Athens

Half Day Athens Private Tailor-Made City Tour (Skip the line of Acropolis)

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Half Day Athens Private Tailor Made City Tour Skip the line of Acropolis

From $385.88

Price varies by group size

Select Date and Travelers

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

  • 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Customize your own tour of Athens and visit the landmarks that are of more interest to you on this private adventure. Choose from a number of key landmarks like the Temple of Zeus, the Archaeological Museum, and enjoy skip-the-line admission to the Acropolis to discover ancient Greece’s rich history as you stroll around the ruins with your dedicated guide. Upgrade to include a visit to the Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounio.
  • Take a customized half-day tour of key Athens landmarks
  • See the Plaka neighborhood, the Temple of Zeus, and the Parthenon
  • Avoid large crowds with skip-the-line admission to the Acropolis
  • Enjoy a personalized experience with a private guide and vehicle

What's Included

  • Acropolis and Parthenon skip the line entrance tickets
  • Get exclusive use of an official licensed private guide (Except for the Temple of Poseidon)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Flexibility towards time, allowing you to dictate when to stop and how long for.
  • Bottled water
  • Entrance fees to all the sites except from Acropolis and the Parthenon
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Pickup details

We provide pick-up services from all hotels, AIRBnB apartments, and ports in Athens. To arrange pick-up, please provide your hotel name, apartment address, or cruise ship name. You will receive your exact pick-up time via email 48 hours prior to departure. For cruise ship and airport arrivals, our guide will wait for you outside the arrivals terminal, holding a sign with your name on it.

What To Expect

Acropolis

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Parthenon

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Acropolis Museum

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Temple of Olympian Zeus

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Change of Guards

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Panathenaic Stadium

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Plaka

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Ancient Agora of Athens (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The duration of tours are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Our agency works with professional tour guides who are independent contractors. They are contracted for a duration of 4 hours per tour. The total duration of each tour, which ranges from 4 to 5 hours, takes into account the time spent on transportation from the client's pickup location and the traffic conditions on the booked date and time
  • Cape Sounio extension adds ~4-5 hours to the overall tour duration
  • Cape Sounio extension does not include professional tour guide and entrance fees, travellers are visiting the site by themselves and this portion of the tour is conducted by an english speaking, history-proficient driver and potentially a tour host depending on availability on the tour date
  • Post Covid 19 Policy: Vehicles will be sanitized before every pick up. Hand sanitizing done before departure and after every major stop. Face masks available for clients. Guides will wear facemasks and use microphone when guiding. Fresh trash bag will be place in every vehicle and waste will be destroyed at the end of the tours.
  • 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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Traveler Tips


