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National Library of Greece (Ethnikí Vivliothíki tis Elládos)

National Library of Greece (Ethnikí Vivliothíki tis Elládos) Tours and Activities

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With a history dating back to 1832 and home to over 2 million books, microfilms, newspapers, ancient manuscripts and historic documents, the National Library of Greece (Ethnikí Vivliothíki tis Elládos) is the heart of Greek literary history.

The library moved to its current location in the center of Athens in 1903, a striking Neoclassical building designed by Danish architect Theophil Hansen, whose other creations include the National University of Athens and the Academy of Athens constitute. Inspired by a Doric Temple, the grand library is sculpted from Pentelic marble and fronted by a pair of dramatic winding staircases.

Plans are currently underway to relocate part of the library’s extensive collection, with construction beginning at a new complex in Phaleron Bay back in 2012.

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Open Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm and Fri-Sat 9am-2pm
32 Panepistimiou Street, Athens, Greece, 10679
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City Sightseeing Athens & Beach Riviera Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Athens & Beach Riviera Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Experience the best of Athens in one day and your own way, on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off Athens bus tour. Travel around by open-top double-decker bus and create your own sightseeing itinerary. Learn about Athens’ history from the onboard audio guide and choose from various routes. Perhaps visit the spectacular Acropolis, the New Acropolis Museum, or other top sights—you set the pace and choose where to explore on foot.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.61
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$23.61
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Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Discover some of Greece’s greatest treasures and the best of modern Athens on this morning or afternoon Athens sightseeing tour. With an expert guide, take a coach tour of top Athens sites, including the Greek Parliament and Panathenaic Stadium, stage of the first modern Olympic Games. Then, explore the mighty Acropolis on foot to see the glorious Parthenon and other highlights. Want to add more sightseeing in Athens? Upgrade your morning tour to include entry to the Acropolis Museum to see its incredible Parthenon friezes, and other archaeological exhibits.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.92
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$64.92
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Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip

Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip

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Combine two popular tours of Athens and Cape Sounion into one day at a discounted price with this Athens Super Saver. In the morning, board an air-conditioned coach for a sightseeing tour of Athens’ highlights. With an expert guide, stroll around the Parthenon and antiquities on the Acropolis; visit the New Acropolis Museum; see the Panathenaic Stadium and more. Then, take an afternoon trip to Cape Sounion, where the Temple of Poseidon overlooks the Aegean Sea. Admire the glittering temple and stellar views before your return by coach to Athens.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$121.10
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$121.10
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Athens Full Day Private Tour

Athens Full Day Private Tour

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Explore the highlights of Athens in a private vehicle on this full-day tour. Depart from your hotel and make your way the the Acropolis, where you can stroll through the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Temple of the Athena Nike, the Propylaea, the Erechtheum, and the Parthenon. Take in views from Lycabettus Hill and explore the neighborhoods of Plaka and Monastiraki.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$112.13
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$112.13
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Athens Shore Excursion: Athens and Piraeus Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Athens Shore Excursion: Athens and Piraeus Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Maximize your time in port with a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Athens and Piraeus. Your self-guided shore excursion offers the best of both worlds, with the flexibility to visit the sights at your own pace and the on-board commentary ensuring you don’t miss anything. Jump off along the way to explore ancient sites like the Acropolis, Parthenon and the Temple of Zeus; stroll the pretty streets of Plaka; or visit popular attractions like the National Archeological Museum, Syntagma Square and the National Gardens.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.61
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$23.61
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Hop on Hop Off Classic tour of Athens

Hop on Hop Off Classic tour of Athens

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Explore Athens at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour that provides easy transportation to key attractions like the Panathenaic Stadium and the Parthenon, part of the Acropolis. Travel across two interchanging lines—the Blue and the Orange—plus enjoy access to/from the port in Piraeus for cruise passengers.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$15.34
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$15.34
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Athens Coastal Bike Tour
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Athens Coastal Bike Tour

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See a different side of the Greek capital on an energizing half-day bike tour of Athens. Cycle through the city along bike-friendly paths, getting a great perspective of landmarks like the Parthenon, before heading to the beautiful coastline known as the Athens Riviera. Soak up fantastic views of the Saronic Gulf while riding along the water, and see coastal highlights that most visitors miss like the Faliro Olympic Complex and Flisvos Marina. Enjoy leisure time to explore the marina, and take advantage of your local guide’s insider expertise.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.11
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$53.11
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The History of Athens: Greek Mythology Private Tour

