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Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens (Mitropoli) Tours

Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens (Mitropoli)
The ornate Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens (Mitropoli) is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin and was 20 years in building, finally being consecrated in 1862; it is the official seat of the Archbishop of Athens, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church. The skills of four architects and marble from scores of demolished Byzantine churches were utilized in building the cathedral, also called the Great Mitropolis Cathedral, which was commissioned by King Otto of Greece and constructed in ornate neo-Ottoman style with twin spires; although this is the most important church in Greece, where kings were crowned and royal dynasties married and buried, it has been under scaffolding for many years. Its three-aisled interior is in Byzantine style, covered with frescoes and priceless icons, and packed with tombs and relics of Orthodox saints.

In the piazza facing Great Mitropolis stands a statue of Archbishop Damaskinos, the World War II hero who saved thousands of lives by fighting against the deportation of Greek Jews by the country’s Nazi occupiers.

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Located in Metropolitan Square (Plateia Mitropoleos), the cathedral is open daily from 7am to 7pm. Mass is held at 6.30am on Sunday. Metro Lines 1 and 3 can be taken to Monastiraki.
Address: Metropolitan Square (Plateia Mitropoleos), Athens 10556, Greece
Hours: Daily 7am–7pm
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Athens Scenic Bike Tour

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Athens Scenic Bike Tour

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Explore the ancient monuments and bustling energy of Athens on a fun and easy bike tour. Cover much more distance than walking while peddling along bike-friendly paths and streets, stopping to learn about the city’s long history and legends from a local guide. Cycle around the Acropolis and past other iconic ruins including the Ancient Agora, Roman Forum, and the Keramikos Cemetery.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Morning Electric Bike Tour

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Athens Morning Electric Bike Tour

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Hop on an e-bike for a leisurely morning cycle through the historical center of Athens. With the bike’s electric motor, you’ll save your energy for sightseeing on a route that takes in landmarks such as the UNESCO-listed Athens Acropolis, National Garden, Panathenaic Stadium, and more. Ample photo stops are included through the tour, and you’ll also get a break for a coffee or ice cream, depending on the season.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Sunset Bike Tour

Athens Sunset Bike Tour

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Hop on a bike for this fun and fascinating 2-wheeled tour around Athens, capped off by an unforgettable sunset. Follow a friendly tour leader to most of the capital’s major sights and panoramic viewpoints. Cover much more ground than walking while enjoying the flexibility to stop often and soak up scenes of daily life along the way.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Food Small-Group Walking Tour - Tastes and Traditions

Athens Food Small-Group Walking Tour - Tastes and Traditions

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Explore Greece’s capital through its delicious local cuisine on this food-lovers walking tour. Follow your guide from Syntagma Square and stroll around the center of Athens while avoiding big crowds. Visit small shops and enjoy a tour that is in open space! Stroll through the town center and Plaka with a foodie local guide, popping into the neighborhood’s best places to eat local specialties like souvlaki, Peynirli, and loukoumades. Top it all off with the unique olive oil lesson with a tasting. To keep this small-group tour as intimate as possible, numbers are limited to 10 people. • Learn the heritage of Greek cuisine Experience • Visit various specialty food shops in Athens • Small group limited to 8 people for a more personalized experience • Breakfast like an Athenian with koulouri • Bite into classic Greek Tyropita at a shop with 100 years history • Visit a traditional deli and have a unique olive oil lesson and tasting • Try the best souvlaki in Athens
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  • 4 hours
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Athens Sights and Food eBike Tour

Athens Sights and Food eBike Tour

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Explore the best of Athens with very little effort on this electric bike tour. With a local guide, set off by electric-powered bike to discover the Greek capital’s ancient and modern highlights. Cruise by the Greek Parliament on Syntagma Square, see the Panathenaic Stadium, and explore historical Plaka and the ancient ruins beneath the Acropolis. Travel much of the way along traffic-free streets, stop to sample tasty Athenian delicacies, and hear about the sights from your informative guide, via the provided headsets. Numbers are limited for a small-group experience.
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  • 4 hours
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Athens Heart Small Group Walking Tour

Athens Heart Small Group Walking Tour

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The ideal introduction to Greece’s history-packed capital, this small-group, half-day walking tour covers the highlights of Athens. Discover a storied heritage spanning thousands of years, from the hilltop Acropolis to the iconic changing of the guards in front of the Hellenic Parliament. Tours include a complimentary Greek tea or coffee.
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  • 4 hours
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Athens Food Small Group Walking Tour: Taste (Y)Our Way

