Athens Sightseeing Tours

ATHENS SIGHTSEEING (5 hours)

This tour offers a resume of the most important sites in Athens offering a variety off attractions ranging from classical ancient monuments such as Acropolis, to Byzantine structures and Modern Greek Monuments. A definite must see for anyone that wants to get a taste of the multiple flavours Athens has to offer.

09h00: Departure from the hotel, escorted by your guide.

Passing by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch,

the National Garden, the Parliament, the Presidential Palace

with its Evzones and the tomb to the Unknown Soldier we arrive in the Panathenean Stadium where we will stop for 15 minutes to admire the stadium where the 1st modern Olympic Games took place.

We continue by passing the Academy, the University, the National library. On to Omonia Square, the Place of Constitution, the theatre of Dionyssos and finally we arrive at Acropolis.

Visit the Propylaea, the Temple of Apteros Nike, the Parthenon and the Erechteion.

We continue with the visit to the New Acropolis Museum.

End of the tour at your Hotel.

ATHENS SIGHTSEEING including lunch (full day)

This tour offers a resume of the most important sites in Athens offering a variety off attractions ranging from

classical ancient monuments such as Acropolis, to Byzantine structures and Modern Greek Monuments.

A definite must see for anyone that wants to get a taste of the multiple flavours Athens has to offer.

09h00: Departure from the hotel, escorted by your guide.

Passing by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch,  the National Garden, the Parliament, the Presidential Palace with its Evzones and the tomb to the Unknown Soldier we arrive in the Panathenean Stadium where we will stop for 15 minutes to admire the stadium where the 1st modern Olympic Games took place, in 1896.

We continue by passing the Academy, the University, the National library. On to Omonia Square, the Place of Constitution, the theatre of Dionyssos and finally we arrive at Acropolis.

Visit the Propylaea, the Temple of Apteros Nike, the Parthenon and the Erechteion.

We continue by walking in the historical centre of the city and we pass by the ancient Agora, the Stoa of Attalos, Temple of Hephaestus, the flea market of Monastiraki and Plaka.

12h30: Lunch served with different ‘meze’ in a traditional tavern into Plaka.

14h30-15h45: Visit the New Acropolis Museum

16h00: Return to the hotel.

KERAMIKOS CEMETERY AND ANCIENT AGORA – Half day (4 hours)

A tour offering the visit of two very important archaeological sites, in the historical centre of Athens.

Keramikos the ancient and well known cemetery was named after the community of the potters (kerameis) who occupied the whole area along the banks of river Iridanos. The walls of Athens, which were constructed in the 5th century B.C. by Themistocles, divided the area into two sections, the “inner” and “outer” Keramikos. The wall had two gates, placed at the outset of the two most important processional roads of Athens.

Outside the city walls, along the sides of both roads lay the official cemetery of the city, which was continuously used from the 9th century B.C. until the late Roman period.

We will visit the site and its museum, which mainly exhibits items of monuments and tombs.

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.).
After a series of repairs and remodelling, it reached its final rectangular form in the 2nd century B.C.

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.

It museum, recently restored exhibits various items mainly from the site of the Agora.

BYZANTINE MONUMENTS OF ATHENS & PLAKA – half day (4 hours)

A very important and characteristic but less well known era of Greece is the Byzantine Empire.

It has been one of the most influencing forces on the development of modern civilization and the world’s longest living empire.

The 11th and the 12th centuries are said to be the Golden Ages of Athens’ Byzantine art.

Almost all of the dozen most famous and important Byzantine churches in Athens, were built during these two centuries, and owe their origins to the Christian restoration that followed the campaigns of Emperor Basil II in the Balkans.

This tour will take you around some of the most beautiful preserved Byzantine churches and monasteries around Athens and gives you the opportunity to walk around Plaka, the old quarter of the city, famous for its narrow streets, its small houses, its taverns and its gift shops.

The whole old city part of Plaka is characterised by its steep ways and steps. The steepest places are at the quarter Anafiotika,

named from its first houses, built at the second half of the last century by some building workers from the island Anafi.

Because of its very special character is the whole quarter under the protection law for historical buildings.

People having visited some of the Greek islands will find in Anafiotika very many similarities, the white houses, the coloured doors and windows etc.

THE NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM – Half day (4 hours)

The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world’s great museums. Although its original purpose was to secure all the finds from the nineteenth century excavations in and around Athens, it gradually became the central National Archaeological Museum and was enriched with finds from all over Greece. Its abundant collections, with more than 20,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity.

The museum is housed in an imposing neoclassical building of the end of the nineteenth century, which was designed by L. Lange and remodelled by Ernst Ziller.

The Prehistoric Collection, which includes works of the great civilizations that developed in the Aegean from the sixth millennium BC to 1050 BC (Neolithic, Cycladic, Mycenaean)
The Sculptures Collection, which shows the development of ancient Greek sculpture from the seventh to the fifth centuries BC with unique masterpieces.

The Vase and Minor Objects Collection, which contains representative works of ancient Greek pottery from the eleventh century BC to the Roman period and includes the Stathatos Collection, a corpus of minor objects of all periods.

The Metallurgy Collection, with many fundamental statues, figurines and minor objects.

And, finally, the only Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities Collection in Greece, with works dating from the pre-dynastic period (5000 BC) to the Roman conquest.

CAPE SOUNION – Half day (5 hours)

Driving along the coast of Athens, we pass by the beautiful sea side suburbs having a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf. We will pass towns and settlements, mostly in bays, harbours and beaches.

We arrive at Cape Sounion, where we visit the Doric Temples of 5th century BC dedicated to the good of the sea, Poseidon.

In ancient times the temple was the last sign of civilization the Athenians saw as they sailed away from home and the first as they returned.

The temple stand above the sea at the edge of a cliff, overlooking the Aegean sea and offering a magnificent view of the Aegean and one of the worlds most beautiful and romantic sunsets.

ONE DAY CRUISE IN THE SARONIC ISLANDS (full day)

During the cruise you have the chance to enjoy three typical Greek islands of the Saronic Gulf by combining descry and relaxation. Each island has its own attraction and beauty, which makes the cruise pleasant and interesting. Lunch is served on board in form of a rich buffet while you enjoy your cruise. Departure from the hotel  at 07h30 and transfer to Piraeus for the embarkation. At 08h30 departure of the cruise boat to the island of AEGINA, arrival at 09h40 and free time at your disposal  till 12h00. Aegina is the biggest of the Saronic islands, where you can enjoy a nice walk though the small picturesque streets.

13h00 Arrival on the island of POROS, time at leisure till 14h00.

This island opposite to the mainland of Peloponnese is small but very lively and reach in history. The short stay gives you the possibility of souvenir shopping at the typical small shops.

14h50 Arrival in HYDRA, time at leisure till 17h00.

This island is very famous for its remarkable architecture and is therefore very popular to artists and painters. You will see the traditional city centre, which is built in amphitheatre style overlooking the harbour. No cars or motorcycles are allowed and donkeys are used as the main way of transportation on the island.

19h00 approximate arrival at Piraeus and drive back to your hotel.

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