5 hours, Half Day Morning
Duration
Athens
Location
Jan – Dec
Dates

“The Acropolis in 3D”

Here’s something very new and quite fun. Your visit to the monuments of the Acropolis is enhanced by the use of Augmented Reality (AR) software. What is this? It’s super-simple to use and enjoy — you’re provided with a tablet whose AR capability combines the camera’s content with a virtual world. What you view on the screen is a mixture of the real-time camera’s video and some virtual elements. This allows you to simply point the tablet’s camera at various locations on the site and view them in their original form — as they once stood thousands of years ago! It sounds incredible, and it is. This is actually an amazing opportunity to see the Acropolis as it was in its heyday.

Milton wrote of Athens as ‘the eye of Greece, mother of arts and eloquence’.

Your visit today will begin with the most famous temple of the Ancient City — the Parthenon, dedicated to Athena, the patron goddess of Athens. Walking up a winding path towards the Acropolis, you will pass through the Propylaea, and see the Erechtheum temple and the Porch of the Caryatids in the distance.

Use your AR-enabled tablet to have some fun bouncing back and forth between the modern view in front of you and the virtual ‘ancient view’ and enjoy some free time on the Acropolis to fully appreciate the AR

On a panoramic drive through Athens, some of the highlights you will see include Constitution Square, the Royal Palace where the Evzones keep watch in their traditional costumes, the Temple of Zeus and the Olympic Stadium.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION ATHENS
DEPARTURE TIME UPON REQUEST
RETURN TIME APPROX. 5 HOURS AFTER  DEPARTURE TIME
WEAR Casual dressing.
This tour involves a considerable amount of walking with an uphill climb to the Parthenon.
Therefore we strongly suggest wearing comfortable, rubber-soled 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
Pick-up & Drop-off from your selected location[within the Athens centre or with a small extra charge  if  you want to be picked-up from outside central Athens ].
English Speaking Qualified Guide
Dlx air-conditioned private taxi or minivan
Entrance Fees to the sites visited
iPad mini
24hrs Assistance phone number
All Taxes
NOT INCLUDED
Travel Insurance
Tips

5-hour 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 Panathenian Stadium (sight of the first modern Olympic Games)

Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus and learn about ancient Athens

Explore the Acropolis of Athens and see the world-famous Parthenon temple

Get an experience beyond imagination visualizing with Augmented and Virtual Reality how temples and buildings of the Acropolis really were. You will enjoy the monuments in a revolutionary way: comparing its reconstruction with the few remains left nowadays.

Get your iPad mini and superimpose in 360º and 3D the reconstructed temples over the today ruins. You are able to see buildings, statues and sculptures fully reconstructed with ancient colors, as some of the most famous archeologists say they were.

You get a full 360º perspective of the site, can zoom, access inside the temples and even see humans and animals.

The Acropolis of Athens was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world. Athenian statesman Pericles, guided by Pheidias, transformed the rocky hill with monuments including the Parthenon, Erechtheon, Propylaea, Acropolis and the temple Athena Nike. Milton elegantly introduced Athens as ‘the eye of Greece, mother of arts and eloquence’ — immortal words for a seemingly immortal city.

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.

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.

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.

Acropolis in 3D

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