Two days of museums in Athens



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On this tour you will visit several of the most important museums in Athens. On the first day you will spend half of your day visiting the National Archeological Museum followed by lunch at Athinaikon which serves ouzomezedes, traditional Greek appetizers that go well with ouzo, Greece’s national drink. Next you will visit three beautiful neoclassical marvels: the National Library, the Academy of Athens, and the University of Athens. Two dinner options: Athens tour by night and dinner in Plaka or an ancient Greek dining experience. On the second day you will the Benaki museum and the museum of Cycladic Art and stroll through the National Gardens. Lunch in chic Kolonaki. Ask your hotel to make your dining reservations and book your tour.

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Day 1 - Athens


Begin this tour at the National Archeological Museum. Take a cab directly to the museum or else go by metro and exit at the Omonia station. Walk to Patision Avenue (aka 28 Octovriou) and head west until you see the National Archeological museum on your right (10 minute walk). When you buy your ticket ask for a museum map so that you can plan your tour. There is a lot to see so give yourself time. The lower level of the museum houses a gift shop and cafe that opens into an outdoor courtyard (Tu-Sun 8:30am-3pm and M 10:30am-5pm). After your visit to the museum, stop for lunch at Athinaikon (located on the corner of Panepistimiou street and the pedestrianized section of Themistokleous street). This taverna is about a 15 minute walk from the museum (back in the direction of Omonia Square). Please note that Athinaikon is closed on Sunday, so if you take this tour on a Sunday, then go to Ideal for lunch (46 Panepistimiou street). After lunch walk up Panepistimiou street to see the National Library, the Academy of Athens, and the University of Athens. These three buildings are located right at the Panepistimio metro stop. They are noteworthy for their neoclassical architecture. A section of the National Library is open to the public (M-Th 9am-8pm, F,Sa 9am-2pm. In July M-Sa 9am-2pm, August closed). There is a great bookstore, Eleftheroudakis (17 Panepistimiou street, M-F 9am-9pm, Sa 9am-6pm) just one block away from the library which has an extensive collection of English language books. There is also a bookstore cafe which serves great pastries, light fare and refreshments. Two dinner options: for a unique dinner dining experience go to Archaion Gefsis and sample ancient Greek cuisine (Tu-Sat 5pm-1am, Su 12:30pm-5:30pm, M closed). It is easiest to go by taxi as the neighborhood is a little tricky. Or enjoy a bus tour, Athens by Night Tour by CHAT Tours, which includes dinner at a taverna in the historic district of Plaka (bus departs at 8:30pm).


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National Archaeological Museum

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Location:

44 Patission
The museum is 1/3 mile (10 min. on foot) north of Omonia Sq. on the road named Leoforos 28 Octobriou, but usually called Patission
106 82 Athens, Greece

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tel: +30 210 821 7717
fax: 210/821-3573


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National Library of Greece (The)

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Location:

32 Panepistimiou Street
106 79 Athens, Greece

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tel: +30 210 338 2541


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Athens by Night Tour by CHAT Tours

Location:

10 Amalias Street
10557 Athens, Greece

Contact:

tel: +30 210 323 0827
fax: +30 210 323 1200


Day 2 - Athens


On this tour you will visit two museums, have lunch in the Kolonaki district and stroll through the National Gardens. Begin your day at the Benaki museum located on Vassilis Sofias Avenue, a short walk from Syntagma Square. This museum has an outstanding collection of art spanning 8,000 years of Greek history. Check out the museum café located on the upper level. The café opens out onto a terrace which overlooks the National Gardens. The menu includes lighter fare, desserts and refreshments (M, W, F, Sat 9a-5p, Sun 9-3pm, Th 9-midnight). On your way out visit the gift shop which sells very good quality museum reproductions, jewelry, toys for children, books and note cards. Next stop is the Museum of Cycladic Art two blocks away. This museum is a five minute walk from Kolonaki Square which is surrounded by cafes and restaurants. A favorite, To Ouzadiko, is several blocks from the square. You'll find it on the lower level of an office building. It serves wonderful Greek appetizers and you guessed it, ouzo. If you are in the mood for Greek island flavors then Papadakis Tavern is a must. Reservations are recommended for both. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon digestive walk through the National Gardens. If you've want to change flavors for your dinner, try fancy Asian fare at Far East on Stadiou street (one block from Syntagma Square) or Furin Kazan for more casual Asia fare (2 Apollonos Street, Syntagma Square, +210 322 9170).


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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


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Museum of Cycladic Art

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Location:

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

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


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National Gardens

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

Contact:

tel: +30 210 721 5019


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To Ouzadiko

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Location:

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

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tel: 30 210 729 5484


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Papadakis

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Location:

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

Contact:

tel: 30 210 360 8621


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