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Athens: Street Food Tasting Tour

1. Athens: Street Food Tasting Tour

Kick-off your foodie adventure at a pie shop to taste traditional cheese pie or spanakopita made right on spot with the freshest ingredients. Discover why Greeks are crazy about souvlaki and enjoy it with local beer. Enjoy meat (or vegetables) wrapped in pita bread, juicy tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce at a local joint away from the crowds. Walk around Athens’ shopping district and find your way to a delightful boat-shaped Greek pizza place. Discover a pastry shop with the best Greek donuts and loukoumades, drenched in honey and cinnamon. Meander the streets of lively Psyrri, an Athenian district full of artistic and creative power. Enjoy street art, vintage shops, designers stores, and cute cafes. Visit an old bakery to discover the source of fresh and warm bread sesame rings, found in every food stall around Athens. Finish your street food tour with sweet memories of scrumptious local desserts, topped with golden syrup, sweet spices and special flavored ice cream.

Athens: Wine Tasting with a Sommelier under the Acropolis

2. Athens: Wine Tasting with a Sommelier under the Acropolis

Your experience will begin as one of Greece's sommeliers, Dimitris Spiropoulos, welcomes you to a beautiful restaurant under the Acropolis. Offering your first aperitif and a brief explanation of the Greece wine map. It features all of the major wine-producing areas and the wine varieties of each. Following a small talk, your wine-tasting experience begins with Dimitris introducing special Greek wines from handpicked local wineries. Depending on the wine varieties, special dishes, also from selected Greek producers, will help the you receive the full wine experience. Throughout your tour you'll have the chance to taste rare wine varieties such as Roditis, Limnio, Kidonitsa, Muscat, Augoustiatis, and Mandilaras. You'll also sample many more carefully selected varieties, hand-picked by your sommelier.

Athens: Gourmet Food Tour

3. Athens: Gourmet Food Tour

Explore Athen's food markets on a 4-hour walking tour. Taste delicious treats and visit local stores selling the "Green Treasures" of Greece, such as olive oil, wines, mushrooms, herbs, and traditionally made pasta and salamis. Start with a traditional Greek breakfast of koulóuria (sesame bread rings) in a century-old café. Continue to a tiny pastry shop to sample loukoumades (Greek donuts) and custard-filled filo squares. Enjoy local pies and cheeses at authentic Greek bakeries and cheese stores. Next, wander through the famous meat and fish markets. Try roasted home-grown coffee and visit specialty shops for their fresh fruit, olives, cheese, ham, and other deli produce. Enjoy local wine, organically produced olive oil and honey, aged aromatized vinegar, and world-famous Greek yogurt produced at family farms. Wander down Evripidou Street, scented by herbs. End your culinary exploration at the deli stores in the historic city center, where your guide will make you complimentary gifts to bring home.

Athens: Food Market Visit and Cooking Class with Wine

4. Athens: Food Market Visit and Cooking Class with Wine

Discover how to make traditional Greek food on a 4-hour cooking class, including a tour of a local market. Start your day at meeting point, where you’ll meet the chef. Then head to the market to pick up some ingredients and discover hidden places to eat, drink, and shop in the area. Your cook will show you some of the more interesting and unique products on offer, and give you tips on how to use them. Back at the cooking studio, you’ll be shown how to prepare the food and enjoy a hands-on experience making various dishes yourself. The course has been designed to be simple enough for any cook, no matter the skill level.  When the cooking class is over, you can sit down with your classmates and chef to taste what you have created. Wine and soft drinks are served with the meal. Your cook will also give you access to our recipes, so that you'll be able to make these dishes again at home.

Athens: Old Town Highlights Electric Bike Tour

5. Athens: Old Town Highlights Electric Bike Tour

Cycle the historic center of Athens on a 9-kilometer bike tour, and see archaeological and architectural highlights of the city such as the Panathenaic Stadium, Presidential Mansion, indoor exhibition center of the Zappeion Hall, and Roman Agora. Discover the city’s green spaces, such as the National Gardens. Explore historic neighborhoods, such as Plaka, in the footsteps of the Acropolis. Go to the ancient burial site of Kerameikos Cemetery. Admire the dome of the National Observatory of Athens, and enter the traditional neighborhood of Thission.  Although you will not enter any of the archaeological sights, you will stop for approximately 5-8 minutes at each one while your tour leader provides valuable information and tells interesting stories. Get off your bike for a short walking tour of an areas that bikes can’t access, but leads you to an amazing view far off the tourist path.  Designed for the average cyclist, the route avoids the busy city traffic by following mostly flat paths and bike trails. Enjoy a more intimate experience in groups of no more than 12 people.

Get to Know Athens: Private Tour with a Local

6. Get to Know Athens: Private Tour with a Local

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet outside your accommodation to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city.

