The greek architecture has influenced all architectural movements in the world throughout the centuries, for example, the Renaissance movement and neoclassical style. Many of the master architectural works in the world are influenced by Greek architecture, utilizing some elements of the ancient Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian styles.
We won’t leave out works of modern architecture, like the U.s. embassy by Walter Gropius or the recently inaugurated Acropolis Museum by Bernard Tschumi.
We will be able to witness the legacy left by the 2004 Olympic Games in the return to its roots, with new buildings by santiago Calatrava. To finish the trip, we will take a cruise through the 3 islands (hydra, poros and Aegina) to give us a complete overview of the country’s architecture.
– Preparation of itinerary and tours guided by an architect throughout the trip.
– Lodging in 3* hotel in double room.
– Transfer to/from airport.
– Public transport passes in Athens.
– Private bus available for trip to Temple of Poseidon.
– Cruise to 3 islands and transport to port.
– Organized entrance tickets.
– Basic travel insurance.
– Acropolis Museum, Bernard Tschumi.
– Olympic Games buildings by Santiago Calatrava.
– Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion.
– Cruise to Hydra, Poros and Aegina.
DAY 1 – ATHENS (flight)
DAY 2 – ATHENS DAY 3 – ATHENS
DAY 4 – EXCURSION TEMPLE OF POSEIDON
DAY 5 – CRUISE TO HYDRA, POROS AND AEGINIA
DAY 6 – ATHENS (flight)
Flight UK-Athens. Transfer airport-hotel. Check in hotel.
We will visit the must-sees in the country’s capital:
The Agora, where the former acropolis market was located. Some of the surrounding buildings are still standing, like Efesto’s Temple, the Stoa of Attalos which houses the Agora Museum and The Tower of the Winds.
Central Market, built in 1870, is a metallic crystal structure.
National Museum of Archeology, with one of the most important collections of ancient Greek art. The best pieces are: the frescos by Thira and the Micenas art collection.
Night in Athens
Breakfast at the hotel and tour of the Acropolis of Athens: believed to have been inhabited since the 7th century A.D. In the mid-5th century, the Parthenon was built (Ictino and Calicrates), the Propileos and the statue Atenea. Finally, we will visit the Erechteion and the temple of Atenea Nike.
In the afternoon we will visit the neighborhood of Plaka, situated at the feet of the acropolis and the old residential zone of Athens. We will walk through the narrow, picturesque streets. We recommend: the Abyssinians, where is Antique market is located, and Ifestou, with its artisan shops.
Return to hotel, dinner and free evening. Night in Athens
Breakfast at the hotel and tour of the contemporary architecture of Athens.
We can find contemporary architecture in Athens by Greek architects like Dimitris Pikionis, Stamatis Kleanthis, Ernst Ziller, Theophil Freiherr von Hansen, Patroklos Karantinos, and buildings like Walter Gropius, Eero Saarinen and Mario Botta.
We will visit the U.S. Embassy in Athens by Walter Gropius, one of his last works. International Conference Center by Hellinikon (former airport), with the East Terminal by Eero Saarinen. Also, the National Bank of Athens, expansion by Mario Botta.
Visit to the New Museum of the Acropolis by Bernard Tschumi. There’s no better way to appreciate the complexity of the original Acropolis.
Night in Athens.
Breakfast and trip to Temple of Poseidon by private bus. Located on the far southeast end of Athens known as Cape Sounion, 65 Km. from Athens, on a pronounced cliff.
From the Doric temple, you can enjoy the view of the coast and the Aegean Sea. This marks the site where, according to legend, King Aegues threw himself into the sea named after him, thinking that the Minotaur had devoured his son Theseus.
Today, 18 Doric marble columns still remain out of the original 42. The image of the columns looking out over the sea, away from civilization, it one of the most spectacular pictures of Greece, especially at dusk.
Night in Athens
Day cruise to the 3 islands: Hydra, Poros and Aegina. Leave hotel at 7:15am, breakfast included on board. Private bus from hotel to port and back, accompanied by our private guide. At the boat reception there will a guide giving information by megaphone.
Hydra: Note the noble houses. The Tombazis Manor covers the section of the Fine Arts School. In the middle of the port, near the sea we find Theotokos Monastery, currently the island’s cathedral.
Poros: Museum of Archeology, Zoodóchos Pigí Monastery. We also find neoclassical buildings constructed in the shape of an amphitheater.
Aegina: The island is celebrated for the Temple of Aphaea. It was one of the first commercial and maritime cities. It also has an important Museum of Archeology.
Night in Athens
Breakfast. Check out of hotel.
In the morning we will visit buildings by Santiago Calatrava and his intervention in the Olympic Games of 2004, Located in the suburban neighborhood of Maroussi: Olympic Stadium, the Agora, the cycle track and the Transportation Centers, in addition to the Entrance Canopies within the Athens Olympic Sports Complex.
Transport to airport and return flight to UK.