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Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum

With a name derived from the ancient Greek words akron (extremity) and polis (city), the Acropolis is the emblematic ancient citadel located on a rocky hill above the centre of Athens, the capital of modern day Greece. It is home to the ruins of many ancient buildings of great importance. Evidence from archaeological discoveries suggests that the Acropolis was inhabited as early as the 4th millennium BC. Most of the remains seen today were buildings constructed or rebuilt under the leadership of Pericles, during the era that came to be known today as the Golden Age of Athens (5th century BC). The most famous ones are the Propylaia, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and of course, the Parthenon, a temple that combines Doric and Ionic architectural features. Due to severe damage from wars and pollution, the Acropolis has been subject to a long restoration project so that the modern tourist can enjoy a taste of classical antiquity and wander among the ruins of the past while having a magnificent view of a modern capital. Witness the majestic monument that became a symbol for the entire Western Civilisation. The full ticket costs 20€, while the reduced one is at 10€ and can be purchased only at the ticket office near the entrance of the Acropolis. Below you can see a list of free admission days: 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri), 18 April (International Monuments Day), 18 May (International Museums Day), the last weekend of September annually, 28 October and every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st. Located near the old neighbourhood of Athens, the New Museum of Acropolis is considered one of the best museums in Europe, meeting all standards expected from a museum of the 21st century. One of the most important reasons leading to the construction of the museum was the need to create a suitable space, in hopes of retrieving the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum. The Acropolis Museum, whose construction was completed in 2007, is now home to many archaeological artifacts of the Acropolis. As a result, tourists can now connect to the past inside the facilities of one of the best modern museums and also enjoy a meal or a coffee at the Restaurant/Café which offers a great panoramic view of the city. During the summer season, the Museum is open from 8.00 am until 8.00 pm. The general admission fee is €5.Tickets are available for sale either at the Museum’s Ticket Desk or via its e-ticketing service. Free entry: 6 March (In Memory of Melina Mercouri), 25 March, 18 May (International Museum Day), 28 October. Both the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum can be reached by the Sights of Athens hop-on hop-off buses, which serve stops (A4/P6 and A3/P5 respectively) just a breath away from the two sights. You may hop on the bus from any of our stops in Athens or Piraeus.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is a multifunctional, sustainable destination for learning, culture, sports and recreation. It includes the new state-of-the-art facilities of the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera and the Stavros Niarchos Park, covering an area of 210,000 square meters. It aims at enriching the daily lives of Athenians while attracting visitors from all over the world. Its free programming, thanks to a Stavros Niarchos Foundation grant, includes sporting activities, classes and workshops, architectural tours, family activities, concerts, screenings and numerous other events, with the goal to remain open and accessible to all. It has become a new landmark in Athens and beyond; the New York Times included the SNFCC in their article on the 52 places to see in 2017. Within its first year of operation, its visitors reached 1.5 million. Situated 4.5 km from downtown Athens, in Kallithea, the SNFCC offers breathtaking views of Athens, Piraeus and the Saronic Gulf. The Lighthouse, its tallest point, located on top of the Greek National Opera, has a direct visual connection to the Acropolis Hill. SNFCC also includes conference facilities, food and beverage venues, playgrounds, rental bikes, and a seawater canal that is 400m long. It possesses one of the hardest to obtain sustainability verifications, the Platinum LEED certification. Designed by the internationally renowned Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the SNFCC is the single largest donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and was delivered to the Greek citizens in late February.

Greek Myth Experience: The Myth of Theseus and Minotaur

Introduction: Discover ancient Greece on a unique theatrical show with the famous myth of Theseus and Minotaur that will energize all your senses and create memories to be shared. Experience the magic of Love and be part of one of the greatest myth of all time. Highlights: Discover the rich mythology of Greece, experience a live interactive show with 16 actors, dancers and acrobats and witness the famous bull leaping games of ancient Minoans. Photos without flash during the show are welcome. Full description: Discover the famous myth through a journey in time when Gods, Monsters and Heroes walked the earth. Experience and enhance your knowledge about ancient Greece and take back home your own myth. This is your chance to connect with the past and enjoy a spectacular dance show that creates memories to be shared. Witness the courage of Prince Theseus to save its people from the Monster and feel the power of love that can truly save the day... We want you to have the best time while in Athens and we will welcome you with a smile taking a photo with you and the actors who are dressed in original costumes. The performance takes place in Kivotos Theatre, Piraeus 115 located near the Parthenon and Acropolis Museum just 300m from Keramikos metro station. Duration: 1 Hour. The Story: King Minos of Crete would imprison his enemies in the Labyrinth so that the Minotaur could eat them. So, every year Aegeus, the king of Athens had to send seven young men and women to be sacrificed to the Minotaur as debt for the death of King Mino’s son. Theseus, son of Aegeus decided to be one of the seven young men that would go to Crete, in order to kill the Minotaur. Theseus promised his father that coming back from Crete he would put up white sails, allowing him to know in advance that he was coming back alive. The boat would return with black sails if Theseus was killed. After arriving to Crete, Theseus announced to King Minos that he was going to kill the Monster, but King Minos knew that even if he did manage to kill the Minotaur, Theseus would never be able to exit the Labyrinth. Then, Theseus met Princess Ariadne, daughter of King Minos, who fell madly in love with him and decided to help him. She gave him a ball of thread and told him to unravel it as he would penetrate deeper and deeper into the Labyrinth, so that he would know his way out after having killed the monster. Theseus managed to kill the Minotaur and save the Athenians, and with Ariadne’s thread he managed to retrace his way out. Theseus took Princess Ariadne with him and left Crete sailing happily back to Athens. Theseus was so happy that he forgot to change the sails to white so King Aegeus who was waiting at Cape Sounion to see the sails of the boat saw the black sails from afar and presumed his son was dead. He then jumped into the water and was lost into the sea. Since then, this sea is called the Aegean Sea. After the death of his father, Theseus became the king of Athens. Up to this day he has been remembered as one of the greatest kings.

Beaches of Athens

Greece is also known all around the world for its magnificent beaches, and for good reason. Start your tour of the Athenian Riviera from the Acropolis stop. The yellow line will take you from one of the greatest monuments of Athens to one of the most cosmopolitan areas of the entire country. Wander at the Marina Alimou, the largest marina of the country. Enjoy the sunset at Marina Flisvou while wandering beside the yachts or visit the zone’s many shops. Swim and sunbathe in Agios Kosmas. Visit the Glyfada Beach and even try out the Glyfada Golf Club. In the Glyfada Terminal, you may wander around the most cosmopolitan suburbs of the capital, enjoy the luxurious department stores and wind down at the beautiful cafes. Don't miss out on the beach bar and taste a cocktail by the seaside! Voula and Vouliagmeni may have been associated with the beaches, but the area is a history lesson on its own. From the Allied Forces Cemetery to the Byzantine Museum, Vouliagmeni Line (green line) is certainly worth a visit. Relax at the beautiful beach of Kavouri Oceanis, one of the most popular beaches in Athens. Astir Beach is waiting to offer you an amazing experience at one of the best beaches of Athens. Vouliagmeni Lake, one of the most popular spots in Athens, is a wonder of natural beauty. Don’t miss out on a jump into the thermal baths and admire the breathtaking surroundings or just have a meal or coffee in an enchanting scenery. Enjoy this fusion of recreation and culture with the Sights of Athens Yellow and Green lines. The bus that will take you on this exciting tour starts from Acropolis and runs from 10:30 until 17:30. The last bus from the Vouliagmeni terminal (V3) to Acropolis leaves at 18:42.