Make your own way to the prearranged meeting point in central Athens to begin your Viator Exclusive walking tour. Meet your expert guide, and then enjoy a leisurely stroll to Petraki Monastery.
Dating back more than 1,000 years, the monastery is still inhabited by monks today. Marvel at the distinctive Byzantine architecture, the oldest style of church architecture in southern Greece, and admire the 18th-century frescoes, said to have been painted by the famous hagiographer Georgios Markou.
After exploring the monastery, continue to the nearby Byzantine and Christian Museum. Follow your guide and head inside to explore the expansive collection of antiquities, religious artifacts and paintings from the bygone days of Byzantine Greece an era that stretched from 600 BC to the mid-15th century.
Let your guide take you on a tour of the museums highlights, including more than 25,000 artifacts on display, while listening to fascinating stories about Greece during the Byzantine rule. As you stroll around the grand museum, once the palace of a Greek duchess, visit a gallery of Coptic Christian paintings, admire ancient mosaics inside a reconstructed church, and see a collection of medieval books.
Following your tour of religious antiques and paintings, make your way to the museums restaurant. Take a seat and prepare to feast on traditional Medieval Greek cuisine for a late afternoon lunch. Your delicious 3-course meal consists of a starter and a main dish, served with a shared salad and a sharing platter of desserts. As you dine, savor a delicious glass of local wine.
With your appetite sated, bid your guide a fond farewell and make your own way back to your hotel.