The Best of Athens 8 hours Day Private tour

Athens, Greece
The Best of Athens Full Day Private tour

From $432.71

per group (up to 3)

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

  • 8 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


This full-day tour of Athens packs it in—an ideal choice for cruise passengers or those short on time. See the ancient landmarks of  the city including the Acropolis, Panathenaic Stadium, the Parthenon, and the National Library of Greece. You will also have time to enjoy a delicious Greek lunch at a local tavern specializing in traditional dishes. Finally, drive to the highest hill in Athens for postcard-worthy views of the city.
  • Full-day private tour of Athens
  • Local tour guide shares history and culture
  • Great overview of the city
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What's Included

  • A professional English speaking tour driver
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle appropriate for the size of your group
  • Road tolls and local taxes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Athens
  • Entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museum
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Airports and all Ports pickup and drop-off not included in this price
  • English-speaking licensed tour guide (We can arrange for a tour guide for you with an extra cost)

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Pickup details

Departure Point . HOTEL MEETING INSTRUCTIONS: We will meet you at the main entrance of your hotel. Please inform the porter that you are expecting your tour driver to call for you. If you are staying in a small hotel, please inform the receptionist instead. Return point: Return to the same spot We can pick you up from your cruise ship pier for an additional cost. Please get in touch with us!

What To Expect


20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Temple of Athena Nike

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included


45 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included


20 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Presidential Palace (Pass By)

Hellenic Parliament

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Change of Guards

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The Academy of Athens

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

National Library of Greece

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

National Historical Museum (Pass By)

Syntagma (Pass By)

National Garden (Pass By)

Ancient Agora of Athens

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Acropolis Museum

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included


1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Temple of Olympian Zeus

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included


10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Lykavittos (Mount Lycabettus)

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • At time of booking, passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: pick up location, accommodation adress and name .
  • Important note: You will have a professional English-speaking driver with good knowledge of the history and culture of Greece, to guide you till you enter archaeological sites and museums according to the program. Tour drivers are not licensed to companion you inside the archaeological sites and museums. If you'd like to have one, we can arrange it for you at an additional cost. Licensed by the state tour guides are freelance and it is subject to availability on bookings day!
  • Caution Restriction: Transfers from airports and ports are not include in this tour
  • Pick up /drop off at Piraeus port can be arranged on request at an extra cost !
  • Athens International Airport transfers can be arranged on request at an extra cost!
  • We suggest that you have your admission tickets pre-purchased as there is a chance not to find availability, please note that we can buy the tickets for you in advance -under a small service fee
  • 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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46 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-7 of 46 reviews
Too bad it was self directed and not With a tour guide
Robert_D, Sep 2023
The driver was great. The only negative was that once we arrived at the sites it was self directed With No tour guide
Relaxed, great for Abled and Disabled alike!
Lorraine_C, Jul 2023
Our driver Alexander communicated with us well. Time changed due to the heat wave as outdoor locations were closing early. He picked us up at the cruise terminal and helped my mom w/ her walker (and the car was clean, nice, and air conditioned!). We went by the best highlights of Athens! We were able to enjoy the museum at our own place, communicating with Alexander via WhatsApp. Then he dropped us off at our hotel. I highly recommend this tour!
Highly Recommend this tour
Ruth_O, Jul 2023
Our guide was Peter and I would highly recommend selecting him for any tour! He really knew the history and how to navigate the city and the crowds so that we could see the absolute most of his beautiful city. We all felt like he gave us the perfect day in Athens. He took us to a wonderful restaurant for lunch and we convinced him to eat with us where we learned even more of Athens. We received personal attention and care. Perfect day!
The best way to see Athens
Newie3, Oct 2019
My group of 8 friends were on a Greek island cruise. With one day in Athens to see everything, we did not want to be on the usual bus tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. We saw the Acropolis before the crowds and enjoyed a wonderful lunch at a local restaurant.
Athens in a day
PDHausknost, Jun 2019
Our driver Chris was new to his role so info was not always correct. We realized after booking the tour that it did not include admission or a guide for the Acropolis. We bought tickets on-line the day before but Chris was unaware of where we should pick-up the tickets so that delayed us somewhat. It was also too late to book a guide (none were available at the entrance). It really didn't matter that much because the place is packed (almost dangerously so). Following that, we went to the museum which is a "must see" then went to Plaka for lunch which was very enjoyable.
Buyer be ware Caveat...
MichaelJay_M, Jun 2018
Buyer be ware Caveat Emptor! A bit misleading, i thought it was a full day private tour of Athens and what it is is a private driven tour to the tourist spots in Athens Wish i had this one to do over George our driver was great .
Response from Host, Jun 2018
TOUR OPERATOR COMMENT: Thank you for taking a tour with us. We hope you had a good time in Athens and that you got the most out of it. We provide private driving tours for people who would like a personal approach in their own personal time to sight see and tour around Athens in the comfort of their own car. We passed on your comments to George, your driver of the day. We hope to see you again with us on a tour in the future.
Six of us went on this tour in May...
Jacob_B, Jun 2018
Six of us went on this tour in May and were a little disappointed. Our driver was polite and professional, but in reality he was more a chauffeur than a tour guide. He drove us to the various sites, but then simply dropped us at each for us to explore on our own. With this being our first time in Athens, we were expecting more. We likely would have been able to accomplish the same using taxis and spent less money. If you are looking for a dedicated car van for the day and don't want or need history or background on the city or sites, then consider booking this tour. However, if you're actually looking for a guided tour, look at other options.
Response from Host, Jun 2018
TOUR OPERATOR COMMENT: Thank you for booking a tour with us. We are sorry to hear that we did not meet your expectations however, as seen in what is included in the tour, it was specifically mentioned that you will be accompanied by an English speaking driver and that a guide is an extra cost due to the fact that they are the only ones that can accompany you into the archaeological sites. We provide private, high class cars and tours with additional costs such as tour guides. The tours consist of different stops to archaeological sites as well as sightseeing throughout Athens. Nonetheless, we hope you enjoyed your tour and you enjoyed Athens and its beautiful treasures.

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