Walking Athens

City 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!

    • 3 hours
    • Iconic sites, Walking 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

    Syntagma Square, (at the exit of Syntagma metro station), in the middle of the square, at the fountain.

    End Point

    Academy of Athens, 28 Panepistimiou Street.

    Highlights

    • Immerse yourself in the city’s ancient history while also learning about Athens as it is today on this jam-packed Athens tour.
    • Walk along streets lined with historical sites, from the famous to the unknown.
    • Learn about Athens’ history and modern-day life from a local perspective instead of a guidebook.
    • Witness the Greek changing of the guard.
    • Explore secret corners of the city that you’d never find on your own.

    Price Includes

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

    Price Excludes

    • Drinks
    • Lunch
    • Transport
    • Entrance fees
    • Tips or gratuities for your guide

    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.

    This whistle-stop Athens tour is packed full of all those must-see Athens spots as well as those hidden gems that can only be found with a local by your side. Dive into the very soul of Athens and discover exactly what makes this city so very special – aside from all that ancient history.

    Start this historical Athens walking tour by meeting your local guide in Syntagma Square, the most important and crowded square in Athens, surrounded by impressive neoclassical buildings.

    The best known is the Grande Bretagne, once a royal palace but now a luxury hotel which has housed everyone from Churchill to Madonna.

    At the upper end of the square see the Evzones, the guards of the constitution, and the tomb of the unknown soldier.

    The Evzones have traditionally dressed in 17th and 18th-century clothes: an impressive white skirt, red hat, and an old rifle.

    The changing of the guard happens every hour, and you simply cannot tour Athens without seeing this spectacle – which is why we’ve incorporated it into this tour! Watch the ceremony while your local guide explains the tradition.

    Next on this Athens tour, you’ll jump on the metro and travel to Acropolis station. Travelling between these stations is like stepping back in time; both have exposed ancient ruins behind glass, discovered during the excavations for the metro system. But these are just a taster of the ancient ruins to come…

    You’ll exit the station and take a walk around the walls of the famous Athens Acropolis, passing by the Ancient Agora. We’ll walk along ancient roads, admire new architecture, and hear about the customs and traditions that still exist today.

    This is the central hub of classic Athens history, and you’ll hear the stories behind this monument from your local guide. (Please note that if you wish to tour inside the Acropolis, this will have to be done separately on your own time.)

    Afterward, explore the Plaka area. Shop for souvenirs along Adrianou Street, where you can find local products such as ouzo (Greece’s national alcohol).

    You’ll also see shops that specialise in olive oil, sponges, icons, leather sandals, and bags — something you won’t experience on other Athens tours.

    Continue walking to Diogenes Square, under the impressive wall of the Acropolis. See Hadrian’s Arch, built in honour of one of the most glorified Roman emperors. Directly behind it, you can see the ruins of the Jupiter (Zeus) temple as you taste and feel the history of Athens.

    Pass by the National Garden and Zappeion, to arrive at the white marble Panathinaiko Stadium. It was here that the first Olympic Games took place and where the 2004 Olympic marathon ended.

    Finally, you’ll be taken back to present-day Athens to admire some of Athens’ more modern architecture. We walk through the new city highlights, where life goes on in modern rhythms. See where locals wander, shop, and gather. Visit the Kolonaki area, which is the heart of today’s Athens.

    The Athens walking tour comes to an end at the Academy of Athens, where you are free to continue your own personal exploration, or your local guide can tell you how to get back to your hotel, where you can digest all that history!

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