Athens

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    Athen's mighty Acropolis, a classics pre-requisite.
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    Take a trip to see the Temple of Apollo in Delphi on a classics school trip to Athens.
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    Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • Athens school trip
    The ancient sites of Greece provide excellent educational context on a classics school trip.
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    Temple of Olympian Zeus, the largest temple in Greece and of the ancient world.

I was very impressed by the tour as a whole, particularly the pre-tour admin and the accommodation, as were my colleagues. The pupils had an enjoyable and educationally valuable time. There were no serious hitches at all and the whole thing was a relaxing experience from my point of view. DS, The London Oratory School

Arguably the cradle of Western civilisation and named after the Goddess of Wisdom, Athena, Athens has many important historical sites from the Acropolis to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, as well as treasures in the National Archaeological Museum.

Following the changes to the infrastructure brought about by the 2004 Summer Olympics, Athens is now a much more comfortable city to visit, exemplified by the Archaeological Promenade, a tree-lined, traffic-free walkway, skirting the foot of the Acropolis and linking all the city’s major, must-see archaeological sites.

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different 2*/3* hotels in and around the Greek capital. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Athens school trip itinerary and budget.

Athens School Trip – Subject Suitability

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All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group, but here is a popular sample itinerary for an Athens school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 4 Days by Air

Day 1 – Journey to the airport for your direct flight to Athens. Transfer to the hotel for three nights’ half-board accommodation.

Day 2 – After breakfast, an English-speaking guide will meet you at the hotel for a half-day guided tour of Athens, including a visit to the Acropolis and a tour of the Olympic stadium.

After lunch there will be a guided excursion to Cape Sounion, including a visit to the Temple of Poseidon. Return to hotel for dinner.

Day 3 – A full-day guided excursion to Argolis, including visits to Mycenae and Epidaurus, or to Delphi.

Day 4 – Last-minute shopping and sightseeing before returning to Athens airport for the flight home.

Travel Options

  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Athens

Popular Visits & Excursions

Acropolis – The birthplace of Athens, and crowned by three ancient temples, the most impressive being the Parthenon, the best-known example of Ancient Greek architecture. Be sure to visit the ultra-modern New Acropolis Museum, showcasing statues and artefacts found at the Acropolis site.
Agora – In ancient times the city’s main marketplace, and its political and cultural heart. It was here that democracy was born, and where Socrates, Aristotle and St Paul made their public speeches. Near the entrance, the 2nd century BC Stoa of Attalos houses the Agora Museum, displaying ancient finds from the site.
Temple of Olympian Zeus – the largest temple not only in Greece but amongst the ancient world. Taking almost seven centuries to complete, construction on this massive temple devoted to the God of Gods began in the 6th century BC and was finally completed in 132 AD by the Roman Emperor Hadrian.

 

Mount Lycabettus – You can see the whole of Athens from the city’s highest vantage point (295m). Accessible by footpath or by funicular.
National Archaeological Museum – The most important archaeology museum in Greece, with displays of intricately crafted jewellery and weaponry, including Agamemnon’s 3,600-year-old death mask.
Syntagma Square – Site of the Hellenic Parliament Building, the Changing of the Guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a memorable sight.
Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion – The temple magnificently looks over the Aegean Sea at the southernmost point of the Attica peninsula.
Argolis – A classic day trip taking in Mycenae, with the palace and tomb of Agamemnon, and Epidaurus, site of the most famous open-air theatre.
Delphi – Full-day guided tour to see the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, once considered the centre of the world.