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Athens: Highlights and Hidden Gems Small Group Tour & Picnic

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Athens: Highlights and Hidden Gems Small Group Tour & Picnic

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Discover a hidden part of Athens on a guided walking tour that begins at the Evangelismos metro station and continues up to Anafiotika village. Take in some of the very best views of Athens from Philopapou Hill. Enjoy local wine and snacks along the way.

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  • Admire the 19th-century architecture of Anafiotika that’s reminiscent of the Greek islands
  • Walk up Philopappou Hill and see where the Greek philosopher Socrates was imprisoned
  • Stop for a picnic and enjoy breathtaking views of Acropolis
  • Visit the oldest bar in Athens
  • Explore the National Gardens of Greece
  • Enjoy a visit to the oldest church in Athens
  • Admire the breathtaking views from the Hills
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Meet your expert guide for this half-day tour at the Evangelismos metro station and set off 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 workers from the Cyclades, homesick for their native island life, 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.
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  • Snacks
  • Wine
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
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    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
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    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Benaki Museum at Koumpari street 1 and Vasilisis Sofias avenue.

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    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Luggage or large bags

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    • It's a good idea to wear sport shoes, as well as a hat during the summer months.
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    4.7 /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

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