6. Athens: West Hills Walking Tour and Herakleidon Museum Visit
Discover the road less traveled in the West Hills of the Acropolis with a shared group tour with an expert historian and archaeologist. Discover the birth of democracy in Ancient Athens and learn all about the construction and intricacies of this influential building. Begin the walking tour just outside of the Acropolis Metro Station, Dionysiou Areopagitou exit. Get acquainted with the group and receive relevant directions from your historian-archaeologist. Head west walking on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, one of the most beautiful walking streets of Athens. The first stop is next to the Dionysian Theater, on the southeast slope of the Acropolis hill, as you hear facts about the ancient Greek theater and its role in Athenian society. Walking parallel to the archaeological site, and standing outside of it, the second stop is the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. It exhibits the evolution of the theater as a constructed physical space, but also as a form of art, from the Greek-Hellenistic era, towards the Roman times. Leaving the Acropolis behind, the group continues to head West through the Mouseion Hill (also known as The Philopappos hill) and the Pnyx Hill. Encounter the ruins of the ancient gate of the first wall of Ancient Athens and then head north towards the Pnyx. On the walk, two stops are made to see the Deme and the streets of Ancient Athens, and admire the view from the top of the hill, all the way to the Piraeus Port and the sea. Turning east, take in the breathtaking view. It's said this is the best view of the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, the Mount Lycabettus, and of the modern city today. Take your time to witness the remnants of ancient history. See the expanse of Pnyx in front of you, where Ecclesia, the Parliament of Athenian Democracy, once held its meetings. Afterward, make a brief stop outside the nearby National Observatory of Athens, where you can learn important historical information about the building. Head to the Herakleidon Museum and take the opportunity to admire the specifics of the exhibition, Eureka, Science, Art, and Technology of the Ancient Greeks. To end your journey through time, enjoy some refreshments as your guide answers questions and offers advice about must-sees, cool activities, and most importantly, what to avoid on your stay in Athens.