A pinch of Athens
A walking tour through the historic heart of the Greek capitalBook now
DurationHalf-Day (10:00 - 12:00)
RunsMonday to Sunday
Meeting PointAcropolis Metro Station
There is not one Athens, but many; here Classical , there Roman, elsewhere Byzantine or Ottoman, Neoclassical or Modern. Now in harmony, then in conflict, the many versions of Athens blend into the contemporary cityscape. Which Athens prevails over the others? Which is subdued? And, essentially, which Athens lives on in our imagination, and which in reality?
Set in the heart of Athens, where we are going to discover a unique interplay between remnants and reminisces of centuries gone and cultures lost, this introductory tour provides the essential stimuli to delve deeper into the city’s vast and varied cultural heritage.
Meet your guide at Acropolis Metro Station.
- 10:00 – 10:15
Admire the capital’s best views and visit some of the ancient city’s most important locations as you learn about the rise and fall of classical Athens.
- 10:15 – 10:30
Wander through the stunningly picturesque Plaka district and explore the diverse cultural influences at the Roman Agora as you begin to unravel the city’s turbulent history!
- 10:30 – 11:00
Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens and find out about the history and development evolution of Christianity in Athens and how elements of Greek antiquity and paganism survived in the Christian Religion.
- 11:00 – 11:30
Walk along the city’s foremost shopping street and arrive at the Hellenic Parliament Building, also known as the Old Royal Palace, which was originally built for the royal family. Enjoy a chance to observe the ceremonial Presidential Guard, or Evzones, and learn about an extraordinary period of Greek history: the establishment of the Kingdom of Greece and the early years of Greek independence.
The tour ends with a subterranean surprise—antiquities hidden in the basements of apartment buildings -and a glimpse of how numerous influences of the past coexist and reshape this uniquely multifaceted city in the present!
Private tour of key attractions in Athens with your own tour guide.
Explore the area around the Acropolis, take in stunning views of the Parthenon and the city around it, and learn about classical Athens.
Wander through the Plaka district, and discover the turbulent history and diverse cultural heritage—Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman—of Athens.
Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens and the medieval “Little Metropolis” and find out how Christianity arrived and evolved in the city.
See the famous Evzones—the elite presidential guards—and the imposing House of Parliament, originally built in the 19th century. Learn about the transformation of Athens from the small town it was at the dawn of the 19th century into the bustling metropolis it is today.
Travel back through the 20th century with captivating stories from the city’s modern history.
Discover how the different influences of Athens come together to give the Greek capital its truly inimitable character.
Enjoy a very Athenian subterranean surprise-ancient ruins hidden and the basements of modern apartment buildings.
- Private, state-licensed tour guide