The Athens 1-Day Square Tour



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See some of the most important sites by walking around a huge city block. On this tour you will visit the archeological finds at the Syntagma Metro stop, the Parliament building, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the National Gardens, the Presidential Palace, Maximou Mansion, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Zappeion and its gardens, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch and recently excavated Roman Baths. Then you are back where you started from.

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Day 1 - Athens


Begin at Syntagma Square. Step down into the metro station and take a look at the archeological finds that were uncovered when the metro was being constructed. Follow the Amalias/National Garden exit and you will end up in front of the Parliament Building. Evzones, Greek Presidential Guards, perform the changing of the guard ceremony, every hour on the hour 24 hours a day, in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This is a popular spot for photo opportunities. Turn right onto Vassilis Sofias Avenue, pass the flower shops and keep going till you reach the corner with Irodou Attikou street. One block down this street you will see a gate leading into the National Gardens. Here you will find a hidden garden café, drop in for a refreshment. The Presidential Palace is situated opposite and is guarded by Evzones. Adjacent is the Maximou Mansion which is the official residence of the Greek prime minister. Irodou Attikou ends at Vassileos Konstantinou Avenue. Cross the street to visit the Panathenaic stadium. This is where the First Olympic Games were held. While the stadium gates are open only during events, you can still walk up and take photos and admire this marble stadium’s beautiful design. The stadium sits at the base of the tree covered Ardittos Hill. Head back across the street and follow a wide paved path leading into the Zappeion Gardens. Turn left once you see the Zappeion – now a Congress and Exhibitions Hall. There is a popular outdoor cinema here called Aegli and right next to it a café/restaurant called Lallabai. A relaxing and quiet place for lunch. After walk up the steps of the Zappeion building and enter the lobby to view the beautiful inner atrium. Next stop is the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. Then walk up Amalias Avenue and view the well preserved Roman Bath which was unearthed when the metro was excavated. Conclude your square tour back at Syntagma Square. If you finish up your tour around dinner time, try Furin Kazan right off Syntagma Square for some sushi or for Greek fare, head to Plaka. Bars offering a view of the beautifully illuminated Parthenon include: Dionysos Café (opposite the Acropolis), Exo (near Panathenaic stadium), Galaxy Bar (Athens Hilton) and Sky Bar (Saint George Lycabettus Hotel). Smart casual attire suggested. For a culture-filled evening you can watch a Greek dance performance at the Dora Stratou Theater (from mid May to end September, Tu-Sa 9:30pm, Su 8:15pm, Mon closed) or attend a performance at the Odeon of Herod Atticus. Another dinner and drinks option is the Gazi district, right at the Keramikos metro station. Mamacas taverna has very good Greek cuisine (41 Persefonis street, daily 2pm-2am, reservations at 210 346 4984, closed 14-16 August). Hoxton bar has both indoor and outdoor seating and good music.


1

Amalia Hotel

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Location:

10 Amalias Street
10557 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: 30 210 323 7301
fax: +30 210 322 3872
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Tourist Information Office

Location:

26 Amalias Street
105 57 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: +30 210 331 0347
fax: +30 210 775 8631
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Galaxy Bar

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Location:

Hilton
46 Vassilissis Sofias Avenue
11528 Athens, Greece

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tel: 30 210 728 1000
fax: 30 210 728 1111
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St. George Lycabettus Hotel

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Location:

Kleomenous 2, Kolonaki
106 75 Athens, Greece

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tel: 30 210 729 0711 / 0719
fax: +30 (0)210 729 0439
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5

Hoxton

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Location:

42 Voutadon Street
11854 Athens, Greece

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tel: 30 210 341 3395


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Hotel Grande Bretagne

Location:

Vassileos Georgiou A 1 Street
Syntagma Sq
10563 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: 30 210 333 0000
fax: +30 210 322 8034
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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
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Athens Gate Hotel

Location:

10 Syngrou Avenue
11742 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: 30 210 923 8302-3
fax: +30 210 923 7493
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Exo

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Location:

1 Markou Moussourou St, Mets
11636 Athens, Greece

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tel: 30 210 923 5818


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Tou Xynou

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Location:

4 Angelou Geronda Street
10557 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: 30 210 322 1065


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Dionysos Zonar's Café

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Location:

43 Rovertou Galli Street
11742 Athens, Greece

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tel: 30 210 9233182
fax: 210 9221998
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Restaurant Taverna Plaka

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Location:

16 Kidathineon Street
16, Kidathineon Street
10558 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: 30 210 323 2334


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Tudor Hall

Location:

3 Vassilis Georgiou A' Street
King George II Hotel
10564 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: 30 210 322 2210
fax: 30 210 325 0504
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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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Odeon of Herod Atticus

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Location:

Dionysiou Areopagitou Street
10558 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: 30 210 323 2771
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Hadrian's Arch

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Location:

Vassilissis Olgas @ Amalias Avenue
On Leoforos Amalias, near Temple of Olympian Zeus, easily seen from the street
10557 Athens, Greece

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tel: +30 210 331 0392 (Tourist Information)
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Temple of Olympian Zeus (Olympieion)

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Location:

Vassilissis Olgas and Amalias Avenue
At Leoforos Vas. Olgas and Amalias, easily seen from the street
10557 Athens, Greece

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tel: +30 210 922 6330
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Aeigli Lallabai cafe

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Location:

Aigli Zappeiou
Athens, Greece

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tel: 30 210 336 9300
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Zappeion Conference & Exhibition Center

Location:

1 Amalias Street
105 57 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: +30 210 323 7830
fax: +30 210 322 0048
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National Gardens

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Location:

Main entrance on Amalias Ave. Two other entrances from Vassilisis Sophias Ave. and Irodou Attikou Street.
10671 Athens, Greece

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tel: +30 210 721 5019
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Panathenaic Stadium

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Location:

Vassileos Konstantinou Avenue
11635 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: +30 210 331 0392 (Tourist information)
fax: +30 210 752 6386
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Location:

Amalias Street and Syntagma Square
Syntagma
106 71 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: 171 Tourist information


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Parliament Building

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Location:

2 Vasilissis Sophias (opposite Syntagma Square)
10671 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: +30 210 331 0392 (Tourist information) or 171 (Tourist Police)
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Archaeological Exhibits at the Syntagma Metro Station

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Location:

Syntagma Square
105 63 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: +30 210 331 0392 (Tourist Information)
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