Athens: Sightseeing Full Day Tour
- 6 Hours
- 6 Hours
- On request
This morning you will meet your guide and depart for a private city tour to the modern city of Athens. You will visit Syntagma Square, the Academy, the University, the National Library, Iliou Melathron, the former home of the celebrated archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann and one of the most beautiful buildings in Athens, the Panathenaic stadium and the Greek House of Parliament, a neoclassical structure overlooking the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where the traditional Changing of the Guard takes place.
You will then be driven to Acropolis, where a series of steps invites you to ascend to the top of this sacred rock. Upon reaching the top you will pass through the Propylaea, the stately entrance to the magnificent structures inside, and will be greeted by a spectacular view of the city and the entire basin of Attica. Once inside, you will immediately see the Parthenon, by far the best known and most awe-inspiring of the structures on the Acropolis. Next up is a visit of the new Acropolis Museum. The new Acropolis Museum is a whole nation's duty to its own cultural heritage! The tour in it, is a journey to the history and the Greek 'soul' where the Aesthetics of Logic, the Ethics of Freedom and the Rationality of Beauty, are all fused together and carved in stone for eternity.
After the visit of the Acropolis Museum, you will continue on to Plaka, the oldest quarter of the city. One of the first areas in Athens to be inhabited, this first settlement is thought to be nearly 7,000 years old. It is mostly pedestrian, renovated and isolated from both the traffic and noise of the city, which makes it a real oasis in which to discover ancient Athens. Plaka nowadays has quite a few open-air cafes, charming little restaurants and is a collector's paradise for old specimens of popular art, fabrics, copperware, ornaments and furniture from all over Greece. There are also new articles, made by craftsmen who carry on the old traditional craftsmanship, for sale. Return to your cruise vessel or hotel.
Duration: 6 Hours
Departs: 8:45 a.m. - Returns: 1:30 p.m.