Private Half Day Walking Tour: Acropolis, Plaka and Ancient Greek Agora
Your half day guided tour of Athens is the best way to check everything off your to-do list, while enjoying the undivided attention of a private guide, who will be sure to tailor the experience for your interests. On your private half day tour of Ancient Athens, you will:
- Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Acropolis, with tickets included in the tour price.
- See the Acropolis and Parthenon without the crowds, if you opt for the earliest tour start time.
- Have a comprehensive Private tour of Greece's most iconic archeological site, including the Parthenon and the Theatre of Dionysus, where classical works by the most famous Greek poets were first performed in the 5th Century B.C.
- Learn about all the ways Acropolis Hill has been used over the centuries.
- See firsthand the famed Erechtheion temple – the most complex building on the Acropolis.
- Walk through the charming Plaka district, with its white staircases, cafe's and terraces and see the Lysicrates Monument
- Enjoy skip-the-line entrance into the Greek Agora to explore Ancient Greece's economic and political centre.
- Admire the Temple of Hephaestus, known to be the best-preserved ancient Greek temple in the world, and is even older than the Parthenon.
- Finish your tour in the Greek Agora, where you will be free to continue exploring at your own pace.
- Your tour includes the "combination ticket", which will give you skip-the-line access to the Roman Agora, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Library, Archeological site and Museum of Kerameikos, Lykeion Gymnasium during in the 4 days following your tour.
On your private half day tour, you will start by exploring the three temples form the Acropolis complex, the Parthenon, the Erechtheum and the temple dedicated to Athena Parthenos (Athena the Virgin). Today the Acropolis (meaning “hill city'') is Athens’ crowning glory: a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most important cultural monuments as the celebrated birthplace of democracy. Incredible human endeavour built The Acropolis 2,500 years ago as thousands of tons of marble, quarried at Mount Pentelicus 10 miles northeast of the city, were lugged up steep steps to the Attica plateau by vast legions of manual labour. Hand hewn using mallets, foundations were built using great blocks of limestone dating back to the Late Cretaceous period.
Next, wander through the city’s historic centre, Plaka, where your guide will give you recommendations for finding the best real local fare and artisanal shops for you to return to during your trip. After exploring Plaka, you will visit the Greek Agora, where you can see the Temple of Hephaestus, believed to be the best-preserve ancient Greek temple in the world –older even than the Parthenon. Your tour will end in the agora, where you can continue to explore at your own leisure.