11 Jul 2017

 

Athens, the birthplace of democracy and the cradle of Western civilization, is one of the oldest cities in Europe and the world. A melting pot of cultures over the centuries, it has emerged as one of the world’s best cultural tourism destinations—ancient and modern, quintessentially Greek.

With a rich and diverse cultural heritage that spans from Classical Antiquity and the Roman Empire to Byzantium, the period of Ottoman rule, and the modern era, the Greek capital is a city full of stunning monuments and cultural treasures. There’s no shortage of fascinating things to see and do in Athens, but for first time visitors there’s nothing quite as quintessentially Athenian as a visit to the Acropolis, the most iconic monument of ancient Greek civilization, and a chance to visit the city’s oldest districts, which are still the beating heart of its historical memory and cultural life.

Dedicated to creating fantastic cultural experiences, Discover Greek Culture designs private tours and bespoke experiences that showcase the best of what Greece has to offer, from wine and gastronomy in the Peloponnese to prehistoric heritage and contemporary art tours in Santorini. And of course, we offer a range of themed tours in the Greek capital, designed to give you the most authentic, complete, and memorable experience possible.

Classical Athens, Classically Greek is the perfect tour to introduce you to Classical Athens and the historic heart of the city center and give you a taste of Greek hospitality and Greek culinary traditions. The tour includes a visit to the Parthenon and Acropolis and to the internationally acclaimed Acropolis Museum, as well as a walk through Plaka and an opportunity to sample Greek fare and treats.

Like all our tours, Classical Athens, Classically Greek is led by field experts: qualified professionals, trained  archaeologists and experienced tour guides who are not only passionate about Greek culture and history, but also have the practical know-how and insider experience to really bring the sites to life. Through lively anecdotes and fascinating facts, your guide will give you an opportunity to step back in time and get a sense of the magnificence of the Parthenon and Acropolis in their original context, at the heart of the Athenian city-state just as Democracy was emerging.

A guided walk through the picturesque district of Plaka will give you a chance to explore the timeless essence of the Greek capital, along streets where classical antiquity, 19th-century neoclassical architecture, and contemporary modern aesthetics all come together in that characteristically Athenian way. To round off the experience with a real taste of Greece, the tour also includes an opportunity to sample traditional Greek wine and fare at an old-time wine shop—or, if you’re looking for a unique twist, an exclusive opportunity to step into a historical private mansion at the foot of the Acropolis, and enjoy Greek coffee and traditional sweets while hearing stories about the house and its story through the creation of the modern Greek state.

From the magnificent Parthenon to the winding alleyways of Plaka and the traditional flavors of Greece, we can’t think of a better introduction to the Classical heritage and unique character of the Greek capital.

View of the Theatre of Dionysus at the Acropolis of Athens

 

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