Experience the magnificence of St. Paul on an engaging 8-hour tour of Athens. This full-day Christian excursion immerses you in the path of St. Paul as you explore the city and its holy sites. Perfect for those visiting Athens, this tour offers an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of St. Paul and witness the locations where he spread the teachings of Christianity. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Monastery of Daphni, where you can be captivated by the impeccable Orthodox mosaics, rivaling those found in Constantinople.
Itinerary of the full-day Christian tour in the footsteps of St Paul in Athens
The Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Mars Hill (Areopagus), the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, Panathenaic Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Dionysius the Areopagite, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, the Academy, the University and the National Library, Monastiraki, Plaka, Ancient Agora, Byzantine Museum, Lycabettus Hill, Piraeus, the Byzantine Monastery of Daphni
The highlight of the Christian 8-h tour in Athens following the greatness of St Paul
- The Acropolis and the Parthenon of Athens
- Follow the footsteps of St Paul in Athens
- The Mars hill
- Ancient Agora (market)
- The Byzantine Church of the Holy Apostles, Athens
- The Cathedral Basilica of St. Dionysius the Areopagite
- The Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens
- The Byzantine Monastery of Daphni or The Byzantine museum
- English-speaking tour driver
Description of the full-day Christian tour in Athens
Experience the vibrance of Athens with the Athens Tour Greece where we will take you on an enthralling journey following the footsteps of St. Paul. Let us kickstart your day by departing from your hotel or cruise ship in the morning. Accompanied by our knowledgeable guides, embark on a private tour through the bustling streets of Athens, delving into its fascinating past and gazing at its awe-inspiring landmarks. Our adventure begins at the iconic and majestic symbol of Athens – the Acropolis.
As you step into the sacred grounds of the Holy Rock, be prepared to be mesmerized by the breathtaking Propylaea. This awe-inspiring structure serves as the gateway to the illustrious temple of Erectheion, with its striking Porch of Maidens. However, the pinnacle of this journey is undeniably the Parthenon, an enduring masterpiece of Classical architecture that stands tall over the bustling city of Athens. Yet, our exclusive full-day tour is much more than just a visit to these iconic landmarks. It also includes a special stop at Mars Hill (Areopagus), a hallowed site where the renowned Apostle Paul delivered his powerful sermon (Acts 17:22). Get ready for an adventure that will leave you in awe and further deepen your appreciation for the rich history and culture of Athens.
Prepare for an unforgettable adventure as we take you through the enchanting city of Athens. Immerse yourself in the perfect blend of ancient and modern marvels that await you. You’ll be treated to the top highlights, including the iconic Constitution (Syntagma) Square, home to the impressive Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We’ll also take you to the famous Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games took place, the regal Temple of the Olympian Zeus, the magnificent Hadrian’s Arch, and the esteemed institutions of National Academy of Arts, National University of Athens, and National Library. Of course, no visit to Athens would be complete without a stop at the breathtaking Cathedral Basilica of St. Dionysius the Areopagite. Get ready to be enthralled by this one-of-a-kind journey. Join us today.
St. Dionysius the Areopagite Catholic Cathedral
Nestled in the heart of Athens stands the awe-inspiring St. Dionysius the Areopagite Catholic Cathedral. Serving as the center of worship for the Catholic Archbishop of Athens, this magnificent structure is dedicated to the memory of Saint Dionysius the Areopagite, a devoted pupil of the Apostle Paul and the first bishop of Athens. Designed by the renowned German architect, Leo von Klenze, in 1853, the Cathedral of Saint Dionysius the Areopagite boasts a grand three-aisled basilica in the remarkable style of neo-Renaissance. Adorned throughout with intricate details, the pillars supporting the triumphant arch display life-size depictions of the four evangelists.
The Triumphal Arch boasts a majestic display of Christ Pantocrator, holding the Gospel with a commanding presence. Below, on the left, stands Moses, clutching the sacred text of the Law, while on the right, the Prophet David strums his harp with reverence. Adding to the grandeur, we see the distinguished figures of Saints Gregory the Great and Augustine below.
Get ready to explore the charming neighborhoods of Monastiraki and Plaka on our tour of Athens. These quaint quarters are renowned for their local boutiques and bustling flea market. As we make our way to the historic agora, you’ll also catch a glimpse of the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, also referred to as the “Mētrópolis”. This impressive cathedral serves as the main church of the Archbishopric of Athens and is a beloved landmark for both locals and tourists. Greece.
The Ancient Agora
The bustling Ancient Agora, nestled in the vibrant neighborhood of Plaka, stands as a prime gathering spot for both locals and visitors alike. Here, one of the key
rendezvous points for St. Paul himself, according to the historical records available to us. It is said that while in the Agora, the apostle stumbled upon an emblem dedicated to the Unknown God and used this as a springboard to engage the Athenians in the teachings of the Christian God and the fledgling religion. Moments of paramount importance in St. Paul’s mission occurred within these very walls. Among the treasures awaiting discovery in the Agora is the Church of the Holy Apostles. What makes this unique is its coexistence with the temples built to venerate Zeus and Apollo, highlighting Greece’s progressive stance on cultural and religious freedom.
