A tour that not only gives you the opportunity to learn the history of the ancient city, but also to experience the lifestyle of modern Athens.
Your personal guide will pick you up from the prearranged point, near the sacred rock of Acropolis, at the arranged time.
Our tour will start from the sacred rock of Acropolis, on top of which stands majestically the Parthenon which was built in the 5th century B.C., known as the Golden Age of Pericles. The architects of the temple were Iktinosand Callicrates. In the center of the temple there was the chryselephantine statue of Athena made by the sculptor Phidias.
Then we will visit the Acropolis Museum which is internationally recognized among the three best museums in the world. It includes exhibits from the Sacred Rock of Acropolis and the area surrounding it.
At the museum’s café you can enjoy your coffee admiring the view of Acropolis.
After that we will visit the Olympeion (Temple of Olympian Zeus). The main building was built by Pisistratus, in 515 BC and was completed by Hadrian. In the same area there is Hadrian’s Gate, which was built by the Athenians, as a gratitude gift to the King Hadrian. Later it was incorporated into the Turkish city wall and it is known as the <Wall Chaseki>.
Our next stop is the Panathenaic Stadium. It was built in the 4th century BC by Lycurgus and was parallelogram. The first races that were on this stage were in celebration of the Great Panathenaea (330/29 BC). In 139 -144 AD the orator Herodes gave at the stagethe shape that has to nowadays, the horseshoe dressed in bright white Pentelic marble. It has about 68,000 seats. The first, modern Olympic Games were held in the Stadium in 1896 when the Olympic Anthem was heard for the first time.
Our tour will continue in Zappeio, the first hall which was built in 1888 by Konstantinos Zappas, to host the Olympic Committee.
We will pass in front of the Greek Parliament, located in the old palace, and we will attend to the changing of the guard at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier. Every Sunday at 11am it is the official change, with all the force of Evzononi. Their uniform has a symbolic character:
The black pompon on the fez symbolizes the tears of Christ,
The red fez is the color of Mars, the god of war.
The white shirt symbolizes the light of the Sun, of Apollo.
The black vest is light hidden during the Turkish slavery.
The embroidered leaves show the glory of the Greeks.
White Greek foustanela has 400 pleats which symbolize the years of Turkish slavery.
Below the pompon of greek tsarouchia was hidden a steel blade and this is the reason why they weigh about 3kg each.
Our tour in the city of Athens came to its end and your personal guide will goodbye you in the center of Athens.
- The price includes up to 10 persons. Prices are fixed and all taxes are included.
- The price does not include the cost of entry to museums or archaeological sites, food or drinks.
- At anytime we can stop, in order to take pictures, have a drink or food, shop or anything else that you need.
- The order of visits on the tour may change due to circumstances.
- Tours outside of Athens begin between 08:30 to 09:00 in the morning.