Athens & Sounion tour itinerary
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 12 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!”, ancient Greek which meant “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 as 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.
After our sweeping tour of Athens we’ll head to the outskirts toward the coastline and Cape Sounion on a beautiful countryside tour.
We’ll stop at Lake Vouliagmeni which is just above sea level at 40 cm. If you like, you can test the waters which remain at 24 degrees Celsius year round. The water is known to have healing properties and Athenians swim here all year round.
Our final destination is Cape Sounion where you experience the Greek coastline in all of its splendour. Depending on the time of year we’ll watch the sunset and then return.
- 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