Markets, Ruins and Ancient Athens - Small Group Tour

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
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The Tzistarakis Mosque with the Acropolis of Athens in the background
The Tzistarakis Mosque with the Acropolis of Athens in the background
Monastiraki square and the Acropolis
Monastiraki square and the Acropolis
Athenians and tourists in Monastiraki Square
Athenians and tourists in Monastiraki Square
Interesting finds like leather sandals
Interesting finds like leather sandals
Kotzia Square in Athens, Greece
Kotzia Square in Athens, Greece
Tourist looking over the beautiful view of Athens from Acropolis
Tourist looking over the beautiful view of Athens from Acropolis
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis in Athens
Acropolis in Athens
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What To Expect

Visit Athens' bustling centre, Pick up souvenirs in the Monastiraki flea market. See specialist goods on Ifaistou or Pandrossos Streets. Step back in time at the ancient Agora. Wander past 17th century houses. Explore the mighty Acropolis.

Specifications

Type:
Tours around Athens
Departs From:
Athens
Meeting Point:
Kotzia square
Duration:
2.5-3 hours
Availability:
daily except Sunday at 9:30 AM
Product Code:
6782
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Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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Description

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.

Includes

  • English speaking local guide

  • Coffee or soft drink (starting 1 January 2016)

Excludes

  • Entrance Fees

  • Meals and drinks unless specified

  • Personal Expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional Activity costs

Please Note

  • 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.

  • *Please note that tour inside the Acropolis is not included in tour price. If you wish to tour inside the Acropolis, this will have to be done separately on your own time.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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