Visit the Acropolis and the nearby sites

The classical period was an era of unprecedented political and cultural achievement. In this period Athens reached its greatest political and cultural heights: the full development of the democratic system of government under the Athenian statesman Pericles; the building of the Parthenon on the Acropolis; the creation of the tragedies of Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides; and the founding of the philosophical schools of Socrates and Plato.

Step back in time and gain a vivid insight into Athens’ classical past. In addition to the great monuments of classical Athens you will also learn about all major aspects of daily life - from food and sports to religion, education, and politics. You will see the houses people inhabited, admire the theater where the masterpieces of ancient drama were first performed; learn about the architecture of the Parthenon, discover the ruins of the state prison where Socrates was executed; or visit the Athenian Agora - the heart of ancient Athens where political, judicial, commercial, cultural and religious activities all found a place together.

"We turn aside to trace the footsteps left by ancient Time" - Aeschylus, The Suppliant Maidens. 533.

Text & route: Nicolas Nicolaides, Yannis Zaras

Image: "Parthenon after the rain, 1908", by Fred Boissonnas (1858-1946)