Athens Special Tours

Athens Jewish Tour and City Sites

Athens is home to a wonderful Jewish community, and many interesting Jewish sites. This tour will take you to the New and Old Synagogue, the cemetery, and of course the Jewish Museum.

In addition to the fascinating Jewish sites, you will also see the must-see sites of Athens. See Syntagma Square, the tourist core of the city that is dominated by the old Royal Palace, now the Greek Parliament (where you can see the changing of the guards in front every hour on the hour!).

And of course, you won't miss the Acropolis, the trademark of Athens. The ancient "high city" is topped with marble temples dedicated to the city's goddess Athena, and dates back to the Late Bronze Age. Following your climb to the top, you will be rewarded with a visit to the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and finally, the Parthenon.

Full Day Biblical Tour of Athens and Ancient Corinth

The Areopagus or Mars Hill is a bare marble hill next to the Acropolis in Athens. It is especially popular with travelers for its connections with a speech made by Paul the Apostle. Myth and Mystery

According to Greek mythology, Ares (the god of war, known to the Romans as Mars) was tried here by the gods for the murder of Poseidon's son Alirrothios. It is this legend that gives the hill its various names. Another legend says that the hill was the site of the trial of Orestes for killing his stepmother and her lover, Clytemnestra and Aegisthus. History

In pre-classical times (before the 5th century BC), the Areopagus was the council of elders of the city, like the Roman Senate. Like the Senate, its membership derived from those who had held high public office, in this case that of Archon. In 462 BC, Ephialtes put through reforms which deprived the Areopagus of almost all its functions except that of a murder tribunal.

In classical times, the Areopagus functioned as the chief homicide court of Athens. At the foot of the Areopagus was a temple dedicated to the Erinyes, where murderers could find sanctuary. In the Bible

The Areopagus, like most city-state institutions, continued to function in Roman times, and it was then that the Apostle Paul delivered his famous speech about the identity of "the Unknown God." According to the biblical account (Acts 17):

A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, "What is this babbler trying to say?" Others remarked, "He seems to be advocating foreign gods." They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.

Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean. (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.) Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you." ...When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, "We want to hear you again on this subject." At that, Paul left the Council. A few men became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.

What to See ...
The Areopagus is a bare marble hill across from the entrance to the Acropolis. Its ancient marble steps can be slippery, especially in the rain. Wear appropriate shoes! Near the base of the stairs is a bronze plaque with the Greek text of Paul's sermon. At the top there are nice views of the Acropolis.

The Apostle Paul visited Corinth in the 50s AD and later wrote two letters to the Christian community at Corinth (the books of 1 and 2 Corinthians in the New Testament). When Paul first visited the city (51 or 52 AD), Gallio, the brother of Seneca, was proconsul of Corinth.

Paul lived in Corinth for 18 months (Acts 18:1-18), working as a tentmaker and converting as many Jews and pagans as he could. Here he first became acquainted with Aquila and Priscilla, who became his fellow-workers.

Although Paul intended to pass through Corinth a second time before he visited Macedonia, circumstances were such that he first went from Troas to Macedonia before stopping at Corinth for a "second benefit" (2 Corinthians 1:15). This time he stayed in Corinth for three months (Acts 20:3).

It was probably during this second visit in the spring of 58 that Paul wrote the Epistle to the Romans. Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians, written from Ephesus, reflects the difficulties of maintaining a Christian community in such a cosmopolitan city.

9 Day In The Footsteps of St. Paul private tour
A nine day unique private tour in the foot steps of St. Paul and the gorgeous history of Greece Enjoy this private tour from Athens, Athens, Corinth Canal. ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion, Epidaurus,Olympia, Patras, Rio, Nafpaktos, Arachova, Delphi,Arachova, Meteora, Kastraki,Meteora, Thessaloniki, Veria,Vergina Philippi, Kavala (Neapolis)

Marathon Tour (About 4 Hours)

Marathon as is it referred to, gave its name to the renowned Marathon running. The original route and starting point is located 42km outside Athens.
Sightseeing tour includes a visit to the site of the Marathon Stadium and the place where one of the most decisive battles of the ancient years took place: the Battle of Marathon in 490BC, where the Athenians defeated the Persians.

Full day Marathon and Thermopylae tour

You will see Marathon battlefield and then Thermopylae battlefield



2,500 Years of Heroic Running...

The modern Athens Marathon commemorates the run of the soldier Pheidippides from a battlefield at the site of the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C., bringing news of a Greek victory over the Persians. Legend has it that Pheidippides delivered the momentous message "Niki!" ("victory"), then collapsed and died, thereby setting a precedent for dramatic conclusions to the marathon.

