Leave the port of Piraeus behind and head for the historical city of Athens. You’ll pass by the city’s main sights, like the parliament building and the Neoclassical-style university buildings around Constitution Square. You’ll spot the beautiful old Olympic stadium, too. Built to stage the very first modern Olympic Games in 1896, it’s the world’s only major arena built entirely from marble. The highlight of the day is the magnificent Acropolis – an ancient fortress that’s one of the most famous and photographed monuments in the world. From here, you’ll set off on a walking tour around the UNESCO-rated landmark. Once you reach the top, you’ll have some free time to wander round, admiring the temples of Athena Nike and the towering Parthenon. The site looks out over Athens, so this is a great opportunity to set your camera to panorama mode. Next, we’ll walk across to the new Acropolis Museum. Your knowledgeable guide will bring the ancient artifacts to life with stories and historical facts as you explore all three marble floors. Later, the tour moves on to the village-like neighbourhood of Plaka. You’ll have time to explore the area at your own pace. Shop for souvenirs, or grab some lunch in one of the dinky tavernas.
There are around 130 uneven steps up to the Acropolis. It’s a popular tourist attraction, so it can get busy, and large bags aren’t allowed inside. Because of its raised position, it can get very hot at the Acropolis so we recommend you bring a hat, suncream and water.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.