Athens tours and excursions

Athens tours

Bus tours

Τhe Athens Sightseeing Bus (red line, daily, every 30 minutes), begins and ends its 90-minute tour of the city's top sights from Sytntagma Square (in front of the post office). En-route, attractions include the Acropolis Museum, the Acropolis hill, the Benaki Museum, the Cycladic Museum, the Panathenaic Stadium, the National Gardens and the National Archaeological Museum. You can hop on or off at any of the 15 stops, and the ticket is valid for 24 hours.

Telephone: 210 922 0604.
Walking tours

Athens is well suited to walking, as most sights are centrally located. The ‘Unification of Archaeological Sites' links the city's ancient sites by a 4km (2.5 miles) traffic-free promenade: Dionissiou Areopagitou leads from the Acropolis metro station along the south side of the Acropolis to join Apostolou Pavlou which leads to Thissio metro station. From here Adrianou runs east to Monastiraki, while Ermou runs west to Keramikos. For private guided tours, contact the Association of Greek National Guides.

Telephone: 210 322 0090.

Excursions from Athens

Delphi (Delfí)

According to Greek mythology, Delphi stands at the point where two eagles were released to the east and west by the god Zeus, thus marking the centre of the world. Soaring high near Mount Parnassos, it was home to the sanctuary of Apollo and the seat of his oracle. Today, the ancient UNESCO World Heritage site is an impressive array of ruins, and the excellent Delphi Museum exhibits statues and offerings from the sanctuary of Delphi. Delphi lies 180 km (112 miles) from Athens and is served by regular, three-hour bus journey from terminal B at Liossion 260 in Athens.

Telephone: +30 22 6508 2313.
Temple of Poseidon (Sounio)

Built in 444BC, the white marble Temple of Poseidon stands on the tip of Cape Sounion, overlooking the Aegean Sea, and is a spectacular sight, particularly when there is a good sunset. The coastal road from Athens offers a dramatic route to the ruins - by car or bus. From the city centre, the regular local bus departs from Mavromateon, in front of Pedion Areos park (Viktoria metro station).

Telephone: +30 22 92039363.
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