The Athens full–day private tour (8 hours) is the most popular version for one day visitors. Cruise visitors make the most out of their day stop at Piraeus port of call with this Athens shore excursion. Moreover this full day private tour can be customised to your special desires as there is plenty of time for extra activities and add-ons.
The first visit of this Athens private tour is at the Acropolis archaeological site. We recommend an early morning start to avoid the crowds and the heat of the summer days. We will also send you the official link to buy your electronic tickets for Acropolis site and Museum. That way you will skip the lines at the tickets booth. Acropolis Site is a must visit for any new visitor of Athens. You will experience firsthand the monuments of Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheum and Parthenon. Enjoy the breathtaking view of Athens around the hill. Sightsee Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Ancient Theatre of Dionysus at the south slope of the Acropolis hill. Oversee the Plaka area with the picturesque little houses lying at the hill foot and the Ancient Agora spreading to the north side.
Acropolis Museum or Ancient Agora and Monastiraki area
The Athens full-day private tour gives you the option to visit either the Acropolis Museum or Ancient Agora and Monastiraki area. Visit Ancient Agora to find yourself at the same grounds where Athenians used to meet to trade and socialise. Admire the most well preserved ancient temple, the temple of Hephaestus. Visit the Stoa of Attalos and explore the findings of the area exhibited inside the building once was the mall of the time. Take a walk further to the north through the Monastiraki area and the flea market. Alternatively you may visit the Acropolis Museum to admire the original Caryatides and the Parthenon decorative sculptures among other treasures from the Acropolis hill.
Free time – Greek Lunch – Plaka area
Usually at the end of this part it is the proper time for your lunch break. No Athens tour, especially from a cruise ship, is complete without a delicious authentic Greek lunch. Trust your driver’s recommendation for real Greek food or follow your instinct. Conclude your free time session with a relaxed stroll around Plaka. Alternatively you may go for shopping at Ermou Street if that is your style.
On-Vehicle City tour
The Athens full-day tour will conclude with the on-vehicle city tour to sightsee the most important landmarks of the city. During the on-vehicle city tour you will visit Temple of Zeus passing by Emperor Hadrian’s Arched Gate. Next you will admire the Panathenaic Stadium, built and used for the first modern Olympic games in 1896. We will make a short stop to watch the change of guards at the Parliament or at the Presidential Residence. Sightsee the Neoclassical trilogy of Athens namely the Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Athens University and the National Library. The city tour ends up the Lycabettus hill for a breathtaking city view with the Acropolis in the background. Lycabettus hill is not accessible when the tour is with a minibus. After this ride you will know all about modern Athens and its historical pathway to today.
Please note that drivers are not licensed guides and are not allowed to accompany you through the sites and the museums. If you need a licensed guide for your private tour just add the appropriate service during your booking request. We strongly advise you to hire a licensed guide to make the most out of your visits. Inform us about the language you prefer for the guide if other than english. Licensed guides are subject to availability.
- IMPORTANT NOTE: Please take into account an extra seat in the vehicle for your guide when you select to have a guide for the full tour plan!
Booking & Cancellation
After submitting your booking request you will be informed asap about availability and our offer.
For your booking to be confirmed you will be asked to pay a confirmation amount. We expect to receive the confirmation payment within 12 hours or less for last minute bookings. Later than that we cannot guarantee availability for your selected service.
The confirmation amount is fully refundable if you cancel latest 3 days before your tour date. After that point and up to 24 hours before tour start we keep the 50% as cancellation fee. Last 24 hours cancellations and no-shows are not entitled to refund unless force majeure events happened.
The price offer is per group/vehicle and not per person. Each vehicle type can accommodate safely and comfortably up to a certain number of passengers. For example a sedan car may be used for up to 3 passengers. Kids are included in the total count. During the booking process you will see the notes of max passengers per vehicle type. Bear in mind to include your guide in the total passengers if you opted to have a guide during your tour unless you have arranged only for in situ guiding session. If in doubt please do not hesitate to consult us.
Included in the price offer
- The offer you will receive from us includes all costs related to the driver and the car. Licensed guide’s fee will be included too if applicable.
- Your driver will provide you with free cool bottles of water throughout your tour.
- There are no other extra or hidden costs!
Not included in the price offer
- Admission tickets to sites and museums
- Food, drinks and hotel overnights
- Tips (optional)
The sequence of the above parts may change depending on the traffic and the weather conditions of the day. Of course taking into account your personal pace and mood of the day is our top priority.
The Athens full-day private tour may start or end at a point of your choice such as a hotel, an apartment. Also this is an ideal Athens shore excursion from a cruise ship at Piraeus port of call. We can also arrange to pick you up from the airport upon your arrival or drop you off at the airport for your departure. Just add the appropriate add-on service during your booking request.
You may also want to check out the 4 hours version of Athens private tour we offer. Also don’t forget to make use of our special offer. For every tour you book with us you get a 5% discount for your next tour. Or you may pass the discount to your referrals. Alternatively you may use the 5% discount for your private transfer bookings you can arrange at our affiliate site executivetaxi.gr.
Check our homepage for the video with scenes from our Athens private tour!
For latest info on tickets prices, admission terms, open hours and free days please click on the following links. We recommend you to NOT buying online your tickets to Acropolis as there is in place a strict time zones entry system without consulting us first.
Tips & Hints
- Your tour is private, not a shared one. As a private tour the plan could be adjusted to your special needs and mood of the day even in real time!
- Touring archaeological sites requires moderate physical effort. Please wear light comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Some sun protection would be helpful too in summer time.
- Please let your driver and/or your guide know if you have any food or drink allergies. Although your lunch is a’ la carte it is always good to know for any allergies and either choose appropriate lunch place or inform the cook and the staff accordingly.
- In case of physical difficulties special arrangements might required so please inform us beforehand.