Exploring Athens: Archaeology, Culture & Food
Athens has a unique place in the history of Western Civilisation - it defines our image of ancient Greece. The city’s sacred rock, the Acropolis, crowned by some of antiquity’s most famous buildings, counts among the most recognisable emblems of human achievement. Its central focus, the enormous Parthenon, temple of the virgin goddess Athena, reflects the ups and downs of Athens’ rich history: abraded by time, hacked at by iconoclasts, wounded by explosives, denuded of its sculptural decoration, built and rebuilt, it still stands proud as the symbol of its city and country.
Athens’ golden age was the Classical era of the 5th century BC, when within little more than a hundred years, it faced down the might of imperial Persia and created an empire, fuelled by a new experiment in organising people: democracy. In a few short decades, a torrent of ideas spilled from the city’s minds, creating or advancing philosophy, tragedy, comedy, history, art and architecture. Immortal names, such as Socrates and Plato, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Herodotus and Thucydides peopled the city.
However, Athenian history is not limited to those few generations: the city’s origins go back to the Bronze Age and its legacy continues to the present day.
Led by two archaeologists, both Athenian residents and connoisseurs of the city, you’ll explore the ancient city and its superb archaeological museums, embarking upon a fascinating journey spanning more than 3,000 years. From the warlike Mycenaeans of the Bronze Age, through the glories of ancient Greece and Rome, and on via the Byzantine, Frankish and Ottoman Ages to the vibrant modern capital, you’ll investigate the city as well as its beautiful rural and maritime surroundings. Alongside famed highlights like the Acropolis and Agora (the ancient marketplace), you’ll see many well-kept secrets, such as the fortified ancient country town of Rhamnous, the beauties of Attic Byzantine architecture and the “city under the city”.
Join Heinrich and Nota on this brand new tour that will delight all your senses. As well as the superb archaeology, history and architecture you’ll enjoy some of the very best Greek food and wine at some of our favourite venues. Your base for the week is one of the finest 5 star hotels in the city, perfectly situated in the heart of the old town with stunning views of the Acropolis.
An unforgettable week of exploring, understanding and enjoying ancient and modern Athens which will delight all the senses.