A new opportunity, staying centrally, revealing the Acropolis & Parthenon frieze & exploring the classic sites & rewarding museums of the capital of modern and ancient Greece ‘whilst the crowds are away
Athens - 3 nights
A visit to the Acropolis in Athens is a pilgrimage to antiquity. Acropolis, consisting of the words Akron (summit) and Polis (city), means ‘the highest point of a city’. Every city in ancient Greece had an acropolis, equivalent of the fortress in medieval times, built on a rock or hill overlooking the city with high walls to provide refuge in case of invasion. Created in the 5th century BC to celebrate the rise of the city-state to the zenith of its power, the Athens Acropolis stands as a symbol to the glory of Athens.
In the shadow of the Acropolis and crowned with the impressive Parthenon, a meander along the terraced alleys of ‘Plaka’ district reveals a microcosm of latter day Athens. With its white-washed houses, a thousand tavernas, street-side cafés, and rooftop restaurants, the Greece of our more film-fashioned imagination is much in evidence.
A further benefit is the Underground system allowing for easy mobility and independent exploration, with a station close by the hotel.
Other rewarding visits include the unique National Archaeological, Benaki, Byzantine and Cycladic museums.
Will we lose our Marbles? The ‘Elgin Marbles’ were taken from the Parthenon frieze by Lord Elgin and have pride of place in the British Museum. On the one hand the Ottomans authorised the removal and they have been well-preserved and on view since 1816, contributing to the study of Ancient Greece. On the other hand they are part of Greece’s most famous monument, taken during Turkish occupation and now have a home to go to at the New Acropolis museum whose top floor is the same size as the Parthenon, displaying four sides of the frieze with gaps or replicas for missing ‘marbles’ (mainly with a discrete ‘BM’ caption!).
New Classic Resort
Cultural Short Break
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 2 – 10
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Athens and transfer to 4-star Electra Athens Hotel for three nights.
Day 2 Visit the Acropolis, viewing the Parthenon, Erectheum, theatre of Herod Atticus, the new Acropolis Museum and Ancient Agora. (B)
Day 3 Day at leisure. (B)
Day 4 Transfer to the airport for return flight. (B)
Excursions are on foot and partly over uneven ground with some inclines.
A centrally located 4-star hotel right next to Syntagma Square and within walking distance to the charming Plaka, Acropolis and other major monuments and museums in the city. Restaurants, bars, WiFi (free) and 109 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV. A hotel tax is payable locally, currently per room per night: €3.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £195
British Airways Club Europe
Extra Nights - Athens
Electra Athens Hotel (per night) £95
Single supplement £65
Add £145 per person
Arrival or departure transfer add £35
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 3 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, services of local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €3 per room per night.
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