Beautiful Neoclassical Athens

Explore the Neoclassical Athens
Duration:
Half Day (4 hours)
Destinations:
per person 49

We will explore Panepistimiou street, an historic Athenian boulevard, developed after the establishment of the new Greek State in 1832. We want to take visitors to iconic and important buildings and landmarks connected to Modern Greek history and help them find both legendary and places of interest that still exist and others that have been lost.

Available daily during April 1st-October 30th 2019 and every Wednesday during January 1st -March 31st 2019, October 31st 2019 - March 31st 2020 in groups of up to 15 people.

For a private tour or a different day, please send us a request.

49€ per person. 24.50€ per child 6-12 years old.

  • A different pricing policy applies in private tours. Please, send us a request.

We will start from Syntagma/Constitution Square, which is fundamentally connected with the first official Greek Constitution and the political developments in the 19th and 20th century. As we stand at the upper part of the square we see right in front of us the Greek Parliament which used to be the Old Palace for the ex-Kings and Queens of Greece until 1922.

We will turn to the left as we stand at the Syntagma square , cross the road and get to Panepistimiou street to tell the story of the luxurious Grande Bretagne Hotel. We will pass the old historic Ζοnar’s café on the ground floor of the modernist building owned by the Greek Army Pension Fund. On the opposite side we will visit the neoclassical Numismatic Museum built by the famous German architect Ernst Ziller. We will see the outside of the building as well as the back and the garden, the nearby Athens Archeological Society, the Bank of Greece, the Catholic Cathedral of Athens, Saint Dionysios Areopagite and the Ophthalmic Clinic of Athens, one of the oldest specialized clinics in Europe.

Next stop is the famous Τrilogy of Athens comprising the iconic buildings of the University, the Academy of Athens and the National Library built by the Danish architects Theophilos and Christian Hansen thanks to generous donations by Greek philanthropists. On the opposite side of Panepistimiou street we visit the pedestrianised Korai street and the memorial site at the 4 Korai basement where the Nazi’s had their detention centre.

 We turn to the left at Pespazoglou street and then left again to Stadiou street towards the Klathmonos Square and our last stop, the Museum of the City of Athens, the first royal residence for the first royal couple in Modern Greek history in 1836. Now it houses the Lambros Eftaxias’ collection of about 40.000 Athens related items.

Our tour will finish around 13:00 and we will go to a local tavern to enjoy some traditional Greek food.

  • Personal English speaking Guide
  • A Greek snack (Cheese pie)
  • All taxes, VAT inclusive

Not included:​

  • Your international airfare
  • Personal expenses, beverages or meals
  • Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts
  • Operated by SpecialTy Tours
  • Meeting point: Syntagma Metro Station - Exit towards:  1st sign Syntagma Square/Grande Bretagne. 2nd sign Syntagma Square.
  • The people should wait on Syntagma Square as soon as they come up the last stairs and exit on the square.
  • Meeting time: 08:45-09:00 am
  • Kick-off: at 09.00 am sharp
  • Duration: 4 Hours approximately
  • Drop off  location: Local Tavern in Monastiraki Area
  • This is a walking tour, so good shoes are recommended (no sandals). You will be walking on paved roads that can be slippery. Also, you may wish to carry a bottle of water with you.
  • Finally, don’t forget hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, cameras, and your thirst for stories.
  • The booking is non-refundable if canceled 72 hours before the tour time.
  • A private tour can be arranged daily, at extra cost.