Neoclassical Heart of Athens Private Guided Tour

Approx. 3 hours




Come with us on an extremely interesting tour of the historical center of Athens. Discover the architectural ornaments that adorn it and that have been created during its long, through ages, history. Admire unique works of neoclassical architecture that coexist with the insurmountable creations of ancient Greek craftsmen. Immerse yourself in a unique journey through time traversing a course of centuries in a few hours in this fascinating walking tour.


You will meet your guide inside the Syntagma Metro Station and the tour will start from the Syntagma Metro Station Archeological Collection that features a variety of historical items unearthed during the process of building the metro. Above the metro station lies the gently sloping Syntagma square (Plateia Syntagmatos = Constitution Square), the most popular meeting point of the Capital, located in the heart of modern Athens.You will walk through the historical National Garden where the Zappeion Megaron is placed, a part of national heritage of Greek civilization.

Passing by the Old Royal Palace, the first royal palace of modern Greece that was completed in 1843 and houses the Hellenic Parliament since 1934, you will have a stop to see the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, right in front of the Royal Palace, which is guarded 24 hours a day by two “Evzoni”, members of the Presidential Guard, an elite unit of the Greek Army. After watching the changing of the Guards you will continue your walk to the “Ilion Melathron” that houses the Numismatic Museum of Athens since 1985. A little further down the road you will come across the Athenian Trilogy, a marvelous 3 building complex that encompasses The National Library, The University of Athens and the Academy.

Then you will cross the full of cars, traffic and crowds city center to reach the equally crowded and full of life Monastiraki Square with the famous Flea Market and lots of souvenir shops. You will admire the Hadrian’s Library that was created by Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD 132 on the north side of the Acropolis of Athens. You will reach the Agia Eirini Square where you can have a small break and the chance to taste delicious loukoumades or koulouri and a take away coffee or Raki shots and drinks.Your next visit will be the vibrant neighbourhood of Psyrri with the numerous café, taverns, bars and sweet shops. The tour will end at the House with Caryatids that was built in the late 19th century and is a typical example of Athenian neoclassicism. You will return back to Monastiraki Square where you will leave your tour guide and be left free to further explore the city center on your own.


  • Wander away from the bustling streets of Athens in the lush green National Garden with the impressive building of Zappeion.
  • Pass by the Old Royal Palace that houses the Greek Parliament
  • Meet the Numismatic Museum and the 3 building complex called the Athenian trilogy.
  • Head to the Monastiraki Square and the vibrant neighbourhood of Psyrri
  • Reach the House of Caryatids, a typical Athenian neoclassic building.

Meeting Point

The meeting point for the tour is inside Syntagma metro station. Your tour guide will be standing, one level down, by the ticket machines underneath the big hanging clock holding a light blue Athenian tours sign.

Good to know

  • Family friendly
  • Not suitable for children under 6 years old
  • The tour lasts approximately 3 hours, depending on group’s pace and weather conditions.
  • The tour ends at the Monastiraki Square, so you can stay on to explore the place further, if you wish.
  • In an effort to ensure that you will avoid any kind of discomfort and most importantly that you will feel comfortable, our guides may change order of the sites you may visit.
  • Tour is offered by Licensed Tourist Guides
  • The tours are conducted in English
  • Private tours are also conducted in Spanish and French.

Entrance fees and tickets

Entrance tickets and fees are not included
We will not enter premises that require an entrance fee.

Additional Information

Available for private booking? Yes

Level: Medium

Family friendly: Yes

Walking pace: Moderate

Free cancellation: Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

  • Duration Approx. 3 hours
  • Meeting Time Upon request

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