Get the best out Athens in just one Day, we start your day at about 09:00 and after a full 12 hours tour around Athens Best Sightseeing we’ll get you back safe and sound at 21:30.
Read more about the places we are going to visit below:
The Acropolis Hill
The Acropolis is the rocky hill that stands in the center of today’s Greek capital. The word Acropolis derives from the combination of the Greek words akron and polis, that mean the edge of the city. The buildings on top of the hill were built under the coordination of celebrating the establishment of democracy in Athens.
During that period, known also as the Golden Age, the sculptor Phidias was appointed by Pericles to transform this rocky hill to an eternal symbol of the city of Athens. The main buildings that were built during that time were:
the Parthenon: the temple which was dedicated to goddess Athena, the patron goddess of the city. The Parthenon was built by Ictinus and Callicrates. Its name refers to the cult of Athena Parthenos (Athena the Virgin)
the Erechtheon: a smaller temple dedicated to both goddess Athena and god Poseidon, on the north side of the hill. The best known part of this temple is its south side with the Caryatids as supporting columns. The name Erechtheum comes either from the name of an ancient greek hero Erichthonius or the legendary Athenian king Erechtheus.
the Propylaea: the monumental entrance gateway to the Acropolis hill, designed by Mnesicles and built by Ictinus.
and the small temple Athena Nike, a smaller Ionic temple designed by Callicrates. It was built to celebrate the victory of the Athenians against the Spartans during the Peloponnesian War.
The New Acropolis Museum
The Greek capital is admired for its preserved monuments, mythology, art and historic architectural systems. Fortunately, the design scene of the city is becoming richer after the inauguration of the New Acropolis Museum in the summer of 2009. Located in the historic of Makriyianni district, the Museum stands less than 1,000 feet southeast of the Parthenon. The top-floor Parthenon Gallery offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the Acropolis and modern Athens. The Museum is entered from the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian street, which links it to the Acropolis and other key archaeological sites in Athens. The museum was designed-build by Bernand Tschumi Architects with an extensive use of glass ensures breathtaking views of the Acropolis, the surrounding historic hills and the modern city of Athens and immediate views of the archaeological excavation that lies below the Museum, visible through large expanses of glass floor. With the benefit of the changing natural light, visitors can discern and discover the delicate surface variations of the sculptures and select the vantage point from which to observe the exhibits. You can end your visit by having a coffee or lunch, at the cafe-restaurant of the Museum, enjoying the panoramic view of the Parthenon.
Plaka is one of the picturesque neibhourhoods in Athens. It is located on the east side of the Acropolis hill and it was inhabited since the ancient times. Its main street is Andrianou street that guides hundreds of thousands tourists from Syntagma sq. to the Ancient Athenian Agora. Some characteristics of Plaka are the narrow pedestrian streets, the traditional greek tavernas and the neoclassical buildings that remain intact until today.
Monastiraki Flea Market
Monastiraki is the characteristic shopping district in Athens. There you will find clothing boutiques, jewelry shops as well as the famous flea market where you can find and buy precious antiques, artworks, old books and other collectibles. It is considered as one of the major tourist attractions in Athens and there are a lot of souvenirs shops as well. The area was named after the Monastery of the Pantanassa (Dormition of Virgin Mary).
Lycabettus Hill is the highest hill of the Greek capital. According to Artemidorus, the word Lycabettus derives from the Greek word “Lyx”, referring to the notion of twilight. At the top of the hill, there’s the chapel of St George built in 1830’s at the time when Athens became the capital of Greece. There is also another smaller chapel on the side of Lycabettus, carved inside the hill, the chapel of St Isidorus. Lycabettus Hill is a very popular tourist destination and can be ascended by the funicular railway, situated at the Kolonaki area. During the summer, one has the opportunity to visit also the open air theatre at the top of the hill where many important greek and international artists have performed including Paco de Lucia, BB King, Nick Cave, Radiohead, Pet Shop Boys and others.
All day tours start at 9:00 AM and end at 9:30 PM.
|THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM||YES|
|THE ACROPOLIS - PARTHENON||YES|
|TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS AND HADRIAN'S ARCH||YES|
|ANCIENT AGORA OF ATHENS||YES|
|CONSTITUTION SQUARE AND HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT||YES|
|THE NATIONAL GARDENS||YES|
|ACADEMY OF ATHENS AND UNIVERSITY|
|NATIONAL LIBRARY OF GREECE|
|NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HISTORY(THE OLD PARLIAMENT)|
|ERMOU SHOPPING CENTER||YES|
|MONASTIRAKI FLEA MARKET||YES|
|KERAMIKOS, THISSIO AND PSIRRI|
|ATHENS FISH AND MEAT MARKET|
|ATHENS CITY HALL|
|KOLONAKI SHOPPING AND ART CENTER||YES|
|ATHENS WAR MUSEUM|
|GOULANDRIS MUSEUM OF CYCLADIC ART|
|DINNER AT A GREEK TRADITIONAL RESTAURANT IN MICROLIMANO NEAR PIREUS||YES|