- Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2019: Daily.
- Live English-speaking guide.
schedule Tour Timings:
- 09:30 (Start) - 13:00 (Finish).
place Departure Point:
- By the ticket machines inside the Syntagma Metro Station (one level down, beneath the central hanging clock).
- The guide will be identifiable by their orange coloured Athens Walking Tour sign.
- Approx. 3.5 hours.
- Acropolis entrance fee (€20 pp) - half price during winter.
- Food and drink.
- Hotel pick-up/drop-off.
About The Athens & Acropolis Walking Tour:
If you're looking to familiarise yourself with the Greek capital before exploring it on your own it's worth embarking on the local-led Athens and Acropolis Walking Tour.
Tours depart from Sygtagma Metro Station, where your passionate guide will share stories about some of the archaeological treasures that were unearthed during the metro's construction. These are housed in their own dedicated exhibition located inside the station itself.
After viewing the metro collection you'll pass by the Greek Parliament as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The latter is guarded by the presidential guard. Tours are scheduled so that you'll get to witness the changing of the guard, which takes place on the hour, every hour. While the official ceremony takes place each Sunday at 11:00, there are in fact regular, less formal transitions on a daily basis.
Once you've had time to snap a few pictures of the guards, you'll walk to the National Gardens, whose entrance is heralded by a magnificent palm tree boulevard. These 82 foot Washingtonias were planted to honour Queen Amalia, who opened the park in 1838. Whilst touring the gardens, you'll get to visit two of Athens' most recognised monuments: Hadrian's Arch, which was built between 131-132 AD and The Temple of Zeus, which was built in 470 BC.
Before departing the National Gardens there will be a quick photo opportunity in front of the Zappeion, a neoclassical building currently being used as a lavish conference and exhibition centre.
Finally, you'll ascend the Acropolis - the highlight of the Athens and Acropolis Walking Tour. Perched on a cliff overlooking the capital, the iconic complex we know today took shape around the fifth century BC. Whilst touring the Acropolis your guide will offer accounts of its most famous monuments, including the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaia.
If you're looking for a tour, that will give you ample of time to explore the sites that you visit, you won't be disappointed as this tour was designed to ensure that participants get a proper opportunity to properly take in the sites around them.
There's no better way to get acquainted with Athens, than to meet its key sights up-close with a seasoned local. Better yet, this particular tour has a maximum tour size of 18 participants. As a result your guide will be able to give each individual in the group plenty of attention. Got a burning question about what the Acropolis was like in its hey day? Your guide will gladly shed some light.