Do some research ahead of time so you can discuss with the guide your "must see" items so you get to see as many of them as you can in a half day.
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Do this!
Joan_H, Nov 2023
Our tour was terrific. Our guide Epi was so interesting and knowledgeable. The driver was very nice as well. There were 8 in our family group and everyone enjoyed it! Well worth the price.
Enjoyable!
Michael, Nov 2023
Wonderful way to see Athens’ best places at your own pace. Paris & Vassilis are a great team, with insider knowledge and excellent tips for great photos.
Great half day tour
Jean_H, Nov 2023
Effie was a great guide. She was professional and very knowledgable. We covered all important historical sites. Salvatore was an excellent driver!!
Great tour
Drew_D, Nov 2023
Efi and Alex were both very knowledgeable and polite! It was a great tour. Very educational which we both liked a lot!
Disorganized and not as advertised.
Donald_L, Nov 2023
Overall a nice tour but wish it could have been more personalized. The tour booking said 48 hours before the tour would email us but they never did. The driver got lost finding us but was very nice. The guide did not meet us at our pick up point as indicated and instead joined us later on the trip and then left before we were dropped off. Would be better if the guide was with us the whole time as advertised. She sat in the front of the van with a microphone instead of being more personable sitting with us. The acropolis was great but a storm was approaching and we kept asking her to move quicker to avoid the storm. She said it would not rain and of course then it poured on us the everyone tried to leave at the same time causing a massive delay while it was raining. They never offered to take us to the acropolis museum even though it was advertised - we much more would have enjoyed that instead of driving around in wet clothes in the van for an hour after the acropolis. This review sounds more negative than it was. They were nice but overall for the money spent not worth it.
🙌 👍🏼 💯 😍 AMAZING!!!!! A must do travel experience.
Rhea_A, Oct 2023
I only have one day in Athens, choosing the half day private tour was better than I expected. You have an amazing and very knowledgeable staff, Effie and Vasil was great. Thank you guys for making this a memorable bucket list worthy experience. 😘
Great time in Athens
Terry_B, Oct 2023
Visilis and Efi were awesome as driver and guide. We got in and out of the places we were set to see and Efi provided soooo much information about the sights.
Great double tour
Grace_A, Oct 2023
Mrs Effie and Alex were wonderful. Even though it started with a missed connection they were gracious and we quickly were back on track. We did everything we wanted and then some. Alex then took us on the drive to Cape Sounion, so beautiful and the Temple of Poseidon is not to be missed. Being able to skip the line at the Acropolis was a nice perk. I definitely recommend Mrs Effie and Alex. They make a great team and are so knowledgeable about Athens history, past and present. We had a thoroughly wonderful time!
Learn More About Acropolis with a Licensed Guide
Karen_S, Oct 2023
We were picked up on time at our hotel to start our private tour by our driver. We then headed to the Acropolis to meet our tour guide. There really is no such thing as "skip the line of Acropolis" per our guide. Fortunately, we didn't have to wait long (<10 min). So, don't get duped into purchasing a ticket for this. Parris was a wonderful, knowledgeable guide. He spoke exceptionally good English and accommodated all the sites we wanted to see (We planned ahead of time what we wanted to see during our time. Parris and our driver then figured out the best route/time to see each of the sites. We highly recommend doing pre-planning to get the most of your private tour). He gave us Greek, historical, and Christian (if applicable) insights to each site we stopped at (8+ sites). It was helpful for us to see a broader perspective. Parris took his time and answered any question we had without being annoyed. He even showed us a favorable place to exchange money and a great Greek restaurant to eat dinner at that was non-touristy and authentic. This was a fantastic way to see all the sites we wanted without all the crowds or having to walk everywhere in the hot sun. It is at your pace and based on what you want to see!!! We learned about all the structures on the Acropolis instead of just wandering around wondering what we were looking at. This tour is pricey and only included tickets to the Acropolis. But it was soooo worth it!!! If you stop at other points of interest, you may have to pay to enter as it's not included in the tour. I highly recommend seeing the top tourist sites + those off the beaten path with a personal tour - specifically Parris!
Excellent experience
tarmeydl, Oct 2023
The tour and staff were superb! They were well informed and personable. The skip the line for the Parthenon was the best idea. Our guide was educated and interesting. Tour of the city of Athens was thorough and informative. Highly recommend this tour.
Unbelievable experience with this Private tour!
Tina_S, Oct 2023
The driver and the private tour guide was amazing! They both had lots of knowledge about the area and the Acropolis & Parthenon! It was amazing to be able to skip the line and not have to wait for entry as well as not being rushed in and out of any event! We would recommend this tour to everyone and will do it again!
Wonderful way to see Athens when you want Quality, but need Flexibility of Schedule!
Ken_D, Oct 2023
The half day Athens tour was exactly what we hoped for. We were a group of five family members who had a limited time window to fit in a tour. This tour was perfect because of the flexibility it offers in time and schedule. Our tour guide (Peggy) and our driver (Alex) were both friendly and ever so knowledgeable. Peggy is a wonderful and experienced tour guide who took us through the skip-the-line acropolis tour with fascinating and informative commentary. I can't imagine doing that tour without a guide like Peggy. While watching the changing of the guards at the presidential palace, Alex added a personal touch sharing his own first hand experience as a former member of the elite guards. We strongly recommend this tour to anyone who values their time and wants to make the most of their visit to Athens!
Super Half Day Tour
Brian_C, Oct 2023
Our tour was just super. Excellent explanation about both the historical and architectural significance of the Acropolis - while also covering the history of Athens and Greece overall. Both our driver and tour guide were clear and courteous. Would recommend!
Efi was our guide and she...
Michael_J, Sep 2023
Efi was our guide and she is outstanding! 28yrs of experience and rich knowledge. Highly recommend her. Solitaris was our driver. He is excellent and has a beautiful Sprinter van. Very customer-focused.
Amazing Private Tour of Athens, Greece
Gail_C, Sep 2023
Our driver Alex, who drove us around the city, spoke of his personal experiences growing up and personal curator, were wonderful. Thank you for your knowledge, patience and kindness. Our curator exhibited a phenomenal passion for sharing all of the amazing information about Athens, Greece.
Amazing
Sherry_C, Sep 2023
Beautiful spacious, spotless luxury van with both very informative driver and tour guide! Picked us up right at our hotel! Perfect length of time hitting all the major sites! Very flexible stopping for coffee and pastries! Thank you Paris and Sotiris!
Great knowledge
Kelly_K, Sep 2023
Costa provided goo information during the tour. The climb to the Acropolis is for real. Christos was an excellent driver
Private Half day Tour of Athens with Katarina
Jamie_a, Sep 2023
Katarina was AWESOME! Deeply knowledgeable of history and culture made a richly insightful tour of the Acropolis, the museum and other key Athens site. Booking a private tour allowed us the flexibility to pick how much time to spend and where to visit... Katarina was so accommodating! Highly Recommended!
Beyond Expectations
Lori_F, Sep 2023
This tour was perfect for our multigenerational family. They picked us up promptly at our hotel and the tour guide Theodore (Teddy) is amazing. He also passed us off to an expert guide for the Acropolis, who was knowledgeable and accommodating for my senior age mother. We also had a short walking tour of important buildings in Athens and even arrived perfectly on time to witness the changing of the guard! Again, our guide Teddy arranged the perfect viewing spot for my mother. We then continued on to the Temple of Poseidon for beautiful golden hour sunset photos. Also along the way, our guide stopped for us to take photos at instagram worthy photo spots. Overall, this tour exceeded our expectations. Teddy even provided water and biscuits (cookies) for a snack!
Memorable Experience
Russ_B, Aug 2023
Our driver was excellent and very knowledgeable, providing interesting historical insights. Our guide, Maria, was absolutely fantastic - a charming lady with incredible knowledge that she delivered with passion.
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