Starting point: Acropolis Metro Station, 09:30*

1st Stop: Entrance to the South Slope of the Acropolis

Accompanied by a museum educator and tour guide, the group enters the archaeological area of the Acropolis at the foot of the South Slope and is introduced to the significance of ancient Athens (c. 5th century BC) among the city states: the birth of Democracy, the visionary leader Pericles, and the era that led to the creation of the Acropolis.

The first game, which connects all the following stops, starts here.

2nd Stop: Theatre of Dionysus

One of the most significant and earliest preserved open-air theatres in Athens, the Theatre of Dionysus dates from the 4th century BCE. But who was Dionysus and how was theatre connected to his worship? The group will learn about the norms and customs around theatre in antiquity, and how these paved the way for theatre as we know it today.

Young guests will be presented with a variety of theatre masks to try on in a participatory game designed to demonstrate the connections between the expressions portrayed on the masks and the experience of theatrical performance.

3rd Stop: Sanctuary of Asclepius

The Asclepeion, or Sanctuary of Asclepius, was built in the 5th century BCE to honour Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. His sanctuaries were the hospitals of their day and his priests served as healers, using herbs to soothe and cure patients and sometimes even operating. Stories and anecdotes help reveal Asclepius’ legacy to modern medicine.

4th Stop: The Archaic Spring House

Encouraged to decipher the inscription on the rock next to this Archaic-era spring house the group will discover the similarities between the Greek and Latin scripts, and young guests will learn about the importance of fresh water springs in antiquity.

5th Stop: Propylaea

The group passes through the Propylaea, the monumental gateway to the Acropolis, whose sheer scale and grandeur were driven by the desire to inspire awe amongst the other city states.

6th Stop: Erechtheion

Where better to hear the myth behind the city’s name, than on the very spot where the Gods competed for it? The Erechtheion is a temple jointly dedicated to Poseidon and Athena, each of who presented Athenians with a gift in a bid to become the city’s protector.

7th Stop: The Parthenon

A temple and treasury, the Parthenon was built to inspire wonder and showcase the power and wealth of the Athenian state. Through stories and anecdotes, the group will learn about the multitude of artists and craftsmen, skill-sets, and materials that came together to create the iconic monument and will be offered a glimpse into the Parthenon’s colourful past.

Whilst hearing the story behind the famed western pediment and its adornments, our young guests are invited to exercise their creativity: given drawing supplies and triangular pieces of card, they are encouraged to adorn their miniature pediments with their own interpretations of Poseidon and Athena’s contest.

8th Stop: Acropolis Museum Café

Time for a short break for snacks and refreshments at the Acropolis Museum Café, which boasts a spectacular view of the Parthenon—arguably one of the best in the city!

9th Stop: Acropolis Museum

Having already explored the archaeological area and experienced the monuments first-hand, the group will now enjoy a guided tour of the award-winning Acropolis Museum. Led by a licensed archaeologist, the group will explore the museum’s impressive collection of artifacts and learn about their stories and functions in the ancient world.

Ending point: Acropolis Metro Station, 12:30*

 

* Optional private transfer to and from the meeting point is available upon request.
**In the event that health and safety concerns (e.g. extreme weather) prohibit the groups’ ascent to the top of the Acropolis, the tour will continue with extended activities on the South Slope and other parts of the archaeological area.

The Myths and Wonders of Ancient Athens
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