Neoclassical Athens

An Introduction to the little-known Kingdom of Greece

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Half-Day (09:00-12:00)





Modern History


Wednesday to Friday

Meeting Point

Syntagma Square

Explore the city’s fabulous neoclassical heritage, with this walking tour that takes you through the grand gardens and mansions of 19th century Athens to discover the optimism and splendor of the first century of Greek independence. A fantastic opportunity to experience a different side of the Greek capital!

Offering a rare glimpse into a fabulous and fascinating period of modern Greek history, this fantastic private tour is a journey into an era of daring and dreams, when the world celebrated the newly established independent Greek state and the streets of Athens were abuzz with hope and aspirations.

You’ll visit key locations, including the first temporary residence of the first Greek royal family and the royal gardens, whose exotic flora and fauna still stand out in the modern city scape. You’ll wander through the city center to see the legacy of that extraordinary period and you’ll walk through gilded rooms to get a taste of life in that enchanting age.

From neoclassical architecture to opulent interiors, charming gardens and an enduring legacy, this tour offers a glimpse into one of the most enthralling and lesser-known periods of Greek history.



Meet your guide at Syntagma Square.

09:00 – 09:45

Guided tour of the National Garden.

09:45 – 10:30

A guided walk along some of the city’s most iconic neoclassical buildings.

10:30– 11:00

Coffee break at Black Duck Garden (not included in tour cost).

11:00– 12:00

Take a private tour of the Museum of the City of Athens, which is dedicated to the city’s modern history, from 1834 onwards.


Ending Point: Metro Station Panepistimio.


Take a private guided tour of the Museum of the City of Athens and get a taste of the magic and opulence of the Kingdom of Greece: once the first residence of the country’s first royal family, the museum showcases a wealth of cultural artifacts in a range of rooms furnished and decorated in authentic 19th century aristocracy style.

Explore the National Garden, the capital’s first city park, and discover the fascinating history of one of the city’s most enchanting landmarks; originally commissioned by Queen Amalia, the Garden has provided the backdrop for defining events in the country’s modern history and has been admired by visitors for over 180 years.

“It remains in my memory like no other park I have known. It is the quintessence of a park, the thing one feels sometimes in looking at a canvas or dreaming of a place one would like to be in and never finds.”

Henry Miller (1939)

Find out how 19th century Greece attracted renowned artists and visionaries from across Europe, eager for an opportunity to leave their mark on the growing metropolis.

Admire some of the capital’s most magnificent neoclassical buildings including the Catholic Church of Saint Denis, Iliou Melathron, and the famed Athenian Trilogy.

Enjoy a coffee break at Black Duck Garden, a hidden gem in the gardens of the Museum of the City of Athens.

What's included

  • Private, state-licensed tour guide
  • Entry fees to all sites mentioned in the itinerary

Neoclassical Athens

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