Athens City Tour, Acropolis & Plato's Digital Museum

Follow the footsteps of the great philosopher Plato at the archeological site of “Plato’s Academy”

Available departures

  • Our tours take place all year long, in all weather, rain or shine.
  • The tours do not take place on the following public Holidays: 25 , 26 December, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, May 1st and March 25, the Greek Independence Day.
  • Kindly be advised that all services are subject to availability, your request shall be secured only following receipt of a confirmation email from us and clearance of your deposit.
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Athens

Athens, the capital of Attica and Greece, has uninterruptedly been inhabited for the last 6000 years, a period that includes wars, invasions, occupation, revolutions, decline and rebirth. Some of the worlds’ greatest scholars have named it “the cradle of Democracy”, mainly because of the political and cultural conditions that applied in the 5th century, in Find out more about our tours in the area

Athens & Surrounding Areas

Human settlements are recorded as early as the 5th millennium BC. Traces of settlements on the Acropolis hill are taking us back to the Bronze Age (3000-1100 BC); those inhabitants were not of Greek origin but bore the mythic name Pelasgi. It was not until the early 2nd millennium BC that the first Greek tribes, Find out more about our tours in the area

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In Brief

A stroll along the ruins - following the steps of the Olympian Gods as well as these of glorious Generals, Great philosophers, brilliant architects and inspired sculptors or just common people- will take you on an unforgettable time-travel,  from the present times to the Golden century of Pericles, the longest-lasting democratic leader during the Golden Age, 2.500 years ago.

Plato was a philosopher of great importance: he tried to understand and describe the principle that governs both the world and the human beings, using logic, dialogue and mathematics as his tools. Along with his teacher, Socrates and his most famous student, Aristotle, Plato laid the very foundations of Western philosophy and science.

He presented his theories in the Platonic dialogues, in which Socrates almost always was the main character. The exact time and place of Plato's birth are unknown, but it is certain that he came from one of the wealthiest aristocratic and most politically-active families in Athens.  Based on historic reports, most modern scholars believe that he was born in Athens or the island of Aegina, between 429 and 423 BC. He grew up during the turbulent period of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC). He is described as “a bright though modest boy, who excelled in his studies”. His father Ariston saw to his son’s good education in grammar, music, gymnastics and philosophy, choosing for Plato some of the most distinguished teachers of his era.

When he was young he met Socrates, an acquaintance that turned him to philosophy and determined his life and thought ever since. Plato makes it clear in his “Apology of Socrates” that he was a devoted young follower of Socrates. Being a restless spirit, Plato traveled to Italy, Sicily, Egypt and Cyrene, before returning to Athens at the age of forty. Later on, in Athens, at the the sacred grove of the Academy, he founded the Academy of Plato, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.

Road Map

After meeting you at the designated point, we will begin your Private tour in Athens, setting off from the Parthenon, an architectural masterpiece where design, sculpture and painting follow the principles of the Golden Rule. Your ascent to the hill will give you the chance to closely admire some other monuments of exceptional artwork, with most notable, the Temple of Athena Nike (Victorious), the Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens the famous Caryatids. Following the visit to the Acropolis, we will continue to the open, horseshoe-shaped Panathinaiko Stadium, which was the venue of the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896. Then, we will pass from the temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, drive by Zappeion mansion, Lycabettus hill, the Greek Parliament with the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, where we will make a short stop for you to see the Changing of the Guards, the “Evzones”, a special unit of the Greek Army that guards the Monument and the Presidential Residence at a short distance. We will continue the tour by car, passing from the Athenian Trilogy, which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens and the National Library, St. Paul’s Catholic Cathedral, the building of Greece’s first Parliament, the Constitution Square and the Russian Orthodox Church. We will later enter Plaka, the historic part of Athens, which depicts the city’s flair shortly after the end of World War II and during the early 1950s until late 1960s. We continue our tour with the visit to the Digital Museum for the Academy of Plato, which will undoubtedly be a path to knowledge and enlightenment! With 14 interactive exhibits, the new Plato’s Academy digital museum, the first museum of philosophy, dedicated to the great philosopher and his magnificent work, welcomes visitors to a very interesting walk through a path that is going to led him to the light. Approximately 25 centuries ago (4th century BC) Plato founded his philosophical school. He used to walk among the trees of the sacred grove of the Academy, discuss and research with students and other philosophers', concepts and definitions for the man, the state and the universe (cosmos).

Today, you are here, at the very same neighborhood of "Plato's Academy", the same place where one of the greatest philosophers of humanity used to live and work. Passing through the entrance of the museum you will find yourself in the 4th century BC. Following sideways the way to the entrance of the museum you are going back in time.

