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Enjoy a short break in the birthplace of democracy and to some of history's most significant philosophers. Enjoy this city stay pre or post-cruise or combine it with one of our Island Hopping Tours.
Arriving at Athens airport, make your way to your hotel located in central Athens. The remainder of today is at your leisure to start exploring Athens on your own.
Today you'll see the best of what Athens has to offer, with our world-famous Athens Acropolis and city tour in a small group setting of no more than 18 participants. This is a detailed guided tour that will take you through the historical part of the city, to the Acropolis of Athens and its famous monuments. Your tour begins inside the Syntagma metro station, where you will visit the metro Museum (in 10 - 15 minutes) with very interesting archaeological artefacts from the daily life of Ancient Athenians, that came to light during the construction of the metro. You will then continue on to the House of the Greek Parliament, the Monument to the Unknown Soldier and watch the changing of the guards. The tour then continues towards the National Gardens and onto the beautiful neoclassical Zappeion Hall, in front of which tower the surviving columns of the Zeus Temple and Hadrian’s Arch, both of which you will have the opportunity to visit. From there you walk towards the Acropolis through the beautiful pedestrian walkway of Dionysiou Areopagitou. We will then enter the Acropolis from the south slope to avoid the crowds and also to visit the Dionysus sanctuary and Dionysus Theatre built in the 5th century BC. As you begin to ascend the sacred hill a breathtaking view of the city below will unfold. Remember that entrance fees are to be paid locally so be sure to have some Euros in your pocket (Euro 26 person approximately). Your guide will give you a detailed explanation of the glorious monuments of the Acropolis such as the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaia, the Nike Temple, the Agrippa monument and the surrounding monuments such as the Herodes Atticus Odeon, the Ancient Agora, the Observatory as well as the city's scenic hills of Philopappos, Mars and Pnyx. The tour ends on the Acropolis where you will have plenty of time to take pictures and enjoy the wonderful views down to the city of Athens. Duration approximately 3 hours 30 minutes.(B)
After a day to explore on your own this evening holds a special treat. Do you want to experience the oldest city in Europe, the way Athenians do? Then this tour is made for you! Stroll with your friendly local leader around the neighbourhood that has it all! From 100-year-old taverns to Michelin star winning restaurants, the biggest club scenes and more than fifty different small theatre stages and music stages! Make the most of your time in Athens! Don’t stay just in the touristic sightseeing, but uncover this exciting city which combines the history of centuries with lustful influences from the East and an endless mood for life and creativity! What connects the glorious past with the hip and upcoming artist scene? Find out where the heart of the city beats today! Explore this exciting city, find the hidden gems that make Athens so unique! (B)
Today marks the end of your Athens City Break. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before making your own way to the airport for your onward journey. Or ask about extending your stay with CIT Tours. (B)