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Athens Classic Tour - A 3000 Years History City Alternative Presented Selfguided

TRIP DETAILS
We discover the hidden corners of the city and ancient Athens by cycling in places such as the Hill of Pnyx, the old Observatory and the Monument of Philopappos, the prison of Socrates, the Roman Agora, Koile, Aristotle’s School and Hadrian’s Library. We admire the incomparable view of the Panathenaic Stadium and the Acropolis from Arditos Hill, the Parthenon and the port of Piraeus from Philopappos Hill, the Ancient Agora and the whole of Athens from Areopagus Hill.
We cross the oasis of the National Garden and the Zappeion, Plaka and the traditional district of Anafiotika. We also experience the contrasts of the modern city: designer storefronts and shops with second hand goods, trendy restaurants and quaint cafés. And after tasting traditional souvlaki, we complete our cycling in the shadow of the Acropolis.

Duration

3 to 4 hours

Voucher

Mobile ticket

  • What's included :
    • Bicycle equipment (helmet, lights, rear rack, rack bags)
    • Guide - Companion
    • Hybrid Electric Bike (Pedelec Type)
    • Snack & Water
    What's excluded :
    • Insurance of participants (available at a cost of 16 € / person)
    • Entrance fees in archaeological sites, museums
    • Transportation to/from starting/ending point
    • Entry/Admission - Hadrian's Library
    • Entry/Admission - Roman Agora
    • Entry/Admission - Stoa of Attalos
    • Entry/Admission - Ancient Agora of Athens
    • Entry/Admission - Temple of Hephaestus
    • Entry/Admission - National Observatory of Athens
    • Entry/Admission - Temple of Olympian Zeus
    • Entry/Admission - Arch of Hadrian (Pili tou Adrianou)
    • Entry/Admission - Panathenaic Stadium
    • Entry/Admission - Tower of the Winds
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Plaka, Athens 10556 Greece

    Plaka is appropriately known as the “Neighborhood of the Gods. Visiting that scenic neighborhood is an experience that stays with travelers for a lifetime. With its colorful neoclassic buildings and ruins waiting to be discovered around every corner, there is so much to be discovered in Plaka. Let’s be sure that you don’t miss any of the attractions!
    Truly, this is one of the most charming and elegant neighborhoods you will encounter anywhere on Earth.

    Stop At: Hadrian's Library, Areos 3, Athens 105 55 Greece

    In the heart of Athens, between the Agora and the Acropolis, philhellene Roman Emperor Hadrian 132 A.D. built, in an area of 10,000 sq m, the renowned complex of the Library that contained -in addition to the three stories housing books - reading rooms, teaching rooms, porticoes for philosophical walks, gardens and a pond for recreation. The Emperor’s goal was to create a place of academic study worthy of the reputation of Ancient Athens in Letters and Science. ​

    Duration: 3 minutes

    Stop At: Roman Agora, Polignotou 3, Athens 105 55 Greece

    Public life in the city of Athens was concentrated in and around the Agora, the market, a large rectangular shaded with plane trees, willows and poplars, ornamented with fountains, statues, and votive offerings, surrounded by porticos where the merchants and sellers sold all sorts of goods and provisions. There were also the bankers of the time, the hairdressers, the perfumers, men of business, men of letters, artists and artisans, politicians, orators, philosophers, who walked and discussed on all issues of life and the questions of the day. ​


    Duration: 3 minutes

    Stop At: Stoa of Attalos, Adrianou St. 24, Athens Greece

    The Stoa of Attalos is thought to have been a kind of ancient commercial center with 21 shops on each floor lining the western wall. Visitors may get an idea of everyday life in ancient Athens through the collection of everyday objects which were unearthed in excavations. The stoa's dimensions are 115 by 20 meters wide (377 by 65 feet wide) and it is made of marble from Mtn. Penteli.

    Duration: 3 minutes

    Stop At: Ancient Agora of Athens, Adrianou 24, Athens 105 55 Greece

    The Agora was the heart of ancient Athens, the focus of political, commercial, administrative and social activity, the religious and cultural center, and the seat of justice.

    Duration: 3 minutes

    Stop At: Temple of Hephaestus, Athens 105 55, Greece

    The Temple of Hephaestus is the best-preserved ancient temple in Greece. It was dedicated to Hephaestus, the ancient god of fire and Athena, goddess of pottery and crafts. According to the archeologists, the temple was built around 450 B.C. at the western edge of the city, on top of Agoreos Koronos hill, and it is a classic example of Dorian architecture. The temple was designed by Iktinus, one of the talented architects who also worked on Parthenon, However, many other craftsmen worked at this fantastic temple.

    Duration: 3 minutes

    Stop At: National Observatory of Athens, Lofos Nymfon, Athens 118 10 Greece

    The National Observatory of Athens is located in the hill of Nymphs in the historic area of Thissio, right across the sacred hill of Acropolis, overlooking the Ancient Agora.

    The Observatory was originally founded in 1842, with the contribution of the national benefactor Georgios Sinas who was a Greek ambassador in Vienna during the time. His desire was to make a donation that would contribute to the development of the academic research in the newly founded state of Greece, and he turned to the acclaimed Greek-Austrian astronomer Georg Bouris, assigning him the direction of the Observatory. The building was designed by the famous Danish architect Theophil Hansen, is, in fact, his first construction and was completed in 1846.

