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 driver will pick you up from your hotel or cruise ship 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.
Then we will climb on the Lycabettus rock by the cable car which is entirely inside the rock. The legend says that goddess Athena moved this rock for the construction of the Acropolis, but on her way a crow told her some bad news and then the rock fell from her hands at its current location. On the top of the hill it is located the church of St. George at a height of 227 meters. The panoramic view of Athens will leave us speechless. At the end of our tour we will make a stop to eat on the top of Lycabettus Hill at the restaurant “Orizontes”.
Our tour in the city of Athens came to its end and your personal driver will take you back to your hotel or cruise ship.
(A tour in the city of Piraeus is always an option)
- The price includes 1 to 4 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.
- Drivers cannot enter sites with you, as they are not official tourist guides.
- We are in collaboration, with official tourist guides and we can book one, if you need.
- 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.