- “The most incredible and knowledgeable tour and guide, experiencing Eleusis has been the highlight of my holiday! If you’re interested in the mysteries of Ancient Greek cult religion then this is a must see opportunity. Eva made the mythology come to life, a truly magical experience :)"
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- "I chose a private tour with Maria to visit and learn more about the Eluesinian Mysteries and archeological site. The level of expert knowledge and service was fantastic. Thank You, highly recommended."
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- "We had a wonderful and thorough trip of the Elefsinian Mysteries with our guide Eva! Couldn’t recommend enough!"
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2. What you can expect
The excursion to Eleusis will start after picking you up from your hotel. We will travel to Eleusis by car, the city selected as the European Capital of Culture for 2023. We will follow the ‘Iera Odos’ (Sacred Way), the road that the procession of the Eleusinian Mysteries used to take to Eleusis, which still survives, 2500 years later.
The Eleusinian Mysteries were secret religious rites of ancient Athens that annually celebrated the story of Goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone, who was kidnapped by Hades, Lord of the Underworld. The Eleusinian Mysteries were famous in the ancient world and many prominent men were initiated into them; Plato, Pythagoras, Pericles, the Roman Emperor Hadrian, to name a few… What is so intriguing about the Mysteries is that, despite the fact that many thousands of initiates took part in the sacred rituals over so many centuries, no one ever divulged the secrets of what really took place. One reason for this silence is obvious: speaking of the sacred rituals was a crime punishable by death. What we do know, though, is that those who participated in the mysteries no longer feared death.
With the help of our expert guide and storyteller, we will discover the steps and many stages of initiation into the Mysteries. We will get to know the Goddess of harvest and fertility, Demeter, and the places she walked on during her life on Earth, according to Greek Mythology. We will also explore the mythological explanation of how the Eleusinian Mysteries were established and what they symbolized for ancient Greeks.
The deeper we delve into the different stages of initiation, the more we unfold. We will hear about stories and secrets, rituals and legends! We will also approach and observe one of the ancient gates to the Underworld, the Kingdom of Hades.
Finally, we will visit the small but very important site Museum. There, we will observe the headless statue of Demeter, dating back to the 5th century BC, the Eleusis amphora, one of the most splendid examples of the Proto-attic style, which bears a representation of the blinding of Cyclops Polyphemus by Ulysses, and the colossal statue of a Cistophorus Kore, who was one of the two Caryatids supporting the roof of Lesser Propylaea. After we admire the view over the hill to the sea, we will head back to Athens' city-center or your hotel, whichever you like best.