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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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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

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We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

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Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

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Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Starting At
$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.