CLASSIC CITY TOURS
Classic City Tours, located at the Athens Welcome Center, provides a full range of tour and transportation services for individuals and groups. Set out on your own with one of six self-guided tours, take a guided Heritage Tour by bus, or schedule a customized tour tailored to your specific interests. Visit the Classic City Tours website for downloadable self-guided tours and more information on the guided tours described below:
Athens Heritage Tour:
Dig deeper into what makes Athens THE Classic City of the South as we introduce you to this vibrant Mecca of the arts, culture, and classic Southern living. Begin your tour inside Athens’ oldest surviving residence – the home to two University Presidents – and learn how this great college town was birthed in the up-country that was once Native American territory. Then board the bus for a one-hour overview of magnificent Antebellum homes and historic neighborhoods with a wide variety of architectural styles; see the eclectic Downtown, the University of Georgia campus, the world’s only “tree that owns itself” and downtown’s double-barreled cannon. Allow 90 minutes. COST: $15 per person.
When: Offered with reservations at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Also offered on a first-come, first-serve basis at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, if the Museum Mile Tour is not requested. Other seasonal and private group tours may pre-empt this schedule. Minimum 4 participants.
Reservations 24 hours in advance - Call 706-208-8687. Walk-ins accommodated when possible.
Approximate running time: 1.5 hours
Cost: $15.00 per person
Group Rate: Discounted rates for 10 or more persons available with advance notice. Single payment is required.
Museum Mile Tour of Historic House Interiors:
Experience 100 years of gracious Southern architecture and interiors through a guided tour of Athens’ Antebellum museum homes. This in-depth tour covers life-ways of distinct epochs in Southern history. Explore the interiors of the Federal, Greek Revival, and High Victorian periods. Allow 2 ¼ hours.
When: Offered with reservations at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. Also offered on a first-come, first-serve basis at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, if the Athens Heritage Tour is not requested. Other seasonal and private group tours may pre-empt this schedule. Minimum 4 participants.
Reservations 24 hours in advance - Call 706-208-8687. Walk-ins are accommodated when possible.
Approximate running time: 2.25 hours
Cost: $20 per person
Other Classic City Tours Services:
Professional shuttle service on the Classic City Tour bus is available for weddings, events, meetings, and conferences. The cost is $80 per hour. Shuttle reservations require advance payment information, a non-refundable $50 deposit, and a signed Confirmation Agreement. Call for availability and details.
Step-On Tour Guides
Let one of our local tour guides step onto your bus or vehicle for a guided tour of Athens. Allow one-hour for the Athens Heritage driving tour or spend all day in Athens and let us craft a special itinerary for your group. Other specialty and custom tours are available and a one-hour bus tour can be combined with step-off visits to our house museums, the State Botanical Garden, Georgia Museum of Art, and other local attractions. Cost: $60.00 per hour. Advance reservations required.
Specialty Tours and Corporate Tours
Let Classic City Tours craft a memorable experience for your event or conference. There are many options: Choose a walking tour of historic downtown and the UGA North Campus, and tours of Athens Music History, African-American History, Athens arts, and gardens. Any tour can be combined with visits to a number of local museums and attractions. Ask about our seasonal tours such as the Athens History & Hauntings Tour and the Holiday Spirits Tour of Athens House Museum Interiors.