Things to do in Athens, Attica: The Best Bus Tours

May 17, 2022 Alice Mieles

Once known for smog, traffic and tacky architecture, Athens is a city reformed thanks to fortunes brought by the 2004 Summer Olympics. Spotless parks and streets, an ultra-modern subway, new freeways, an accessible airport and all signs in perfect English make the city easily negotiable. Meriting more than a stopover en route to the islands, sophisticated Athens sites include many pillars of Western history, from the Acropolis to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, as well as treasures in the National Archaeological Museum.
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1. Private Tour to Delphi, Arachova, & St Loukas Monastery with Lunch Option

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Exclusive to your group alone, sit back in one of our new Mercedes EClass or AudiA6 models with WiFi & chilled bottled water as you set off towards Mt. Parnassos with stops at the impressive Hosios Loukas Monastery, one of the most important monuments of the Byzantine era and a UNESCO site, and at the mountain village of Arachova where you can browse the local craft shops. After lunch continue to explore the rich & extensive Archaeological site of Delphi, centre of the Ancient world. A stop at the ancient & pretty city of Amfissa can also be made & the tour tailored to any preferences. A local Olive oil experience or forest picnic or walk can also be included on request. Suitable for small groups, couples, families & all ages, our ‘go-at-your-own-pace’ tour aims to provide one of the most outstanding experiences of your visit. A hassle-free lunch option is also available with a reserved table overlooking the olive filled Plestos river valley in one of the best local tavernas

Inclusions: Tour 100% exclusive to your group, Professional English speaking experienced Tour driver throughout the day, Return pickup from Athens address or port, First class transport: Mercedes E-Class or Audi A6 sedan; Mercedes minivan or Sprinter, All vehicles with WiFi, A/C, Chilled Bottled Water, Flexible pick up time on request

Exclusions: Entrance fees, Licenced guide for guiding inside Archaeological site (unless specified). Available on request, Food and drinks unles specified, Athens Airport transfers or pickup locations outside Athens: arranged on request with surcharge

Reviewed By Naseneis

It was a great tour to the classical hotsots of Greece. Due to Corona on all visited sites were only a few tourists what I never had before. The hotels were at nice places in walking distance to the city center, so that we could enjoy Greece evening life easily. Our driver did a great job and had always interesting stories about ancient history and modern Greece to tell during our journey - thank you for this experience Yanis!

2. Snorkeling and swimming tour to the Poseidon's temple at Sounio cape

Extreme Divers - Athens Snorkeling, Scuba Diving Center. Certified Instructors, Shop, Accessories., Leof. Kiprion Iroon 24, Ilioupoli 163 41, Greece Extreme Divers
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Enjoy a relaxing and exciting day at the Athens riviera and the coastline of Athens. Just a breath away from the city center. Visit Vouliagmeni lake and the Poseidon's temple at Sounio cape the second most visited ancient ruin sight in Attica after the Acropolis.

Inclusions: Entrance fee to the temple of Poseidon included., Bottled water, Use of Snorkelling equipment, Fresh fruits

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Reviewed By AmaliaFragk

Awesome dives! Equipment in great condition! Luxurious boat! Could be also combined with Poseidon’s temple at Sounio and acquire cultural interest. I definitely recommend this dive shop.

3. Visit Delphi and live their myths!

Hondos Center, Pl. Omonias 4, Athina 104 31, Greece EASYEXPERIENCES
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This is an excursion you can't do on your own. You will see things that will be unforgettable to you. I think that this expirience will be your hot spot from your visit in Greece. Only 2-7 people take part in each experience and we will stop anywhere we need to. We will discuss about history but mostly we will discuss about mythology and the meening of Delphi! It will be a long and full day, but i promise, worth it!

Inclusions: Water and refreshments

Exclusions: Tickets for arhaelogical site and museum of Delphi (6 - 12 euros), Lunch

Reviewed By MarkA3208FZ

If you are wondering whether or not to book, go for it! You will have made the right decision. And above all, you will come away understanding the deeper meanings of Greek Antiquity. I couldn't have had this experience on my own and the host was very informative and kind. It was certainly beyond all my expectations during my holiday in Athens.

