|Small Group tour, max 18|
|Duration||5 ½ hours||Walking time||60 minutes|
|Guide||Local licensed guide||Walking pace||Moderate|
|Language||English||Entrance fees||(not included)|
|Meeting point||Your Athens Walking Tours guide holding the orange colored Athens Walking Tours sign will be waiting for you INSIDE the Syntagma Metro Station one level down, by the ticket validating machines, underneath the big central hanging clock. Please be at the meeting point by 09:15 because the tours starts at 09:30 am|
The ideal combination tour
This sightseeing tour is the perfect combination tour with which you will experience the two most important attractions of Athens. The Acropolis of Athens, one of the most famous archaeological sites and landmarks of Athens and Greece and the Acropolis Museum where the masterpieces of the Acropolis are displayed in a stunning way and will be explained expertly by our Athens Walking Tour licensed guide.
Your interesting City Tour
The tour begins inside the Syntagma metro station where you will visit the metro Museum (in 10 minutes) with very interesting archaeological artifacts from the daily life of Ancient Athenians that came to light during the construction of the metro.
You will then continue on to the House of the Greek Parliament, the Monument to the Unknown Soldier and watch the changing of the guards. Your tour continues towards the National Gardens and on to the beautiful neoclassical Zappeion Hall, in front of which tower the surviving columns of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, both of which you will have the opportunity to visit. From there you walk towards the Acropolis through the beautiful pedestrian walk way of Dionysiou Areopagitou and you pass by the Melina statue.
Your Acropolis guided tour.
You will enter the Acropolis from the south slope so as to avoid the crowds and also to visit the Dionysus sanctuary and Dionysus Theatre built in the 5th century BC. Your guide will take care of the tickets so you can skip the line. As you begin to ascend the sacred hill a breathtaking view of the city below will unfold.
Your guide will give you a detailed explanation of the glorious monuments of the Acropolis such as the Parthenon, the Erectheion, the Propylaia, the Nike Temple, the Agrippa monument and the surrounding monuments such as the Herodes Atticus Odeon, the Ancient Agora, the Observatory as well as the Philopappos, Mars and Pnyx Hills.
Acropolis Museum – the definite must visit
The Acropolis Museum was designed by Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi in co-operation with the Greek architect Michalis Photiadis. Its unique design has incorporated the excavations which are visible under stunning glass floors. The Acropolis masterpieces are marked out and given the prominence they deserve through the ideal interior atmosphere conditions, the natural lighting, as well as easy visitor access, panoramic views and excellent layout of the exhibition areas. It exhibits about 4,000 artifacts.
Time for exploring and picture taking at the Acropolis will be provided before your tour of the Acropolis Museum begins.
NOTE: After the first part of the tour which ends on the Acropolis at 12:45 you will have time to take pictures and get to the designated meeting point for your Acropolis Museum Tour. On the way you may get a snack or a drink before you start the guided tour in the Museum at approx. 13.45.
The tour ends at the Acropolis Museum at approx. 15:00 (3pm)
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