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Delve into Athens’ rich history and art heritage and tick off two of the city’s most fascinating museums on this 4-hour tour. First, follow your art-expert guide around the Byzantine and Christian Museum and marvel at religious art from as early as 600 BC. Admire the stunning collections of Coptic Christian paintings, mosaic icons and medieval books, then stop for refreshments at the museum café (own expense). Next, browse the prized exhibits on display at the National Archaeological Museum, including Ancient Greek art and relics from the Stone Ages.

Highlights

  • 4-hour private tour of the Byzantine and Christian Museum and National Archaeological Museum
  • Visit two incredible Athens history and art museums with an art-expert guide
  • Explore the Byzantine and Christian Museum, home to more than 25,000 artifacts
  • Hear stories about religious art during the days of Byzantine Greece
  • Stroll through the National Archaeological Museum, the largest archaeological exhibition in Greece
  • Learn about Greek civilization from the Stone Age through to the Hellenistic period
  • This private tour ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide

What You Can Expect

Private Athens Art Tour: National Archaeological Museum and Byzantine and Christian Museum

Discover all the secrets stored in these museums with this Athens Art Tour

Meet your private guide at Evangelismos metro station in central Athens, and then walk to the nearby Byzantine and Christian Museum. After paying your entrance fee, head inside and explore the incredible collection of antiquities, religious artifacts and paintings from the days of Byzantine Empire in Greece.

With some 25,000 artifacts on display, the museum is vast, and knowing where to start can be bewildering. Let your guide introduce you to its best bits while learning about the era that stretched roughly from 600 BC to the mid-15th century. Highlights of the museum include a beautiful gallery of Coptic Christian paintings, mosaic icons inside the reconstructed Christian church and a collection of medieval books. The building itself is both beautiful and historic, too: It was once the palace of a Greek duchess.

Enjoy a break in the museum’s on-site café, and then take the metro with your guide to the National Archaeological Museum, the largest archaeological exhibition in Greece. Devoted to ancient Greek art, the exhibition space comprises several spacious rooms featuring art from the Stone Age, Cycladic and Minoan eras, as well as Classical and Hellenistic works. Learn about Greek civilization throughout the different artistic periods while browsing the exhibitions and admiring sculptures, paintings and metalwork.

Your private tour finishes inside the National Archaeological Museum; you can stay inside after your tour, if you wish.

Customer Reviews

Patricia M

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2015

We have enjoyed our previous tours with Athens Walking. Despite our guides apparent knowledge in the art-she was difficult to locate at the meeting point-no sign. I was going around the metro asking people if they were our guide. Another family was added without explanation by the guide. I had booked our private tour 5 months prior and the other family said they had just booked the day before. Our guide took us to the Athens subway and did look back to see if we were with her and the doors closed leaving us in the subway. She pointed to go ahead. We got off at the stop they we thought might be nearest the Archaeological Museum. I finally got a call on my cell paying the international fee to cover the group. We wanted to stop and rest after the walk to the museum,but the other family needed to get to another tour-so the guide deferred to their needs. We did not agree to her proposal that we sit by ourselves while she gave them a quick tour of the archaeological museum. Our tour was to be 5 hours-we did not plan for 7 hours. I told the guide I was expecting a private tour and she said she was told she would have another group. 8 hours after the tour the owner called our hotel to state a problem occurred and offered a 50 discount. He Kosta or the guide should have addressed this at some point during our tour. The other Viatour private tours in other countries were excellent and private. Would highly recommend Fez tours in Istanbul. Be aware that a private tour with Athens Walking may be a small group tour. In conclusion of conversation with the owner did he offer full compensation but i would have much preferred the day I had booked months in advance or an upfront explanation from the guide at the start of the day.

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