Athens Old and New: From the Mysteries of Eleusis and the Sacred Way to the 21st Century

Panagiotis Adamopoulos
Eleusis Archaeological site
Eleusis Archaeological Museum
Panagiotis Adamopoulos
Eleusis Archaeological site
Eleusis Archaeological Museum

Athens Old and New: From the Mysteries of Eleusis and the Sacred Way to the 21st Century

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Experience Athens Old and New in Eleusis, the European Capital of Culture in 2021, starting where the famous Eleusinian mysteries were held.

Visiting Places: Archaeological site and Museum of Eleusis, Old Olive Factory, Eleusis beach, Kronos and Titan factories.
Duration: 8 hours

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A great combination of old and new, ancient and modern, this unique guided tour allows visitors to experience the world of the religious mysteries of Ancient Greece and visit one of the most important industrial sites in the development of Modern Greece.

Activity Description

This visit to Eleusis will take you on a journey through time, exploring the most important religious ritual of antiquity, learning about its evolution through the byzantine and modern periods. In antiquity, Eleusis was the holiest spiritual site for Greeks and Romans alike. A procession started from the Parthenon, along the Sacred Way, finally reaching to Eleusis, where people could participate in the Eleusinian Mysteries, and honor Demeter and Persephone.

In modern times, Eleusis transformed from the religious to the industrial centre of Greece. During the 19th, 20th and 21st century, the city of Eleusis, was the capital of greek industry, shipbuilding, and economy. On the same route, visitors will have the opportunity to follow the steps of the procession along the Sacred Way, and learn about the development of the industrial sector in Greece, in a city that is now transforming into a cultural hub as the European Capital of Culture in 2021.

Special Features

  • Explore first the city that will become the European Capital of Culture in 2021.
  • Visit the world-famous archaeological site of Eleusis, home to the Eleusinian mysteries.
  • Learn about the myths of Demeter and Persephone, as well as the naval battle of Salamis.
  • Discover the industrial heritage of the city that used to be the centre of the greek economy.

Activity Snapshot

Dates | Start Time : Daily upon request as a private tour between 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM 

Duration: 8 hours

Spoken Language: English

Meeting Point: Syntagma square

Group Size: Group sizes flexible. 

Pace: Easy, walking. 

Included: Entrance to archaeological sites, expert tour-guide, coach transport to Eleusis, snacks, lunch. 

Excluded: Anything not included above.

Note: Recommended for groups of 6-12 people. Smaller private tours also available.

Young Travelers: 15% discount for children up to 14 years old. Contact us for your discount code.

Vendor: Mentor

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation more than 5 days prior to scheduled Activity: Full refund minus administrative and credit card fees). Cancellation 2-4 days prior to scheduled activity: 50% refund. Cancellation 24 hours prior to scheduled activity/no show: no refund.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation to be received as soon as possible (within 24 hours from booking)  
  • You can present either a print out or an electronic booking confirmation for this activity
  • Complete information on Vendor, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be sent with your Booking Confirmation. The TravelPorter hand-picks the most remarkable, experienced and reliable vetted professionals for a pleasant experience from booking to completion. 

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