Best of Ancient and Modern Athens Tour

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

Duration

7 hours

When

Daily, upon request

Languages

english, french

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A fantastic combination full-day tour of the unmissable sights, like the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora of Athens, but also a modern Athens tour of the liveliest neighborhoods in town, where trend-setting art and hip style coexist with authentic and traditional food joints.

This is a Private Tour

Our private tours can be booked as featured or be customized especially for you.

Highlights

  • The archaeological stars like the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora of Athens, sites of world-heritage importance you just can’t miss
  • The other unmissable spots – a modern Athens tour of the places 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 -both ancient and modern Athens, 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 of ancient Athens, to the Ancient Agora, where the history you learn will cover philosophy and politics, you’ll spend an important part of the tour in the past. 

After the Acropolis and Ancient Agora tour, however, you’ll come straight back to the present with an exploration of the neighborhoods of modern-day 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 cheeses from various parts of Greece, cured meats, olives, and delicious Greek sweets!

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. 

This full day ancient and modern Athens tour will alllow you to discover the city -and what a city! sure, a day is still not enough, but it’s a great start to a beautiful new friendship.

Practical info

Duration
7 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

Upon request - Private basis only

What's included

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

Not included

  • Entry fees
  • Coffee or refreshment during coffee break
  • Lunch
  • Extra food or drinks not mentioned in the 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.

"A perfect day. Alternative Athens is very fortunate to have such gifted guides!"

taiter – Orkney

"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

"We had one day in Athens while on a cruise. Our guides made history come alive and took us to many hidden treasures that most tourists would not see. Both of them spoke excellent English and were very enthusiastic and friendly. I would highly recommend this small, innovative, private tour company to anyone."

Leslev C

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Getting to know, really know, ancient and modern Athens in a day!

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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"Family took this tour as we thought would be more interesting than a standard tour of the sites. We were very impressed with the guide and her ability to weave mythology into the history of Athens. Highly recommend this tour!"

Don H, TripAdvisor

"I had done the ruins, statues and historical sights. I wanted something modern and eclectic and I found it on a Street Art Tour offered by Alternative Athens. Our guide Nikos is an artist and offered so much insight into the artists and street art!"

Adventureglo61, Vancouver, Canada - TripAdvisor

"Lena and Kristos were fantastic. They fed us lots of food and drinks. The best part, however, was the discussions we had with them. Whenever I travel, I always try to schedule a meal with a local family, or a cooking lesson, and I've never been disappointed. You'll learn so much about the culture! We spent almost four hours in their home and left with a new understanding of the Greek psyche."

jennykvb, Brooklyn, New York