There is much to see in the city of Athens, Greece. It is a certainly any history lovers ideal place to visit. After all, it is where the first modern Olympic Games took place, Democracy was born and of course, Greek mythology! I wanted to explore the city but also learn about the history and sites that I was viewing. Otherwise, I am just wandering around aimlessly, looking at landmarks that I know nothing about. The Athens City Tour with Greece Athens Tours was exactly what I was looking for. I didn’t just learn a few typical facts about each place that most people already know. I was given background information, details and fun facts I never knew. It made the experience much more interesting.
I had a private tour so it was just myself and my guide, Odysseas. He picked me up from my hotel and we drove up Mount Mycabettus for a jaw-dropping view of the city and Acropolis. Afterwards, we went to the Academy of Athens which was built in 1926, along with the National Library and University later on. It is used to develop the advancement of science, humanities and fine arts.
We then stopped at a cafe for a break and had a cheese pie and iced cappuccino which was included in the tour. All the guides carry a portable wi-fi router in case you want to look something up or start having Facebook withdrawals! In between driving to the different locations, we would pass multiple landmarks such at the original parliament building, shopping areas, museums, etc and he would tell me information about them.
Then, it was time to visit Acropolis! Odysseas walked around with me, explaining the history of it all and dropped me off in front of the main entrance, for me to explore at my own pace. It cost 12 euro to enter which is not included in the tour price. Once you enter, you can see the various ancient buildings and temples such as the infamous Parthenon. The ticket also gains you entrance to some other attractions such the Temple of Zeus and the Temple of Hephaestus which are not in Acropolis.
He later took me to the Temple of Zeus, the God of the sky, lightning and law. Can you name some of Zeus’ many offspring? 😛
Athena- Goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration
Persephoe – Goddess of the Underworld
Apollo – God of music, truth and prophecy
Hermes – God of trade
Dionysus – God of the Vine, Grape Harvest, Winemaking
Heracles – God of strength
Next up was the Panathenaic Stadium which is where the Olympic games took place. It is still used for some events and concerts. I’d love to go to an event in there! Then, we headed over to the Parliament building where we watched the guards as they walked around during their midway stretch. They change guards every hour but once it hits their 30 minute mark, they are allowed to move around but only following a specific routine for about 8 minutes.
The last stop was at Piraeus which is in Athens Marina. There are many great seafood restaurants and beautiful views of the Aegean Sea. It was nice to see a different side of the city. At the end of the tour, you are given a pendant souvenir which can be used as a necklace or perhaps a good luck Greek charm!
Thank you Greece Athens Tours for hosting me on this tour. As always, my opinions are my own.