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Full-day Small Group Athens Walking Tour with Food Tasting

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

The UNESCO-listed Acropolis is undeniably the star attraction of Athens, but the ancient Greek capital also has a wealth of sights to discover away from the tourist trail. This full-day small-group walking tour will introduce you to the real Athens, as you shop at the local markets, explore the vibrant Plaka neighborhood, visit a secret garden and sample traditional Greek foods.
  • Full-day walking tour of Athens’ neighborhoods and markets, including food tasting
  • Browse the stalls at the Central Market and Monastiraki Flea Market
  • Sample an array of tasty Greek foods, sweets and coffee
  • Get a glimpse of local life in the Plaka district
  • Great-value tour includes entrance fees and public transport ticket
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a personalised experience
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Local English-speaking guide
Food samples (Greek sweets, bread, olive oil, olives, cheeses, rusks, wine, ouzo, traditional meze, herbs/spices, and a Greek coffee)
Additional food and drink (during the mid-tour break)
Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
Gratuities for your guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Kotzia Square, Athens 105 51, Greece

Departure Time

11:00 AM

Return Details

Monastiraki, Athina, Greece
Meet your guide and small group of no more than 12 in Kotzia Square to begin your walking tour of Athens. Admire the square’s neoclassical buildings, built in the early 18th century, and listen as your guide offers an introduction to historic Athens, before heading off to the Central Market.

Browse the stalls of the lively local market, as your guide explains the different delicacies on sale, and get chance to taste Greek specialties like koulouri (round bread with sesame seeds), sweet pastries, feta and olives. Continue your culinary tour of Athens with a stop at a traditional Greek deli and sip a glass of Tsipouro (Greek brandy) as you get the inside scoop on modern life in Athens.

Next, soak up the buzzing atmosphere of central Athens as you stroll through the busy streets to Monastiraki Square, home to the city’s biggest flea market. There, you’ll have chance to practice your haggling skills as you rummage through the vintage stalls and secondhand goods.

After a short break to wander around the stalls or stop for coffee at one of the cafés around the square, hop on the metro to Panepistimio, where you’ll meet back up with your guide for the second half of the tour. Set out to explore the vibrant neighborhood, following your guide around the maze-like back alleys to little known local haunts and places you won’t find in guidebook pages!

Along the way, visit a secret garden, watch local craftsmen and artists at work, admire historic monuments, and taste delicious ‘lukumades’ (sweet honey pastries). As you stop to admire the Acropolis at a rooftop café, your guide will set the scene with fascinating myths, legends and stories of ancient Athens.

Next, stroll through the cobblestone lanes of the picturesque Plaka neighborhood, where you’ll get a feel for Athens’ diversity as you pass traditional taverns, admire the pretty buildings and peek into colorful designer boutiques. Finally, pay a visit to one of the city’s oldest bars, where you can celebrate the end of your tour with a glass of Greek wine.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kotzia Square
You’ll meet your local guide at Kotzia Square, located in the heart of Athens. The square is surrounded by gorgeous neoclassical buildings built in the early 18th century, as well as some ancient ruins.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Central Market
From there, we’ll lead you to the Central Market, where your guide will show you the places few tourists visit, and where you’ll discover a variety of delicious Greek specialties. From the simple koulouri (round bread with sesame seeds) and delicate local pastries, to the Greek staples of feta and olives, the Central Market is a feast for the senses.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Athens Street
Next up on this total tour of Athens, we’ll drop by a Greek deli that sells traditional produce and is a popular shopping spot for locals. You’ll get to sip some Tsipouro (a local alcoholic drink) and taste some unique delights from every corner of Greece, learning all about our culinary traditions and the Mediterranean diet.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Monastiraki Square
We’ll then walk to Monastiraki Square, the heart of the city from ancient times and still a gathering place today. We’ll venture through the vintage and second hand shops at the flea market and you’ll learn how to bargain like a Greek!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
The Academy of Athens
Our next stop will be a secret garden in the centre of the city, a place only known to locals. You’ll stand with awe in front of unique monuments and hear the myths and tales that surround these legendary buildings. Learn about kings and queens, heroes and outlaws, as well as about the hidden Athens beneath your feet.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Psirri
We’ll venture through small alleys of this neighbourhood and admire the city’s unique street art, which is considered some of the best in Europe, then watch local craftsmen and artists at work, and discover ancient treasures in a basement. We’ll also visit a quirky little sweet shop that’s perfect for picking up a tasty souvenir to take home with you!
Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Gazi
Finally, no bohemian tour of Athens would be complete without a stroll through the once industrial neighbourhood of Gazi, a must-see for any visitor, known for its graffiti decorated alleys, hipster taverns and fashionable boutiques owned by emerging designers. Here, you will see the old mingling with the new, along streets that connect (or divide) the past and the present. Think ancient tombs alongside factory chimneys, art centres and hidden courtyards. As we walk we’ll get a literal taste for Athenian life with a surprise stop for a tasty meze dish and a local tipple.
Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes. In summer months, bring a hat and sunscreen. This tour departs rain or shine, so you may want to bring an umbrella, depending on the weather.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Your tour supports the new generation of Athenians, such as young artists, by promoting their work and their enterprises to help them thrive through financial crisis.
  • This tour also offers you the opportunity to see street art and visit alternative neighbourhoods that don't generally benefit from tourism.
  • All of the stores you visit on your tour are 100% locally owned and run. Supporting small-scale, locally-run businesses helps to preserve the traditional character of old Athens.
  • By joining this tour you are supporting a street vendor who sells traditional koulouri sesame rings, which helps increase his income.
  • At least one store on your itinerary is dedicated to the preservation of locally-produced crafts
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures Greece

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-day Small Group Athens Walking Tour with Food Tasting?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Full-day Small Group Athens Walking Tour with Food Tasting.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-day Small Group Athens Walking Tour with Food Tasting?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Full-day Small Group Athens Walking Tour with Food Tasting.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Full-day Small Group Athens Walking Tour with Food Tasting?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Full-day Small Group Athens Walking Tour with Food Tasting.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-day Small Group Athens Walking Tour with Food Tasting?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Full-day Small Group Athens Walking Tour with Food Tasting.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Full-day Small Group Athens Walking Tour with Food Tasting?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Full-day Small Group Athens Walking Tour with Food Tasting.

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