Experience a full-day excursion exploring Athens' most awe-inspiring landmarks, each offering panoramic vistas of the cityscape. Delve into the secrets of Socrates Prison, tucked away from the beaten path. Prepare for a memorable journey—an adventure worth embarking on!
To visit Athens Acropolis – Monumental Gateway – Parthenon – Erechteion will take about 2 hours
Once you're picked up, our journey through Athens begins. Our first stop is the iconic Parthenon, a must-see attraction and the pride of Athens. As we ascend the hill, you'll glimpse the Temple of Athena Nike, where Athenians worshipped the goddess during wartime. Next, we'll pass through the majestic Propylaea, a monumental gateway dating back to 437-432 B.C., offering stunning views before entering. Then, behold the world-renowned Parthenon, visible from every corner of Athens, radiating its splendor upon the city below. Dedicated to Athena, it's a sight to behold and a perfect snapshot to cherish. Adjacent to the Parthenon lies the Erechtheion, where legend has it that the first olive trees sprouted from Athena's tossed seeds.
To visit Hill Philopappos – Socrates Prison – Muses Hill & Phynx Hill will take about 2 hours
After immersing ourselves in the wonders of the Acropolis, we'll descend past the Odeon to our next destination: the Hill of Philopappos. But before we reach this historic site, we'll make a stop at Socrates Prison. Carved into a hill just west of the Acropolis, this prison's architectural marvel is a testament to Ancient Athens' construction techniques. Interestingly, during World War II, it served as a hiding place for artifacts from the Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum, safeguarding them from Nazi invasion.
As we ascend Philopappos Hill, you'll be treated to unparalleled views of the Parthenon, almost at eye level. Here, a monument stands in memory of Roman Prince Gaius Julius Antiochus Philopappos, offering a picturesque backdrop for your photos. Nearby lies the Hill of Phynx, approximately 500 meters away from the Acropolis. Known for its rocky terrain and lush green surroundings, this hill holds significant historical importance as the site of the Bema, where stone platforms facilitated political discussions. Dating back to the 5th century B.C., the Phynx underwent three construction periods, culminating in a structure capable of accommodating up to 20,000 people. Excavations have revealed additional ancient remains, including shelters for inclement weather and altars dedicated to Zeus Agoraios and Zeus Hypsistos.
Visit Lycabettus Hill will take about 1 hour
Last on our list is an exploration of Lycabettus Hill, this hill is 278m high and takes about 15 minutes to reach the top by foot but believe me the walk is worth it, Lycabettis stands very high above Athens and offers a very clear and unbelievable view across the Attica Basin and the Aegean Sea. During ancient times this hill was covered by superb vegetation and on the top stood a temple dedicated to Zeus. You will also be able to see the Agios Georgios which is a tiny White chapel of St.George which is great to capture on camera, there is also a cute little cafe that is based there, and it's a perfect place to watch the sunset over a bottle of wine! This just about wraps up our tour for today, therefore your guide will then drop you back off at your allocated drop-off points where you will be able to spend the rest of the day relaxing and also reviewing your day with us.
*The Hills of Athens Tours is available all year round in private.
*Pick up and Drop Off
*Professional Licensed Guide
*Transport and Driver
*Lunch – Drinks
ACROPOLIS AND PARTHENON
General admission fee: €20
The price is reduced by 50% during winter (1 November and 31 March). Children under 18 (with proof of ID), students and others (scroll down for the full list) pay €10 for their tickets (€5 during winter). Entry to the Acropolis not only gives you access to the Citadel (where you can see the Parthenon and the Erechtheion) but also the North and South slopes, where you will find the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Theatre of Dionysus – amongst other features.