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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 décembre 2023

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 décembre 2023

Acropolis Museum Discovery Tour (Private)

<p>The Acropolis Museum isone of the world's most important museums,hosting a vast collection of beautiful objects from thousands of years ago, world-famous for its dozens of stunning ancient Greek statues, like the celebrated Acropolis Caryatids, and of course the most famous exhibit of all: theParthenon Marbles.</p><p><br></p><p>On this tour of the Acropolis Museum, you'll discover that it's also home to two Athenians from the Golden Age of antiquity, whose everyday lives you'll explore as you move through the exhibits. Theirpersonal stories are hidden in the things they left behind, the artifacts that we encounter at the Acropolis Museum today. Through a series offun hands-on games and activities,led by our expert guide, you will really discover what life in ancient Athens was like and see the similarities - if any - with life nowadays.</p><p><br></p><p>As youput the pieces together and complete the fun activitiesin the Acropolis Museum, you'll learn a lot about ancient Greek history and culture. When you've finished this Acropolis Museum adventure, you'll know what made ancient Athens so special, and you'll understand, too, the modern relevance of its crowning glory, the Acropolis.</p>

Offer valid until: 31 décembre 2023

Best of ancient & modern Athens full day (Private)

<p>From theAcropolis, where your guide will explain both what you’re looking at and what it meant to the people of ancient Athens, to theAncient Agora,where the history you learn will cover philosophy and politics, you’ll spend an important part of the tour in the past.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After the Acropolis and Ancient Agora tour, however,you’ll come straight back to the present with an exploration of theneighborhoods of modern-dayAthensthat are changing right now. You'll stop for a coffee in one of Athens'secret gardens, a surprising café in an unexpected setting in the heart of the city.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Then, take a walk around the neighborhoods ofMonastiraki, the colorfulflea market,andPsiriand keep an eye out forstreet art– your guide will know where – as well ascool new design shops and vintage clothing stores. Check out both the pre-war and the post-war buildings and the concentration of hardware and specialty item stores in an area they happily share withbrand-new funky little bars.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Headinto the traditional“belly of the city”, the bustlingVarvakios Market, the biggest and most popular fish, meat and vegetable market in the whole of Athens and explore the mainspice streetof Athens too. Enjoy thefood tastingsalong the way – you’ll see that here, too, there’s a choice between tradition and novelty. You'll get to trycheesesfrom various parts of Greece,cured meats, olives,and deliciousGreek sweets!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>InPlaka, theoldest part of Athens, find out if there’s a compromise between history and modernity as you explore an area that is trying to offer more than just souvenirs. Here, you'll also have lunch, in atraditional tavernat the feet of the Acropolis, serving delicious Greek food.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This fullday ancient and modern Athens tour will alllow you to discover the city -and what a city!sure, a day is still not enough, but it’s a great start to a beautiful new friendship.</p>

Offer valid until: 31 décembre 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 décembre 2023

One-day trip to Aegina island from Athens (Private)

<p>The trip to Aegina, anisland steeped in historical significance,begins with a ferry ride to the island, a relaxing and enjoyable crossing during which you can loiter on deck and watch the playful seagulls or duck inside for morning refreshments in the ship's comfortable lounge.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Upon arriving at the port of Aegina, we will head straight to one of the island'straditional houses; this one has been transformed into a café, where we'll enjoylocal delicaciesand fresh homemade lemonade in the charming courtyard.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After this refreshing pause, it's off to a lovely modernsculpture Museumwith breathtaking views, to quickly view works by an internationally acclaimed modern Greek sculptor and to hear how he was inspired by themythologyand theart of ancient Greece. From here, we'll head inland to the ruins of the island'smedieval capital, Paleochora, which is said to have once boasted 365 churches.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Further east lies theTemple of Aphaia, dating from approximately500BC. It is a remarkable edifice, perfectly placed to afford a stunning view back over the island and down to the shoreline, which is where we'll head next, for atswim at one of Aegina's prettiest beaches. The swim will be followed by a delicious lunch at a localseaside tavernaoffering authentic island cooking.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Once the meal is done, it's back to the port town for a wander through the colorful alleyways and a taste of some Aegina pistachios, the island's most famous agricultural export. Then we'llmeet some of the island’s womenthat still hold alive itstraditionsand we’ll find out about the long tradition ofarts and craftsthat the residents here still maintain; you'll have the chance totry your hand at lace-makingor, if you prefer something a little more lively, there will be an opportunity tolearn a traditional folk dance!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As the music fades and you finish dancing, your day in Aegina will be at an end, but on the evening boat ride back to Piraeus, you'll have plenty to look back on from your all-day island adventure.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Offer valid until: 31 octobre 2023