Piraeus (Athens), Greece
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Approximately 8 Hours
Visit the Acropolis of Athens, 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 the Caryatids. Stand in awe of what is considered the perfect example of classical architecture in the world -- the Parthenon -- designed as a shrine to Athena and at one time housing a massive gold and ivory statue of the warrior goddess.
Next, visit the National Archaeological Museum, which boasts the world's finest collection of Greek antiquities. The highlights include the golden mask of Agamemnon, Minoan frescoes unearthed at Akrotiri, and the superb bronze Poseidon.
Now, for the first time, the surviving treasures of the Acropolis can be seen all in one place at the New Acropolis Museum. Works previously held in storage in other Athenian museums and museums abroad have been reassembled and displayed in this remarkable facility close to the original location. The collections on display are finds from the Acropolis, post-Parthenon and Roman Periods, and from the excavation site when the new museum was built. The museum's highlight is the display of the Parthenon Frieze, located on the top floor.
Leaving the Acropolis area, you will board your coach and head to the lunch venue to enjoy a Greek lunch.
Complete your day with a scenic drive through Athens, past some of the city's most important sites. Watch for the marble Olympic Stadium, where the Olympic Games were revived in 1896, Hadrian's Arch, and the former Royal Palace.
Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience. Tour does not operate on Mondays. Wear comfortable non-skid walking shoes.