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Hidden Athens Small Group Walking Tour and Picnic: Plaka and the Hills of Athens

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Athina, Greece

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Good for avoiding crowds

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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Overview

Escape the well-trodden tourist track and discover a quieter side of Athens on this leisurely walking tour. With a local guide, explore the tucked-away areas around the slopes of the Acropolis and uncover their ancient and recent past. Stroll around the cobbled Plaka, Athens’ Old Town; and delve into Anafiotika, where the sugar-cube houses mirror a whitewashed Cyclades village. Discover the ancient sites of Mars Hill and Philopappou Hill, and savor a delicious Greek picnic and glass of wine as you gaze over Athens sprawled below.
  • 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
  • Admire panoramic views from the top of Philopappou Hill and relax with a picnic and glass of white wine
  • Walk along the UNESCO-listed walkways of Philopappou and see Philopappos Monument

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour takes travelers off the beaten path to tucked-away spots loved by locals.
Local guide,Picnic,One glass of white wine
Gratuities (optional),Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Koumpari 1, Athina 106 74, Greece

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Choose a morning or afternoon departure, meet your guide in central Athens to begin your walking tour.

Keeping a relaxed pace throughout, head first into the Plaka, Athens’ Old Town. Spread 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.

Make your way through the streets and enter Anafiotika: a photogenic district of whitewashed houses and stepped lanes on the north side of the Acropolis. Trace the tiny passageways past blue-painted shutters and bright bougainvillea, and learn how the sugar-cube houses here were constructed in the 19th century by masons from the island of Anafi. Having been brought to Athens to build a royal palace, the stoneworkers designed their houses in the Cycladic style of their beloved home.


Stroll on to Mars Hill, also called the Rock of Ares (Aereopagus). 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 AD 52. Next, continue to Philopappou Hill and pause at 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 tasty Greek specialties with a glass of white wine.

 After relaxing here, follow the pretty UNESCO-listed pathways back down into town. Along the way, pass the Philopappos Monument, the tomb of the admired Roman senator Philopappos, and then conclude your tour at the start point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Acropolis
The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. The word acropolis is from the Greek words ἄκρον and πόλις
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Acropolis
The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. The word acropolis is from the Greek words ἄκρον and πόλις
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Benaki Museum
The Benaki Museum, established and endowed in 1930 by Antonis Benakis in memory of his father Emmanuel Benakis, is housed in the Benakis family mansion in downtown Athens, Greece
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Benaki Museum
The Benaki Museum, established and endowed in 1930 by Antonis Benakis in memory of his father Emmanuel Benakis, is housed in the Benakis family mansion in downtown Athens, Greece
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plaka
In the shadow of the Acropolis and its ancient temples, hillside Plaka has a village feel, with narrow cobblestone streets lined with tiny shops selling jewelry, clothes and local ceramics. Sidewalk cafes and family-run tavernas stay open until late, and Cine Paris shows classic movies al fresco. Nearby, the whitewashed homes of the Anafiotika neighborhood give the small enclave a Greek-island vibe
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plaka
In the shadow of the Acropolis and its ancient temples, hillside Plaka has a village feel, with narrow cobblestone streets lined with tiny shops selling jewelry, clothes and local ceramics. Sidewalk cafes and family-run tavernas stay open until late, and Cine Paris shows classic movies al fresco. Nearby, the whitewashed homes of the Anafiotika neighborhood give the small enclave a Greek-island vibe
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tripodon
Tripodon street is considered as the oldest street of Athens. It is located in the same place as it was 25 centuries ago
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tripodon
Tripodon street is considered as the oldest street of Athens. It is located in the same place as it was 25 centuries ago
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Areopagus
The Areopagus is a prominent rock outcropping located northwest of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Its English name is the Late Latin composite form of the Greek name Areios Pagos, translated "Ares Rock
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Areopagus
The Areopagus is a prominent rock outcropping located northwest of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Its English name is the Late Latin composite form of the Greek name Areios Pagos, translated "Ares Rock
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Anafiotika
Anafiotika is a scenic tiny neighborhood of Athens, part of the old historical neighborhood called Plaka. It lies in northerneast side of the Acropolis hill
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Anafiotika
Anafiotika is a scenic tiny neighborhood of Athens, part of the old historical neighborhood called Plaka. It lies in northerneast side of the Acropolis hill
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Athens Walks Tour Company
Tour office
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Athens Walks Tour Company
Tour office
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Agios Nicholas Rangavas Church
Landmark Greek Orthodox church with Byzantine architecture known for being the oldest in Athens.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Agios Nicholas Rangavas Church
Landmark Greek Orthodox church with Byzantine architecture known for being the oldest in Athens.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Prison of Socrates
On the slopes of Filopappou Hill, follow the path to this warren of rooms carved into bedrock. It's said to have been the place Socrates was imprisoned in before his trial in 399 BC.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Prison of Socrates
On the slopes of Filopappou Hill, follow the path to this warren of rooms carved into bedrock. It's said to have been the place Socrates was imprisoned in before his trial in 399 BC.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Philopappos Hill
The Philopappu Monument is an ancient Greek mausoleum and monument dedicated to Gaius Julius Antiochus Epiphanes Philopappos or Philopappus, a prince from the Kingdom of Commagene. It is located on Mouseion Hill in Athens, Greece, southwest of the Acropolis.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Philopappos Hill
The Philopappu Monument is an ancient Greek mausoleum and monument dedicated to Gaius Julius Antiochus Epiphanes Philopappos or Philopappus, a prince from the Kingdom of Commagene. It is located on Mouseion Hill in Athens, Greece, southwest of the Acropolis.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • A minimum of 2 people is required to operate the tour
  • Comfortable shoes are advised
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 11 years
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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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 Hidden Athens Small Group Walking Tour and Picnic: Plaka and the Hills of Athens?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Hidden Athens Small Group Walking Tour and Picnic: Plaka and the Hills of Athens.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Hidden Athens Small Group Walking Tour and Picnic: Plaka and the Hills of Athens?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Hidden Athens Small Group Walking Tour and Picnic: Plaka and the Hills of Athens.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Hidden Athens Small Group Walking Tour and Picnic: Plaka and the Hills of Athens?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Hidden Athens Small Group Walking Tour and Picnic: Plaka and the Hills of Athens.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Be aware there is a climb up a steep hill, and a somewhat slippery descent, which may be an issue for some people." See review
  • "Dont miss this unique tour, as you will walk through many beautiful and unique hidden places of Athens like Plaka and the Hills of Athens." See review
  • "Please look up beforehand if there will be any such closures during your trip, and plan accordingly!" See review