When the modern Olympic games were inaugurated in 1896 in Greece, the legend of Pheidippides was revived by a 24.85 mile (40,000 meters) run from Marathon Bridge to Olympic stadium in Athens. Traditionally the final event in the Olympics, the first organized marathon on April 10, 1896 was especially important to all Greeks. Greece was hosting those first modern Olympic Games. The Greeks had yet to win a medal, and had one final chance to bring glory to their nation. Twenty-five runners assembled on Marathon Bridge. The starter mumbled a few words and fired the gun, and the race was on. "The excitement of the crowd waiting at the finish line at the newly constructed replica of Athens' ancient stadium was beyond description" writes the Greek historian Quercetani. Spiridon Louis, a Greek postal worker from the village of Marusi and veteran of several long military marches, crossed the finish line a full seven minutes ahead of the pack. His time was 2 hours, 58 minutes, 50 seconds for the 40 kilometer distance (average pace of 7:11 minutes per mile). When it was all over nine runners finished, 8 of them Greeks. The host nation was ecstatic, and the marathon was bor

Tours For Kids

Athens Allou Fan Park: This is the largest entertainment park in Greece for all ages. Freefall from 40 meters, shock tower, panorama wheel 40 meters high for a magnificent view of Athens,top spin and spinning coaster for an unforgettable experience,give your kids and your self something to remember except the archeological sites, museums and good food!
Attika Park Zoo
: You would be able to see Pythons, Boas, Crocodiles and other reptiles olves, Brown Bears, Foxes, Wild Cats, Lynxes, Giraffes, Zebra, Antelopes, Lamas, Jaguars, Snow Leopards, the very rare White Lions, Monkeys and Apes, Pygmy Hippos, Prairie dogs, African wild dogs and Alligators.
Village park: The retail area on the ground floor offers a unique shopping destination, with the well known popular brands in the market, to all family and their hobbies in books, music, electronics throughout the day.
Entertainment is offered in a unique mix by the spacious 20 indoor and 1 outdoor cinemas, a variety of cafes, restaurants and fast food units till late hours.
A special outdoor Playground is offered to the young visitors, hosting events and happenings throughout the year.
Planetarium: Not far from the city center of Athens ,at syngrou avenue, is one of the biggest in the world Planetariums .The cost of the tickets are about 3-4 euros and they have shows every 30 minutes...a really nice way to learn and be supriced for the space and the tecnology athenian planetarium use.

Shopping Tours of Athens

Modern Athens is much in evidence in the chic Kolonaki shopping area, full of new shops and designer boutiques and close to Syntagma Square. Syntagma is also linked to two other central squares, Monastiraki and Omonia. The main street leading to Monastiraki is Ermou, which is similar to Oxford Street in London and is the answer to the shopaholics prayer. Monastiraki Square has a Byzantine Church at its centre and is also renowned for its local Flea market, especially good on Sundays, where Greeks and tourists alike jostle for a bargain. There is an underground station at Monastiraki from which it is only a short walk to Harian's Library and the Roman Agora mentioned previously.

Athens By Night

Athens by night starts with a visit to the small port of Piraeus (Microlimano), passing by the most important points of the city. Following the principal avenues and passing by Temple of Olympian Zeus , Panathinaiko Stadium, Parliament, Tomb of the unknown soldier, Academy, University, National Library, Lycavettus Hill and last arrive at Plaka. Enjoy a short pleasant walk through the old unique Athens city to one of the popular tavernas for dinner with live Greek music and Greek folk dances.

Athens Nightlife

Night Life in Athens, Bouzoukia live music stages bars and clubs

With more than 5 million people in the Athens basin, Greece's capital has a very active night life. Like every other big city in Europe Athens has everything to offer for every age. The young ones prefer the small bars the so called "barakia" in Greek. Those are pub style places with loud mainstream music or latest Greek modern music. The most popular outing of the Athenians though, are the famous Bouzoukia place. Those clubs a few decades back was a place for the proletariat and the lower classes. Since the middle sixties the Greek live music clubs with the promotion of the Greek popular music Laika and the films of the Greek cinema have become one of the main entertainment for all ages. There are numerous bars and clubs with mainstream, hip hop, house and rock music, well known DJ's , Latin and Ethnic clubs with Latin music. In Kolonaki you will find many sophisticated bars and clubs.

The new type of live music places though, has nothing to do with the old ones. Light effects, loud music, ballets, fancy clothes and expensive prices. In the old Bouzoukia you could enjoy the most famous singers and bouzouki players with the whole family with a kilo of retsina and some lamb chops or a bottle of 3 stars cheap cognac, today you must pay an arm and leg for a bottle of whisky, some fruits and nuts. That's why many Greeks when they will go to the big stages with famous Greek artists, usually they will share the bill. As an alternative to bouzoukia and live Greek music clubs there are many restaurants and taverns that have a couple of musicians, usually a bouzouki and one guitar and you can enjoy Greek music while dinning. Live music in those places and in Athens generally you will find mostly Fridays and Saturdays.

For the tourists that travel in Greece and want to get to know the local way of life, the main places of night activity is the area of Plaka and the area of Psiri and Thission near and around the Acropolis, in Plaka, once the centre of the Athenian nightlife still some restaurants offer syrtaki and bouzouki shows for the tourists. Psyrri a former scruffy area of any kind of handicraft shops next to Monastiraki flea market, became during the late 90's the replacement of Plaka with numerous restaurants, taverns and bars attracting a huge part of the Athens night outing, another place of nightlife with many bars and upmarket restaurants is the Thission area , mostly for the younger generations.

A good magazine about knowing events, places, clubs, restaurants and all kind of entertainment in Athens is the Athinorama (www.athinorama.gr) . Within this magazine you will find all the addresses and telephones of all of the above businesses like bars, clubs, restaurants, theatres, music halls etch.

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