Enjoy the Athens city tour and experience the glorious monuments of this historical ancient city where theatre and Democracy were born.
You will visit the Panathenaic Stadium (the only marble stadium in the world!) where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896, built over the ruins of the ancient Roman stadium of Athens, the Zappion Congress and Exhibitions center, the Temple of Zeus (one of the biggest temples in history) and Hadrian’ s Gate. The “Sacred Rock” as it was believed from the past, the Acropolis of Athens (perfection in architecture) which was rebuilt after the Persian wars.
You will admire the theater of Dionysus (first theater of the world), the Odeon of Herod the Atticus who ordered the theatre in order to offer it as a gift to his wife, Rigila. You will visit the Propylaea(entrance gate), the Temple of Apteros Nike, the Erechtheion and the Parthenon. Continuing our sightseeing Athens city tour we will see the spectacular view from Lycabettus hill (247 m.high).
After we visit the Parliament building which used to be King’s Palace and next to it is the ex-Royal Gardens, created by King’s wife- Amalia, to see the changing of Royal Guards at the tomb of Unknown Soldier, the Omonia Square where all distances in Greece are measured, the Open flea Market in Monastiraki situated close to ancient agora, the area of Plaka also mentioned as the neighborhood of Gods.
The Anglican church of St. Paul (builded in 1930), the President of Democracy and Prime Minsters houses, the Numismatic Museum (Heinrich Schliemann’s Residence), the Academy of Arts and Sciences, the University and the National Library, also known as the Athens trilogy. We will pass by the museums of Benaki, Cycladic Art, Byzantine art, and War. After the tour, we return you to your hotel or cruise ship.