4. 6 Hours - Athens Sightseeing Private Tour

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See the most important parts of Athens and get a taste of the birthplace of democracy and western civilization. Visit the Acropolis and drive around the city to see the highlights of Athens, being a traveler, not a tourist!

Inclusions: Professional Drivers with Deep knowledge of history. [Not licensed to accompany you in any site.], Hotel pickup and drop-off, Transport by private vehicle, Skip the line to purchase site tickets. [36€ for over 6 yo for Non EU & 24 yo for EU Citizens], Bottled water

Exclusions: Entrance Fees [36€ for over 6 yo for Non EU & 24 yo for EU Citizens], Airport Pick Up and drop-off (Additional cost), Licensed Tour guide upon request depending on availability [Additional cost - 220 €], Lunch

Reviewed By Akulasthraxus

My guide Vasile met me at the Acropolis metro stop, we headed to the Acropolis, and I was the only person that had signed up for a tour that day so it was a solo tour. We stopped at the Acropolis, Temple of Hephaestus, Greek Agora, Lycabettus Hill, the glass running man, and the Olympic Stadium in my half day tour. 100% worth it, got some great photos and better memories, and would happily suggest them again.

5. Athens&Cape Sounion full day tour: The Golden Age of Athens

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See all major attractions of Athens on a private full-day tour. Visit the Acropolis and see the Parthenon (perfection in architecture), watch the changing of the Guards at the Parliament), the Olympic Stadium where the first Olympics took place, see the biggest temple of ancient Greece and experience the culture and history of the ancient city. Then take a scenic drive to Cape Sounion passing by the Athenian Riviera and enjoy the breathtaking sunset at the impressive Temple of Poseidon. During the tour, you can choose a restaurant next to the sea and enjoy Greek cuisine.

Inclusions: Private transportation, WiFi on board, Bottled water, Pick up/drop off from Port or Hotel

Exclusions: Entrance Fees, Licensed guide that will entrance to the sites, Lunch

Reviewed By 528maribels

Delphi Day Tour- My husband and I would like to thank Key Tour for an enlightening and wonderful experience in touring Delphi. Our guide; Marianna showed her heart and passion because you can tell she truly is immersed and holds the value of such a treasured iconic cultural site in her heart. Thank you to the driver Zacharias for his great driving and keeping us safe as well! I loved it!

6. One Day Peloponnese

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This tour will take us to the major sites of the Peloponnese, both ancient and modern, from the Homeric city of Mycenae, to Epidauros, Palamidi Castle in Nafplio and the Corinth Canal. The kingdom of Mycenae was one of the first great centres of the Greek culture; settlement on this site dates back to the second millennium BC. According to Homer, Mycenae was the seat of Agamemnon, who led the Greeks against the Trojans to take back Helen, the wife of his brother Menelaus.You will see the Lion Gate, which formed the entrance to the royal court and palace. We will also travel to Epidaurus and see the world-renowned Epidaurus theatre. Built in the 4th century BC, it is famous for its acoustics, which are so perfect that words spoken on stage can be heard perfectly wherever you are in the audience. Stepping forward in history, we will see the Palamidi Castle in Nafplio, built by the Venetians and famous for supposedly having 999 steps.

Inclusions: Transportation from and to your central hotel in Athens or Piraeus, Transportation from and to the cruise terminal of Piraeus port and ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Private tour (your party only), Air condition, Wi-Fi in vehicle, fuel surcharge and tolls, Professional English-speaking driver. Gives information & tips but does not come in the sites, Everything that involves the vehicle

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Professional guide at sites (if wanted, with an extra charge, you can hire in the site), Admission fees

Reviewed By aac23rd

Our Airbnb host suggested we could use Cat Taxis to transfer from the airport to the apartment. Terry was very helpful when I phoned to book and, on our arrival and transfer, gave so much information, hints and tips to help us make the most of our stay in Athens. We would not have received so much advice and information had we just booked a standard transfer with a holiday company. We were so impressed and grateful that we decided to use them again for our transfer back at the end of our holiday.

