Dec 2, 2013

The Olive Tree in Ancient Athens


Dec 2, 2013


According to the stories of ancient Greece, the god of the sea Poseidon argued with Athena goddess of peace and wisdom over the ownership of a new city in Attica. It was decreed that whoever gave the most valuable give to its citizens could have control of the city. Poseidon used his trident to create a spring of salt water, while Athena used her spear to grow an olive tree from the ground. The people decided the olive tree was more valuable and so the city was named Athens in honour of Athena. Today the olive tree on the lower slopes of the Acropolis is said to be the very same one.

The olive tree is as old as Greece herself. For 10,000 years it has been a symbol of peace and wisdom and has appeared in poetry and writing back as far as the philosopher Homer. A crown made of olive branches was presented to Olympic champions, who were also gifted huge quantities of olive oil. Olive trees even had their own legislation. The Olive Protection Law was brought about by Solon. It said no more than two trees per year could be cut down in each grove. To go one step further, only virgins were allowed to cut down the trees.

From the olives ancient Greeks produced olive oil for cooking, for lighting their lamps, for cosmetics and medicines but also for offerings to the Gods. They were also eating tasty olives and they were burning olive wood in their fireplaces. Today Olive trees and their oil play a huge part in Greek life – from the famous health benefits of the Mediterranean diet to the health and beauty benefits from the oil, not to mention as a tasty snack or sumptuous addition to any meal.



Nov 22, 2013

Three reasons to love Greece


Nov 22, 2013

So Greece! The land of myths, charm, sun and happy go lucky people! It’s certainly high on the list of many people on European destinations to visit in 2014. What do you think? Perhaps it could be higher on the list? So we asked a fellow travel blogger, Zoe, to convince us Greece is a fantastic place to fall in love with. She went on a short trip there and told us that it’s easy to get the best of Greece by visiting just three destinations. She explains more…


Sep 18, 2013

See the true colors of Greece


Sep 18, 2013



When you think of Greece it’s hard not to conjure up just about every color on the spectrum. A journey through Greece, its islands and countryside reveals unlimited layers of blue, white and turquoise from its deep seas, crystal waters and cloudless skies.

Sep 9, 2013

For the love of wine


Sep 9, 2013


Are you a wine lover?
Do you love enjoying new varieties or savouring vintage flavours?

Aug 23, 2013

Top 10 beaches in Greece


Aug 23, 2013


It’s a tough choice when it comes to selecting the best beaches in the beautiful country of Greece. UPDATED -2015!

Jul 19, 2013

Santorini: The majesty of Cyclades


Jul 19, 2013

Santorini: where your heart always will be! Santorini is a dreamy destination for people from all over the world. The locals say that the island has a heart that beats loudly, sending out vibrations.

Jul 12, 2013

Discover Athens in August, Greek islands in September


Jul 12, 2013


Greece truly offers something for everyone all year round. From nature to museum lovers, beach to food connoisseurs, a Greece vacation is just the answer. Athens, Greece seems to have it all. Meet the city at its peak and explore it while it’s still hot by visiting Athens attractions.

Jul 1, 2013

Explore one-day-tours


Jul 1, 2013

Many people say one day is not enough to get a taste of a place, a city or an area, but we think they are wrong! Visiting some key sights means you’ll find a flavor of what is on offer. You don’t believe us? Let us explain how…

Jun 21, 2013

Keytours through time...


Jun 21, 2013


We unfold our past and we present you Key Tours through time... Its been more than 50 years that we travel together!

Jun 19, 2013

Family holidays in Greece


Jun 19, 2013


Greece is absolutely one of the most popular child–friendly countries to be. Greece is ideal for you and your family with sandy beaches and beautiful places to visit!

Jun 17, 2013

Food & Gastro tours


Jun 17, 2013



No Greek holiday would be complete without a taste of a cultural food tour; amazing food and local wine, prepare yourselves for a traditional Greek food tour...

Greek Island Cruises





Indulge yourselves in the beauty of the Greek Islands with Keytours! Explore as many islands you can in the beautiful sea of Aegean and Ionian Sea.

Jun 12, 2013

Athens Walking Tours


Jun 12, 2013

Even if you have never visited Athens, there is always time to visit this interesting city and take an Athens tour.
Enjoy walking tours around Greece and in special cities such as Athens and Mykonos with Keytours.

Jun 10, 2013

Athens Museums


Jun 10, 2013




In Athens city you have the feeling of being where many eminent ancient Greeks sat, where they may have given a speech or created the spirit and the philosophy of democracy, feels like being in another period. Visiting all these monuments in the centre of Athens, touching the Greek mind and the different way of thinking is really a unique experience for everyone who hasn’t experienced it yet.

Jun 5, 2013

Epidaurus Tours


Jun 5, 2013


On the Saronic Gulf and quite close to the city of Athens, Epidaurus lies near the sea as a silent witness of the passing of time, as its past records can be traced back to the times of Asklepios, king and god of healing, in the 6th century BC.

Jun 3, 2013

Meteora: mysterious, wild & inaccessible landscape. Reach God.


Jun 3, 2013


Being in Meteora is like reaching God. The wild, "suspended in the air" cliffs are really amazing and the panoramic view makes you feel dizzy. It’s a magical place with an inexplicable landscape. This phenomenon of huge cliffs with a great history is for many tourists a pole of attraction.

