Lonely Planet Experiences: Taste of Athens

Food & Drink Tour
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    Athens Local Adventures (2)

    Welcome to Athens, our city and yours.

    The Athens Urban Adventure team is here to help you experience your Best. Day. Ever. in one of the oldest cities in the world — a city with many contradictions, where the past lives next to the present, where ancient ruins coexist with modern design, and where Zorba still lives but so do modern hipsters and millennials.

    Our knowledgeable Athenian guides come from various backgrounds. We are historians, philosophy and tourism graduates, travel bloggers, photographers, food lovers, and lifestyle authors. We are all different personalities but have one thing in common: our love for our city and the strong urge to provide the best hospitality in a country that worshiped a god (Zeus Xenios) in his role as the protector of travellers thousands of years ago.

    Booking a tour with us means that, apart from seeing the world-famous monuments, you will go off the beaten track and and experience the city from the inside. Our small group tours give us the flexibility to wander into less accessed areas and venues and, with our private customised tours, we can literally take you anywhere.

    We’re fully committed to responsible travel, and love sharing our knowledge with you. We strive to deliver an insider’s approach through all our tours.

    Embark on one of our tours to truly experience Athens!

    • 2.5 - 3 hours
    • Culture, Food tour
    • Athens

    See the ‘big five’ of Greek cuisine in their natural habitat: ouzo, feta, olives, olive oil, and koulouri! If you don’t know what koulouri is you soon will as this Athens tour explains it all live as you eat it (but not before you Instagram it).

    Experience the best travel stories for yourself. Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this city adventure hand-picked by the world’s leading travel publisher. Lonely Planet Experiences powered by Urban Adventures bring stories to life in the best-loved cities around the globe.

    Language

    English

    Starting Time

    11.00 am

    Meeting Point

    In Kotzia Square in front of the Mayor building.

    End Point

    Monastiraki Square and metro station.

    Highlights

    • Discover the traditional tastes and fresh flavours of Athens.
    • Delight your senses in Athens’ Central Market.
    • Learn all about Athens’ culinary culture from a local guide.
    • Chat with a local deli owner about his specialties and fresh produce.
    • Each Lonely Planet Experience comes with six-months free access to Lonely Planet’s Guides App which includes over 8,000 destinations guides and unbeatable discounts to Lonely Planet Guidebooks.

    Local Impact

    How you will help the local community by joining this tour:
    • All of the stores you visit on your tour are 100% locally owned and run. Supporting small-scale, locally-run businesses helps to preserve the traditional character of old Athens.
    • At least one store on your itinerary is dedicated to the preservation of locally-produced crafts.

    Price Includes

    • Tastings of Greek sweets
    • Koulouri(3 bar stops)
    • Olive oil
    • Olives
    • Cheeses
    • Rusks
    • Greek alcohol (wine, ouzo)
    • Spices and herbs
    • Traditional meze(a meze is a small appetiser or side dish)
    • Visits to markets
    • Kotzia Square
    • Avyssinias Square
    • Monastiraki Square
    • Athena’s Road
    • Churches
    • A traditional deli

    Price Excludes

    • Additional food or drink not mentioned above
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Tips or gratuities for your guide

    Additional Information

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

    Thought Greek food was just feta, olives, and a truck load of moussaka? Wrong! This Athens food tour sets the story straight on the varied food scene in this ancient city with a modern twist, and you’ll leave full of tasty treats and local knowledge on one of the most underrated cuisines in the world.

    You’ll meet your local guide and begin this Athens tour by exploring Kotzia Square, located in the heart of Athens. The square is surrounded by gorgeous neoclassical buildings, which were constructed in the early 18th century, and also some ancient ruins of old houses that you will have a peek at on your way to the market.

    Your local guide will show you around the best of the Central Market, taking you to places few tourists venture and helping you to discover a variety of delicious Greek specialties.

    From the simple koulouri (a round-shaped bread with sesame seeds) and delicate local pastries, to the Greek staples of feta and olives, the Central Market is a feast for the senses.

    We also try either an invigorating Greek coffee (in the winter) or a cold frappe in warmer days, which are popular local beverages. Athens food is a rich mix of old and new, traditional and modern, and this tour is the perfect way to discover all these aspects.

    Next on this culinary tour of Athens, we then drop by a Greek deli that sells traditional produce and is a popular shopping place for locals. Here you can chat with the shop owner and ask him about all of his produce — and taste some of course! This spot sells the best seasonal food available, perfect for a picnic in the city if you’d like to return another time during your stay in Athens.

    Finally, on this Athens tour, you’ll make your way to Monastiraki Square where your adventure will end. Your guide will be happy to recommend other places to see in this ancient city and where some of the best local restaurants are located, if you can stomach even more Greek deliciousness! If you feel like slipping into a food coma, your local guide will also give you hand in finding your way back to your accommodation.

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