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Athens Guided Tours

With so much to see and do in this historical city, visitors will have a tough time deciding where to start. Luckily there are numerous tour operators offering tours round this captivating city, taking the hard work of sightseeing for travellers. Look out for hop-on hop-off tour buses, walking tours, night tours topped off with Greek dinners and even day cruises from Athens to the majestic Greek islands of Hydra, Poros and Egina. With so many options available, visitors will love exploring all that this exciting city has to offer.


Here is a selection of hand-picked tours and excursions, bookable through tour partner Viator:


Hydra, Poros and Egina Day Cruise from Athens

Take a cruise from Athens to the fabulous Greek islands of Hydra, Poros and Egina for a relaxing day on the sea. With all your transport, transfers and lunch organized, you can sit back and enjoy your leisurely cruise with free time on each island to explore.After transferring from Athens to Piraeus by motor coach, you'll set sail for the island of Hydra, where you'll have free time for strolling, shopping and swimming. Next, it's on to the island of Egina, passing through the narrow strait separating the Peloponnesian coast from the island of Poros.Upon arrival in Egina (Aegina) you can either join an excursion to the Temple of Aphaia (cost not included) or take a walk around the main town. Egina is one of the Saronic islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf. The lovely island is only 31 miles (50 kilometers) from Athens, and is a popular getaway for Athenians during the summer months.After lunch served on board, you'll sail to Poros in the southern Agrosaronic Gulf. You'll have free time to explore Poros - perhaps you'd like to visit ancient Trizina, the ruins of the Russian Dockyard or take a romantic stroll in the Lemon Forest. After sailing back to Piraeus port you'll be transferred to Athens.Hotel pickup is available, please click on 'View Map' below for full list of hotels included. Click here to find out more about this deal!


Delphi Day Trip from Athens

Explore one of the most famous sites of classical Greece on a day trip from Athens to magical Delphi. Famous for its theater, Temple of Apollo and ancient ruins, Delphi was considered the center of the earth and the universe, and played a central role in the classical Greek world.After taking a scenic drive through Levadia and Arachova (famous for its bright multi-colored carpets), you'll arrive in Delphi at around noon. During your visit to Delphi you'll tour the archaeological site and its museum of treasures, including the unique bronze Charioteer, and proceed along the Sacred Way to the Athenian Treasury.After an optional lunch at a hotel, you'll visit the famous Temple of Apollo and the Castalia Spring, before returning to Athens with another stop at Levadia en route.Hotel pickup is available, please click on 'View Map' below for full list of hotels included. Click here to find out more about this deal!


4-Day Classical Greece Tour: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora

Escape the modern world and take a four-day tour of the essential sites of classical Greece: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora. You'll visit famous archaeological sites and museums, and experience the glory that was classical Greece.Highlights on your four-day tour from Athens include:Corinth CanalArchaeological site and theater at Epidaurus, famous for its remarkable acousticsArchaeological site at MycenaeArchaeological site and museum at OlympiaArchaeological site and museum at DelphiBreathtaking rock tower monasteries of MeteoraHotel pickup is available, please click on 'View Map' below for full list of hotels included.Special Offer - Book and travel by August 31, 2009 and enjoy first class accommodation for the price of tourist class - BOOK NOW! Click here to find out more about this deal!


Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

From the Acropolis to Omonia Square, you'll see all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens on this comprehensive morning tour. Offering a perfect overview of the modern city, this guided tour will help you get your bearings if this is your first visit to Athens.Your tour takes you past the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. You'll drive past the Panathenian Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896) and see the Presidential Palace (ex Royal Palace), government buildings and elegant homes. The drive along Panepistimiou Avenue takes you past the Catholic cathedral, the Academy, university, National Library and Omonia Square.After seeing the highlights of modern Athens, it's time to tour the past with a visit to the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Acropolis, Athens' crowning beauty. Highlights include the impressive Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. To delve further into the past, the tour includes a visit to the Acropolis Museum.Hotel pickup is available, please click on 'View Map' below for full list of hotels included. Click here to find out more about this deal!


3-Day Classical Greece Tour: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi

Take a three-day tour of the essential sites of classical Greece: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia and Delphi. You'll visit famous archaeological sites and museums, and experience the glory that was classical Greece.Highlights on your three-day tour from Athens include:Corinth CanalArchaeological site and theater at Epidaurus, famous for its remarkable acousticsArchaeological site at MycenaeArchaeological site and museum at OlympiaArchaeological site and museum at DelphiHotel pickup is available, please click on 'View Map' below for full list of hotels included.Special Offer - Book and travel by August 31, 2009 and enjoy first class accommodation for the price of tourist class - BOOK NOW! Click here to find out more about this deal!


