5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 Reviews

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

Highlights

  • 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

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 August 2014

Marisa our guide was absolutely top notch. An unemployed archaeologist turned tour guide thanks to the recession she was an absolute fount of information as well as a fun guide. We walked at a reasonable pace and took in numerous sites which were entertainingly and informatively explained. Marisa linked in information that she had told us previously in to the new attractions. We had a wonderful picnic with a fabulous view of the Acropolis to top off the tour. One of the best guided tours I have ever taken.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

We did 2 tours, one in the acropolis, and this walking tour.
We loved how this walking tour showed us some of the character of area around the acropolis.
Tour guide was knowledgeable and warmly shared his love of Greece.
We had a very enjoyable morning, and loved the picnic lunch with a great view of acropolis.

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