“It’s the only place I ever was contented in.” That was Lord Byron’s take on Athens, one of the world’s eternally great cities. Celebrated since antiquity for its arts and culture, Athens is a must-see for everyone — from modern-day philosophers to food lovers.
Mastercard® cardholders can now discover all that Athens has to offer with three Priceless experiences. Insider guides have curated three Athens tours, exclusively available to Mastercard cardholders that take you beyond the classics. Immersive experiences, led by local archaeologists, astronomers, chefs, and actors, give you unique access to the city’s awe-inspiring heritage and hidden treasures.
Decipher Grecian myths written in the constellations at the Athens Observatory. Uncover the enigma of the Parthenon, pinnacle of ancient Greek civilisation. Follow in the footsteps of Plato and Aristotle, as you deliberate on life’s big questions at a philosophical symposium. From Athenian icons to rarely visited ruins, mezze restaurants and spice markets, Mastercard’s Priceless experiences allow you to explore Athens like a local.
Savour the vivid scents, sounds, sensations and flavours of Athens on this 4-hour culinary adventure offered exclusively for Mastercard cardholders. After a typical Athenian breakfast of Greek coffee and sesame bread rings, we will guide you on a gourmand’s tour of specialist food shops. Try and buy feta and yoghurt, fresh herbs and spices, olives, ouzo and buffalo pastrami from family-owned emporia in and around the vibrant Varvakios Agora, or central food market. After gathering your ingredients, enjoy a private cooking class in a neoclassical kitchen. A talented chef will share recipes handed down through generations, including his granny’s meatballs, feta fyllopie, and ‘little shoes’ (stuffed aubergines). Finally, enjoy each delicious dish paired with exceptional Greek wines. A feast for the senses, exclusively for Mastercard cardholders.
Everyone who comes to Athens makes a pilgrimage to the Acropolis. But most visitors have no idea of the secret stories hidden in the temple’s stunning sculptures, built in honour of the city’s patron goddess, Athena. This one-of-a-kind tour, exclusively for Mastercard cardholders, reveals new insights into the narrative etched into the famous Parthenon frieze. As dusk falls, wander down through the ancient Agora to the pine-clad Hill of the Nymphs, crowned by the Athens Observatory. Astronomers will lead a private star-gazing evening behind closed doors and teach you to ‘read’ancient Greek myths and legends in the constellations. This one-of-a-kind experience will change the way you see the night sky forever.
Is there any greater power than Love? Participating in an ancient Greek symposium, right in the leafy park where Plato’s Academy once stood, you’ll be initiated into the mysteries of Eros — one of the most hotly debated topics among Athenian philosophers. After an insider tour of Aristotle’s Lyceum, and an innovative digital museum devoted to Plato’s school of thought, Mastercard cardholders will drink wine and debate the meaning of love with local actors who will re-enact Plato’s famous philosophical symposium just for you. An unforgettable experience, exclusively for Mastercard cardholders.