The Athens & Sounion Tour
Our private tours are designed around you. We work together to make sure you see the highlights of Athens and the cost while focusing on the options that most interest you. For instance, you may want to spend time at the Archaeological Museum and skip shopping or vice versa. Get in touch so we can personalize your tour.
From metropolis to the coast the Athens-Sounion Tour is a grand introduction to Greece. Your first point on the tour is Philopappus hill where, surrounded by olive trees, you have a sweeping view of Athens and a magnificent view of the Acropolis. This is a perfect spot for capturing Athens on your camera.
Next we’ll stop at the entrance to the Acropolis. According to your preference you can tour the Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum, the Temple of Athena Nike and other fascinating and historic sites on the 'Sacred Rock' overlooking the city of Athens. Entrance fee for the Acropolis is 20 Euros per person with access to five other archaeological sites: the Dionysus theatre, the stills of Olympian Zeus, the Roman Agora, the Greek Agora and the Keramikos.
Another point of interest for the tour is the National Archaeological Museum the largest archaeological museum in the world. Other possible visits are the museum of Cycladic art and the Benaki museum. We’ll help you sort out your preferences when you contact us to schedule your tour.
If you like marble, you’ll love the national stadium Kalimarmaro (330 B.C.) made entirely of marble. Of the many marble stadiums of the past, Kalimarmaro is the only one still extant. The 2004 Olympic marathon ended at this grand stadium.
As we tour Athens we’ll see The Academy, the University, and the National Library. The Marathon Man, across from the Hilton Hotel, is made entirely of fiberglass, was build in memory of the Greek soldier Phidippides. He ran from the town of Marathon to Athens (26 miles) to announce the defeat of the Persons. At the end of his run he shouted “NENIKIKAMEN!”, in ancient Greek which means “We Won!”. As soon as he shouted the victory he collapsed in death of exhaustion.
The Changing of the Guards at the Presidential Palace is world known. We’ll stop there on the hour to watch this disciplined tradition. If you tour on Sunday, you’ll see the full regimental march. Across from the Presidential Palace are the National Gardens where Athenians walk and relax during hot summer days. This area is called Herodou Atticou and one of the most exclusive real estate areas of Athens.
Next we’ll pass through Kolonaki, Athens’ own Soho, where Athenians gather for coffee and conversation in the cafes. This district has some of the best fashion shopping. Through the narrow streets we’ll go on to Lycabettus hill (227m). As the tallest hill in Athens, it offers another great photo opportunity. At the top of the hill is the Orthodox Church of St. George, built in 1852.
Our final Athens destination is the fantastic shopping area of Plaka. The name comes from a large stone slab found near the church of St. George of Alexandria.