Essential Athens Full Day Private Tour - Best Shore Excursion

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Athens Private Tour Best Shore Excursion
  • 8 to 9 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


From the Acropolis to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens has a long list of must-see destinations, so covering top places can be challenging if time is limited. This fully private tour puts your priorities within reach by coming to you and customizing every stop. You choose how long to stay at each destination, with time-saving skip-the-line access to purchase tickets at popular places.
  • Private tour reflects your interests and schedule
  • Time-saving car service from your hotel or port
  • Climate-controlled vehicle for comfort in any weather
  • Skip-the-line access avoids long lines for tickets (own expense)

What's Included

  • Flexible pick up time on request
  • Private tour. Personalized service adjusted to your needs and wishes.
  • Athens & Piraeus Hotels / residence or Piraeus cruise port pickup & return
  • Luxurious transportation: sedan Mercedes E-Class car or taxi, Mercedes minivan or Mercedes minibus.
  • All vehicles are fully A/C
  • Child seats available upon request
  • Service animals allowed
  • Skip the line service to purchase the tickets
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • FAMILY FRIENDLY For family groups our tours can be modified to cater to the needs of the children
  • Chiled bottled water
  • Experienced, knowledgeable, professional English speaking driver.
  • 30 Euros combined ticket (including the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, ancient Agora, Museum of Agora)
  • 15 Euros Acropolis Museum
  • Llicensed tour guide for guiding inside the sites, upon request/availability (Additional cost 300€)
  • Food and drinks unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:00 AM

Pickup details

Pick up time can be scheduled according to your preferences. Please make your request at the special requirement’s section & we will contact you after your booking. Travelers can be picked up from all Athens centre & Piraeus Hotels and Piraeus Cruise Port. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points. For pickup from Airbnb or any other location/apartment, please provide the exact address. Please note that in case the requested pickup location is in a pedestrian zone or it is not accessible by cars/vehicles, we will notify you, upon booking, of the best alternative pick up location. Please be at the meeting point 5-10min before your scheduled pickup time, in case parking or waiting time for your driver is limited.

What To Expect


1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Temple of Olympian Zeus

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Panathenaic Stadium

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Arch of Hadrian

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Lykavittos (Mount Lycabettus)

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Plateia Syntagmatos

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Pass By)

The Academy of Athens (Pass By)

National Library of Greece (Pass By)

