After being picked up from your centrally located Athens hotel, your full-day tour will begin with a visit to Panathinaikos Stadium, the site of the first modern Olympic Games, which were held there in 1896. Pass by the Prime Minister's mansion and the former Royal Palace, which are still guarded by Evzone soldiers dressed in colorful costumes. You will pass through the historically significant Zappion building, which is now a conference and exposition center, before arriving at the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which was completed in 131 A.D. The journey continues past the National Gardens to Hadrian's Arch and then to the Parliament.
You'll pass by the Russian Orthodox Church, Constitution Square, the Old Parliament, the National Academy, and the National Library on your way. Explore the Acropolis, which was built in the fifth century B.C. Visit the Parthenon, the Propylaea Gateway, Athena Nike's Temple, the Erechtheum, and its famous Porch of Maidens.
A short, enjoyable stroll past the Herodion and Dionysos theaters leads to the new Acropolis Museum. Over 4,000 artifacts from the Acropolis site, as well as exhibits from the Roman, Byzantine, and Greek Bronze Age periods, are housed in the museum.
In the evening, transfer to the dock to catch the overnight ferry to Crete. After arriving in Crete, proceed to the hotel the following morning.