The History of Athens: Greek Mythology Private Tour

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Get an on-the-ground lesson in Greek history on this private walking tour. Explore the atmospheric streets of Athens while learning about the myths and legends of ancient Greece from an informative guide. Visit the Trilogy of Athens, learn about neoclassical architecture, explore the Central Market and hear about Hermes, the God of Commerce, explore the colorful local spice market and more on this affordable half-day outing.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$90.88
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$90.88
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Athens Highlights Half Day Private Tour

Athens Highlights Half Day Private Tour

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If you’re short on time but want to see everything that Athens has to offer, take a five-hour tour by private transportation. The day starts with convenient pickup from your hotel and then takes you to the Acropolis, Panepistimiou Street, and much more. Traveling by private car enables you to take advantage of your time. You also have the flexibility to explore each attraction independently or add a licensed guide at an additional coast.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$87.93
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$87.93
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Athens, The Acropolis and Cape Sounion Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Athens, The Acropolis and Cape Sounion Full-Day Tour with Lunch

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Admire ancient treasures side-by-side with modern marvels on this full-day sightseeing tour of Athens and Cape Sounion. Visit the famous Acropolis and Temple of Olympic Zeus, plus contemporary Athenian highlights like Panathinaikon Stadium and Parliament House. Savor traditional Greek flavors with an included lunch, and travel to Cape Sounion in the afternoon for spectacular views of the Saronic Gulf and the ancient Temple of Poseidon perched dramatically atop sea cliffs.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$105.05
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$105.05
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Athens By Night Private Tour

Athens By Night Private Tour

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Experience the nighttime side of Athens on this private evening tour. Meet your driver at your hotel and depart in a private vehicle to the main sights of Athens, including the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Port of Piraeus, Lycabettus Hill, and more. Explore each place independently and at your own pace.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.82
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$70.82
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Athens city Highlights Half Day Private Tour

Athens city Highlights Half Day Private Tour

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Get around Athens’ most-cherished attractions and see the city in comfort on this private, half-day driving tour. Choose what time your small group would like to start, with hotel and port pick-up and drop-off included, and enjoy a professional chauffeur service designed to show-off the best of Greece’s ancient history and hospitality.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$64.92
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$64.92
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Athens Highlights & Ancient Corinth Full Day Private Tour

Athens Highlights & Ancient Corinth Full Day Private Tour

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It can be difficult to cram all of Athens’ historical highlights into an itinerary, even more so if you also want to fit in other towns such as ancient Corinth. Remove the stress of planning a timetable with this full-day tour of the most impressive landmarks in the two towns. Spend the morning walking from the Acropolis to Lycabettus Hill, the highest hill in Athens, then jump over to Corinth for an exploration of the Corinth Canal and the Temple of Apollo.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$208.33
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Athens Full Day Private Sightseeing Tour

Athens Full Day Private Sightseeing Tour

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Beat the heat of Athens’ streets and explore with a knowledgeable private driver on this door-to-door tour. See city signatures including the Acropolis, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Agora of Athens and the Changing of the Guard in a climate-controlled vehicle with Wi-Fi, TV and USB charging, as well as cool drinks. Your package excludes entrance fees and lunch: licensed guides can usually be arranged for an additional charge.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.05
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Eat like an Athenian walking tour
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Eat like an Athenian walking tour

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Eat your way around Athens with a local foodie who will show you the local hot spots. Sample traditional Greek foods like olives and olive oil, honey, cheese, meats, Greek coffee, and sesame bread. You can also enjoy a cocktail or two. Along the way, learn a bit about Greek culture and everyday life in the city. 
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.64
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Tuk Tuk in Athens! Explore the city with our tour escort !!

Tuk Tuk in Athens! Explore the city with our tour escort !!

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By choosing a TukTuk to enjoy the sightseeing in Athens, you ensure maximum safety and security for the coronavirus. Think wisely and combine privacy, open vehicle,strict hygiene measures (sanitized between use, masks),visit the outdoor space of famous historical monuments of Athens, avoiding overcrowded buses and indoor exhibition places. Follow the evolution of Athens throughout the decades by various architectural styles of the neighborhood. Decode the symbolism of the three neoclassical buildings: the National University, the Academy, and the Library. Let our friendly staff introduce you to the place, the local way of life, the Greek culture, and customs. Feel unique in an authentic, colorful, Thai TukTuk. These charming three-wheeled vehicles can pass through alleys and neighbors where no others can pass. The interaction with the crowd makes this personalized experience unique. Take photos onboard which will accompany you for a lifetime See more in less time
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.62
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6 Hours - Athens Sightseeing Private Tour

