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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

Escape the well-trodden tourist track and discover a quieter side of Athens on this leisurely walking tour. With a local guide, explore the tucked-away areas around the slopes of the Acropolis and uncover their ancient and recent past. Stroll around the cobbled Plaka, Athens’ Old Town; and delve into Anafiotika, where the sugar-cube houses mirror a whitewashed Cyclades village. Discover the ancient sites of Mars Hill and Philopappou Hill, and savor a delicious Greek picnic and glass of wine as you gaze over Athens sprawled below.
  • Walking tour around Plaka and the hills of Athens: Philopappou and Mars Hill
  • Discover Anafiotika with its scenic whitewashed houses, built in a similar style to those on the Greek islands
  • Admire panoramic views from the top of Philopappou Hill and relax with a picnic and glass of white wine
  • Walk along the UNESCO-listed walkways of Philopappou and see Philopappos Monument

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour takes travelers off the beaten path to tucked-away spots loved by locals.
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Acropolis entrance tickets
Gratuities (optional),Hotel pickup and drop-off
Athanasiou Diakou 16 , Athanasiou Diakou 16, Athina 117 42, Greece

The meeting point is located 60m away from the metro station "Acropolis" at:16, Athanasiou Diakou str., 11742, Athens. If you use google maps, make sure to add the postal code to the address. We are located 60m away from the metro station "Acropolis".

9:00 AM
Monastiraki , Monastiraki, Athina, Greece
Choose a morning or afternoon departure, meet your guide in central Athens to begin your walking tour.

Keeping a relaxed pace throughout, head first into the Plaka, Athens’ Old Town. Spread around the slopes of the Acropolis, this charming district is known for the neoclassical townhouses, Byzantine churches, bustling tavernas, and independent shops crowded along its cobblestoned lanes.

Make your way through the streets and enter Anafiotika: a photogenic district of whitewashed houses and stepped lanes on the north side of the Acropolis. Trace the tiny passageways past blue-painted shutters and bright bougainvillea, and learn how the sugar-cube houses here were constructed in the 19th century by masons from the island of Anafi. Having been brought to Athens to build a royal palace, the stoneworkers designed their houses in the Cycladic style of their beloved home.


Stroll on to Mars Hill, also called the Rock of Ares (Aereopagus). Gaze up at the Acropolis from this marble rock as you discover how it was the site of both ancient Athens’ high court, and a famous sermon by St. Paul in AD 52. Next, continue to Philopappou Hill and pause at the rock chambers where the philosopher Socrates is believed to have been imprisoned in 399 BC.

Drink in the stunning views over Athens from the hilltop, and then revel in the setting as you enjoy a picnic of tasty Greek specialties with a glass of white wine.

 After relaxing here, follow the pretty UNESCO-listed pathways back down into town. Along the way, pass the Philopappos Monument, the tomb of the admired Roman senator Philopappos, and then conclude your tour at the start point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Acropolis
The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. The word acropolis is from the Greek words ἄκρον and πόλις
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parthenon
The Parthenon is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patroness. Construction started in 447 BC when the Delian League was at the peak of its power.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Anafiotika
Anafiotika is a scenic tiny neighborhood of Athens, part of the old historical neighborhood called Plaka. It lies in northerneast side of the Acropolis hill
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Temple of Athena Nike
The Temple of Athena Nike is a temple on the Acropolis of Athens, dedicated to the goddesses Athena and Nike. Built around 420 BC, the temple is the earliest fully Ionic temple on the Acropolis.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Areopagus
The Areopagus is a prominent rock outcropping located northwest of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Its English name is the Late Latin composite form of the Greek name Areios Pagos, translated "Ares Rock
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Monastiraki
The heart of Athens city, this square reminds its vivid atmospere and its significant historic importance.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Agios Nicholas Rangavas Church
Landmark Greek Orthodox church with Byzantine architecture known for being the oldest in Athens.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Plaka
In the shadow of the Acropolis and its ancient temples, hillside Plaka has a village feel, with narrow cobblestone streets lined with tiny shops selling jewelry, clothes and local ceramics. Sidewalk cafes and family-run tavernas stay open until late, and Cine Paris shows classic movies al fresco. Nearby, the whitewashed homes of the Anafiotika neighborhood give the small enclave a Greek-island vibe
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tripodon
Tripodon street is considered as the oldest street of Athens. It is located in the same place as it was 25 centuries ago
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Philopappos Hill
Finish at Philopappou hill enjoying a glass of wine and local snacks
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people is required to operate the tour
  • Comfortable shoes are advised
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 11 years
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Athens Walks Tour Company
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "Be aware there is a climb up a steep hill, and a somewhat slippery descent, which may be an issue for some people." See review

