An Inspired Itinerary - The Acropolis in Context
The day begins at the Acropolis, the not-to-be-missed monument that towers over central Athens. Our visit will cover the principal sites on the Acropolis: the Erechtheion, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Propylaea, and, of course, the Parthenon. Panos will outline the history of this site from construction to ruin, rediscovery to reconstruction, opening our eyes to the evolution of Athens over the millenia.
Next, we’ll see the Acropolis Museum, designed by Bernard Tschumi and inaugurated in 2009. A remarkable work of architecture that mirrors the Acropolis itself, the museum collection is a fascinating counterpart to the ruins of the original site.
After a typical Greek lunch nearby in the charming historic district of Plaka, we’ll continue on foot to explore the principal sites of ancient Athens. Panos will share the highlights of the city with us, continuing the narrative begun on Acropolis. Together we will see the Temple of Zeus, monument to the father of all gods, before continuing on to the Panathenaic Olympic Stadium, built in the 6th century BCE. Talking as we stroll, we will reach the heart of the city at Syntagma Square, site of the Greek Parliament. Here we will have the opportunity to learn more about contemporary Greek life and politics before concluding our day at the Agora, the ancient analogue to the modern commercial hub we’ve just visited. The tour ends in Monastiraki square, a convenient stop for a traditional Greek coffee or evening drink to finish the day.
Panos has a bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s Degree in International and European Relations. He’s still engaged in academia, conducting research on Human Migration in the University of Athens. As a local living in central Athens and a licensed tourist guide, he seeks to share with visitors his enthusiasm about the city and its rich history. Fluent in English, German and French, Panos is experienced in introducing visitors to the city’s sites, culture, history, and modern life, while adjusting the tour to the groups’ and individuals’ special interests and needs.