.00 - 20.00
  • 15 August : 08:30 - 15:00
  • 28 October : 08.00 - 15.00
  • 25 December : closed
  • 26 December : closed

Reduced Admission For :

  • Citizens of the E.U. over 65 yrs
  • Students from countries outside E.U.

Ancient Corinth

  • Tickets : Full: 6€, Reduced: 3€
  • Valid for : Both the Museum & the Archaeological Site.

The Classical Gallery will remain closed from 27/1/2014 until 31/12/2015 due to re-exhibition works.

Free Admission For :

  • Cultural card holders
  • Journalists
  • Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS
  • Persons accompanying blind & disabled
  • Persons possessing a free admission card
  • Tourist guides
  • University students & students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools of E.U. & students at Schools of Tourist Guides
  • Young people under 18 yrs old
  • Soldiers carrying out military service