Guided tour

Athens: Acropolis, Hidden Gems and Plaka Guided Tour

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Athens: Acropolis, Hidden Gems and Plaka Guided Tour

Activity provider: Athens Walks Tour Company
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Likely to sell out

From US$ 80.19 per person

Join a local guide for a walking tour in Athens and get introduced to the Acropolis monuments and Parthenon Temple. Discover Athens' most picturesque and beautiful neighborhood, Plaka.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Greece's ancient sites with an archaeologist by your side
  • Visit the hilltop monuments of the Acropolis, including the Parthenon
  • Walk up Philopappou Hill and see where Greek philosopher Socrates was imprisoned
  • Step back in time and admire the 19th-century architecture of Anafiotika
  • Discover the charm of Plaka (Athens’ Old Town) and visit medieval chapels
Full description

Meet your licensed tour guide, who is also an archaeologist, then start your combination tour of Athens. Enter from the south slope of the Acropolis and set off on your leisurely walking tour of some of the world’s finest monuments.

Along the way, listen as your guide shares insight into the citadel’s ruins and excavation details. Visit the Theater of Dionysus, an amphitheater that is arguably the birthplace of performing arts. Continue with a leisurely paced stroll through the streets of Plaka, the old town of Athens. In this sprawling, historical neighborhood, you’ll follow along a maze of cobbled streets lined with examples of Neoclassical architecture, Byzantine churches, and busy shops. On the northernmost streets of Plaka is the area known as Anafiotika, an idyllic cluster of whitewashed houses that are reminiscent of buildings in the Greek islands. In the 19th century, homesick workers from the Cyclades built the houses and painted them bright white to remind themselves of Anafi. While listening to some stories about the area and its history from your guide, you’ll walk to the Rock of Ares, which is just a bit farther up the slopes of the Acropolis on Mars Hill. The colossal rock marks the site of the supreme court of ancient Athens. Kings from centuries ago are buried in tombs surrounding it. Continue to Philopappou Hill, passing the prison where the Greek philosopher Socrates was sentenced to death on controversial charges. You’ll also stop at the top of Philopappou Hill to enjoy breathtaking views over Athens. Sit down with a glass of white wine and enjoy a picnic of various Greek delicacies.

Includes
  • Guided Tour.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet inside the Athens Walks tour office.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • It's a good idea to wear sport shoes, as well as a hat during the summer months.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 20 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Service
    4.7/5
  • Organization
    4.4/5

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Kostas was incredible! A must-do tour!

Kostas was recommended to us by friends who had toured with him previously. I would do the same for anyone looking to see Athens for the first time. My wife and I were on our honeymoon and booked with Kostas for our only day in Athens. His tour was incredible. He was a great conversationalist with interesting insights into the city. He also provided great recommendations for things to do after our tour ended. He truly made our day in Athens great!

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April 16, 2016

Wow - going beyond the obvious Athens and discovering where locals go

This tour was amazing. To start the guide was very friendly, funny, polite, knowledgeable and with perfect english. The itinerary itself is fantastic because it takes you through Athens main areas but avoiding the obvious very touristic places where everyone knows. I go to see places where there only locals and i discovered a lot about the habits of the people who live in Athens. I highly recommend this tour to go beyond in your discovery of Athens.

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February 19, 2016

Marisa is a great guide.

Marisa really cared for the people in the group. There are plenty of sources for thhe ancient history of Athens, but she gave us interesting insights into its modern reality as well. I wouldn´t have minded more of the stair- and hill-climbing part, but unfortunately the composition of the group prevented that.

May 26, 2015

Product ID: 45536