Athens - Syntagma Square: Athens’ modern history at its very centre

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Syntagma Square: Athens’ modern history at its very centre

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Athens downtown , Athens, Greece
45 mins

About the tour

A tour led by Nota. Wander with Nota around Athens’ very center to discover the city’s 19th and 20th history by visiting a number of renowned architectural structures. Starting the narrative from 1834, a turning point for the history of Athens, which then became Greece’s new Capital you will learn how the city grew rapidly to a modern metropolis in recent times. How Athens became a hub for archaeologists, ambassadors, foreign travellers and architects and turned to a cosmopolitan city hosting today half of the country’s population. You will stroll around the first Greek Parliament, an architectural jewel and one of the most historical buildings of the centre, housing today the museum of the history of the city. You will also view the former Royal Palace (today’s Parliament), the historical Hotel “Grand Bretagne” and many more stunning buildings, while you will walk through Athens’ main square named “Syntagma” where the first Greek Constitution was granted by King Otto and at the surrounding boulevards. Join a modern history tour that will travel you from the War of Independence that led eventually to the foundation of the Modern Greek State, to the city’s first urban planning, it’s gradual rebirth and its darkest hour during the 1940s.

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 45 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

Elen S.

30 June 2021

Nota is an amazing guide and passes so many knowledge to us!! She's also a lovely, sweet person and always available to answer our questions!! Thank you so much once again Nota!! See you at your next tour on Friday!! ❤️

Sara M.

30 June 2021


Beatrice M.

30 June 2021

So much interesting informations. I would love to here more about the history of modern Greece and Athens and the time after WWII.

Daphne S.

29 June 2021

Nota is very knowledgeable and a wonderful Guide.

Tony T.

29 June 2021

Always amazing and captivating! Today Nota gave us a new story on WWII and the Greek resistance, the street battles and how people fought unarmed against the German occupation forces. Exceptional, emotional and very intresting the way she reveals parts of the recent history of Greece. Can't wait for more tours of Nota, on modern history and more. Thank you for tonight's tour.

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