Faces of Athens

A walking tour through the historic heart of the Greek capital

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Duration

Half-Day (10:00 - 12:00)

Location

Athens

Price

€50/person

Theme

Modern History

Runs

Monday to Sunday

Meeting Point

Acropolis Metro Station

From the Acropolis to the Athenian Trilogy via picturesque Plaka and the iconic Presidential Guard, the Many Faces of Athens gives you a chance to experience all the key sites in Athens city center and explore the unique interplay between the various influences and diverse cultures that have swept over the Greek capital through the centuries. This is the ultimate walking tour for cultural adventurers and curious minds who want to dig deeper and really get to know the city’s authentic character.

Steeped in history, Athens is a uniquely multifaceted city. Its many faces—coexisting sometimes in harmony and sometimes in conflict—come together to create its inimitable contemporary landscape. Take in the city’s key attractions to learn about its fascinating history and rich cultural heritage and discover a city more beautiful and complex than you had ever imagined.

With a carefully planned route and stops at some of the capital’s foremost sites, this tour takes you on a journey through the city’s turbulent history, from the Golden Age of Athens and the building of the Parthenon, to the arrival and establishment of Christianity, the Ottoman period and then on to the establishment of the Kingdom of Greece, the early years of Greek independence, and the emergence of the modern Greek state.

Complete with a subterranean surprise—a glimpse of exactly how myriad influences of past and present coexist and shape this uniquely multifaceted city—this is a fantastically eclectic introduction to the many fascinating faces of the Greek capital!

Itinerary

10:00

Meet your guide at Acropolis Metro Station.

Part 1

Explore the area around the Acropolis and Parthenon.

Part 2

Explore the picturesque neighborhood of Plaka.

Part 3

Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens and the adjacent “Little Metropolis”.

Part 4

See the Evzones, the ceremonial Presidential Guard, at the House of Parliament.

12:00

The tour ends with a glimpse into how the different influences and many faces of Athens come together to give the Greek capital its truly inimitable character!

Highlights

Private tour of the 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 marvelously picturesque Plaka, and discover the turbulent history and diverse cultural heritage—Greek, Roman, Ottoman—of the Greek capital.

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 ceremonial army unit—and the imposing House of Parliament, formerly the royal palace, and 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 and many faces of Athens come together to give the Greek capital its truly inimitable character.

Enjoy a very Athenian subterranean surprise!

What's included

  • Private, state-licensed tour guide

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