Athens

Athens - Private Half Day Tour

Athens, Greece
Athens Private Half Day Tour

From $259.62

per group (up to 3)

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Greece’s sprawling capital city can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. Get your bearings and marvel at the most important sights in Athens without getting footsore with this private driving tour. Learn about Athenian history and culture from your driver as you zip around the city, covering A-list sights like the Acropolis, Agora, and Syntagma Square in just hours. End in the charming Plaka district, one of the most picturesque in Athens.
  • Cover more ground in one day with a driving tour of Athens
  • On-board commentary for insights about the city’s sights and history
  • Explore comfortably in an air-conditioned vehicle with water and Wi-Fi
  • A private tour for more flexibility and individual attention

What's Included

  • English speaking Driver/guide (Not allowed to enter inside the archaeological areas & museum)
  • Hotel or Apartment Pick up & Drop off
  • Local taxes
  • Piraeus Port (Cruise terminal) Pick up & Drop off
  • Private Tour
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Fuel surcharge
  • WiFi on board
  • Airport pick up & drop off (On request with additional cost)
  • Entrance fees for the archaeological sights & museums
  • Licensed Tour Guide for escorting you into the sights (on request with additional cost)
  • Food and Drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Pickup details

If the pick up will be from hotel or apartment in Athens, the meeting point will be just outside the entrance gate of the hotel or of the building of the apartment. If the pick up will be from Cruise Terminal in Piraeus Port, we shall wait the passengers at the Exit Gate of the Cruise terminal holding label with their name.

What To Expect

Acropolis

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Temple of Olympian Zeus

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Panathenaic Stadium

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Presidential Mansion

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Mount Lycabettus

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

National Library of Greece (Pass By)

The Academy of Athens (Pass By)

Old Parliament House (Pass By)

Syntagma Square

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Ancient Agora of Athens

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Plaka

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Near public transportation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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James_S
The Host was very knowledgeable with the history of the tour. The host was very courteous and caring, nothing was to much trouble , I would highly recommend this tour, especially if you don't have to much time like us in Athens.

