Immerse yourself in the city’s ancient history while also learning about Athens as it is today on this jam-packed Athens tour.
- 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.
- Adults Ages 12+
- Children Ages 6-11
- Infants Ages 0-5
- Private group Starting price per person
Dive Deep Into the History of Athens
Athens makes travelling easy; the streets are filled with cultural, historic, and culinary icons. The problem is knowing on which streets to find these treasures!
Join this Athens tour to enjoy the benefits of having a local guide who will show you fresh produce, retail hot spots, ruins, temples, markets, and mosques.
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.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, coffee or soft drink
Exclusions: Food and additional drinks, entrance fees, tips and gratuities for your guide. Please note that this tour does not go inside the Acropolis.
- Duration: 3 hours
- 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.
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- Starting time: 9.30 AM
- Ending point: The Acropolis
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.
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.
Mr. ALAN C. from Australia travelled on 02 Aug 2018:
Brilliant tour, my wife and I loved it. Content and pace of tour was great. It was a wonderful experience to do this tour, so much better and personal
than the usual 30 people bus tour. It was all walking and getting up close to the local action and people. Our guide Vicky was great so passionate about Athens, its people and their culture. Vicky also recomended local drinks and even gave us some to try. To sum up, a great tour and guide.
Mr. Don W. from New Zealand travelled on 17 Jul 2018:
Vicki Stergiopoulou was a friendly and knowledgeable guide who showed us interesting sites, told us about the history and architecture and shared generously her knowledge about Athens.
Ms. H R. from United Kingdom travelled on 29 Jun 2018:
Vicky was fantastic. Her love for Athens really shone out. She’s enthusastic, friendly and flexible.
Ms. Kristine B. from USA travelled on 21 Apr 2016:
Ms. Elizabeth G. from Australia travelled on 08 Oct 2015:
I was the only traveller on this tour so I had a fabulous private introduction to Athens! Great to help me find my feet and see where I should spend more time during the rest of my stay. My guide was lovely, and it felt like we were friends hanging out rather than a formal relationship. This was my third Urban Adventures day tour, and it really cemented my trust in and appreciation of the company.
Mrs. Tunde F. from travelled on 23 Aug 2014:
I would like to write a review about the experience we had with Urban Adventures and the tour guide we had, who was very knowledgeable, friendly, however embarrassingly we forgot his name…Are you able to find out which guide we had..? He is about 40,Greek,he is a building engineer,we met on the 19th of August in Athens..
Tunde Fustos, Daniel Sherrington
Ms. Sandy K. from New Zealand travelled on 20 Oct 2013:
The opportunity this tour provided to walk, explore and become orintated to the city of Athens was awesome. In such a short few hours I gained a huge amount of knowledge and felt like I knew my way around. It became the backbone that enabled me to have several wonderful days exploring and enjoying the city of Athens.
Thank you Nikita for a couple of really wonderful tours, I very much look forward to visiting again
Ms. Stacey M. from USA travelled on 03 Sep 2013:
Nikita (I think that was his name), the Athens Urban Adventures guide, was FANTASTIC. So warm, friendly, and knowledgeable. I enjoyed the tour immensely. Please pass on my compliments!