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  1. Greece
  2. Attica
  3. Athens
  4. Plaka

Athens: Food & Modern Culture Private Walking Tour

Product ID: 75956
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In the shadow of the Acropolis, past classic temples, Roman monuments, Byzantine churches & colorful streets, this private tour combines a wonderful walk through the vibrant heart of the old city experiencing its best traditional tastes, flavors & crafts.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Start in the vibrant Plaka area learning abouth the ritual of Greek Coffee
  • Experience and learn about the many varieties of Greek Olive Oil and its qualities with a tasting
  • Learn about the production Ouzo, Raki & local spirits
  • Finish with a traditional lunch or a drink in the shadow of the Ancient Agora
Full description
From pick up at your hotel and brief overview of the day & assessment of any needs & preferences you may have, you continue towards Monisteraki square with its bustling & colourful neoclassic streets to meet George, patron of one of the best cafe's in Athens which opened its doors in 1840 and which doubles as a cultural center. Amidst the amazing collections of authentic posters, paraphernalia & other artifacts providing wonderful insight into modern Greece, you learn about the ritual of Greek Coffee & 'Glikou tou Koutoulu' or 'sweet of the spoon' which has a special place in the daily cycle of Greek life & a fascinating history which will be shared in this beautiful setting.

Cultivated in Greece for over 5000 years the olive has a central place in the Greek kitchen. Greek olive oil is widely recognized as the highest quality oil in the world & rightly forms a key part of the famous Greek diet. You next come to meet Afroditi to sample & taste a selection of oils from various regions & islands of Greece, learning on the way about its production, the characteristic olive varieties, and the local & regional geographical variations which influence quality. You can also see many of the other products derived from it, from skilled traditional woodcraft to the variety of natural elements used for health & beauty, and sample also very distinctive regional varieties of honey.

Continuing in this way visiting specialist boutique shops, your tour samples the amazing but little known varieties of gourmet cheese; the rich pastry & sweet culture having Ottoman roots; Production of over 100 types of local spirit from 'Raki' to 'Tsipourou' to the famous Ouzo; to traditional crafts including glass & ceramics, Jewellery; native traditional Herbs, spices and Tea's, to the many other local traditions, superstitions & stories such as the 'evil eye' jewelry used to fend off evil spirits or the 'Korboloy' or Greek 'worry beeds' you will see many old & young men playing with their characteristic click clack noise.

Finally, you come to the Ancient Agora & central cafe & restaurant area, the very place the ancient Greeks stopped to trade, teach, went to market & carried out the street politics of the day 2000 years before. In the shadow of the temple of Hephestus you find Anna & your last stop at her pretty taverna. If desired you stop for a lunch sampling 'Mezethes' or 'many small dishes'. Another of the small pleasures of Greek life. Savoring these you learn about both their development as a lunchtime food for agricultural or other early workers, the regional influences on this cuisine & its many varieties. Here you wish you a last goodbye to people watch, pass the time with friends or return you your hotel, but for those wanting to continue with something special in the afternoon, the tour can be nicely followed with a relaxing coastal road trip to Cape Sounio on request
Includes
  • Walking tour
  • Traditional Greek coffee
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Variety of cold cuts and traditional cheeses
  • Traditional lunch of Mezethes (many small dishes)
What’s Not Included
  • Food & drink, unless specified

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Monistaraki Square

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Important information
Know before you go
Since this tour involves walking comfortable shoes are recommended & appropriate seasonal clothing with sunscreen & a hat in the Summer months.