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When planning a trip to Athens, you probably want to visit top attractions such as the Acropolis and the Parthenon, but what else is there to do? Of course, you could always sit back in a cafe, enjoying a cup of strong Greek coffee or one of the tasty local wines, but why not get a more in-depth look at the city’s fascinating history or its modern culture? There is a wealth of private and small group tours that can make for a fun, educational and authentic experience, including these.
A half-day walking tour will help you make the best of your time at the famous Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum, with the ability to skip long lines and delve into the most important landmark in Athens, the heart of the place that gave birth to western civilization. The four-hour excursion will bring you to these renowned monuments so that you can soak up the historic significance, viewing countless masterpieces while learning more about the site’s rich history from your guide. You’ll be able to truly envision what it was like to be here centuries ago, immersed in the capital’s wealth, power and glorious splendor.
A foodies’ delight, one of the best opportunities to explore Athens flavors is this small-group tour through the heart of the city’s gourmet scene. Follow your expert food guide, passing popular landmarks and sights while enjoying delicious dishes created by some of the capital’s very best chefs for a unique treat. You’ll get to taste a pastry called bougatsa, delectable ‘loukoumades,’ or Greek honey dumplings, olives and other Greek specialties. Visit the Varvakeios market too, checking out the regional spices and herbs. In the process, learn about Greece’s unique culinary heritage and why the Mediterranean diet has become today’s model of healthy living.
This half-day traditional cooking class will allow you to immerse yourself in the culinary history and practices of Greece so that you can take your new skills back home and replicate some of the tasty meals. You’ll tour the Central Food Market, a great place to learn about daily life in the capital as a popular hub in operation for over a century for buying local fruits and vegetables, cured meats, fresh fish, spices and herbs, indulgent desserts and more. After purchasing ingredients you’ll head back to the kitchen with your local guide to prepare dishes made from them.
This full-day, 10-hour tour that leaves from Athens will allow you to immerse yourself in the myths and monuments of ancient Delphi, tucked along the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Explore this UNESCO-protected archaeological site revered by ancient Greeks as the center of the Earth, the very place where Apollo spoke through his oracle, with your expert guide, wandering through its significant ruins and structures. You’ll be able to marvel at the Temple of Apollo and then head into the museum to discover its long-lost wonders like the Charioteer of Delphi and the Sphinx of Naxos.
A scenic drive along winding roads will bring you to one of the magnificent places in mainland Greece. If you only have limited time, this full-day tour is really the only way to do it as you’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken straight to this incredible site that sits high upon rocky outcrops with the dramatic cliffs rising more than 1,200 feet into the sky. The home of medieval monasteries, climb the rock staircase to reach the sacred places that monks and nuns still inhabit today, witnessing Byzantine artifacts, wall paintings and icons along with a jaw-dropping view. A stop for lunch and other historic sites are included too.
If you like to explore on two wheels, it’s the perfect way to see central Athens highlights. This easy 3.5-hour tour travels an approximately 5.5-mile route, taking in many of the top historic sites while touring the popular Plaka neighborhood and the National Gardens. You’ll peddle bike-friendly paths and streets, stopping along the way to learn more about the history and legends from your local guide, viewing highlights like the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Roman Forum, and the Keramikos Cemetery.
Greece has some fantastic wines, and you’ll find plenty of it to enjoy in Athens, but this tour is a must for any wine enthusiast, bringing a tasting and education on the country’s wine regions and grapes, all about the Greek god of wine and fertility and more. The intimate tasting is enjoyed right beneath the Acropolis, with a group limited to just 10 participants. Learn about the wine you’re sipping, and enjoy it with Greek cheese, grapes and cold cuts.
If you’re into street art, Athens has a thriving scene that can be uncovered on this three-hour alternative walking tour. It brings the chance to get an in-depth look at authentic life in the capital, while you get to check out some incredible works of art, understanding why its made a name for itself across the globe, and hear the stories behind them as well as more about the popular medium’s history and evolution.
Sailing is a great way to enjoy a break from the city, relaxing as you glide across the water for a four-hour yacht excursion along the Athenian Riviera that’s capped off with the chance to watch the sun dip down as it splashes brilliant colors over the sparkling blue sea. You can choose to simply soak it all up from the sun deck, or learn some sailing basics from your skipper along the way. The trip includes complimentary Greek wine or a cocktail and Greek mezes (appetizers) too.
This approximately 7-hour tour is another great way to enjoy an escape from the city while visiting the most popular ancient site after only Athens’ Acropolis, and enjoying a swim or snorkel in the sea. You’ll be picked up directly from your hotel and then hop on a boat for a private cruise to Poseidon Temple at Sounio Cape. Learn all about the history of the sacred site and then leap into those enticing waters to enjoy swimming or snorkeling among the spectacular scenery. As it’s a private tour, you’ll have lots of personal time with your guide to ask questions about the site and the city to get some insider tips too.
If you want to take in the popular landmarks of the city center and also get a different view of the Greek capital while rolling along on two wheels, join this half-day bike tour of Athens. It starts by cycling bike-friendly paths in the city, passing landmarks like the Parthenon before traveling to the coast along the Athens Riviera. You’ll be able to enjoy fabulous views of the Saronic Gulf and take in coastal highlights that few visitors get to enjoy like the Flisvos Marina and the Faliro Olympic Complex with remnants of the 2004 Olympic Games and Flisvos Marina while learning more about them from your knowledgeable local guide.
One of the most entertaining ways to explore Athens is to take a mythology tour. This four-hour tour will take you into the world of Greek myths and legends to discover the city’s ancient history. If you don’t like dry textbook-type explanations but prefer a more fun way of learning, it’s a great option. You’ll visit the highlights like the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus and Ancient Agora while hearing the tales of the Greek gods and heroes from your local expert guide. Find out how those stories and their political, cultural and social context helped to shape Athens into becoming one of the greatest cities in the world, while also enjoying some incredible panoramic views.
Families who’d like their kids to learn more about Athens and Greek mythology should really take this tour. The private four-hour tour provides a more interactive experience that’s sure to keep young ones, and adults, entertained. It will introduce kids to the tales of classic Greek mythology in the center of the capital city, including everything from Mount Olympus to the feats of Hercules. They’ll find out all about its history, creation, and nature from the perspective of the ancient Greeks through an activity booklet, games, quizzes that are provided by a specially trained children’s guide.
This full-day, 8-hour tour from Athens reveals the stories of the Mycenaean civilization in the most memorable way possible, exploring the archaeology and mythology of ancient Greece firsthand. You’ll be picked up at your hotel and taken to the archaeological sites of ancient Epidaurus (once one of the world’s most popular healing centers), Mycenae with its ruins of one of the world’s oldest civilizations, and Nafplio, the first capital of the new Modern Greek state with magnificent neoclassical mansions and an impressive fort. Enjoy the serene countryside scenery in between visiting these remarkable places while your guide fills you in on mythical rulers like King Agamemnon.