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Athens: Walking with a Local Private Tour

1. Athens: Walking with a Local Private Tour

This whistle-stop Athens tour is packed full of all those must-see Athens spots as well as those hidden gems that can only be found with a local by your side. Dive into the very soul of Athens and discover exactly what makes this city so very special – aside from all that ancient history. Start this historical Athens walking tour by meeting your local guide in Syntagma Square, the most important and crowded square in Athens, surrounded by impressive neoclassical buildings. The best known is the Grande Bretagne, once a royal palace but 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 you simply cannot tour Athens without seeing this spectacle – which is why we’ve incorporated it into this tour! Watch the ceremony while your local guide explains the tradition. Next on this Athens tour you’ll jump on the metro and travel to Acropolis station. Travelling between these stations is like stepping back in time; both have exposed ancient ruins behind glass, discovered during the excavations for the metro system. But these are just a taster of the ancient ruins to come… You’ll exit the station and take a walk around the walls of famous Athens Acropolis, passing by the Ancient Agora. We’ll walk along ancient roads, admire new architecture, and hear about the customs and traditions that still exist today. This is the central hub of classic Athens history, and you’ll hear the stories behind this monument from your local guide. (Please note that if you wish to tour inside the Acropolis, this will have to be done separately on your own time.).  Afterwards, explore the Plaka area. Shop for souvenirs along Adrianou Street, where you can find local products such as ouzo (Greece’s national alcohol). You’ll also see shops that specialise in olive oil, sponges, icons, leather sandals, and 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 honour of one of the most glorified Roman emperors. Directly behind it you can see the ruins of the Jupiter (Zeus) temple as you taste and feel the history of Athens. Pass by the National Garden and Zappeion, to arrive at the white marble Panathinaiko Stadium. It was here that the first Olympic Games took place and where the 2004 Olympic marathon ended.  Finally, you’ll 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!

Athens: 3-Hour Medieval Senses Walking Tour

2. Athens: 3-Hour Medieval Senses Walking Tour

Start your 3-hour walking tour in Monastiraki, where you’ll see the 18th-century Tzistaraki Mosque and the Byzantine Church of the Pantanassa, and hear about the monuments, the surrounding area, and some popular urban myths. As you pass the Hadrian Library your guide will tell you about the use of this area during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Visit the Bath House of the Winds, the city’s only public bath surviving to the present day. It dates from the first period of Turkish rule (1453-1669) and stands near the Roman Forum and the Tower of the Winds. You can also stop in to see the Man and Tools permanent exhibition at the Museum of Greek Folk Art. Walk along Dioskouron Street to the ruins of the of 5th-century Byzantine monastery located on the north slope of the Acropolis, and hear about life during that era. When you reach Adrianou Street you’ll see the oldest house in Athens. On the way to the Thrasilos Monument you’ll explore the ruins of the ,Capuchin Monastery, and hear about the transformation of well-known ancient monuments into Christian churches or mosques. As you make your way to Filellinon Street you’ll visit the Byzantine Church of Panagia Lykodimos, which was built on the ancient temple of Apollo and a Roman bath, and was reconstructed in 1850 to house a Russian Orthodox church. In the church your guide will show you the secret crypt. You’ll also stop at the National Garden, where you’ll see the early Byzantine ruins of a basilica, as well as Roman constructions.

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Service minded and knowledgeable guide

Our 33 year old guide was a typical product of the difficult economic situation Greece is in. With limited job opportunities (about 22% unemployment) many young people choose to study further and our guide had several degrees, including a master in tourism. He was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of historical facts in modern Greek history, Greek mythology and not least architecture. Athens is known for the Acropolis, but the city has many hidden historical treasures that require knowledge to find ... up a flight of stairs, into an alley, behind a door. Our guide was very accommodating and willingly answered any questions we had along the way. Time went really fast, and we would very much like to have him as a company for many more hours / days. When we were lucky enough to have a private tour, we would recommend booking your own guide if possible, so you can control which topics you want to focus on.

This tour gave me the opportunity to walk through some of the most beautiful and interesting places in Athens and Babis my guide was so knowledgeable and passionate about his city.