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Athens Highlights Mythology Tour

<p>Start your tour at the magnificentTemple of Olympian Zeuswhich was, and still is, the unofficial entry point to Athens and the mythological start of this glorious city.</p><p><br></p><p>From there, your English-speaking guide will take you all the way to theTheater of Dionysusand theAcropolisto visit theTemple of Athena Nike, the Temple of Erechtheion, the Propylaiaand of course, the marvelousParthenon.</p><p><br></p><p>It is here that the most famous ancient myths come to life, stories about Gods and Heroes, such as almightyZeus, Athena,Goddess of Wisdom and protector of Athens, Poseidon,God of the Sea,Dionysus,God of Wineand many more. But what’s even more intriguing is that you’ll also find out what truths hide behind these myths and why the Ancient Greeks created them.</p><p><br></p><p>Your tour back in time continues to theAncient Agora. It is here that democracy was born and where great philosophers such asSocratesspoke about global truths. Here you’ll have a rare chance to see theHephaisteion, the most perfectly preserved of Greece’s temples and one shared between Athena and theGod of the forge, Hephaestus. You ‘ll hear more mythical stories aboutTheseus and the Minotaur,the jealous wife of Zeus, HeraandAphrodite, Goddess of love and beauty.</p><p><br></p><p>This walk will also help you figure outhow this city was created and how it rose to become one of the greatest cities of the old world,how Athens managed to create such a reputation and such monuments that are still immortal and legendary. Just like their Gods.</p><p><br></p>

Offer valid until: 31 Dezember 2023

Athens Highlights Mythology Tour (Private)

<p>Start your tour at the magnificentTemple of Olympian Zeuswhich was, and still is, the unofficial entry point to Athens and the mythological start of this glorious city.</p><p><br></p><p>From there, your English-speaking guide will take you all the way to theTheater of Dionysusand theAcropolisto visit theTemple of Athena Nike, the Temple of Erechtheion, the Propylaiaand of course, the marvelousParthenon.</p><p><br></p><p>It is here that the most famous ancient myths come to life, stories about Gods and Heroes, such as almightyZeus, Athena,Goddess of Wisdom and protector of Athens, Poseidon,God of the Sea,Dionysus,God of Wineand many more. But what’s even more intriguing is that you’ll also find out what truths hide behind these myths and why the Ancient Greeks created them.</p><p><br></p><p>Your tour back in time continues to theAncient Agora. It is here that democracy was born and where great philosophers such asSocratesspoke about global truths. Here you’ll have a rare chance to see theHephaisteion, the most perfectly preserved of Greece’s temples and one shared between Athena and theGod of the forge, Hephaestus. You ‘ll hear more mythical stories aboutTheseus and the Minotaur,the jealous wife of Zeus, HeraandAphrodite, Goddess of love and beauty.</p><p><br></p><p>This walk will also help you figure outhow this city was created and how it rose to become one of the greatest cities of the old world,how Athens managed to create such a reputation and such monuments that are still immortal and legendary. Just like their Gods.</p>

Offer valid until: 31 Dezember 2023

Athens Street Art Tour (Private)

<p>Athens is a street artist’s paradise: from the established to the constant streams of new talent spraying up the neighbourhoods, this tour celebrates them all.Tagging, bombing, stencil and painting. Join us and get an up-and-close introduction to the city’s incredible street art scene counting 2,000 or so street artists.</p><p><br></p><p>During this walk you'll find thecoolest works of art in the most unlikely places, thanks to yourstreet artist guide.He knows about the iconic images, pieces that have been up so long they’re now part of the cultural conscience, but he’s also aware of the newest creations and the artists behind all of them. His expertise and up-to-date information means you’ll find it all - from enormous, “can’t-miss” full-buildingmuralsto quirky littlestencilsor cleverpolitical messages, you’ll see the full range of what Athens, one of the graffiti capitals of Europe, has to offer.</p><p><br></p><p>Each area has its own style, and so does the street art you see there.Gazi,home to a new industrial space and exhibition center, boasts pieces with a more formal feel.Metaxourgio, the new hotspot, is all creative energy and there’s so much room here to express that.Psiri,the original home of street art in Athens, remains politically committed. What’s more, many of the works here have the full support of the community, are respected as works of public art and have survived for years.</p><p><br></p><p>The city is speaking to us all the time. Whether it’s aboutart and culture, sports, politicsorlove, people have been leaving their messages in plain sight on the streets of Athens for a very long time. With the help of your guide who can “translate” both the language and the images to give you a fuller picture of what you’re looking at, you’ll find out what these street pieces really mean. And this will help youunderstand this city,and this moment in time, a little better, too.</p>

Offer valid until: 31 Dezember 2023

The Ultimate Delphi Day Trip (Private)

