Classical Greek & Roman Athens
The classical period was an era of unprecedented political and cultural achievement. In this period, Athens reached its greatest political and cultural heights: the full development of the democratic governmental system under the Athenian statesman Pericles; the building of the Parthenon on the Acropolis; the creation of the tragedies of Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides; and the founding of the philosophical schools of Socrates and Plato.
Step back in time and gain a vivid insight into Athens’ classical, hellenistic and roman past. In addition to the great monuments of Athens, you will also learn about all major aspects of daily life from food and sports to religion, education, and politics. You will see the houses people inhabited, admire the theater where the masterpieces of ancient drama were first performed; learn about the architecture of the Parthenon, the crown jewel of the Acropolis; and witness the roman revival of the city under emperor Hadrian.
The tour comes in three different themes:
1| The Acropolis
- 2-hour route highlights include: Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, the Parthenon.
- 3-hour route extras: Theatre of Dionysus, Odeon of Herodes Atticus (exterior viewing)
2| Acropolis & the Acropolis Museum
- 3-hour route highlights include: Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, the Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum
- 4-hour route extras: Theatre of Dionysus, Odeon of Herodes Atticus (exterior viewing)
3| Classical Greek & Roman Highlights*
- 3-hour route highlights include: Hadrian’s Gate, the Temple of Zeus (Olympieion), Monument of Lysicrates, Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, the Agora, Kerameikos.
- 4-hour route extras: Aristotle’s Lyceum, Panathenaic Stadium
*this tour will not enter the sites
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“We have dreamed the world as resistant, mysterious, visible, ubiquitous in space and firm in time, but we have allowed slight, and eternal, bits of the irrational to form part of its architecture so as to know that it is false.” – Jorge Luis Borges, Avatars of the Tortoise.