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Best of Ancient and Modern Athens

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


7 hours


Daily, upon request


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 or be customized especially for you.


  • 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

7 hours
Walking pace
english, french
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!


Upon request - Private basis only

What's included

  • Licensed English speaking guide (Acropolis)
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Food tastings
  • Coffee or refreshment during coffee break

Not included

  • Entry fees
  • Extra Food or drinks (not mentioned in the description)
  • Transfers (if needed)


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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Awards & Accolades


"Our tour guide was perfect. She knew how to gage the group, she gave us enough information for it to be enjoyable without turning this into a university class. It was simply pitched perfectly. I learned a lot and I enjoyed it 100%.It made the Acropolis and all of the ruins come alive, make sense and really enjoyable."

Njaire1, TripAdvisor

"Overall, the tour is a MUST if you enjoy seeing a city at night. The way the locals spend the nights in a city tells you a lot about the city's soul...and seeing it with Antonis is the best way to do it.’’"

Sush106 – Texas

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

Anjana V