The Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum
Our starting point for this truly monumental tour is the
Acropolis, which means ‘high city.’
At the end of our journey we hope you will have a full
appreciation of the glories of the very heart of Athens.
This historic hill is the home of the Parthenon,
dedicated to Athena, and a number of other monuments.
They include the Propylaea, originally part of Pericles’
great rebuilding programme and the Temple of Athena
Nike. This once contained a wooden statue of Athena.
It was wingless signifying she would never leave
Meanwhile, the Erechtheion and its marble edifice
is an Ancient Greek temple on the north side of the
Acropolis. The eastern part is dedicated to Athena
Polias and the western part to Poseidon-Erechtheus.
From the hill you can marvel at the glorious stone
theatre structure of the Odeon Herodes Atticus on the
southwest slope. To bring us up to date, many of the
world’s biggest names have performed here including
Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavarotti and of course Nana
The modern, bright and imposing Acropolis Museum
is our next stop. Opened in 2009 it houses a whole
host of exhibits of classical antiquity and is thematic.
It’s the perfect way to draw everything together and
give context to the wonderful structures you have just
We leave the high city and pass the Parliament and
the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We make a stop
at the site of the first modern Olympiad in 1896, the
Panathenaic Stadium and then visit the stylish ‘Trilogy
of Athens’, the old building of the University of Athens,
the National Library and the Academy of Athens.
We end our day with a trip through the epicentre
of modern day Athens, the Squares of Omonia and
This is a monumental excursion of discovery, literally