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Athens: The History of Greek Mythology Private Tour

1. Athens: The History of Greek Mythology Private Tour

Dive deep into Greek mythology and embark on a journey of stories with your local guide. See a mix of highlights and sights such as the University and Academy of Athens, the central city market Varvakios and the flea market Monastiraki.  Relive one of the most important historical events in Athens and the impact from then to now. Your guide, an expert on the subject, will keep you entertained while you gain insights you won't find in any history book. Your local guide will make you feel like you are taking a trip into the past that has shaped the city we see today.

Athens: Guided Greek Cooking Class with Dinner & Wine

2. Athens: Guided Greek Cooking Class with Dinner & Wine

Immerse yourself in the world of Greek cuisine with our 1,5 h. hands-on cooking lesson. Indulge in a traditional Greek meal created by you and your loved ones, under the guidance of a cooking instructor. Meet your local cook at her restaurant, located in a charming neighbourhood of Athens. Enjoy a glass of Greek wine, while you are introduced to the menu of your Greek cooking class. Follow our passionate cook while she shares with you family recipes and cooking traditions from all around Greece. Take advantage of the seasonal, locally grown produce of top quality, and create traditional gyros in pita wrap, delicious salads and appetising dips.

Athens: Island Cruise with Lunch & Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

3. Athens: Island Cruise with Lunch & Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Take a cruise from Piraeus to the islands of Agistri, Moni, and Aegina. See the ancient Temple of Apollo and savor a traditional Greek lunch on the beach. Make use of a two-day, hop-on hop-off bus ticket with access to the Acropolis and Vouliagmeni Lake.  Cruise:Sail out to sea from Marina Zeas in Piraeus after being welcomed aboard your boat with coffee, juice, and pastries.   Land on Agistri, a little island paradise. Gaze in awe at the beautiful cliffs and hills covered with pine trees, swim in the crystal clear waters or stroll around the traditional alleys of the island’s villages. Make a stop on the protected island of Moni and anchor close to the beach. Indulge in a delicious lunch served with Greek wine, beer, and soft drinks. After lunch, take the chance to go snorkelling, relax in the sun, or discover the plants and wildlife that call Moni island home. Drop anchor by the picturesque port of the island Aegina, famous for housing the ancient Temple of Apollo and Temple of Aphaia. Spend free time on the island at your own pace, departing at 17:00 pm and arriving back at Marina Zeas at 19:00 pm. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus:Benefit from easily accessible bus transportation to some of the best attractions in Athens. Access 4 lines over 2 days: the Athens line, Piraeus line, Glyfada line, and Vouliagmeni line. Choose to listen to pre-recorded commentaries in 16 languages, providing historical and cultural information as you drive around the monuments of Athens. Get on or get off the bus at 35 different stops and the beaches down in the south. Decide to spend your day swimming at the breathtaking Vouliagmeni Lake by travelling on the Vouliagmeni line.

Athens: 2-Hour Self-Guided Audio Tour

4. Athens: 2-Hour Self-Guided Audio Tour

Explore Athens at your own pace with a self-guided audio tour on your phone. Listen to fascinating stories on a downloadable app designed by an accredited expert storyteller and historian. Based on an award-winning storytelling concept, this tour will take you from Syntagma Square and through the most important landmarks in the city. Blend in with the locals as you tour the city without a conspicuous group.

Athens: Pandora's Box Treasure Hunt & Sightseeing Tour

5. Athens: Pandora's Box Treasure Hunt & Sightseeing Tour

Discover the main tourist attractions and get to know the magical city of Athens in a different and fun way. Accompany Pandora on a difficult mission and help her save our world. You will have to solve a series of riddles that the first woman in the world will be posing, you will find the answer at each of the stops, where she will take the opportunity to talk about the place in question and share curious facts about it. The goal is to find the final point, where finally, only if you are a true philhellenic, you will manage to open the famous box that once brought us all the evils of humanity. Its content is a mystery, however, it will be necessary to carry out a ritual with which we will be able to stop the feet of the evil Hades (god of the underworld). Note: The difficulty of this treasure hunt will be adapted to the profile of the participant, so it is suitable for all audiences. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Athens Private Food Tour

6. Athens Private Food Tour

Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience. Sample one of the world’s best cuisines on a 2.5-hour food tour of Athens. Departing from City Hall on Kotzia Square, admire the 18th century Neo-Classical architecture, including the headquarters of the National Bank of Greece, before walking to Central Market. Arrive at an atmosphere abuzz with local merchants, who come to display their fresh food and local produce. An expert guide will lead you to places where few tourists ever venture, exploring a vast range of Greek specialties, from simple koulouri (a round sesame bread), to salty feta cheese, olives, and other delicacies. Stop for a hot Greek coffee in winter, or a cold frappé on warmer days. Drop by a Greek deli and sample delicious fare, such as local honey, while getting an explanation about what’s in season and and its uses in Greek cooking. After your tasty tour, stroll to Monastiraki Square, where you will be ideally placed to spend the rest of the day visiting the ancient ruins of the Acropolis, and to explore the lively streets of the Plaka neighborhood.

