Day Tour

Expert-led Private Orientation Tour of Athens (2 Hours)

Context Travel

Athens, Greece

Valid for Travel Now Through: 20 Mar 2019

Expert-led Private Orientation Tour of Athens (2 Hours )

Athens, Greece

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level

Moderate

Description

With nearly 3000 years of continuous history, Athens can be daunting. This overview walk is designed to help us get our bearings while we begin an examination of the city and its history. We'll explore some fundamental themes and draw our attention to specific details in order to make sense, on a basic level, of this very rich but complicated city.

Led by a variety of specialists from our network in Athens, this walk usually begins in Syntagma Square, the center of the city. With a display of archaeological finds found during the construction of the metro, and surrounded by 19th- and 20th-century buildings, Syntagma gives us a good base for shifting back and forth across time periods.

From here we normally immerse ourselves in Plaka, the historic neighborhood in the shadow of the Acropolis. There is much to explore here, from Byzantine churches and a maze of streets dating to the 11th century, to modern art deco and contemporary meze restaurants. We may climb the north slope of the Acropolis to experience Anafiotika, the beguiling rural village clinging there, or head deeper towards Monastiraki. Or, we may decide to circumnavigate the Acropolis along the pedestrian walkway, passing through the archaeological core.

Along the way our docent will provide us with some of the visual tools we'll need later in our trip to read monuments and place the city in a historical and cultural context. Ample energy will be spent answering questions and helping with directions. And, we'll make sure to stop along the way for a snack!

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 culture that makes these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six other 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.

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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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