Athens - Classical Athens and its Golden Age – Democracy, an experiment in politics

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Classical Athens and its Golden Age – Democracy, an experiment in politics

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(88 reviews)
Athens, Historical center , Athens, Greece
60 mins

About the tour

A tour led by Nota. This tour explores the most remarkable political experiment of antiquity, namely democracy. Walking from the edge of the ancient city at the Kerameikos to its very centre, the Ancient Agora, we will delve into the ancient literary accounts and the archaeological sources to reveal the ancient Athenians' political thinking and how it was put in practice. In an era of dramatic changes – crisis, war, disease, unrest and more – this system was fragile but proved surprisingly durable. In fact, the political discourse of the 5th and the 4th century BCE Athens has been a lasting influence first on Rome and more recently on the western world and especially the USA’s Founding Fathers. Although the differences to the western-style democracies are striking, the Athenian democratic experiment echoes every time the name is spoken.

Meet Athens Insiders

Athens Insiders

Our philosophy is to provide experiential tours and activities - live or virtual - that engage travelers in a unique and entertaining way. We are committed to sharing our “insider” knowledge and give our guests the opportunity to look below the surface and see Greece through our eyes, as we know and love it. Our ultimate objective is for our guests to have a fabulous time while discovering Greece’s history, culture and way of life. Meet our Guides: Nota, archaeologist and licensed tour guide from 2013. A wonderfully enthusiastic and inspiring professional guide, Nota has escorted many guests in Athens over the years and received high praise. Not only has she led numerous tours around Athens, she is internationally accomplished having led tours throughout mainland Greece and the Greek Islands, across the Aegean Sea including Asia Minor, as well as Istanbul, Ankara and Cappadocia. Born and bred in Athens, Nota has been travelling to Turkey for many years, captivated by its multicultural history and the warm local hospitality. With a degree in Archaeology and Art History and post-graduate studies in Byzantine Archaeology (at the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris), she is a specialist in Byzantine art, architecture and history. She has excavated and surveyed at a number of sites in Cappadocia and elsewhere in Turkey, and at sites in Greece, ranging from the island of Kos to central Athens. Alongside her academic studies, she has worked for a specialist Byzantine photo-library in Paris and for a number of cultural institutions. A native Greek-speaker, she is fluent in English and French (and is picking up Turkish too) and puts her language skills to use as a freelance translator and editor. Nota likes nothing better than exploring Greece’s ancient sites in good company and sharing her passion and knowledge of history, arts, culture and landscapes of Mediterranean with her guests. Sissy, archaeologist and licensed tour guide. As an archaeologist, Sissi has participated in a large number of excavations all over Greece, while she is currently finishing her PhD on ancient Greek sculpture, studying more specifically god Apollo and his family. She is deeply interested, and focuses on her tours in the ancient Greek religion, society structure, mythology and philosophy searching for the inner meanings of human existence, through an amazing journey in time.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Athens with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 60 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Athens. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Garima S.

13 September 2021

Can not appreciate Nota enough! Love her tours - how profound and informative they are simultaneously. Would love to hear more about democracy, not only to understand how it happened in the 4th century and what it led to afterwards, but also to see how we can keep democracy alive today.

JUDY in Australia C.

13 September 2021

Not exactly what I expected, but what the guide showed us of the old ruins around Athens was quite interesting. And she seems to have a wealth of knowledge of the area.

Tony T.

13 September 2021

Fascinating, excellent commentary on Ancient Democracy. Bonus points to Nota for visiting the ancient Agora and seeing the temple at the top, although visits with camera are not allowed. Thank you for your efforts.

Dee (NSW Australia) B.

13 September 2021


Diane O.

13 September 2021

It was enjoyable seeing some sites that I have never seen before.

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