Parthenon
Temple Of Poseidon
Thermopylae

Parthenon

Dominating the Athenian skyline, this beautiful, world-renowned monument is dedicated to Goddess Athena, the virgin patron of Athens. The destroying consequences of the Persian campaign at 480 BC, lead Athenians to the desire of constructing a memorable temple in 438 B.C. by Ictinus & Callicrates, under the supervision of Phidias, which is considered to be the most important surviving monument of the ancient world. Parthenon which is the most brilliant construction during the Golden Age (5th BC) of Pericles, stands as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece & the Athenian Democracy. Its’ metops & pediments representations depict scenes from the Ancient Greek mythology; Parthenon is regarded to be the most eminent landmark of Greek history & culture.

Temple Of Poseidon

The Temple of Poseidon was dedicated to the god of the sea Poseidon. Located at Cape Sounion, in the southeast tip of the Attica peninsula, 45 miles from Athens approachable via a coastal route that resembles the French Riviera, is considered to be constructed at 440 BC. However, prominent personalities of the history, like Homer & Herodotus, are referred to Sounion as a worship place centuries before. Surrounded by the sea at three sides, the Temple observes the Aegean sea discerned in the horizon, as Aegeas did, looking for his son Thisseus, several centuries before, according to mythology. Landmark of the temple is the inscribed name of the romantic poet Lord Byron in the base of the column.

Thermopylae

The pass of Thermopylae is the historical site of the battle that took place in 480 B.C. between the Greeks & the Persians. Under the command of King Leonidas of Sparta, the greatly outnumbered Greek army remained in the pass to prevent Xerxes’ vast cavalry & infantry force further invading the land. They held ground for three days before being outflanked via a hidden goat path, which according to legend, was shown to the Persians by a traitor named Ephialtes. However, their feat gave the Greek army enough time to reassemble & successfully combat the Persians in following battles.
The epigram on the monuments reads:
Oh stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians (Spartans), that here we lie, obedient to their words.
Sunday, December 16, 2018

Aegina Island

Aegina full day tour starts with a drive towards Piraeus port in order to catch the ferry with direction to Aegina. After approximately one hour we’ll arrive at the picturesque harbor of Aegina, usually full of local fishing-boats & luxurious yachts. Make a note before leaving the island to buy the most delicious local product, the famous pistachios! Aegina is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf, 17 miles from Athens. Tradition derives the name from Aegina the mother of the hero Aeacus, who was born on the island & became its king. During ancient times Aegina was a rival of Athens, the great sea power of the era. In historical terms, there is evidence that the island was inhabited from as early as 3.500 B.C. The island enjoyed strong economic & social growth between around 900 B.C. & 480 B.C., including minting the first coins anywhere in Greece during the 7th. Century B.C.
In more modern times, Aegina was briefly the first ‘capital’ of modern Greece from January 12th to October 3rd 1828.

Temple of Aphaia - Aegina

After visiting the capital town of Aegina with its traditional food-market in front of the harbor, we’ll start exploring the rest of the island which is not only full of beautiful sandy beaches for swimming, but also has some places of great archaeological interest. Our first stop will be at the Temple of Aphaia.
The Temple of Aphaia constructed in the 5th century B.C., dedicated to a daughter of Zeus, a divinity associated with Artemis who was referred as a patroness of women, is built on the foundations of an earlier 6th century Temple, on the site of a pre-Greek shrine. It is a peripteral Temple of 6 by 12 columns, with a pronaos & opisthodomos in antis. The roof of the “Naos” was supported by two rows of columns. In the opisthodomos is a stone altar-table. There survive 23 columns of yellowish limestone, mainly at the east end & the adjoining sides, still preserving remains of the original stucco facing; most of the columns are monolithic. The roof & sculptural decoration were in Pentelic marble.

Church of St. Nektarios - Aegina

After the conclusion of our visit to the Temple of Aphaia, we will drive towards the Church of St. Nektarios.
One of the most visited sites on Aegina is the church of Agios Nektarios (Saint Nectarios) one of the largest in the Balkans. The church is still not finished. The mausoleum of Agios Nektarios is inside the church. After you visit the church you can climb the stairs to the monastery of the Holy Trinity. Fourteen nuns are still living in the monastery.

Finally, we drive back to Aegina Port to get the ferry back to Piraeus port.

The duration of the tour is approximately 10-11 hours.

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Entrance Fee Required Per Person

6 Euros

  • Free entrance : For students from E.U (student Identity Card is required).
  • Free entrance : Young people, under the age of 18, after demonstrating the Identity Card or Passport to confirm the age.
  • Reduced entrance fee Greek citizens and citizens of other Member - States of the European Union who are over 65 years old, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin.
  • Reduced entrance fee University students and students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools from countries outside the EU by showing their student ID.

Free Entrance Days

  • 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
  • 18 April (International Monuments Day)
  • 18 May (International Museums Day)
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • 28 October
  • Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st

Sites Opening Hours

  • Winter : From November 1 to March 31 08:00 until 15:00
  • Summer : From April 1 to October 31 08:00 until 20:00
  • January 1st : closed
  • January 6th : 08:00 until 15:00
  • Shrove Monday : 08:00 until 15:00
  • March 25th : closed
  • Good Friday : 12:00 until 17:00
  • Holy Saturday : 08:00 until 15:00
  • Easter Sunday : closed
  • Easter Monday : 08:00 until 20:00
  • May 1st : closed
  • Holy Spirit day : 08:00 until 20:00
  • August 15th : 08:00 until 20:00
  • October 28th : 08:00 until 15:00
  • December 25th : closed
  • December 26th : closed

Custom Tours

Custom tours are available according to your specific needs.
Furthermore, you can combine several tours into one.
Feel free to contact us, inform us about your interests and your Hellenic Private Tour will be provided, tailor made just for you.

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