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Athens: Wine Tasting with a Sommelier under the Acropolis

1. Athens: Wine Tasting with a Sommelier under the Acropolis

Your experience will begin as one of Greece's sommeliers, Dimitris Spiropoulos, welcomes you to a beautiful restaurant under the Acropolis. He will offer you your first aperitif as well as a brief explanation of the wine map of Greece. The wine map features all of the major wine producing areas, as well as the wine varieties of each one. Following a small talk, your wine-tasting experience begins with Dimitris introducing special Greek wines from handpicked local wineries. Depending on the wine varieties, special dishes, also from selected Greek producers, will help the you receive the full wine experience. Throughout your tour you'll have the chance to taste rare wine varieties such as Roditis, Limnio, Kidonitsa, Muscat, Augoustiatis, and Mandilaras. You'll also sample many more carefully selected varieties, hand-picked by your sommelier.

Athens: Morning Bike Tour

2. Athens: Morning Bike Tour

Cycle the historic center of Athens on a 9-kilometer bike tour, and see archaeological and architectural highlights of the city such as the Panathenaic Stadium, Presidential Mansion, indoor exhibition center of the Zappeion Hall, and Roman Agora. Discover the city’s green spaces, such as the National Gardens, and explore historic neighborhoods such as Plaka at the footsteps of the Acropolis. Go to the ancient burial site of Kerameikos Cemetery. Admire the dome of the National Observatory of Athens, and enter the traditional neighborhood of Thission. Although you will not enter any of the archaeological sights, you will stop for approximately 5-8 minutes at each one while your tour leader provides valuable information and tells interesting stories. Get off your bike for a short walking tour of an areas that bikes can’t access, but leads you to an amazing view far off the tourist path.  Designed for the average cyclist, the route avoids the busy city traffic by following mostly flat paths and bike trails. Enjoy a more intimate experience in groups of no more than 12 people.

Athens: Electric Bike Tour

3. 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: Sunset Electric Bike Tour

4. Athens: Sunset Electric Bike Tour

Equipped with a modern electric bike for a relaxed and enjoyable tour, you will begin exploring Athens by visiting the National Gardens, a peaceful shady place in the heart of the city. Next, you will ride towards the Presidential Mansion where you can witness the ceremonial unit of the Presidential Guards. Then, it’s time to discover the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place, and the Zappeion, a magnificent Neoclassical building completed in 1888. While cycling around Athens you will stop in front of the impressive Temple of Olympian Zeus, as well as the Arch of Hadrian, which is one of the best photo spots in Athens. Next you'll head to the biggest pedestrian area of the city, where you will pass by the Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis Hill before reaching a secret spot to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Parthenon.  Your journey back in time will continue with a stop at the Ancient Greek Cemetery (Kerameikos), the Ancient Greek Agora and the Roman Agora. The tour will end with a visit to the Cathedral of Athens and a ride through the scenic neighborhood of Plaka. In Plaka, you will find plenty of amazing spots to get awesome photos of the Old City, and your guide will give you pointers on the best places to visit after the tour ends.

Athens: Sunset Bike Tour

5. 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.

Ancient Athens for Kids: Private 4-Hour Walking Tour

6. Ancient Athens for Kids: Private 4-Hour Walking Tour

Discover Athens on an easygoing walking tour — a great option for the whole family. Learn about how the Athenians lived and played and enjoy fun activities and refreshing beverages. Start at Pnyx Hill, where the Athenians gathered to make their popular assemblies and practice the way of the Athenian Democracy with an activity. Then, walk to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and familiarize yourself with the 12 gods of Olympus. Continue by exploring the traditional neighborhood of Plaka and get to know the life of the young and also the older Athenians. After a short stop for enjoying a beverage, head to Hadrian's Gate and learn how to write your name in Greek, and enjoy a fun activity right outside of the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Continue to Zappeion Hall and play an ancient Greek game. Then enter the Panathenaic Stadium, where your kids will learn all about the Olympic Games. The next stop will be the National Gardens, and the tour finishes at the famous Syntagma Square and the Hellenic Parliament.

