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The amazing golden age of Athens 3-hour private walking tour

Unlocking the Secrets of the Golden Age of Athens!

Have you ever wondered what life was like during the Golden Age of Athens? Step back in time with me as we explore one of the most remarkable periods in ancient history. From groundbreaking achievements in art and philosophy to political innovations that shaped the modern world, Athens in the 5th century BC truly was a beacon of creativity and intellectual advancement.

Walking tour; The Athens walking city tour with the Acropolis will offer you an insight into the ancient and modern side of Athens. Athens is a historic city known as the birthplace of western civilization but has a bustling modern part as well.

Your day of The Golden Athens Walking Tour includes visits to;

  • Starting location: Dionysiou Areopagitou 3
  • The Acropolis of Athens: Experience the grandeur of the Parthenon, Propylaea, Erechtheion, Temple of Athena Nike, and Mars Hill/Areopagus. Walk (10 minutes).
  • Theatre of Dionysus: Guided tour, Walk (10 minutes)
  • Odeon of Herodes Atticus: Guided tour, Walk (10 minutes)
  • Propylaea, Athens: Guided tour, Walk (10 minutes)
  • Temple of Athens Niki, Guided tour, Walk (10 minutes)
  • Erechtheion: Guided tour, Walk (15 minutes)
  • Parthenon: Guided tour, Walk (30 minutes)
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus, Guided tour (20 minutes)
  • The Hadrian’s Arch, Walk (10 minutes)
  • Zappeion park, Walk (15 minutes)
  • The Panathenaic Stadium, Guided tour, Walk (15 minutes)
  • Ending location: Dionysiou Areopagitou 3, Walk (15 minutes)
  • Duration: 3 hours

  • Efficient: Experience the heart of Athens on a carefully curated 3-hour walking tour, where you can fully immerse yourself in the city without feeling hurried.
  • Convenient: We offer convenient door-to-door transfers using modern, air-conditioned vehicles to guarantee a smooth and comfortable journey.
  • Comprehensive: Athens seamlessly combines its ancient wonders with modern pleasures, providing visitors with a comprehensive understanding of the city’s history and dynamic contemporary culture.
  • Expertise: Experience the captivating stories and interpretations of a knowledgeable tour guide who speaks fluent English, as they illuminate the rich history and vibrant culture of the city.
  • Explore the Acropolis: The foundation of Athenian culture.
  • Pickup and drop off: At your accommodation in Athens, cruise terminal at Piraeus cruise port (transportation on request)
  • Visit famous monuments, such as the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike.
  • Breathtaking views of Athens from the summit of the Acropolis
  • The temple of the Olympian Zeus, Experience the majesty of Olympian Zeus Temple.
  • The Panathenaic stadium, explore the Olympic glory and unique architecture of this historic venue.

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The Birth of Democracy

At the heart of the Golden Age was the birth of democracy. Under the leadership of statesman Pericles, Athens became the first known democracy in the world. Citizens had the right to participate in decision-making, creating a sense of empowerment and equality that was revolutionary for its time. The democratic principles established in Athens continue to influence governments around the globe to this day.

Art and Architecture

The Golden Age was also a time of unparalleled artistic and architectural achievement. The Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, stands as a testament to the skill and vision of Athenian craftsmen. Its intricate marble carvings and Doric columns are a marvel of ancient engineering. Meanwhile, playwrights like Sophocles and Euripides brought Greek tragedy to new heights, exploring complex themes of fate, morality, and the human condition.

Philosophy and Learning

Athens was a hub of intellectual activity during the Golden Age, attracting some of the brightest minds of the era. Philosophers like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle laid the foundations of Western thought, pondering questions of ethics, metaphysics, and the nature of reality. The Academy, founded by Plato, became a center of learning where students debated and explored the deepest mysteries of existence.

Legacy and Influence

The legacy of the Golden Age of Athens continues to shape the world we live in today. From the principles of democracy and the enduring in the annals of history, there are certain epochs that shine brighter than others, casting a long shadow over the centuries that follow. One such period is the Golden Age of Athens, a time when the ancient city-state reached the pinnacle of its cultural, intellectual, and artistic achievements.

Come join us for a 3-hour walking tour in Athens, where you can experience the mix of modern city life with the historic landmarks that have made Athens famous around the globe. Whether you are a first-time visitor or looking to enhance your travel plans, this tour provides the perfect introduction to the city. Athens beautifully combines its ancient past with its vibrant present, visible in every corner of the city. Our private walking tour includes must-see sites such as the Acropolis, Parthenon, Caryatides, Temple of Zeus, Panathenaic stadium connecting the city’s ancient history with its lively downtown area.

