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Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour

Athens, Greece

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  • 4 hours (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


Enhance your experience of Athens on a mythological tour of the ancient Greek city. Alongside an entertaining guide, visit major landmarks like the Acropolis and the Olympian Zeus Temple and listen to the captivating myths that surround each landmark. Hear tales that combine myth, legend and historical fact; and gain valuable insight into the culture of modern and ancient Greece on this educational tour.
  • Tour of Athens' ancient landmarks and the myths and legends that surround them
  • Visit magnificent structures like the Acropolis and the Olympian Zeus Temple
  • Listen to captivating tales that combine myth, legend and history
  • Gain valuable insight into the culture of ancient and modern Greece from your expert guide

What's Included

  • Expert licensed guide
  • Fun ancient Athens map
  • Entry fees (30 euros per adult)
  • Food or drinks
  • Transfer from/to meeting point

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
    Athens 105 57, Greece

    Your meeting point is at the main entrance of the Temple of Olympian Zeus where the tickets booth is located, on Vasilissis Olgas Avenue (a paved street next to the tram lines, not accessible by car) . Google maps link:

Start time

08:30 AM

End point

  • Ancient Agora of Athens
    Adrianoy 24, Athina 105 55, Greece

What To Expect

Temple of Olympian Zeus

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included


1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Theater of Dionysus

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Temple of Athena Nike

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included


10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included


20 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Ancient Agora of Athens

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Temple of Hephaestus

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if minimum is not met. In the unlikely event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund.
  • ID card or passport are required for people under the age of 18 for age confirmation
  • Strollers are not allowed at the Acropolis
  • It is recommended to wear a hat and sunscreen in summer months (June to Sept)
  • Near public transportation
  • As this is a walking tour, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Traveler Tips

Do wear comfortable shoes and clothing as there is a lot of walking.
It was very hot in August so don't forget to bring water and hats!
My recommendation is don't go at the mid day - it is both hot and crowded then.


