GREECE : Athens and Ancient Olympics

Here is the second portion of my trip to Greece. We visited the Parthenon of Athens and the archeological sites of Ancient Greek temples. On a separate day, we visited the Ancient Olympics Stadium in Olympia.  I included the tour costs in this travel blog
You may check out the first portion  : My Trip to Greece : Crete and Rhodes

Athens, Greece

Tour Cost per Person with Ride and Tour Guide:

Visit to Acropolis                                                                                                                                              € 62.00 ++ | $ 78.64 ++ | Php 3,533.00++

Visit around Athens, Acropolis and  New Acropolis Museum                                                                           € 69.00 ++ | $ 87.52 ++ | Php 3,932.00++

Visit to Acropolis and Plaka, Athens    (an old Historical  place with Neoclassical architectures)                   € 62.00 ++ | $ 78.64 ++ | Php 3,533.00

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This is the main tourist attraction in Athens:

Parthenon, Acropolis

Tour Cost per Person with Ride and Tour Guide:
Tour around Athens and Main Ancient Greek Religious Sanctuaries                                                               € 99.00 ++ | $ 125.57 ++ | Php 5,642.00++
Visit to Main Ancient Greek Religious Sanctuaries  ONLY                                                                              € 53.00 ++ | $ 67.22 ++ | Php 3,020.00++
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The Parthenon was dedicated to Athena,  Athens’ patron goddess. Throughout history its function changed from temple to church into a mosque. The ancient Greeks bring their offerings to this temple.

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The temple of Athena was under renovation.

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Jump shot!!!!

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Cobbled stone walls.

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With our Tour Group.

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Odeon of Herodes

It is an ancient Greek amphitheater that can seat 5,000 people. In the 1960’s, Frank Sinatra conducted two concerts in this place.


View from the top.

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View from the ground.

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Fascinated with this huge boulder. Puuuuussshhh!!!

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At the entrance, there are souvenir shops in kiosks that give good prices. We bought the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena, and the god of war, Aries.

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Tour Cost per Person No Tour Guide:
Entrance Fee to Athens National Archeological Museum   (Open 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)                              € 7.00 | $ 8.88 ++ | Php 400.00++
Entrance Fee to Acropolis Museum (Open 8:30a.m.-5:30p.m. Closed: every Monday)                                € 7.00 | $ 8.88 ++ | Php 400.00++
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Temple of Hephaestus

This temple is dedicated for the the Greek god of craftsmanship. Compared to other Greek Temples, this particular structure is preserved well. It was eventually converted into a Christian Church dedicated to St. George. Later on it became an archaeological museum, then a burial place in the 1900’s and finally became an ancient monument.

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Propylaea Athens

The main entrance going to the Acropolis of Athens.

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When we came, almost every area were under renovation.

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Erechtheion

This is a temple dedicated to Poseidon and Athena

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Mount Lycabettus

It is a mountain in the middle of the City of Athens surrounded by pine trees. Legend tells a story that it was once a home of wolves. At present, a church of St. George is built in its peak.

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There are restaurants and an open-air theater at the top of the mountain where international concerts were held, like performances from Bob Dylan and Moby.

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 Arch of Hadrian

It is a Roman monumental gateway.

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Temple of Zeus

Tour Cost per Person NoTour Guide:
Entrance Fee to Acropolis of Athens , Ancient Agora of Athens, Kerameikos Museum, Roman Agora of Athens Temple of Zeus     (Open 8:30a.m.-5:30p.m. Closed: every Monday)                                            € 12.00 | $ 15.22 ++ | Php 684.00++ per person

Only a few columns survived from what once an enormous temple for the king of Olympian Greek gods, Zeus.

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Here’s a train that moves around and drop off tourists to important sites.

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Panathenaic Stadium

 This is where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. It is one of a kind, because the structure is made of white marble. The Panathenaic Stadium was built from the ruins of an ancient Greek Stadium.

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I don’t understand why my brother wants to dive to the ground. Haha!

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City Tour around Athens
Tour Cost per Person with Ride and Tour Guide:
Panoramic Tour around Athens by Bus                                                                                                           € 59.00 ++ | $ 74.84 ++ | Php 3,362.00 per person
Visit to the Canal and Ancient Corinth                                                                                                              € 45.00 ++ | $ 58.28 ++ | Php 2,540.00

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Parliament Building, used to be a Royal Palace during the 18th century

Guard ceremony in Syntagma Square

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Athenian shore.

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Greek Sunset

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Olympus, Greece

Tour Cost per Person with Ride and Tour Guide:

Visit to the Excavations in OlympiaAncient Olympics and the Archaeological Museum                                 (with Tour Guide)      € 59.00 ++ | $ 74.84 ++ | Php 3,362.00++

Entrance fee to Olympia -Ancient Olympics  (No Tour Guide)                                                                      € 9.00 ++ | $ 11.42 ++ | Php 512.90++

Ancient Olympic Stadium

My brothers and I ran in this Ancient Olympic Stadium to complete the experience.

This temple must be so glorious with this kind of tall column!

This is where the Olympic fire used to be lit.

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My signature pose for the rest of the trip. (I know it looks silly -___- )

Behind the scenes. Haha!

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My brother cooperating with me. Haha!

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The walls are so ancient! This is the entrance going to the Ancient Olympic Stadium.

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The beauty of ruins.

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Ruins of Temple of Zeus in Olympia

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Ancient Greek message engraved in this stone.

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Breakfast by the Aegean Sea, between Greece and Turkey

 

My 22nd Birthday Celebration

Cruise Ship

Woke up with a surprise bouquet of roses and a bottle of champagne.

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My birthday party extended in the bar with my Italian and  French friends.

Where ever you may be, an appreciative attitude makes any place beautiful 🙂 — Kyrah Banks ♥

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