Dear fellow traveller, most likely you'd have taken a hop-on hop-off service earlier sometime and would be thinking if this one is really worth your time. Well, in that case the answer is a resounding YES!
Unless you're the sharp-focused traveler with a very clear picture of what you're going to see and when, this tour is a must for you. For one, it is very informative, and in a city with as much history as Athens, all the information you gain is going to be a drop in the ocean.
Getting there: Although you could start the tour from multiple points in the city, the actual starting point is Syntagma Square. The ticket is EUR 18 for just the main city tour, and EUR 22 for the main city plus Piraeus, which is their port, and is slightly outside the main city. Oh and the ticket is valid for two days.
You could in effect choose to get down at a number of listed stops and get back on from any of those as well, so the typical hop-on hop-off flexibility is very much there.
Top secret deal-clincher: Whatever you do, DO NOT miss the free walking tour accompanied with it. There are two tours that start at 1120 hrs and 1220 hrs respectively from Acropolis (stop #4). The first day I went, we had Dimitri as our guide, who told us about the history of Parthenon, and other main sites in and around Acropolis. Himself an archaeologist and historian, Dimitri was as perfect a guide as we could wish for. He answered all our questions, and delivered such a brilliant narrative that the tour is my single most precious memory from Athens, and that's saying a lot for a city as amazing as Athens! So much so, that I went again the next day for the 1120 hrs tour (which I had missed the previous day) and was lucky enough to find Dimitri again (even though it was his off day)! He took us through a different tour and on the history of democracy and its birthplace. His narrative was so well crafted, that I could only hear with rapt attention and was not distracted for a moment. By the time the tour ended, it was time for the second 1220 hrs tour, and I was so impressed by the wealth of knowledge that Dimitri had gifted to us that I decided to retake it. And it was even better the second time!
If nothing else, go there for the walking tour. It is more than worth your entire ticket even though it is a free tour! And if you get Dimitri as your guide, consider yourself one lucky tourist! Go Dimitri...you're the man! :)
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