7. Private Christian Tour in Athens & Ancient Corinth on Apostle Paul's Footsteps

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An one day Christian tour in Athens and Corinth based on the footsteps of St Paul. Tour in Ancient Corinth, one of Apostle Paul's beloved cities and visit Ancient Market and the Bema of Apostle Paul, the Apostolos Pavlos metropolitan church, which he founded and the Ancient Kehries port, from where the he set out on his journey to Syria. Visit Athens with its Christian and ancient monuments and at the same paths that Apostle of Nations walked and preached hundreds of years earlier. Visit the Ancient Agora and the "Mars Hill” where Apostle Paul walked preached and met his followers. Visit the sacred rock of the Acropolis that is a must-see, have a panoramic city tour in Athens and visit the Coastal district of Palaio Faliro. Book online our one day Christian tour and combine sites of archaeological and Christian significance both in Athens and in Corinth, with the safety of our chauffeured services and our experienced tour guides!

Inclusions: Private transportation, Air-conditioned vehicle, English speaking driver, Bottle of water, All taxes

Exclusions: Official Tour Guide , Entrance fees

Reviewed By harrybM4927DX

My son, daughter-in-law and I had booked a 14-day private tour of Athens, Crete, Santorini, Milos and Naxos with Private Tours Greece from May 1-14, 2020 and made a 30% down payment by credit card on 02/06/2020. All interactions with Private Tours Greece went smoothly and were professional and friendly. Then, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and my son's illness, on 03/13/2020, well ahead of the deadline for a fully-refundable cancellation, I asked Private Tours Greece to release all reservations it had made on our behalf, but to hold my deposit, in the hope that we might be able to reschedule our trip later in 2020 or in the spring of 2021. Private Tours Greece complied with my request and issued a credit voucher for the down payment I had made. As the pandemic continued to surge and Greece remained closed to visitors from the United States, on 4/17/2021, after essentially extending an interest-free loan to Private Tours Greece for over a year, I requested that my down payment be fully refunded and credited to the same credit card account to which it had been charged. Thereupon, Private Tours Greece staff claimed that the request for refund had been "forwarded" ... as it turned out later, to Alpha Bank. Nothing happened for a week. I then engaged in repeated e-mail exchanges with Private Tours Greece staff, only to be subjected to a stream of equivocations, obfuscations of the facts, and invalid excuses, including a claim that Private Tours Greece was doing me a favor by agreeing to a refund because the Greek government had allegedly given it the option to hold my funds indefinitely. I then contacted the general manager of the company, who sent me what purported to be a Greek language request to Alpha Bank (that I was unable to read) to issue the refund, along with further invalid excuses, never responding to my complaint that Private Tours Greece was in breach of its contractual obligation to issue a full refund of my down payment, not to mention doing the honorable thing, i.e., issue an immediate refund from an account he controlled directly, rather than blaming Alpha Bank for the delay by claiming that it "required" 10-15 "working" days to complete the request. Even that outlandishly ridiculous period has now expired! A complaint I submitted to Alpha Bank has received no response to date. It has now been nearly a full month since my refund request of 4/17/2021, and I may have to initiate legal action against Private Tours Greece ... with all the complexities and additional outlays and delays that would involve ... in order to reclaim my funds. The lesson to be learned here is that Private Tours Greece cannot be counted upon to honor its promises and contractual commitments. If there is any chance at all that you may have to cancel your trip, STAY AWAY!

8. Visit Meteora & Thermopyles. Live the experience of mythic and urban Greece!

Hondos Atini S.A., Pl. Omonias 4, Athina 104 31, Greece EASYEXPERIENCES
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Meteora is one of the most impressive and popular monuments in Greece. It is not only the Monasteries that are strikingly hanging on the rocks that you will see and admire. It is more the magic of nature and what it can create. It is the view of that landscape that gives you the feeling, the magic, the awe and the admiration. It is one of those landscapes that fills your soul and makes you feel beautiful, love beyond ordinary limits! Thermopylae is also certainly the most popular battle site in ancient Greece. The message that this battle has given to humanity has been unique, and you will surely feel it when you visit this place. We will talk a lot in this long journey, about myths and history and explain everything. It is not a simple journey, it is an experience, one that we always remember.