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Okay Tour
Patricia_M, May 2023
This tour was okay and not up to some of the others we did in Athens despite the relatively high price. The tour guide was not super engaging & the list of stops on the tour definitely oversold the experience (many are at the same place - i.e., the Temple of Hephaestus is at the Agora).
Must do!
Giselle_B, May 2023
Loved this experience! Our tour guide, Alex, was so amazing and knowledgeable. Helped us learn so much about the history that you may not be able to know with just looking at the sites.
Great tour
John_A, May 2023
Our guide Vicky was outstanding. She was extremely knowledgeable, personable and mindful of everyone in the group. If you have any interest in Greek Mythology this tour is for you.
Unforgettable experience
Jacqueline_B, May 2023
Great overall tour to see the highlights of Athens. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful. Area is very crowded so the earlier in the day you can book a tour the better.
Athens Cultural Experience
Lynette_B, May 2023
Wonderful tour! Our tour guide Erika was very knowledgeable and exceptional guiding us along the way. We highly recommend this tour!
Great walking tour!
Taylor_J, May 2023
Our guide was awesome. She had so many great stories about mythology & Athen’s history. It was definitely crowded but you can still get amazing pictures! It was a great way to see Athens.
Great informative tour
Tara_B, May 2023
Marianna was a great host, the tour was well-organised with headsets connected to her so we could hear all the information she gave. The pace was good & easy. It’s a long walk so eat & sleep well before, to get the most out of it. My 10 year old son was exhausted having arrived the day before & no breakfast before the tour. Not easy to enjoy if you’re dragging yourself or someone else up the hill!
Excellent and interesting.
Diana_H, May 2023
We enjoyed the Mythology Highlights tour very much. Michael was the perfect story teller. He made the ruins come to life as we were able to better understand the history of the times through the mythology. Now, we can better understand the glory of the Acropolis and Zeus’ temple and Nike and stories of Athens to name a few. He even taught us some Greek root words that we still use today. The tour was very interesting and made for a great day!
Two thumbs up!
puravipatel, May 2023
This tour was so fun and interesting. A mix of historical and mythological stories. Very informative. Matta was an excellent guide! She even spent more time with us to complete the tour. I would highly recommend this tour.
Super crowded
donald_r, May 2023
A lot of walking and super crowded! It was nice to skip the line to buy tickets I would have liked more historical info versus mythological so it was my fault for picking this tour!
Response from Host, May 2023
Dear Donald, Thank you for sharing your feedback about our Athens Mythology Tour. I am sorry you weren't happy with your experience, it is true that it is very crowded this time of the year and there is nothing we can do about it other than to get skip the line tickets, that avoids the huge ticket lines. As for the tour content it is indeed more mythology than history (about 60% mythology and 40% history). I hope you enjoyed your guide and that the rest of your visit to Athens !
Our guide was great. ...
Linda_M, May 2023
Our guide was great. Answered all our questions and took care to see that we were close and enjoying ourselves
Athens Iconic Sites
Francesca_D, May 2023
As a first time explorer in Athens, this tour was good to know the basic history of the city and to see the iconic sites. You’ll also be given ample time to take photos after the explanation on each site. It’s a walking tour that ends near the flea market and Plaka with shops and restaurants. The route is manageable, but bring a hat and a water bottle especially during the summer season.
Tour Guide
David_H, May 2023
Magda was our tour guide and she was wonderful!!! She explained everything in detail, took questions, was extremely polite, and fun to be around.
Good, but not very myth based
Robert_P, May 2023
Our guide was very nice, very knowledgeable but on the general history of the Acropolis and the other historical sites. We were hoping for more of the stories and myths. It felt and sounded like just another generic tour that most of the other guides were giving.
Learned a lot!
Todd_R, May 2023
Guide was extremely knowledgeable! We enjoyed it very much. We went early but it was still very crowded.
Amazing city!
Karen_C, May 2023
An interesting tour taking you to some of the most important sites. Make sure you purchase an additional ticket for the entrance fees of the places listed (we had), easy to do, otherwise you will be stuck waiting in line for them. Make sure as well that you have the QR code handy as there is often a lack of Wifi. The tour gave us insight to some of the mythological stories connected to the historic sites. Information could have been a bit more in-depth, although our guide was energetic and enthusiastic. Be aware, there are times when the Acropolis and Parthenon get very crowded, and the pick pocketers are waiting for you to make a mistake. One person we knew on another tour had her iPhone taken from her front pocket! Be very aware, bring a front worn bag, and place your valuables in a zipped pocket of it each time you plan to put it away. Also walking in these areas can be quite treacherous as stones are slippery, and uneven. Wear sturdy safe shoes for the occasion. Athens is beautiful enjoy your visit!!
Perfect tour
Danita_H, May 2023
Anastasia was delightful. Very knowledgeable. Brought the myths to life. My grandson lives Greek Mythology and this was a dream trip for him.
Great for people who are new to myth
Erin_H, May 2023
