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Walking tour in Athens between East & West provided by Ammon Express

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Walking tour in Athens between East & West

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Updated 07/14/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
• Discover the different empires and kingdoms that were installed in Athens between its classical past and the Greek state • Learn about the contemporary Greek cuisine, language, music and daily habits • Watch the Parthenon and its evolution throughout time • See how the current shape of the city was formed during the centuries • Meet the rest of the monuments around the city and find out their connection • Learn how the Christian-Greek tradition held its character under a long Muslim regime
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    ΜΟΝΑΣΤΗΡΑΚΙ
    Pl. Monastirakiou 12, Athina 105 55, Greece
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  • 1
    Athens
    Stop: 5 hours
    We stroll around the most popular narrow streets in the heart of Athens and we discover the Ottoman influence to the city. We meet at the historical center at Monastiraki Square, where we can see the three landmarks of the long Greek history: the Roman Handrian’s Library, the Ottoman Mosque and the Byzantine Church standing next to each other, while the quintessence of the Athenian classical past, the Acropolis, is overlooking at them. Admire the evolution of the architecture of the city throughout centuries and observe hidden evidence of the reuse and the damage of the monuments. We learn about the story behind the name of Monastiraki Square; the big local market and landmark of the historical center located there since the long Ottoman period. We also hear the story behind the Tzisdarakis’ Mosque that lead to the fall of its founder. The tour continues under the dominant presence of the Acropolis, talking about its transformation under the Ottoman rule and about the social structure of Athens during the early modern period. Our next stop is at the oldest house of Athens (16th-18th centuries), the Benizelos’ mansion, admiring a characteristic example of the Ottoman of mansion which can be found all over the Balkans and Anatolia. We walk by the ‘’Kadi’s House’’, the Muslim Judge and we hear about the co-existence of Christians and Muslims under the Islamic law. The oldest Hammam Baths of Athens is our next visit where we learn about with the construction of the baths, its long tradition that dates back to the Ancient times while we get prepared for our own hammam experience! Don’t forget your swimwear! Enjoy a coffee-break at the lovely vintage café, in order to taste the debated Greek-Turkish coffee. Instead of this we can either move to the ‘’Al Hammam Traditional Baths’’, in order to have a relaxing experience, enjoying a cup of tea at the balconies of the bath against the great view of the Acropolis. Later on, we reach the point where the most imposing Ottoman complex of buildings was located, where we can still admire most of them. We observe the first mosque of Athens and hear stories about the sultans and the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed II. Imagine the incredible stages of reuse of the monument of the Tower of Winds and the dervishes dancing inside it! We talk about Education in the Ottoman period, as we observe the remaining of the Muslim school, the “Medrese". Finally, we talk about the evolution and the destruction of the monuments during the period of the Greek Revolution, the famous plane tree of this square and its connection to the Ottoman tortures. At the end, we enjoy our meal at a traditional restaurant with the special delicacies of the local cuisine of the Christian community in Turkey, and discuss about our multicultural experience! Don’t miss the chance to spend a long morning as a local Athenian in the early modern Greece!
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  • You'll end at
    ΜΟΝΑΣΤΗΡΑΚΙ
    Pl. Monastirakiou 12, Athina 105 55, Greece
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Departure Point
ΜΟΝΑΣΤΗΡΑΚΙ, Pl. Monastirakiou 12, Athina 105 55, Greece
Duration
5h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • English-speaking archaeologist-historian
Exclusions
  • Entrance fee to the Museum of the Baths: 2 € / person
  • Hammam experience: 25 € / person (based on availability)
  • Personal Expenses
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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cypriotpal
cypriotpal
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wonderful day out
We were a group of 17 who went in a coach to Meteora from Thessaloniki. The coach was very comfortable with an exc
MonikaP2664
MonikaP2664
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Highly recommended 👍😊
A very nice day to visit Meteora, a beautiful place and great staff during our trip. Definitely recommend.
AAMMLondon
AAMMLondon
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Great day trip with excellent guide
Had a great trip to magical Meteora today with our fantastic guide Lazarus! Lovely bunch of people on the tour and
JarkaK33
JarkaK33
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Great day in Meteora
The trip was very enjoyable and interesting. Our guide, Lazarus, was very accommodating and knowledgeable and happy
NeringaPav
NeringaPav
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Great trip
Dmitri was very competent and helpful driver. He answered all the questions, took pictures, showed us three monaste
neelamsian
neelamsian
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Amazing Day Excursion
This trip was amazing! Really worth the journey! Lazarus the tour guide was very accommodating, did not rush us and
Lars-Due-Isling
Lars-Due-Isling
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Meteora is a must see attraction
It's a long drive from Thessaloniki but you will not regret it. Our guide was the very dedicated Lazarus from the t
ninay458
ninay458
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It was one of our most preasurable days of this year!
Meeting with Nature, good fellow travelers and our guide Dimitri's and driver Konstantin is. Thank you for taking c
LucyF1300
LucyF1300
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Amazing from beginning to end.
The entire day was just so lovely. It was everything we expected and so much more. Our tour guide, Lazarous literal
rebecca s
rebecca s
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Fantastic trip going again
The baths were fantastic, the waterfalls great. Dimitri's our guide a star. Fantastic trip. Worth going midweek whe
Mattolomeus
Mattolomeus
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Book it!
The experience is both stunning and memorable. The coach is comfortable, cool and a smooth ride, but no USB ports.
abdulwaqirathore
abdulwaqirathore
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A must-see experience in Greece! Fantastic and unique trip
I was hosted by Dimitri, which is one of the best guides, I have experienced so far in regards to trips like this.
Jason N
Jason N
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A million dollar worth
book the Ammon express trip through TripAdvisor based on rave reviews. gosh I was lucky and happy! our driver and t
Creatememorys
Creatememorys
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Amazing Meteora
How it started: I searched online for tours to Meteora. One other office had canceled the Meteora guided tour by bu
franciscao204
franciscao204
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Excellent
I had a very good experience at Pozar Thermal Baths and Edessa Day Trip from Thessaloniki. It was very relaxing and
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