Tour Duration: 4 Hours Tour Destination: Athens
The Half Day Tour of Athens by Night begins with a beautiful seaside drive along the Coast of Poseidon on the Aegean Sea which surrounds Attica Region from South-West to South-East. On this side you see Island Salamis where the Naval Battle of Salamis between the Greeks and the Persians took place that brought the Golden Age of Athens to the victorious Athenians. The seaside drive continues to Marina of Zea which was on the main grain supply of Athens in Antiquity (Zea bread) and one the most expensive yacht marina nowadays. The first stop is short over the upper class residential area of Piraeus, Kastela with its castle looking apartments to enjoy the coastal view of Athens and the beautiful leisure port of Microlimano (small port) located underneath.
On the way from Piraeus to Athens you see Basketball Stadiums, Soccers fields, Facilities of 2004 Olympics, the brand new Cultural Center of Stavros Niarchos, the Onassion heart surgery center of Aristotelis Onassis.
The tour continues with a stop at the trademark of Greece, Acropolis. The natural and most important plateau of the 5th Century B.C. with a height of 150m over the sea level surrounded by an impenetrable wall that offered the best protection against any invader. During this stop you'll see and learn about the the main entrance of Acropolis, Propylea with the Temple of Wingless Nike standing in pride next of it and the Pentelic marble Temple of Athena Parthenos, The Parthenon on the top.
The tour drive continues to the Parliament of Greece to watch the change of the National Guard, learn about the Greek Revolution of 1821, the guards' uniforms and see the Tomb and Statue of the Unknown Soldier.
Departing from the Parliament the tour drives you in front of the Catholic Cathedral of St. Paul, the National Bank of Greece, Old Parliament of Athens (national museum of Athens) and in front of the Trilogy of Athens. The Trilogy of Athens consists of the Academy of Science, University of Athens (Kapodistriako) and National Library.
Next stop at the Panathenaic Stadium or Kalimarmaro which granted the second title by its construction material. This is a reconstruction of the old 2nd century B.C. Stadium of Herodes Atticus. This marvelous stadium can fit 60.000 spectators and was used for the first Marathon Race and Modern Olympics in 1896.
The driving to the highest locations of central Athens on the 280m high hill Lycabettos (higher than Acropolis) to see the view and the size of the city illuminated by billions of lights with the Acropolis in the middle.
The tour ends with a beautiful drive back to the Cruise Ship Terminal or Hotel in Athens.
*Our recommendation for this tour is to start from 19:00 to 20:00.
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No fees apply since archaeological sites & museums will be closed during this tour.