5 star rating: Highly Recommended 64 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 July 2015

If you can only do one thing in Athens, make it this! Kostos was the greatest guide we could have asked for, being entertaining, fun, and well informed. He made sure everyone had a great time, and wasn't left feeling rushed. The hidden treasures of the tour were unforgettable!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide was a hoot. Very knowledgable and charismatic. Enjoyed the day immensely. Might have been my favorite part of the week. Nice small group.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I loved this tour. Adam who is the owner of the company took me through certainly the hidden parts as well as the well known parts of Athens. He told stories from such a personal perspective that the city came to life. We went through hidden alleys and came to an area what looked like you were on one of the islands but it is just under the Acropolis. We had a beautifull picnic on the hill overlooking the Acropolis and even the food was made by the owner. He just started cooking class this year as well and I would not mind trying hat next time. Love every minute of this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

GREAT guide very knowledgeable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Kostas our guide was awesome! He really knows the place and its history and he's really down to earth. we got to see so many cool places we wouldn't have if we didn't go on this tour. The lunch and wine is great over a fantastic view. This tour made us love Athens. Plaka was incredible.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I had a fantastic time on this tour. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and funny. No one in the group was left out, and she created an atmosphere a great atmosphere. There was of course a lot of walking, but it was always at a manageable pace with lots of stops along the way for more facts about the area. Plus the Greek food and wine was lovely. Would highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide was in the Greek military when he was younger and was one of the guards that stand out in front of the Greek Parliament building wearing the unique costume. He knew a lot of inside information and made the tour very interesting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

our guide made it so much fun.....

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

the guide was outstanding

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

A great way to start our trip to Athens. Kostas gave us a very lucid and interesting history of Greece, linked to each stop on our journey, from ancient through to modern Greek history. We gained an overall feel for the city and the culture and saw parts of the city centre we never would have found on our own. We were often the only people at the places we stopped, despite the busy tourist season. We then found our own way to the Acropolis etc the following day.

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