Athens Sightseeing Drive and the Acropolis with Free Time

7 Hours
Private Activity

From (USD) $637

Athens Sightseeing Drive and the Acropolis with Free Time

7 Hours
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From (USD) $637

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      Athens Sightseeing Drive and the Acropolis with Free Time

      Athens, Greece
      From (USD) $637
      • The Acropolis: Its temples to Athena were converted to churches, a mosque, even an armory; today they're monuments to the Golden Age of Athens.
      • Guided motorcoach tour: See the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Arch of Hadrian, the National Gardens, the Parliament building, and more. 
      • Free time: Have lunch, browse boutiques and art galleries, visit a museum, relax in a park, or just see what's around the next corner.
      About This Athens Tour

      Every four years, ancient Athenians would trek to the Acropolis in a solemn procession honoring Athena, goddess of wisdom. This tour retraces parts of that pilgrimage; you, however, will arrive in an air-conditioned motorcoach, and can honor her in comfortable shoes.

      Like the ancients, you'll walk through the monumental marble gateway of the Propylea; ahead stands the Erechtheum, where city elders chose Athena to be the city's patron goddess. (Losing candidate Poseidon, the tempestuous sea god, threw an Olympian fit and promptly flooded the lowlands.) Marvel at the Temple of Wingless Victory – its builders clipped the wings of Nike, goddess of victory, so that she could never leave – and, of course, the Parthenon, looking better than it has in centuries after decades of painstaking restoration.

      Return to your motorcoach for a guided drive that includes the impressive remains of the Temple of Olympian Zeus (six centuries to complete, in one of history's great contractor disasters), the arch that Rome's Emperor Hadrian strode through on his own Athens vacation, the lush National Gardens, and the stately Parliament building.

      Now you'll have about three hours to explore on your own. (Your guide can offer suggestions, and will tell you where to meet for the return trip.) Visit a museum, shop, or sample local cuisine for lunch. Debate Greek philosophy over an ouzo or two – at about 80 proof, you'll be feeling the wisdom soon enough.

      How smart were the ancients? 

      The Parthenon is considered a marvel of architectural symmetry, but there's not a single right angle or straight line. The illusion of symmetrical proportions was achieved by imperceptibly sloping every surface and edge, as you'll see if you look carefully at the front steps, which rise slightly in the middle.

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      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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