Athens: Highlights Evening Walking Tour and Meze Dinner

7. Athens: Highlights Evening Walking Tour and Meze Dinner

Set off from Syntagma Square and make your way to the historic Plaka district. Venture down quaint alleys and stroll along charming Dionisiou Aeropagitou to see the Acropolis floodlit after dark. Admire the Theatre of Herodes Atticus and go to Pnika Hill for panoramic views before walking to Thiseio for a look at the ancient market and Arios Pagos. Join the locals on the central square and get a view of the Stoa of Attalos museum. Continue to Monastiraki and wander the open-air flea market. End in Psyri, known for its traditional bars and restaurants and enjoy a plate of savory mezedes (appetizers) with the help of your guide.

Private Markets, Ruins and Ancient Athens with a Local

8. Private Markets, Ruins and Ancient Athens with a Local

Start your private Athens tour by meeting your local guide at Ktozia Square, then head to the Mayor of Athens’ neo-classical building on Athina Street, one of the busiest in Athens. Starting at 9:00 AM when the city’s shops and markets are bustling with Athenians, you’ll see the shop owners get ready for a day of business, just as they have done for the past 2,000 years. You will experience the spirit of Greek life with the same commerce of food that existed thousands of years before, and your local guide will be explaining these practices to you along the way. On this Athens market tour you’ll dive into the Athenian way of life as your guide leads you through the markets. Here you will find every Mediterranean fruit, vegetable, meat, cheese, and more on offer. Experiencing local produce is one of the best things to do in Athens, and you’ll be able to pick out all the local favorites with the guide to show you the way. 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, and in the center of the square sits the Pantanassa Monastery. The square is also home to the Adrian Library, an archaic temple constructed in the Corinthian-style, and not far away is the 18th century Tzistarakis Mosque, now a ceramics museum. This Athens tour will point out all these landmarks to you and give you all the information you need to know about them in this cultural hub of the city. Next, explore the square’s flea market, mingle with merchants, and see ancient monuments as you uncover even more Athens history. Then, you’ll head off to Ifaistou or Pandrossos to discover shops selling all kinds of specialties such as leather sandals, handmade icons, Greek music instruments, and antiques. This is the perfect place to pick up a memento of your Athens travel experience, and the perfect way to get in touch with Athens market culture. Your tour will take you past ancient Agora next, where merchants traded enthusiastically during Greek and Roman times. You’ll see the lively central neighborhood of Thission, and pass houses from the 17th and 18th centuries along the way, as you make your way to one of Athens’ oldest areas, Plaka. There, you will enjoy a freshly brewed coffee as you chat about all things ancient Greek. Your Athens tour ends at the entrance of the Acropolis, where you are free to continue on your own personal exploration, or your local guide can give you advice on the best way to get back to your hotel. Don’t forget to ask for tips on what else to see and do during your stay.

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What people are saying about Thiseio

This was a truly magical experience. The location - a rooftop space overlooking the Parthenon, Agora, and Hephaisteion - was a bonus as the sun set. The wines were almost all excellent, and the portions were abundant - we got very tipsy very quickly. This was in fact the only shortcoming to note: the snacks were too few for the quantity of wine offered. The sommelier, George, is a gem: friendly, knowledgeable, and eloquent. He explained every wine and grape variety in great detail and made excellent comparisons with more famous wines to get us oriented. He clearly loves the wines that are being produced in Greece today.

We booked this cycle tour to give us an introduction to Athens. The whole experience from finding the start point (this has not always been easy for us) the staff in the office very professional and most of all our guide Nesti was outstanding. We saw many of the major attractions and some hidden gems that we would never have found without him. He was so friendly and kind his knowledge amazing and his photo taking brilliant. Thank you we loved it all and was the highlight of our trip

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed this bike tour and highly recommend it! Dina was a great guide sharing her knowledge of the city as we covered a fairly leisurely 6.5 mile route. We saw so much we never would have discovered on our own, and thought the tour was a superb way to experience the amazing sights and sounds of Athens!

The bikes were great and the route taken very varied and interesting. Kostas the guide was very amusing, interesting and knowledgeable.

Great bike tour of the city & fantastic hosts with lots of knowledge & fun