If massive tour groups are not your thing, these Athens private tours are a great choice when visiting the capital of Greece. Here's the best private tours in Athens.
Best Athens Tours
The city of Athens in Greece is steeped in history stretching back thousands of years. Ancient monuments and landmarks such as the Acropolis and Parthenon, Temple of Zeus and Agora still survive to this day, a reminder of the sophistication of the Ancient Greeks.
The best way to fully understand the sites and history of Athens, is by taking a tour. Big group tours aren't for everyone though, which is where a private tour in Athens comes in.
Private Tours of Athens
For visitors to Greece from North America and Northern Europe, Athens private tours can offer great value for money. Quite often for families, there is little difference in the price between a large group tour of 40 people, and an exclusive tour.
In addition, the benefits of having a guide all to yourself are greatly multiplied. Not only do you get a personal tour of Athens, with the freedom to ask whatever questions you like, but you'll also get a deeper insight into life in Athens.
An Athens private tour is ideal for families, groups of friends in the city for the day from a cruise ship, or anyone that doesn't really like the idea of trudging behind massive groups of people.
Athens Private Tours
I've pulled this list of the best private tours in Athens together from tour booking site Get Your Guide. This is the site I use myself when I travel, and I love it for it's ease of use and reliability.
Note: It's standard for entrance fees to archaeological sites not to be included in tours in Athens. Keep this in mind when considering booking a tour.
Below, I give a brief description of each private tour of Athens, and a link where you can find out more including current prices.
Athens: Private 4-Hour Tour with Acropolis and Old Town
This is the ‘classic' private tour of Athens, and is perfect for anyone with limited time in the city. Accompanied by a local guide, you'll discover the myths and legends of Athens whilst admiring the Parthenon, stroll through the streets of Monastiraki, enjoy Plaka and much more.
In my opinion, this private tour is ideal for anyone visiting Athens on a cruise ship, or families who would like a tour of the highlights at their own pace.
Athens Private Tours: Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
This is a pricey option, but unusually does also include the entrance fees for both the Acropolis and Museum. (Check details in the tour to make sure though!).
Ideal for singles or couples who would prefer a private guide to show them Athens, it also includes pickups in luxury vehicles. This tour covers the essentials such as the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum, as well as stops at the Zappion, Panathenaic stadium and other places of interest.
I've visited the Acropolis museum a number of times, but each time I am amazed at how relatively little is explained there. The benefits of a guide to show you around the museum can not be underestimated!
Athens: 3-Hour Gods, Myths & Legends w/ a Local
This is probably the best value for money private tour in Athens, and has great customer reviews. Rather than a tour to ancient sites, this is a walk through the streets of Athens with a local.
Along the way, you'll learn about Greek myths and legends, discover some neoclassical architecture in Athens, and also discover what life is like in contemporary Athens.
This tour is suitable for anyone who wants to get a better understanding of the modern city, as well as those who love the telling of Greek myths. A great private tour to take once seeing the ‘highlights' of Athens are out of the way!
Athens Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots
A private tour in Athens for the Insta generation! If you want a short cut to all the best Instagram spots in Athens, this tour is essential.
Led by a local, you'll explore areas and angles you'd probably never find yourself, learn about ancient and modern Greek history, and a lot more. This a great chance to ask questions such as the best places in Athens that local's eat, what life is like in Athens, all the while updating your Insta-Story on the fly.
Athens: Favorite Food Tour – 10 Tastings w/ a Local
Greece has one of the most under-rated cuisines in the world (in my opinion!), and this private tour is a great opportunity to go and exercise your taste buds!
Dropping by local stores and markets, you'll get to try olives, local specialties, and drinks. This food tour in Athens is a good chance to ask any questions you might have about Greek cuisine with a friendly, helpful local!
Day Trips from Athens
If you are planning on spending a few days in Athens, you might also be interested in these day trips.
- Athens day trip to Delphi
- Day trip from Athens to Nafplio
- Cape Sounion tour from Athens
- Day trip to Meteora from Athens
- Mycenae and Epidaurus day trip from Athens