Athens Highlights Tour

  • duration_icon_yFull day
  • location_icon_yAthens
  • languages_icon_yen
Let history unfold before your eyes on this full-day tour of the city’s most famous monuments
  • Archeology Archeology
  • Architecture Architecture
Pass by the most iconic athenian sights and get amazed by the ancient history!


  • Visit the major sites of Athens; Acropolis,  Parthenon, Erectheion, Temple of Athena Nike, Propylaea, Acropolis Museum & Ancient Agora
  • Enjoy a Panoramic tour of Athens in a private luxury vehicle 
  • Pass by Plaka, Monastiraki, Syntagma, Roman Agora,  Lycabettus Hill, Panathinaic Stadium, Temple of Zeus

Please note that all our tours are Private, thus some of them are directly bookable for later dates because they are subject to availability. If you wish to book a tour at an earlier date please use the “send inquiry” form. 

An 7-hour private tour including: 
  • Hotel pick-up (on foot, for hotels within walking-distance from the tour’s location) and drop off (vehicle)
  • 2-hour guided tour to the Acropolis
  • 2-hour guided tour to the Acropolis Museum
  • 1-hour lunch Break (cost of meal is excluded) 
  • 1-hour guided tour to the Ancient Agora
  • 1-hour panoramic vehicle tour
  • Private services of a state-licensed guide
  • All taxes

  • Entry fees to Archeological site(s)
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
Your experience will start with a guided tour of the Acropolis. With your knowledgeable state-licensed “Insider” guide you will explore the key monuments such as the Propylaea, the Erechtheion, and the Parthenon, all located on the sacred rock of the Acropolis.

After you’ve ticked off the Acropolis from your must-see list, you will visit the New Acropolis Museum, where you will extend your perspective of the achievements of the Ancient.

You will then enjoy a lunch break before heading to the Ancient Agora for a short guided tour. The Ancient Agora was the heart of Ancient Athens, the place of social and religious activities, commerce, outdoor theatrical performances and athletic contests.

Next stop is Thisseio area, where you will board your private vehicle to admire other important landmarks, such as the Panathenaic Stadium and the monument of the Unknown Soldier.

Acropolis is the world famous ancient site of Athens, symbolizing democracy and regarded as the most important representation of ancient Greek civilization. High on its rocky outcrop, as its name akro polis (highest point of city) designates, it stands guard over the city. The monument of the Parthenon, visible from almost everywhere, and the other main buildings were built in the 5th century BC by the order of the general and statesman Pericles to commemorate the cultural and political achievements of the city of Athens. The site includes the Propylae, the imposing entrance to the site, the Parthenon, the Erechthion and the Temple of Athena Nike. 

One of the most well-known monuments in the world and symbol of ancient Greece, the Parthenon was built between 447-432 BC as a dedication to the Goddess Athina. The shrine inside once housed a 12 meter high wooden statue of the goddess, adorned with ivory and gold. Designed by the sculptor Phidias and constructed by the architects Iktinos and Kallicrates, the marble temple consists of 46 outer and 19 inner tapered Doric columns, and contains no straight lines or angles, a feat of Greek architecture. During its long and varied history, it was alternatively used as a temple, treasury, church, mosque and a gunpowder storage facility. 

The Propylaea was the monumental entrance to Acropolis, built between 437-432 BC by the architect Mnesicles. A steep inclining ramp lead up to the Propylaea which was comprised of a central building and two lateral wings. The north wing had wall paintings and was referred to as the Pinakotheke, while the smaller south wing lay adjacent to the Temple of Athina Nike. There were actually 5 entrances, 4 for pedestrians and a larger central one for vehicles. The coffered roof interior had designs in gold stars on a blue background. Over the centuries, the building served as a Byzantine bishop’s palace, a Florentine palazzo and a Turkish governor’s residence.

The Temple of Nike Athena
To the right of the Propylaea lies the Temple of the Victory of Athena, built around 420 BC by Kallikrates  to commemorate the Athenians’ victory over the Persians. There was a wooden cult statue of the goddess who held a helmet in one hand (war) and a pomegranate branch (peace) in the other. The smallest temple of the Acropolis, Nike Athena is of the Ionic order and has 4 monolithic columns at both the front and rear but not at the sides. As with the other buildings at the site, it was converted into a church in 5th century AD, only to be totally dismantled in the 17th century by the Ottomans to build a fortification. After Greek Independence, it was restored, dismantled and rebuilt again.     

The Erechthion
The temple was built between 421-406 BC by Mnesicles and Phidias, and was dedicated to the goddess Athena and the god Poseidon who both contested the city of Athens. It is the site of the ‘Sacred Tokens’ which were the marks made by Poseidon with his trident to bring up water and the olive tree of Athena, who finally won the coveted title. On the north side is the famous ‘Porch of the Maidens’ where the 6 figures of the Caryatides stood. The one was stolen by Lord Elgin and the other 5 have been replaced by replicas, with the originals moved to the Acropolis Museum. The Erechthion was also converted into a church, palace, harem and was bombed during the Greek War of Independence. 

