Athens & Sounion tour itinerary
Our tour begins by going to the Acropolis. Before we get to the Acropolis we will visit the Philopapus hill where we get a great view of the Acropolis. If you are someone who loves taking photos this is definitely the spot. The Philopapus hill is surrounded with many olive trees and you get a great overview of Athens. Then I will take you to the entrance of the Acropolis. You take the time you need to tour the Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum, the Temple of Athens Nike and other fascinating and historic sites on the 'Sacred Rock' overlooking the city of Athens. There is an entrance fee for the Acropolis which is 12 Euros per person. With this ticket you get to see 5 other archaeological sites. These sites are: the Dionysus theatre, the stills of Olympian Zeus, the Roman Agora, the Greek Agora and the Keramikos. Besides these archaeological sites we will visit the National archaeological museum which is one of the best museums in the world. If time permits we will also visit some of the most important museums in Athens: the museum of Cycladic art and the Benaki museum.
After seeing the Acropolis we will go and see the national stadium Kalimarmaro that was originally built in 330 BC. The Kalimarmaro stadium is made out of marble and is the only existing marble stadium in the world today. The Marathon of the 2004 Olympics ended in this stadium.
Of course while touring we will see some monuments such as the Academy, the University and our National Library. Another important monument we will see is the 'Marathon man' which is made of fiber glass and is located across the Hilton hotel. It was built in dedication to the Greek soldier Phidippides who in 490 BC ran from the town of Marathon to Athens (about 26 miles) to announce that the Persians had been defeated. He shouted 'NENIKIKAMEN!' which means 'WE WON!' in ancient Greek and collapsed of exhaustion and died.
Changing of the guards Continuing our tour we will see the changing of the guards which takes place in front of the Presidential Palace. This is also one of the most expensive real estate areas in Athens which is called Herodou Atticou. Across from the Presidential Palace are the National Gardens where Athenians take a walk and relax during hot summer days. Every Sunday in front of the Greek Parliament a unique show takes place where 52 national guards (in their white uniform) accompanied by a band march down from their house and complete the change in front of the Unknown Soldier monument. This is a very nice event to witness.
After that we will visit Lycabettus hill passing through Kolonaki area which is the Soho area of Athens. The Athenians gather in Kolonaki Square to have Greek coffee and chat at the cafes nearby. Here you will see the real Greek culture. Kolonaki also has some of the best shopping stores of known fashion designers. Through the narrow streets of Kolonaki we drive up to Lycabettus hill which is the tallest hill in Athens (its height reaches 277m and on its peak lies a small white Greek Orthodox church of St. George which was built in 1852). From up here you have Athens in a nutshell. You can also take some great photos from here.
We then head to the Plaka area where you can spend some time shopping. According to a recent theory, Plaka owes its name to a large stone slab found in the area of the church of St. George of Alexandria.
After spending some time in the Plaka we travel to the outskirts of Athens towards Cape Sounion along the coastline of Athens which is a very beautiful ride. Before reaching cape Sounion we will make a stop at Lake Vouliagmeni which stands at 40 cm elevation and its water maintains a constant 24 degrees Celsius temperature year-round. Its water is known to have healing properties and Athenians swim here all year round. It is a unique place to see.
- Duration: 8 hours
- Vehicle: Mercedes sedan
- Capacity: 4 people + the driver
- Price: Check Availability
Things to know about this private tour.
What is not included in the price
- entrance fees to museums & archaeological sites
- licensed tour guide on site
Please note that tolls and gas are included in the price.
1 April – 31 October:
- Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Last admission: 3:30 p.m.)
- Tuesday to Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Last admission: 7:30 p.m.)
- Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Last admission: 9:30 p.m.)
1 November – 31 March:
- Tuesday to Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Last admission: 4:30 p.m.)
- Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Last admission: 9:30 p.m.)
- Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Last admission: 7:30 p.m.)
- Monday: Closed
Closed: January 1st, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, May 1st, December 25th & 26th.
For more information please visit: www.theacropolismuseum.gr
National Archaeological Museum
Opening hours starting November 1st 2014:
- Monday: 1PM - 8PM
- Tuesday - Sunday: 9AM - 4PM
Closed: January 1st, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, May 1st, December 25th & 26th.
For more information please visit: www.namuseum.gr
- Acropolis (archaeological site): €12
- Acropolis museum : €5
- National Archaeological Museum : €7
- Sounion: €4
Public Holidays in Greece
Most services and museums in Greece are closed on the following holidays:
- January 1st
- March 25th
- Good Friday
- Orthodox Easter Sunday
- May 1st
- December 25th
- December 26th
The vehicle you will be riding in is an E-class Mercedes sedan taxi which can comfortably accommodate 4 people + the driver.
