“We were lucky we were the only 2 on the tour and so felt like it was a private tour. Really enjoyed the markets and our guide was very informative and friendly and spoke good English. The ruins were also very interesting to see. ...Lise V., Canada – See more reviews
What To Expect
Explore Athens from top to bottom. Wander through flea markets, window-shop for leather goods and handmade icons and explore the city's rich ancient past. See Agora where merchants bargained in Greek and Roman times, wander past the 17th and 18th century houses of Thisson and finish at the mighty Acropolis.
Meet your local guide at Kotzia Square, then head to the Mayor of Athens' neo-classical building on Athina Street, one of the busiest in Athens. Starting at 09:00 when the city's shops and markets are bustling with Athenians, ready for a day of business just as they have done for the past 2,000 years. You will experience the spirit again of the Greek life with the same commerce of food that existed thousands of years before.
Dive into the Athenian way of life as your guide takes you through the markets. Here you will find every Mediterranean fruit, vegetable, meat, cheese and fresh on offer. Filled with all these warm colors, tastes, and smells, the next stop is Monastiraki Square. The name of the square derives from the Greek word for monastery, in fact in the center of the square sits the Pantanassa monastery.
Not far away is the 18th century Tzistarakis mosque, now a ceramics museum. The square is also home to the Adrian library, an archaic temple constructed in the Corinthian-style. Explore the square's flea market, mingle with merchants and see ancient monuments. Explore Ifaistou or Pandrossos Streets to discover shops selling all kind of specialties such as leather sandals, hand-made icons, Greek music instruments and antiquities.
The next stop is the ancient Agora, where merchants were trading in Greek and Roman times. Walk through the area to Thisson passing by houses from the 17th and the 18th century along the way. Thission used to be a forgotten neighborhood of Athens but in the past 10 years it has been completely renovated, with many pedestrian streets, and restored houses. The final stop will let you see the mighty Acropolis'* exterior. Walking around the site learn about the history and the myths, for each temple. The adventure ends here where you are free to continue on your own personal exploration or the guide can give you advice on the best way to get back to your hotel.
English speaking local guide
Meals and drinks unless specified
Tips and gratuities
Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.
Guests have to be 12 years old and above to take the tour.
In many churches modest dress is required. No shorts or skimpy tops are permitted.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
3 days / 2 nights
3 hours and 45 minutes