May 29, 2013

Mykonos means...


May 29, 2013


Mykonos is a beautiful Greek island and a mass tourist destination famous for its cosmopolitan character and its intense nightlife.
Mykonos means numerous sandy beaches, parties in one of the many beach bars and nightclubs and a sense to feel free to explore the most famous of the Cycladic islands.

May 24, 2013

True Greece...


May 24, 2013


Greece may be facing its famous financial crisis, but there are still many ways to have a luxury trip in this beautiful country. There are lots of places waiting to ensure you receive the maximum in luxury travel.

May 22, 2013

Key Tours Reviews


May 22, 2013

Keytours main goal is to offer organised tours by selected local suppliers following our idea of quality, value and high-standard tours and make you feel like being a unique traveler unraveling the fascination of Greece!

May 20, 2013

Why private tours?


May 20, 2013

There is a good question on taking private or group tours...


Key tours provide private tours by expert local tour operators giving emphasis to quality, value and service. Being the operators of the tours, for over half a century, ensures our customers that they get the quality service they require and also be able to contact our, always willing to help, experienced personnel, for any information needed or for any other special requests in order for them to feel as “being at home”.

May 17, 2013

Let's talk about traveling...


May 17, 2013


Let's talk about traveling. Key tours loves traveling...

We can talk about a lifetime of traveling around Athens and Greece.

Traveling is a valuable experience - it is a unique experience each time that you cannot live again.

May 15, 2013

Olympia: a unique experience at an affordable destination


May 15, 2013

 

Olympia: a unique experience at an affordable destination

Greece has plenty of destinations that you have to see, and explore. Each place has a different aspect of history to offer, a true story and a legend. Each monument, each place and every city in Greece bridges the gap between the ancient and the modern.

One of your multi-day tours in Greece should be Olympia. The site of Olympia, in a valley in the Peloponnesus, has been inhabited since prehistoric times. In the 10th century B.C., Olympia became a centre for the worship of Zeus.

May 13, 2013

Shore Excursions around Greece


May 13, 2013



Tired of crowded ships and want to look around the city of Athens or the city and the port of Piraeus or any Greek island in a more relaxing way?
The private shore excursions show you all the main attractions of the cities always with the help of our very experienced guides of Key Tours!

Athens Shore Excursion

While in Port of Piraeus, take a private tour of the ancient city of Athens with a professional and licensed guide. Visit the Acropolis, the symbol of the glory of ancient Greece, the Parthenon and Acropolis museum. Visit Cape Sounion and take an unforgettable private tour of Poseidon.

May 10, 2013

First time in Acropolis? Discover tips for an unforgettable tour!


May 10, 2013

First time in Acropolis? Discover tips for an unforgettable tour!


For many people visiting Athens is a once in a lifetime affair and seeing one of the most magnificent places ever built in the world is an absolute must.

But to really enjoy visiting Athens Acropolis, we have gathered some tips that will help you to have everything in order and make your trip even better.

There are many ways you can get from the port of Piraeus to Athens’ Acropolis. Taking one of the organized tours is just one of the options like some Athens shore excursions.

If you visit Greece in the summer, we recommend to arrive at the Acropolis when the gates open (8 a.m.) or in the late afternoon.

May 9, 2013

The Ancient Agora of Athens Greece: secret paths & Tower of the winds: a highlight


May 9, 2013


When you visit Athens, you must go to Plaka and especially to Aerides to experience old Athens.
"Agora" in Greek literally means "a place of gathering" and the Agora of Athens was the heart of Athenian life in Ancient times.
The agora in ancient times was the centre of political and public life in Athens. It was an open place that was surrounded by building. The agora was utilized for commerce, political, religious and military activity. Meetings were held in ancient agora four times per month to enact legislation, to hear embassies, and deal with defense of the city-state.

Athens’ ancient marketplace was founded in the 6th century BC and was the heart of the city for thousand years. This is the place where Socrates addressed his public, where democracy was born and where St Paul preached. Agora is a place to keep yourself wandering, imagining the era and the lively bustle that filled this historic centre that years.

Apr 25, 2013

Greek Easter - Pascha


Apr 25, 2013



Greek Easter - Pascha - is a wonderful time to visit Greece and experience all the customs and traditions that go along with this time of year.

The weather is remarkably pleasant and the mood in the whole country and especially in Athens city, which is filled with a natural beauty, apparent in the abundant and fragrant jasmine plants that pour from the balconied neo-classical buildings.

Apr 16, 2013

Delphi Oracle: innervate your mind


Apr 16, 2013


After the Acropolis, Delphi is the second most popular archaeological site in Athens, Greece.
Is listed in most tourist itineraries and is one of the most popular day trips from Athens. It is believed that this magical place has a special ambience about it, and many tourists have reported being moved spiritually when visiting Delphi.

Athens - Explore. Discover. Live.



Athens is Greece's capital and largest city, with a population of approximately 1 million. Named for its goddess Athena, the historic city of Athens is famous for its wealth of classical temples and museums, filled with ancient art and artefacts. Athens is also home to an important biblical site, numerous celebrated Greek Orthodox churches, and several modern religious sites.


The modern side of Athens is a city that focuses on fun, with vibrant districts such as Omonia, Monastiraki and Thissio offering the visitor much of dining, entertainment and nightlife. Planning your Athens activities and  sightseeing trip, you will find lots of things to see and do.