The city tour begins with the marble Panathenaic Stadium, where the very first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. Not far away from it the remaining columns of the temple of Olympian Zeus rise. We pass by the National Garden of Athens and the Greek Parliament, guarded by Greek soldiers wearing the national costume. Across the Parliament lies Syntagma square, the heart of modern Athens. Along University avenue we see the most representative buildings of the city, such as the House of Heinrich Schliemann, the catholic church of St Denis, the Academy of Science, the Athens University and the National Library. Going on along Stadiou street we can see the square of the National Reconciliation and the National Historic Museum. Then the tour goes by the byzantine church of the Virgin Mary, the evangelic church of St Paul and the Arch of Hadrian.
On the extended city tour, we go northward along Queen Sophia avenue lined by historic buildings, which house embassies and museums, up to the top of the Lycabettus hill, the highest of Athens, which offers the best view of the city. Then, we go further to the north up to the Olympic Athletic Centre of Athens “Spyros Louis”, which hosted the 2004 Olympic Games.
After that we head southward towards the sea and first we see Piraeus, with its central and biggest port of Greece and its two smaller picturesque ones. Following the Athens Riviera with organized beaches, little bays, marinas and restaurants, we cross some of the most diserable suburbs of Athens.