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  • Location:Athens, Greece
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Best Hidden Athens Walking Tour and Picnic: Plaka and the Hills of Athens

Escape the buzz of downtown Athens and head to its peaceful hills for a 3.5-hour leisurely paced walking tour, finishing with a Greek picnic and glass of white wine! Your expert local guide will introduce you to the gentle hills around Athens’ Acropolis, chatting about the area’s ancient history as you go. Discover the charms of Plaka (Athens’ Old Town), Anafiotika with its pretty Greek island-style houses and three of the city’s famous hills: Philopappou and Mars Hill.


  • 4-hour 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
  • Walk on Rock of Ares (Aereopagus) on Mars Hill and pass Socrates’ Prison
  • 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 Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Head up to the hills with an engaging insider guide to discover places that you won't find in guidebooks but are loved by locals. Even if you've been to Athens before, you'll get a lot out of this tour that takes you beyond the typical tourist track.

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What You Can Expect

Best Hidden Athens Walking Tour and Picnic: Plaka and the Hills of Athens

Hidden Athens Walking Tour: Acropolis

Meet your expert guide near Athens’ Benaki Museum and set off a leisurely paced stroll through the streets of Plaka – the city’s Old Town. Sprawled over the side of Athens' Acropolis, this historical neighborhood comprises a maze of cobbled streets lined with Neoclassical architecture, Byzantine churches and busy independent shops.

On the northernmost streets of Plaka is the area known as Anafiotika -- an idyllic cluster of whitewashed houses that are reminiscent of buildings in the Greek islands. Admire Anafiotika’s pretty Cycladic architecture, built by 19th-century workers who emigrated here from Anafi Island. It’s thought the workers were homesick for their native island life, so painted the buildings bright white to remind them of Anafi.

While hearing tales of the area and its history from your guide, walk over to the Rock of Ares (Aereopagus) – just slightly further up the slopes of the Acropolis on Mars Hill. The colossal rock marks the spot that was once the supreme court of ancient Athens, and bygone kings are buried in tombs surrounding it.

Continue to Philopappou Hill, passing Socrates’ Prison where the Classical Greek philosopher Socrates was imprisoned and sentenced to death on controversial charges. After a quick look at the fascinating landmark, stop at the peak of Philopappou Hill to enjoy breathtaking views over Athens’ bustling metropolis. Sit down with a glass of white wine and help yourself to a picnic of various Greek delicacies.

After relaxing at this panoramic vantage point, head back into town with your guide, following the pretty UNESCO World Heritage-listed walkways down the hill. Pass the famous Philopappos Monument and then finish your tour back at the start point, near Benaki Museum.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Best tour i had in Greece. The guide is very passionate by his job !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

excellent tour many thanks to the guide dont miss out on this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

First class.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour. We enjoyed the walking tour and picnic, Kostas was a great guide. Would highly recommended this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

awesome!! This was our best tour of Athens. We were met on time at the meeting place, and started straight away, as we were the only people on the tour. We walked around Athens and saw many things we did not know were there - from the hidden insights from the royal gardens to the view from the top of Mars Hill, to the hidden gems in Plaka - amazing!! A must do Tour when in Athens.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide Kostas made the tour unforgettable! His attention to detail, and his stories behind all parts of the tour made it a true highlight!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was an excellent tour! We were lucky to have Kostas as our tour guide. Friendly, interesting and went out of his way to make sure we got just the right shot in our photography! It was a brutally hot day but Kostas made sure we had plenty of cold water! We realized he was not just reciting history but was part of it as we stopped and watched the amazing changing of the guard... He had been one of those guards and explained his experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A very leisurely tour that explores the aspects and areas of Athens we would never have found on our own. The guide was extremely knowledgeable about Athens and Greek history, which really helped flesh out and uncover the uniqueness of the areas we visited

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was an excellent tour. My husbaand and I were the only people on the tour on the morning that we did the tour so we actually had a private tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was well paced. The tasting of Mango liquor at Brettos Bar was an unexpected treat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

My husband and I were the only ones on this tour, so it felt very special. Our guide Marisa?, who is an archaeologist, was not only knowledgeable but funny and very friendly. We got a lot of info but never felt like it was dry. We did this tour in the evening our first day in Athens, and that was the perfect time to do it. It gave us an overview of the area and the sites within a few hours of landing, so this helped us navigate our subsequent days in the city. We watched the sunset and had our picnic on a local hill while we could see tons of tourists watching it from Mars Hill, nearby. We really felt like we got the insider's view of Athens. Marisa also recommended a great local restaurant, Manh Manh, that turned out to be a block from our hotel. I would definitely do this tour with her again!

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