Jewish Heritage Private Tour of Athens
Experience Athens’s Jewish culture on a fascinating 6-hour private specifically designed for those who are interested in both the history of the Jewish community of Greece and the must-see sites of ancient and modern Athens.
You will be picked up in the morning by our luxury vehicle and our professional guide in order to see the old Synagogue of Athens, Etz Hayyim, which was built in 1904 and is used today only during the High Holidays. Right across the street is the newer and larger Beth Shalom Sephardic synagogue, built in 1935, renovated in the 70’s, and the one fully used today. Its exterior is in white marble with neoclassical elements, while the spacious interior bears not much resemblance to the Greek tradition regarding synagogue design.
We will continue with a visit to the Jewish museum. This museum was founded in 1977 in order to collect and exhibit the material evidence of 2300 years of Jewish life in Greece. The collection contains more than ten thousand artefacts (some of which are unique) pertaining to the domestic and religious life, as well as the history of the Greek Jews. The Jewish museum is under the slopes of the Acropolis, so you will have the opportunity to have a nice walk to Acropolis hill, where will be the next stop of this tour.
Acropolis is an UNESCO’S world heritage monument. You will visit the Propylae, the monumental entrance to the Acropolis which blends Doric and Ionic building principles, and the small temple Athena Nike, which stands on a protruding mass of rock, protecting the gate to the citade and of course the Parthenon, and Erechtheion with its porch of Maidens.
The half day Jewish tour ends with a panoramic drive around center of Athens before the drop off at the door of you hotel in Athens.
- Professional and licensed guide
- Transportation by a deluxe A/C vehicle
- Hotel pick up/drop off service
- Entrance fees
- Gratuities (optional)
- Meals and drinks
Keeping you safe (COVID-19 measures): Our staff is trained in the latest hygiene protocols and cleaning procedures. They use personal protective equipment (face masks/shields and optional gloves) and their temperature/wellness will be monitored daily to ensure a safe travel experience for you. Face masks are also required for travellers inside the museums. All our vehicles are regurarly sanitized and equipped with CARBON filters which capture more than 99% of even microscopic bacteria and viruses. In addition, all sensitive touch areas such as seats, armrests, sidewalls, overhead bins, etc. are intensively cleaned and sanitized. Moreover, sanitizing dispensers are available at the doors. Whisper audio devices will be given to all our travelers to keep social distance guidelines which are sanitized thoroughly both from our staff but also inside the charging cases with UVC lights.
The Synagogues do not have entrance fees, but you will be asked to make a donation. Transportation is by Deluxe Mercedes Taxi for 1 to 3 pax, and Deluxe Mini Bus for 4 to 14 pax. You may choose a guide speaking: English, Italian or French. For other languages extra fees may apply.