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Private Best Christmas In Athens

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Enjoy free time exploring Syntagma Square to see the city Christmas tree, visit the Acropolis, and more on this holiday time tour in Athens.

Enjoy one of Europe's most ancient cities with the holiday atmosphere as you stroll through the food market (or Monastiraki flea market), visit Hadrian's Arch, and more on this Christmastime tour in Athens. Your cultural adventure includes an expert local guide who will take you to a photo stop outside the iconic monuments and sites where you can take postcard-worthy photos, such as the Acropolis, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Marble Olympic Stadium. Your scenic excursion also covers the cost of sweet Greek treats and coffee at a local cafe in Agia Irini's Square and gives you the chance to choose between a morning or afternoon start time as well as enjoy a panoramic city drive aboard comfortable transportation in Downtown Athens. With the chance to see the Kapnikareas Square street show and enjoy free time shopping along the decorated Ermou pedestrian street, this private Christmastime excursion is perfect for families, shopping aficionados and culture enthusiasts alike.

Start your private Christmastime excursion by meeting up with your local guide at the pier and boarding a comfortable vehicle to enjoy a relaxing 40-minute drive to Athens. Your first stop takes you to explore Athens' past with a photo stop outside this iconic site of the first modern Olympics and the only marble-built stadium in the world, the Panathenaic Marble Stadium. You'll get to enjoy hearing all about this 19th-century building's corridors and admire its architectural excellence of marble and granite from the outside before following your guide to take an outside photo of the stunning Hadrian's Arch, Athens' official city gate during Roman rule. Next, follow your guide down the beautiful pedestrian street of Dionysiou Areopagitou before arriving at the Acropolis, the ancient Athenian complex known as the "Holy Rock." Whilst this is a 45minute outside visit only, you'll get to learn about its history and iconic sites from your knowledgeable guide and capture stunning photos of the former temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena known as the Parthenon.

Continue your sightseeing holiday adventure by immersing yourself in Athens' modern side and get in the Christmas spirit as you visit the Syntagma Constitution Square. Here, get free time to take in unforgettable views of the Presidential Guard known as the Evzones in their traditional white uniforms or navy blue wintertime ceremonial garments and red Farion tassel adorned cap. Spend 45-minutes of free time taking in stunning views and capturing Insta-worthy photos of other iconic sites around the square, including the city's official Christmas tree and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before taking a stroll down the beautifully decorated Ermou pedestrian street for some much-needed retail therapy. Enjoy shopping down this local favorite or catch musicians and street show performers at the end of the road along Kapnikareas Street, a historical street that's also home to a Byzantine church.

Continue your cultural adventure with a 30-minute coffee break to indulge in a beverage and dine on sweet Greek Christmas treats like kourabiedes and melomakarona as you take in the beautiful sites of the traditional style church and neoclassical buildings of the modern Agia Irini Square. Follow your guide down the Ermou pedestrian street for a visit to Athens' colorful meat and fish food market to experience the exciting atmosphere of the mid-20th-century pure meat cut shops and herb and spice carts that line the market. As an alternative, you'll get to visit the Monastiraki flea market in the event the food market closes before you arrive. Before heading back on a 40-minute drive to your port, you'll conclude your scenic excursion with a 20-minute panoramic drive through the city's most essential avenues for the perfect end to your tour.

From taking photos in front of iconic monuments like Hadrian's Arch to taking in the wonderful sights and ambiance of the colorful food market, this Christmastime tour offers much to see and do. Book this scenic adventure today and get ready to immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit and Greek culture on your next visit to Athens.

Please Note: Vehicles available for this tour accommodate groups of up to either 2 guests or 12 guests maximum. Groups with more than 12 guests will need to book multiple vehicles.

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from $178.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Scenic, Shopping
Tour Duration
5.25 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Snack, Beverage (Coffee or tea and Christmas Greek sweets)
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable, layered clothing and sensible, closed-toe walking shoes. For those wishing to visit any churches, remember that shoulders and knees must be covered.
Guests must be able to step in and out of transportation and walk over paved terrain and cobblestone, and some possibly being uneven. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.