Discover Athens’ ancient sights and explore the lively neighborhoods of Psiri, Monastiraki and Plaka on this private, full-day walking tour. Visit the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens and get up close to world-famous monuments such as the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike. Then, get a taste of local life as you wander through the up-and-coming Psiri district, historical Plaka and the bustling market neighborhood of Monastiraki, where you’ll savor local produce such as cured meat, wine, cheese and many other Greek specialties. Receive the undivided attention of an expert guide on this private tour.
Start with a pickup from your centrally located hotel by your private guide. Then, set off on foot to discover Athens’ ancient and modern highlights.Begin at the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens — the ancient citadel and archaeological site situated on a high, rocky outcrop above the city. Pay your entrance fee and then head inside with your guide to see some of the world’s finest archaeological treasures.As you ascend the sacred hill, see and learn about important sights such as the Parthenon, Propylaea gateway, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike. Then, enjoy a leisurely walk through the Ancient Agora, once the heart of ancient Athens, and stop for a coffee (own expense) at a charming cafe nestled in a postcard-perfect secret garden.Next, continue to the flea market neighborhood of Monastiraki. Together with your guide, weave through the market stalls and soak up the buzzing atmosphere as locals and visitors alike haggle with traders over clothes, shoes, handbags, pottery and jewelry. Breathe in the heady aromas as you pass stalls selling local produce such as cheese, olive oil, honey, cured meat and wine, stopping occasionally to sample some for yourself. Continue your tour wandering through the trendy Psiri district, known today for its restaurants and bars.After exploring this neighbourhood, make for Plaka, the city’s Old Town. Have your camera ready as you traverse the maze-like streets lined with neoclassical architecture, Byzantine churches and busy independent shops. Pass outside the ancient agora and then head inside a local tavern at the foot of the Acropolis to savor a delicious Greek meal (own expense).With your appetite sated, make your way back to the hotel, where your walking tour concludes.