Piraeus (Athens), Greece
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Approximately 7½ Hours
If you are visiting Athens for the first time, this outing provides an excellent introduction to one of the great cities of the ancient world.
Visit the Acropolis, a symbol of the glory of ancient Greece. History opens before you as you reach the Propylaea, one of the masterpieces of classical architecture, serving as the entrance to the complex of buildings. You'll see the Temple of Athena Nike (Wingless Victory) and the Erechtheum with its classical Porch of Maidens, the Caryatids. Stand in awe as you visit what is considered the perfect example of classical architecture in the world -- the Parthenon -- designed as a shrine to Athena and once housing a massive gold and ivory statue of the warrior goddess.
Re-board your coach and head towards your lunch venue. You will enjoy a traditional Greek lunch at Zafiro (or similar) and have some time to relax.
The National Archaeological Museum boasts the world's finest collection of Greek antiquities. The highlights here include the golden mask of Agamemnon, Minoan frescoes unearthed at Akrotiri, and the superb bronze Poseidon.
Complete your introduction to Athens with a scenic drive through the city, passing some of the most important landmarks of the city. Watch for the marble Olympic Stadium, where the Olympic Games were revived in 1896, Hadrian's Arch and the former Royal Palace.
Your coach will park close to the Plaka (Old Town) area, and you'll disembark for a guided walking tour of the historical center of Athens. Before you return to the port, free time will be allocated for shopping and watching everyday life in Greece.
Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes.