Explore life off the beaten track with our experience-based Athens tours
Welcome to Alternative Athens, a different way of traveling and discovering the secrets of this fascinating, complex and diverse city that is Athens.
Whether by taking one of our Athens walking tours, exploring the surrounding areas with our day trips or tasting one of our home-cooked meals, our aim is to offer you a genuine Athenian experience:
- discovering non-touristic neighborhoods, streets and areas,
- visiting places where the Athenians eat, shop and have fun,
- exploring new, emerging locations you won't find in travel guides,
- creating travel memories and friendships that last for a lifetime.
What’s more, you’ll see Athens as we see it – through the eyes of a local. We base all our Athens tours on experiences, not just passive sightseeing and tourist stereotypes. The historic center is an open-air museum, which makes it ideal for all kinds of alternative guided tours - thematic, private and day tours as well as year-round sightseeing, including but not limited to our famous Mythological Athens Acropolis tour.
From stylish restaurants, trendy shops and boutique hotels to alternative neighbourhoods, lively cafes, and a bustling nightlife, Athens has a modern face that mingles perfectly with its iconic monuments and first-rate museums. And the best way to experience this quirky but charming city is by taking one of our alternative tours of Athens.
We love meeting people from all over the world, exchanging ideas and sharing an insider’s look at our city and culture. After all, this is what traveling is all about. So, let us take you off the beaten path on a different kind of tours in Athens. Are you ready to explore one of the most fascinating cities in the world? Plan your vacation with us and live unforgettable experiences with our alternative tours of Athens.
Top five known and …unknown reasons to go on a trip to Athens
1) The Acropolis and… a different view of the Acropolis
One of the most wonderful and recognizable monuments of the world, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, visited by millions of tourists every year. What is equally marvelous is the view of the Acropolis at night from one of Athens’ wonderful rooftop bars: Try 360, A for Athens or Couleur Locale for one of the most stunning views of your life!
2) The Ancient Agora & the Flea Market …and the secret gardens of Monastiraki
Once the heart of the Athenian democracy, the Ancient Agora still features one of the best preserved temples of Antiquity. Next to it, the Monastiraki flea market is a trip back in Ottoman times. But few wander off the touristy shopping streets to explore what hides in its alleys: the amazing courtyard and art space of TAF, the shady garden of 6 D.O.G.S. and the unexpected terrace of Vrysaki. Look for these quirky Athenian cafés!
3) The Nightlife and… the after-hours of the Nightlife
Whether you’re jamming to the alternative bars in Gazi, Agia Irini’s Square and Kerameikos or singing ‘opa!’ and throwing flowers on the tables at live clubs - aka the famous bouzoukia - the Athenians know how to party like no one else. However nightlife in Athens starts late and ends even later! For a genuine taste of Athenian nightlife, don't go out before 11pm and prepare to return in the early morning hours!
4) The Αcropolis Museum and…what hides behind it
Regularly ranked among the top 10 Museums in the World, the Acropolis Museum is not to be missed. But few visit the neighborhood of Koukaki, right behind it. Take some time to explore it and find amazing little shops, cool bistros and excellent cafés, just 10’ away from the flocks of tourists.
5) The Weather... all year round
Yes, everyone raves about the glorious Greek summer! But Athens is blessed with exceptional weather all year round, and it prides itself in having the mildest winter in Europe: did you know that in December Athens has the highest average temperature in Europe (a mild 12ºC/54ºF) and is a European sunlight champion? Plus, you can enjoy the city with a lot less tourists and at cheaper prices during winter time! Athens is the perfect all year-round destination.