2-Day Tour to Meteora from Athens

Don't miss the chance to see the amazing cliff-top monasteries of Meteora. This two-day tour takes you across the scenic Plain of Thessaly to Kalambaka and one of the most important groups of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece. The monasteries are perched on top of towers of sandstone, which for centuries provided totally inaccessible retreats for the monks.Your overnight tour to Meteora takes you through Levadia and Arachova to Delphi, where you have a 1.5-hour stop. After a drive through the central towns of Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala, crossing the Thessalian plain, you'll spend the night in Kalambaka. Next morning you'll take a tour of the cliff-top monasteries, built on top of rock towers and providing fantastic views over the plain. Meteora is considered one of the most beautiful area of mainland Greece, and its monasteries are one of the country's most unique attractions.Hotel pickup is available, please click on 'View Map' below for full list of hotels included.Special Offer - Book and travel by August 31, 2009 and enjoy first class accommodation for the price of tourist class - BOOK NOW! Click here to find out more about this deal!


4-Day Santorini Excursion

Santorini is by far the most spectacular of the Greek Islands. Enjoy an unforgettable four-day self-guided tour exploring the sheer cliffs of the caldera and the surrounding black, red and white beaches all at your leisure.The crescent shape of the island is a consequence of the activity of the volcano in prehistoric times. The island itself owes its very existence to the volcano. No trip to Santorini is complete without watching a sunset or sunrise from the village of Oia, perched on the cliffs of the caldera looking out to the Aegean sea. There are many beaches dotted along the eastern coast including the famous Perissa and Perivolos beaches which together form the longest black sanded beach on the island. And be sure to visit Red beach with its high red cliffs and its hand size pebbles submerged beneath the crystal clear water. Day two will take you to the volcano, the youngest volcanic lands in the Eastern Mediterranean. Enjoy an unforgettable experience as you climb the volcano and swim in the lovely hot springs! You will also discover Thirassia, separated from Santorini by an eruption in 236 BC. Click here to find out more about this deal!


Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip from Athens

Take your own postcard-perfect snaps of Cape Sounion's Temple of Poseidon on a scenic afternoon trip from Athens. Cape Sounion is only 45 miles (70 kilometers) from Athens, making it the perfect lazy afternoon destination.The road to Cape Sounion passes the idyllic beaches of the Saronic Gulf - Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza - as well as countless caves. The ancient Greeks certainly knew how to choose a temple location, as Cape Sounion is a remarkable site. The Cape's Temple of Poseidon is perched on a rocky hilltop overlooking the sea, a gleaming white beacon for ancient (as well as modern) travelers along this dangerous stretch of coast.The view across the Aegean is magnificent, extending all the way to Kea and the Peloponnese on a clear day. The Temple of Poseidon was built in 44 B.C., and many of its original Doric columns are still standing. One of the columns has a graffito left by none other than Lord Byron in the early 1800s.This is a great half-day tour option if you're looking to explore Greece beyond Athens, complete with stunning views and world-class Greek ruins.Hotel pickup is available, please click on 'View Map' below for full list of hotels included. Click here to find out more about this deal!


Athens Night Sightseeing Tour with Greek Dinner Show

Fuel your appetite with a night-time tour of Athens and its port, then relax with a Greek dinner show at a typical taverna in the renowned Plaka district. It's the perfect way to spend a night out on the town in Athens!Your Athens night tour begins with a scenic drive along the illuminated boulevards of the city, traveling as far as Piraeus, Greece's principal commercial port. Your tour continues to Marina Zea, one of the busiest yacht harbors in the Mediterranean and home port to luxury pleasure yachts belonging to Greece's ship-owning and international jet-set communities.From here, it's a short drive to Mikrolimano, another picturesque yacht and fishing boat harbor, home to the former Royal Yacht Club and many fine waterfront seafood restaurants.On your return to Athens and the renowned Plaka district at the base of the Acropolis, you'll enjoy dinner with a live floor show at a typical Greek taverna.Hotel pickup is available, please click on 'View Map' below for full list of hotels included. Click here to find out more about this deal!


Acropolis Walking Tour

One for all you History buffs - discover Athens' Ancient history on this fascinating city walking tour with your local guide. Venture inside the ancient Acropolis and admire just how this ancient monument towers above the city below. You'll also see such sites as the House of Parliament and the Plaka as you soak up the local scene.Syntagma Metro station, where your tour begins contains many archaeological exhibits including ancient grave stones, an aqueduct from the 5th century BC, pottery, a 2,000-year old beehive and a mosaic from the 5th century AD. You will then see the House of the Greek Parliament, former Palace. Walking through the Syntagma Square, the heart of the city, you come either to Sotira of Lycodimos or the Kottakis Church both beautiful Byzantine churches which you are going to visit. Continue strolling through the Plaka's paved streets before arriving at the Lysicrates Monument from the 4th century BC and the remnants of an old Christian Church. A ten-minute walk up the beautiful Dionyssiou Areopagitou pedestrian walkway will bring you to the Acropolis, crowned by the Parthenon, with its spectacular views over the city below.You will enjoy a profound and detailed explanation of the history of its monuments by our knowledgeable licensed guides. On the way to the Acropolis you will also see the Dionysus Sanctuary, the Philopapos Hill, the Herodion Theatre and the Mars Hill. Click here to find out more about this deal!