Eternal Greece Ltd

Athens Highlights: the National Archaeological Museum and the Acropolis Museum, with city tour

The two most important archaeological museums of Athens with a tour of this illustrious city, a half-day afternoon programme specially designed for museophiles...

Introduction

Specially designed both for museophiles as well as for visitors interested in and enchanted by the history and achievements of Ancient Greece, this novel and convenient half-day afternoon programme combines the exploration of the two most important archaeological museums of Athens with a tour of this illustrious city. The programme is led by a licensed archaeologist-guide, lasts approximately five hours and is offered round the year.

Points of Interest and programme highlights, in chronological sequence

The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art, housing in Athens some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is considered one of the greatest museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide.

Periods and Sections covered:
Prehistoric  |  Mycanean  |  Cycladic  |  Santorini  |  Archaic  |  Classical  |  Hellenistic  |  Roman plus the celebrated Antikythera Mechanism.

On our Athens City Tour en route from the National Archaeological Museum to the Acropolis Museum we will pass by the Athens Academy, University, the ancient Panathenian Stadium (of 566 BC and home to the first modern Olympic Games), the statue of the Discobolus, the all-glass sculpture of Dromeas (the Runner), and the Zappeion complex.

The multiple-award-winning Acropolis Museum focuses on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies over the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens.

Nearly 4,000 objects over an area of 14,000 square metres are exhibited in the museum.

Are you more independent-minded?
This programme is also available in a self-drive version!
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Starting and ending times

From 14:00 till 16:00 at the National Archaeological Museum, followed by the city tour lasting 45 minutes, arriving at the Acropolis Museum at 17:00 with the tour ending there at 19:00. These times and durations are approximate.

Meeting points and times:

The below two meeting points have been selected conveniently to cover most central Athens hotels, both by foot and via the nearby metro stations.

(A) At 12:45 hrs: The Melina Merkouri Monument, on a small square along Amalias Avenue across from Hadrian’s Arch. Nearest metro station: Acropoli.

(B) At 13:15 hrs: Athens Hotel Titania, at 52 Panepistimiou st.
Nearest metro station: Panepistimio, a four-minute walk.

Drop off point:

Our programme ends at the Acropolis Museum at around 19:00.
Nearest metro station: Acropoli, a three-minute walk from Acropolis Museum.

Included

  • Licensed archeologist-guide throughout the tour
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minibus / coach
  • Museum tickets
  • Use of 'Whisper' tour headsets

Not Included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and beverages

Testimonials

  • “Fantastic Self-Drive Tour with Eternal Greece”
    My friend and I worked with Eternal Greece to book a two week self-driving tour through the Peloponnese Peninsula. We had initially tried to do this on our own but had trouble navigating many of the Greek hotel websites and figuring out how much time we needed in each location. Additionally, we had a hard time narrowing down where we wanted to go. We contacted Eric at Eternal Greece and never looked back.

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    Lian Gaili
  • “Because of Eric and Eternal Greece, planning our trip to Greece was fun rather than stressful, with Eric taking our general travel style and “need to see” destinations and then suggesting itineraries for our 2-week trip. After picking our preferred itinerary, a few adjustments with input from ourselves and Eric, and many emails between the three of us, we were ready to head to Greece!”

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    Petra Kellie
  • In addition to the museum and ancient site we felt privileged to be part of a small group gaining an insight into its history from the man who has been so instrumental in bringing it back to life. Yet again, we were struck by the friendliness and thoughtfulness of the people we met. Small acts of helpfulness and kindness stay with us for a long time, making them some of the best memories. For instance, the taverna owner near Nemea, going out of his way to help us and the taxi driver taking us back to the airport is a great advert for your country.

    Iain Gordon

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