Enjoy a twilight walking tour of Athens and encounter an extraordinary side of the city as you stroll through its neighborhoods after sunset.
Athens in a Nutshell-The Best of Athens
- Stroll the historic neighborhoods of Makrygianni, Plaka, Anafiotika, and Philoppapos Hill and marvel at ancient monuments and neo-Classical mansions.
- Visit the Acropolis with an awarded archaeologist guide
- Savor freshly baked pastries and homemade sweet bread at a family-owned bakery and a neo-Classical gem.
- Boost your energy with a Freddo espresso or frappé coffee, the famous Greek-style iced coffees.
- Dig into the country’s largest open-air market for undiscovered “antiques.”
- Enjoy a cocktail on a rooftop with Acropolis views
- Taste It, See It and Experience It — In Athens!
- Private Group Price per person
Discover the best of Athens in a Day!
Immerse yourself in the Athenian culture by exploring ancient masterpieces and mingling with hipsters in trendy neighborhoods. Explore the best of Athens in a day!
Learn all about ancient Greek Mythology while visiting the Acropolis. The city that invented cities has survived for 5,000 years and remains a world-class destination for travelers. Taste it, see it and experience it with a Local Adventures local guide. Sure, the ancient monuments are exciting but wait until you taste the savory pies hot from the oven and shake up your own cocktail.
Behind-the-Scenes Access: Go behind the scenes at Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, and learn about the adaptation of traditional techniques of metalsmithing as well as decorative arts like ceramics, woodcarving, ivory, and ceramics, using industrial materials like acrylic or plastic.
Hands-on Element: Try wrapping your own gyros, at one of the city’s oldest establishments.
Local Interactions: Meet local shop owners who have been continuing their family businesses, including a sandal maker who is also a poet and who has had customers such as The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Lily Tomlin, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Local impact — How you help the local community by joining this tour
- By experiencing a hands-on lesson in traditional techniques at the Jewelry Museum, your tour helps to preserve local culture.
- Your tour supports locally-run businesses, such as a sandal-maker, which helps preserve traditional crafts for the next generation.
- All of the stores your visit on your tour are 100% locally owned and run.
Begin just off the Acropolis Metro Station in Makrygianni, where you can see 5,000-year-old city remnants nestled beneath the new Acropolis Museum. Follow your licensed guide and walk uphill to admire the Acropolis and listen to myths and tales that formed Greek Mythology.
Stroll around Koukaki, one of Athens’s hippest and liveliest neighborhoods. Stop at Taki’s Bakery, which has been satiating neighbors since 1962, for a koulouri sesame ring or tsoureki, sweet Greek bread.
Immerse yourself in Athenian coffee culture by sipping a Freddo espresso or frappé coffee. In Greece, iced coffee drinks are popular year-round.
Next, go behind the scenes at Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum. Take a lesson on traditional techniques of metalsmithing and decorative art, combined with industrial materials like acrylic or plastic.
Then, head to Philopappos Hill. Follow the trail with the marble monument of Philopappos, completed in 119 A.D., and the monument of Pnyx, where ancient Athenians like Pericles and Themistocles spoke. There’s a great view of the Acropolis. More great views await as you stroll Anafiotika, with its cobblestone alleys and the white-washed homes nearly stacked on top of one another.
Wander around the historic neighborhood of Plaka and stop for a delicious variety of local pites, or Greek homemade savory pies. Continue to the country’s largest open-air market for treasures, some billed as “antiques” but probably not.
Meet a sandal artisan and poet in his workshop. Three generations of his family have served celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, The Beatles, and Barbra Streisand. Perhaps order a pair for yourself.
Then, try wrapping your own gyros at one of the city’s oldest establishments. It’s not so easy to get the pita filled with meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie, tomato, onion, tzatziki sauce, and, sometimes, French fries.
It’s cocktail hour, so we’ll finish up at a hipster bar’s rooftop which has breathtaking views of the Acropolis, the Roman Agora, and Hadrian’s Library. It’s a perfect spot to say “yiamas” to your new friends.
Local, English-speaking licensed guide, one Freddo espresso or frappé coffee, one local Koulouri or Tsoureki, one large portion of Greek pie, one gyro, hands-on Greek experiences, one behind-the-scenes access at Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum.
Additional food and drinks, souvenirs or personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
- Food Allergies: Unless you suffer from multiple, combined food allergies, or unless you are a vegan, we will figure it out. Vegetarians are welcome on all tours.
- Please wear comfortable shoes for walking.
- In general, there are few dress restrictions in Europe and dress codes are similar to those you are used to at home. Please note though that in many churches modest dress is required; no shorts or skimpy tops are permitted.
- If you are happy with the services provided by your local a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
- All our team members are fully vaccinated.