Visit Athens and admire the phenomenon of Evia island 8 hours tour

Visit Athens & admire the phenomenon of Evia island 8-h tour



Visit Athens and admire the phenomenon of Evia island 8 hours tour; This tour is designed for cruise passengers or other travelers interested in culture and natural phenomena.

The private 8-hour tour in Athens city and the phenomenon of Evia island combines the famous monuments of Ancient Athens and a geological phenomenon that happens every 6 hours, together with breathtaking picturesque landscape and views.

Highlights of Visit Athens & admire the phenomenon of Evia island 8-h tour

  • 8-hours sightseeing private tour of Athens and Chalkis in Evia island
  • Explore the wonders of the Acropolis and other modern and classical sites in Athens
  • Cross the second biggest bridge in Europe from mainland Greece to the island of Evia
  • Observation of the world’s unique phenomenon of Chalkis
  • Professional English-speaking tour driver
  • Pickup and drop off at your cruise ship pier in Piraeus, or your hotel in Athens

You will see: The Acropolis – the Parthenon – Erechthion – Temple of Athens Niki – Plaka – Ancient Agora – Roman Agora – Hadrian’s library – Monastiraki – Temple of Vulcan – Temple of Zeus – Hadrian’s Arch – the Parliament – a monument of the Unknown Soldier – Panathenian Stadium – Plaka – Ex-Royal House – Kolonaki – Lycabettus Hill

You will visit: The Acropolis – the Parthenon – Erechthion – Temple of Athens Niki  – Temple of Zeus – Hadrian’s Arch – the Parliament – the monument of the Unknown Soldier – Panathenian Stadium – Lycabettus Hill – Evia island – New bridge and old bridge of Chalkis – The phenomenon of Evripos Channel in Chalkis


Description of the tour in Athens and Evia island 8-h

300aThe tour starts from the ship pier or your hotel in Athens, with a modern and comfortable vehicle ready to accommodate you and your group of friends.

You will be visiting the Acropolis of Athens, whose temple of Parthenon dominates the city of Athens, the Propylaea (entrance to the Temple), the Erectheum, the Temple of Wingless Victory, which allows you a full idea of how the Holy Rock of Athens used to be in the ancient years.

According to the Myth at the Erectheum, Goddess Athena and God Poseidon are said to have held a contest to decide who would be Patron of the city. When Poseidon thrust his trident into the ground, water burst forth. Athena touched the ground with her spear, an olive tree grew and Athena was named goddess of the city of Athens.

The building itself contains the graceful Porch of the Caryatids, which features replica columns of marble maidens supporting the roof of the temple. All temples on the holy rock of the Acropolis are dedicated to Athena, the patron goddess of Athens. Parthenon is Greece’s largest and most impressive ancient temple (5th century BC).

Panathenaic Stadium of Athens
Panathenaic Stadium of Athens

Our next visit…

… is the famous Temple of Olympian Zeus, the largest (3rd century BC) Corinthian-style temple in ancient Greece. Hadrian’s Arch symbolizes and separates the old and new towns by the Roman era.

Our private shore excursion includes sightseeing of the National Gardens, the National Library and the Parliament Building, the ex-Royal Palace, Plaka, roman agora, Monastiraki – Temple of Vulcan.

We continue this full-day private shore excursion and along the way and we will pass by the ex-royal house. Afterward, we will visit the Ancient Olympic Stadium for a brief photo stop. Re-built in 1894 to host the first modern Olympic Games of 1896 in Athens, the stadium is made all of the Pentelic marble (like the Parthenon) standing on the site of the original stadium, dating from the 4th century B.C. The Panathinean stadium is used today for very special events, like for the every year finish of the marathon and the archery competition. Also, it was used in the 2004 Olympics games.

Just before we end our private tour in Athens city, we will drive you up on Lycabettus Hill, the highest hill in Athens, where you can admire the incredible views of Athens.

Afterward, we will have lunch in a Greek restaurant with home-cooked food and we will continue our tour by taking the highway to the north.

Visit Chalkis in Evia Island

After almost one hour we’ll cross the bridge, that connects the mainland of Central Greece with the island of Evia.

The second part of the tour is dedicated to the beautiful island of Evia or Evoia, starting with its capital town, Chalkis or Chalkida.

h2Just one hour from Athens, Chalkis has been “declared” in recent years the new suburb of the capital, due to its taverns with ouzo and meze for Sunday outings and the beautiful beaches to the north and south. Chalkis has the advantage that it extends along the coast, which allows splendid views almost from every part of the town.

The national road passes by the new suspension bridge, but the old sliding bridge Negroponte (the “black bridge”, as it was called by the Venetians) has not lost its grace.

From here you can watch the changing of the direction of water every six hours in the Evripos channel, a classic family attraction for the last decades.

Besides the lovely seaside aspect, Chalkida hides a very beautiful inside part as well. Stroll through the narrow streets with the carved stones, watch the store windows that combine old-fashioned dresses with contemporary fashion, to reach the Market Square, where there is a small flea market on Sundays. One of the most atmospheric neighborhoods of  Chalkida spread around the church of Agia Paraskevi. Poor but picturesque houses dig up memories of the old Turkish neighborhood, while the nearby Syntagma Square raises the minaret of the only extant mosque of the city.

The water-flow in Evripos channel, Chalkis

the old bridge of Evripos in Chalkis Evia

One of the most significant highlights of Chalkis is the tide of the Evripos channel. The tide of Euripos is a unique complex phenomenon, which due to tidal forces is observed only in the Strait of Euripus in Chalkida, hence the name.

The channel of Euripus is a narrow strip of sea width 39 m, length 40 m, and a depth of about 8,5 m connecting the North with the South Evia Gulf, between Central Greece and Chalkida. In this area, you can see the unique complex phenomenon: waters moving continuously while changing the direction of movement. Sometimes the water is directed towards the North and sometimes to the South Evian Gulf.

This constant movement of the waters has inspired the imagination of the ancient and modern Greeks, hence, numerous poems and texts have been written about it, either praising its charm or discussing its origins. It was said that this phenomenon is so unique that the great Aristotle did not manage to solve the mystery throughout his lifetime.

The old bridge of Chalkida is built on the narrowest part of the channel, allowing a great observation point for those interested in watching the reversion of water flow, which takes place every six hours. The position of the moon determines the exact reversion time. From there, you will be able to take some truly gorgeous pictures or videos of the phenomenon.

Transfer back to Piraeus cruise ship pier where your Athens private shore excursion ends, carrying with you the best of Greece.


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

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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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