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Viator contracted Athens Walks for our tour and it was among the best tours we have ever experienced! Our tour guide was like a walking encyclopedia who knew everything about the Acropolis Museum, the history of Athens and Greece, and was so well versed that we didn't want the tour to end. The Acropolis Museum in and of itself is one of the best archaeological and art museums combined and it is designed in the most creative way. A must see when in Athens.
Our tour was also supposed to include the actual Acropolis, but the workers were on strike that day and the site was closed. Kostas at Athens Walks diligently tried to contact me beforehand to let me know and offer an alternative, but my phone was not working.
Kostas, of Athens Walks, made sure I was reimbursed the portion of the Acropolis admission, and was very apologetic, even though this was entirely out of his control. He insisted on treating to drinks at a local cafe and also invited us on a Food Tour of Athens he was running the following morning, at NO CHARGE.
The dinner portion of the tour was adequate but unnecessary. Frankly I prefer to choose my own restaurant, and there was a tiny bit of confusion once at the restaurant because our guide was no longer with us.
All in all this tour was phenomenal. We were very lucky that Viator booked ours through Athens Walks because we got the best possible guide ever!
I really enjoyed this tour for its ability to put the Parthenon and other temples of the Acropolis into context, with the Acropolis Museum as a great complement. Our guide and archaeology expert Thanasis had all kinds of interesting stories and facts about Ancient Athens to tell us as we walked around the museum. He was great at going beyond the descriptions already at the museum, providing us with more in-depth information. The museum sets the scene for going to the Acropolis itself, which we visited just before sunset. It was a bit cooler at that time of day (although still very warm!) and the light was really nice, especially for taking photos of the temples with Athens sprawled out below. Dinner was at a restaurant very near the Acropolis -- it was a short walk -- and the food (traditional Greek) was excellent. I know if I had done the museum and the Acropolis on my own, I wouldn't have nearly the knowledge of Ancient Athens that I have now, after seeing it with an expert guide.
We did this tour our first day in Athens and it was the perfect choice to see the Acropolis. The tour takes place in the evening, which is really nice for fewer crowds and cooler temperatures. Our archaeologist guide was amazing -- she showed us the highlights of the Acropolis Museum, giving us all kinds of interesting history and facts about the relics and artifacts from the Acropolis. We felt like she really cared that we were having a good time and learning something. We got to the Acropolis at a great time -- the sun was just starting to set, creating a beautiful glow on the Parthenon and other temples. Our guide walked us around the Parthenon, pointing out architectural details and telling us about the restoration going on today. Then we walked back down the hill to the restaurant, which had a rooftop terrace with a great view of the Parthenon. The food was really good -- even better than I expected. The set menu included salad, a starter, main course and dessert. We had a table on the edge of the terrace, giving us a clear view of the Parthenon lighting up as it got dark. All in all, this was a fabulous experience. Highly recommended if you want to get as much out of the historic sights as possible, especially if you're into history or archaeology.