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Prehistoric Athens and Athenian Panorama from Lycabettus Hill

The prehistory of Greece at the two most important archaeological museums of Athens combined with a visit to the highest hill of Athens, for a panoramic view of this illustrious city...

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 study of the prehistory of Greece at the two most important archaeological museums of Athens with a visit to Lycabettus hill, the highest of the seven hills of Athens, for a panoramic view of this illustrious city.

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  |  Neolithic  |  Cycladic  |  Mycanean  |  Santorini

Athenian Panorama en route from the National Archaeological Museum to the Acropolis Museum we will drive up Lycabettus Hill (299 m/981 ft) to take in a bird’s-eye view of Athens, the vista stretching from the northern mountains of Attica all the way to the Saronic Gulf, with Athens sprawling in between and with the iconic Acropolis Hill just a couple of miles away to the south-west.

The Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art was founded in 1986, initially to house collection of Cycladic and Ancient Greek art belonging to Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. It is one of the great museums of Athens, housing a notable collection of Greek antiquities, with special interest in the prehistoric art from the Cyclades islands of the Aegean Sea.

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 visit to Lycabettus Hill lasting and arriving at the Museum of Cycladic Art at 18:00 with the tour ending there at 19:30. 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: Acropolis.

(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 Museum of Cycladic Art.
Nearest metro station: Syntagma, a ten-minute walk away over a distance of 750m.

Included

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

Not Included

  • Refreshments
  • Gratuities (optional)

Please note that all times and durations are indicative and may vary due to traffic, weather and other conditions.

Testimonials

  • 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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