Sightseeing Tour of Ancient Athens
The best way to discover a city is on foot, per bicycle or public transportation! This is how you feel the pulse of the city you’re visiting. According to your wishes, you’ll enjoy a personalized tour with enough time off for a coffee-break or a lunch at a local tavern. Just send in your request and you’ll get a tailor-made program for a great day exploring Athens. On your one, with a (small) group or just your children, I operate alone so you’ll get the feeling of visiting Athens with a friend! May I make some suggestions?
This half day tour is an absolute must!
Admiring the PARTHENON and hiking the hills around the Acropolis.
If it’s your first visit to the city of Athens this is your best choice to get to know the ancient city! As you walk along the Dionyssiou Areopagitou Street you can admire right away the landmark of Athens, the hill of the Acropolis with the Parthenon. We’ll start at the Theatre of Dionysus and will peak in at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, also known as the Herodeion. Built in 160 AD, the Odeon still functions as a theatre today, hosting concerts and performances of ancient drama during the summer Athens Festival.
The sacred rock of the Acropolis constitutes one of the most known monuments in the world. It is the most significant reference point of ancient Greek civilization, as well as the symbol of the city of Athens itself. The monuments represent the peak of artistic development of the 5th century BC, the period called the Golden Age of Pericles. We’ll enter through the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the sacred area dedicated to Athena, the patron goddess of the city. On the north of the rock we’ll encounter the Erechtheion, an elaborate Ionic temple with its famous porch of the Caryatids, female figures instead of columns. Casts replace the originals, the remaining ones are on display in the new Acropolis museum. The Parthenon, the Doric temple dedicated to Athena Parthenos, is beyond question the most impressive building of the city of Athens! It was built by the architects Ictinus and Callicrates within 9 years. It contained the famous chryselephantine statue of the goddess by Pheidias, the rest of the sculptural decoration were completed in 432 BC.
On our way out we’ll admire the Ionic temple of Athena Nike, which once housed the Apteros (wingless) Nike.
After a nice coffee-break we’ll continue our stroll to the hills around the Acropolis. Three hills had political importance, Areios Pagos (the hill of Justice), the Pnyx (the hill of Democracy) and the hill of the Muses, which the Athenians chose to honour their benefactor, Philopappos. The last hill is dominated by the Observatory, where one can walk among the trees and have a beautiful view to the Acropolis, day and night.