Presentation on theme: "ATHENS ORIENTATION TOUR & ACROPOLIS VISIT The tour starts with an orientation to the modern city of Athens during which guests will view the most important."— Presentation transcript:
ATHENS ORIENTATION TOUR & ACROPOLIS VISIT The tour starts with an orientation to the modern city of Athens during which guests will view the most important sites and buildings of the city. Among the most memorable is the Greek House of Parliament, a neoclassical structure overlooking the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where the traditional Changing of the Guard takes place and the Marble Stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Also viewed on the tour are the National Garden with the Zappeion Mansion, the Academy, the University, the National Library, Iliou Melathron, the former home of the celebrated archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann and Hadrian’s Arch.
Following the orientation tour, participants will drive to the base of the Acropolis, where a series of steps invite them to ascend to the top of this sacred rock. Upon reaching the top they will pass through the Propylaea, the stately entrance to the magnificent structures inside, which is flanked by the small ionic temple of Athena Nike and will be greeted by a spectacular view of the city and the entire basin of Attica. Once inside, they will immediately see the Parthenon, by far the best known and most awe-inspiring of the structures on the Acropolis. To the north of the Parthenon is the Erechtheion, another well-recognized structure with its graceful porch of Caryatids. Once inside, they will immediately see the Parthenon, by far the best known and most awe-inspiring of the structures on the Acropolis. To the north of the Parthenon is the Erechtheion, another well-recognized structure with its graceful porch of Caryatids. ACROPOLIS VISIT
TAVERNA STAMATOPOULOS Following the Acropolis visit, a short walk will bring guests to “Taverna Stamatopoulos”, a traditional tavern located in the heart of Plaka, almost at the foot of the Acropolis, with very cozy atmosphere. The Old Tavern of Stamatopoulos operates since 1882, at the north east of the sacred rock of the Acropolis. In the indoors section there are wall paintings with scenes of the early 20th century life in Athens. Very popular with locals and tourists alike, it offers excellent greek food and friendly service, with live Greek music every night. DINNER AT TAVERNA STAMATOPOULOS
Below is an approximate schedule of the orientation tour, acropolis visit and dinner on Wednesday 17 September 2014: 5:30 pm Depart from Hilton hotel via coach 5:30 - 6:00 pm Athens orientation tour by coach 6:00 - 7:30 pm Guided tour of the Acropolis 7:30 - 7:45 pm Walk with the guides to “Taverna Stamatopoulos” 7:45 - 9:30 pm Dinner (set menu) 9:30 - 9:40 pm Walk to the pick-up point of the coaches 9:55 pm Arrive at the hotel SCHEDULE FOR ATHENS TOUR AND DINNER
STAMATOPOULOS TAVERN BUS PICK-UP POINT AFTER DINNER (Stamatopoulos) DROP-OFF FOR ACROPOLIS VISIT