Athens day tour or half day as an Airport / Port layover tour
Athens is a place of great cultural interest, as well as a vivid and modern city. The harmonious and perfectly balanced combination between the old and the new age make this city unique. Both sides of Athens are extremely appealing to tourists. There are many interesting museums to visit and various cultural activities to attend , that cater for all tastes. The best day for this tour is Sunday, with less traffic and there is a parade with " Evzones" in front of the Parliament and a band playing the National Anthem at 10:45 a.m. Athens more...
Athens private tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. You'll be taken to see the center of the city. On our way to the Acropolis you will see the Old City (Plaka) the Roman Agora, Hadrian's Library, the Ancient Athenian Agora, Thesseon, and the Pnyx "The hill of Democracy". You will also climb the Acropolis to see the famous theatres of Dionysus and Herodes Atticus and the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the temple of Athena Nike, the Erechteion and finally, "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that puts "order in the mind", the Parthenon and have time to visit its Museum. Acropolis Museum.
Athens Tour continues the city sightseeing passing by Thesseon, Monastiraki (Flea Market), the Town Hall on the way to Omonia Square, along Stadiou Avenue, passing by the Old Parliament (now the Museum of History) and arriving at Constitution Square (Syntagma) to view the House of Parliament and the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier. The Hellenic Parliament (Greek: "Parliament of the Hellenes", translated Voulí ton Ellínon) is the parliament of Greece, located in the Old Royal Palace, overlooking Syntagma Square in Athens. The Parliament is the supreme democratic institution that represents the citizens through an elected body of Members of Parliament. It is a unicameral legislature of 300 members, elected for a four-year term. During 1844–63 and 1927–35 the parliament was bicameral with an upper house, the Senate, and a lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, which retained the name Vouli.
Driving down Herod Atticus street , you will see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform guarding the Presidential Palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Athens private tour will visit the Panathenaic Stadium (70.000 seats all from marble), which is located on the site of an ancient stadium and for many centuries hosted games in which nude male athletes competed (gymnikoi agones) in track events, athletics championships as we would call them today. The first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. The victor in the Marathon race, the most popular contest, was the Greek Spyros Louis. It was in the Panathenaic Stadium that the Olympic Hymn was heard for the first time, with lyrics by poet Costis Palamas and music by composer Spyros Samaras. In the Athens 2004 Olympic Games it experienced moments of suspense and emotion during the archery contests and as the finishing line of the Marathon race.
Athens Tour continues on to the Temple of Olympian Zeus (the biggest temple in ancient times) and Hadrian's Arch Athens Guide.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus, also known as the Olympieion or Columns of the Olympian Zeus, is a monument of Greece and a former colossal temple at the center of Athens. It was dedicated to Olympian Zeus, a name originating from his position as head of the Olympian gods. Construction began in the 6th century BC during the rule of the Athenian tyrants, who envisaged building the greatest temple in the ancient world, but it was not completed until the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD, some 638 years after the project had begun. During the Roman period the temple -that included 104 colossal columns- was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world.
Athens Tour continues on to the Mount Lycabettus also known as Lykabettos or Lykavittos, is a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens, Greece at 300 meters (908 feet) above sea level. Pine trees cover its base, and at its two peaks are the 19th century Chapel of St. George, a theater, and a restaurant.
The hill is a tourist destination and can be ascended by the Lycabettus Funicular, a funicular railway which climbs the hill from a lower terminus at Kolonaki (The railway station can be found at Aristippou street). Lycabettus appears in various legends. Popular stories suggest it was once the refuge of wolves, (Lycos in Greek), which is possibly the origin of its name (means "the one that is walked by wolves").
Mythological: Lycabettus is credited to Athena, who created it when she dropped a limestone mountain she had been carrying from the Mount Penteli for the construction of the Acropolis after the box holding Erichthonius was opened. Do not miss the panorama from Mount Lycabettus, with a view of the Panathinaiko Stadium, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hellenic Parliament and the Acropolis of Athens.
A few miles east of Athens, Half way up the heights of Mount Hymettos, is the Monastery of Kaissariani (11th c). Even people who have no interest in Byzantine churches and monasteries will adore this incredible setting. Around the monastery there is a serene forest of cypress, plane and olive trees. The ground is covered by myriads of wild flowers and aromatic shrubs. From the eminence of Hymettos you will view the immense size of the city of Athens admiring a panoramic view of all its suburbs all the way to Pireaus and the Saronic Gulf, as far as the mountains of Pendeli and Parnitha.
Athens Tour / Daily: Approx.(4 hours Half day or up to 8 hours). Please read Touring/Info*.
Athens Sites & Museums:
Summer daily: 8.00 to 20.00. Winter: 8.00 to 17.00 Last entry 30 min before closing.
Entrance fee to Acropolis 20 Euro. Optional Ticket 30 Euro for more 4 sites.
Closed on Holidays: January 1st. , March 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On Good Friday, the sites are open 12.00 - 17.00.
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