Athens is the cradle of Western civilization. This is where classical Greece originates, so every stone here is steeped in history. It is better to start the excursion route by visiting the most "bearded" sights. There are plenty of them in Athens. Any sightseeing excursion, with or without a guide, will definitely include a visit to the Acropolis and the oldest part of the city, Plaka lying under its shadow. For a more complete immersion in the historical past of Greece during antiquity, 1001guide advises to go on a tour of the historical center of Athens with a English-speaking guide.
The list of excursion must-haves in Athens includes:
- Acropolis with its famous temples - the Parthenon, the Erechtheion and the temple of Niki Apteros;
- Theater of Dionysus;
- Lycabettus Hill;
- Arch and library of Hadrian;
- Temples of Olympian Zeus and Hephaestus;
- Panathinaikos stadium
- Archaeological Museum of Athens;
- Odeon of Herodes Atticus
- Benaki Museum.
In addition to its rich historical and cultural heritage, Athens is famous for its cuisine. The masterpieces of Greek cuisine with its olives and feta cheese can be tasted at any of the local establishments. Their prices vary quite a bit. The chic Michelin-starred restaurants are perfect for those who are willing to spend a lump sum for dinner. The doors of several taverns and small restaurants are always open for more budget-conscious tourists.