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Wednesday 22 November 2017 | Athens Time :

Half Day Athens Tours

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

ATHENS [Duration : appr. 5 hrs] Request Form

Caryatid

(ACROPOLIS HILL: PROPYLEA, TEMPLE OF ATHENA NIKE, PARTHENON AND ERECHTHEION, DIONYSUS THEATRE AND HERODES ATTICOS ODEON, AREOPAGUS(MARS HILL), TEMPLE OF ZEUS, THE OLD OLYMPIC STADIUM, THE CHANGING OF THE GUARDS IN FRONT OF THE PARLIAMENT, THE LYCABETTUS HILL-HIGHEST POINT IN ATHENS- THE ANCIENT GREEK AND ROMAN AGORA LOCATED IN PLAKA-THE OLD CITY OF ATHENS).

 

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 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.
Continuing our excursion, 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. In the end we head towards Plaka, the oldest picturesque neighborhood of Athens with stone-paved streets and traditional shops.

 

 

CAPE SOUNION [Duration : appr. 5 hrs] Request Form

Sounion

(COASTAL DRIVE ALONG THE SARONIC GULF, VOULIAGMENI LAKE, LUNCH OR DINNER AT TRADITIONAL TAVERN, TEMPLE OF POSEIDON AT CAPE SOUNION TO SEE THE SUNSET, DRIVE BACK THE SAME ROUTE IN NIGHT VIEW).

 

Tour Details

This tour includes 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. The lake stands at a 40 cm elevation, and its water maintains a constant 24 degrees Celsius temperature year round, functioning as a spa. It continues deep inside the mountain in 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...

 

 

ATHENS BY NIGHT [Duration : appr. 4 hrs] Request Form

Acropolis By Night

(SPECTACULAR VIEW IN THE CITY NIGHT LIGHTS, DRIVING THROUGH THE ACROPOLIS HILL, TEMPLE OF ZEUS, THE OLD OLYMPIC STADIUM, THE PARLIAMENT, THE TRILOGY OF ARCHITECT-ACADEMY, UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS, NATIONAL LIBRARY- LYCABETTUS HILL, PLAKA, PIRAEUS PORT AND DINNER IN A VERY NICE LOCAL RESTAURANT).

 

Tour Details

This is a tour for those wishing to discover the beauties of Athens with the touch of the city’s night lights under the stars of the Athenian sky! It is an opportunity to see both the ancient and temporary Greece under the moonlight!
We drive through the Acropolis Hill (Propylea, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon and Erechtheion, Dionysus Theatre and Herodes Atticos Odeon, Areopagus-Mars Hill), the Temple of Zeus, the Old Olympic Stadium called Panathenaic (of all Athenians) or Kallimarmaro (best marble) Stadium, in its enlightened festive mood, the House of Parliament with the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier in front, as well as the Changing of the Guards.
Continuing our night wondering, 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 magnificent 360o panoramic view of Athens city being lit up!
Aftewards, we head towards Plaka, the oldest picturesque neighborhood of Athens with stone-paved streets, traditional shops, authentic Greek music, folk dances, Greek wine and traditional delicacies.
In the end, we visit Piraeus port, the main Greek port, passing by its nicest parts like Microlimano, Marina Zeas offering a romantic perspective of the lights reflecting in the waters!

 

 

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

Acrocorinth

 (CORINTH CANAL, RUINS OF THE CITY OF ANCIENT CORINTH, TEMPLE OF APOLLO,    MUSEUM OF ANCIENT CORINTH)

 

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.
Another interesting spot to see is the museum of Acrocorinth which hosts many objects and findings like the head of Goddess Tyche (Luck), the Bema where Saint Paul preached, and the fountain of Glauke, before we take our way back to Athens.

 

 

ELEUSIS & ANCIENT CORINTH EXTENDED TOUR [Duration : appr. 6 hrs] Request Form

Corinth

(CITY OF ELEFSIS, ELEFSIS MUSEUM, CORINTH CANAL, RUINS OF THE CITY OF ANCIENT CORINTH, TEMPLE OF APOLLO, MUSEUM OF ANCIENT CORINTH, LUNCH).

 

Tour Details

In this tour we follow the National Highway till we reach the holiest place of the ancient world Eleusina, the place where the Eleusinian Mysteries took place, the most important religious feast of the ancient world. There in the Thriassic plain, Goddess Demeter herself taught men to cultivate wheat and barley. Worship of Demeter “Mother Earth” who brought life from the soil, governed all creation and Persephone her daughter who symbolized spring and rebirth begun at 15th c. B.C. If you’d been initiated to the Mysteries at least twice you gained admission to the Elysian Fields, to the Isles of the Blessed and the ranks of Immortals. Cicero wrote:” The greatest gift of Athens to mankind and the holiest is the Eleusinian Mysteries”. Today, Eleusis is an industrial area used for the import and refinement of crude oil.
Afterwards, we can see a small Museum of six rooms hosting some findings of the past glory; Marble sarcophagus of Roman Times, Protoattic amphora, Headless statue of the goddess Demeter, Headless statue of Asklepios, statue of a Kore, marble statues of Roman emperors, e.t.c.
Continuing along the National Highway 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.
Another interesting spot to see is the museum of Acrocorinth which hosts many objects and findings like the head of Goddess Tyche (Luck), the Bema where Saint Paul preached, and the fountain of Glauke.
In the end we enjoy a nice meal at a traditional restaurant, before we take our way back to Athens.

 

 

MARATHON & RHAMNOUS [Duration : appr. 5 hrs] Request Form

Marathon Dam

(MARATHON LAKE, THE TOMB OF MARATHON, THE MUSEUM, TEMPLE OF NEMESIS).

 

Tour Details

Starting this tour we move towards the northern luxurious suburbs of Athens like Psihiko, Kifisia, Ekali, St. Stefanos driving through the green surroundings of Pendelikon Mountain until 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 complete our tour visiting the area of Rhamnous which was an important frontier of equal reputation with the one of Cape Sounion constructed during the Peloponnesian War to control the ships bringing cereals to the city of Athens. There we can see the remaining of the Temple of Nemesis a Goddess similar to Artemis (Diana).

 

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

Temple of Poseidon

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

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

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

Eleusis Museum

  • Opening Hours : Tuesday - Sunday: 08.00 - 15.00 Closed on Monday.
  • Tickets : Full: 3€, Reduced: 2€
    The ticket is valid also for the Sanctuary of Aphrodite at Skaramagas.
  • Valid for : Archaeological Museum of Eleusis, Archaeological site of Eleusis.

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

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS

  • Police 100
  • Tourist Police 171
  • Fire Department 199
  • Coast Guard 108
  • Counterterrorism Agency 1014
  • First Aid- Ambulance 166
  • Life Line S.O.S. 112
  • On duty Hospital & Clinics 1434
  • 24-hour Pharmacies 14944 / 171
  • Poison Information Service +30.210-7793777
  • Doctor S.O.S. 1016
  • Greek Red Cross +30.210-3603449
  • Children's Helpline (The Children’s Smile)1056
  • Directory Enquiries 11888