Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking about 2 miles including uphill along a winding trail with many well-worn steps to reach the Acropolis, no handrails; uneven and rocky at the top; standing up to 2 hours. At the Acropolis Museum, walking and standing for more than an hour. Popular sites may be crowded at certain periods.
In the hotel restaurant, the breakfast buffet offers a selection of cold-cuts, cheeses, cereals, yogurt, fruit, breads, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Our Group Leader will join us as we climb to the ancient citadel of Athens — the Acropolis — where we will be able to stand in awe before ruins of the Parthenon and many other temples. Dedicated to the city’s patron goddess — Athena “Parthenos” — the Parthenon was constructed from 447-432 BCE to shelter a 40-foot tall statue of the goddess in ivory and gold. Its perfect architectural proportions came to symbolize the ideals of Greek thought at the height of Greek civilization. Next, we will explore the long anticipated $200-million, 226,000-square-foot Acropolis Museum, finally completed in 2007. Plans to build such as museum began in earnest after Greece was recognized as an independent kingdom in 1832. In addition to irreplaceable masterpieces, the extraordinary collection includes items from everyday life and all historic periods. A recreation of the Parthenon’s frieze was based on existing original blocks as well as copies from museums in London and Paris.
At a local restaurant, we will have a family-style meal featuring Greek cuisine plus beverage choices of wine, beer, coffee, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Free time. This time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities that can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
On your own to explore local cuisine.