Archaeologous does ‘private’ tours in Athens, the capital of Greece and home of the legendary Acropolis. http://www.archaeologous.com/tours/private-guided-tours-from-athens/. The ‘sacred rock’, as it is called, can be seen from most locations and is considered an architectural wonder and a ‘must see’ on everyones’ top 10 list of things to do in Athens. Archaeologous can help you and your private group have a magnificent vacation in Athens. Below are a few facts to get you ready.
GLORY OF ATHINA: Athens, (Athina), is one of the world’s oldest cities with a recorded history spanning approx 3,400 years and archaeological evidence of inhabitants residing here 7,000 years ago. It’s most glorious time was the golden age when the Parthenon was built, Socrates taught, Sophocles and Euripides wrote, Plato and Aristotle were the new minds of philosophy and the city-state was the “centre” for the arts. Because of these advances to mankind, this time is referred to as the ‘Golden Age’ and ‘The Cradle of Western civilization‘. As most visitors have already read, Greece was the birthplace of democracy, medicine, philosophy, theatre, and politics.
Athens is the 7th most populous large urban zone in the EU with a population of 4,013,368 and it’s also the most southernmost capital in Europe. Athens boasts two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis and the medieval Daphni Monastery.
VISITING ATHENS: When you visit Athens it will enrich your knowledge of world history as you step back 2,500 years into the past. Our Archaeologous guided tours will take you to many of the favorite ‘Athens highlights’ and your licensed guide is a treasure trove of information. You can customize your tours with places like the National Archaeological Museum, the changing of the guards at the Parliament Building, the Plaka, the Olympic Stadium, Mars Hill, the Ancient Agora where Socrates taught, St Paul spoke and democracy was formed. Or you can have us just arrange transportation from the airport and for each day you are here and self-teach with a travel guide book.
HISTORY of a name: A myth explaining how Athens received her name was well known among ancient Athenians. Supposedly, there was a contest between the gods Poseidon and Athena. Poseidon offered a salt water spring and Athens offered an olive tree symbolizing peace and prosperity. So the city was named Athena, who won the contest by popular vote.
Athens has a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate alternating between prolonged hot and sunny summer days that everyone imagines Greece to be all year long, and the wet cold winters. The hottest it gets is an average of 30C in the summer and 7-10 C in the winters
So, if you are visiting Athens for a day on a cruise ship, or vacationing for a few days, or a week or more, there are many wonderful places and areas to see. The Mediterranean food is delicious, the weather balmy, the shopping in the Plaka and Monasteraki is fantastic, basically the history is everyplace you step, and Athens is a great central point for students of the Bible, Byzantine times, and history. ~~~Happy Travels from the Archaeologous staff~~~