- The Acropolis, its monuments and surroundings
- The Acropolis Museum
- The National Archaeological Museum
- The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
- The Monastery of Kaesariani on the slopes of Mt Hymettus
Day 1: WelcomeArrival in Athens. Transfer to the hotel. First meeting with your tour leader.
Day 2: Acropolis, Agora and Plaka. The Acropolis MuseumWe go through the bustling market hall and walk through a part of the old town. Pilgrimage to the Acropolis, where the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaea and the Temple of Athena Nike stand proud witnesses of the Age of Pericles and the high classical Greek architecture. Then we go to the Hill of Areopagus, where St. Paul spoke to the Athenians, and to the Ancient Agora; in the late Antiquity the last pagan philosophers and the Early Church Fathers were studying side by side in its schools of philosophy. In the Agora Museum, you can see the water clock that measured the time of speeches during the course of trials, a kleroterion or allotment machine that assigned jurors to the courts and pieces of broken pottery (ostracon) used as voting tokens in the ostracism procedure. In the afternoon we will visit the amazing new Acropolis Museum, a modern building of glass, concrete, steel and marble which provides a fabulous home for the masterpieces of the Acropolis. In the evening it will be time for a walk through the Plaka area (old town of Athens); dinner in a traditional Greek tavern.
Day 3: Archaeological museum. Athens sightseeing. Monastery of Kaesariani. Poseidon’s templeThe National Archaeological Museum is housed in a beautiful neo-classical building. The sculpture collection gives an overview of the development of Greek Glyptic during one millennium. The gold mask of Agamemnon and the two gold cups from Vafio depicting bulls and cows are exhibited in the hall with the Mycenaean Antiquities. The highly stylized Cycladic idols dating from the early Bronze Age brings to our minds modern art. On the first floor is the hall with wall paintings from the Minoan excavation of Akrotiri on Santorini; and of course the rich collection of pottery with beautiful examples of Black- and Red-figure attic vases. On the City tour you will see the historical neoclassical buildings of the University of Athens, the Parliament, Old Parliament, Stadium and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Then we visit the monastery of Kaesariani, located in a green area on the slopes of Mt Hymettus; its church is decorated with post byzantine frescos. In its surroundings we have the opportunity for a short hike with panoramic views over the city. In the afternoon we go to Cape Sounion where we visit the Temple of Poseidon and wait for the sunset. Farewell dinner in a traditional Greek tavern.
Day 4: FarewellThis short stay in Athens ends. Transfer to the airport or holidays extension or next tour.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS3 Overnight stays in a good, centrally located hotel, within walking distance from the metro station and the old town; breakfast in the Hotel, 2 dinners (except on the arrival day) in local taverns. For lunch there will be the possibility for a stop at a restaurant or a picnic.
SERVICES INCLUDEDTransfers and tours according to the program
Privet bus with professional driver
2 overnight stays on HB basis + 1 overnight BB
Professional Greek tourist guide
All admissions to museums and excavations
NOT INCLUDEDFlights to/from Greece
PRICEIn double room: from 328 € / person
In single room: from 418 € / person
TIPThe tour can be extended by one more day to visit the island of Aegina. Sea our program “Athens city break and the nearby island of Aegina”.
- Athens (Downtown)