Hilltops of Athens in Two Days



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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.

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Stavlos

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Location:

10 Heraklidon Street
118 51 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: 30 210 346 7202
fax: 30 210 346 7206


Day 1 - Athens, Plaka


On the first day you will tour Pnyx, Arios Pagos and Philoppapou Hills and then visit museums below the Acropolis and in Plaka. These hills are locate just opposite the Acropolis rock and are accessible by walking along Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian walk. A cobblestone path through a pine covered forest will take you up to these hilltops. Note the beautiful Byzantine church of Saint Dimitrios Loubardiaris. After taking in the panoramic views over Athens you have two options: head towards Thissio or Plaka. If Thissio is your choice, visit the Herakleidon Experience in Visual Art museum (a must for M.C. Escher fans). This private museum is open from Tu-Sa 1pm-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm, closed on Mondays. Along the same pedestrianized street is Stavlos, former royal stables-now cafe/bar. If Plaka is your choice then head back towards the Acropolis. If you want a break drop into Dionysos Café. From this café/restaurant you have the most amazing view of the Parthenon. Just below the Acropolis is the Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum (M,Th-Sa 9a-4p, W 9a-9p, Su 11a-4p). Enter Plaka from Tripodon street so that you can see the Lysikrates Monument. There are three museums within close proximity to eachother: the Greek Children’s Museum -great for kids- (Tu-F 10a-2p, Sa,Su 10a-3p), the Museum of Greek Folk Art and the Vlassis Frissiras Museum of Contemporary Art. In the evening attend an alfresco Greek dance performance at the Dora Stratou Theater (from mid May to end September, Tu-Sa 9:30pm, Su 8:15pm, Mon closed) or check to see if the Odeon of Herod Atticus has any events. Once again, Dionysos Café by night is an enjoyable for a nightcap. Dinner at Edodi is another option.


1

Pnyx, Areopagos and Philopappou Hills

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Location:

Robertou Galli Street
177 42 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: +30 210 331 0392 (Tourist Info)


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Greek Children's Museum

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Location:

14 Kydathineon Street
Plaka
105 58 Athens, Greece

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tel: +30 210 331 2995
fax: +30 210 331 2995


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Museum of Greek Folk Art

Location:

17 Kidathineon
Plaka
10558 Plaka, Greece

Contact:

tel: +30 210 322 9031
fax: +30 210 322 6979


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Stavlos

Location:

10 Heraklidon Street
11851 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: 30 210 346 7202
fax: 30 210 346 7206


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Odeon of Herod Atticus

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Location:

Dionysiou Areopagitou Street
10558 Athens, Greece

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tel: 30 210 323 2771


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Greek Dances Theatre "Dora Stratou "

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Location:

8 Scholiou Street
10558 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: 30 210 324 4395 / 30 210 324 6188
fax: 30 210 324 6921


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Dionysos Zonar's Café

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43 Rovertou Galli Street
11742 Athens, Greece

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tel: 30 210 9233182
fax: 210 9221998


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Lysikrates Monument

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Location:

Tripodon Street
105 58 Athens, Greece

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tel: +30 210 331 0392 (Tourist Information)


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Vlassis Frissiras Museum of Contemporary European Art

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Location:

3-7 Monis Asteriou Street
Plaka
10558 Athens, Greece

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tel: +30 210 323 4678
fax: +30 210 331 6027


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Herakleidon Experience in Visual Art

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Location:

16 Herakleidon Street
Thissio
11851 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: +30 210 346 1981
fax: +30 210 345 225


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Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum

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Location:

12 Kalisperi
At Karyatidon
11742 Athens, Greece

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tel: +30 210 922 1044 / +30 210 922 7260
fax: +30 210 923 7358


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Hotel Herodion

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Location:

4 Rovertou Galli Street
Makrigianni
11742 Athens, Greece

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tel: 30 210 923 6832
fax: +30 210 921 1650


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Hotel Hera

Location:

9 Falirou Street
Makrigianni
11742 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: 30 210 923 6760
fax: +30 210 923 6764


Day 2 - Athens


Make your way up to the Kolonaki district and take the cable car to the top of Lykavittos (Lycabetus Hill) for sweeping 360 degree views of the city. A gourmet restaurant occupies a section of this hilltop along with a café and a small chapel. During the summer months, the Lykavittos Theater hosts outdoor performances. Lunch options in Kolonaki include Papadakis and To Ouzadiko. Museums at the foothill of Lycabettus Hill are the Benaki Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Byzantine Museum and the War Museum. If you want a more dramatic view of the city, book a helicopter tour.


1

Benaki Museum

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Location:

1 Koumbari
At Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias, Kolonaki, 5 blocks east of Syntagma Sq
10674 Athens, Greece

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tel: +30 210 367 1000
fax: +30 210 367 1063


2

Periscope Hotel

Location:

22 Haritos Street
10675 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: 30 210 729 7200
fax: +30 210 729 7206


3

Lykavittos Hill

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Location:

Corner of Aristippou & Ploutarchou Streets
106 76 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: +30 210 722 7065 (Cafe) / +30 210 331 0392 (Tourist Information)
fax: +30 210 331 0640 (Tourist Information)


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Papadakis

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Location:

15 Fokilidou & 47A Voukourestiou Streets
Kolonaki
106 73 Athens, Greece

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tel: 30 210 360 8621


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To Ouzadiko

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25-29 Karneadou Street
Lemos International Shopping Center
10675 Athens, Greece

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tel: 30 210 729 5484


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Orizontes Lykavittou

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Location:

Mount Lycabettus
Athens, Greece

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tel: 30 210 722 7065 / 30 210 721 0701


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Museum of Cycladic Art

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Location:

4 Neophytou Douka
(off Vassilissis Sophias Avenue)
106 74 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: +30 210 722 8321
fax: +30 210 723 9382


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Helicopter Sightseeing Tour of Athens

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Location:

19 Syngrou Avenue
117 43 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: +30 210 428 5500
fax: +30 1 451 3993


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St. George Lycabettus Hotel

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Location:

Kleomenous 2, Kolonaki
106 75 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: 30 210 729 0711 / 0719
fax: +30 (0)210 729 0439


10

War Museum

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Location:

Vassilissis Sophias Avenue and 2 Rizari Street
10675 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: +30 210 725 2974-5


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Byzantine Museum

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Location:

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
106 75 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: +30 210 721 1027 / +30 210 723 2178
fax: +30 210 723 1883


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