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The Great Athens Walks Tour

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Duration:
5 hours
Tour Category:
Athens City Tours
Departure Time:
10:00
Languages:
English

The Great Athens Walks Tour

Great Athens Walk Tour - National Gardens of Athens

The Great Athens Walks Tour is the best way to enjoy Athens throughout the Year. Take the chance to have a nice walk tour at the Historic Center and learn everything about the city. Athens is an amazing city and you will learn everything about its traditions, culture, visit amazing sites and off the beaten path places.

Athens is Great for Walks

Stroll Around Plaka
Stroll Around Plaka

Also, have the chance to go beyond the Acropolis and discover a different side to Athens. The Great Athens Walk Tour will show you why the city is renowned for its fusion of ancient history and vibrant contemporary culture. Above all Athens has no shortage of amazing, original experiences to discover. Athens is far beyond the usual experiences and places to visit. This tour is curated in a way that will give you the opportunity to travel back in time while having a great slow pace walking tour.

Even though people think that Athens is not a picture-perfect city but you will be surprised with what you will see and how many photo opportunities you will have during the tour. Athens is a constantly changing dynamic destination. No matter what you like art, history, culture or food this is your city! Also, little is known that the best aspect of Athens is that it is highly walkable. Above all, Athens is perfect for relaxing walks after a day of sightseeing. The Great Athens Walk Tour is highly recommended even after your visit to Acropolis.

The Great Athens Walks Tour

Great Athens Walks Tour - National Gardens
Great Athens Walks Tour – National Gardens

The Tour will start at Syntagma Square where you will have the chance to see the Parliament and one of the best squares of Athens! Photo opp during the changing of guards in front of the monument of the Unknown Soldier at the Parliament. Also, you will have the chance to have a small step back in time as you stroll around this lush expanse just steps from Syntagma Square. The former Athens’s Royal Garden, is an urban oasis imagined and created by Queen Amalia – wife of Otto, the first modern king of Greece. The 200 years old garden is a haven of peace, with hundreds of rare and exotic plants circling dozens of swan-dotted ponds. You will walk around the amazing oasis in the center of the city and have the filling you are at the countryside!

Zappeion Exhibition Hall – Athens Walks Tour

Zappeion Megaron Athens
Zappeion Megaron Athens

Through the National Gardens we will arrive to the Zappeion Exhibition Hall, or Zappeion as we call it.  The classic architecture of this building is completely breathtaking  and has witnessed the history of Athens for the past 130 years. With an oval shaped open area flanked by a two-storey colonnade, the building is painted in traditional rust colors, a feature common in several ancient Greek buildings. A major scene for some of the most significant moments in the country’s history, it has always been integrally linked to the Olympic Games. The Zappeion building is a tribute to this great man who brought the Olympic Games back into the modern world. Having played the role of the official Olympic village for the Olympic games of 1896 and host of the fencing events, the Zappeion building today is used for public exhibitions, wine tasting, trade shows, business meetings, and cultural events.

The Panathenaic (Olympic) Stadium

Panathenaic Stadium, Athens Tour
Panathenaic Stadium, Athens Tour

Just a few meters away is the Panathenaic Stadium. The only stadium in the world made entirely with marble. Also, this is the place that the first Modern Olympic Games took place. The Panathenaic, which means ‘for all Athenians or for all Athens’, or ‘Kallimarmaro’, which means ‘beautiful marble’, stadium however, was in use as a stadium from the fourth century B.C. and it is still in use as a sport stadium! First, it was just a racecourse, a simple place for athletic events, which was used for the conducting of the ancient Panathenaic Games. Above all, you will get into the background on what the Olympics were really about in venues connected to real Olympic events. Find out more about how ancient Olympic athletes trained and learn some techniques used by modern athletes.

Temple of Olympian Zeus

Temple Of Olympian Zeus
Temple Of Olympian Zeus

After the Panathenaic Stadium our Great Athens Walks tour will take you to The Temple of Olympian Zeus or the Olympieion. The remaining columns of a colossal Temple made for the Kings of Gods, Zeus. A can’t-miss on two counts: it’s a marvellous temple, once the largest in Greece, and it’s smack in the centre of Athens. Of the temple’s 104 original Corinthian columns (17m high with a base diameter of 1.7m), only 15 remain – the fallen column was blown down in a gale in 1852.

Hadrian’s Arch

Hadrian Arch
Hadrian Arch

Exactly outside the Temple of Olympian Zeus is the Hadrian’s Arch. A monument which, in spite of the marks of time and repetitive acts of vandalism, still preserves its elegant silhouette and an admirable patina through the gradual oxidation of its pentelic white marble. One of the most notable structures in Athens. The arch was constructed without cement or mortar from solid marble, using clamps to connect the cut stones. It is 18m high, 13.5m wide, and 2.3m in depth. Its design is fully symmetrical from front to back and side to side.

Lysicrates Monument

Lysikrates Monument
Lysikrates Monument

Our tour continues to the Monument of Lysicrates. At the entrance of the old neighborhood of Plaka, few steps from the Acropolis Museum, there is the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates. This monument was erected by the choregos Lysicrates to commemorate the award of the first prize in 335/334 BC to one of the performances that he had sponsored.

The word choregos actually means sponsor in Greek. Choregoi were a very important and honorary title for the ancient Athenians. They actually sponsored the expenses and preparations of dramatic and musical performances during the festivals of Athens. When costs were not covered by the state, choregoi were appointed to pay the costs of costumes, masks, rehearsal costs, scene painting, sound effects and generally all the costs associated with a performance.

Plaka and Anafiotika – Athens Walks Tour

Plaka in Athens
Plaka in Athens

Time to visit the most beautiful part of the Athens. The Great Athens Walks Tour will take you to the old city of Athens, Plaka! Discover its tranquil, picturesque and mystic hidden corners. Also, you will stroll around Anafiotika. The island under Acropolis! You will forget the city sounds and get the feeling that you are walking through the alleys of a Cycladic island.  Stroll around the little alleys and admire the white washed cubic houses with bright painted shutters and beautifully carved wooden doors, a typical Cycladic architecture!

Highlights

  • Parliament
  • Panathenaic Stadium
  • National Gardens
  • Zappeion
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Τhe non-touristy, picturesque part of the old town of Athens, the Anafiotika
  • Beautiful old houses, chapels “carved” on the slopes of the Acropolis
  • Private Tour
  • Only local tour leaders

Inclusions:

  • Local tour leader

Exclusions:

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees to Temple of Zeus and Panathenaic Stadium
  • Parliament
  • Panathenaic Stadium
  • National Gardens
  • Zappeion
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Τhe non-touristy, picturesque part of the old town of Athens, the Anafiotika
  • Beautiful old houses, chapels “carved” on the slopes of the Acropolis
  • Private Tour
  • Only local tour leaders
Departure10:00
Return Time15:00
Included
  • .Local tour leader
Excluded
  • .Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
  • .Food and beverages
  • .Gratuities
From: €45


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