<p>The ancient past meets the present in this all-day exploration of the site of Delphi, with its unique temples and monuments, the world of traditional crafts and the unexplored villages in the surrounding area.</p><p><br></p><p>Theoracle of Delphiis located in a setting of outstanding natural beauty on the lower slopes of Mount Parnassos; before entering the archaeological site and admire its wonders, you’ll have a chance to find out much more about the mountain and what life is like here today.</p><p><br></p><p>To accomplish that, you will visit anold town neighborhood, largely abandoned today, which used to be the leather tanner’s district. Here, in a space that’s strongly evocative of the past, you’ll witness firsthand whata tanner’s working lifewas like a century ago (and still is today!) and listen to thetanners' stories–father and son– to understand what life is like today in this part of Greece.</p><p><br></p><p>If you are lucky, you’ll also get to visit thelast bell-maker in Greece.In his small workshop, he’ll show you the art of bell making, creating the bells that the local villagers use for their livestock. As his work schedule is irregular, his workshop isn't open to visitors at all times.</p><p><br></p><p>After that, it’s time for lunch, all in the form oflocal delicacies from the region, which you’ll enjoy sitting in the town square, under a large plane tree –you’ll tastelocal cheesesand thefamous Amfissa olivesbefore tucking into atraditional regional specialtyas a main course that the women of the village have prepared for you.</p><p>When lunch is finished it’s back to Delphi, the ancient oracle of the Gods. This is the best time to visit the site,when the tourist hordes have departedand let you admire in peace the ruins of theTemple of Apollo, the reconstructedAthenian Treasuryandthe Theater. You’ll want to take your time, not only because the site is built into the side of a mountain, but also because there’s just so much to see here, and the setting itself is magical; a place of great spiritual power hugging the side of a towering mountain, and below it, a sea of olive groves as far as the eye can see, all the way to the Corinthian Gulf in the distance. No wonder that even the most powerful rulers and noblemen of antiquity were awed by the splendor and revered the sacred site of Delphi and its earthly connection to the divine.</p><p><br></p><p>When you’ve seen all there is to see outside, it’s time for theDelphi museum, a short walk downhill from the site. Here, be sure to see thebronze Charioteer of Delphi(it’s said his profile is completely different, depending on which side of his face you choose to look at), the haunting Sphinx of Naxos and what might be the very first ever recorded notation of a musical melody, contained in an ancient inscription from the walls of the original Athenian Treasury.</p><p><br></p><p>Now, it’s time to head back to Athens, taking back memories of the mountain, the town and the incomparable ancient Delphi.</p>

Offer valid until: 31 Dezember 2023

Greek Designers Shopping Tour (Group)

<p>In this tour you will have the chance toexplore the two most important shopping areas in the city, and to the shops in those areas that are doing the most interesting things. InKolonaki, the city’s most expensive neighborhood, there’s always a feeling of indulgence combined with style. Here, you’ll drop in onclothing boutiquesthat stand out from the crowd not just because of what their product lines look like but also because of how they’re made and what they’re made from. Organic and unused recycled are definitely in this year.</p><p><br></p><p>You’ll also explorepioneers in cosmetics– a company run by former pharmacists that combine Greek philosophy with natural ingredients to produce goods that are, in fact, good for you, body and soul.</p><p>Another stop will be for adeli store, dedicated to Greek produce and traditional Greek foodstuffs that make up the Mediterranean diet as it’s experienced here on the shores of the Aegean.</p><p>In the center of town, after a stop for coffee and a visit to amuseum gift shopthat promotes new designers by exhibiting and selling their work, you’ll visit a pair ofjewelry shopswhere brand new motifs are being realized, often with the use of unexpected new materials as well. You’ll also look in at more boutiques, including one with a range of items that runsfromsmall furniture to shoes and accessories.</p><p>Before the tour is finished, you’ll know more aboutwhereGreek fashion and the Greek aesthetic are headed, and there’s a very good chance you’ll have picked up more than just some really good ideas for your wardrobe.</p>

Offer valid until: 31 Dezember 2023

Unexpected Athens Orientation Walk (Private)

<p>This is a tour about the true heart and soul of Athens. It’s a tour about its people, its habits – old and new-, its everyday life and its secrets.</p><p><br></p><p>During this walk you will witness some of Athens’ greatest contrasts: From theOld Royal Palaceand the city’s posh areas, wherethe rich and famoushave always settled, to thehotbed of rebellious young thinkers, that has been associated with forward-thinking and social experimentation, where students gather to argue the issues of the day.</p><p><br></p><p>You‘ll see buildings ofamazing architecture, that reflect the vision of modern Athens as a successor to the glory that was Ancient Athens, as well as architecture that represents the Modernist and inter-war movements. As you are slowly discovering the city you will learn that there are many secrets that lie beneath the surface and that the past is always just a few steps from the present…</p><p><br></p><p>You’ll also get a chance to explore somegentrified neighborhoodsthat are devoted to small businesses, but now they’re all interspersed withtrendy eateriesandfunky little bars. This is where you can see some of the city’s beststreet art, come across a new jewelry designer, or shop for vintage clothing at one of the retro boutiques.</p><p>And as modernity coexists with tradition, you’ll find out how theOttomanpast is still alive inAthens’ flea market, one of the liveliest neighborhoods of the city, where the old and the new generations still meet today.</p><p><br></p><p>By the end of our tour, we hope that you’ll have seenthe true soul of Athens and its people,a city with a thousand stories still standing, as it has since ancient times, right on the border between the East and the West.</p>

Offer valid until: 31 Dezember 2023