Athens Food Small Group Walking Tour: Taste (Y)Our Way

Being in the center of the pathways between the East and Europe, Greece has always enjoyed a great variety of influences, some of the most important of them involving the great family of foods and tastes of its capital, Athens. Stroll down hundreds of years of culinary tradition that gave birth to one of the most recognized and healthy diets of all time, the Mediterranean Diet. In this 4 hour private tour you will visit some of the oldest traditional markets of the capital, taste typical salty and sweet Greek delicacies like the loukoumas and the cheese pie, explore all kinds of herbs and spices and the worldwide famous Greek olives, olive oil and, obviously, the souvlaki. You will also experience some of our most cherished everyday habits, like enjoying a Greek coffee or a glass of ouzo accompanied by a selection of small dishes (meze) in some of the oldest establishments of the historical center of Athens.
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  • 4 hours
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Athens Heart Private Walking Tour

Athens Heart Private Walking Tour

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Discover the best of Athens on this private city walking tour. Over the course of 4 hours, you’ll visit the Arch of Hadrian, the Panathenaic Stadium, the National Garden, Syntagma Square, the Metropolitan Cathedral, Monastiraki Flea Market, Ancient Agora, and more. Enjoy a traditional Greek coffee and chat with your local guide about this fascinating meeting place of ancient history and contemporary life.
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  • 4 hours
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$120.50
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Amazing Athens Walking Tours & Local Tips

Amazing Athens Walking Tours & Local Tips

Explore the city centre of Athens in two hours with a local friend and orient yourself in the capital of Greece very easily.After the tour you will have a great overview of the city and also get the local feeling of the area avoiding the touristy traps. I can guide you on how to spend your next days in the city and also give you for free a very useful list with highly recommended places for food/coffee/drinks/desserts and more as preferred by locals. Looking forward to meeting you and show you the real side of Athens!
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  • 2 hours
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Athens Private City Bike Tour

Athens Private City Bike Tour

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With ancient highlights packed into the compact center, Athens is perfect for exploring by bike, but plentiful hills and busy streets make it a challenge to find a safe, comfortable route through the city. Pedal alongside a private guide on a half-day Athens bike tour that’s designed to skip steep hills, using quiet streets for a leisurely exploration of the Acropolis Hill, Greek and Roman Agora, Panathenaic Stadium, and more.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Sunset Electric Bike Tour

Athens Sunset Electric Bike Tour

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Join in our Athens Sunset Electric Bike Tour and enjoy the city under the beautiful sunset light! Discover the secrets of Athens in a modern and environmentally friendly way! Enjoy the comfort of a pedal assist e- bike, while you explore the beauties of Athens. Get ready to enjoy the sunset city vibes and see Athens turning into a picturesque paradise as all the highlights of the city center are lit by the gold, orange and pink sunset light. Enjoying local flavors is one of the highlights of our tour. During our 20 minute break, at a nice Greek cafe, you will be offered a cup of traditional Greek coffee or some delicious Greek ice cream. Throughout this time, you will also get the chance to mingle with the rest of the group.  
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Jewish & Athens highlights - Private tour from Athens or Piraeus port (8 hours)

Jewish & Athens highlights - Private tour from Athens or Piraeus port (8 hours)

We visit Athens/ Jewish sites as travelers, not as tourists. If you want to see the Jewish & Athens highlights, we recommend a 8 hour private day tour. The tour starts with a convenient pickup from your location ( Athens - Piraeus) and then takes you to the Acropolis Museum & Hill, Zeus Temple, Olympic stadium, Jewish Museum, Synagogue, Monastiraki/ Flea Market - Giousouroum, the ancient & modern Agora, Lycavetus hill with a panoramic view of Athens and many more... Schedule is flexible, but most importantly we can drive on small roads and you will see Athens from all different angles. We are content to show you the Athens we know and love, as travelers and not as tourists and for this reason we will avoid the tourist traps. You have the options of a full payment at the time of your booking or reserve your tour with a deposit only 50% at a lower rate (than Option/ Full Pay). See additional info
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  • 8 hours
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Shore Excursion: Athens Sights & Food eBike Tour

Shore Excursion: Athens Sights & Food eBike Tour

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Experience Athens on a fun and affordable half-day e-bike tour. Meet your guide at Solebike, take a quick lesson on how to operate an electric bicycle, and hit the streets. Cruise to landmarks like the Roman Forum, the Ancient Agora, and the Temple of Zeus while listening to an informative local guide through a convenient ear piece.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Private Walking Tour: Ancient Agora, Plaka and Monastiraki monuments