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Bring your walking shoes and your camera
Gordon
, Feb 2020
It was a beautiful day out in Athens. The pictures were beautiful and the perspective it gave us on Athens by ending the tour at the hilltop near the Prison of Socrates was the cherry on the sundae.
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Hidden Athens Highlights, Gems and Greek snacks
t0nyp1944
, Oct 2019
Our guide Daphne was there early and from the first introductions, we had a very interesting tour starting with the changing of the Guard at the President's Palace to a picnic of Greek snacks and wine on Filopappos Hill overlooking the Acropolis almost five hours later. Excellent day!!
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Gems and Greek Snacks
Paul H
, Sep 2019
This tour was delightful from beginning to end . Our guide was full of factual and fun tidbits . She didn’t go to slow or to fast . Our picnic lunch with wine was delicious.
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Would use this tour company for anyything
brigid3
, Jul 2019
Fantastic day. Guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. We will certainly use them for any trips to Greece.
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Nice Tour
M00nbi
, May 2019
Alexia our guide had amazing knowledge of all the sites. She took us through the streets of central Athens. She also told us good places to visit. The picnic lunch was great. recommend the tour.
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Pleasant afternoon
sleepymom500
, Apr 2019
Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and spoke english very well. We were lucky to have a beautiful day, but as it was Sunday afternoon, we didn't get to go inside any of the churches, and the Zappion was having an event, so not there either. Tour could do without the walk in Plakka (streets lined with souvenir shops) but the rest was charming. The advertised "picnic" was a piece of cheese pie and a piece of spinach pie for each of us, and the three of us split a mini bottle of wine. Very nice, but don't plan on it for dinner. We were the only couple on the tour, but actually would have liked a few more people to enliven the conversation. Be aware there is a climb up a steep hill, and a somewhat slippery descent, which may be an issue for some people.
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Plaka Walking Tour
anelliemarie
, Nov 2018
What a highlight of our trip to Greece! Marissa was very knowledgeable and personable. We watched the Changing of the Guard with no one around, visited Hadrian's Arch, strolled through the three tiers of Plaka, and enjoyed a yummy lunch with views of the Acropolis among other sites. A great way to get acquainted with Athens!
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Fun day!
Jessica A
, Oct 2018
Great tour to do at the beginning of your trip to get the lay of the land. Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable.
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We had Marissa spelling? as our tour...
sarahmoore
, Sep 2018
We had Marissa spelling? as our tour guide and we cannot fault her. She was fantastic and she ensured that we were provided with the best tour possible. Out of everything we did in Athens, this was definitely a highlight. The tour itself is perfect to see all the things you never knew you wanted/planned to see. Photo opportunities are abundant and the information she gave us was really educational - Loved it! Thank you for an amazing morning!
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This tour was amazing, the guide was...
Angel H
, Jul 2018
This tour was amazing, the guide was knowledgeable and it ended up being just my group of friends! We took some great pics and really enjoyed the tour - would recommend.

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