Inclusions: Snacks, Bottled water, Soda/Pop

Exclusions: Tickets for the entrance at Monasteries (6 EU)

Reviewed By 853irena

This is a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone who has an interest in Greek history and/or mythology. Pan collected us from right outside our apartment which was really handy and welcomed us with traditional Greek bread with sesame seeds from the bakery. There was also plenty of water being chilled for us in a cooler. The car was comfortable and clean and had good air conditioning which was very welcome on such a hot day. From the beginning, Pan was really friendly and talkative and we had some really interesting discussions before we even got to our first site. En route to Delphi, we passed the site where the Battle of Marathon took place and learned about the background and story surrounding it. We did not stop here which was fine as it was never planned anyway. Also en route, we passed the ancient city of Thebes and learned about the story of Oedipus. Our first stop was just before Delphi at a viewpoint which was a wonderful place overlooking a beautiful valley. There were portable toilets here. Then we went on to Delphi which was a truly spectacular experience. Pan was very well versed in the history of the area and helped us visualise what the place looked like in its prime. The views from Delphi were beautiful and the ruins left behind were fascinating to see. The cost of entry is not included in the price of this experience and Pan does not enter the site with you, but there are plenty of information boards to explain each attraction. The ticket cost 10 or 12 euros and also included entry into the museum which houses all of the recovered statues and artefacts from Delphi. After this stop (which probably lasted about 2 hours or so) Pan took us to an incredible restaurant for lunch which stunning views over a valley and out to sea. The staff were great and the food was delicious as well as the local ‘Delphi beer’. The cost of lunch is not included in this experience but it is very reasonably priced. Thereafter, we continued our journey to the home village of Pan in the mountains of Parnassus. It is a very charming little village and has two ancient ruined temples on the outskirts. One to Apollo and one to Artemis. There is also a lovely stream next to these ruins with a really interesting story which Pan explains well. After this stop, we made our way to Thermopylae, the site of the ancient battle where 300 Spartans, Thespians and local soldiers held off a huge army of Persians for a short time. We happened to be there on the anniversary of this battle from 2,500 years ago which made it all the more special. Pan again explained the story and took us to exactly where the battle took place. There are monuments there to remember the soldiers and even to this day, flowers and wreaths are left there! After this we drove home and in total the trip lasted 12 hours. There is a lot of time spent in the car but this is a necessity and is balanced out by the amazing sites we got to see and the great conversations we had with Pan. It is a trip we could never manage ourselves and to have the local and expert knowledge of Pan made it really special. Definitely one of the biggest highlights of our trip to Athens!!

9. Delphi and Hosios Loukas Monastery Full Day Private Tour

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This tour covers two of the most famous sights in Greece. The well known Delphi Sanctuary with the famous Oracle and the unique Byzantine Monastery of Hosios Loukas. This tour has a personalize character. The car will be only for you. The driver will try to face all your needs during the tour. You may easily customize the suggested itinerary in accordance to your wish. JG Athens Tours gives specific attention to the quality than to the quantity. Our clients' safety is of our outmost priorities. Due to recent pandemia of Covid 19, increased precautionary measures of personal hygiene have been taken.

Inclusions: English speaking Driver/guide (Not allowed to enter inside the archaeological areas & museum), Hotel or Apartment Pick up & Drop off, Local taxes, Piraeus Port (Cruise terminal) Pick up & Drop off, Private Tour, Air-conditioned vehicle, Bottled water, Fuel surcharge, WiFi on board

Exclusions: Airport pick up & drop off (On request with additional cost), Entrance fees for the archaeological sights & museums, Licensed Tour Guide for escorting you into the sights (on request with additional cost), Food and Drinks, Gratuities

