Jewish Heritage of Athens
Athens is home to a wonderful Jewish community, and many interesting Jewish sites. This tour will take you to the New and Old Synagogue, the cemetery, and of course the Jewish Museum.
Visit the Old Synagogue, Etz Hayyim, built in 1904. This is the smaller of the two synagogues and is no longer open for use. Your driver can have it unlocked especially for you, though. Right across the street you will find the larger…
Athens is home to a wonderful Jewish community, and many interesting Jewish sites. This tour will take you to the New and Old Synagogue, the cemetery, and of course the Jewish Museum .
Tour Itinerary – Jewish Heritage of Athens
Visit the Old Synagogue, Etz Hayyim, built in 1904. This is the smaller of the two synagogues and is no longer open for use. Your driver can have it unlocked especially for you, though. Right across the street you will find the larger New Synagogue, Beth Shalom, a Sephardic synagogue built in 1935 and renovated in the 70s. This is the one that is used today. Admire the exterior of white marble with neoclassical elements, as well as the spacious interior.
Now you will come to Plaka, the old historical neighbourhood of Athens, just under the Acropolis. Adrianou is the oldest street in Athens still in use, and is now home to many tourist shops. Right on the edge of the Plaka you will find new Jewish Museum, one of the finest Jewish museums in Europe. Enjoy a one-hour tour by a museum representative, viewing items that had been confiscated from Greek Jews during the war, Ancient Hebrew books, and other items commemorating the Holocaust. At some point during your tour, you will also visit the Jewish cemetery.
In addition to the fascinating Jewish sites, you will also see the must-see sites of Athens. See Syntagma Square, the tourist core of the city that is dominated by the old Royal Palace, now the Greek Parliament (where you can see the changing of the guards in front every hour on the hour!).
And of course, you won´t miss the Acropolis, the trademark of Athens. The ancient “high city” is topped with marble temples dedicated to the city´s goddess Athena, and dates back to the Late Bronze Age. Following your climb to the top, you will be rewarded with a visit to the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and finally, the Parthenon
SPECIAL NOTES – Jewish Heritage of Athens
Please note that on this tour, your driver is not licensed to accompany you on your climb to the top of the Acropolis or inside any sites.
The price of this tour includes a great driver for the day, and a guided tour of the Jewish Museum. Food, drink, gratuities, and entrance fees to the museum and the Acropolis are not included. The Synagogues do not have entrance fees, but you will be asked to make a donation
The visit to the Acropolis includes walking uphill on rough, and sometimes slippery, terrain. Comfortable shoes, a hat, water and sunscreen are recommended. No food, drinks, large bags/backpacks are allowed into the Acropolis or Museums. Only water in a clear bottle is permissible. Please note the Acropolis Museum is in the process of relocation and a full visit may not be possible. The Acropolis is currently under repair for preservation purposes. Jewish Heritage of Athens tour ends return to port or hotel.