Thinking of What to Do in Athens?
Learn about Greek history by visiting the two most important sites in Athens, The Acropolis and Acropolis Museum, and feel the heartbeat of the modern city on this easy paced guided walking tour of Athens. Round trip transfer from the port of Piraeus is included.
Combination Guided Tour of the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum
This comprehensive city tour will show you some of the most important landmarks and sites of the historical center of Athens but also a thorough visit to the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum where your guide will give you an in depth guided tour.
The Essential Athens Tour
The tour begins inside the Syntagma metro station where you will visit the metro Museum (in 10-15 minutes) with very interesting archaeological artifacts from the daily life of Ancient Athens that came to light during the construction of the metro.
We will then continue in front of the Parliament where you will watch the ceremonial changing of the guards, who stand proudly in perfect stillness, guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Afterwards we will head towards the National Gardens and the beautiful example of neoclassical architectural design Zappeion Hall, a building used for events and exhibitions. From this vantage point you will see the remaining colossal columns of the Temple of Zeus, that have survived thousands of years of theft and pillaging, and Hadrian’s Arch both of which you will visit.
We will reach the Acropolis from the southern slope to avoid the crowds, and to also visit the Dionysus Theatre, the most significant theatre of its kind in Europe, where the first performance was held 2500 years ago.
The tour culminates with the crown jewels of the Greek civilization, the Acropolis which is considered the epitome of architectural design, beauty and measure by most of the world. We will enter the Acropolis from the south slope so as to avoid the crowds and also to visit the Dionysus Sanctuary and Dionysus theatre built in the 5th century BC. As we begin to ascend the sacred hill a breathtaking view of the city below will unfold beneath us. While walking at a comfortable pace your guide will provide you with a detailed explanation of the glorious monuments of the Acropolis such as the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena and the most important building surviving of classical Greece, the Erectheion, the Propylaia, the Nike Temple as well as surrounding landmarks and monuments of equal importance and splendour such as the Philopappos , Mars and Pnyx Hill, the Ancient Observatory, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Ancient Agora.
Short break for exploring and picture taking at the Acropolis or to get a snack or beverage will be provided, before your tour of the Acropolis Museum begins.
The New Acropolis Museum
The New Acropolis Museum was designed by Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi in co-operation with the Greek architect MichalisPhotiadis. Its unique design has incorporated the excavations which are visible under stunning glass floors.
The Acropolis masterpieces are marked out and given the prominence they deserve through the ideal interior atmosphere conditions, the natural lighting, as well as easy visitor access, panoramic views and excellent layout of the exhibition areas. It exhibits about 4,000 artifacts.
Back to the Port of Piraeus and your ship
Your coach / taxi will be waiting at the designated spot and time to return you to your ship in time.