You will be met at the port to begin you tour of Athens, the capital and largest city in Greece and one of the world’s oldest cities; with at least 3,000 years of history.
Pass the remains of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, built by Roman Emperor Hadrian in 131-32, on the way to Syntagma (Constitution) Square.
At the top of the square stands the Parliament Building, formerly the royal palace, where guards in their traditional costumes keep watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Continue past the Panathenaic Stadium and the National Gardens. Travel along University Street with its neo-classical buildings.
Continue to the Acropolis, or “High City,” a true testament to the Golden Age of Greece, that magical period at the height of Pericles’ influence (461- 429 BCE), when the intellectual and artistic life of Athens flowered. Seeing the ruins of the Parthenon, one of the archetypal images of western culture, is a revelation, yet utterly familiar.
The modern path makes a zigzagging ascent through the Beule Gate to legendary attractions such as the Propylaia, Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and the Parthenon.
We will continue on foot to Plaka, the oldest district of Athens, full of shops, boutiques, restaurants and sidewalk cafes. The neighborhood is home to the Old University, the Tower of the Winds, the ancient agora, the Lysicreates monument, as well as many impressive neoclassical bulidings. You will have free time to browse or shop on your own.
Proceed to the Acropolis Museum, which displays artefacts found on the Acropolis in beautiful, modern galleries filled with natural light. In some places the museum floor is made of glass, allowing views into the continuing excavations below.
You will be transferred back to the port to join your cruise ship.