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Hidden Athens Tour

Price 50€ 4 hours
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Adults: 50€
Children: 25€

4 hours

Escape the well-trodden tourist track and discover a quieter side of Athens on this leisurely 3.5-hour to 4-hour 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. Hidden Athens tour reviews click here
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

Hidden Athens Tour

Adults: 50€
Children: 25€

Choose a morning or afternoon departure, meet your guide near Athens’ Benaki Museum (Koumpari street 1 and Vassilis Sofias), and begin your 3.5- to 4-hour 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 (Aeropagus). 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. 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 specialities 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.

Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • 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.
Dress Code

Comfortable shoes, Hat  (especially on warm months, June, July, August), Sunscreen

Included

Local guide

Picnic

One glass of white wine

Not Included

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Gratuities (optional)

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

4 hours
11+ Age

Meeting Point: Benaki museum, Koumpari street 1 and Vassilis Sofias



Benaki museum, Koumpari street 1 and Vassilis Sofias   photo
Benaki museum, Koumpari street 1 and Vassilis Sofias

Return Details

Concludes at Acropolis museum

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