Live Virtual Tour: Highlights of Athens, Greece with Smaro Touloupa

Live Virtual Tour: Highlights of Athens, Greece with Smaro Touloupa


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Context Learning presents a live virtual walking tour, broadcasting direct from the heart of Athens, Greece. Our stroll through the city will encompass the Panathenaic Stadium (where the first modern Olympics kicked off in 1896) and meander through the trendy, historic Plaka district (which sits in the shadows below the Acropolis). We'll conclude near the Roman Agora, with plenty of time remaining for us to pepper our guide with our lingering questions. Via our guide's camera lens, we will all enjoy a 360º view of Athens' best side. 
Greece's capital city has a rich history, and we'll review that narrative timeline as we explore the city, covering as much ground as possible between ancient antiquity and the twenty-first century. We'll get the best of Athens – then and now. We'll glimpse landmark destinations such as Zappeion Hall, and Hadrian's Arch, which honors the great emperor credited with founding the city. Our guide will also show us Hadrian's Library – which was seriously damaged by the Herulian invasion of 267. During Byzantine times, three churches were built at the site, and have been carefully preserved. During our conversation, we'll also discuss daily life in Athens for its modern-day residents. 
Led by an Athenian who lives in and adores the downtown, this interactive virtual walking tour will offer participants unique insights and a first glimpse of the oldest district of the city, as well as advice for future trip-planning. Designed to inform curiosity, participants will come away with an increased sense of familiarity and knowledge to navigate Athens – one of the oldest and uninterruptedly inhabited cities in the world.

Smaro Touloupa was born in Piraeus and lives in downtown Athens. She majored in sociology, eventually found her calling in her studies to become a national qualified guide, and later went to London to complete her MA in Cultural Heritage Management. Since 1998 she has led educational and alumni tours for Stanford, Harvard, and Yale, Swan Hellenic, Abercrombie & Kent, the British Museum, the National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions, the American Institute of Archaeology, the Biblical Archaeology Society, the Smithsonian, and various specialized and academic groups, and has led private tours for Context Travel since 2013. She has published articles in British and Greek scientific journals and books on heritage interpretation and the impact of crisis and tourism on heritage. For the last five years she has also been involved in local and international programs training qualified guides in interpretation skills. She is fascinated by human creation and adaptation in time and space and the power of cultural identity, and as a result enjoys a lot travelling, trekking, reading, and meeting people – and fish (while scuba diving)!

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Cynthia Futter (Santa Monica, US)
Very interesting...palace intrigue.

I enjoyed this and Smaro walking us around. She is very knowledgeable, and I like the mix of history, facts, fun and particularly, the explanation of the graffiti. It is different in the US.

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Laurel Lampela (Albuquerque, US)
Loved the live virtual tour of Athens

The live virtual tour of Athens was very enjoyable. It actually felt like I was there with Smaro as she walked along the roads and walkways. The audio and video quality was excellent. I look forward to taking more live virtual tours with Smaro. She had a wealth of information to share and I learned a lot. I would love to tour the Acropolis with Smaro leading the tour. These virtual live tours are great especially during these times.

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Dimitra Pilarinou (Athens, GR)
Brilliant overview of Athens!

Smaro is an Athenian who knows Athens like the palm of her hand. Through tiny streets and beautiful parks she showed us with charming narration the incredible mosaic of Greece's history. I would love to have her as my guide wherever I go to Greece!!!

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Maryann Orr (Austin, US)
Walking tour of Athens

Virtual walking tour of Athens, especially of the Plaka district. Included history and architecture. Wished it had included Acropolis buildings and museum. Acropolis museum wasn’t even mentioned. Would have liked more practical information like how to get around the city, airport and getting to Piraeus.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
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Cynthia Futter (Santa Monica, US)
Very interesting...palace intrigue.

I enjoyed this and Smaro walking us around. She is very knowledgeable, and I like the mix of history, facts, fun and particularly, the explanation of the graffiti. It is different in the US.

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Laurel Lampela (Albuquerque, US)
Loved the live virtual tour of Athens

The live virtual tour of Athens was very enjoyable. It actually felt like I was there with Smaro as she walked along the roads and walkways. The audio and video quality was excellent. I look forward to taking more live virtual tours with Smaro. She had a wealth of information to share and I learned a lot. I would love to tour the Acropolis with Smaro leading the tour. These virtual live tours are great especially during these times.

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Dimitra Pilarinou (Athens, GR)
Brilliant overview of Athens!

Smaro is an Athenian who knows Athens like the palm of her hand. Through tiny streets and beautiful parks she showed us with charming narration the incredible mosaic of Greece's history. I would love to have her as my guide wherever I go to Greece!!!

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Maryann Orr (Austin, US)
Walking tour of Athens

Virtual walking tour of Athens, especially of the Plaka district. Included history and architecture. Wished it had included Acropolis buildings and museum. Acropolis museum wasn’t even mentioned. Would have liked more practical information like how to get around the city, airport and getting to Piraeus.