Athens Sightseeing Acropolis visit Monday June 9, 2007 by trendy3

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									Athens Siightseeiing – Acropolliis viisiit Monday June 9,, 2007 Athens S ghtsee ng – Acropo s v s t Monday June 9 2007
Duration: 09.00 – 14.30 Acropolis is a must-see site of Athens. We have organized a guided visit and a sightseeing tour around the Athens centre. We shall depart from the hotel Divani Caravel by fully equipped and airconditioned tourist buses together with our qualified tourist guides.

We shall proceed to PANATHINAIKO STADIUM, (the ancient Athenian stadium, rebuilt with marble), where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896 (short stop). It is in this stadium where the Olympic flame for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will be officially handed over from the Greek people to the Chinese committee to start its long journey to Beijing later this year. We shall see some of the main sights of the city of Athens: The Prime Minister’s residence Ex Royal Palace, which is guarded by the Evzones, the presidential guards with their traditional uniforms. The Zappion Conference and Exhibition Hall where the treaty for the full E.U. membership of Greece was signed in 1980. The National Garden built and planted by Queen Amalia as a gift to the Athenian people. Adrian’s Arc, constructed by the Roman Emperor Adrian to landmark the borders between the older part of Athens built by the ancient Athenian king Theseus and the newer part constructed by the Romans. St.Paul’s Agglican Church. The Greek Parliament, which was the first royal palace, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with its characteristic pigeons, at the Constitution Square, named after the uprise of 1843 during which the Greek People demanded and succeeded to acquire their first constitution after the formation of the Modern Greek State.

The House of Schlieman, the famous amateur archaeologist who discovered and excavated Mycenae and Troy, now the Numismatic Museum of Athens. The Catholic Cathedral of St Denis dedicated to the first Archbishop of Athens, who was converted Christian by the Apostle Paul himself. The Academy which constitutes the continuation of the Ancient Academy founded by the Greek philosopher Plato, the student of Socrates, in the classical times, the Greek National Kapodistrian University named after Greece’s first Governor Kapodistrias and the National Library. The Old Parliament, now used for official ceremonies. The Russian Orthodox Church, built during the Byzantine times.

The high light of the tour is the visit to ACROPOLIS. An official guide will be conducting the tour. Visit the site
http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/3/eh351.jsp?obj_id=2384

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learn more about Acropolis. We shall also visit the brand new Acropolis Museum. The statues of Acropolis are being transferred at this time from the old Acropolis museum, on top of the hill, to the new museum, a building of exceptional architectural interest, built at the footstep of the Acropolis rock with a unique view of the monument. The beginning of this transfer was a top story in world-wide news. After our visit to Acropolis, our guides will lead us to stroll and explore the region of Placa, the old part of Athens with its old traditional houses and little stores. They will propose us an interesting variety of good restaurants for those willing to lunch, starting from Greek souvlaki fast food, and ending to exclusively dedicated fish restaurants, from “Tavernas” with local traditional Greek food to fine international taste restaurants. The buses will bring us back to the hotel in the early afternoon (or late noon as a Greek would say). Those willing to continue their exploration of the heart of the city, may continue their stroll and visit the ancient market at the foot of the Acropolis rock, or visit Ermou street, the finest shopping street down town.

You can comfortably and quickly return back to the Divani Caravel hotel by the subway (called “metro” in Greece). We shall make sure that everyone has a city map and detailed instructions on what there is to see and how to move around Athens. This is a unique chance to see the city. BE THERE.


								
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