If there are more than 4 people in your party, we can accommodate you with a spacious van.
Car seats for infants are available.
Also, we are smoke-free!
Hotels that we recommend.
HOTEL GRANDE BRETAGNE
Occupying the most prestigious block of Athens city center, the Hotel Grande Bretagne stands across from Constitution Square, the House of Parliament and the National gardens. Built in 1862, this former private palace represents the essence of hospitality in Greece. It has been completely renovated to offer the utmost in distinctive style and service. It offers the best views to Acropolis and is ideally located within short walking distance to exclusive shopping areas and all major sites of the city.
For more information please visit www.grandebretagne.gr
ELECTRA PALACE HOTEL
The hotel is located in the heart of Athens City centre on Syntagma Square facing the Greek Parliament. Right on the pedestrian street of Ermou the property is within walking distance to the major historical sites and the old Town of Plaka and next to the business and commercial district of Athens. The Electra hotel is an ideal choice for business and leisure travelers.
For more information please visit www.electrahotels.gr
Completely renovated into a neoclassical style. Hotel Hera has now opened its doors and ready to welcome its guests with the genuine warmth of definitive hospitality combined with an impeccable service, comfort and the exceptional atmosphere of a boutique hotel. Conveniently located right at the foot of the Acropolis hill, the new Acropolis Museum and next to the interconnected archaeological sites. Hera Hotel offers a unique opportunity to the visitor to enjoy an excellent stay at the hotel right into the heart of the old Athens and to traverse through ancient times by strolling though the historic center of the city. You can visit the bar-restaurant Peacock at the roof garden for a special cocktail with an amazing view of the Acropolis or you can enjoy your food where you can choose between a variety of Mediterranean dishes and Greek specialties accompanied by a wide range of wines.
For more information please visit www.herahotel.gr
The Herodion Hotel is a superior, first class hotel with an elegant contemporary look, contrasting to the ancient and historic environment. The spectacular view of the Acropolis and the hearty hospitality has built the character and reputation of the hotel. It is designed to meet the needs of the most discerning business and leisure travelers. Herodion hotel is conveniently located at the city center, right at the foot of the entrance to the Acropolis, below the Herodion theater and the "Plaka", the old quarters of the city with its old style charm and affordable shopping & dining. The area around the hotel is one of the most peaceful and quiet spots in the city and yet it is situated just a 15 minute walk from the central square of Syntagma and the Parliament building.
For more information please visit www.herodion.gr
Hotel Plaka, three star, is an excellent choice for a demanding client, in a terrific location. Five minutes walk from Syntagma square. Acropolis, museums, Parliament, shopping area of Plaka, Cathedral are all in walking distance from the hotel. You are really in the heart of Athens, in the best location. Five minutes walk from Syntagma square. Acropolis, museums, Parliament, shopping area of Plaka, Cathedral are all in walking distance from the hotel. You are really in the heart of Athens, in the best location.
For more information please visit www.plakahotel.gr
CENTRAL ATHENS HOTEL
CENTRAL HOTEL is centrally located in the heart of the Old City of Plaka and the Acropolis, only 200 m. away from the Constitution square, the city's business district. Enjoy a brief business trip or discover the Ancient Greek civilization in the area around the hotel and relax in our completely renovated rooms with the stunning view to the Acropolis. All rooms are designed to meet the highest standards of accommodation and feature upscale furnishing and decoration.
For more information please visit www.centralhotel.gr
Restaurants that we recommend.
The fisherman's taverna
Plaka's oldest restaurant continues to receive connoisseurs of the finest that Greek traditional cuisine has to offer. The emphasis here is on top qualityin the realms of taste and service. For more than two decades, The Fisherman's Taverna, with the guarantee of Vlassis Stathokostopoulos' Group, has been living proof that the Plaka has much more to offer than the usual tourist traps. This traditional taverna is the preferred choice of distinguished personalities of the political world, business circuit and art scene. The Fisherman's Taverna attracts guests of all ages looking for the best in authentic Greek cuisine. Regardless of the name, the selection available is not limited to fish but includes a broad range of traditional Greek dishes.
For more information please visit www.psaras-taverna.gr
Thanasis has one of the best kebab and souvlaki in town! If you are looking for a delicious snack without having to spend a lot - Thanasis is the place to go!
For more information please visit Thanasis
Orizontes (Horizons) is an excellent restaurant located on Lycabettus hill. Orizontes provides excellent cuisine, impeccable service and the best view of Athens and the Saronic gulf. If you decide to eat at this restaurant be sure to make reservations ahead of time
For more information please visit www.orizonteslycabettus.gr