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National Library of Greece (Ethnikí Vivliothíki tis Elládos) Tours

National Library of Greece (Ethnikí Vivliothíki tis Elládos)
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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The National Library of Greece is located on Panepistimiou Street in central Athens and is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 2pm.
Address: 32 Panepistimiou Street, Athens 10679, Greece
Hours: Open Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm and Fri-Sat 9am-2pm
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Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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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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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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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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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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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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Athens Coastal Bike Tour

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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Athens Mythology Highlights Tour in 4 hrs: Acropolis, Acropolis Museum and more.

Athens Mythology Highlights Tour in 4 hrs: Acropolis, Acropolis Museum and more.

Skip-the-lines and see Athens’ most important landmarks in 4 hours, learning all about the myths behind them. Travel back in time to Ancient Greece, and discover the greatest landmarks of Athens. Explore more than 3,000 years of history and Greek mythology and take a closer look at significant details on historical buildings, including beautiful old chapels and numerous other monuments. In the most unique part of the city, Plaka and Anafiotika, stroll around the little alleys and admire the white washed cubic houses with bright painted shutters and beautifully carved wooden doors, a typical Cycladic architecture. No visit to Athens is complete without discovering the Acropolis museum which is housed in one of the most important works of contemporary architecture. Main attractions such as artifacts of every day life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and the majestic Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze, will definitely have you impressed.
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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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8-Day Classic Greece Tour: Athens, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora

8-Day Classic Greece Tour: Athens, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora

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Get a comprehensive grip of Greece on this 8-day guided tour, staying first for 4 nights in Athens and then moving on to see some off-the-beaten-path spots, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Take walking tours of Athens' greatest sites, learning about the long and interesting history of the city. After departing Athens, visit the ancient theater at Epidaurus, stop by legendary Delphi, learn about the history of the Olympic games at Olympia, and explore amazing Meteora, Overnight accommodation is included and an expert guide accompanies you.
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Private Walking Tour: National Archaeological Museum

Private Walking Tour: National Archaeological Museum

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Explore the National Archaeological Museum, one of the world’s greatest museums, along with other historical highlights of Athens on this private walking tour. Witness the best of the more than 200,000 Greek treasures at the famous Athens Archaeological Museum, viewing everything from sculptures and artworks to pottery from prehistoric times to late antiquity as your guide details their history. Plus, stroll past some of Athens’ neoclassical buildings, see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Greek Parliament House, and view some fascinating archaeological finds displayed at Syntagma Square.
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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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National Archaeological Museum and Food Tour with private guide

National Archaeological Museum and Food Tour with private guide

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Greece is famous for the marvelous ancient sights, the sea and the gastronomy! Have a combination of one of the world’s best museums, sightseeing of the Center of Athens and a perfect food slow pace tour! Walk and learn about the history of the city while tasting several local specialties! You will visit two different deli's and have an olive oil tasting, taste the traditional Greek coffee and have lunch at an amazing local taverna. A food tour must have a dessert and the best dessert is loukoumades! Visit the most important museum in Athens and one of the greatest in the world. The National Archaeological Museum houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity.
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Best of Athens and National Archaeological Museum Private Tour

Best of Athens and National Archaeological Museum Private Tour

Combine one of the Greatest Museums with the tour of Athens. Visit the Panathinaic Stadium where the first Modern Olympic games took place. The Zappeion and the Syntagma Square, the complex of the Academy of Athens, tha National Library and the University. Finally we will visit the National Archaeological Museum one of the must see spots in Athens. It houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. You will see the musk of Agamemnon, the infamous statue epicted either Zeus holding the thunderbolt or Poseidon carrying his trident. The Thera Room draws the attention of visitors mainly through the celebrated wall paintings, the “Spring Fresco” with the sparrows and the lilies, the “Boxing Children Fresco” and the “Antelope Fresco”. The museum is considered one of the greatest museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide.
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10 Day Ultimate Ancient Greece Tours Experience

