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When your cruise ship pulls into Athens port, get a taste for classic Greek cuisine on a 4-hour walking shore excursion. Stroll down the historical streets and make several food stops to sample enticing local specialities such as delectable 'loukoumades' dough balls, moreish ‘koulouri’ bread, 'pastourma’ sausage and more. Dip into bakeries, dairies and sweet shops, and discover popular Greek fruits, herbs and spices on a wander through the buzzing central Varvakeios food market. Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group shore excursion, ensuring personalized attention from your guide.


  • 4-hour small-group Athens food shore excursion
  • Enjoy a walking tour through central Athens with a local, food-expert guide
  • Sample savory Greek delicacies such as sesame-sprinkled koulouri and syrupy loukoumades pastries
  • Explore the spice, fruit, meat and herb stalls in the lively Varvakeios food market
  • Learn about classic Greek cuisine and delicacies from a knowledgeable guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people for a more personalized experience
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Athens Shore Excursion: Small-Group Food Tour

Athens Shore Excursion: Small-Group Food Tour

Embark on a culinary journey of taste, color, smell and texture, right below the striking Acropolis in the heart of Athens’ historic city center. This food tour offers an array of colorful and enticing treats. Visit delicatessens, aromatic bakeries and sweet shops, restaurants, dairies, spice merchants, grocery stores and pie shops where you will sample traditional Greek food, including the ever-popular koulouri, a circular bread with sesame seeds.

Your licensed guide will lead you on a food stroll and introduce you to small, hidden specialty food shops. Listen to commentary about the unique and intricate culinary heritage of Greece, as well as the famous Mediterranean diet, hailed today as a model of healthy living.

A genuine Athenian food tour would not be complete without a visit to the vibrant and central Varvakeios food market. Its bustling energy and colorful world of fruit and spice stalls and meat and fish vendors truly make for a cultural experience.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Athens port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Lonna H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

One of the best tours. Loved the snippets of Greek history, lifestyle that were seamlessly woven into the tour. We loved that we ate where Greeks eat, not where tourists eat.

Deanene H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I am so happy that I found this small food tour. It was amazing. I learned which foods are traditionally Greek and tasted so many good foods. The meat and seafood market was a highlight. But, there were so many others. We tasted camel meat too. You have to take this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

This is an excellent tour. We are still telling friends stories from this tour and its experiences. This is a tour of the REAL Athens old town -- not the tourist area. Food shops and restaurants were very good and the vegetable and fish/meat markets were interesting (and clean). We take food tours often in our travels and find it a great way to really experience an area. The cruise ship pick-up was easy and on time. However, the ride back to the ship was several hours after the end of the walking tour and a substantial distance from the end of the tour as well as being within an hour of sailing time. We opted to cancel that ride and our guide was nice enough to call us a taxi and arrange a fare to take us to our ship. I would highly recommend this tour.

Paul W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was a fantastic way to see a new city from a different perspective. Despina our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Greek food and drink and how it was interwoven with other more recent cultures. Our tour group was nice and small and ranged in nationalities from Europe to Asia. We would strongly recommend this tour and will definitely use this tour company again.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

A really fun experience, especially for when you are all "ruined" out on tour. We thoroughly enjoyed starting with bread for breakfast and working our way through a typical Greek day. There were plenty of samples along the way to satisfy any hunger pains, plus the walk through the meat and fish markets was particularly interesting.

Andrew N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We had a wonderful time on this "Shore Excursion." We were on a cruise ship and did not want to do the "typical" tour of the Acropolis, etc., so we found this Food Tour online and booked it right from the ship. They were waiting to pick us up right from the port and after a slight confusion about which tour we were on, we met our guide, who took us on a fabulous tour of Greek food. The guide (Artemis) was really great and it was fun being with a local for the day. It was great seeing stuff that the typical tourist would probably miss. Although I was somewhat nervous about getting back to the ship on time, our ride back met us at exactly the precise time we were told, so it was a wonderful day in Athens!!

Simone C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

We had a blast!

Dorene A. C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Our guide Artemis was outstanding-funny, knowledgable, perceptive. She took us to a wealth of hidden culinary gems, which , I would submit, very few people would stumble upon on their own. My only request would have been to spend some time in the sausage and cured meat store sampling some of their wares. I have been recommending this tour to everyone I had met on Holland America's Rotterdam cruise, if for no other reason than to be led around by one's "nose' to sample some of Athen's food treasures by a larger than life guide reminiscent of the lead actress in " My Big Fat Greek Wedding "! A raving success, and one of our most precious memories on a trip chock full of them. cordially, David and Dorene Cohen

Alison O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Sophie was an excellent guide and gave our small group of 8 an in-depth tour of a local part of Athens. Of the 12 stops we had tastings at eight so don't overdo breakfast before you go. We also learnt much about social history, current economics and a little politics so came away thinking it was money very well spent.

Stephanie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This tour is a fantastic way to see a more local area of Greece. Market visits and tastings at local shops are fabulous. Our guide was very knowledgable and accommodating. Although there are no meat tastings included, there isn't room for more food once you are done. Would highly recommend for someone who has already taken in all the typical tourist sights.

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