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Hidden Athens Small Group Walking Tour

Shared Day Tour From Athens

Escape the well-trodden tourist track and discover a quieter side of Athens. Our Hidden Athens Tour is a leisure walking tour of approximately 3.5 to 4 hours.

 

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure time: 9:00, 10:30, 17.30
  • Travel Style: Cultural, History
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Days of operation : Daily
  • Free Cancellation up to 7 days

Highlights

  • 4-hour walking tour around Plaka and the hills of Athens: Philopappou and Mars Hill
  • Discover Anafiotika with its scenic whitewashed houses, built in a similar style to those on the Greek islands
  • Walk on Rock of Ares (Aereopagus) on Mars Hill and pass Socrates’ Prison
  • Walk along the UNESCO-listed walkways of Philopappou and see Philopappos Monument
  • Admire panoramic views from the top of Philopappou Hill and relax with a picnic and glass of white wine

Inclusions

  • Meeting in location: Benaki museum, Koumpari street 1 and Vassilis Sofias
  • English speaking local guide
  • Picnic
  • One glass of white wine
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Hotel pick-up & drop off

Covid-19 Measures

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Starting Points

What to expect

You may schedule your Hidden Athens Tour during the morning or the afternoon.

You will meet your guide near Athens’ Benaki Museum (Koumpari street 1 and Vassilis Sofias), and begin your Secret Athens walking tour.

Keeping a relaxed pace throughout the distance, you will first head to Plaka, Athens’ Old Town. Spreading around the slopes of the Acropolis, this charming district is known for the neoclassical townhouses, Byzantine churches, bustling tavernas, and independent shops crowded along its cobblestoned lanes.

Making your way through the streets, you will reach Anafiotika. Anafiotica is a photogenic district of whitewashed houses and stepped lanes, on the north side of the Acropolis. You will wander around the small passageways in this neighborhood of blue-painted shutters and vivid bougainvilleas. Moreover, you will and find out how the 19th-century sugar-cube houses were built by the masons from the island of Anafi. The stoneworkers who had been brought to Athens in order to build a royal palace, designed their houses in the Cycladic style of their beloved home.

However, this is not all the tour has to offer; There are hidden gems in the heart of Athens yet to be discovered! In addition, you will head to Mars Hill, also called the Rock of Ares (Areopagus). Gaze up at the Acropolis from this marble rock as you discover how it was the site of both ancient Athens’ high court and a famous sermon by St Paul in 52 AD. Coming up next is Philopappou Hill and the rock chambers where the philosopher Socrates is believed to have been imprisoned in 399 BC. Drink in the stunning views over Athens from the hilltop, and then revel in the setting as you enjoy a picnic of delicious Greek specialties with a glass of white wine.

After the relaxing picnic, you will walk down the beautiful UNESCO-listed pathways. Along the way, you will pass the Philopappos Monument, the tomb of the admired Roman senator Philopappos, and finish your tour at the start point.

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FAQ

How will I recognize our tour escort?

Your tour escort shall hold Athens Walks  signage at the pick up point.

What do I need to bring with me on the tour?

Bring sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and comfortable clothes during summer months & warm clothes and waterproof jacket during winter months. Have your ticket (electronic or printed) with you & your ID/PASSPORT (or copy).