Athens Small Group Walking Tour

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See the uniquely dressed Evzones on this Athens tour. Explore bustling pedestrian streets and travel by metro to see some historic sites. Experience ancient Greece with a guide at the Acropolis. Be amazed by Hadrian's Arch and visit the home of the first Olympics. Finish your Athens tour by shopping in Plaka.

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 less known areas
  • Learn about Athens’ history from a local's 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

Description

Explore the city's major sites by foot on this Athens walking tour. Begin in Syntagma Square and see the Evzones hard at work. Then head to the *Acropolis before a spot of window shopping in the Plaka area, and enjoying some of the cool things to do in Athens. Finish by exploring Hadrian's Arch, the Temple of Jupiter and the Panathinaikos Marble stadium.

Start this historical Athens walking tour by meeting your local guide in Syntagma Square, the most important and crowded square in Athens. Around the square, you will find impressive neoclassical buildings. The best known is the Grande Bretagne, once a royal palace and 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 are traditionally dressed with 17th and 18th century clothes: an impressive white skirt, red hat and an old rifle. The changing of the guard happens every hour and we'll be sure to see the spectacle as it is a must on the Athens things to do list!

Jumping on the metro and traveling to Monastiraki is the next local adventure on our Athens tour. Traveling between these stations is like stepping back in time; both have exposed ancient ruins behind glass, which were discovered during the excavations for the metro system. Walk from the station as you get ready to experience some Athens sightseeing wonders - we'll make our way around the walls of Ancient *Acropolis through the Ancient Agora. Learn about the history and the myths from each temple and savor explanations about the Athina Nike, the Caryatides and the Parthenon, all of which were constructed in the Golden Age of Athens under Pericles.

Then explore the Plaka area. Shop for souvenirs along Adriannou Street where you can find local products such as ouzo, the National Alcohol of Greece. All taverns in Greece sell ouzo and here you'll see different types from all over the country, made in many different ways. You'll also see shops that specialize in olive oil, sponges, icons, leather sandals or bags - something you won't experience on other Athens tours.

Continue walking to Diogenis Square, under the impressive wall of the *Acropolis. See Hadrian's Arch, built in honor of one of the most glorified Roman emperors. Directly behind it you'll see the ruins of the Jupiter (Zeus) temple, and there you'll relish Athens' history. Pass by the National Garden and Zappeion, to arrive at the white marble Panathinaiko Stadium. Made of white marble, it was here that the first Olympic games took place and where the 2004 Olympic marathon ended.

Finally, 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!

Includes

  • English-speaking guide
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Athens Small Group Walking Tour

Duration: 3:30 - 4 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: English-speaking guide
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Schedule

  • 09:20

    Meet up at Syntagma Square

  • 09:30

    Start of Tour

    Marvel at the neoclassical buildings near the square such as the Grande Bretagne. It was once a royal palace then converted into a luxury hotel.

  • Changing of the Guards

    Watch the Evzones in their unique 17th and 18th century designed uniforms in the hourly changing of the guards at Syntagma Square.

  • Monastiraki

    See the ruins that were discovered during excavations for the metro system. These ruins are protected and displayed behind a glass.

  • Walls of Ancient Acropolis

    Walk around the walls of Acropolis through the ancient Agora. Know about the history and myths of each temple and hear the explanations about Athina Nike, the Caryatides and the Parthenon. These structures are created during the Golden Age of Athens.

  • Plaka Area

    Explore the area where the souvenir shops along Adriannou Street are found. Local products such as olive oil, sponges, icons, leather sandals or bags and especially Ouzo are sold here.

  • Greek Tavern

    All taverns in Greece sells Ouzo, the national alcohol of Greece. Have a chance to taste Ouzo at one of the taverns in Plaka area.

  • Diogenis Square

    See Hadrian's Arch that was built in honor of one of the most glorified Roman emperors. Behind the arch you will see the ruins of Zeus temple.

  • Pass by the National Garden and Zappeion

    Passing through the national garden you will reach the Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympics took place and the 2004 Olympic marathon ended. The stadium is made of white marble.

  • See the New City Highlights at Kolonaki Area

  • 12:30-13:00

    End of Tour at Academy of Athens

  • (For Check-In) Syntagma Square (Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece) Time: 09:20:00

  • (For Check-Out) Academy of Athens (Academy of Athens, Leoforos Eleftheriou Venizelou, Athens, Greece) Time: 12:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Syntagma Square (Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece) Time: 09:20:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Academy of Athens (Academy of Athens, Leoforos Eleftheriou Venizelou, Athens, Greece) Time: 12:30:00

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Restriction(s)
  • Children 12 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Additional Note(s)
  • 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.

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  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 16:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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