Explore the ancient ruins and the magnificent landmarks of Acropolis on this guided tour. You will also enjoy some alone time to roam around these landmarks and probably take pictures. Some of the major sites you can't afford to miss on this tour include; the statue of Lord Byron, Hadrian’s Arch, the constitution square, former Royal Palace, and Temple of Olympian Zeus.
Stop At: Plateia Syntagmatos, Athens, Attica
Stop At: Acropolis, Athens, Attica
The Acropolis dominates the Athenian landscape and your guided walking tour reveals the wonders of these ancient ruins and the stories behind each of its landmarks. You’ll begin by climbing the 80 steep steps through the Propylaea, the monumental marble gateway to the Acropolis. Once at the top, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of Athens below.
On the highest point of the Acropolis stands the Parthenon, one of the greatest monuments of ancient civilization and a perfect representation of Doric-style architecture. Dedicated to the virgin goddess Athena, the white Pentelic marble temple was built 446 – 437 B.C. An enduring symbol of ancient Greece, the Parthenon has survived the passage of time and its architectural sophistication still impresses all who study it.
On the north side of the Acropolis stands the Erectheion. This is the sacred site where it was once decided which god would rule the city. When Poseidon thrust his trident into the ground, water burst forth, but when Athena touched the ground with her spear and an olive tree grew, she was named ruler of the city. On the south side of the building, you will discover the Porch of the Caryatids, or Porch of the Maidens. Notice how these graceful sculptures are engineered to support the weight of the roof on the slender neck of each female figure. Legends have it that when Lord Elgin removed one of the original statues to decorate his Scottish mansion, the remaining stone maidens could be heard crying in the night.