Legend has it that Athens, founded in the 10th Century BC by the enigmatic half-man, half-serpent King Cecrops, takes its name from the goddess Athena. This ancient city, among the world's oldest, stands as the epicentre of classical culture, philosophy, and the arts.
Explore the remarkable legacy of ancient Greece through our expert-guided tour of the city's renowned archaeological sites, including the Acropolis and Parthenon. Athens is replete with impeccably preserved remnants of Greek civilization, from intricately hand-chiselled marble sculptures to vibrant mosaics, exquisite amphora pottery, and ornate Corinthian citadels.
Beneath the mighty Acropolis, you'll discover the historic Plaka district, Athens' oldest neighbourhood. Here, narrow, honey-coloured streets are adorned with blushing pink Bougainvillea, while locals dine al-fresco beneath shaded tavernas. Plaka is a shopper's paradise, with terracotta alleyways lined with artisanal craft stalls, antique shops, and jewellers.
As you explore, our guide will regale you with the captivating stories woven into the neighbourhood's walls. Nearby Syntagma Square offers a glimpse into the power of the Athenian republic with a visit to the site of a public revolt against King Otto.
Delve into the world of authentic Greek cuisine on our foodie tour of the city. We'll visit charming courtyard tavernas to savour delectable meze, such as stuffed vine leaves, fire-roasted aubergines, local wines, and homemade Souvlaki. Along the way, you'll discover how Athenian culture has profoundly influenced culinary traditions, with insights from local experts about the history of classic Greek flavours.
Conquer the rugged paths of Mount Hymettus, adorned with statuesque cypress trees and dense pine forests, leading to hidden monasteries perched on hilltops. The Kaisariani Monastery, dating back to the 11th century, offers a glimpse into the Byzantine era, featuring intricately carved stone frescoes and gilded ceilings.
With ample free time for further exploration, we provide a combination entrance ticket at no extra cost, granting access to key sites, including the Acropolis and Slopes, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrian's Library, Olympieion, Kerameikos, and Aristotle's School. Alternatively, you can explore Athens' artisanal flea markets for unique handicraft souvenirs.
With so much to see and do, let us know if you’d like to extend your holiday at the time of booking, and our sales team will be happy to help.