A unique city tour to experience the Jewish heritage of Athens and the main landmarks and sights of classical and modern Athens.
We will pick you up from your hotel and drive to Etz Hayyim, the old Synagogue of Athens built in 1904 and used today only for the High Holidays. Right across it we find another, a newer and larger synagogue that is still fully functioning; we visit the Beth Shalom Sephardic synagogue erected in 1935 and renovated in the 1970s. Its exterior is covered in white marble with neoclassical elements, while the spacious interior bears not much resemblance to the Greek tradition regarding synagogue design.
We continue with a visit to the Jewish museum that exhibits the 2.300 years of Jewish life and culture in Greece. The museum was founded in 1977 and has created a collection of over 10.000 artifacts related to the domestic and religious life and the history of the Greek Jews. It is conveniently located under the slopes of the Acropolis, ideal for a short walk to the next stop of the tour.
The Acropolis, a UNESCO world heritage monument, and the eternal symbol of democracy, education, and inspiration will amaze you. Your guide will explain the history of the Golden Age of Athens as you visit the architectural masterpieces of the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and finally the Parthenon, one of the world’s most famous landmark monuments dedicated to the goddess Athena.
The tour ends with a panoramic drive around the city center of Athens. You will see among others the Greek Parliament, the Presidential Guard and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Hadrian’s Arch, as we return to your hotel.
For the Acropolis visit we recommend comfortable walking shoes and especially during the summer months wearing a hat, sunglasses, and loose-fitted clothes.
The Synagogues do not have entrance fees, but you will be asked to make a donation.
Transportation by air-conditioned deluxe vehicle
Professional licensed guide
Entrance fees for the Acropolis site & Jewish Museum
Pick up / Drop off at your hotel in Athens
Local taxes and VAT
Meal and drinks
Customary tips to your drivers, guides, and escorts (optional).