ATHENS, THE ACROPOLIS AND THE NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM
We venture into the past with a walk through the ruins of the Acropolis, once a sacred city that still bears the traces of the glorious past of Ancient Greece. We also take the opportunity to visit the New Acropolis Museum, a majestic building which is the perfect showcase for the treasures it houses. Finally, we bid farewell to busy, cosmopolitan Athens, where ancient and modern live side by side in perfect harmony.
What we will see
- New Acropolis Museum
- Athens, University, National Library, National Academy, Arch of Hadrian, Constitution Square, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament (panoramic tour)
What we will do
- After leaving the port of Piraeus, we drive by coach past the naval port of Zea. It was built by Themistocles as a defence against the Persian Empire in the early 5th century BC.
- We soon arrive in Athens, the cradle of Western civilisation and capital of Greece. Large and modern, the city is home to some of history's most incredible ruins. We begin our journey back in time with a visit to the magnificent*Acropolis*, the largest ancient complex in the Western world.
- We are enraptured by the Parthenon, a magnificent and perfect architectural work. We will carry this image of the world's most famous temple with us forever. Built in 447 BC and dedicated to the goddess Athena Parthenos in 438 BC, it has been used over the centuries as a church, mosque and arsenal and is still a symbol of the city of Athens, and perhaps, without any exaggeration, it can be considered the greatest symbol of our civilisation.
- Our next stop is a visit to the New Acropolis Museum. This building with its modern design houses a wealth of priceless works, in particular the sculptures that originally adorned the monuments of the Acropolis. Built above the excavations, the museum is divided into three levels and is supported by more than 100 individually positioned columns.
- We visit the temporary exhibition on the first floor and we are fascinated by the ancient ruins, visible through a transparent glass floor. We climb the glass staircase to a double-height exhibition space that is the permanent home of archaeological relics from the Archaic age to the last days of the Roman period. Lastly, we enjoy the unique experience of the third floor. This floor which houses the Parthenon Gallery has been constructed at an angle of 23 degrees to the building below in order to mirror the position of the temple on the Rock of Acropolis.
- We continue our visit with a panoramic tour of the city. Athens is a busy capital and, as we weave our way through the traffic, we can see immediately that it is also home to about half the population of Greece. We have the opportunity to see some of the city's most famous attractions, such as the University, the National Library and the National Academy, as well as the Arch of Hadrian, Constitution Square, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Parliament.
What you need to know
- The visit to the Acropolis involves a climb and walking on uneven ground. We therefore recommend that you wear comfortable shoes.
- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.