The Ancient Agora
Situated in the heart of Athens and north-west of Acropolis, the Ancient Agora was a public square or open place of assembly where, in the 6th century BC, free-born citizens gathered to discuss politics, philosophy, hear civic announcements, debate laws and deliberate on the future of their city. It was also a place of worship as the Temple of Hephaestus attests, a market place, and a center for shows and festivals. With subsequent invasions, it was destroyed, abandoned and rebuilt as a residential area. From 1831 onwards, extensive excavations on the site necessitated the demolition of 400 buildings to uncover the remains of the Agora. Artifacts from the site are exhibited in the Museum of the Ancient Agora which is housed in the restored Stoa of Attalus.

Panathenaic Stadium
The only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, the Panathenaic Stadium or Kallimarmaro as it is known, is one of the main historic attractions of Athens. Originally built in 330 BC to host the Panathenaic Games, a religious and athletic festival held every 4 years in honor of the goddess Athena, it was rebuilt in marble by Herodus Atticus in 144 AD and had a capacity of 50,000 seats. After the 4th century AD, it was largely abandoned until 1869 when it was excavated and hosted the Zappas Olympics in 1870 and 1875, and again the Olympic Games of 1896 and 2004. The Olympic flame travels from the ancient site of Olympia all over Greece before arriving at the Stadium for the official handover to the new Olympic host country. This is also the finishing point of the annual Athens Classic Marathon.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The monument honoring Greek soldiers who died in battle was unveiled on March 25, 1932, and it is located in front of the Parliament on Syntagma Square. The sculpture, set in the center of a wall flanked by two staircases, shows a warrior lying on the ground, holding a shield in his hand and wearing a an Ancient Greek-style helmet. The position of the figure suggests he is living his last moments or is ready to rise at any moment. To the left and right of the sculpture are phrases from Thucydides, while above it one reads “ΕΙΣ ΑΦΑΝΗ ΣΤΡΑΤΙΩΤΗ”(To an Unknown Soldier.) Names of battles where Greeks lost their lives are written both around the sculpture and on the stairs on either side. An eternal flame burns in front and the tomb is guarded by the elite guard of Evzones.

Notes & Clarifications
  • Prices vary according to group size
  • Keep in mind that this is a private tour and it is possible to customize it to meet your desires. Should you want to change the itinerary please do not hesitate to contact us by sending us a request through the inquiry form
  • Don’t forget to bring a water bottle and lots of energy!

What makes us different?
  • We offer only private tours. No mixed groups
  • We are absolutely flexible. Our tours can be customized to your wishes
  • Special requests are always welcome. We love to tailor holidays
  • All of our tours are designed and operated by our company
  • Our state-licensed “Insider” guides are thoroughly selected and trained, each one of them expert in his field
  • We always select the most suitable state-licensed “Insider” guide who matches your profile and interests

Athens Highlights Tour

Amazing private tour for our family


"For our last day in Greece, we decided to take a private, 4-hour walking/eating/drinking/history tour of Athens. It was phenomenal! Yannis Ninos was the most personable, warm, considerate, knowledgeable, professional, kind... guide we could have ever asked for. Yannis fit into our family of two adults and our two adult children (27 & 29) immediately. If you're going to Athens, you must take one of his tours. You will not be disappointed!"



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A Beautiful Day in Athens


"We had the pleasure of being guided thru Athens by Sisi, an Archeological student, who shared her knowledge and love of Ancient Greek history with us. We began at the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum and then strolled to Plaka where she settled us in for a relaxing, delicious lunch.
After lunch we rejoined Sisi and a driver to tour the rest of the highlights of Athens, including Mt.Lycebbetus.[...]"


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An Enlightening Way to Spend Your First Day in Athens!


"I am so glad that we did it. My husband and I arrived Athens for our honeymoon with limited knowledge about Greece and exhausted bodies from our looong flights. Our private Athens Highlights Tour was scheduled to few hours after we arrived our hotel. I was not excited about it until we actually started it! Our lovely tour guide Niki waited us in our hotel lobby. [...]"


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Wow, Athens. My second visit and let's face it most of Athens is not pretty. What does it have that brings you back? Acropolis, Parthenon, Agora, archaeological museums, culture, cafe life, L I F E.
Athenians, going about their everyday life's. A hot, steamy intro into everyday Greece [...]''


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We'll be back for more Flavours of Athens!


My partner and I have been on this glorious tour this summer. We are visiting Athens for 4 days and just thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Yanna and Vasileia (the names of our charming guides). I can't think of a BETTER way to discover the true spirit of Athens. We are looking forward to more authentic tours with Athens Insiders in hopefully the not too distant future. [...]''


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A friend in Athens!


This experience is for someone who want to live an inside story about Athens. We went to the main archaeological sites of Athens and it was worth it! The team was incredibly friendly and made the walk funny and enjoyable! If you want to see Athens from the eyes of a friend just do it!



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