Athens: The Acropolis

Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis of Athens

The Hidden Gems Of The Athens Acropolis!

Today, we are setting out on an adventure to visit one of the most famous landmarks in the world – the Athens Acropolis. Perched high above the vibrant city of Athens, this ancient fortress is home to a wealth of history, culture, and stunning architecture that is sure to captivate you. The Acropolis stands as a symbol of Greece’s deep history and heritage, attracting tourists from all corners of the globe to admire its magnificent beauty and historical importance.

The historic Athens Acropolis, built in the 5th century BC, boasts impressive ancient architectural marvels like the Parthenon, Erechtheion, Propylaea, and Temple of Athena Nike. These stunning edifices stand as a testament to the flourishing Golden Age of Athens and the remarkable contributions of ancient Greek culture in art, philosophy, and democracy. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, the Athens Acropolis is acknowledged for its exceptional global importance and profound impact on human history.

If you’re thinking about visiting the Athens Acropolis, make sure you wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. The climb to the top can be steep and challenging. Consider taking a guided tour to delve deeper into the history and importance of this iconic site. Afterwards, you can wander around at your own pace and take in the breathtaking views of the city below.

Athens Parthenon: Uncover The Parthenon’s Secrets

Acropolis Parthenon
Acropolis Parthenon

The Majestic Parthenon

Located on top of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, is the magnificent Parthenon, a site that has fascinated visitors for generations. This historic temple, built to honor the goddess Athena, represents the splendor of ancient Greece. Let’s delve into the fascinating history and impressive architecture of this structure. Constructed in the 5th century BC during Athens’ Golden Age, the Parthenon was created by the esteemed architects Ictinus and Callicrates. It was a place of worship for the statue of Athena Parthenos, a massive figure crafted from gold and ivory, and a repository for valuable offerings to the goddess.

The Parthenon showcases the incredible engineering expertise and creative insight of the ancient Greeks. More than just a stunning architectural marvel, it carries a profound symbolic weight. Built in honor of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and warfare, this temple reflects the core values of ancient Greek culture and religion. It symbolizes democracy, knowledge, and artistic freedom that were integral to Athenian society. Despite enduring countless hardships like wars and natural calamities over the centuries, the Parthenon remains an enduring emblem of strength and historical legacy. The architectural principles have influenced numerous buildings and structures globally, making a significant impact on the history of art and architecture.

Unveiling the Magnificence of the Olympic Temple of Zeus in Athens

Athens Temple Of Olympic Zeus
Athens Temple Of Olympic Zeus

Temple Of Zeus: An Architectural Marvels

Next, we make our way to the temple of Olympian Zeus. Welcome to the majestic world of ancient Greek architecture, where history and myth intertwine to create wonders that have withstood the test of time. Today, we embark on a journey to explore the breathtaking Olympic Temple of Zeus in Athens, a structure that served as a testament to the power and glory of the gods.

The Olympic Temple of Zeus, also known as the Olympieion, is situated southeast of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. It was dedicated to Zeus, the king of the gods in Greek mythology, and was one of the largest temples in the ancient world. Construction of the temple began in the 6th century BC during the rule of the Athenian tyrants, but it was not completed until the Roman period in the 2nd century AD.

The temple was designed in the Corinthian style, characterized by its intricate capitals adorned with acanthus leaves and small scrolls. The temple originally had 104 Corinthian columns, each standing at a towering height of 17 meters. The Olympieion was not just a physical structure but a symbol of the power and grandeur of the Olympian gods, particularly Zeus.

The Panathenaic Stadium and Olympic History

The Panathenaic Kalimarmaro Stadium In Athens
The Panathenaic Kalimarmaro Stadium In Athens

Our next stop is the famous Panathenaic Stadium, also known as the Kallimarmaron Stadium.

This impressive venue was the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and has been a significant part of Olympic history ever since, culminating in the 2004 Athens Games.

It is also where the Olympic Flame is ceremonially passed on to all Olympic events.

Skip-the-Ticket Line Access

Please be aware that even with our skip-the-ticket-line service, there might be some waiting time required for security checks. This is because visitor numbers can fluctuate unpredictably at the sites throughout the day. The typical waiting time falls within 0 to 10 or 30 minutes, though on rare occasions, it might be longer.

Meeting point
Meet at Fresko Yogurt Bar on the pedestrian walkway near the Hadrian’s Arch. Your guide will be holding an orange-colored sign. Youths (under 25 years old) must hold a valid passport or ID in order to be entitled to the reduced tickets included in the price. Should a valid passport not be presented at the time of check-in, then supplementary fees will apply (to be paid in local cash).

