the urban athens neighborhoods tour

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Discover the heart and soul of the real city


4 hours


Daily at 9.30 a.m


english, french


€45per person

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Come with us around this very old modern city, and see how it evolved into one of Europe’s most interesting urban spaces. See Athens the way Athenians see it, beautiful and yet often messy.We won't just show you the city; we will share it with you, in the true tradition of Greek hospitality.

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  • See six different neighborhoods, ranging from working-class havens to boutique boulevards.
  • Hear how Athens was transformed from a town into a modern city, all in the shadow of its own ancient glory.
  • Uncover hidden spots with stories to tell or treasures (edible, wearable or collectible) to offer.
  • Stop for coffee in a secret courtyard right in the middle of one of the city’s busiest spots.
  • Catch up with what the city’s doing now – its street art, its new hotspots, its creative scene.

What you can expect

This is a tour about the true heart and soul of Athens. It’s a tour about its people, its habits – old and new-, its everyday life and its secrets.

During this walk you will witness some of Athens’ greatest contrasts: From the Old Royal Palace and the city’s posh areas, where the rich and famous have always settled, to the hotbed of rebellious young thinkers, that has been associated with forward-thinking and social experimentation, where students gather to argue the issues of the day.

You‘ll see buildings of amazing architecture, that reflect the vision of modern Athens as a successor to the glory that was Ancient Athens, as well as architecture that represents the Modernist and inter-war movements. As you are slowly discovering the city you will learn that there are many secrets that lie beneath the surface and that the past is always just a few steps from the present…

You’ll also get a chance to explore some gentrified neighborhoods that are devoted to small businesses, but now they’re all interspersed with trendy eateries and funky little bars. This is where you can see some of the city’s best street art, come across a new jewelry designer, or shop for vintage clothing at one of the retro boutiques.

And as modernity coexists with tradition, you’ll find out how the Ottoman past is still alive in Athens’ flea market, one of the liveliest neighborhoods of the city, where the old and the new generations still meet today.

By the end of our tour, we hope that you’ll have seen the true soul of Athens and its people, a city with a thousand stories still standing, as it has since ancient times, right on the border between the East and the West.

Practical info

4 hours
Walking pace
english, french
Daily at 9.30 a.m
Group size
12 persons

Good to know

  • This tour is an excellent way to orientate yourself in the city, so we recommend you do it in the beginning of your trip


  • Adult: 45 €
  • Children 12-17 year old: 36 €
  • Children under 11: Free

What's included

  • English Speaking Guide

Not included

  • Food or drinks


  • Your meeting point is Syntagma Square. Detailed meeting instructions will be sent to you upon booking.
  • Tour not available on November 17th, December 6th, December 25th & 26th, January 1st,  Easter Sunday.

"Our guide was superb and not only set the tone for our stay in Athens, but our approach to our whole holiday. The idea behind this 4 hour walking tour is to show the different areas of Athens but it's so much more than that. As newbies to the city, with very little to use as a reference point, this tour was brilliant.’’"


"If anything it was our best experience of our two weeks in Greece. Away from the crowds immersed in a variety of cultures and so many different aspects of Athens. Vassia’s knowledge, teaching and communication skills ... we could have walked all day! This is one tour you shouldn't miss!’"


"This was great...we saw all kinds of things we never would have stumbled onto on our own. I highly recommend Alternative Athens!"

Julie Matlof K

"For anyone interested in contemporary Athens, I highly recommend Alternative Athens tours. Our guide, Ilias, was amazing. This tour covers several diverse neighborhoods, from affluent to working class. We learned an incredible amount in that four hours, and for most visitors, there would be no other way to get this kind of local knowledge."

Alfred K, Champaign, United States- TripAdvisor

"A great way to start off your visit, get your bearings and immerse yourself with a local guide. This small group tour was an in-depth lesson in the history, food, architecture, culture and politics of Greece and Athens through the lens of distinct, beautiful and funky neighborhoods. Andreas, our guide, was top notch!"

Patricia M

"We saw very interesting parts of Athens and had 4 hours of great fun. Vassia was a great guide with many interesting stories to tell. We can highly recommend both her and Alternative Athens! Thanks a million, will definitely book you again next time!!"

r0lka, Germany - TripAdvisor

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Awards & Accolades


"Excellent and informative tour! What a great way to start our holiday in Greece!"

Anjana V

"The street art was impressive and varied. There was so much to discover and see. I highly recommend this tour if you want to get out of the touristy areas and see amazing artwork."

travelchyc – San Jose

"We had an incredible day in Athens. This ended up being the best day of our 2.5 week vacation across Rome, the Greek Islands, Naples, and Sicily. I'm really impressed with this company and have already recommended them to all of my friends and family."

kathyinil – Illinois