The Acropolis, a UNESCO site, has always been the fortress and most important religious centre of ancient Athens, the absolute symbol of the grandeur of the Greek civilization and its achievements. The buildings included inside the Acropolis are: the Parthenon, the Erechthion, the Odeon of Herodes (Herodion), the Temple of Athena Nike, the Propylea, the Theatre of Dionysus.
The Parthenon (5th cent. BC), temple for Athena and treasury of Athens, is the most influential ancient building in the world renowned for its architecture and the use of optical refinements marvelled even today.
The Erechthion (5th cent. BC), temple for Athena and Poseidon, is a unique building renowned for its elegant female statues.
The Propylea (5th cent. BC) is the monumental entrance to the Acropolis which gives a first idea of what is to follow once you cross its imposing gate.
The Temple of Athena Nike (5th cent. BC), right next to the Propylea, is the epitomy of the ancient Greek ideals of harmony and simplicity.
The Theatre of Dionysus (4th cent. BC) is where the most important tragedies and comedies were first performed.
The Odeon of Herodes (2nd cent. AD) is a “recent” concert hall built by a rich Athenian citizen for his wife and it’s still used today; the only place where you can watch a play or concert with a view of the Acropolis lit-up!
The Agora, known as the birthplace of Democracy, is where you can see the best-preserved temple in Greece, the parliament of the Athenian Democracy and the place where Socrates taught and was executed in the 5th century BC.
The most impressive museum in Greece and one of the top museums in the world, the Acropolis Museum houses the classical masterpieces from the Acropolis combining an excavation which is always visible right under your feet.
By far the most imposing building in Athens 2,000 years ago, the temple of the king of the Gods originally had over 100 Corinthian columns.
Considered the world's first meteorological station, this simple-looking building was a miracle of Ancient Greek engineering now surrounded by remains of various civilisations, including the Romans and the Turks.
Once a library for nearly 20,000 'books' this site with impressive Corinthian columns eventually became home to Christian churches and Turkish houses until the 19th century.
The intricate changing of the guards who wear skirts and shoes made of wood and leather takes place all year long every hour in front of the first palace of modern Greece, which now houses the Parliament.
A pleasant break from the city bustle, the former Royal Garden was created by the first Queen of Greece in the 19th century, at a time when watering it meant cutting the water supply for the rest of the city...
You can’t say that you’ve seen Athens without walking in the beautiful meandering streets of the old town which is scattered with wonderful ancient and neoclassical buildings.
A stop at a Greek restaurant will give us the chance to rest and try traditional dishes like Greek salad, moussakás, spanakópita, yemistá, grilled octopus, lamb, tzatziki and many more!
Dionysos Zonar’s Restaurant, 43 Rovertou Galli, 117 42
Walking. Sometimes we use the subway for 1 stop.
The Acropolis is built on a slippery rocky hill and can be difficult for people with walking issues.
Less than 72 hours (3 days) notice: full fee of cancelled tour payable