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Neoclassical Athens:

An introduction to the little-known kingdom of Greece

Culture for the real world

Explore a different side of Greek history, with this walking tour that will take you through the gardens and mansions of 19th century Athens, to discover the optimism and splendor of the first century of Greek independence.

Neoclassical Athens begins with a tour to the enchanting National Garden, to discover its history and flora. You’ll learn about the early days of the Modern Greek State, when kings and queens strolled along the garden’s paths, and dreamers and visionaries from across Europe and the world gathered in the newly established Greek capital.


Duration: 09:15 - 13:15 (Half Day)

Location: Athens

Price: from €165
Indicative cost per person for a group of 2

Theme: Modern History

Availability: Year-round
Runs on Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon


Explore the National Garden and learn about the fascinating history of one of the city’s most important and beautiful landmarks.

Discover Athens like never before with an insider’s guided tour of the Athenian Trilogy and the Museum of the City of Athens.

Refuel and re-caffeinate with a coffee break at Black Duck Garden, an urban garden oasis once owned and frequented by Queen Amalia herself.

What's included

  • Expert tour guide in English
  • Private tour
  • Entry fees
  • Pick up from hotel available upon request



Starting Point: Syntagma Square (opposite of Hotel Grande Bretagne)

9:30 – 10:15

Enjoy a guided tour of the National Garden. Originally commissioned by Queen Amalia, the first Queen of Greece, as her royal gardens, the National Garden has provided the backdrop for much of the country’s modern history.

10:30 – 11:30

Walk down Panepistimiou Street to marvel the stunning architecture of its neoclassical buildings and their connection with King Otto. Along the way we will encounter the Catholic Church of Saint Denis, the Ophthalmic Hospital -a structure with a distinctly Byzantine flavor- the Numismatic Museum of Athens (Iliou Melathron) and the neoclassical Athenian Trilogy, the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens and the National Library.

11:45 – 12:30

Coffee break at Black Duck Garden, a hidden treasure in the gardens of the Museum of the City of Athens that Queen Amalia herself had created in the early 19th century.

12:30 – 13:15

Tour of the Museum of the City of Athens. Dedicated to the city of Athens, the museum is particularly focused on presenting the city’s modern history, from 1834 onwards. Having served as the first temporary residence of Greece’s first royal couple, the museum showcases a wealth of material culture objects from the 19th century and a range of rooms furnished and decorated in authentic 19th century aristocracy style, offering a rare glimpse into a fascinating period of modern Greek history.


Ending Point: Klathmonos Square

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