Half Day Morning
Duration
Athens
Location
Apr-Oct
Dates

Visit Acropolis and Athens’ most important sites travelling in a luxury air conditioned mini van and with a limited group of 14 people which ensure personalized attention from your professional guide.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION ATHENS
DEPARTURE TIME 08:30am
RETURN TIME Approximately 14:30pm
WEAR Casual dressing.
Most sites in Greece involve extended walking and/or slippery surfaces.
Therefore we strongly suggest wearing comfortable sturdy shoes.
Sunscreen, hat and water are also good “travel companions”.
DIFFICULTY Due to extend walking and slippery surfaces please inform us if you have walking disabilities or using a wheelchair before booking this tour.
INCLUDED
Transportation by luxury air conditioned mini bus
Professional and licensed guide
English Speaking Qualified Guide
24hrs Assistence Phone Number
Hotel pick up/drop off service
Entrance fees
NOT INCLUDED
Travel Insurance
Personal expenses
Gratuities (optional)

Sightseeing tour of Athens, combining modern Athens with the city’s ancient sites

See top Athens attractions like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Constitution Square and the Panathinaic Stadium (sight of the first modern Olympic Games)

Drive pass the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus and learn about ancient Athens Explore the Acropolis of Athens and see the world-famous Parthenon temple

Visit Acropolis and Athens’ most important sites travelling in a luxury air conditioned mini van and with a limited group of 14 people which ensure personalized attention from your professional guide.

Meet your passionate guide at your Athens central hotel and head into the heart of the city. Stop at the House of the Greek Parliament and watch the changing of the guards in front of the Unknown soldier monument. Continue passing by some of the most important attractions of Athens such as the National Garden,  St. Paul’s Church – Catholic Cathedral,  Schlieman’s House (Nomismatic Museum), Academy, University of Athens, National Library, Old Parliament, and Russian Orthodox Church. Keep your camera ready and enjoy a short stop at the Panathinaiko Stadium, the cradle of the first Olympic Games that took place in 1896. Circle around Zappion, the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arc and head for the new Acropolis museum. Main attractions such as votives, artifacts of every day life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you.

Having explore the Acropolis Museum, continue to the UNESCO-listed Acropolis from the south slope so as to avoid the crowds and also to visit the Dionysus sanctuary and Dionysus Theatre built in the 5th century BC. Your licensed guide will give you a detailed explanation of the glorious monuments of the Acropolis such as, the Parthenon, the Erectheion, the Propylaia, the Nike Temple and the surrounding monuments such as the Odeon of Herodes Atticus,  the Observatory as well as the Philopappos.

After your guided tour in Acropolis, pass by Mars and Pnyx Hill and enter to the impressive Ancient Agora which once was the political, social and commercial heart of ancient Athens. Marvel at the Attalos Gallery and the Temple of Hephaestus. This temple is smaller than the Parthenon, but in its beauty and perfection, he may well compete with the Parthenon.

The Parthenon

The Parthenon (Ancient Greek: Παρθενών) is a temple in the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their protector. Its construction began in 447 BC and was completed in 438 BC, although decorations of the Parthenon continued until 432 BC. The Parthenon itself replaced an older temple of Athena, which historians call the Pre-Parthenon or Older Parthenon, which was destroyed in the Persian invasion of 480 BC. Like most Greek temples, the Parthenon was used as a treasury. For a time, it served as the treasury of the Delian League, which later became the Athenian Empire. In the 5th century AD, the Parthenon was converted into a Christian church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. After the Ottoman Turk conquest, it was turned into a mosque in the early 1460s, and it had a minaret built in it. On 26 September 1687, an Ottoman Turk ammunition dump inside the building was ignited by Venetian bombardment. The resulting explosion severely damaged the Parthenon and its sculptures. In 1806, Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin removed some of the surviving sculptures, with the Ottoman Turks’ permission. These sculptures, now known as the Elgin Marbles or the Parthenon Marbles, were sold in 1816 to the British Museum in London, where they are now displayed. The Greek government is committed to the return of the sculptures to Greece, so far with no success.

Panepistimiou Av.

Buildings along the street include the Bank of Greece, Athens Eye Clinic, the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, the National Library, the Numismatic Museum, Titania Hotel, Attica Department Store, as well as a part of the Grande Bretagne Hotel and the Catholic Cathedral of Athens. Many buildings as high as ten to fifteen stories line this street. Old neoclassical buildings of no higher than two to three stories used to exist until the 1950s, when a construction spree, which lasted several decades, demolished all but a few of them.

Ancient Agora

The Agora was the heart of ancient Athens, the focus of political, commercial, administrative and social activity, the religious and cultural centre, and the seat of justice.The site was occupied without interruption in all periods of the city’s history. It was used as a residential and burial area as early as the Late Neolithic period (3000 B.C.). Early in the 6th century, in the time of Solon, the Agora became a public area.After a series of repairs and remodellings, it reached its final rectangular form in the 2nd century B.C. Extensive building activity occured after the serious damage made by the Persians in 480/79 B.C., by the Romans in 89 B.C. and by the Herulae in A.D. 267 while, after the Slavic invasion in A.D. 580, It was gradually abandoned. From the Byzantine period until after 1834, when Athens became the capital of the independent Greek state, the Agora was again developed as a residential area.

Panathinaikon Stadium

In ancient times, it was used to host the athletic portion of the Panathenaic Games, in honor of the Goddess Athena. During classical times, the stadium had wooden seating. It was remade in marble, by the archon Lycurgus, in 329 BC and was enlarged and renovated by Herodes Atticus, in 140 AD, to a seated capacity of 50,000.

Olympic Zeus Temple

The archaeological site of the Olympeion comprises the temple of Olympian Zeus, Roman baths, Classical residences, a basilica of the fifth century AD, and part of the city’s fortification wall. Hadrian’s Arch is located just outside the site’s fence..

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