Guided tour

Athens: Alternative Walking Tour

4.8 / 5

25 reviews

Activity provider: Alternative Athens

Athens: Alternative Walking Tour

Activity provider: Alternative Athens

From US$ 55.71 per person

This fascinating tour will show you Athens in its truest sense: a complex, multilayered place comprised of centuries of history and influences from both the East and West. See Athens' most revered sites and appreciate the beauty of this special place.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Visit the 19th century landmarks of the industrial revolution and royal palaces
  • Descend to a notorious prison of World War II (closed Mon and Tue)
  • Watch ancient rivers still flowing, and visits tombs of a foregone era
  • Discover landmark buildings of international architectural interest
  • Walk through preserved Ottoman neighborhoods
Full description
With a recorded history that spans over 3,400 years, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world. This alternative walking tour takes you through Athens' rich history and multifaceted culture, surprising and enchanting you around every street corner. As you stroll through Athens' primeval streets, learn from your knowledgeable guide about the complex history of the ancient city. Visit landmark buildings such as the Parliament, the Academy, the University and the National Library, and come to understand their role in the construction of a contemporary European capital. Stroll through the beautiful neighborhoods of Psiri and Monastiraki, where the footprint of the Ottoman Empire is still present, to understand how the old city and its traditions mixed – or didn’t– with Western European values and ideas. Pass through Omonia Square, Kotzia Square, the central markets and many other fascinating sites, and discover the missing link between the glorious ancient past and the frantic, modern present.
  • English or French-speaking guide
  • City map highlighting the transformations of the city through 2,500 years
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuity (optional)

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Meeting point

Your meeting point is the fountain in Syntagma Square, Athens. Your guide will wait for you holding a sign with the local partner's name on it.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
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4.8 /5

based on 25 reviews

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Both the guide and Josephine are great. Josephine shows her alternative Athens with a lot of heart and knowledge. Far from the normal tourist paths, you get a special impression of the city and, above all, of its modern history. But be careful - Josephine is a trained archaeologist and shines through the whole history of Greece. Furthermore, you will receive lovingly prepared insider information on the hottest spots in town at the moment (eating, drinking, must-sees, etc.). The tour takes place in English - but don't worry, an expandable school English is always enough here. Have fun!

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October 12, 2022

My son and I were absolutely delighted with this unusual experience with an exceptionally kind and professional guide. Valuable advice and explanations, a guide who adapted to our small group…. I really recommend this adventure!!! Many thanks again to Maroussa for her welcome and these rich moments shared together;) Unforgettable memories Jane

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October 24, 2021

This tour was canceled the day before because we could not have a French speaking guide. In exchange, we took the street art tour with Maroussa. AWESOME. Maroussa is adorable and knows her subject inside out. She lived in Belgium for 20 years before returning to the land of her ancestors. We had a great time with her in the trendy areas of Athens. We recommend this street art tour with Maroussa. ONLY HAPPINESS

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August 19, 2020

Product ID: 40120