Explore the center of the ancient Greek world
Venture straight to the heart of Ancient Greek culture. See the Acropolis on an early morning walk, visit renowned museums, see the landmarks of the city, and dine on regional specialties—all in the company of guides who weave the narrative of life of this ancient city.
Disembark Sea Cloud in Piraeus and drive the short distance to Athens. The morning will be devoted to the new Acropolis Museum, which displays some of the finest sculptures and other art of Ancient Greece, including many items brought in from the Acropolis to protect them from the elements. We’ll have a brief orientation tour of the city, where you will see the former Royal Palace (now the Parliament), along with a number of Athens’ finest neoclassical buildings. There will also be a walk through the Temple of Olympian Zeus, built between the sixth century B.C. and second century A.D. After lunch at a local restaurant in the Plaka we will continue our visit
Our morning is devoted to the Acropolis, the spiritual heart of Athens and much of the Ancient World. This enormously rich site has not only the Parthenon, which was built in 438 B.C., but a host of monuments from both earlier and later in its rich history. We’ll continue to the Agora, the focus of political, commercial, administrative, and social activity in ancient Athens, and see its extensive stoas, temples and other remains. The Agora also has an excellent small museum. After lunch at a local restaurant, choose to visit the Cycladic Art Museum or Benaki Museum, or enjoy time on your own relaxing or exploring the lively neighborhood. Dinner this evening is on your own, for you to choose among the wide variety of possibilities Athens has to offer. (B,L)
Transfer to the airport this morning for flights home. (B)
Extension Cost Per Person
Accommodations as shown in the itinerary, or similar; meals as shown in the itinerary; local guides on all excursions; tips to local guides, to porters and to waiters for included meals; airport departure transfer if traveling on the recommended flight.
Tips to waiters for meals that are not included, items of a personal nature such as laundry, Internet access and alcoholic beverages.
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