Athens Half Day with Acropolis Museum

 

Athens Half Day with Acropolis Museum

Country: Greece, Region: Mainland Greece, City: Athens

Tour Information

The New Acropolis Museum is situated at the bottom of the Acropolis. Designed by New York architect Bernard Tshumi, the building is modern, and constructed from glass and steel.

The collection includes 4,000 objects, dating from prehistoric times through to the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods and up to late Antiquity (1,000 B.C. to 700 A.D.). At least 300 are considered to be of major historical and cultural importance. A particularly interesting feature in the glass-bottomed lobby, through which visitors are able to observe the archaeological remains beneath its foundations.

Tshumi has openly called for the Elgin Marbles, currently owned by the British Museum, to be housed in his new building alongside the rest of the Parthenon Frieze. Though their return is not guaranteed, there is a special display set up for the missing marbles, and plaster replicas are, in the meantime, displayed in their place. The British Museum have angered the Greek authorities by stating that they will not return the artefacts.

The New Acropolis Museum replaced The old Acropolis Museum, which was constructed between 1865 and 1874 by Panagis Kalkos on the Sacred Rock, east of the Parthenon, and which was considered one of the most important in the world. The building housed many of the most important relics from the Acropolis and all of Ancient Greece. However, it was decided in the 1980s that the New Acropolis Museum would be created to cope with the swell in artefacts and visitors.

Tour Description

This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city.

Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop).

On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts order in the mind", the Parthenon.

Tour Activities

visiting Athens and Acropolis Museum

Tour Includes

pick-up from front of your hotel
transportation with 4* bus
drop off to entrance of your hotel

Tour Excludes

food
drinks
tickets

Tour Note

Due to certain restrictions in the visiting hours of the new Acropolis museum the order of the program can be changed.

Clients staying at the coast will be transferred back to their hotels with the Cape Sounion Tour bus.