Athens Full Day (Shore Excursion)

Visiting points of high interest inside Athens:

Your exciting stroll will start with a visit to the most important "hill" of Greece, the breath taking ACROPOLIS. The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance.

Walking through PROPYLAEA -the unique entrance of the Acropolis- you will see the imposing TEMPLE OF goddess ATHENA and the PARTHENON, the temple that was dedicated to the goddess. Historically, Athena was known for protecting civilized life. According to some sources, Athena was praised for her compassion and generosity and was declared the patroness of the City.

On the southwest slope of the Acropolis, you will have the chance to see and admire the ODEON of HERODUS ATTICUS, a stone theatre that was completed in 161 AD and then renovated using pentelic marble in 1950. Since then it has been the main venue of the Athens Festival, which runs from May through October each year, featuring a variety of acclaimed Greek as well as International performances.

Another remarkable spot that you will visit next is the ruins of the THEATRE of DIONYSUS, a major theatre in Athens, considered to be the world's first theatre, built at the foot of the Athenian Acropolis. Dedicated to Dionysus, the god of plays and wine (among other things), the theatre could seat as many as 17,000 people with excellent acoustics, making it an ideal location for ancient Athens' biggest theatrical celebration, the Dionysia.

Option to visit before or after the Acropolis is the monument of AEROPAGUS -a prominent rock outcropping located northwest of the Acropolis-. In classical times, it functioned as the court for trying deliberate homicide, wounding and religious matters, as well as cases involving arson or olive trees.

Once you have finished your tour of the Acropolis and the surrounding area, you will continue with your visit to the remains of the Temple of OLYMPIAN ZEUS, also known as the Columns of the Olympian Zeus, a former colossal temple at the center of the Greek capital Athens. It was dedicated to "Olympian" Zeus, a name originating from his position as head of the Olympian gods. A substantial part of the temple remains today and it continues to be part of a very important archaeological site of Greece.

Next stop will be the PANATHENAIC STADIUM the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble and the HOUSE of PARLAMIENT where the Tomb of the UNKNOWN SOLDIER is located.

After the famous change of the PRESIDENTIAL GUARDS in Syntagma Square, you and your English speaking chauffeur will start driving in the city of Athens, passing through the three most beautiful buildings and perfect examples of the neoclassical architecture, that is, the ACADEMY, the UNIVERSITY and the NATIONAL LIBRARY.

After such a tour, stopping for Greek dishes it is quite necessary! A great opportunity to taste Greek cuisine is by having lunch in one of many typical taverns of PLAKA, the most historical and beautiful neighborhood of Athens clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis. Alternatively, your guide can suggest you a few good places for lunch or you can have your own arrangements.

Another place that is considered interesting for a visit, is the ANCIENT AGORA - which was the old market of the ancient Athens - located to the northwest of the Acropolis and bounded on the south by the hill of the Areopagus. At the north-west side of the ancient agora, you can see standing largely as built the TEMPLE OF HEPHAESTUS and the STOA OF ATTALOS. The STOA OF ATTALOS houses the Museum of the Ancient Agora. Its exhibits are mostly connected with the Athenian democracy. The collection of the museum includes clay, bronze and glass objects, sculptures, coins and inscriptions from the 7th to the 5th century BC.

Closing your day pleasantly, you will have the chance to visit the NATIONAL ARCHAELOGICAL MUSEUM which is the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. Alternatively you can visit the NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM with exhibits from the ACROPOLIS.

The NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM is considered to be the best museum of Greece that has opened its doors in 2009 and has already more than 5.000.000 visitors in the first three years of operation. After all these wonderful visits to monuments and attractions, an unforgettable day in Athens has ended. If you also desire to live wonderful moments in places full of history, emotion and beauty, do not hesitate to request a licensed guide.