THE SITES AND FLAVOURS OF ATHENS
Panorama, PasseparTour, Culture, 1
- Athens city centre
- The Pnyx
- Panathenaic Stadium, Academy of Athens, Greek Parliament
- Syntagma Square
- Monastiraki: snack stop for a gyros
We board our coach at the port in Piraeus for the short journey to the cosmopolitan city of Athens, the capital of Greece and, for many, the cradle of Western civilisation itself.
We disembark at the feet of the majestic Acropolis and make our way by foot to the top of the Pnyx. One of the numerous hills of Athens, the Pnyx offers marvellous views of the Acropolis and the rest of Athens, though it is often overlooked by tourists.
The Pnyx is one of the most ancient, and important, sites in the history of democracy. As early as 507 BC, Athenians are known to have gathered here for the ecclesia, the city’s popular assembly and the first form of democratic government in the world.
Back on board the coach, our tour continues, introducing us to a number of other major sites such as the Panathenaic Stadium – the only large stadium in the world to be built entirely from white marble – the elegant neoclassical headquarters of the Academy of Athens and the Greek Parliament.
We set foot on terra firma once again at Syntagma Square in the heart of the city. From there, our guide will accompany us on a walk to the charming Monastiraki neighbourhood, which is famous for its bustling flea market.
Here, we have the chance to enjoy a taste of one of Greece’s favourite street food specialities, indeed one of the country’s most iconic culinary treats, a gyros pita: a flatbread filled with meat, vegetables and French-fried potatoes.
We then make our way to the oldest neighbourhood in Athens, the Plaka, where we find a heady mix of neoclassical buildings, actual classical monuments and characteristic shops that seem forgotten by time, all interspersed with traditional restaurants, cafés and boutiques.
Good to know
- In order to guarantee the health of our guests, in compliance with the regulations and the respect of the safety protocol, the itineraries and the duration of the excursions may be subject to changes, even if not substantial.