One of my favourite cities on Earth. Ancient, exciting and complicated it’s addictive. We will be getting under the skin of this place, drinking in the local culture and going to the best locations for photography in the city.
Exploring the area
The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of Ottoman monuments.
Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. Landmarks of the modern era, dating back to the establishment of Athens as the capital of the independent Greek state in 1834, include the Hellenic Parliament and the so-called "architectural trilogy of Athens", consisting of the National Library of Greece, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Academy of Athens.
Athens is also home to several museums and cultural institutions, such as the National Archeological Museum, featuring the world's largest collection of ancient Greek antiquities, the Acropolis Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Benaki Museum and the Byzantine and Christian Museum. Athens was the host city of the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896, and 108 years later it welcomed home the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Eating and Drinking
Whether it is traditional souvlaki or fine dining at the best restaurants in town, Athens has plenty to offer. With our in house Athenian tour guide and host Chryssie Koussia on hand to show you the places the tourists will miss, and help you make the best choices on the menu, your waistline will expand as fast as your photography knowledge. Leave the diet at home!
Where to Stay
The Athens Gate Hotel offers some of the best views you will find of the city. With a panoramic roof garden that is ideal for photographers who want to get a different perspective on the city. This bright, modern centrally located hotel will be your base of operations during your trip and the staff are very photographer friendly.
How to Get Around
With much of down town Athens being fairly compact it is easy to walk around and take all the photos you want. Anything further away is easily accessible with the metro and bus system, both of which are clean, reliable and cheap.