Athens uncovered – the definitive Athens “sights & atmosphere” walkabout, that you have to take at least once in your lifetime.
Athens, historic center: where the Experience will take place.
Maria Thanassa is your Hostess for the whole experience.
Maria holds a first degree in English and Greek Language and Literature, as well as an M.A. and a Ph.D in English Literature. She is a qualified teacher of both English and Greek, with more that 25 years of teaching experience, and has worked with people from diverse backgrounds. She pays great attention to detail, is an excellent teacher and loves to convey her enthusiasm and knowledge to her guests and students. She is also an arts connoisseur, having organised a Greek arts festival and other cultural activities in London.
- Place of ORIGIN: Patras
- LIVES in: Athens
- SPEAKS: English
- LOVES: Travelling, nature, reading literature, cooking, writting, teaching
- Has TRAVELLED to: All over Greece, England, France, Spain, Germany, Italy
- Personal TRAITS: Very pleasant and sociable, great communicator, has the ability to make others feel at home, patient, outgoing
Here’s how we’ll spend the day and where we’ll go together
The Olympieion includes the sanctuary (temple) of Olympian Zeus, Roman baths, classical houses as well as a section of the ancient city’s fortification wall. According to the geographer Pausanias, the temple of Olympian Zeus was founded by Deukalionas, a mythical ancestor of the Greeks.
2. Hadrian’s Gate
Following the construction of the temple of Zeus, the Athenians, in 131 AD, in honour of Emperor Hadrian, built an arch on the northwestern perimeter of the temple. The monument is 18m tall and 13m wide while the arch is built of Pentelic marble.
3. Dionysiou Areopagitou
Dionyssiou Aeropagitou Str is one of the most impressive streets of Athens, offering an extraordinary view of the southern slope of the Acropolis, where some of the city’s most significant monuments stand. Most of the buildings on one side of the road facing south were constructed in the late 19th century and the early 20th century in the neoclassical or modernist style.
4. Theatre of Dionysos
This is the most ancient theatre of the world, the Theatre of Dionysos. In this theatre, the most famous ancient Greek poets, Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Euripides, and Sophocles saw premiere performances of their plays in the 5th century BC.
5. Stoa of Eumenes
Above the theatre is the Stoa of Eumenes, which was built by the King of Pergamum, Eumenes II in the 2nd century BC. The arch provided shelter to theatre-goers in case of bad weather or shade from the sun.
6. Odeion of Herodes Atticus
The Odeion of Herodes Atticus was built in 161 AD by the wealthy Herodes Tiberius Claudius Atticus, a teacher and philosopher, who inherited a fortune from his father. Ancient Greeks organised events in the Odeion.
The Acropolis is the symbol of Athens, the sacred rock, linking the fabulous ancient civilization with the modern city. The monuments on the Sacred Rock date back to the prehistoric era and antiquity. The grandeur and beauty of the Sacred Rock attract Greek and foreign visitors.
8. New Acropolis Museum
It houses priceless finds from the Acropolis monuments that represent its history and function as the most important religious center of ancient Athens.
9. Plaka, Anafiotika
Sample an exquisite preset plate of greek food and delis at a traditional tavern either in Anafiotika or in Plaka. Plaka is the oldest neighbourhood of Athens. Walking on its paved narrow streets you get the feeling that you are travelling back in time. Anafiotika, built in the mid 19th century on the foothills of the Acropolis, has the charm of a beautiful island village.
10. Roman Agora
The Roman Agora (in the Plaka area) was an architectural complex, built between 19 and 11 B.C., consisting of a large rectangular court surrounded by colonnades (stoas). Behind the stoas were various shops.
11. Hadrian’s Library
It is situated north of the Roman Agora (the entrance is on 3 Areos Str). It is a rectangular building measuring 122mx82m with a Corinthian propylon on the west side. It was built by Roman emperor Hadrian in 132 A.D.
12. Ancient Agora
The archaeological area of the ancient Agora is located on the foothills of the Acropolis, near Thission Metro Station. In antiquity, the Agora was not solely a commercial centre. It was also an important political, cultural and religious center.
13. Stoa of Attalus
The Stoa of Attalus, a two-floor building, was donated by the King of Pergamum Attalus II (159-138 BC) to the city of Athens. It is thought to have been a kind of ancient commercial center with 21 shops on each floor.
14. Temple of Hephaistos
It is the best-preserved temple of antiquity. It was built in 460-415 BC. In the temple stood the statues of Hephaistos and Athena, thought to have been sculpted by Alkamenes.
The ancient Kerameikos was located in the northwestern outskirts of Athens. It was partly enclosed by, and partly beyond, the walls that divide the area of the excavation. In the center of the archaeological site are the two best known arches of ancient Athens.
The former Gas works is at the center of the neighbourhood. It has to a large extent maintained the colour of a historic Athens neighbourhood. You will find cafes, bars and luxury restaurants, popular among Athenians, in a multitude of old, picturesque buildings.
NOTE: Itinerary is flexible. Options that may be added during the course of the walkabout (depending on time availability, and group preferences on the day) include visits to: Areios Pagos (the most ancient law court of the world), Socrates’ jail, Pnyka (the location of the assembly of the people of ancient Athens from 6th century BC), and the National Archaeological Museum.
Group size: 6 persons max