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“Wonderful experience...DO NOT miss the walking tour!”

City Sightseeing Athens & Piraeus
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City Sightseeing Athens Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #31 of 289 Tours in Athens
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Owner description: City Sightseeing is the World's number one Open-Top bus operator, with sightseeing tours in more than 109 locations carrying well over 16 million passengers per year. It is a global brand which brings together the finest operators of panoramic tours from around the world under one recognizable banner on a RED BUS that ensures a tour of quality and excellence. The tours provide the perfect way to see all the best sights and attractions in each city. The unique 24 hour ticket over 2 days, offering the "Hop On Hop Off" facility, means that people can explore each destination at their own leisure.
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“Wonderful experience...DO NOT miss the walking tour!”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

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! :)

Visited June 2014
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“Nice option for the 1st day”
Reviewed 22 June 2014 via mobile

You can see all the places of interest. If you take the bus then u can know where you want visit inside Athens. Obviously, you need go to Acropolis and the new museum too before go to other places out side.
Have the alternative of 14 languages.

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“Great to visit all attractions”
Reviewed 18 June 2014 via mobile

I specially recommend the walking tour included in the ticket. It was a great experience, they have a very knowledgeable guides.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

this is the best way of seeing all attractions in Athen. the bus stops on all atrractions and it is convienient to hop on and off at your convienient. To take a hire car would be a waist of money and the caotic trafic makes driving not a pleasure. to find the attraction you want is nearly impossible with your own transport. Since we used the hop-on bus in other cities we get a 10% discount in every city we visited. the explenations on the bus where good.

Visited May 2014
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“Best deal on hop-on bus from Piraeus (port)”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Visitors to Athens have a choice of a number of hop-on hop-off bus companies. Hellas Open Top Bus (Sights of Athens) may not have the familiar name of its competitors, but offers a number of advantages, particularly to those who cruise. First, it is about half the price of its competitors--10 euros vs. around 22-25 euros. In addition, it offers fewer stops. This will naturally reduce your travel time. The bus makes two stops in the port of Piraeus to pick up passengers from different cruise terminals. Only two stops later and people have the choice of the Temple of Zeus or walking past the New Acropolis Museum om their way to the Parthenon. Buses are clean, provide narrative of the route in various languages, do not require transfers to a different route to get to the Parthenon, and are virtually indistinguishable (aside from color). Be aware, however that while Hellas is arguably the best option for cruisers, visitors staying in Athenian hotels would probably be better served by a different company. The bus can be caught just outside the cruise terminal. Tickets can be purchased from the driver.

Visited May 2014
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