Guided tour

Athens: Alternative Walking Tour

4.8 / 5

25 reviews

Activity provider: Alternative Athens
Guided tour

Athens: Alternative Walking Tour

Activity provider: Alternative Athens

From US$ 55.95 per person

This fascinating tour will show you Athens in its truest sense: a complex, multilayered place comprised of centuries of history and influences from both the East and West. See Athens' most revered sites and appreciate the beauty of this special place.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Visit the 19th century landmarks of the industrial revolution and royal palaces
  • Descend to a notorious prison of World War II (closed Mon and Tue)
  • Watch ancient rivers still flowing, and visits tombs of a foregone era
  • Discover landmark buildings of international architectural interest
  • Walk through preserved Ottoman neighborhoods
Full description
With a recorded history that spans over 3,400 years, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world. This alternative walking tour takes you through Athens' rich history and multifaceted culture, surprising and enchanting you around every street corner. As you stroll through Athens' primeval streets, learn from your knowledgeable guide about the complex history of the ancient city. Visit landmark buildings such as the Parliament, the Academy, the University and the National Library, and come to understand their role in the construction of a contemporary European capital. Stroll through the beautiful neighborhoods of Psiri and Monastiraki, where the footprint of the Ottoman Empire is still present, to understand how the old city and its traditions mixed – or didn’t– with Western European values and ideas. Pass through Omonia Square, Kotzia Square, the central markets and many other fascinating sites, and discover the missing link between the glorious ancient past and the frantic, modern present.
  • English or French-speaking guide
  • City map highlighting the transformations of the city through 2,500 years
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuity (optional)

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Meeting point

Your meeting point is the fountain in Syntagma Square, Athens. Your guide will wait for you holding a sign with the local partner's name on it.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
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4.8 /5

based on 25 reviews

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Christina was so knowledgeable and informative. She took us to some places and provided us with some experiences that otherwise we wouldn't have enjoyed. We would recommend this tour for anyone interested in seeing parts of Athens you would be unlikely to see on your own.

March 25, 2023

Sowohl die Führung als auch Josephine sind großartig. Mit viel Herz und Wissen zeigt Josephine ihr alternatives Athen. Fern von den normalen Tourismuspfaden bekommt man einen besonderen Eindruck zur Stadt und vor allem zur modernen Geschichte. Doch Vorsicht - Josephine ist studierte Archäologin und brilliert durch die ganze Geschichte Griechenlands. Des Weiteren erhält man im Nachgang liebevoll aufbereitete Insiderinformationen zu den derzeit angesagtesten Spots der Stadt (Essen, Trinken, Must see usw.). Die Führung findet in englischer Sprache statt - doch keine Sorge ein ausbaufähiges Schulenglisch reicht hier allemal. Viel Spaß!

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March 25, 2023

Mon fils et moi avons été absolument ravis de cette expérience insolite avec une guide exceptionnelle de gentillesse et de professionnalisme. De précieux conseils et explications, une guide qui s’est adaptée à notre petit groupe…. Je recommande vraiment cette aventure !!! Milles merci encore à Maroussa pour son accueil et ces riches moments partagés ensemble ;) Des souvenirs inoubliables Jane

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March 25, 2023

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