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Afternoon walking tour to the center of Athens and the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology including a 1-hour workshop where you build your own ancient calculating mechanism.

  • Walking Tour
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • One hour Workshop of the Antikythera Mechanism
  • One hour guided tour of the museum 
  • A Gift which is a functional cardboard Greek (acrophonic) abacus!
  • A Gift which is a functional part of the Antikythera Mechanism from metal and plexi glass
  • A Greek  snack
  • Entrance Fees at the Museum
  • All taxes, VAT inclusive

Not included:

  • Customary tips to your guides
  • Lunch

This afternoon walking tour will give guests the opportunity to explore the historic center of Athens, as well as take part in a unique workshop. After meeting your guide at Syntagma, the tour will begin at the Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, a foundation nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award. This is a truly wonderful setting to learn about the technological advancements of ancient Greeks during the 1-hour guided tour that will follow. Afterwards, you will take part in the Make Your Own Calculating Mechanism in Antiquity workshop. From the calculator of Salamina, to the analogue computer of Antikythera and under the guidance of the museum’s expert staff, you will learn about telecommunications in ancient Greece, as well as discover and operate the renowned Antikythera mechanism.

It is there that you will discover the Greek (acrophonic) abacus, a special sign that allows the user to quickly place numbers of any size, using the Herodian numbering system and to perform numerical operations. Practice, compete and win a special gift from the Museum’s shop. Turn the lever, of a large-scale Antikythera Mechanism, and unlock its secrets. Transfer to the past or future and find the position of the sun in the zodiac cycle, the phase and position of the moon, the month in the lunar calendar, the date and hour of the eclipse of the sun and moon, the dates of the most important games of antiquity and more. Build your own functional part of the Antikythera Mechanism from metal and plexiglass, and use it as a decoration for your favorite place!

Don't forget to take your gifts home!

1st Gift: You can take home the functional part of the Antikythera Mechanism from metal and plexiglass which you built!

2nd Gift: You will receive a functional cardboard Greek (acrophonic) abacus!

After the workshop concludes, we will proceed towards the Greek Parliament and observe the change of the Greek Presidential Guard (the famous Evzones). Take some memorable pictures and then allow us to guide you to the National Gardens and walk in its maze-like paths, discovering archaeological treasures hidden among the local flora and share stories under the shade. The Greek National Gardens are a 19th century monument, adorned with statues of patrons of the modern Greek state, small lakes, a handful of buildings of delicate beauty and an irrigation system. In the words of Henry Miller "It remains in my memory like no other park I have known. It is the quintessence of a park, the thing one feels sometimes in looking at a canvas or dreaming of a place one would like to be in and never finds."

After you take in the scenery of the Gardens, you will be returned to Syntagma Square to conclude an incredible afternoon!

Visit the Panathenaic Stadium, the Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum in this private half day Ancient Athens tour.

  • Pick up – Drop Off from your Athens city center hotel with luxury mini Van
  • Licensed English speaking tour guide
  • All taxes, VAT inclusive

 

Not included:

  • Entrance fees (Acropolis & National Archaeological museum)
  • Personal expenses, beverages or meals
  • Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts

Your tour starts at the National Archaeological Museum, the largest museum in Greece and one of the world's most prominent. Its abundant collections, with more than 20,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of the Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity. Continue with a drive through the city center and visit the marble wonder of the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games were held back in 1896. What better way to conclude your half day tour of the capital than with a visit to the Acropolis? Witness history come alive and discover the secrets of the ancient world.

Visit the Modern Agora of Athens where you will get a taste of history as well as local snacks and coffee before enjoying a delicious meal in a traditional Greek deli.

