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Athens

Steeped deep in the history and culture of Greece, Athens portrays a beautiful blend of the past with the future.  Experience this journey through history while walking among the city’s numerous ancient monuments, vibrant tavernas and lively street markets. 

The city of Athens combines the glory of antiquity with the wonder of the future.  Thousands of years of history can be found gazing down from every hilltop and peeking out from each alleyway.  Prepare to lose yourself in the land of the ancient people who worshipped mythical Gods and feel their history still resonating in the lifestyle of the Athenians who live here today!

Activities while in Athens

> Half Day Athens Walking Tour

Meet your licensed, English-speaking guide in your hotel lobby. Leave together en route to the new Acropolis Museum where you will see the timeless sculptures and art work from the Acropolis.  Continue to the entrance to the Athens Acropolis. Visit the Acropolis and its enduring temples of Parthenon, Erectheion and Athena Nike. A short climb up to the Hill of Philopappus brings you to the imposing Roman period funeral monument and extensive views of Athens and Piraeus. You then descend to the hill of the Pnyx, the area used in Classical Athens as the meeting place for the democratic assembly. You enter the historical Plaka area close to the Thiseion temple, dating back to the 5th century BC, meandering past the ancient Agora with the impressively restored Stoa of Attalus, Hadrian's Library, and the picturesque Tower of the Winds. The route back leads up over the Areopagus, or Hill of Mars, directly below the Acropolis. Here, in 54 AD, Saint Paul preached his Sermon on an unknown God, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. Finally, you pass the Roman period Odeion of Herodes Atticus, which is still used as a summer venue for open-air concerts and theatrical performances.  End your tour at Syntagma Square were you will enjoy the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

> Full Day Athens Walking Tour

Meet your licensed, English-speaking guide in your hotel lobby. Leave together for the entrance to the Athens Acropolis. Visit the Acropolis and its timeless temples of Parthenon, Erectheion and Athena Nike. You descend to the hill of the Pnyx, the area used in Classical Athens as the meeting place for the democratic assembly. Then, a short climb up to the Hill of Philopappus brings you to the imposing Roman period funeral monument and extensive views of Athens and Piraeus. On the Acropolis walkway you will pass the Roman period Odeion of Herodes Atticus, which is still used as a summer venue for open-air concerts and theatrical performances, en route to the new Acropolis Museum where you will see the timeless sculptures and art work from the Acropolis. Following your museum visit, you enter the historical Plaka area from the Lysikratis monument side. You will have time for shopping and lunch and then proceed to see the Ancient Agora, Thission , Stoa of Attalus, Hadrian's Library, and the picturesque Tower of the Winds. From the Monastiraki area of Plaka you will go by metro to the posh neighborhood of Kolonaki en route to Lycabettus Hill.  A short funicular ride will transport you to the top of the hill where you will enjoy panoramic views of the city of Athens, the Acropolis and the blue sea. End your tour at Syntagma Square were you will enjoy the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

> Full Day Athens and Cape Sounion

Your day will begin with the Parthenon at the Acropolis built in the 5th century B.C.  Other highlights that you will see and visit in the city are Lycabettus, the highest point in the city with it's panoramic view, the Panathinaiko Stadium, where the first modern day Olympics were held in 1896, the first university and academy of Athens, the changing of the guards at the President's Palace and the Temple of Zeus.  Spend some time in Athens oldest neighborhood, Plaka, with its maze of narrow, shop filled streets.  We will then take the beautiful coastal drive to Cape Sounion, the Temple of Poseidon, God of the sea.  On the way, you will see the lake of Vouliagmeni known for its healing mineral waters.  The Temple of Poseidon's ruins are perched on the headland, surrounded on 3 sides by the sea and situated at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula.  We will make a stop for a meal sometime during the day.

 

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