    Duration: 3 minutes

    Stop At: Monument of Philopappos, Athens 117 41, Greece

    Philopappos Hill is a green area to the southwest of the Acropolis. Well worth a visit any time of the year, a ride at Philopappos Hill is a rewarding experience. Here you will discover an unexpected park and important monuments. It is a favorite promenade of the Athenians and there you can have great views of the Acropolis, the whole city of Athens and the Aegean Sea that surrounds Attica. In 115 AD, a monument dedicated to the exiled Roman Prince Gaius Julius Antichus Philopappos of Commagene (a region in ancient Armenia) was erected on top of the hill.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Temple of Olympian Zeus, Leoforos Vasilissis Olgas Leoforos Amalias, Athens 105 57 Greece

    Like the Acropolis, the temple of Olympian Zeus has been a distinctive Athenian landmark since time immemorial. Begun about 520 BC by the tyrant Peisistratus and his sons, it was left unfinished at the end of their rule until the 2nd century BC when further construction was briefly undertaken by one of Athens’ Hellenistic benefactors, the Seleucid king Antiochus. Abandoned once again following Antiochus’ death, it was ultimately finished by the Roman emperor Hadrian and dedicated in AD 132. Hadrian, an ardent Hellenophile much respected by the people of the Greek East, gave Athens the completed Olympieion.

    Duration: 3 minutes

    Stop At: Arch of Hadrian (Pili tou Adrianou), Leoforos Amalias, Athens Greece

    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. Above the ancient road leading from the Acropolis to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the two-story triumphal arch was erected in 131-132 A.D., marking the boundary between the old city of Athens and the new city.
    The Athenian Neapolis stretches under the Zappeion and the National Gardens. To date, archaeological excavations to the site have located luxurious mansions, baths, and a gymnasium.

    Duration: 3 minutes

    Stop At: Zappeion Conference & Exhibition Center, Leof. Vasilissis Olgas, Athens Greece

    Zappeion Hall, an attractive building designed by Danish architect Theophil Hansen, was constructed starting in 1874 and was concluded in 1888. In the past few years, some of the most significant events in the history of Greece have taken place here, such as European summits, and significant political conferences and announcements.

    Duration: 3 minutes

    Stop At: Panathenaic Stadium, Leof. Vasileos Konstantinou, Athina 116 35, Greece

    The ancient Stadium was unearthed in 1969/70 following excavations carried out by the German architect Ernst Ziller. His plans were used in the reconstruction of the Stadium for the first Olympic Games in Athens, in 1896.
    The construction of the original stadium is attributed to the statesman and orator Lykourgos, at 329 B.C. The ground belonged to an Athenian citizen by the name of Deinias, who ceded it to the city for the construction of an arena, as well as an amphitheater for the Panathenaea games and festivities.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: National Garden, Leoforos Amalias 1, Athens 10557 Greece

    The National Gardens (formerly The Royal Gardens) is a peaceful, green refuge in the center of the Greek capital. It was laid out from 1838-1860, created by Queen Amalia, the wife of King Othon, and her German gardener Schmidt.
    Some 500 different kinds of plants, bushes, and trees from all over the world are grown here (in total, it has approximately 7,000 trees and 40,000 bushes). At the same time, the National Gardens comprise an important natural life reserve in Athens as many different species of birds, hedgehogs, turtles, ducks and even bats are gathered here. The National Gardens also enclose a number of ancient ruins, tambours and Corinthian capitals of columns, mosaics. etc.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Hammam Baths, 1 Melidoni And Agion Asomaton 17, Athens 105 53 Greece

    The site of the Roman Baths, built at the end of the 3rd century AD, is located within the Zappeion grounds on Vassilissis Amalias Avenue. Although at first outside the original city walls, this idyllic site with its plentiful running waters and dense vegetation was an important place of worship for many deities. After the completion of the temple of Olympian Zeus and the construction of Hadrian's Gate during the city's expansion, the area became part of the inner city, and a number of new sanctuaries, private and public buildings and baths were constructed. The site was discovered during excavations for the construction of the Athens Metro. It was conserved, roofed, and made accessible to the public in 2004.

    Duration: 2 minutes

    Stop At: Monument of Lysikrates, Lysikratous Square Plaka, Athens 999-20 Greece

    The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates was erected by Lysicrates, a wealthy patron of musical performances in the Theater of Dionysos, to commemorate the award of first prize in 335/334 BCE to one of the performances he had sponsored. The choregos was the sponsor who paid for and supervised the training of the dramatic dance-chorus. Unfortunately, this fine sculpture, possibly inspired by a Homeric hymn, is very mutilated. The conic roof of the monument consists of one single piece of marble! On its summit rises a wonderful acanthus ornament, one meter high; on it, a bronze tripod was placed, a prize won by Lysicrates.

    Duration: 3 minutes

    Stop At: Tower of the Winds, Aiolou, Athina 105 55, Grecia, Athens 10555 Greece

    The Tower of the Winds is found in the Roman Agora of Athens, between the quarters of Plaka and Monastiraki. This is among the most famous sights of Athens. A 12-meter-tall structure with a diameter of 8 meters, this tower has an octagonal shape. It was made of fine Pentelic marble probably around 50 B.C. by the Greek astronomer Andronicus of Cyrrhus. It’s considered the world’s first weather station. The tower was akin to a modern-day laboratory, with an elaborate water-clock inside and sundials on the outside walls.
    This is where meteorology got its start and even today we describe the winds according to the same characteristics shown on the Tower’s panels.

    Duration: 5 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Kapnikareas 19, Athina 105 56, Greece
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Infant meals not included
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

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Activity ID: V-66731P7

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