Make your Own Ancient Calculating Mechanism (Antikythera Mechanism)

  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
  • Kid Friendly
  • Availability: Daily
  • Participants: Private
  • Language: English

  • Overview

    This tour will let you discover, apart from the historical center of Athens (Changing of the Guards, Greek Parliament and National Gardens) the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Kostas Kotsanas. It will be an Unforgettable day at the Museum, with a unique entertaining wWorkshop for Youngsters, Grown-Ups and Families.

    Highlights

    • Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Kostas Kotsanas
    • Syntagma / Constitution square
    • Hellenic Parliament
    • Monument of Unknown Soldier ( Evzones)
    • National Gardens of Athens

    What You Can Expect

    The tour will start from the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Kostas Kotsanas which is nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award 2019. The European Museum Forum was founded in 1977. It is under the auspices of the European Council aiming to award and encourage innovative approaches among the museums community.

    First, in one hour guided tour you will have the opportunity to experience the technological achievements of Ancient Greeks. Later on in our "Make Your Own Calculating mechanism in Antiquity Workshop", from the the “calculator” of Salamina, to the “computer of Antikythera” and under the guidance of the Museum’s experts staff, you will solve the “mystery” of telecommunications in Ancient Greece, discover and operate the worldwide recognized Antikythera Mechanism.

    Transfer to the past or future and find the position of the sun in the zodiac cycle, the phase and position of the moon, the month in the lunar calendar, the date and hour of the eclipse of the sun and moon, the dates of the most important games of antiquity, etc.

    1st Gift: Everyone will build its own functional part of the Antikythera Mechanism from metal and plexi glass, and use it as a decoration for your favorite place!
    2nd Gift: You will receive a functional cardboard Greek (acrophonic) abacus! After the end of the workshop we are moving towards the Parliament (the Old Palace) to observe the change of the Greek Presidential Guard (the famous Evzone).

    You will then be guided to the National Garden (next to the Parliament) and walk in its maze-like paths, discovering archaeological treasures hidden among the plants, and sharing stories under the shade. The National Garden is a 19th-century monument, adorned with statues of patrons of the modern Greek State, small lakes, a few buildings of delicate beauty, and an irrigation system that is unique in Europe. Our tour ends in Syntagma square the most important square in Modern Greece

  • Important Info

    • Meeting point: Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Kostas Kotsanas, 6 Pindarou & Akadimias Street, Kolonaki
    • Meeting time: 14:45
    • Kick-off: at 15:00 sharp
    • Drop-off to your centrally located hotel by your private English speaking guide
    • Available private transportation with a luxury car or minivan from all the hotels in Athens with an additional cost
    • This is a walking tour, so sneakers are recommended (no sandals)
    • You may wish to carry a bottle of water with you while inside the National Gardens, since there are limited opportunities for refreshments there
    • The Change of the Presidential Guard takes place on the clock of each hour. However, unpredicted street activity nearby sometimes hinders the transfer of the guards on time, which may lead to delays beyond our control

    Included:

    • Walking Tour
    • English speaking guide
    • One hour Workshop of the Antikythera Mechanism
    • One hour guided tour of the museum
    • A Gift which is a functional cardboard Greek (acrophonic) abacus!
    • A Gift which is a functional part of the Antikythera Mechanism from metal and plexi glass
    • A Greek snack
    • Entrance Fees at the Museum
    • Guided Tour of The National Gardens
    • All taxes, VAT inclusive

     

    Excluded:

    • Tips
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities
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