Eternal Greece Ltd

Prehistoric Athens and Athenian Panorama from Lycabettus Hill

  • Athens National Archaeological Museum Eternal Greece Ltd
  • Athens National Archaeological Museum Eternal Greece Ltd
  • Athens National Archaeological Museum Eternal Greece Ltd
  • Athens National Archaeological Museum Eternal Greece Ltd
  • Athens National Archaeological Museum Eternal Greece Ltd
  • Athens National Archaeological Museum Eternal Greece Ltd
  • Athens National Archaeological Museum Eternal Greece Ltd

The prehistory of Greece at the two most important archaeological museums of Athens combined with a visit to the highest hill of Athens, for a panoramic view of this illustrious city...

Introduction

Specially designed both for museophiles as well as for visitors interested in and enchanted by the history and achievements of Ancient Greece, this novel and convenient half-day afternoon programme combines the study of the prehistory of Greece at the two most important archaeological museums of Athens with a visit to Lycabettus hill, the highest of the seven hills of Athens, for a panoramic view of this illustrious city.

Points of Interest and programme highlights, in chronological sequence

The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art, housing in Athens some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is considered one of the greatest museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide.

Periods and Sections covered:
Prehistoric  |  Neolithic  |  Cycladic  |  Mycanean  |  Santorini

Athenian Panorama en route from the National Archaeological Museum to the Acropolis Museum we will drive up Lycabettus Hill (299 m/981 ft) to take in a bird’s-eye view of Athens, the vista stretching from the northern mountains of Attica all the way to the Saronic Gulf, with Athens sprawling in between and with the iconic Acropolis Hill just a couple of miles away to the south-west.

The Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art was founded in 1986, initially to house collection of Cycladic and Ancient Greek art belonging to Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. It is one of the great museums of Athens, housing a notable collection of Greek antiquities, with special interest in the prehistoric art from the Cyclades islands of the Aegean Sea.

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Starting and ending times

From 14:00 till 16:00 at the National Archaeological Museum, followed by the visit to Lycabettus Hill lasting and arriving at the Museum of Cycladic Art at 18:00 with the tour ending there at 19:30. These times and durations are approximate.

Meeting points and times:

The below two meeting points have been selected conveniently to cover most central Athens hotels, both by foot and via the nearby metro stations.

(A) At 12:45 hrs: The Melina Merkouri Monument, on a small square along Amalias Avenue across from Hadrian’s Arch. Nearest metro station: Acropolis.

(B) At 13:15 hrs: Athens Hotel Titania, at 52 Panepistimiou st.
Nearest metro station: Panepistimio, a four-minute walk.

Drop off point:

Our programme ends at the Museum of Cycladic Art.
Nearest metro station: Syntagma, a ten-minute walk away over a distance of 750m.

Included

  • Licensed archaeologist-guide throughout the tour
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minibus / coach
  • Museum tickets
  • Use of 'Whisper' tour headsets

Not Included

  • Refreshments
  • Gratuities (optional)

Please note that all times and durations are indicative and may vary due to traffic, weather and other conditions.

Testimonials

  • We travelled through the Peloponnese with the Fortress Study Group on a 10 day tour organized by Eternal Greece Ltd. We visited a mix of sites from classical and pre-history, through Venetian and Ottoman times. This mix gave us a picture of the breadth of Greek history instead of just a single slice of time which we much appreciated. We had an excellent archaeologist guide and an excellent driver.

    Eric Cauchi, the proprietor of Eternal Greece, travelled with us as the tour director and trouble-shooter in chief. His own passion for archaeology and for his country added to the trip experience. The hotels he booked for us were excellent, all very clean and comfortable, with friendly staff and most on the sea with beautiful views. The restaurants he selected for our meals served delicious traditional Greek food family style, far superior to what one might expect for a group meal.

    Having never been to Greece before, we came into Athens 4 days early. We had many pre-trip questions which Eric always answered very promptly. He assisted us with several aspects of our planning before we set foot in Greece. He booked an Athens hotel in an excellent location for us and arranged airport transports which worked perfectly. When we decided to do a day-trip to Delphi and asked if he could recommend some companies for us to contact, he responded with the name and cost of a group tour company with pros/cons and the offer of arranging a private driver and guide for us with pros/cons. He also offered to, and subsequently did, email the rest of the group participants to see if anyone might be interested in sharing the private tour to bring down the costs. The driver and guide Eric arranged were very professional, tailored the day to our interests, and made the day a wonderful memory for us.

    When, as part of our planning, we decided that we might like to use our free time on the last evening of the Peloponnese tour to see an additional site some distance away from our hotel on our own, we emailed Eric to enquire as to whether time-wise this might be feasible and if we would have trouble finding a taxi to take us and wait. Eric advised that renting a car would be better. We expressed concern about finding a car rental place that would be open till 9:00 p.m. on a Sunday evening. Eric responded within hours with contact information for a rental location around the corner from our hotel that would be open till 9 p.m.

    Eric’s level of service was superb. We would travel again on a trip arranged by Eternal Greece and we definitely recommend Eternal Greece.

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  • Dear Eric,

    Thank you so much for all the work you put in to organise such a wonderful trip. The time has flown and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope to come across Eternal Greece again.

    Pamela M.
  • Dear Eric,

    Hope I am not disturbing you from your well-deserved slumbers, but just to thank you so much for organising an excellent programme for the FSG and looking after everyone so well.

    I hope our paths meet again some time.

    Richard A.
  • Dear Eric, it was a pleasure meeting you and Ken and of course Romylos and Argyris. In the rather hurried disembarkation from the bus on Monday I did not have the opportunity to thank you properly for organising such an excellent tour. The sites were well chosen and I think we all understood that on some occasions long coach journeys were unavoidable but worth it. This was my first visit to Greece and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it.

    I hope we have the opportunity to meet again.

    Bill C.
  • Thank you for a splendid tour. It was more “archaeological” than our usual tours, but the sites themselves and the mythology that went with them made for a great few days.

    I hope that FSG and yourself can organize another tour of Greece in the near future. In fact I look forward to the possibility.

    Martyn G.