Athens - Pireaus

Athens Jewish tour & City sites

8 hours
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Jews have been present in Greece for a little more than two thousand years. The oldest and the most characteristic Jewishgroup that has inhabited Greece are the Romaniotes, also known as “Greek Jews”. However, the term “Greek Jew” is predominantly used for any person of Jewish descent or faith that lives in or originates from the modern region of Greece.

The Jewish community in Greece currently amounts to roughly 8,000 people, concentrated mainly in Athens, Thessaloniki, Larissa, Volos, Chalkis, Ioannina, Trikala and Corfu, while very few remain in Kavala and Rhodes. Greek Jews today largely “live side by side in harmony” with Christian Greeks, according to Giorgo Romaio, president of the Greek Committee for the Jewish Museum of Greece.

Itinerary

Itinerary

01

Our personnel will meet you just outside the cruise termnal in Piraeus Port and after 30min drive through the tonwn of Piraeus and its beautiful ports -Marina Zea-Kastela-Mikrolimano- we will arrive n Athens.

Your day starts with a visit the Old Synagogue, Etz Hayyim, built in 1904. This is the smaller of the two synagogues and is no longer open for use. Your driver can have it unlocked especially for you, though. Right across the street you will find the larger New Synagogue, Beth Shalom, a Sephardic synagogue built in 1935 and renovated in the 70s. This is the one that is used today. Admire the exterior of white marble with neoclassical elements, as well as the spacious interior.

02

Now your driver will take you to Plaka, the old historical neighbourhood of Athens, just under the Acropolis. Adrianou is the oldest street in Athens still in use, and is now home to many tourist shops. Right on the edge of the Plaka you will find new Jewish Museum, one of the finest Jewish museums in Europe.

Enjoy a one-hour tour by a museum representative, viewing items that had been confiscated from Greek Jewsduring the war, Ancient Hebrew books, and other items commemorating the Holocaust. At some point during your tour, you will also visit the Jewish cemetery.

03

In addition to the fascinating Jewish sites, you will also see the must-see sites of Athens. See Syntagma Square, the tourist core of the city that is dominated by the old Royal Palace, now the Greek Parliament (where you can see the changing of the guards in front every hour on the hour!).

You will see Old Olympic Stadium, Temple of Zeus, Lycabettus hill.

 

04

And of course, you won’t miss the Acropolis, the trademark of Athens. The ancient “high city” is topped with marble temples dedicated to the city’s goddess Athena and dates back to the Late Bronze Age. Following your climb to the top, you will be rewarded with a visit to the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the Parthenon.

Alternative Tour Options:
There are so many other things to see in this area. Keep in mind that your driver is at your disposal, so if you would like to adjust the proposed itinerary at all, just let him know!

Pricelist

UP TO 4 PEOPLE
Yellow Taxi Mercedes E Class Sedan
  • 4
    or 3 + guide
  • 2
  • 3
Colors yellow
€ 230
UP TO 6 PEOPLE
Mini Van Mercedes VIP Viano
  • 6
    or 5 + guide
  • 4
  • 6
Colors black
€ 350
UP TO 8 PEOPLE
Van Mercedes Sprinter 315
  • 8
    or 7 + guide
  • 4
  • 8
Colors black, white, blue, silver
€ 400
LICENCED TOUR GUIDE
Total additional fee for local licensed tour guide
IMPORTANT
If you would like to request a licenced tour guide for your trip please let us know in the contact form.
€ 200

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Special Instructions

  • Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sun screen are suggested.
  • Walking :Difficult. To climb up to the Acropolis, guests must be able to walk over paved, inclined paths, some with steps, then climb a series of steps to reach the propylea. The walking surfaces on top of the Acropolis are uneven.
  • Disabled access at the Acropolis is provided by a wheelchair stair climber lift elevator.Please do keep in mind that this is an elevator strictly available to disabled visitors only. That includes:
    • visitors using a wheelchair or some other kinetic equipment,
    • visitors with some kind of physiopathological situation that affects their kinetic ability either permanently or temporarily and
    • visitors that have a certified rate of disability whether this is affecting their kinetic ability or not

Restrictions

  • This tour can run on Saturdays and Sundays, but please be aware of the following: The Jewish Museum is closed on Saturdays, but the New Synagogue holds services for Sabbath. Your guide or driver will try to get you inside during the services. On Sundays, the Jewish Museum of Greece is open, but the New Synagogue is closed. The Old Synagogue is closed on both Saturdays and Sundays, but can still be viewed from the outside.
  • We do our best to ensure that every stop described is available for your visit. There are some times when a site or building is closed at the last moment with little to no warning. We assume that those in charge make those decisions based on external information and for the visitors’ safety and we apologize when this causes inconvenience and disappointment.

Tips

  • Our prices are much better in comparison to those of the cruise companies or onboard, because we are ourselves the tour operator and we do not use third party providers.
  • It’s always a great idea to bring a bottle of water and sunscreen with you because in the warmer months it becomes quite hot and sunny.
  • A hat to protect your head and shade your face is also recommended when spending a significant amount of time in the sun.
  • The area around the Acropolis Hill and Syntagma Square (changing of the guards) can become quite crowded, especially during the peak travel months, so be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings close to you.
  • Do not accept ‘gifts’ from street vendors approaching tourists. They may offer you roses, but if choose you accept, you will be expected to pay or give a tip for them.

Important Information

  • This tour does not include entrance fees to any archeological site and museum, gratuities, or other client personal expenses.
  • Entrance fees to the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, and Ancient Agora are 30 Euro total pp (combined ticket).
  • Entrance fee to the Jewish Museum is 6 Euro pp.
  • Free admission for:
    • Journalists
    • Persons under 18 (with current identification to prove age)
    • University students from Greece and the E.U