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New York Times Journeys – The Chronicles of Athens: See, Taste, Do

Tour Highlights

  • Stroll the historic neighborhoods of Makrygianni, Plaka, Anafiotika and Philoppapos Hill and marvel at ancient monuments and neo-Classical mansions.
  • Savor freshly baked pastries and homemade sweet bread at a family-owned bakery and a neo-Classical gem.
  • Boost your energy with a freddo espresso or frappé coffee, the famous Greek-style iced coffees.
  • Dig into the country’s largest open-air market for undiscovered “antiques.”
Adults Ages 12+
Children Ages 6-11
Infants Ages 0-5

Taste It, See It and Experience It — In Athens!

Immerse yourself in Athenian culture by exploring ancient masterpieces and mingling with hipsters in trendy neighborhoods on an itinerary inspired by The New York Times’ “36 Hours” series.

Go behind the scenes at a jewelry workshop, and meet the locals. The city that invented cities has survived for 5,000 years and remains a world-class destination for travelers. Taste it, see it and experience it with an Urban Adventures local guide. Sure, the ancient monuments are exciting but wait until you taste the savory pies hot from the oven and shake up your own cocktail.

New York Times Exclusives

  • Behind-the-Scenes Access: Go behind the scenes at Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, and learn about the adaptation of traditional techniques of metalsmithing as well as decorative arts like ceramics, woodcarving, ivory, and ceramics, using industrial materials like acrylic or plastic.
  • Hands-on Element: Try at wrapping your own gyros, at one of the city’s oldest establishments.
  • Local Interactions: Meet local shop owners who have been continuing their family businesses, including a sandal maker who is also a poet and who has had customers such as The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Lily Tomlin, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour:

  • By experiencing a hands-on lesson in traditional techniques at the Jewelry Museum, your tour helps to preserve local culture.
  • Your tour supports locally-run businesses, such as a sandal-maker, which helps preserve traditional crafts for the next generation.
  • All of the stores your visit on your tour are 100% locally owned and run.

Language: English

Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide, one freddo espresso or frappé coffee, one local Koulouri or Tsoureki, one large portion of Greek pie, one gyro, two hands-on Greek experiences, one behind-the-scenes access at Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum.

Exclusions: Guide gratuity

Schedule details

  • Duration: 4.5 Hours
  • Meeting point: Outside of the Acropolis Metro Station (Makrigianni street entrance/exit), at street level, next to the Metro sign. 37°58’08.6″N 23°43’46.7″E. View on Google Maps.
  • Starting time: 9.00 AM
  • Ending point: Monastiraki Square
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