Explore the citadel of Acropolis, and its ancient ruins, buildings, and architectural wonders that date back to the medieval age. Learn the Greek mythologies about this incredible destination that have been passed on to generations. You can also take some alone time and explore this area before joining together for a delicious lunch at the famous Hard Rock Cafe.
Stop At: Acropolis, Athens, Attica
Board our vehicle and set off on a 40-minute drive through Athens. Meet your guide and climb up the 80 steep steps through the Propylaea, the monumental gateway that extends 150 feet across the Acropolis’s western side. Its size ensured that a horse and chariot could easily pass through.
As your tour commences, take in the wonders of these ancient ruins, and fill
your camera with extraordinary family pictures in front of the iconic
landmarks. 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. Have the kids count the sections that make up a
Doric column and look for a slab of marble that they are permitted to touch.
Continue on to the north side of the Acropolis to see the Erectheion. This is the sacred site where it was once decided which god would rule the city. Be sure to tell the kids the story of how Poseidon thrust his trident into the ground and water burst forth, but when Athena touched the ground with her spear, an olive tree grew, so she was named ruler of the city. On the south side of the building, 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. Legend 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.
Stop At: Panathenaic Stadium
Stop At: Hard Rock Cafe