Together we can customise your tour according to your needs and interests, and make your time in Athens as enjoyable and enlightening as possible so that you would want to return again and again!
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 with statues of elegant women instead of columns.
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 door.
The Temple of Athena Nike (5th cent. BC), right next to the Propylea, is a petit building epitomizing the ancient Greek ideals of harmony and simplicity.
The Theatre of Dionysus (4th cent. BC) is the location where the most important tragedies and comedies of ancient Greece were performed and where people like Socrates or Aristotle came to watch a play.
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, houses the best-preserved temple in Greece and was the centre of the city, the location of the parliament and the place where everyone came to shop, exchange ideas and talk with the famous philosophers like Socrates who taught and was executed here in the 5th century BC.
The most impressive museum in Greece and one of the best ones in the world, the Acropolis Museum houses the classical masterpieces from the hill of the Acropolis combining an excavation which is always visible under your feet.
By far the most imposing building in ancient Athens, the temple of the “king of the 12 Gods” was built some 600 years after the Parthenon, with more than 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 massive 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.
During the tour we will also make a 1-hour stop at a Greek restaurant to rest and try traditional dishes like 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
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Athens (Αθήνα in Greek) is where I give most of my tours. In ancient times, the capital of modern Greece used to be pretty much the centre of.. everything! It was the birthplace of Democracy; all the famous philosophers you know, such as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, lived and founded schools here; theatre was also born here as a ritual to honour Dionysus and that's where most of the tragedies, such as Oedipus, where performed for the first time ever! This is indeed where the 'western civilization', as we tend to say, started...
For all of those reasons and more, allow yourselves a few days in Athens so that you can take it all in and visit its numerous museums (including two of the world's most important museums: the National Archaeological Museum and the Acropolis Museum), hills, sites, cafes and restaurants in the old town called Plaka or other hip modern areas, and please don't just treat it as a sort of 'mandatory stop' before you head to our beautiful islands.