Regardless of where you stand when it comes to history and architecture, the Acropolis is the most famous and popular of sites to see when in Athens. Through the Propylae -the 80 step gateway- you acsend into the Acropolis, where you'll see the Parthenon (completed in 437 BC) and the Erectheum which contains the Porch of the Caryatids. Views from the ancient city are also incredible.
Price: Depending upon tour length and agenda, adults can expect to pay from $39 to $322.
Booking Advice: These tours are typically 4 to 8 hours in length, and many times combine with other highlights in Athens such as the National Archeological Museum. The amount of physical exercise involved ranges from easy to difficult based upon the amount of walking and step climbing required in a given tour. Some of these excursions are expressly designed for those who would not be able to walk or climb. We do suggest a review of online third party vendor excursions to compare prices and tour variety.
The Acropolis Museum & Shopping at the Plaka
On these 4.5 hour tours and en route to the New Acropolis Museum, you'll pass by city highlights such as the Temple of the Olympic Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, the National Gardens,the National Library, and the Parliament Building. With a guide, you'll explore the Acropolis Museum, which respectfully displays the wealth of artifacts found by the Acropolis. These tours include time and opportunity to shop in the Plaka.
Price: Adults expect to pay around $65.
Booking Advice: These tours, because of the walking involved, are rated as moderate on scales of physical exertion.
Athens & Cape Sounion
This excursion brings you to the highlights of the Acropolis, which (of course) includes the Parthenon, before an exquisite lunch at a posh hotel. You then go to Cape Sounion to explore The Temple of Poseidon, built in mid 5th century BC, with columns of Pentelic marble.
Price: Adults expect to pay around $130 for an 8.5 hour tour.
Booking Advice: Due to the walking involved on uneven surfaces and the stair climbing, these tours are rated as strenuous. Lunch costs are typically included.
Canal Cruise & Ancient Corinth
Following a coastal drive, you'll take a boat through Corinth Canal, then set off for Ancient Corinth. The history of this city includes visits by St. Paul, who founded the Church of Corinth there. Highlights include seeing Apollo Temple, the Fountain of Glauke, the Spring of Periander, and a part of Lechaion Road. Typically, snacks are included during the canal boat ride. This tour is 6.5 hours in length.
Price: Adults expect to pay around $90.
Booking Advice: Due to the walking involved, this tour is rated moderate with respect to physical exertion.
On Your Own Tours of Athens
Following a guided tour by coach so you are aware of city highlights, you are dropped off nearby the Plaka, where you can enjoy all the shops, cultural museums, cafes, and taverns to your heart's content. These tours last up to 7.5 hours.
Price: Adults expect to pay around $29.
Booking Advice: It's estimated that these tours are moderately challenging in terms of physical exercise. You may also want to consider Hop on/Off Bus Tours via third party vendors as a way of seeing sights in Athens (including the Acropolis) on your own for slightly less money.