Cats of Athens: Self-Guided Mobile Tour in Plaka

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Cats of Athens: Self-Guided Mobile Tour in Plaka

From $9.53 per person

Athens is a city that belongs to the cats. Visit five corners of the Plaka area that form the backdrop for a meeting with the city’s four-legged residents, as you explore the story of their adventurous arrival and domination.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 2 hours
Instant confirmation
Optional audio guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Watch the sunlight dance on the fur of the cats fur in Anafiotika
  • Hear the primordial purring of cats as you overlook the ancient Agora
  • Feel the glories of the Byzantine and Ottoman as you read about the spoon-fed Mechlempae, the imperial cat
Full description
This self-guided mobile tour is based on an award-winning storytelling concept and the fascinating narratives prepared by handpicked destination experts. You can enjoy this multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step to explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule. After downloading the app from Apple Appstore or Google Play, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text), it is recommended to use headphones. This is a tour based on, and dedicated to, the beautiful cats of Athens. In contrast to most traditional guided tours that tend to focus on the ancient temples, the medieval churches, and the neoclassical jewels of this city, the tour focuses on these felines and highlights the almost mythical stories of their arrival and gradual domination in Athens. This journey down memory lane begins at one of Athens’ most picturesque spots. Anafiotika is an island in the heart of Athens with narrow lanes and tiny whitewashed houses clinging to the rocks. Ancient Athenian households and markets were full of dogs, grasshoppers, crickets, hedgehogs or monkeys who served as pets. You were more likely to come across a cheetah than a cat in downtown Athens. As you make your way through the Plaka district, take time and introduce yourself to the city’s adventurous feline residents who enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the ancient Agora. The remains of the Byzantine church, visible beneath the foundations of the mosque in the Roman Agora, reverberate with the calls of Mechlempe’s descendants. He was the imperial Byzantine cat and lived a life of luxury as he ate from gold plates. During the Ottoman period, cats were the subjects of as much adoration as in the time of the pharaohs. The ruins of the madrasa remain a favorite feline haunt in memory of that relationship.
Includes
  • Self-guided audio tour in your smartphone offered in English and Greek
  • Offline content with an offline interactive map and signature stories
  • Activation link to access your audio tour
  • Smartphone
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Food/drinks
  • Pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Starting point: Anafiotika, Plaka (nearest metro station: Acropoli)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Headphones
  • Charged Smartphone

Know before you go

  •  Please note this is an audio tour; no physical guide will accompany you
  • You must have an Android or iOS smartphone for this digital tour. The tour is not compatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 5/5C or older, iPod Touch 5th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, or iPad Mini 1st generation
  •  The tour is yours to use at any moment you wish and also repeat any time
  •  Use of headphones is recommended, in order to best enjoy this multimedia self-guided tour
  • Non-refundable once activated
  • Please ensure you have 100-150 MB of storage space
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5
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A nice tour and a lot of cats!

This is a self guided audiotour. You need your headphones and i would recommend to bring a power bank!! The surroundings and views were beautiful and there were lots of cats! I brought some cat treats. Most of the cats were shy and distant but when i gave them cat treats i was able to pet most of them!

October 4, 2018

Terrible. App installation process is backwards; audio does not play if you want to use the camera to take pictures of cats; usability in general is horrible; dictation is from a text to speech software. Do not recommend at all!

March 23, 2018

great experience. i would recommend this tour to all cat lovers.

July 20, 2020

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