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Our first stop is at historical Thermopylae! Paying tribute to King Leonidas of Sparta and his 300 Spartan warriors we will visit the amazing monument of his statue which is captivating!  Next stop breathtaking Meteora! You will be delighted in the play of light on the rocks and their changing moods. At the foot of Mount Parnassos, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which was the most famous oracle of ancient Greece.  Ancient Olympia in Greece was the site of the ancient Olympic Games, which were celebrated every four years by the Greeks.  An ideal getaway featuring superb architecture and cobbled streets is the medieval town of MONEMVASIA! Visiting the Mani peninsula you will discover AEROPOLIS named after Ares, the God of war!  The incredible DIROS CAVES are not to be missed! Start your journey at an underground lake where boats will be waiting for you.  Discover LIMENI, a picturesque port of Aeropoli! Enjoy the tavernas, restaurants, cafes, bars and boutique hotels right next to the sea and refresh yourselves by swimming in fabulous blue water.   Nafplio was the first capital city of modern Greece. It is a picturesque town with Venetian architecture that the Venetians used to call the Naples of Greece.  Epidaurus is one of the most popular archaeological sites in Greece and an UNESCO’S world heritage listed monument.  Mycenae, the kingdom of Agamemnon is a World Heritage UNESCO Site discovered by H. Schliemann.  Combining mythology, ancient temples, an ancient stadium and an incredible museum, Nemea is not to be missed.  We will explore the incredible archaeological site of Ancient Corinth with the fabulous museum, courtyard, temple of Apollo, fountain of Glauke, Sacred Spring, Peirene, Asklepieion, Odeion, Bema, Agora and much more.   Ancient Diolkos where you discover and explore the ancient passage from the Corinthian to Saronic gulf and the subducting bridge.  Isthmus/Corinth canal which separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland where you will appreciate the engineering and incredible views of the Corinthian and Saronic gulfs. Our adventure concludes at glorious Athens, the capital city of Greece, where many philosophers were born, the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and Empire. Last but not least, you will be charmed by the serene Athens Riviera and enchanted by the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, one of the major monuments of the Golden Age! 
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5 Days TOP Highlights in Mainland and Islands of Greece

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This tour offers you the opportunity to see different aspects of Greece. Visit the symbol of democracy, the centre of ancient world, little islands, watch amazing sunsets and taste divine wines only in 5 days...
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4 Days Christmas in Greece Private Tour

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Live the experience of Christmas in Greece! You may not believe it but in Greece winter means cold, snowmen and elves! Travel back in your childhood and feel like a local...
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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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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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Athens Legends: Gods and Myths Private Tour

Athens Legends: Gods and Myths 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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Athens Night Sightseeing Tour with Greek Dinner Show

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Experience the full magic of Athens by night with this 3.5-hour panoramic evening tour, with an enjoyable Greek dinner show included. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, enjoy spectacular views of top Athens attractions such as the Parthenon, Temple of Zeus and Greek Parliament building, all beautifully floodlit against the night sky. Then, head for a traditional taverna in the old district of Plaka for a delicious Greek dinner and colorful folklore show of traditional dancing, music and song.
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Athens Private Small Group Full Day

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Athens Private Small Group Full Day

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See Athens’ main attractions with your own private group on a full-day city tour by minibus for up to 19 passengers. With a knowledgeable driver-guide, you’ll visit the Acropolis of Athens and the Acropolis Museum to soak up the archaeological wonders of this ancient city, plus see an array of other landmarks like the National Archaeological Museum and the Plaka and Monastiraki districts. Pickup is available at hotels or the cruise port.
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  • 8 hours
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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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Tuk Tuk in Athens! Explore the city with our courier !!

Tuk Tuk in Athens! Explore the city with our courier !!

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Enjoy a fun-filled and fast-paced way to explore Athens—and see many of the city’s top attractions—when you book this private tuk-tuk tour. Pick from multiple convenient departure times, and upgrade to explore with a guide. You can look forward to admiring the Acropolis, zipping through Syntagma Square, discovering the Academy of Athens and National Library of Greece, and exploring the city’s many narrow, picturesque streets along the way.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Tour of Classical Athens

Private Tour of Classical Athens

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Experience Athens’ top historic destinations on this all-day guided excursion. After a convenient hotel or port pickup, travel by private luxury vehicle to landmarks like the Olympic Stadium, the Ancient Agora, Mount Lycabettus, and the National Archaeological Museum. Enjoy complimentary bottled water and access to WiFi and an English-speaking driver.
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  • 8 hours
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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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