ELEUSIS

Cultural & Theme Tours in Athens

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Visit the archaeological site of Eleusis
In ancient times Eleusis, or Elefsina, was the location of the Eleusinian Mysteries, the yearly initiation ceremonies of the cult of Demeter and Persephone. These mysteries dated back to times before even the Greeks arrived in the area, and involved rituals where initiates were shown the contents of a sacred box -­ its contents are unknown to this day - and they were told many secrets. It is hypothesised that Kykeon, a kind of beer that they drank at the height of the Mysteries, might even have had psychoactive! We will travel to the archaeological site of Eleusis to a Sacred Court containing shrines to the goddesses and Artemis in particular, which is at the end of a sacred way that goes all the way from the Kerameikos cemetery in Athens. The site contains many structures connected with this ancient cult, including the hall where the rituals took place and the sanctuary where only the high priest was allowed to enter. You will see also the stone where Demeter rested during her search for Persephone, and the Ploutoneion,­ a cave where the god Pluto appeared to take Persephone away to live him in the Underworld.

What’s included

  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Free Piraeus port pickup and drop-off included
  • Everything that involves the vehicle
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and driver
  • Family friendly
  • Fuel surcharge

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Professional guide in the site (if wanted, with an extra charge, you can hire in the site)

Highlights

  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Family friendly
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
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