Ancient Agora of Athens

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Museum of the Ancient Agora

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included


1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Acropolis Museum

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note that your personal professional driver, will provide commentary in fluent English, en-route but cannot enter the archaeological sites. We can arrange for you to have a private licensed guide, to escort you in the sites, at an extra cost, depending always on the availability. You may contact us on the phone number or by the email provided by Viator and we will confirm accordingly.
  • Our company complies with all the health instructions of the World Health Organization about COVID-19.
  • The proposed itinerary may need to be adjusted in case of emergencies or special circumstances that are out of our control (e.g. extreme weather conditions, police instructions, safety reasons etc).
  • 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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86 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Top tour
RayTate, Nov 2023
Great tour guide very knowledgeable and friendly highly recommended him and tour.Had a great day thank you
Great Day in Athens!
Juliana_D, Nov 2023
We stopped in Athens for 2 days to acclimate to time before going on to our final destination for a 15 day trip. We had never been to Athens, and thought we’d stop to get in and be as active as possible for the 2 days. For our second day we decided this full day tour should do the trick. The van and driver Lambros picked us up promptly at 8am at our hotel to beat the crowds at the Acropolis and then picked up our guide Kathryn on the way. We had a snafu of not purchasing the entrance tickets prior that Kathryn quickly coordinated us through for no delay. We beat the crowds to have a full 90 minutes on the Acropolis before moving on seeing the throngs of people coming and it starting to get hot. Kathryn asked what we had done the day before and customized the rest of the day to avoid duplication. We caught the Ancient Greek Marketplace, Changing of the Guard (it was a Sunday), Museum, and a few other things. Kathryn kept us on a quick pace which suited us while succinctly and clearly laying out the rich and long history of Athens. No question of ours was unanswered. She selected a great Greek restaurant for our lunch and a local artist art store for a quick stop. She offered to take pictures of us along the way so we would have some great memories and she did a great job with a variety of angles and cropping. During the day she coordinated with Lambros the pickups and we never waited more than a few minutes. All in all it was a day well spent and we got everything we had expected and more.
George is Awesome!!
Tracy_K, Oct 2023
Very informative. George was Fantastic. Friendly and very accommodating. Highly recommend this tour!!!
Our exceptional tour of Athens with Dominik.
EDYTHE_C, Oct 2023
Dominik was an exceptional guide and knew all the places we might want to visit. He was extremely knowledgeable and so kind and considerate. I would definitely ask for him again to be our guide.
Lambros is the best
Karlo_C, Oct 2023
My family and I had a great time going around Athens. We had Lambros and boy deserved a raise! He kept us informed by giving us some background to the places we’re visiting. He even told us where to go for a light lunch, Souvlaki. It was delish! He respond very quickly and he is a very good driver. If you have Lambros, you definitely in good hands! Kudos to Lambros for doing a fantastic job today!
Fabulous day in Athens
Jayne_A, Oct 2023
What a way to see the highlights of Athens! George did a great job of making sure we understood the significance of each location. When my sister became ill, he took us back to the hotel to rest and then continued our trip an hour or so later. Patient, kind, and great English made for a lovely day.
Great tour with George
Randy_B, Sep 2023
George picked us at the port on 23 September, and was waiting with a sign with my name as soon as we collected our luggage. He had a large van that more than accommodate our party of four with a lot of luggage. He gave great explanations as we drove into the city with history. We asked for lunch at a restaurant by the water that was very good. George was a pleasure to be with and did a fantastic job. Nikos provided quick communication with us throughout the booking that we made 10 months ahead and what advance tickets to buy for the sights. They are an excellent provider on this tour and you can't go wrong with them. I highly recommend them.
Wonderful tour
Bob_D, Sep 2023
Our driver/guide was a pleasure to spend the day with. He was very professional and taught us so much about the ancient history, Greek culture and the city of Athens.
Amazing Athens tour
wongwin8991, Sep 2023
Makis is great (A+). He explained the history of Athens, the acropolis, the culture and the food. We are very happy with the tour. He timed the stops perfectly and we made it back to our cruise on time. I highly recommend this tour with Makis.
Amazing day with so much coveted.
Sharon_S, Aug 2023
Spyros did an amazing job !!! The pick up at the cruise port was seamless. Although not an official tour guide was very knowledgeable. We felt so comfortable and not rushed at any of the sights. He was also flexible if we wanted to leave earlier or stay later. Our hotel was right outside of Athens and he was kind enough to drip us off there with our luggage.
Great Tour
Jarrod_L, Aug 2023
We had a great time on this tour. Our guide got us through the sites before they closed for the day due to the high temperatures. She was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot. We would Highly recommend this tour.
Well managed tour with variety of visits
Majid_S, Jul 2023
That was an amazing tour. The tour guide was very informative, was able to connect with adults as well as children in our group. He was on time, started our tour right away. He tailored the tour to our points of interest plus some other interesting places that we didn’t even think of. He spoke English well. The car was clean, air-conditioned with other accommodations.
This tour you DO NOT WANT TO MISS. Book it and you will remember it forever!!
Ronald_A, May 2023
This was one of the most incredible, private tours we have ever taken. Sakis was a fantastic guide providing us history and the time to see every sight in Athens that suited us. He always went the extra mile for us, even surprised us with fabulous Greek pastry. Whether you are on a cruise tour or just visiting Athens, book this tour. It may be expensive but worth every Euro for it. We could not thank Sakis enough for his knowledge and kindness throughout the day.
Professional, knowledgeable, personal service
James_H, May 2023
Professional knowledgeable guide with great suggestions on places to see and how best to time them. Allowed total flexibility for our requests. Went places the bus tours could not get to. Dropped us off right at the door and picked us up when we were done (gave us a phone to use). Great background on each site.
Wonderful Full Day Tour of Athens
Anita_R, May 2023
Our full day tour of Athens was a wonderful experience, and we were able to enjoy many of the sights we were looking forward to seeing. Dominic, our driver and guide was awesome!!! He arrived a few minutes even before our expected pickup time from our hotel and we were on our way to explore the wonderful city of Athens. Dominic was fun and very knowledgeable of the history of Athens and was very thoughtful of what we might need or enjoy seeing and doing throughout the day.We enjoyed hearing all the information he shared with us as he drove us from place to place. Thank you Dominic, you have our highest recommendation. Also the company itself, Private Greece tours, was very good about communicating information we might need even before the day of our tour which was very helpful.
Simply the best tour!
Lorlyn_D, Sep 2022
Don’t think twice, book this! Dominic our driver was AMAZING! Driver/guide into one - fun, knowledgeable of the history, very good driver! He took us to see best of Athens according to our preference. He was the best and our day trip to Athens was worth it and very memorable! Great choice!
Great time. Marcus was...
David_C, Jul 2022
Great time. Marcus was fantastic. Would highly recommend him as your tour guide. He was very friendly and informative. We had a great time visiting all the sights and learning the history. Marcus made for such an enjoyable time for our extensive one day tour of Athens. We saw and did it all ! Thank you Marcus, you have our highest recommendation
Beautiful day
Phyllis_K, Jul 2022
George was professional, knowledgeable, and tremendously patient with my grandkids. I would recommend his tour to anyone looking for the perfect tour of Athens.
catalina_b, Aug 2023
Excelente todo Súper agradable y súper atento el Dimitry La pasamos increíble y sacamos mucho provecho al tour
ADRIANA_M, Jul 2023
Un tour excelente!! Makis lo sabía todo en la historia de Grecia!!! La mitología!!! Todo!!! Muy coordinado, todo genial. Muy contentas. Mil gracias!!!!

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