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Private "unesco" Sites Of Athens

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Admire the Dani Monastery's stunning mosaics, stroll Plaka's cafe-lined streets, roam among the Acropolis' ruins, and more on this scenic Athens tour.

Take the wonderful opportunity to see two UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Athens and take in spectacular views of iconic structures like the Temple of Athena Nike and dazzling mosaics when you book this scenic, private excursion. Your half-day tour takes you to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Byzantine Monastery of Dafni and the Acropolis and includes a professional tour guide who will share stories and interesting facts of these iconic sites. Have free time to explore the historical Athens neighborhood of Plaka on your own, making this exciting excursion perfect for culture connoisseurs.

Start your exciting private cultural excursion by meeting up with your expert tour guide by your terminal and hopping in a comfortable vehicle for a scenic 30-minute drive to Athens' city center. Once you arrive, stop to explore the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Acropolis, a historical complex that once served as Athens' refuge from enemy attacks. Locals know this natural citadel as the "Holy Rock" since it sits atop a steep rocky hill and overlooks Athens, offering stunning views of the city. As part of the world-renowned Parthenon, the Acropolis is home to a plethora of famous structures that you'll get to spend an hour admiring its exterior, including the Temple of Parthenon, the Temple of the Greek goddess Athena Nike, and the famed female figured columns on the Erechtheion's porch known as the Karyatides.

Continue your scenic excursion by following your guide to the land just beneath the Holy Rock into the charming neighborhood of Plaka. As Athens' oldest neighborhood, Plaka dates back to antiquity and is lined with modern boutiques, jewelry shops, cafes, and cobblestone streets. Enjoy some free time exploring this ancient part of Athens as you navigate its medieval streets, shop for souvenirs like local ceramics, clothing, or jewelry or indulge in a coffee (at your expense) before continuing on your transportation for an approximate 30-minute drive to the iconic Dafni Monastery.

Upon your arrival at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Dafni Monastery, spend an hour taking in the spectacular architecture of inside and outside this Byzantine monastery, including its apse and dome scenes that depict some of the most sacred characters. Admire the beauty of the silver and gold mosaics before heading back to your pier on a comfortable 45-minute drive for the perfect end to your tour.

If you want to get to know more about Athens' masterpieces, then this is the tour for you. Book your exciting private tour today for an unforgettable time in Athens!

Please Note: Vehicles available for this tour accommodate groups of up to either 3 guests or 9 guests maximum. Groups with more than 9 guests will need to book multiple vehicles. Please consider this information when booking.

About Shore Excursions Group
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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.

Our Approach
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.

Our Tours
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.

Our People
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

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
$373.00 USD
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Tour Duration
4.5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Water is included.
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, closed toe walking shoes. Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat are also suggested. For those wishing to visit any churches, remember that shoulders and knees must be covered.
Guests must be able to walk over paved, cobblestone, marble, gravel, and packed dirt surfaces, many of which are at an incline, or are uneven. The climb to the Acropolis is strenuous. At all archeological and museum sites no drinks (except water) or food are allowed. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.