Athens by Night
A perfect introduction to the oldest and most historical neighborhood of Athens, begin this evening with an escorted walking tour of Plaka. Built around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, the district of Plaka is known as the neighborhood of the gods, referring not only to the numerous Archaeological sites, but also to the ancient gods of Greece and their passion for entertainment, drinking wine and dancing. While making your way through the labyrinth of small streets lined with souvenir shops selling leather, jewelry, replicas of archaelogical findings, also notice the neoclassical architecture. See the old houses, once mansions, with their red roof tiles, the Lysikrates Momument opposite Hadrians Arch and as you proceed along the main pedestrian street within Plaka called Andrianou Street, you will pass by the Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, the Bath house of the Winds, finally making your way towards the Greek taverna for dinner and entertainment. Our typical Greek menu begins with various starters to introduce you to the local food including cheese pies, spinach pies, village sausage, stuffed vine leaves and meatballs along with the famous tzatziki dip made of yogurt and garlic, a full greek salad and bread. The main course is a pork or chicken "souvlaki" served with oven potatoes and dessert is walnut cake with a scoop of ice-cream. Red and white local barrel wine is served to accompany this meal.
Approximate value: 45 EUR per person
Visit the Acropolis Museum
Today you have the opportunity to be taken on a guided tour of the newly built and internationally renowned Acropolis museum. Constructed in 2007 and designed by a Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi in co-operation with a Greek architect Michalis Fotiadis, the museum covers 25,000 sq. meters with 14,000 sq. meters of exhibition space. This was a long awaited vision of the Athenians to successfully support, conserve, safely house, and display the thousands of artifacts currently associated with the Acropolis and ancient Athens. Free time is allowed for walking or shopping in the Plaka district of Athens before entering the museum. The museum itself, suspended on pillars, is built above a large urban settlement which can be seen by looking down while walking around the exhibition as the floor surface is made of glass. The main attraction of the museum is the Parthenon Gallery. Found on the third floor, you can see what remains in Greece of the Parthenon marbles and fully understand the size and structure of the Acropolis. The gallery also constructed of glass, provides spectacular views of the Acropolis.
Approximate value: 30 EUR per person