Our tour guide Margarita was very informative about the ruins that we were seeing, and she also had a very cool book with photos of what the ruins would have looked like in their own time. However, I am a huge mythology nerd and thus I didn’t learn anything during the tour (I already knew everything). The history was very interesting to learn about, but I was more interested in learning new myths. I think I would have rather looked at all these sites on my own pace so I could read all the plaques (we didn’t really have time to do that since we had to keep moving with the group). I would recommend this tour to someone who does not know anything about Greek Mythology since you will hear very interesting stories, but if you’ve already read the book by Edith Hamilton (a lady who compiled almost all of the Greek and some of the Norse myths into one book - HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING -), you won’t learn anything new. If that’s the case, I’d suggest just seeing these sites on your own (unless you’d also like to learn about the history of which emperors built which buildings).
Response from Host, May 2023
Dear Erin Thank you for your detailed feedback. I am happy you liked our guide and her approach. This is indeed a tour that will introduce you to many different myths of Greek Mythology (there are about 9-10 in the tour), but if you already know it I understand this may not have been the right tour for you. However what is really interesting is the connection of myths and history: why did these myths exist and what hides behind them? How is the social, historic and political context of the time explained through the myths? This is something that you don't find easily on the internet or in books, so I hope you enjoyed this part of the tour. Thank you!
Great tour!
Svenja_R, May 2023
I really liked this tour! Our guide had really good knowledge and always made sure, no one got lost. I loved the mythological stories. However, I have one point of critisism: The tour started at 8:30 in the morning. By the time we arrived at the acropolis (around 10:00), it was really crowded. I would suggest, they start their tour there in the early morning, so the huge crowds can be avoided. However, i would book this tour again.
Great fun. Lots learnt
Tuesday_R, May 2023
Really enjoyed all the mythological story telling. Marika was a great guide. The walk is understandably tricky to walk and would be a challenge to anyone with mobility issues. If its hot be sure to bring hat & water
Terrific Tour
Randy_B, May 2023
The tour was terrific. Great sites and the tour guide, Michael was a very talented young man who was obviously proud of Greece,'s contributions to our current world. He was knowledgeable, connected easily with the group, had a good sense of humor and made the tour! His knowledge of Greek history and the connections between historical structures and their mythological roots was great.
Very thorough. At times a...
Keven_S, May 2023
Very thorough. At times a bit too much information. Very nice guide, very thoughtful of her clients.
Take the tour! You’ll love the stories!
Johnna_N, May 2023
10/10 would recommend. I think it would have been best to do this on our first day in Athens. Walking around will help you get acclimated to the city and it’s lay out. The tour does not include the 30 euro ticket to get into the sites so keep in mind there will be another 30 euros spent. However, it is totally worth it. You almost have to have a tour guide to fully enjoy the history of the structures. The 30 euro ticket by itself would not have sufficed. GET A GUIDE! The 30 euro ticket will allow you to get into the sites for 5 days. Michael was a great tour guide. He was very detailed and was willing to answer all our questions.
Good, but pricey
Maryanne_S, May 2023
Enjoyable tour and the guide told many interesting mythical stories, but very expensive for what it is. Entrance fees are not included, so be prepared to pay another EUR30 each for the entrance tickets. This is compulsory, as you need to enter the sites for the tour. There are probably cheaper walking tour options around. I also hear there is a free Athens walking tour. But this is an easy option to cover most of the "must-see" ancient sites. Excludes: Acropolis Museum and Panatheaic Stadium (Olympics Stadium), both of which I highly recommend.
The whole tour was...
Marie_N, May 2023
The whole tour was amazing with Alex , very informative , helpful , funny , gave us a load of tips for our stay in Athens
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very thorough tour. Fantastic.
Tamara_V, May 2023
Our guide was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed the Parthenon and the theaters. It was a great tour. We would highly recommend.
Worth every penny!
Sheryl_D, May 2023
I can’t imagine viewing these monuments without hearing the history and legends that accompany them. Our guide was fantastic!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Would highly recommend !!
John_H, May 2023
Angelina was our wonderful guide for this walking tour starting at Olympian Zeus then to Acropolis and over to Ancient Agora You will see everything that you need on this tour—-it can be overwhelming to choose a tour but I assure you this is comprehensive and educational
1 traveler found this review helpful
Super fun and memorable tour!
Amy_O, May 2023
My husband and I went on the Mythological Tour with Alternative Athens and it was fantastic! Our tour guide was Evan; he was very knowledgeable and all the myths he told us about were so detailed. We gained some really interesting insight to some of the sites and gave us a whole different appreciation for what we saw. Highly recommend!
A fun history lesson with some great stories thrown in
Audrey_R, May 2023
We loved this tour, and really felt like it was just a fun history lesson with some great stories thrown into the mix. Our tour guide was Danae, and she was very friendly, knowledgable, and thoughtful. She was more than happy to answer any questions folks had, and always communicated with us about any particular things to watch out for during the tour. Be prepared for a lot of walking, but also some great pictures and stories that will stay with you far beyond the tour. We would highly recommend this tour!


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