The Aegean and Ephesus

“Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts and eloquence.”
–John Milton

Effortlessly mingling past and present, Athens amazes in its antiquities, yet modern surprises are around every corner, as you find distinguished Michelin-starred restaurants and lively nightclubs adjacent to ancient temples and marbled monuments. It’s a reminder that, yes, this is Europe’s historic capital, dating back to the first settlement in the Neolithic age, but it’s very firmly ensconced in the 21st century and a don’t-miss destination on the Continent.

Four mountains and the vast sea surround Athens, making it one of the few world capitals where you can enjoy a morning stroll in the woods, then take a swim at noon close to Poseidon’s Temple at Sounion. Walk in Kolonaki and admire the marbled entrances of ancient buildings next to marvelous boutiques, before reaching the bustling square where politicians, athletes and generations of residents meet and mingle at famous coffee shops. Stroll through the historic Plaka neighborhood, the city’s oldest section, today brimming with haute eateries and tempting jewelry shops. And at day’s end, wander at Lycabettus or Filopappou Hill, savoring the silence and the sun as it melts across the horizon in a sublime sunset.

It’s here that fêted restaurants boasting celebrated chefs, a lively nightlife and myriad cultural events make for a well-rounded visit. Discover Kerameikos and its Michelin-starred eateries. Pause in your sightseeing at the Museum of Cycladic Art’s new coffee shop, a local favorite for a light lunch and a chat. Let a fresh seafood dinner and glass of ouzo imbue you with a sense of relaxation before you set sail for the dreamy Greek Isles. Savor a private dinner at a local artisan’s home at the foothills of the Acropolis, or learn Grecian cooking techniques with a Michelin-starred chef by the sea.

We can direct you to the latest museums, many of which have undergone large-scale restoration. The New Acropolis Museum, adjacent to the Parthenon, is a piece of art unto itself. As you stroll the top floor, morning light flooding in, you’ll feel as if you’re in a dream, taking you back centuries. To experience the country’s heritage even further, spend an afternoon at the National Archaeological Museum, with more than 11,000 exhibits that showcase Greece and its heritage.

Descend underground to the Metro to explore the incredible art installations at the Syntagma, Acropolis and Monastiraki stations. As you’ll soon realize, there’s hardly a corner of this significant city that’s not touched by artistic and architectural wonder.

Athens – simply name your inner thoughts and we can arrange stunning moments in your own personal history.