Having crossed the museums exhibition you return again to your present daily life. And after all this, you will continue to live as before?

After the hustle and bustle of the city’s center, it's the perfect timing for a gastronomic tour in the famed Mediterranean cuisine, which will definitely satisfy your palette. For this culinary experience, we couldn’t choose a better place for you than a picturesque local restaurant by the seaside. Once lunch is fininshed, we drive you back to your hotel.

Highlights

  • The Acropolis Hill where you will be able to see:
    • Propylaea, which is the monumental entrance to the sacred hill
    • The Parthenon, which was dedicated to the ancient Greek Goddess Athena (constructed between 447-432 B.C.)
    • The Ionic temple of the Apteros Nike (Wingless Victory), one of the many monuments dedicated to Goddess Athena
    • Erechtheion with its elegant Caryatids, a temple which was dedicated to Athena Polias,,
    • Areopagus or The Court of Cassation (Mars Hill)
    • Herodian Theater (erected in 161 AD during the Roman era)
    • The ruins of the Greek Theater of Dionysus Eleuthereus on the south side of the Acropolis
  • The Temple of Olympian Zeus (which was one of the largest ancient Corinthian- style temples in Greece) and Hadrian’s Arch.
  • The Panathenaic Stadium (erected in 338 BC as part of the public works carried out in the city of Athens by the orator Lykourgos, renovated in 1896 for the first modern Olympic games)
  • Lycabettus Hill (The highest hill in Athens, standing at 270 m. above sea level, offering a magnificent panoramic view of the city and the Acropolis hill)
  • The former Royal Palace, now housing the Greek Parliament
  • The Monument of The Unknown Soldier & The Change of The Guards in front of the Parliamen
  • The “Neoclassical Trilogy” [The Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Library, the First University of Athens] and finally,
  • Plato’s digital museum inside the archaeological site of Plato’s Academy.

Useful info

Our tour packages don’t include a professional licensed tour guide, in order to be more affordable to our clients. However your driver will provide substantial & enough information for all the locations that you'll visit, within the car or outside the sites.

Notice that  you could choose from the below choices.

a/ You can have your driver - Tour Leader  to accompany you. ( No additional cost)

b/ We can provide upon request a Professional tour guide.

c/ For tours that are taking place around Athens we can always book a local tour guide in each place of visit , upon your request.

Whatever your choice might be, kindly send your request and we will inform you of the additional cost if that exists!

In case you'd like to be picked up by us at Athens International Airport "El Venizelos", we offer you transportation in significantly better price.

Our representative will welcome  you at the Arrival Hall, holding a sign with your name written on it ,will  help you with your luggage and escort you to the car.

duration Itinerary [total duration approx. 5½ hours]                                                                                          Suggested start time: 8:00 am / in the summer, 8:30 am /in winter
vehicle

Car Type: For your chauffeured transportation, we provide fully air-conditioned vehicles that meet all technical and security standards. Depending on the number of participants, you can choose:

a/ Sedan- type vehicle, new Octavia 7 or Mercedes, capacity 1 to 4 pax (depending on availability)

b/ Mini Van, capacity 4 to 8 pax (depending on availability)

c/ SUV- type vehicle, capacity 1 to 5 pax (depending on availability)

Notes: 1) Child safety seats available upon request 2) Luggage restrictions may apply

walking-pace Activity level: Moderate.
equipment Dress Code: As your visit involves a fair bit of walking, mainly uphill, and marble stones can be quite slippery, it is advisable to wear comfortable, rubber-soled shoes. During the summer months, a hat and light colored garments will also be required for this tour
group Max Group Size: 12-14 persons

Did you know?

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy describes Plato as "...one of the most dazzling writers in the Western literary tradition and one of the most penetrating, wide-ranging, and influential authors in the history of philosophy. Plato appears to have been the founder of Western Political Philosophy, with his Socratic Dialogues “Republic” and “Laws”, among others, providing some of the earliest extant treatments of political questions from a philosophical perspective. The transportation of the historic artifacts from the Acropolis rock to the New Acropolis Museum (NAM) took 4 months. No two structures on the Acropolis hill overlap, so each one seems like a painting whose background consists entirely of the blue Attic sky.

Tour price

160 €  (Prices applies per car not per person)


  • Mercedes/Octavia 7 A/C Sedan Yellow Taxi
  • Up to 4 people
  • From Athens Center
  • For Minivan service up to 8 persons please ask us for a quote.

Inclusions - Exclusions

inxclusions

  1. Transfer to/from the sites.
  2. Hotel pick up (for downtown Athens).
  3. Car fuel
  4. Tolls
  5. Car parking
  6. All taxes
     

exclusions

  1. Gratuities (optional)
  2. Food or drinks
  3. Licensed guide
  4. Admissions