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Made In Athens: Morning Shopping Tour

Product ID: 139728
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Uncover a hidden community of Athens, one that is made up of artists, artisans and craftspeople. Athens is often described as one of the most “alternative” cities in Europe, so you won’t be short of interesting encounters and sights on this tour!
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Duration: 4 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
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  • Discover hidden shops of Athens that only locals know about
  • Explore the city’s backstreets, populated by workshops and galleries where artisans handcraft unique pieces of art
  • Meet a famous Greek sandal-maker who is also a poet
  • Learn about iconic Greek items (and popular souvenirs), such as evil eyes and worry beads
  • Dig into authentic Greek flavours with a meze platter and glass of wine at a traditional venue
Full description
Your Athens shopping tour will start out with a lesson in one of the most authentic traditions of local folklore: the mati, also known as the evil eye. You will learn about its origins and hear the legends that surround this magical object, which is part of virtually every household in Greece. Also grab a cup of Greek coffee in a very special art gallery, so that you’ll have a jolt of caffeine to kick off the rest of your Athens tour! Next up, learn about worry beads, locally known as komboloi, and a long-standing tradition. Pop into the Komboloi Museum, where you can discover why these fidgety beads are found everywhere in Greece.

Next, head to a shoe workshop that has had customers such as The Beatles, Barbara Streisand, Lily Tomlin and Sarah Jessica Parker, just to name a few! Find out from the artisan which sandals these celebrities eventually bought. Athens holds its own when it comes to contemporary art, so you will visit one of the most innovative shops, which sells souvenirs crafted by the new generation of Greek artists. Discover delightfully fresh and different mementos to take back home, for a very original present for your friends (or yourself!). 

From art, move onto another staple of the local culture: ouzo! Visit a store selling endless ouzo varieties, as well as other local products such as olives, olive oil and honey, all of them from Greek producers. Finally, learn a bit about a favorite local game. Old cafés in Athens often host men playing tavli, the local version of backgammon. Learn everything about this popular game, and shop for a game to take home with you, if you like.  Finally, end your Athens shopping tour at a shop that sells more local tastes (such as more olive oil, of course!), before actually tasting some goods yourself! Visit a traditional venue and enjoy a platter of meze (seasonal Greek appetisers), paired with a glass of Greek wine.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Coffee
  • Glass of wine
  • Shared meze platter
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

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Meeting point

In front of Attalos Hotel. Address: Athinas 29, Athina 105 54, Greece.

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Important information
Know before you go
• This tour can be customized to accommodate dietary restrictions such as vegan,
gluten-free, and allergies. Please notify us at the time of the booking of any
dietary needs
• This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11
inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select
‘child’ above when booking
• Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge.
Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the
age of 6
• For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
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