Reviewed By sclero1947

We first met John when my niece Hélène and I visited Athens in September 2013 and based on the various excellent reviews on his services, asked him to organize our transfers from/to airport and private tours to Sounion, Athens and Corinth, which he did perfectly, including renting a wheelchair for me (as I’m a person with restricted mobility) and arranging for my trip up to the Acropolis via the archeologists’ lift, which enabled me to visit the Parthenon again. So when we returned to Greece 7 years later in Sept./Oct. 2020, this time to Agi Theodori, a small village some 60 km from Athens, we immediately contacted John again to take care of the wheelchair rental, transfers to/from our villa and a private tour to Old Corinth. John himself waited for us at the Venizelos airport, as smiling and full of life as ever, though we were a few hours late due to a serious technical problem on our Zurich/Athens flights. Being already retained by a big football star, he arranged the tour in Corinth with another delightful and helpful driver, Alexander and again we had a lovely day. On the transfer back to the airport we again stopped at the Pende Phi, a fantastic Greek family restaurant he had introduced us to back in 2013 and we had a marvelous lunch before flying back. John is really a jack of all trades and is able to arrange a lot of things for you, point things you would have missed otherwise, give you tips of what to do/where to eat and always ready to help and solve problems. So we certainly hope we’ll meet again when we’ll visit his beautiful country again. Thank you for everything, John! Sylvie & Hélène, 74000 Annecy /France

10. Discover the ancient mysteries!

Omonia Square, District of Freedom 8573311, Square, Athina 104 31, Greece EASYEXPERIENCES
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We don’t know for sure what actually they were doing at the mysteries, but we know that they had the answer to the universal question: "what happens after death". In Eleusis archaeological site and museum, we will see the path to underworld that Persephone took and all the places the myth of “Grab of Persephone” describe. We will wonder and maybe discover why great people such as Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Pindar and many others were initiated into them. • Eleusis is a place that makes you feel more hopeful and your shoulders lighter. You will realize the similarity of the ancient rituals the new religions like Christianity or Buddhism. • What about swimming with a mask over a sunken city? • This experience is not a walk in monuments, with monologues like teaching. It’s soul rebirth! • If you are interesting in history, philosophy, soul rebirth, holistic medicine and you also love sun and sea food, you are going to love it!

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Reviewed By 853irena

This is a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone who has an interest in Greek history and/or mythology. Pan collected us from right outside our apartment which was really handy and welcomed us with traditional Greek bread with sesame seeds from the bakery. There was also plenty of water being chilled for us in a cooler. The car was comfortable and clean and had good air conditioning which was very welcome on such a hot day. From the beginning, Pan was really friendly and talkative and we had some really interesting discussions before we even got to our first site. En route to Delphi, we passed the site where the Battle of Marathon took place and learned about the background and story surrounding it. We did not stop here which was fine as it was never planned anyway. Also en route, we passed the ancient city of Thebes and learned about the story of Oedipus. Our first stop was just before Delphi at a viewpoint which was a wonderful place overlooking a beautiful valley. There were portable toilets here. Then we went on to Delphi which was a truly spectacular experience. Pan was very well versed in the history of the area and helped us visualise what the place looked like in its prime. The views from Delphi were beautiful and the ruins left behind were fascinating to see. The cost of entry is not included in the price of this experience and Pan does not enter the site with you, but there are plenty of information boards to explain each attraction. The ticket cost 10 or 12 euros and also included entry into the museum which houses all of the recovered statues and artefacts from Delphi. After this stop (which probably lasted about 2 hours or so) Pan took us to an incredible restaurant for lunch which stunning views over a valley and out to sea. The staff were great and the food was delicious as well as the local ‘Delphi beer’. The cost of lunch is not included in this experience but it is very reasonably priced. Thereafter, we continued our journey to the home village of Pan in the mountains of Parnassus. It is a very charming little village and has two ancient ruined temples on the outskirts. One to Apollo and one to Artemis. There is also a lovely stream next to these ruins with a really interesting story which Pan explains well. After this stop, we made our way to Thermopylae, the site of the ancient battle where 300 Spartans, Thespians and local soldiers held off a huge army of Persians for a short time. We happened to be there on the anniversary of this battle from 2,500 years ago which made it all the more special. Pan again explained the story and took us to exactly where the battle took place. There are monuments there to remember the soldiers and even to this day, flowers and wreaths are left there! After this we drove home and in total the trip lasted 12 hours. There is a lot of time spent in the car but this is a necessity and is balanced out by the amazing sites we got to see and the great conversations we had with Pan. It is a trip we could never manage ourselves and to have the local and expert knowledge of Pan made it really special. Definitely one of the biggest highlights of our trip to Athens!!

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