Built the last quarter of the 10th century it was a time when the Byzantine Empire was very strong militarily. In the 1930s the American School of Classical Studies began excavations, the restoration of Stoa of Attalos was completed and the only one that remained intact was the church of the Holy Apostle! The church’s frescoes are magnificent still today and you can still see this unique quality from the old days of the past. The wall paintings and the colors used are very expressive as well as the dome of the temple dominates the church and the sunlight coming from the small windows to the interior of the church shows the architectural level of the people who have constructed such a monument!
The Monastery Of Daphni
The time has finally arrived to pay a visit to the renowned Daphni Monastery, a remarkable symbol of the 11th-century AD Byzantine Empire nestled near Athens. Located on the outskirts of the Haidari Grove and easily accessible via Athens Avenue, this exquisite masterpiece stands proudly at the western entrance of the Athens basin. As the largest Byzantine monastery in Attica, the Monastery of the Dormition of the Virgin, also known as the Daphni Monastery, holds a prestigious position as a UNESCO-protected monument.
Its grand architecture, expansive size, and unparalleled mosaic works, reminiscent of the imperial capital of Constantinople, cement its significance as one of the most valuable landmarks of the Byzantine era. Undoubtedly, the Daphni Monastery is a monumental monument, deserving of our attention and admiration.
Take some time to leisurely explore Plaka and maybe do some shopping. Then, our full-day excursion will move on to Lycabettus, the stunning peak of Athens offering breathtaking views of Piraeus. Afterwards, treat yourself to a delicious traditional lunch before resuming the tour with a visit to Piraeus, the bustling hub of Greece’s main port and among the largest in the entire Mediterranean. It’s worth noting that St. Paul himself arrived here during his visit to Athens.
Our full-day tour will conclude in the afternoon at the same pickup location where we originally met. You will then have the option to freely spend your remaining time as you please.
Daphni Monastery Hours:
Monday (Epiphany), Closed
Wednesday 8 AM–3 PM
Thursday 8 AM–3 PM
Friday 8 AM–3 PM
Saturday 8 AM–3 PM
The Daphni Byzantine monastery, a renowned world heritage site, falls under the management of UNESCO. Should the monastery happen to be closed, an alternative monastery will be visited instead.
- Shore Excursion - Private tour
- Activity level: Moderate
Included in the tour
- Car and Driver
- A professional English-speaking driver or escort with good knowledge of the history and culture of Greece, to guide you till you enter archaeological sites and museums. Tour drivers are not licensed to companion you inside the archaeological sites and museums. If you'd like to have a licensed state tour guide to escort you inside the sites and museums, 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!
- Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle or similar appropriate for the size of your group
- Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple-day tours only)
- Pick-up from and return to your hotel
- Pick-up from the Port of Piraeus
- Private tour, Road tolls and local taxes
- Our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athina, Greece.
Excluded from the tour
- Entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museum
- Wine tasting fee (wine tours)
- Olive oil tasting fee (olive oil tasting tours)
- Gratuities (optional)
- 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 difference between a STATE LICENSED TOUR GUIDE and a TOUR DRIVER GUIDE in Greece!
- Dress: religious and marmoreal sites: shoulders and knee must be covered
- Terms & Conditions and Frequent Questions
- Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
- A voucher will be emailed to you with our contact numbers and all necessary information for your tour.
- This is your ticket and proof of purchase. On the day of the tour please present a paper voucher in order to redeem your tour/activity.
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.
- Please note that on this tour, your tour driver is not licensed to accompany you on your climb. If you want this service you may book a licensed by-state tour guide for an extra cost.
- In case a group is followed by a licensed tour guide or an English speaking tour-escort the professional driver is not obliged to speak English!
Opening hours & Admission fees
- Opening Hours:Summer April 1st to October 31st from 08:00 AM to 07:30 PM
- Winter: November 1st to March 31st from 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
- Free admission fees: Children under 18 & Students from E.U.
- Reduced admission fees: Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65 & Students from countries outside the E.U.
Free admission days
- March 6: In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
- June 5: Environment international day
- April 18 : International monuments day
- May 18: International museums day
- September 27: International tourism day
- The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
- National Holidays
- Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
- The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August, and September
- NOTE: If the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the free admission day
Holidays in Greece
- January 1: closed
- January 6: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- Shrove Monday: 08:30AM - 03:00 PM
- March 25: closed
- Good Friday: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
- Holy Saturday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- Easter Sunday: closed
- Easter Monday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- May 1: closed
- Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- 15 August 15: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- October 28: 08:30 AM- 03:00 PM
- December 25 & 26: closed