The tour visits some of Greece’s best-known historic landmarks, like the Acropolis of Athens and its new Museum, the internationally famous Odeon of Herodes Atticus that lies on its south slope since the 2nd century AD, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
The journey through Athens also includes a visit to the Panathenaic Stadium, or “Kallimarmaro” (beautiful marble).
Originally built in the 4th century BC, it was restored for the first Olympic Games of modern times in 1896, and is still in use for athletic and cultural events.
Athens is not only about antiquities, as several modern Greek treasures lay in plain sight within the city center. Originally built as the palace of King Otto of Greece in 1843, the Greek Parliament hosts the symbolic Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, guarded by the traditional Presidential Guard (Evzones), as it overlooks the adjacent Syntagma (Constitution) square.
Just around the corner are the National Gardens and the Zappeion Mansion, an 1888 cultural center bearing the name of Evangelos Zappas, a pivotal figure in the Olympic Games’ rebirth.
A stone’s throw away three neoclassical 19th-century jewels shine: the Athens Trilogy includes the historical building of the National & Kapodestrian University of Athens’ Deanery, with the National Library to its left and the Academy of Greece to its right.
Leaving the Athenian center, we drive along the Athenian Riviera to arrive at Cape Sounio, the southernmost tip of the Attica Peninsula and home to the majestic Temple of Poseidon.
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