Day Tour

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

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Athens, Greece

Valid for Travel Now Through: 01 Feb 2021

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

Context Travel offers cultural and historical tours and activities led by deep subject-matter experts in over 50 cities around the world. With coverage of lesser known locales as well as main city sites, our experts take clients through in-depth, thematic topics to help them get to know a city more deeply. The tours are designed to be the ideal environment for learning – they are conversation-driven private experiences that are structured, but never scripted.

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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: 14 Aug 2018

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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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By: Rob


Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2019

We had two tours, one entitled "Intro to HK: Colony to Financial Powerhouse" and the other "Kowloon Street Food Tour". The first had an architectural as well as historical framework, which was worthwhile, and our guide was very earnest and enthusiastic. We liked her very much. Our second tour, ostensibly a "Kowloon Street Food" got a little off track onto some political topics (reference is made in the description to discussing "local issues") but we made clear to our guide that we much preferred to spend our limited time checking out the street food and markets, and leaving politics and history aside. (Every guide prior to this had given us a similar capsule history of HK.) In fairness to our review of the guide, my wife and I were extremely tired by the time of our evening tour, and had to conclude the tour early, and we do not fault our guide in any way for our "running out of steam". Our guide was nice, though he made a couple of comments that might have been better left unsaid.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

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By: DHunt


Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2019

We were highly impressed with context tours. Each guide was very knowledgeable and the private group setting allowed us to really spend time and enjoy each site without feeling like we were part of a herd. Further, the guide is interactive, not just dictating into a radio with information.
Travel Advisor:  Nathan Cripps