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Hilltops of Athens in Two Days

Destination(s): Athens

On this two day tour you will get a chance to view the city of Athens from great heights while visiting archeological sites, museums and important landmarks along the way. read more about Hilltops of Athens in Two Days

Pnyx, Areopagos and Philopappou Hills

Pnyx, Areopagos and Philopappou Hills

  • Robertou Galli Street
  • tel:+30 210 331 0392 (Tourist Info)
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  • Athens, 177 42

Opposite the Acropolis are three hilltops. All three hilltops offer panoramic views of the Parthenon and surroundings. On clear days you can see as far as the sea. As you walk up Philopappou hill note St. Loubardiaris to your right. This chapel was built under Ottoman occupation and restored in the mid 50s by well-known Greek architect Dimitrios Pikionis. At the summit of Philopappou hill is a monument erected in memory of Roman benefactor Philopappos. Pnyx hill is where the Athenian Assembly gathered in the 5th century – in open air! Arios Pagos hill is where the ancient parliament went to session. The closest metro station is Acropolis. read more about Pnyx, Areopagos and Philopappou Hills

Benaki Museum

Benaki Museum

  • 1 Koumbari
  • At Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias, Kolonaki, 5 blocks east of Syntagma Sq
  • tel:+30 210 367 1000
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 10674

Behind a vine-covered gate, in a romantic white mansion, eight thousand years of Greek history come alive. Enjoy prehistoric works of art, rare manuscripts, Byzantine icons, historic weapons and paintings. The greatest attraction is the reconstructions of 18th and 19th century living. The museum also features a Childhood and Toy Department (with 15,000 historic games and children's items from around the world), a Chinese Art Department (with ceramics as old as 4,000 years) and a Coptic Art Department where displays include rare textiles from Egypt.

Along with the standing collection, temporary exhibitions that spotlight artwork and culture are rotated on the top level. The museum shop offers upscale treasures like hand-embroidered linens, painted porcelain, silver, and a hefty selection of premium books on Greek culture. A cafe and roof garden is located on the top level, providing an excellent place for a light snack, tea or coffee with a stunning view of the Acropolis.

The striking building was designed by Greek architect Anastasios Metaxas who was also responsible for the restoration of the Panathenaic Stadium one block away.The Benaki has two additional museums worth visiting: the Museum of Islamic Art and the Benaki Pireos Street Annexe.

The Benaki is part of the "Museum Mile" which includes the Cycladic Museum of Art, the War Museum, the National Gallery, and the Byzantine Museum.

Nearest Metro: Evangelismos
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Stavlos

Stavlos

  • 10 Heraklidon Street
  • tel:30 210 346 7202
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  • Athens, 118 51
Greek Children's Museum

Greek Children's Museum

  • 14 Kydathineon Street
  • Plaka
  • tel:+30 210 331 2995
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 105 58

The Hellenic Children's museum was founded in 1987 by a group of experts in child development with the philosophy that direct experiences and entertainment support learning. Located in a restored neoclassical building in historic Plaka, it is dedicated to children from four to twelve years of age with a large number of hands-on interactive exhibits. While much of the written information is in Greek, there's plenty of activities that require no language at all and allow kids to play, research, think, experiment, create and observe.

*Read the NileGuide Local Flavor Blog featuring the Hellenic Children's Museum's start of the 2010/2011 season for a more in-depth look at what they do.




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Periscope Hotel

Periscope Hotel

  • 22 Haritos Street
  • tel:30 210 729 7200
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  • Athens, 10675
Museum of Greek Folk Art

Museum of Greek Folk Art

  • 17 Kidathineon
  • Plaka
  • tel:+30 210 322 9031
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  • Plaka, 10558

Take a look at what comes from Greece outside of Athens at the Museum of Greek Folk Art in Plaka. The museum's collection includes items from the 1700s to present day. On display are folk paintings, pottery, costumes worn for religious and wedding ceremonies, weavings and masks to name a few. A lot of what is on display was used in homes every day, while the more formal items were used when families entertained. The museum has a library with 5000 volumes of folklore and ethnology in addition to photo, film and sound archives. Other points of interest are the Museum of Greek Children's Art, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Vlassis Frissiras Museum of Contemporary European Art. The closest metro station is Syntagma. read more about Museum of Greek Folk Art