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Must Do Tour with Hidden Gem!!!
Heather_M
, Jun 2022
Artemis was an amazing guide! She provided so much background each step up the way. We really enjoyed the Greek stories along with the heritage of the villages. The hidden gems after the Acropolis was even more special as there was just a small group and we got to see more of the community and how the town around the Acropolis became the old town. You get a headset to listen as you walk around so you're still able to hear while taking pictures at your own pace. She found as much shade for us as possible but I would suggest bringing an umbrella and water. Don't go to Greece without taking a tour, you'll miss out on so much information that isn't in books.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Highly recommended
Amy_J
, Jul 2021
We had a great day and learned so much. This was the perfect intro to Athens. Our guide was fantastic.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you so much for your feedback. Hope to see you back
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Bring your walking shoes and your camera
Gordon
, Feb 2020
It was a beautiful day out in Athens. The pictures were beautiful and the perspective it gave us on Athens by ending the tour at the hilltop near the Prison of Socrates was the cherry on the sundae.
star-5
Hidden Athens Highlights, Gems and Greek snacks
Anthony_P
, Oct 2019
Our guide Daphne was there early and from the first introductions, we had a very interesting tour starting with the changing of the Guard at the President's Palace to a picnic of Greek snacks and wine on Filopappos Hill overlooking the Acropolis almost five hours later. Excellent day!!
star-5
Gems and Greek Snacks
Paul H
, Sep 2019
This tour was delightful from beginning to end . Our guide was full of factual and fun tidbits . She didn’t go to slow or to fast . Our picnic lunch with wine was delicious.
star-5
Would use this tour company for anyything
Erin_O
, Jul 2019
Fantastic day. Guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. We will certainly use them for any trips to Greece.
star-4
Nice Tour
M00nbi
, May 2019
Alexia our guide had amazing knowledge of all the sites. She took us through the streets of central Athens. She also told us good places to visit. The picnic lunch was great. recommend the tour.
star-4
Pleasant afternoon
sleepymom500
, Apr 2019
Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and spoke english very well. We were lucky to have a beautiful day, but as it was Sunday afternoon, we didn't get to go inside any of the churches, and the Zappion was having an event, so not there either. Tour could do without the walk in Plakka (streets lined with souvenir shops) but the rest was charming. The advertised "picnic" was a piece of cheese pie and a piece of spinach pie for each of us, and the three of us split a mini bottle of wine. Very nice, but don't plan on it for dinner. We were the only couple on the tour, but actually would have liked a few more people to enliven the conversation. Be aware there is a climb up a steep hill, and a somewhat slippery descent, which may be an issue for some people.
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Plaka Walking Tour
Janelle_P
, Nov 2018
What a highlight of our trip to Greece! Marissa was very knowledgeable and personable. We watched the Changing of the Guard with no one around, visited Hadrian's Arch, strolled through the three tiers of Plaka, and enjoyed a yummy lunch with views of the Acropolis among other sites. A great way to get acquainted with Athens!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun day!
Jessica A
, Oct 2018
Great tour to do at the beginning of your trip to get the lay of the land. Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable.
star-5
We had Marissa spelling? as our tour...
sarahmoore
, Sep 2018
We had Marissa spelling? as our tour guide and we cannot fault her. She was fantastic and she ensured that we were provided with the best tour possible. Out of everything we did in Athens, this was definitely a highlight. The tour itself is perfect to see all the things you never knew you wanted/planned to see. Photo opportunities are abundant and the information she gave us was really educational - Loved it! Thank you for an amazing morning!
star-5
This tour was amazing, the guide was...
Harprit_S
, Jul 2018
This tour was amazing, the guide was knowledgeable and it ended up being just my group of friends! We took some great pics and really enjoyed the tour - would recommend.
star-5
Awesome tour of city
Daniel_M
, Jul 2018
We had a fantastic trip through the city. Saw all the sights, but not the people. Changing of the guard, the Park, Plaka, cool neighborhoods, and a tasty meal overlooking the city to top it all off. Can't recommend this enough.
star-5
Efi was fantastic, she's an...
MRR_S
, Jul 2018
Efi was fantastic, she's an archeologist! She was interesting, informative and fun. Wonderful tour, historical buildings, churches, park, zoo, prison, beautiful old sights, the guards and so much more! A nice relaxing pace and a delicious lunch too! Our favorite tour in Greece!
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loved our guide and great...
denise_l
, Jun 2018
loved our guide and great alternative tour -if you have a second day in Athens recommend it and do ask them to take you to the actual Olympic stadium .
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An incredible way to finish our...
Nathan A
, Apr 2018
An incredible way to finish our weekend in Athens! My brother and I were lucky enough to have Efi as our guide, who despite us being half an hour late, was very gracious and patient with us all throughout the tour. We were not aware that they were holding their annual marathon during the weekend we were there a lot of the streets were closed and our Uber was really held up. Please look up beforehand if there will be any such closures during your trip, and plan accordingly! Don't be late like we were! Efi went above and beyond to answer our questions that encompassed many other areas of Greek society, and we really appreciated her effort to accommodate them all. Our awesome experience in Athens would not be complete without her and this tour!
star-5
This tour will show you how Athens...
Serdar_T
, Mar 2018
This tour will show you how Athens is full of amazing historical stories and cultural riches.
star-5
This was a most amazing tour, and...
Joy
, Jan 2018
This was a most amazing tour, and although it was one of the few rainy days in Athens it was a highly recommended experience. Ana was a wonderful and interesting guide and showed us a very different side of Athens. Wonderful views and hidden stairs and alleyways leading to some special treasures. The picnic at the end was the icing on the cake - although because of the rain we took it back to the hotel to eat! I would love to go back and repeat the experience.
star-5
This was a fabulous tour. Kostas...
DIANE D
, Nov 2017
This was a fabulous tour. Kostas was great very knowledgeable and he provided us with a great picnic!
star-5
Unfortunately, I cannot remember her...
Sallee M
, Nov 2017
Unfortunately, I cannot remember her name but our tour which ended up being just my daughter and myself with our guide was really great! We saw parts of Athens that we would never have seen hence the name Hidden Athens. I saw the white houses with blue doors and windows which I thought were only on Santorini. We did a LOT of walking so it was great exercise. The picnic lunch was perfect and our guide was perfect. Please look up our records and pass on to the guide that she was amazing! Obviously, this review is not for posting, unless you edit it with her name....Maricela? Dang it, I cannot remember. Bottom line: I recommend this tour!

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