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Athens: Gourmet Food Tour

1. Athens: Gourmet Food Tour

Explore Athen's food markets on a 4-hour walking tour. Taste delicious treats and visit local stores selling the "Green Treasures" of Greece, such as olive oil, wines, mushrooms, herbs, and traditionally made pasta and salamis. Start with a traditional Greek breakfast of koulóuria (sesame bread rings) in a century-old café. Continue to a tiny pastry shop to sample loukoumades (Greek donuts) and custard-filled filo squares. Enjoy local pies and cheeses at authentic Greek bakeries and cheese stores. Next, wander through the famous meat and fish markets. Try roasted home-grown coffee and visit specialty shops for their fresh fruit, olives, cheese, ham, and other deli produce. Enjoy local wine, organically produced olive oil and honey, aged aromatized vinegar, and world-famous Greek yogurt produced at family farms. Wander down Evripidou Street, scented by herbs. End your culinary exploration at the deli stores in the historic city center, where your guide will make you complimentary gifts to bring home.

Athens: Electric Bike Tour

2. Athens: Electric Bike Tour

This morning electric bike tour lasts about 3.5 hours and it is a nice way to get yourselves oriented in the city of Athens. The ride takes place in the amazing historic city center, on pedestrian areas, low traffic streets, and parks away from the traffic hustle. Your local tour leader will head the tour, riding with you very close to the main archaeological sites and guiding you through some hidden areas, while providing you with a stunning experience!  The group rides close to the new Acropolis Museum and the Ancient Cemetery of Kerameikos, through the neighborhood of Thission, while you enjoy a great view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Then, cycle through the Ancient Greek Agora and pass by the Roman Agora Continue cycling in the historic district of Plaka, and then move to the National Gardens, one of the best areas to ride in downtown Athens. Stop also in front of the Presidential Mansion to see the Presidential Guards, and pass by the Panathenaic Stadium and Zappeion Exhibition Hall.

Athens: Private 4-Hour Tour with Acropolis and Old Town

3. Athens: Private 4-Hour Tour with Acropolis and Old Town

Embark on a search for the traces of the ancient Greeks and explore the most important buildings of the Greek capital on this walking tour through Athens. Visit the famous Acropolis with the Parthenon, a true wonder of architectural engineering. See the Erechtheion, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Pnyx, the birthplace of democracy, and the Areopagus. Enjoy walking through the beautiful streets in the old town. Take a look at the Roman Agora, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Tower of the Winds, and Hadrian’s Library. In the old town you will explore Plaka, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Athens, as well as Monastiraki, the popular shopping districts in Athens. There you can sample Souvlaki (Greek kebabs) – the favorite food of the Greeks – before walking on to Metropolitan Square.

Athens: Sunset Bike Tour

4. Athens: Sunset Bike Tour

Discover the must-see sights of Athens at the best time of day on an afternoon bike tour of the historic monuments. Avail of the breathtaking views of the ancient city as you cycle to landmark monuments, starting at the National Gardens, followed by the Panathenaic Stadium and Presidential Mansion. Get off your bike to take short walks to different locations, and journey through the history of Ancient Greece at monuments such as the Roman Agora. Admire the columns of the Zappeion exhibition hall, and cycle through the charming Plaka district at dusk. Make your way to Kerameikos just north of the Acropolis and explore the hip district of Thisseio.

Athens: Walking with a Local Private Tour

5. 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

6. 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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4.9 / 5

based on 52 reviews

We had an afternoon food tour of Athens with Irene. We were a group of 10- 11 on a hot, spring day. Irene welcomed us all warmly, and encouraged us to introduce ourselves and connect as a group. The tour itself was excellent. We visited a number of different sites, including a pie bakery, a Greek doughnut cafe, a cafe for Greek coffee, the fish/ meat/ vegetable market, a deli for cheese and cold meats, and a restaurant for wine, olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting. We finished at a gyros stop. Irene looked after us at each stop, keeping us in the shade, hydrated, and well informed of what each site was and what food we were trying. The different stops provided a great overview of Greek cuisine, and the food was always high quality. Irene also added commentary about the city, Greek culture, and history. She was excellent, and the tour was interesting and loads of fun. Thank you!

This was with no doubt the best tour we scheduled while in Athens. She was a fantastic and knowlegeable tour conductor and proved what I always thought: You can learn a culture once you understant what they eat and how they cook it.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable tour that exceeded our expectations. We would recommend it to anyone who is interested in food and wine. Our guide Irene was very knowledgeable, engaging and easy to understand.

Nice group of people, very good guide and a nice walk through Athens with food and beverage (from Greek coffee to wine and raki and ouzo) tastings along the way. Great way to get a lay of the land!

very nice guide, authentic, a lot of different & various tasting, good experience to better know Greek habits