Lykavittos Hill

Lykavittos Hill

  • Corner of Aristippou & Ploutarchou Streets
  • tel:+30 210 722 7065 (Cafe) / +30 210 331 0392 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 106 76

From first glance, the little white 19th century church of St. George looks like a castle from a fairytale  perched atop Lykavittos, the highest point of the city. Lykavittos one of the most treasured green spaces of Athens, woven with paths used by the residents of underlying Kolonaki for jogging and dog-walking. A modern funicular provides access for those who prefer to climb up to the top without huffing and puffing, but all appreciate the dazzling cityscape of Athens spread out below and one of the best views of the Acropolis. Just before the large parking lot of the Lykavittus Theater (still used for rock concerts and a festival) near the cave and shrine of Agii Isidori, there are a couple of benches along the ledge for contemplating. More often they're used by amorous couples on a clear night.

The church is very popular for weddings, so road access could be tough on Saturdays. The funicular operates 365 days a year, 19 hours a day and costs 6 Euros round trip. It goes through the hill and lets out just under restaurant Orizantes, frequented by many tourists who have read of the extraordinary view of the dining room. There is an adjacent cafe with lighter fare as well as a cantina on the theatre parking lot with sandwiches and soft drinks.

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Stavlos

Stavlos

  • 10 Heraklidon Street
  • tel:30 210 346 7202
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  • Athens, 11851
Papadakis

Papadakis

  • 15 Fokilidou & 47A Voukourestiou Streets
  • Kolonaki
  • tel:30 210 360 8621
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  • Athens, 106 73
Odeon of Herod Atticus

Odeon of Herod Atticus

  • Dionysiou Areopagitou Street
  • tel:30 210 323 2771
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  • Athens, 10558
To Ouzadiko

To Ouzadiko

  • 25-29 Karneadou Street
  • Lemos International Shopping Center
  • tel:30 210 729 5484
  • Athens, 10675
Greek Dances Theatre "Dora Stratou "

Greek Dances Theatre "Dora Stratou "

  • 8 Scholiou Street
  • tel:30 210 324 4395 / 30 210 324 6188
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  • Athens, 10558
Orizontes Lykavittou

Orizontes Lykavittou

  • Mount Lycabettus
  • tel:30 210 722 7065 / 30 210 721 0701
  • Athens

Orizontes means horizon, named for the incredible scenery offered by the highest restaurant of the city. Take the cable care up Lycabettus Hill to reach Orizontes from Aristippou street in Kolonaki. The meals are pricey and unfortunately, not exceptional in a city where a remarkable meal can easily be obtained, but the view and elegant setting make for a fine impression. Resevations required. read more about Orizontes Lykavittou

Dionysos Zonar's Café

Dionysos Zonar's Café

  • 43 Rovertou Gali Street
  • tel:30 210 9233182
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  • Athens, 11742
Museum of Cycladic Art

Museum of Cycladic Art

  • 4 Neophytou Douka
  • (off Vassilissis Sophias Avenue)
  • tel:+30 210 722 8321
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 106 74

The Nicholas P. Goulandris Foundation private museum houses a remarkable collection of objects dating back to the 3rd millennium. Among this collection which features art from ancient Greece, the Cycladic culture and Cyprus, what will imprint in the visitor's mind are the white marble Cycladic figurines and vessels. Of interest is also a permanent exhibition "Scenes from daily life in antiquity". An additional highlight are the temporary exhibitions in the Stathatos Mansion (Vasilissis Sophias Ave and 1 Irodotou St.), accessible via an internal passage way between the buildings. Don't miss touring this beautiful building, an outstanding example of 19th century Neoclassical architecture. In addition there are activities for children and museum reproductions at the museum shop. Exit the museum and head up into Kolonaki for a coffee or lunch. The closets metro stop is Evangelismos. Other museums in the vicinity are the Benaki Museum, National Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum, War Museum and Byzantine Museum. If you want to escape the concrete and asphalt spent some time in the National Gardens. read more about Museum of Cycladic Art

Helicopter Sightseeing Tour of Athens

Helicopter Sightseeing Tour of Athens

  • 19 Syngrou Avenue
  • tel:+30 210 428 5500
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  • Athens, 117 43

For those who have done the bus and walking tours to death and need something with a little more gusto, Hop In tours offers this Helicopter Tour that includes a pick up from your hotel directly and an aerial view of all the major points of interest of Athens. They promise on their website to fly "the lowest and the slowest" (3000 feet over Athens) for optimal sightseeing.