Reviews

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A truly wonderful experience. Ask for George!
Bruce_W, Jan 2024
Having an experienced and extremely knowledgeable guide/driver really tell and show us the most interesting and often off the track places. Our driver, George Granite(??) was absolutely wonderful and the best!! We saw and learned so much. The monuments and sites were spectacular but hearing and learning about the history and background of them and the city was equally inspiring. We’ve been all over Europe in recent years and this was our very best tour. Thank you George!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Dear Bruce, thank you very much for your excellent feedback. We and George are very happy that you had good time and remained fully satisfied while using our services for your private tour in Athens. We are looking forward to welcome you again in the future. Our Best Regards, JG Athens Tours
A day in Athens to remember forever
susanrneves, Nov 2023
Our private tour with George was absolutely wonderful. His knowledge of Athens and Greek history was extremely helpful and made the day fly by! He was charming and went out of his way to give us the best day possible. Wonderful tour!!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Dear Susan, thank you very much for your excellent feedback. We and George are very happy that you had good time and remained fully satisfied while using our services for your Athens Private Tour. We are looking forward to welcome you again in the future. Our Best Regards, JG Athens Tours
The best!
Susie_L, Oct 2023
Our driver/guide, Thanos, was delightful from the beginning of our tour. He took us places we wanted to see and many more that he wanted to make sure we experienced, which were wonderful! Thanos was friendly, engaging and extremely polite and helpful. The best!
Great day in Athens
Christopher_L, Oct 2023
If you book this tour ask for Andrew, he was the best. From the history of the city to places to go for drinks, lunch and dinner during you visit to the city. We received a history lessen on every site we stopped at. Wonderful day!
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Dear Christopher, Thank you very much for taking the time to post this excellent review. We are very happy that you had good time and remained fully satisfied while using our services in your Athens Private Tour. We are looking forward to welcome you again in the future. Our Best Regards, JG Athens Tours
Andrew the Amazing
Nancy_W, Sep 2023
Andrew was so wonderful to a group of 6 tired travelers, and we can't say enough about how much fun we had with him. He was right on time to pick us up when our ship docked and then gave us a most wonderful start to our stay in Athens. We saw amazing sights and had as much time as we wanted to explore. We were taken to an outstanding area where we could have lunch. There were many places, but his suggestion was truly terrific and we all enjoyed our first meal in this magnificent city. After lunch, Andrew dropped us off right in front of our hotel, always helping with our heavy luggage. In front of the hotel was not an easy feat, to accomplish, due to the very narrow street. We really had lots of fun, learning facts and laughing with Andrew. He is certainly another Greek treasure.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Dear Nancy, Thank you very much for taking the time to post this excellent review. We and Andrew are very happy that you had good time and remained fully satisfied while using our services in your Athens Private Tour. We are looking forward to welcome you again in the future. Our Best Regards, JG Athens Tours
Not worthwhile the cost
MARGARITA_V, Sep 2023
we signed up for a tour of the acropolis and the city and all we got was transportation to the acropolis where we had to pay for our own guide if we wanted the history and information on the site. After that we rode back to the hotel and he pointed out a few sites an route to the hotel. Not worthwhile the $89 pp we had paid! If I had known it was just basically transportation, I would have taken a taxi to drive us to the acropolis for 1/10th the price! Viator should be more specific of what the "tour" was about.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Dear Margarita, Thank you very much for taking the time to post this review. We fully respect it but we don’t accept it. Allow us to comment it as follows : You made a reservation via Viator for our product “Athens – Private Half Day Tour”. Before booking this tour you were fully aware for all the details of the tour. All Viator’s products are placed in a very detailed format. More Specifically : In the section “Overview” it is very clearly stated : “Cover more ground in one day with a driving tour of Athens” and “Explore comfortably in an air-conditioned vehicle with water and Wi-Fi” In the section ‘What to Expect” there are all the places that you will visit or pass by (with details / timing etc). In the section “What’s Included” it is very clearly stated that it is included “English speaking Driver/guide (Not allowed to enter inside the archaeological areas & museum). Moreover in the same section it is very clearly stated that it is not included “Licensed Tour Guide for escorting you into the sights (on request with additional cost)”. You never did such a request. As we stated in the beginning we are always taking into account very seriously all the reviews of our clients, due to the reason that these are "lessons learned" for us in order to be better. But in your case we are trying to find out which was our fault…. Kind Regards, JG Athens Tours
Great private tour!!!
Adrianne_M, Sep 2023
Our private tour was incredible!!! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and took us to so many different places . I would really recommend this company for all your tours . Especially if you don’t have a lot of time .
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Dear Adrianne, thank you very much for posting this excellent review. We are very happy that you had good time and remained fully satisfied from our services in your Athens - Private Half Day Tour. We are looking forward to welcome you again in Athens. Best Regards, JG Athens Tours
Touring Athens
frogpond86, Aug 2023
Andrew was a great guide. He gave us an overview and excellent tips and directions to see the Acropolis. We toured the city and saw all the highlights and had a delicious lunch in the Plaka.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Thank you very much for your excellent feedback. We are happy that you remained fully satisfied from our services in your tour. We are looking forward to welcome you again in the future.
Awesome Athens Private Tour
Catherine_V, Aug 2023
George arrived on time. He came prepared with cold water which was very welcoming on a hot day. George gave us a history of Greek including the wars, leadership and politics. He even showed us videos of the historical sites and background on their construction. He was very knowledgeable. He took us to popular tourist attractions and ended up enjoying kebabs by the seaside. That was just the most delicious chicken kebabs I’ve ever had. He was also very helpful and professional. Thanks George for an awesome visitor experience.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Dear Catherine, Thank you very much for taking the time to post this excellent review. We and George are very happy that you had good time and remained fully satisfied while using our services in your Athens Private Tour. We are looking forward to welcome you again in the future. Our Best Regards, JG Athens Tours
