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.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Athens Private Tours

Full day Athens and Ancient Corinth tour starts with a visit to the Acropolis where you see the Parthenon, the temple on the top of the sacred rock devoted to Goddess Athena, the Goddess of wisdom, the Propylea, the entrance to the sacred rock, the Temple of Wingless Victory which was devoted to Goddess Athena-Nike, the Erechtheum, the most sacred and mythical of all the temples of Athens with its famous Caryatides (female featured statues), the 5000-seat Odeon of Herodes Atticus which was carved into the rock and is still used for music festivals, the 13000-seat theatre of Dionysus where the Athenians listened to the immortal works of Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides and Aristophanes.

 

Athens Private Tours

We continue our tour by visiting the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathinaic Stadium (where the Olympic Games were held for the first time in modern Athens in 1896), the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the changing of the guards.

 

Athens Private Tours

Then we drive through University Street that connects Constitution (Syntagma) Square with Concord (Omonia) Square-the second most important square in Athens and see the Academy, the University and the National Library followed by a drive up to Lycabettus Hill (highest point of Athens) where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

 

Athens Private ToursWe leave Athens and after a 45-mile drive along the National highway, we reach the well-known Corinthian canal or else Isthmus canal that connects the Saronic Sea and the Corinthian Sea.

 

 

Athens Private ToursAfter a short stop for pictures, we continue with a ten-minute drive through the orange and lemon tree fields and arrive at Ancient Corinth and its unique museum, the Temple of Apollo-the God of Oracles and the Sun, the Roman baths and finally the Vima (step) from where St. Paul preached to the Corinthians in 52 A.D.

 

Athens Private ToursWe conclude by making a stop at a picturesque restaurant by the sea in a resort area called Loutraki whose water possesses therapeutic qualities to enjoy your lunch or-even better- dinner while watching the sunset.

 

 

Finally, we drive back to Athens by the same route...

 

 

The duration of the tour is approximately 9-10 hours.

Please take a look at the right of the page for additional tour information.

 

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

Entrance fee required per person :
20 Euros for Acropolis
6 Euros for the Temple of Zeus
8 Euros for Ancient Corinth and the Museum

  • 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

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