Important information: What to bring.

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Know before you go

Special Note

  • If you’ve chosen the option without tickets, it’s up to you to purchase your admission tickets from our office. The tour enters the Acropolis right after the start of the tour. (Book your Acropolis ticket independently here →
  • It’s crucial to ensure your tickets’ entry time corresponds with our tour’s specific schedule.
  • Pre-Purchase Tickets: To ensure your participation, you must purchase your tickets prior to booking our tour. This step confirms the availability for your chosen tour date and time.
  • Strict Acropolis entry times mean the tour can’t wait for latecomers. No refunds will be given.
  • All visitors undergo airport-style security; expect peak season waits of up to 30 minutes.
  • Cutoff times sync with Athens local time.
  • Tours run rain or shine.

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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Itinerary of the golden Athens walking tour

The Acropolis (Parthenon, Erechteion, Propylaia, Temple of Nike, Theater of Dionysus, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Areus Pagus/Mars Hill), Dionyssiou Areopagitou street, Temple of Olympian Zeus, The Hadrian’s Arch, The Panathenaic Stadium, the Zappeion park, the ex-royal Palace, the Tomb of the unknown soldier and the change of the guards

Highlights of the golden Athens walking tour

  • The Acropolis with its memorials
  • The change of guards at Syntagma Square
  • The Panathenean stadium
  • A 3 hours guided walking tour, with an official incensed tour guide


Description of the golden Athens walking tour

The golden Athens walking tour will start from the base of the Acropolis, exactly in front of “Dionysos Restaurant, Robertou Galli 43, Athens 117 43″, at 08:30 is proposed to avoid the crowd on the Acropolis.

The amazing golden age of Athens 3-h private walking tour - parliament building in athens
The amazing golden age of Athens 3-h private walking tour – parliament building in athens

Visit the Parthenon, Erechteion, Propylaia, Temple of Nike, Theater of Dionysus, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Areus Pagus/Mars Hill. Then start a really pleasant walk through the Dionyssiou Areopagitou street to reach and visit the temple of Olympian Zeus, and Hadrian’s Arch.

Next Walkthrough the Zapeion hall, till you reach the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic games took place in 1896.

We’ll cross the street to see the presidential house “ex-royal palace” and walk along the beautiful national garden (ex-royal garden) to visit the syntagma square, the tomb of the unknown soldier, the parliament of Greece and see the change of the guards.

If you are staying in a hotel, any address in Athens, or arriving on a cruise ship in Piraeus port, we can arrange to pick you up from there with a taxi, minivan, minibus, or coach according to the number of your group for an extra cost.

Departures: All year round Meeting point: At the base of the Acropolis, exactly in front of “Dionysos Restaurant, Robertou Galli 43, Athens 117 43″ End point: Drop off at the same point.


Tour Type

  • Walking Tour with Shore Excursion Option: For cruise passengers, we offer a convenient pick-up and drop-off service from Piraeus Port. 

Meeting point

  • Pickup from Your Cruise Terminal: Our tour guide or driver will greet you at the cruise arrivals terminal, holding a sign with your name. After meeting, they will escort you to our air-conditioned van for a 15-minute transfer to Athens. The guide/driver will be at the designated meeting point at 8:45 AM.
  • Drop-off Point in Athens: Our van will drop you off at the entrance of the Amalia Hotel, in front of the Parliament building. Your driver will assist you in locating your guide. The Athens walking tour commences at 9:30 AM. (On Good Friday, the Greek Orthodox Easter, our tour starts at 10:30 AM.)
  • Drop-off Back to Your Cruise Ship Pier: At 3:45 PM, our van and driver will be waiting at the beginning of the pedestrian Dionyssiou Areopagitou Walk, in front of Melina’s statue across from Hadrian’s Arch. If you miss the transfer back to your cruise ship terminal, you will need to make your own arrangements to return to Piraeus port.
  • Important: Please arrive at the designated meeting point 10 minutes prior to the departure time, as our van/bus will only make a brief stop to pick up passengers and depart immediately for Piraeus.

Included in the tour

  • Professional licensed English-speaking tour guide
  • Duration 3 hours approx.
  • Taxes

Excluded from the tour

  • Entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museums
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and beverage

Cancellation Policy

Read our cancellation policy

Additional info

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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Any bag or item with a single side longer than 50 inches (120 cm), including wheels, handles and packaging is an oversized item.

N.B. Entrance fee for the Acropolis is not included.