An engrossing tour of Athens, part on foot, part by coach, in which we discover the most significant vestiges of millennia of history. Our itinerary includes a visit to the picturesque Monastiraki neighbourhood, where we have the chance to sample an authentic gyros pita, as well as a period of free time to do a little shopping or enjoy an optional trip to the Acropolis.
What we will see
- Athens city centre
- The Pnyx
- Panathenaic Stadium, Academy of Athens, Greek Parliament
- Syntagma Square
- Monastiraki: snack stop for a gyros
- Free time for shopping or Acropolis visit
What we will do
- We board our coach at the port in Piraeus for the short journey to the cosmopolitan city of Athens, the capital of Greece and, for many, the cradle of Western civilisation itself.
- We disembark at the feet of the majestic Acropolis and make our way by foot to the top of the Pnyx. One of the numerous hills of Athens, the Pnyx offers marvellous views of the Acropolis and the rest of Athens, though it is often overlooked by tourists.
- The Pnyx is one of the most ancient, and important, sites in the history of democracy. As early as 507 BC, Athenians are known to have gathered here for the ecclesia, the city’s popular assembly and the first form of democratic government in the world.
**- Back on board the coach, our tour continues, introducing us to a number of other major sites such as the Panathenaic Stadium – the only large stadium in the world to be built entirely from white marble – the elegant neoclassical headquarters of the Academy of Athens and the Greek Parliament.
- We set foot on terra firma once again at Syntagma Square in the heart of the city. From there, our guide will accompany us on a walk to the charming Monastiraki neighbourhood, which is famous for its bustling flea market.
- Here, we have the chance to enjoy a taste of one of Greece’s favourite street food specialities, indeed one of the country’s most iconic culinary treats, a gyros pita: a flatbread filled with meat, vegetables and French-fried potatoes.
- We then make our way to the oldest neighbourhood in Athens, the Plaka, where we find a heady mix of neoclassical buildings, actual classical monuments and characteristic shops that seem forgotten by time, all interspersed with traditional restaurants, cafés and boutiques.
- At the end of our guided walking tour, we have some free time to continue exploring or do a little shopping around the Plaka. **
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