Included

  • 4-hour walking tour of Athens
  • English speaking Professional Tour Guide
  • Taste a selection of Greek specialties including koulouria (sesame bread rings) and Loukoumia 
  • ‘Tsipouro’ and local delicacies in a traditional greek Deli
  • Explore Varvakios Agora and learn about the city’s culinary history
  • Try a traditionally brewed Greek coffee
  • All taxes, VAT inclusive

 Not included

  • Entrance Fees
  • Personal expenses, beverages or meals
  • Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts

This tour will give you the opportunity to visit the Ancient Agora of Athens which is the largely green area in between Monastiraki and the Acropolis, as well as discover the secrets of Greek gastronomic tradition. After your pick-up from your hotel, you will be guided to Monastiraki Square, an imperative stop in any tour of Athens. Home to ancient rivers, massive libraries, thousand-year-old churches and mosques, Monastiraki square is arguably a place of wonder. Crossing the square, you will find yourselves in the shadow of Acropolis and closer to the Ancient Agora of Athens (also known as the Athenian Forum), which during antiquity was unmistakably the heart of the city and birthplace of democracy. The Agora was the focus of political, commercial, administrative and social activity as well as the religious and cultural center and seat of justice. Nowadays it is one of the most important archeological sites in the city of Athens. You will not only get to see the Temple of Hephaestus, one of the most well-preserved classic temples, but you will also step in a Stoa (portico) that houses the findings of the site today. Reconstructed back in the 50s, this Stoa is one of the most fascinating buildings-museums in the capital!

Continuing your exploration, you will cross Athinas street to reach the Athens Central Market, known as Varvakios Agora. To locals, this is the Grand Central Station of food, where people from all walks of life converge to discover the freshest and most delicious ways to satiate their hunger. Before you reach the market, a short stop to taste kouloúria (sesame bread rings) is in order. Make no mistake; everyone shops in Varvakios, from celebrity chefs to neighborhood grocery store owners. Named after one of Greece’s national heroes, philanthropist and gentleman Ioannis Varvakis, it is a tribute to the everyman, as the Athens Central Market, knows no class divides. Wandering around the meat and fish markets you will discover the riches of the Greek seas, buy locally grown fruits and vegetables and finally l try traditionally-brewed Greek coffee. Further down on Evripidou Street, you will relax at the well-known ‘Miran’ charcuterie, to taste some ‘tsipouro’ or ‘ouzo’ with pastrami, delicious sausages and smoked pork from the north or the south of Greece. The tour will conclude at around 13:00, when we will start heading towards your hotel.

 

Visit the Panathenaic Stadium, Acropolis and Syntagma Square before tasting some local delicacies in this half day Ancient Athens and food tour.

 

  • Pick up/Drop Off from your Athens city center hotel with luxury car (1-3 pax) or luxury mini van(4-7 pax)
  • Licensed English speaking tour guide
  • Car and driver
  • Greek delicacies and ouzo in a traditional deli of Athens
  • All taxes, VAT inclusive

Not included

  • Entrance fees (Acropolis)
  • Personal expenses, beverages or meals
  • Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts
  • Pick up from hotels outside Athens center but in the area of Attica are available at an extra cost of 25 euro per person.

This tour will expose you to Athens in various ways, encompassing the ancient world to which the city is deeply rooted in. Your adventure begins as our licensed tour guide meets you in a luxury car. Acropolis, the cornerstone of Western civilization, will give you a first glance of ancient Greece, before you visit the Panathenaic Stadium, home to the first modern Olympic Games. As the journey continues, you will reach the beating heart of Athens in Constitution Square. Seeing the Presidential Guard (Evzoni) in traditional dress, protecting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a unique experience that will be engraved in your memory.

Time for a change of pace as you will trade the musket for the pen at the Academy of Athens, a testament to the beauty of neoclassical architecture. An integral part of the Athenian Trilogy (which also includes the National Library and the University of Athens), it is strongly connected to the Academy of Plato, the contemporary version was established in 1926.  

Sightseeing is always enriching, but now it’s time to satisfy your other senses. In Varvakios Agora, the Athenian Central Market, you will be offered the opportunity to buy local products, from vegetables, to fish and meat which are the three pillars of Mediterranean cuisine. Your last stop will be the famous restaurant “Miran” where ouzo and tsipouro flow constantly to accompany the delicious pastrami, sausages and smoked pork. Fulfilled in every sense, you will be transported back to your hotel, with your only regret being that this majestic experience can’t go on forever.