Day Tour

Ancient Athens: Agora, Plaka and Monastiraki (3 Hours)

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Athens, Greece

Valid for Travel Now Through: 20 Mar 2019

Ancient Athens: Agora, Plaka and Monastiraki (3 Hours )

Athens, Greece

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level

Moderate

Description

The birthplace of democracy and standard-bearer for classical art, literature, and philosophy, Athens is widely considered the touchstone of Western civilization. During this three-hour walk of the Agora, Kerameikos, Roman Agora, and other sites in Plaka and Monastiraki, we will look at the social, political, and economic underpinnings of Greek accomplishments and explore aspects of daily life in ancient Athens.Our walk begins in the Agora, the centerpiece of daily life in the antique city. Consisting of a confusing jumble of ruins spanning over 2000 years, our trained archaeological scholar will spend time helping us decipher the visual clues in the landscape and recreate, through its various phases, the built environment of this area. We'll look closely at such buildings as the Stoa, Hephasteion, and Odeion of Agrippa, and discuss their role in daily life. Our docent may trace the economic history of ancient Greece as the city evolved, discussing the rise of successively more complex systems of trade and commerce and their impact on the Athenian city. We'll spend ample time within the museum of the Stoa where there is a wonderful collection of finds from the Agora excavations.From here, our walk may go in a variety of directions. We may head towards the Kerameikos, an excavated burial area where we can look at how ancient Athenians dealt with death. Or, we may head into the Plaka area, where remnants of ancient Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman structures still remain, including the impressive library built for the Emperor Hadrian. This building provides a wonderful backdrop for tracing the development of the city after its Roman conquest in the first century BCE.We'll finish up on the leafy streets of Plaka with a strong sense of how normal people lived during the classical and post-classical periods, and how political and social forces shaped the city throughout its history. This walk is often combined with the Acropolis Seminar to paint a vivid portrait of ancient Athens.

About Us

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and heritage that make these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our docents are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s, or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

Insider Tip

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Terms & Conditions

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.



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Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

The 6 person maximum of Context tours really made for an intimate learning experience. The docents they get to lead the groups were top notch!
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