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A Fascinating 4-H Embark / Disembark Tour In Athens With Transfers

Discover the Wonders of Athens and the Acropolis

This half-day private tour offers a unique opportunity to embark on a journey through the rich tapestry of Athens’ ancient wonders and modern delights, all while enjoying the convenience of airport or port transfers. It is a classic tour, designed mainly for those who embark or disembark from a cruise ship at the port of Piraeus, without excluding anyone else!

Personalized Experience to Suit Your Schedule

Designed with flexibility in mind, our private tour caters to both cruise passengers and those making a brief stopover in Athens. We understand the value of your time and strive to provide a seamless and hassle-free experience tailored to your schedule:

  • If you are embarking on your cruise ship, we will pick you up at Athens Airport and drop you off at Piraeus Harbor at the end of the tour.
  • If you are disembarking from your cruise ship, we will pick you up at Piraeus Harbor and drop you off at Athens International Airport or your Athens hotel at the end of the tour.
  • If you are only visiting Athens for a few hours on a cruise ship, we will pick you up at your cruise ship pier, give you a tour of Athens, and drop you back at the cruise ship pier at the end of the tour.

  • Efficient: A meticulously planned 4-hour sightseeing tour designed to fit into half a day, allowing you to experience the essence of Athens without feeling rushed.
  • Convenient: Includes door-to-door transfers with modern, air-conditioned vehicles to/from Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport and the Port of Piraeus, ensuring a seamless and comfortable journey.
  • Comprehensive: A perfect blend of Athens’ ancient wonders and modern delights, offering a well-rounded perspective on the city’s rich heritage and vibrant present.
  • Expertise: Enjoy the insights and commentary of an experienced, English-speaking tour driver, who will bring the city’s history and culture to life with captivating narratives.

Your Trusted Guide Since 1989

Athens Tours Greece has been offering exclusive travel services, showcasing the best of Greece through thoughtfully designed tours and experiences for over three decades. Our team of knowledgeable guides and dedicated professionals is committed to providing you with an unforgettable journey that celebrates the rich heritage, vibrant culture, and natural beauty of this captivating country. Join us for an adventure where history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes come alive, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Ancient Landmarks

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The tour begins upon your arrival at Athens International Airport or upon your disembarkation at the Port of Piraeus. Depending on the size of your group, you will be taken in a 4, 10 or 17 seat private vehicle. After a short drive through the picturesque neighborhoods of the city, we will reach the city center.

Climb the steps to the iconic Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the crowning jewel of Athens. As you ascend the sacred rock, you’ll be awestruck by the architectural masterpieces that have stood the test of time, including the Propylaea, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike. The highlight, however, is the magnificent Parthenon, a true testament to the ingenuity and artistry of ancient Greek civilization.

Iconic Landmarks and Ceremonial Spectacles of Modern Athens

Your tour continues with a visit to some of Athens’ most iconic modern landmarks. Witness the changing of the guard at the Parliament Building, a ceremonial spectacle that showcases the traditional Greek attire and military precision. Admire the Unknown Soldier’s Monument, a poignant tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for their country.

Sporting Grandeur, Chic Neighborhoods, and Scenic Vantages

panathenaic stadium in athens

Step back in time at the Panathenaic Stadium, a magnificent marble structure that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Imagine the roar of the crowd and the spirit of sportsmanship that echoed through these ancient grounds.

Finally, embark on a scenic drive through the upscale neighborhood of Kolonaki, known for its chic boutiques, trendy cafes, and elegant architecture.

The tour culminates with a breathtaking panoramic view of Athens from the vantage point of Lycabettus Hill, the highest point in the city, offering a stunning perspective of the city’s harmonious blend of ancient and modern.

What are the transfer options for this tour?

We offer convenient transfers to/from Piraeus Port or Athens Airport, or a combination of both, ensuring a seamless experience for cruise passengers and those with short visits to Athens.

Can I embark and disembark at different locations?