Absolutely fantastic.
James_S, Jul 2023
The Host was very knowledgeable with the history of the tour. The host was very courteous and caring, nothing was to much trouble , I would highly recommend this tour, especially if you don't have to much time like us in Athens.
Great tour
Lorraine_F, Jun 2023
Our driver guide was excellent....with making sure we saw the sites...and was always immediately available to get us once we finished with certain attractions. The car was cool and comfortable which was needed in the heat.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Dear Lorraine, thank you very much for posting this excellent review. We are very happy that you had good time and remained fully satisfied while using our services for your sightseeing tour. We are looking forward to welcome you again in the future. Our Best Regards, JG Athens Tours
The best private tour around!
Kelann_S, Jun 2023
This is a great way to see Athens in the comfort of your own vehicle and at your own pace. John was a wonderful guide and knew everything you needed to know. I suggest going as earlier as possible (as John suggested) not only to beat the heat but the beat the crowds!! Make sure to get your passes ahead of time and enjoy the local fare that John has to offer!
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Dear Kelann, Thank you very much for taking the time to post this excellent review. We are very happy that you had good time and remained fully satisfied while using our services for your Athens Private Half Day Tour. We are looking forward to welcome you again in the future. Our Best Regards, JG Athens Tours
Perfect! Just what we wanted!
Donald_S, Jun 2023
This tour was exactly what we were looking for! We were picked up on time at the pier from the Norwegian dawn and dropped at our hotel after the tour. George, our guide, did an outstanding job. He knew how to order the sites so that we would have the least traffic and best light for photos. He had a drop-down screen in the Merc van to show us what to look for and give us the history, and then released us to look around the agora, the Parthenon, and more. It was perfect. Thanks George, JG Tours, and Viator.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Dear Donald, Thank you very much for your excellent review. We and George are very happy that you had good time and remained fully satisfied while using our services for the "Athens - Half Day Private Tour". We are looking forward to welcome you again in the future. Best Regards, JG Athens Tours
George is great
Stephanie_K, Jun 2023
George was great. Got us to all the places we wanted to see and was a great driver. Had cold water for each of us too!
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Dear Stephanie, Thank you very much for taking the time to post this excellent review. We and Jeorge are very happy that you had good time and remained fully satisfied while using our services for your Athens Private Half Day Tour. We are looking forward to welcome you again in the future. Our Best Regards, JG Athens Tours
Great experience!
Joi_V, Jun 2023
John was very friendly, he was there before we were. We looked at her for 9:30 but he was there early because he knew the schedule of the ship. Took us many places and tought us a lot, provided us cold water on a hot day. And dropped us safely at our hotel. Told us good places to eat, and how to get to the train station for our tour the next day. Definitely recommend him!
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Dear Joi, Thank you very much for posting this excellent review. We and John are very happy that you had good time and remained fully satisfied while using our services for the Athens - Private Half Day Tour. We are looking forward to welcome you again in the future. Best Regards, JG Athens Tours
Athens Girls Trip
Karen_W, Jun 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with George. He was knowledgeable, patient, conscious of our time allotment and explained everything to us. He was a true gentleman, and easy to understand. The car was impeccable also.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Dear Karen, Thank you very much for posting this excellent review. We and George are very happy that you had good time and remained fully satisfied while using our services for the Athens - Private Half Day Tour. We are looking forward to welcome you again in the future. Best Regards, JG Athens Tours
Great Visit
Ernie_W, May 2023
Kostis did a great job giving us insight into Athens and its major highlights. It worked our really well.
Response from Host, May 2023
Dear Ernie, thank you very much for taking the time to post this excellent review. We & Kostis are very happy that you had good time and remained fully satisfied while using our services for the "Athens - Private Half Day Tour". We are looking forward to welcome you again in the future. Best Regards, JG Athens Tours
Fantastic!!
Diane_M, May 2023
We had a quick overnight stop in Athens with friends (9 of us) and this was the perfect afternoon tour! Our guide Michael was kind, spoke great English, knowledgeable and ensured we saw all the things :) He took us to spots we never would have thought of. Excellent use of our time and at a great price. He also recommended a great spot for dinner and made the reservations for us! Highly recommend!
Response from Host, May 2023
Dear Diane, thank you very much for posting this excellent review. We are very happy that you had good time and remained fully satisfied while using our services for your Athens Private Half Day Tour with Michael. We are looking forward to welcome you again in the future. Our Best Regards, JG Athens Tours
Awesome.
Catherine_H, May 2023
Our driver, George, was amazing. Picked us up on time at the ship. Very nice and knowledgeable. Very enjoyable day.
Response from Host, May 2023
Dear Catherine, Thank you very much for taking the time to post this excellent review. We and George are vary happy that you had good time and remained fully satisfied while using our services for the "Athens - Private Half Day Tour". We are looking forward to welcome you again in Athens. Best Regards, JG Athens Tours
Athens personalized
Cheryl_W, Apr 2023
George was knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. He snapped photos of us in every location and followed our suggestions for the sights we'd most like to see. He definitely customized it to our needs.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Dear Cheryl, Thank you very much for taking the time to post this excellent review. We & George are very happy that you had good time and remained fully satisfied while using our services for the "Athens - Prvate Half Day Tour. We are looking forward to welcome you again in the future. Our Best Regards, JG Athens Tours

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