1800.00 Euro for up to 5 people


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Lysikrates Monument

Lysikrates Monument

  • Tripodon Street
  • tel:+30 210 331 0392 (Tourist Information)
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  • Athens, 105 58
St. George Lycabettus Hotel

St. George Lycabettus Hotel

  • Kleomenous 2, Kolonaki
  • tel:30 210 729 0711 / 0719
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  • Athens, 106 75
Vlassis Frissiras Museum of Contemporary European Art

Vlassis Frissiras Museum of Contemporary European Art

  • 3-7 Monis Asteriou Street
  • Plaka
  • tel:+30 210 323 4678
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  • Athens, 10558
War Museum

War Museum

  • Vassilissis Sophias Avenue and 2 Rizari Street
  • tel:+30 210 725 2974-5
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  • Athens, 10675
Herakleidon Experience in Visual Art

Herakleidon Experience in Visual Art

  • 16 Herakleidon Street
  • Thissio
  • tel:+30 210 346 1981
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  • Athens, 11851
Byzantine Museum

Byzantine Museum

  • 22 Vasilissis Sofias Ave
  • From Syntagma Sq., walk along Queen Sophias Ave. for about 15 min. The museum is on your right. If you come to the Hilton Hotel, you have gone too far
  • tel:+30 210 721 1027 / +30 210 723 2178
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  • Athens, 106 75

A former ducal mansion is home to the Byzantine and Christian museum which contains one of the most important collections of Byzantine icons in the world. On display are objects representing 1500 years of Byzantine architecture and art including sculptures, icons, textiles, mosaics, wood carvings and wall paintings. Recent renovations and a new museum extension have brought to light more than 1,200 objects that had been kept in storage. Visitors pass through "The Byzantine Empire", "From the ancient world to Byzantium" and "The Byzantine World". The museum is part of the "museum mile" which includes the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Benaki museum and right next door, the War museum exhibiting as one might expect weapons from the antiquity to the Second World War in addition to aircraft, uniforms and model warships. Closest metro stop is Evangelismos. read more about Byzantine Museum

Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum

Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum

  • 12 Kalisperi
  • At Karyatidon
  • tel:+30 210 922 1044 / +30 210 922 7260
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  • Athens, 11742

Anyone who appreciates attention to detail, artistry and craftsmanship will enjoy a visit to one of the world's only jewelry museums where 4,000 creations of its founder, Ilias Lalounis, gleam brilliantly from display cases. You'll see all of the cultural and historical points of reference from which he drew inspiration, such as earrings inspired by an ivory plaque from Samaria, decorated with the motif of the sacred tree of life, or a pendant taken from the folds of a "chiton" an ancient Greek garments. The third level is given to temporary exhibitions by local artists and the first level has a protected courtyard for refreshments, rooms for special workshops (some directed specifically toward children) and a gift shop that sells fashion books, children's books, hats, t shirts, ceramics, silk scarves, and, hm... oh yes! World class jewelry.

Hours are 9-9 on Wednesday
Thr, Fri, Sat 8:30-4
Sunday 11-4
closed on Mondays

Acropolis Metro is a two minute walk. Located on Karyatidon and Kallisperi streets, just off of Dionysiou Areopagitou St.
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Hotel Herodion

Hotel Herodion

  • 4 Rovertou Galli Street
  • Makrigianni
  • tel:30 210 923 6832
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  • Athens, 11742

When you're far away from home, it's nice to have space, be treated warmly, come back to a comfortable bed, get a big breakfast to start your day...and the guests of the Herodion are treated to all of these things. With 90 rooms the size of the hotel fits the "just right" category which means while you're not running into the same ten people every hour, you're not a nameless entity. You can't beat the location, just a stone's throw from newly pedestrianized Makrigianni Street, the Acropolis Metro Station and New Acropolis Museum. Many rooms along with the rooftop garden and jacuzzi offer an impressive view of the Acropolis, itself.

The owners are the same family behind the slightly more economical Philipos Hotel.
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Hotel Hera

Hotel Hera

  • 9 Falirou Street
  • Makrigianni
  • tel:30 210 923 6760
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  • Athens, 11742