Markets, Ruins & Ancient Athens

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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!

    • 3 hours
    • Culture, Iconic sites tour
    • Athens

    Greece is the type of place where you can see ancient ruins while on the Metro — no biggie! Join this Athens tour to do this as well as sip Greek coffee, admire old and new architecture, and see a traditional Greek changing of the guard ceremony.

    Language

    English

    Starting Time

    9.30 am

    Meeting Point

    Kotzia Square, in Athina Avenue between metros staions of Omonia and Monastiraki, in front of the Mayor Building. Your guide will meet you at the fountain in this square.

    End Point

    The Acropolis

    Highlights

    • Dive deep into the history of the ancient city of Athens, with a local to guide you.
    • Explore the city’s many markets and legendary traditions within.
    • Step back in time and get insider knowledge of the city’s famous landmarks.
    • Discover Athens’ more recent history and architecture.
    • Wander around the famous neighbourhood of Plaka and sip coffee at a local’s favourite joint.

    Local Impact

    How you will help the local community by joining this tour:
    • All the stores you visit on this tour are 100% locally owned and run. Supporting small-scale, locally-run businesses helps to preserve the traditional character of old Athens.
    • By joining this tour, you are supporting a street vendor who sells traditional Koulouri sesame rings, which helps increase his income.
    • At least one store on your itinerary is dedicated to the preservation of locally-produced crafts.

    Price Includes

    • Local English-speaking guide
    • A Greek coffee or soft drink

    Price Excludes

    • Food and additional drinks
    • Entrance fees
    • Tips or gratuities for your guide
    • Please note that this tour does not go inside the Acropolis.

    Additional Information

    Dress standard: In general, there are few dress restrictions in Europe and dress codes are similar to those you are used to at home. Please note though that in many churches modest dress is required; no shorts or skimpy tops are permitted.

    Your Trip: This trip is offered on a “join-in” basis. Maximum group size is 12.

    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.

    We start your Athens tour by meeting your local guide at Ktozia Square, then head to the Mayor of Athens’ neo-classical building on Athina Street, one of the busiest in Athens.

    Starting at 9.30 AM when the city’s shops and markets are bustling with Athenians, you’ll see the shop owners get ready for a day of business, just as they have done for the past 2,000 years.

    You will experience the spirit of Greek life with the same commerce of food that existed thousands of years before, and your local guide will be explaining these practices to you along the way.

    On this Athens market tour, you’ll dive into the Athenian way of life as your guide leads you through the markets. Here you will find every Mediterranean fruit, vegetable, meat, cheese, and more on offer.

    Experiencing local produce is one of the best things to do in Athens, and you’ll be able to pick out all the local favourites with the guide to show you the way.

    Filled with all these warm colours, tastes, and smells, the next stop is Monastiraki Square. The name of the square derives from the Greek word for monastery, and in the centre of the square sits the Pantanassa Monastery.

    The square is also home to the Adrian Library, an archaic temple constructed in the Corinthian-style, and not far away is the 18th century Tzistarakis Mosque, now a ceramics museum.

    This Athens tour will point out all these landmarks to you and give you all the information you need to know about them in this cultural hub of the city.

    Next, we explore the square’s flea market, mingle with merchants, and see ancient monuments as you uncover even more Athens history.

    Then, you’ll head off to Ifaistou or Pandrossos to discover shops selling all kind of specialties such as leather sandals, handmade icons, Greek music instruments, and antiques.

    This is the perfect place to pick up a memento of your Athens travel experience, and the perfect way to get in touch with Athens market culture.

    Your tour will take you past ancient Agora next, where merchants traded enthusiastically during Greek and Roman times. You’ll see the lively central neighbourhood of Thission and pass houses from the 17th and 18th centuries along the way, as we make our way to one of Athens’ oldest areas, Plaka, to enjoy a freshly brewed coffee as we chat about all things ancient Greek.

    Your Athens tour ends at the entrance of the Acropolis, where you are free to continue on your own personal exploration or your local guide can give you advice on the best way to get back to your hotel. Don’t forget to ask for tips on what else to see and do during your stay.

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