Acropolis, Plaka & the Acropolis museum (7 hrs)
A must for the first-time visitor. See the heart of the city in two contrasting but coexisting areas – the sacred rock of the Acropolis and the quaint old town of Plaka.
A NOTE ABOUT DRIVING TIMES
Minimal. The drive from to Athens from port takes about a half hour.
When you stand on the sacred rock of the Acropolis you will surely feel that you can paint with all the colors of the wind! In this ancient place something magical envelopes you. As you stand in the shadow of the Parthenon wondering, "How in the world did they build this thing?" you will at the same time realize why they chose this place as a spiritual center. Gazing at the city of Athens below you with the constant breeze around you, don't be surprised by the sensation of never wanting to come down from the mountain. Among the monuments on the Acropolis the Parthenon is the most recognizable symbol of the glory of ancient Greece. Originally a temple to Athena Parthenos (Athena the Virgin) its role has changed many times since its construction in the 5th century B.C. You'll be amazed by its sheer scale and beauty, which endures in a moving way, even after 2500 years. For more information on the Acropolis and its monuments, please click here. NOTE: There are a great many steps to climb at the Acropolis.
As you stroll through the quaint old town of Plaka you’ll be welcomed by elegant buildings, little Byzantine churches, all sorts of boutiques, and a selection of ruins. The assortment of pretty sidewalk cafés is pretty much endless, and many of them have a view of the Acropolis, so it’s a great place to tarry for lunch.
The New Acropolis museum is a brilliantly conceived and stunning exhibition of sculptures, artifacts and architectural elements taken from the Acropolis. Even if you are not a "museum person" we recommend it, especially with a guide; it illuminates everything seen on the Acropolis and the history of Greece as a whole.
DURATION: 7 hrs
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