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Greek Designers Shopping Tour (Private)

<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><br></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><br></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><br></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 Δεκεμβρίου 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 Δεκεμβρίου 2023

Extraordinary Mycenae & Nafplio Day Trip (Private)

<p>A truly original full day tour from Athens, unlike any of the usual day trips to Mycenae and Nafplio</p><p><br></p><p>In a remarkably dramatic landscape, in the province of Argolis in northeast Peloponnese, the fabled Homericcity of Mycenae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and capital of one of theoldest civilizations in the world, stands covered in the dust of millennia.</p><p>With this ancient Mycenae tour, you’ll walk under the famedLion Gateto enter ruins that are part history, part myth. Mycenae was home to the cursed House of Atreus, its royal family sentenced by the gods to suffer -and suffer they did. It was here (spoiler alert!) thatKing Agamemnon, hero of the Trojan War, was killed by his wife Clytemnestra. TheTomb of Agamemnon, an amazing structure more than three thousand years old, is where famed archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann uncovered the magnificent Mask of Agamemnon, a funeral mask made of pure gold. also hosts The archaeological site of Mycenae also hosts theMycenae museum, with marvellous exhibits from the several excavations in the area are on display.The whole site is moving, mysterious and incredibly old, even by Greek standards, and you’ll see it all and hear every story from your guide.</p><p>From Mycenae, you’ll head to the charming port ofNafplio, with its towering fortifications. This small seaside town was in factthe first capitalof Greece. Its rich past and a great position on a wide bay has made it an important port for much of its history. You can see this in the medieval walls high onPalamidi Hillabove town, and in the amazing fort that sits right in the middle of the harbour, but also in the19th-century buildingsthat still make much of the town historic center.</p><p>During our Nafplio tour, you’ll explore the town’s defences andvisit a variety of craftspeople, includinga potterandaweaver, getting the chance towatch them workand see what their crafts still have in common with those of the ancient artisans of Mycenaewhose work you'll have seen earlier. Like with the ancient site of Mycenae tour, visiting Nafplio is also atime-travelof sorts: in many ways, the production methods of today's artisans are closer to those practiced in the time of Agamemnon than to those in contemporary automated manufacturing plants.</p><p>Your visit to this historic town will also include and aconfectionerywhere the traditional almond pastries are still made the way they were generations ago and ascrumptious lunch at one of Nafplio's trendiest hidden taverns, a local favorite serving probablythe best food in town.</p><p>On the way back to Athens, you will also make a short stop at the Corinth Canal, to admire the narrowIsthmus of Corinthand the canal which separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland.</p><p>When back in Athens from your full day tour to Nafplio &amp; Mycenae, you will have a better understanding of the links that unite the ancient past with life and people in the South of Greece today.</p>

Offer valid until: 31 Δεκεμβρίου 2023

Unexpected Athens Orientation Walk

<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>&nbsp;</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>&nbsp;</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>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>&nbsp;</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>&nbsp;</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> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Offer valid until: 31 Δεκεμβρίου 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 Δεκεμβρίου 2023

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 Δεκεμβρίου 2023