Absolutely! Our flexible tour allows you to embark at one location (e.g. Piraeus Port) and disembark at another (e.g. Athens Airport) or vice versa, depending on your itinerary.

Can the tour be customized?

Of course! We are happy to customize the tour itinerary to suit your specific interests or preferences. Please discuss any desired changes with our team.

How long is the tour?

The tour lasts approximately 4 hours, allowing you to see the highlights of Athens and the Acropolis in half a day.

Is the tour private or shared?

This is a private tour, ensuring a personalized experience tailored to your preferences and schedule.

What kind of vehicles are used for the tour?

We use new, air-conditioned luxury vehicles that can accommodate groups of 2 to 17 persons with convenience and safety. Our fleet ensures a comfortable and enjoyable transportation experience throughout the tour.

What languages are available for the tour?

The tour is led by an experienced English speaking driver/guide. Please inquire for availability of other languages.

Are entrance fees to the Acropolis and other sites included?

No, entrance fees to the Acropolis and other sites are not included in the tour price. Your guide will assist you in purchasing tickets upon arrival.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

While some parts of the tour may be accessible, please note that the Acropolis and certain archaeological sites may have limited accessibility due to their ancient nature. We recommend that you inquire about specific requirements prior to booking.

Tour Type

Included in the tour

  • Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle or similar appropriate for the size of your group
  • Your tour will be accompanied by a professional English-speaking driver or escort possessing in-depth knowledge of Greece’s history and culture. They will provide insightful commentary throughout the journey, guiding you until the entrance of archaeological sites and museums. However, please note that drivers are not licensed to accompany you inside these venues.
  • If you desire a licensed state tour guide to escort you within the archaeological sites and museums, providing comprehensive insights and explanations, we can gladly arrange one for an additional cost. These licensed guides are freelance professionals, and their availability is subject to your tour date.
  • When a licensed tour guide or English-speaking tour escort accompanies a group, the professional driver may not necessarily speak English fluently. Their role is focused on providing safe transportation.
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel in Athens. Extra charge for hotels outside Athens.
  • Pick up and drop off at Piraeus Port or Athens Airport.
  • Pick up and drop off at our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athens, Greece.
  • Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple-day tours only)
  • Road tolls and all local taxes

Excluded from the tour

  • Wine tasting fee (for wine tours)
  • Olive oil tasting fee (for olive oil tasting tours)
  • Optional Gratuities
  • Food and beverage
  • Your private chauffeur/guide will discuss a program best suited to your interest and mobile abilities. Option for a professional tour guide with a state license at an extra cost. Read more for the Differences between a Tour Guide and a Tour Driver

Cancellation Policy

Read our cancellation policy

Additional info

  • Dress Code: When visiting religious sites, shoulders and knees must be covered out of respect for the cultural norms.
  • Please review our Terms & Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Upon booking, an electronic voucher will be emailed to you containing our contact information, tour details, and all necessary instructions. This voucher serves as your ticket and proof of purchase. Please present a printed or digital copy of the voucher on the day of your tour to redeem your activity.
  • City Tax for Hotel Stays: Effective from January 1st, 2018, a City Tax for hotel overnights is applicable and not included in our excursion rates. Clients will need to pay this tax directly at their hotel upon check-out. The amount per room is as follows: 5-star hotel: €4/overnight || 4-star hotel: €3/overnight || 3-star hotel: €1.50/overnight
  • Opening Hours and Entrance Fees for Archaeological Sites and Museums in Greece
  • Entrance Fees for Children from Non-EU Countries: Starting November 1st, 2019, children aged 6 and above from non-European Union (non-EU) countries will be required to pay the full entrance fee for Museums and Archaeological sites. For children from EU countries, the existing rates remain in effect. However, it is crucial to have their passports readily available to prove their nationality.

Persons with Disabilities

  • Due to uneven surfaces, certain sites are not recommended for persons with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Such sites are the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi and Meteora
  • In all cases, we recommend comfortable flat-solid walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
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