Athens Democracy & Ancient Politician Tour

Vicky

The On-the-Go Blogger

Athens Democracy & Ancient Politician Tour

Spoken in: English, Ελληνικά


( 82 reviews ) star City tour Athens 1 - 4 watch_later 2.5 hour
  • Admire amazing views from the hills
  • Enjoy a local snack or coffee next to ruins
  • Listen to the best local stories
  • Wander through famous ancient Athens
  • Private & personal tour

You will meet here: Athens

What you can expect

Join me for this unique tour and learn all about the concept of democracy in its original birthplace. In case you don't already know it, "Democracy" is a Greek word. This internationally used and well-known concept was born just here in my city-Athens- 2500 years ago.

Discover the history of the birth and development of this unique political system and get an introduction to Ancient Athenian Democracy, the meeting place and the people. Imagine wandering through the sites of ancient Athens where simple Athenians used to gather, discuss and vote. Imagine standing right at the spots where ancient orators and politicians used to debate and express their views in front of the citizens of this glorious city.

Start your local experience and meet your guide at the foothill of Pnyka Hill. Pnyka is just one of the three hills overlooking the Acropolis that give the impression they were placed here by a divine hand to protect the sacred hill opposite! Follow a pathway that was constructed in the 20th century in an effort to represent the ancient street leading to the top of the Hill.

Move on to the next stop: follow your private guide and take a look at the ruins of an ancient neighbourhood surrounding the Hill. Let your eyesight stretch all the way to the sea and the port of Pireus – the ancient and modern port of Athens- and try to imagine that the ancient citizens of Athens were also turning their eyes to this direction while they were climbing the Hill to attend their General Assembly.

You have now reached the entrance of the meeting place of ancient Athenians. Remember that only male citizens of Athens were allowed there during the People’s Assembly- no women, no slaves. Although it sounds harsh to us today to accept this fact, just marvel at the beauty of the place overlooking the Parthenon, the surrounding hills but also the entire modern city. Listen to the history of this unique place and also learn some interesting information about this political system, the customs and the practical details during the meetings. Take photos and then start descending the Hill that will lead you to your next stop.

Socrates’ prison is the next stop. Listen to some interesting information about the great philosopher, his life, the notorious trial and his imprisonment in this very place while he was waiting for his sentence – death by poisoning! Learn the reasons behind his will to obey the rules of Athens no matter what the price was!

Next, your local guide will lead you to the next stop that is just another Hill – Mars’ Hill or the Ancient Court. Decide whether you want to climb the ancient, slippery staircase or if you aren't daring enough, just climb the modern steel staircase that was placed here before the 2004 Olympic Games. Take nice photos at the top of the hill, enjoy interesting stories and take a look at the entirety of modern Athens but also the old part of the city, Plaka, which stretches from the foothill of Mars’ Hill and all around the sacred Acropolis.

Then, head to an outdoor/indoor café (depending on the weather conditions on the day of your visit) just next to the Ancient Agora (Market). Learn some more interesting stories while sipping a traditional Greek coffee or fresh refreshments. Relax at this picturesque café at the heart of Plaka for half an hour before walking around the next stop, the Roman Market where you will marvel at the architecture of the Tower of the Winds and learn about its intriguing story.

This is a perfect opportunity for you, so don't miss it!


This is the plan

Meeting point
At the foot of Filopappos Hill
Stop 1
Climb the hill and reach the ancient site of Pnyka where orators spoke to the people and democratic decisions were taken.
Stop 2
Socrates' prison
Stop 3
Climb up the Areopagus Hill where the ancient court of Justice was
Stop 4
At the entrance of the ancient Agora (Forum). View over the Agora.
Stop 5
A stop for a snack or coffee at a cafe next to the ruins of Ancient Agora
End tour
Plaka or Monastiraki square

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City tour details

Type
Private City tour
Mode of transport
Walking tour
Duration
2.5 hour
Nr. of guests
1 - 4 persons
Meeting point
Athens
Guest pick-up
no
Confirmation
instant confirmation
Cancellation
  • checkFree cancellation up to 14 days before experience date
  • closeNo refunds within 14 days of experience date

What's included
checkPrivate guide
checkNon alcoholic drinks at Extra Charge

Vicky

The On-the-Go Blogger

82 reviews

I am a teacher of English and History but also a travel blogger and a passionate photographer with an endless wanderlust. I believe in the posistive energy of humans. Sharing knowledge, visiting places, learning new things and meeting new people has always been my focus of interest in life. Last year I started learning Spanish and I am also a member of an amateur theatre group.
Athens is my home - ask me anything you want to know about this great city and I can help you with extra information. See you!"

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