Meeting the culture of Athens
- The Ancient Rock of Acropolis
- Acropolis Museum
- Temple of Olympian Zeus
- Panathenaic Stadium
- Greek Parliament
In a few words…
Our tour could start with nothing else but with the greatest achievement of the ancient culture of Greece, the Acropolis. Going through the Propylaea, the monumental gate of Acropolis, we get to the possibly greatest architectural monument that has ever been constructed, the Parthenon. It’s a temple built in the 5th century BC by the architects Iktinos and Kallikratis and dedicated to the goddess Athina.
We’ll then visit the Acropolis Museum, one of the globally greatest museums, with considerable awards. It opened to the public in 2009 and exhibits all the findings of the Sacred Rock of Acropolis. It’s a nice opportunity to have a stop for a coffee at the Museum’s cafe to enjoy the view of Acropolis.
Our next site is the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which is made of the high-quality Pentelic marble. Its founding began by Pisistratus but it was finally completed by Andrianos in approximately 131 AD, who dedicated the temple to Zeus.
Next station is the world’s athletic symbol, the Kallimarmaron (meaning “beautifully marbled” ) Panathenaic Stadium. It was costructed by Likourgos in the 4th century BC and it is the only Stadium in the world built of marble. It hosted the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896.
As our tour goes on, we get to to the Zappeion, which is the first buiding to be erected –in 1888- specifically for the revival of the Modern Olympic Games.
We continue with a visit to the Greek Parliament where we can watch the change of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The official change is held on Sunday at 11 p.m accompanied by military music.
Our tour finishes with a walk through the Lycabetus hill. At the top of it you can find the church of St. George where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Athens and take unique pictures.
“ Your taxi will be waiting for you at the appointed place at 8.00-8.30 p.m. to get your tour started.”