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Jewish Heritage Tour of Athens
Athens, is the capital and largest city of Greece, and it is located in the region of Attica, on the Eastern edge of Central Greece. Its population, including the residents of the suburbs, has been estimated at 4,5 million, and its Jewish population numbers approximately 3.000 souls. Jewish Heritage Tour Athens
As mentioned on numerous occasions and in various contexts by Jewish writers in antiquity, the first Jews arrived in Athens just after the destruction of Solomon’s Temple in 586 BCE! They were most likely slaves who were sold by the Babylonians to prominent Greek families. During the period following the conquests of Alexander the Great in the 4th century BCE, many “Hellenized” Jews chose to emigrate from Judea to Greece. When the Romans conquered Greece in 146 BCE, they found very well established Jewish Communities not only in Athens but almost in all major cities of Greece! Jewish Heritage Tour Athens
The tour includes the following services:
1/ Transportation by private car (very spacious cabin with 4 most comfortable passenger seats, an ample luggage trunk and of course fully air-conditioned!). Pick-up and drop-off from/to airport, port or central hotel.
2/ Guided visit of the Jewish sites of Athens (Jewish Museum of Greece, old Jewish district, Beth Shalom Sephardic Synagogue, Etz-Hayyim Romaniote Synagogue, Jewish Martyrs Square, Holocaust Memorial). You will discover the fascinating history of the Romaniote Jews and the Jewish presence in Greece which dates back to the 6th century BCE (the oldest Jewish establishment in the Diaspora!).
3/ Guided visit of the archaeological site of Acropolis and the magnificent Parthenon, the architectural masterpiece of the Golden Age of Athens (5th century BCE!) that «puts order in the mind» (http://www.acropolisofathens.gr/aoa/the-acropolis/monument/) OR of the New Acropolis Museum (http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/en) which is considered to be one of the most interesting museums in Europe. Unfortunately, there is no time to visit both of them during the tour, you will have to make a choice on the spot which will depend mostly upon the weather conditions on that day! Some people prefer to visit the Museum which is “flat” and air-conditioned than to climb up the hill to Acropolis but in my opinion, if you have never been to Athens before, a guided visit to the Parthenon (famous UNESCO site) is a must!! According to the Greek law, the guidance either to the archaeological site or to the Museum of Acropolis, is given by an expert English-speaking guide, licensed by the Greek Ministry of Tourism and specialized in all sights of Classicist Greece.
4/ Panoramic city tour by car: You’ll have the chance to see the best tourist attractions of Athens (Parliament, Constitution Square, National Gardens, Panathenaic Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, University of Athens, Academy of Arts, National Library, etc.)
5/ Guided visit of the beautiful coastal southern suburbs of Athens and the magnificent Lake of Vouliagmeni, a unique natural phenomenon!
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ATHENS 1-DAY TOUR
09:00 – Pick-up from the Hotel
09:00 – 09:15 Transfer to the Jewish Museum
09:15 – 11:00 Guided visit of the Jewish Museum
11:00 – 11:45 City Tour (Parliament, Constitution Square, National Gardens, Presidential Palace, Panathenaic Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, University of Athens, Academy of Arts, National Library, etc.)
11:45 – 12:45 Guided tour of the two Synagogues and the Holocaust Memorial
12:45 – 13:00 Walking to the restaurant through the Old Jewish Quarter
13:00 – 13:45 Lunch at the restaurant (Glatt Kosher available)
13:45 – 14:15 Transfer to the archaeological site of Acropolis
14:15 – 16:00 Guided visit of Acropolis and the Parthenon or the Acropolis Museum, by a specialized guide
16:00 – 16:30 Transfer to the southern suburbs, Glyfada & lake Vouliagmeni
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee at the lake or famous Moorings café
17:00 – 17:30 Transfer to the Hotel