Best of Ancient and Modern Athens

Give us a day and we’ll show you the whole city – its fabulous past and its forward-looking present!

Duration

7-8 hours

When

Daily, upon request

Languages

english, french

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A wonderful combination tour to see the unmissables, like the amazing Acropolis and the evocative Agora, but also to see the neighborhoods that are hot now, where art and style are getting new makeovers but where the food you’ll eat is, thankfully, as authentic as ever.

This is a Private Tour

Our private tours can be booked as featured here, or be customised especially for you.

Highlights

  • The archaeological stars like the Acropolis and the Agora, sites of world-heritage importance you just can’t miss
  • The other spots you shouldn’t miss – the part of the city where Athenians actually hang out.
  • The food tastings, whether at the market or at the taverna, which delivers great flavors in simple but classic dishes – for dessert, you’ll want to eat your return ticket ;-)
  • The feeling that you’re getting to know the city, not just the sights.

What you can expect

From the Acropolis, where your guide will explain both what you’re looking at and what it meant to the people who built it, to the Agora, where the history you learn will cover philosophy and politics, you’ll spend an important part of the tour in the past. 

When you’ve finished with the archaeological sites, however, you’ll come straight back to the present with an exploration of the neighborhoods in Athens that are changing right now. You'll stop for a coffee in one of Athens' secret gardens, a surprising café in an unexpected setting in the heart of the city.

Then, take a walk around the neighborhoods of  Monastiraki, the colorful flea market, and Psiri and keep an eye out for street art – your guide will know where – as well as cool new design shops and vintage clothing stores. Check out both the pre-war and the post-war buildings and the concentration of hardware and specialty item stores in an area they happily share with brand-new funky little bars.

Head into the traditional “belly of the city”, the bustling Varvakios Market, the biggest and most popular fish, meat and vegetable market in the whole of Athens and explore the main spice street of Athens too. Enjoy the food tastings along the way – you’ll see that here, too, there’s a choice between tradition and novelty. You'll get to try extra virgin olive oils, thyme honey, cheeses from various parts of Greece, cured meats, olives and more!

In Plaka, the oldest part of Athens, find out if there’s a compromise between history and modernity as you explore an area that is trying to offer more than just souvenirs. Here, you'll also have lunch, in a traditional tavern at the feet of the Acropolis, serving delicious Greek food. 

A whole day for the city, and what a city – sure, it’s still not enough, but it’s a great start to a beautiful new friendship. 

Practical info

Duration
7-8 hours
Walking pace
Easy
Languages
english, french
When
Daily, upon request

Good to know

  • This is a great tour if you only have a day in Athens and want to fit in everything!

Prices

Private only

What's included

  • Licensed English speaking guide (Acropolis)
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Food tastings

Not included

  • Entry fees
  • Food or drinks (except for the tastings mentioned in the tour’s description)
  • Transfers (if needed)

Notes

We will have your tickets purchased in advance so that you skip the long lines. For this purpose please provide us with the ages of all members in your group to benefit from available discounts.

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"We learned a lot about Athens life and Greek history while enjoying some delicious drinks. Antonis takes you to places that you would only know about from a local. We can not recommend it enough!!"

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"We learned about the area, history of LGBTin Athens, local hot spots, and much more. At the end of the night it was like we were locals and apart of her circle of friends. A MUST in Athens if you are LGBTQI."

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