Athens: Local Bar Tour with Wines, Spirits, and Cocktails

7. Athens: Local Bar Tour with Wines, Spirits, and Cocktails

Discover 3 of the best neighborhoods in Athens for nightlife on a guided night out. Discover what the locals like to do and drink. Sample Greek wine, local spirits, and cocktails with a Greek twist. Learn about Greek wine, visit the oldest bar in Athens, and take in city views from a rooftop bar. Meet your guide in central Athens and start your tour at a wine bar near Koukaki. Learn about Greek wine culture from a sommelier as you sip the finest local wines. Next, visit the city's main party area and enjoy local spirits. Sample mastiha liqueur and aged tsipouro at the oldest bar in Athens. Then, follow your local guide through the streets to a rooftop bar. Marvel at incredible 360° views over the city, including Lycabettus Hill and the Acropolis. Try cocktails with a Greek twist as you relax on the terrace. Having partied like a local, leave your guide by the Acropoli metro station.

Private Markets, Ruins and Ancient Athens with a Local

8. Private Markets, Ruins and Ancient Athens with a Local

Start your private Athens tour by meeting your local guide at Ktozia Square, then head to the Mayor of Athens’ neo-classical building on Athina Street, one of the busiest in Athens. Starting at 9:00 AM when the city’s shops and markets are bustling with Athenians, you’ll see the shop owners get ready for a day of business, just as they have done for the past 2,000 years. You will experience the spirit of Greek life with the same commerce of food that existed thousands of years before, and your local guide will be explaining these practices to you along the way. On this Athens market tour you’ll dive into the Athenian way of life as your guide leads you through the markets. Here you will find every Mediterranean fruit, vegetable, meat, cheese, and more on offer. Experiencing local produce is one of the best things to do in Athens, and you’ll be able to pick out all the local favorites with the guide to show you the way. Filled with all these warm colors, tastes, and smells, the next stop is Monastiraki Square. The name of the square derives from the Greek word for monastery, and in the center of the square sits the Pantanassa Monastery. The square is also home to the Adrian Library, an archaic temple constructed in the Corinthian-style, and not far away is the 18th century Tzistarakis Mosque, now a ceramics museum. This Athens tour will point out all these landmarks to you and give you all the information you need to know about them in this cultural hub of the city. Next, explore the square’s flea market, mingle with merchants, and see ancient monuments as you uncover even more Athens history. Then, you’ll head off to Ifaistou or Pandrossos to discover shops selling all kinds of specialties such as leather sandals, handmade icons, Greek music instruments, and antiques. This is the perfect place to pick up a memento of your Athens travel experience, and the perfect way to get in touch with Athens market culture. Your tour will take you past ancient Agora next, where merchants traded enthusiastically during Greek and Roman times. You’ll see the lively central neighborhood of Thission, and pass houses from the 17th and 18th centuries along the way, as you make your way to one of Athens’ oldest areas, Plaka. There, you will enjoy a freshly brewed coffee as you chat about all things ancient Greek. Your Athens tour ends at the entrance of the Acropolis, where you are free to continue on your own personal exploration, or your local guide can give you advice on the best way to get back to your hotel. Don’t forget to ask for tips on what else to see and do during your stay.

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What people are saying about Monastiraki Square

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 42 reviews

Had a great day! Picked up near our B&B. Beautiful authentic boat. Delicious lunch, freshly prepared, on board and something for everyone on the different islands. Cycling, swimming, site seeing, history... We were served at our beck and call by Sam and associates! During lunch the tzatziki was gone, but Sam made sure I got a whole portion to take home when I said goodbye. Really great and definitely recommended!

It is a very nice experience to walking and learning things about the history and the present and the past of the place. Very useful information and very detailed guidance!!

Our guide was very knowledgeable. Our boys ages 13 and 10 enjoyed the tour. We walked to places we might not have explored otherwise. It was a great way to spend Boxing Day.

Our guide Markela was full of knowledge, she shared so many interesting facts with us, I totally recomend the tour with her Jasmina, Lea, Tamara

Very interesting and informative tour from Marchella. One of the few Athens tours that cover attractions besides Acropolis and its sites