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Athens Riverside: A Journey in Mythical Athens

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Athina, Greece
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Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Follow in the footsteps of ancient Greek gods and philosophers on a walking tour along the mythical Heridanos River in Athens, uncovered during construction of the city’s modern metro. Pass by the ruins of Roman baths, mystical sanctuaries, and ancient highlights like the Agora and Acropolis for a unique journey through millennia of Athenian history.
  • Walking tour along ancient Athenian rivers
  • Follow the path of ancient riverbeds that run through and beneath the modern city
  • Visit important archaeological sites including the Ancient Agora and Acropolis
  • Take in panoramic city views from Pynx and Philoppapos Hills
  • Unique way to explore ancient Greek history and myths
  • Choice of several daily departure times
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Departure Point

Ermou 111, Athina 105 55, Greece

Return Details

Στρατηγού Μακρυγιάννη 1, Athina 117 42, Greece
Choose from several daily departure times to suit your schedule, and meet your guide at Monastiraki Square in central Athens. Here you can see a portion of the ancient Heridanos (Eridanos) river uncovered during construction of the city’s metro system in the 1990s. Originating from a source in Mount Lycabettos and once flowing to the Kerameikos archaeological site, this ancient waterway named after the Greek river god was hidden for many centuries and provides a window into the lives and legends of ancient Athens.

In addition to the path of the Heridanos, also follow the original course of the Ilissos, another ancient river that runs mostly underground through modern Athens. The banks of the Ilissos feature prominently in ancient Greek mythology and writing, including as a favorite teaching locale for Socrates. As you followed the storied paths of these two rivers, listen as your guide retells old Athenian legends and illuminates what life was like for the city's original citizens.

Throughout the tour, pass by ancient sanctuaries built in honor of Greek gods, remnants of Christian churches, mystical caves, and the ruins of Roman baths. See where classical and modern Athens overlap as you walk through diverse neighborhoods and visit the archaeological sites of the Ancient Agora and the Acropolis. Soak up panoramic views and perhaps a spectacular sunset (depending on the time of your tour) while strolling through the Athenian hillsides including Pynx and Philoppapos Hills.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Acropolis
Enjoy the best views of the sacred hill and its slopes, while listening the legends of the city
Pass By:  
Areopagus
Learn about the small naked rock, of Ares
Pass By:  
Pnyx
Head trough the mythical hill of Nymphs to the Athenian Assembly
Pass By:  
Philopappos Hill
Walk on the hill of Muses
Pass By:  
Herod Atticus Odeon
Pass by the unique Roman Conservatory of Athens
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is casual
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Urban Athens Collective

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Athens Riverside: A Journey in Mythical Athens?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Athens Riverside: A Journey in Mythical Athens.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Athens Riverside: A Journey in Mythical Athens?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Athens Riverside: A Journey in Mythical Athens.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Athens Riverside: A Journey in Mythical Athens?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Athens Riverside: A Journey in Mythical Athens.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Athens Riverside: A Journey in Mythical Athens?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Athens Riverside: A Journey in Mythical Athens.

Traveler Tips


  • "It was such a lovely walk in the spring with the wildflowers, but a warning: it would be brutally hot in summer!" See review

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Passenger49657252771
, Mar 2019
Out guide Helena was very friendly and knowledgeable. The tour is off the beaten path and showed Athens from a less tourist side. The hills are beautiful and the views are breathtaking! We will do it again for sure! I highly recommend it.
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Thank you so much for your good words! Helena is so glad to meet a group of young clever people with their great teachers. We hope to see you again in Athens!
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Our tour got off to a bit of a rough...
Glenna Rose Goes
, Apr 2018
Our tour got off to a bit of a rough start, as our guide arrived a few minutes late and admitted hed been out partying the night before later he mentioned he also does a nightlife tour, so maybe these were related??. But as in the movie My Life in Ruins, there is always time for a coffee he had a to-go coffee even though he was late. My husband and I exchanged glances and perhaps a smirk, and set off on our tour we were the only ones on this day. We soon warmed up to our guide he was very knowledgeable and could answer anything we asked. Even though we have been to Athens numerous times, we still saw and learned many new things. It was such a lovely walk in the spring with the wildflowers, but a warning: it would be brutally hot in summer!!
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Fabulous tour. It was incredibly...
Sheila G
, Jul 2017
Fabulous tour. It was incredibly interesting and enjoyable. Guide Dionysus was very knowledgable and pleasant. I'd recommend this tour highly.
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Wonderful walking tour of Athens...
Travellor
, Jan 2017
Wonderful walking tour of Athens. We visited major sites as well as beautiful hidden neighborhoods that we would not have otherwise seen.
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Eleni is an excellent tour leader...
Sawsan K
, Nov 2016
Eleni is an excellent tour leader, with stacks of information not just on the ancient history and culture of Athens, but its story and cultural evolution throughout the centuries to the present day. We loved the way she linked past and present, with stories and synthesis round every corner. Knowing there were young teenagers with us, she had bought some koulouri for us, and she tried to make the trip interesting for them as well. Thank you for an excellent tour.
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