6 Hours - Athens Sightseeing Private Tour

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There’s so much to see in Athens and only so much time.  Maximize your Greek vacation with a full-day private tour of the city.  Starting from your hotel, you’ll have private transportation at your disposal whisking you away to multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Acropolis. You can explore each location independently at your own pace or choose to hire a private guide in advance. It's your day.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$168.20
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$168.20
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Athens city Full Day Private Tour

Athens city Full Day Private Tour

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Cover ground you couldn’t hope to cover on public transport when you book this action-packed full day tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Agora, the Temple of Hephaestus, the Panathenaic Stadium, the National Archaeological Museum and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Inhale city views from Mt. Lycabettus and explore the Plaka and Monastiraki neighborhoods. Entrance fees at own expense.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$94.43
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4 Hours - Athens & Acropolis Highlights Private Tour

4 Hours - Athens & Acropolis Highlights Private Tour

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Delve deep into the history of ancient Greece on a 4-hour private tour of the ancient ruins of Athens. Visit the ruins on Acropolis Hill, the Temple of Zeus, the Old Olympic Stadium, Lycabettus Hill, and much more. Discover what each building was used for over 2,000 years ago and what daily life was like for the ancient Greeks as you admire the ruins and views of the city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$144.59
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$144.59
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Central Athens Highlights Small Group Tour by TRIKKE

Central Athens Highlights Small Group Tour by TRIKKE

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Explore Athens by TRIKKE® (electric tricycle) and check off the Greek capital’s top sights with this 2-hour small group tour. Hop aboard your easy-to-ride, three-wheeled Trikke, and zip between showstopper sights — from the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens to the Panathenaic Stadium. Enjoy frequent stops to take photos, and benefit from the personalized commentary of your local guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.88
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$82.88

Private Half-Day Athens Highlights Tour

Private Half-Day Athens Highlights Tour

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Combine the classic with the contemporary on this private 5-hour sightseeing tour of Athens, designed for travellers seeking a personalized experience. Stay cool in the daytime heat as you travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to sights such as the iconic Acropolis, the Agora of Athens, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. See, too, examples of modern architecture including the University of Athens and the National Library. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Athens are included on this private tour.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$294.29
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TukTuk Athens Private Evening / Afternoon Complete Tour - City Center & Old Town

TukTuk Athens Private Evening / Afternoon Complete Tour - City Center & Old Town

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Explore Athens and its neighbourhoods on an Electric Tuk. A private and unique ride around the city and its narrows streets! See and visit the city during evening hours and marvel from the beautiful illuminated Athens. Our tours are private, you will have one Tuk Tuk and driver at your service. Enjoy the unique ride and the 360º view that a tuk tuk offers. Know Athens by night, and decide where you want to stop at the end of the tour for a dinner or a drink. A city full of history, culture and lots of entertainment!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.64
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$69.64
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e-TUK Athens Old Town Tour by Day

e-TUK Athens Old Town Tour by Day

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Explore the Old Town of Athens from the comfort of your own eco-friendly electric tuk-tuk with this tour. Your guide will drive you and your party around top spots, from the National Library and Mount Lycabettus to the Acropolis and Syntagma Square. And with open-air seating, you’ll be able to get plenty of great photos as you go.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.66
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$180.66
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Best of Athens: Private Full-Day Tour including the Acropolis & Acropolis Museum

Best of Athens: Private Full-Day Tour including the Acropolis & Acropolis Museum

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Spend a full day exploring Athens. This tour allows you to visit highlights such as the Acropolis, the ancient Greek agora, Hadrian's Gate, and more. Stop in Plaka for free time and lunch. Round-trip private transportation included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$264.26
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$264.26
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What are National Library of Greece (Ethnikí Vivliothíki tis Elládos) hours of operation?
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National Library of Greece (Ethnikí Vivliothíki tis Elládos) hours of operation: Open Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm and Fri-Sat 9am-2pm . Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book National Library of Greece (Ethnikí Vivliothíki tis Elládos) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since National Library of Greece (Ethnikí Vivliothíki tis Elládos) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit National Library of Greece (Ethnikí Vivliothíki tis Elládos) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to National Library of Greece (Ethnikí Vivliothíki tis Elládos) costs USD 5.50. Guided National Library of Greece (Ethnikí Vivliothíki tis Elládos) tours start around USD 5.50 per person.
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