After your guided visit to the Acropolis, you will walk the short distance to Thesseion, a temple dedicated to Hephaistos, the god of fire and the patron of craftsmen, and Athena, the goddess of wisdom, war, arts, and justice. Situated on the western edge of the Agora, it is the best preserved of the ancient temples.
You will then visit the heart of the Agora, a single architectural complex that consists of a vast rectangular court surrounded by colonnades. In the past, the Agora served as a political, cultural, and religious center. Athenians would gather on a daily basis, not only to buy and sell their goods, but also to learn the news, to criticize the government, to debate issues or simply to gossip.
Your journey of discovery will also include a stop at the Stoa of Attalus. This two-story building was donated to the city of Athens by Attalos III, King of Pergamos. It is thought to have been an ancient shopping center that housed 21 shops on each of its floors.
You will then have some free time to visit the Monastiraki area, or Flea Market. Here, you will have the chance to immerse yourself in the bustle of the marketplace and browse through vibrant displays boasting an enormous array of treasures. Or, choose to just relax and enjoy some refreshments at a local cafe.
The extended time of this tour allows for a late afternoon transfer to your cruise ship or Athens area hotel.
Departures: 08:30 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - The Acropolis may only be accessed by walking uphill. It is a strenuous walk and you must be in good physical condition. There is a pathway, but there are also steps near the top. Keep in mind that the weather may be very hot during the summer.