Private Walking Tour: Ancient Agora, Plaka and Monastiraki monuments

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Explore the heart of historical Athens and its ancient Agora on this private walking tour. With your own private guide, learn about Athens’ long history and colorful culture as you stroll by the markets and squares of Monastiraki, and delve into the charming lanes of the Plaka, the city’s Old Town. Discover churches, Ottoman-era monuments and Roman ruins, and explore the Agora, once the main square of ancient Athens. View the antiquities here, and visit the archaeological museum at the restored Stoa of Attalos, the forum’s ancient shopping mall.
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  • 3 hours
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Greek Private Food Walking Tour - Taste (Y)Our Way

Greek Private Food Walking Tour - Taste (Y)Our Way

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Immerse yourself in Greek cuisine on a private 4-hour gastronomy tour. Together with your guide, visit the top markets, including Athens Agora, and food establishments that the city has to offer.  Begin with sweet treats such as koulouri (a circular bread with sesame seeds) and bougatsa (breakfast pastry), moving on to traditional cheeses and olives.  The non-stop food adventure continues with coffee, souvlaki (skewered meat), and other savory dishes.
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  • 4 hours
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$144.60
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Private Walking Tour:Visit the Ancient Agora - Taste the Modern Agora

Private Walking Tour:Visit the Ancient Agora - Taste the Modern Agora

After your pick-up from your hotel, we are heading towards Monastiraki square, a can’t-miss spot of the city of Athens.We cross the Monastiraki square and we get closer to the Ancient Agora of Athens, which was the heart of ancient Athens.Today it’s one of the city's most important archeological sites. Not only you will get to see the most well preserved classic temple, dedicated to Volcan, but you will have the chance to step in a Stoa or portico, that houses the findings of the site today. Later on, we come back to Monastiraki square and through Mitropoleos street, we are going to have a taste in the most “trendy” Agora of Athens, ERGON House. Here, we are going to explore a modern market with food products of small, independent, honest, food artisans. This is the right place to promote Greek gastronomy and this is the right place to taste the authentic Greek cuisine Our tour will finish at around 13:00 and your professional guide will accompany you to your location.
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  • 4 hours
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$251.85
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Private Culinary Experience: Tasting Greece Workshop & Plaka Walking Tour

Private Culinary Experience: Tasting Greece Workshop & Plaka Walking Tour

Get a rich, customizable foodie experience and get introduced to Greek history and culture by exploring the streets of one of the oldest Athenian neighborhoods and tasting authentic Greek flavors. Start by wandering around the picturesque neighborhood of Plaka, hinged on the northern slopes of the Acropolis. Discover the history behind its streets on your own pace and continue with the very best of the Greek land in a 1.5-hour tasting workshop. Taste your way through Greece and try a variety of spirits paired with hand-picked ambrosia while gaining insight into the culinary tradition of this country just like a local!
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  • 3 hours
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$117.73
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Indulge in a Photo walk w/t an Architect

Indulge in a Photo walk w/t an Architect

We will start strolling around the city centre and we will pass by some of the main monuments and archaeological sites of historical Athens. We will take photos from different points depending on weather conditions. Based on the group's interests we may focus on archaeological sites, traditional buildings, temples, sculptures and fountains. We will wander around the picturesque streets of Plaka and Anafiotika and you will feel like a local!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Private City Bike Tour in Athens with Local Expert Guide

Private City Bike Tour in Athens with Local Expert Guide

Explore the ancient soul of Athens and its timeless beauty on this private half-day bike tour. Follow your private guide through the quiet narrow alleyways to see the Acropolis, Ancient Agora of Athens, Panathenaic Stadium, and other magnificent historical gems. Stop to take memorable photos, refuel with a cup of Greek-style coffee and learn about the ancient Greek history full of charming myths and legends. · Explore all must-see historical gems in a fun and relaxed way · Sample traditional Greek coffee during a short break · Enjoy dedicated attention from a personal guide · Departure point within easy reach of the metro station · Bike and helmet rental included
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
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Athens at night

Athens at night

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ATHENS ... AT NIGHT! Noon NIGHT WALK ON FOOT BY MONASTIRAKI, ANAFIOTIKA, PLAKA & TISEO Daily at night throughout the year.  Included in this excursion  • Spanish speaking companion guide.  • 3 hour walking tour.  • Small groups of up to 7 travelers.
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  • 3 hours
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Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens (Mitropoli) hours of operation: Daily 7am–7pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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