Our Athens Full Day City Tour will begin with none other than the Acropolis of Athens, the most renowned symbol of Hellenic heritage and the most important and iconic landmark of Greek civilization and ancient grandeur.
The Acropolis of Athens, which is situated on a high rock above the city of Athens, hence also referred to as the “Sacred Rock” houses several historical buildings that you will get to admire, including the magnificent Parthenon and other notable temples like the Erechtheion with the famous Caryatids and the temple of Athena Nike.
After visiting the Acropolis we will head towards the Acropolis museum located at the foot of the Acropolis and the famous pedestrian street called Dionysiou Aeropagitou. This modern archaeological museum is one of the most intriguing places to visit in Athens and one of the most important museums in Europe.
The museum is mainly devoted to exhibiting artifacts that were found in or around the archaeological sites of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Architecturally speaking, the large glass panes beautifully draw in the ancient and modern parts of the city making it a truly moving experience.
Temple of Olympian Zeus and Kallimarmaro stadium
Within walking distance from the Acropolis Museum lies the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which was the biggest temple in Greece during the Hellenic and Roman periods and was given its name as a dedication to Zeus, the head of the Olympian gods.
The next must-see attraction on our city sightseeing itinerary would be the Panathenaic Stadium, also known as Kallimarmaro, where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. It is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble.
Syntagma Square, the Hellenic Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
We will then make our way towards the Hellenic Parliament building at the top of Syntagma Square which was built between 1836 and 1840, served as a former palace, and is a proud example of the classical style of architecture, known as neoclassical which is the primary style of all the old buildings, houses and mansions of Athens.
You will also get a chance to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which is guarded by the ‘Evzones’, the elite soldiers. At every hour of the day, spectators can enjoy the change of the presidential guard there, as the soldiers perform a perfectly synchronized ceremonial.
Lycabettus Hill and the National Archaeological Museum
The next stop is a drive up Lycabettus Hill and its viewing area, the highest point in Central Athens where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Acropolis and the surrounding areas of Athens and enjoy a nice cup of Greek coffee, iced frappe or a cool refreshment.
After a well-deserved break, we will take a nice drive passing by the neoclassical buildings of the Academy of Athens, a cultural center of knowledge and civilization. Continuing with the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, one of the greatest museums in the world, you will have the chance to see up close some of the most valuable treasures bridging our times with the past.
Finally, after absorbing all this knowledge and making beautiful memories, we will end the tour with a delicious Greek lunch at a traditional taverna.
Once you finish your meal and after having discovered Athens and its hidden gems your driver will drive you back to your initial pick-up location.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: All our routes are strictly carried out by professional licensed drivers. It is against the Law for drivers to be tour guides. However, if you wish to hire a professional tour guide we can make the necessary arrangements for a certified tour guide to accompany you and give you the full history of all the sites.
If your time in Athens is limited or your plans only allow you a few hours to spend city sightseeing, we also offer an Athens Half Day Tour (internal link) and a special Cruise Travellers Athens Half Day Tour (internal link) for people that only have a few hours to spare on their trip, for you to choose the one that fits your needs better.