Athens: Private Evening Sightseeing Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

7. Athens: Private Evening Sightseeing Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

Enjoy pickup from your hotel or meet your driver at a centrally located meeting point. Hop inside your charming electric tuk-tuk, which is the perfect size to navigate the city’s narrow roads, then set out on an evening of exploration. Start with a tour of the Athens’ most emblematic buildings and monuments including the Greek Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy of Athens, and Agios Dionysios Areopagitis Church. Continue the tour onto Mount Lycabettus and admire unforgettable views across the city and the Acropolis. Drive through the neighborhood of Kolonaki next, then pass by the Ancient Olympic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus, and Hadrian’s Arch. The tuk-tuk then winds its way through the narrow streets of the Plaka neighborhood, before heading to the Romain Agora and Hadrian’s Library. Pass by Thiseio to marvel at sprawling views of the Parthenon, then visit the areas of Monastiraki and Psiri. Throughout the tour, soak up the romantic atmosphere of Athens as the sun sets and day turns into night. At the end of an unforgettable evening tour, the driver will drop you off at the starting point, or to another location of your choosing.

The Greek Food Discovery in Athens

8. The Greek Food Discovery in Athens

Discover the city at a relaxing pace with your local expert who will share their love for delicious dishes and tasty products. This gastronomic adventure starts with a delicious Greek coffee and a delicacy while you enjoy the early morning vibe of the city and the view to Acropolis as you take the first sip. Travel through time as you get to know the history of one of the oldest coffee shops in Athens and find out everything you need to know about Greek coffee. The place is as instagrammable as it gets, so grab your cameras and shoot some great photos as you have your relaxing morning coffee chat! You must have heard a lot about morning snacks, but this one is definitely a newcomer to the Greek gastronomy. It is the most beloved healthy snack for Greeks coming with a special twist! The local culinary scene continues to evolve and you will be thrilled to discover something new. This is a surprise but fear not... you will love it! Keep exploring the most exciting flavors of Greece through a workshop where you will taste and learn more about some of the most delicious products of this country. This is also where the most vibrant part of the city is located, a year-round food oasis. Here you will feel the real pulse of the city, among food stalls, coffee shops, open-air markets, and well-hidden tavernas. Let your senses guide you; this is the local food market where you will mingle with the locals and you will observe, smell, and touch the best quality ingredients this city has to offer! If you think you have experienced enough, wait until you stroll around Spice street where you will find the best herbs that are collected from all over the Greek peninsula.  So, next time you cook for your friends, don’t get surprised if they ask you about your secret ingredient. Most probably. smelling all these different ingredients will have already stimulated your appetite. No worries! This is the moment to discover some of the best-hidden tavernas. Feel that old time nostalgia as these places are about to eclipse nowadays and there are only a few of them left. You will taste typical Greek tapas (mezes) and drink wine or ouzo in a place that will remind you of an old black & white film set back in the '60s! This is as authentic as it gets! And remember… the more hungry you come, the better! Important info: Please inform the supplier about any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Athens: Greek Cooking Lesson & 3-Course Dinner

9. Athens: Greek Cooking Lesson & 3-Course Dinner

Discover the local culture through gastronomy! You will learn how to cook traditional Greek dishes with the aid of an experienced Cooking instructor and the complicity of a small group. Get to know the wonderful world of Mediterranean cuisine; the herbs, the fresh vegetables, the choice meats that Greeks always use and learn the basics on how to prepare a full Greek Sunday dinner with easy to follow recipes you can use to impress your guests when you get back home. And the best part - at the end of the course, after you have successfully prepared a meal fit for a king under the guidance of your cooking instructor - is enjoying the meal you have helped to prepare with a glass of wine! Menus will vary according to season and available fresh produces in local markets, but they usually consist of 3-4 starters/salads and a main course.

Athens: Food and Wine Tasting Tour at Night

10. Athens: Food and Wine Tasting Tour at Night

Experience the romance of Athens after dark on a guided food and wine tasting tour. Experience delicious local flavors in areas like Syntagma and Plaka. Join a foodie guide to discover hidden gems and learn the history behind Greek specialties.  Meet your guide and begin your flavor-packed adventure thorugh Athens. Pop into quirky delis and family taverns to try dishes and delicacies that are not well-known internationally, but loved by locals. Enjoy a meal as you take in the atmosphere and meet vendors with artisanal skills. Head to a local wine bar and take an aromatic journey through the wine culture of Greece. Taste wines served with charcuterie and cheeses from across the country. End your experience by savoring some local ice cream.

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What people are saying about Athens

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 965 reviews

Awesome location with a large industrial working kitchen, with a view of the Acropolis. Marilena was so much fun, down to Earth, knowledgeable and made the entire experience very relaxing. We felt right at home. We learned how to make authentic Greek dishes, which we can now make at home to have a unique memory of our holiday. Our fellow participants were also very lovely and we had a nice time getting to know them as we enjoyed the food we all prepared together.

We have been on three food tours in the past 2 weeks. Without question, this was the best guide and best food. We cannot recommend this more highly. It is the most enjoyable, most informative and most delicious tour with the warmth and humor of a local. Do not hesitate to book (and love!) this tour!

wonderfully organized. A guide who was able to tell us an incredible amount about Greek history and food culture. It was a lot of fun and I can only recommend it. Many different appetizers, which we would never have tried. definitely worth the money and a gourmet inspiration

We had an amazing time with our guide Fotis. He was very knowledgeable and definitely a foodie. You will not leave hungry!

Very cool tour. Especially enjoyed the meze with ouzo! Our guide Catherine is great fun!