Athens tours to the city's principal modern and classical sights

Athens, the city, where the past and present, the east and west, the myth and history - all mingle together in a fascinating and lively collage, is not what it used to be. Due to the preparation for the Olympics, 2004, the city, known for its faults as much as its assets, was into one of the most livable, exciting art, music and entertainment centers in the world. Ideal for different types of tours and excursions, Athens is entering the second Golden Age.

Athens is big, brash and frenetic, but has a wonderful charm all of its own. Frequently, tourists' perceptions are clouded by the fact that they are only overnight in Athens on their way to or from the Greek islands. That is the reason why the extent of their Athens experience amounts to a quick view and perhaps a visit to the Acropolis in a scorching summer heat, if they are lucky. Athens, however, has a lot more to offer.

Athens tours are one of the best ways to see a lot in a short period of time. You will have no headache, finding your way, renting a vehicle or waiting for transportation connections and save your precious time on holidays. They give you an opportunity to observe striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city.

As a rule, Athens tours combine many of the city's principal modern and classical impressive sights. Expert guides give you an overview of the modern city and striking contrasts to the remains of its glorious past. You will be taken to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on the Constitution Square, the Panathenian Stadium (the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896). Observe vistas of the Presidential Palace (ex Royal Palace), government buildings and elegant homes. Drive along the Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library and the Omonia Square.

 In contrast, Athens tours also include a visit to the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus, Acropolis with its many monuments and awesome Parthenon. The Acropolis and the Parthenon dominate Athens, and the most sightseeing-weary traveler will catch an enticing glimpse and be scrambling toward it, before they know it. In the Acropolis tourists visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and, finally, the monument of" the harmony between the material and spirit", the Parthenon. Nevertheless, even if there were no Parthenon, the Acropolis is worth visiting for the magnificent view of Athens and the surrounding temples below.

Expert guides will also take you to see the center of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library. Athens is loaded with museums. It seems there are new museums and branches of old ones, opening every week. Athens tours' excursions to National Archaeological Museum are the most appealing for the most people. Its extensive collection, sited in the heart of Athens, gives a picture of the Millennia of the Greek culture, starting with the Cycladic Island civilization and the Minoans and Myceneans and stretching up toward the present.

Whatever time of the year you have your holidays, Athens travel options will be exiting and entertaining. Whether it is your stop-off on the way to and from the Greek Islands in the summer or a base for daytrips to explore the Peloponnesus and the mainland during three other seasons, Athens has something for everybody.


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