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Escape the well-trodden tourist track and discover a quieter side of Athens on this leisurely 3.5-hour to 4-hour walking tour. With a local guide, explore the tucked-away areas around the slopes of the Acropolis and uncover their ancient and recent past. Stroll around the cobbled Plaka, Athens’ Old Town; and delve into Anafiotika, where the sugar-cube houses mirror a whitewashed Cyclades village. Discover the ancient sites of Mars Hill and Philopappou Hill, and savor a delicious Greek picnic and glass of wine as you gaze over Athens sprawled below.


  • 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

Choose a morning or afternoon departure, meet your guide near Athens’ Benaki Museum, and begin your 3.5- to 4-hour walking tour.

Keeping a relaxed pace throughout, head first into the Plaka, Athens’ Old Town. Spread around the slopes of the Acropolis, this charming district is known for the neoclassical townhouses, Byzantine churches, bustling tavernas and independent shops crowded along its cobblestoned lanes.

Make your way through the streets and enter Anafiotika: a photogenic district of whitewashed houses and stepped lanes on the north side of the Acropolis. Trace the tiny passageways past blue-painted shutters and bright bougainvillea, and learn how the sugar-cube houses here were constructed in the 19th century by masons from the island of Anafi. Having been brought to Athens to build a royal palace, the stoneworkers designed their houses in the Cycladic style of their beloved home.

Stroll on to Mars Hill, also called the Rock of Ares (Aereopagus). Gaze up at the Acropolis from this marble rock as you discover how it was the site of both ancient Athens’ high court, and a famous sermon by St Paul in 52 AD. Next, continue to Philopappou Hill and pause at the rock chambers where the philosopher Socrates is believed to have been imprisoned in 399 BC.

Drink in the stunning views over Athens from the hilltop, and then revel in the setting as you enjoy a picnic of tasty Greek specialities with a glass of white wine.

After relaxing here, follow the pretty UNESCO-listed pathways back down into town. Along the way, pass the Philopappos Monument, the tomb of the admired Roman senator Philopappos, and then conclude your tour at the start point.

Customer Reviews

Jeannetta D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fantastic day. Excellent tour guide who was well informed and entertaining.
An opportunity to see 'hidden' parts of this beautiful city.
Lunch was great too.
Highly recommended.

Belinda S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

If I could rate this 6 stars, I would! Kostas was a fantastic tour guide, full of knowledge, interesting facts and a few jokes to keep us entertained! It was a great opportunity to learn more about the city, get off the beaten track and find a hidden oasis within the busy city centre. The picnic at sunset looking out over the Acropolis and city below provided a unique opportunity to reflect on all we had a seen and soak up the spirit of Athens.

Sue B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Outstanding and informative walk through Athens! Lots of wonderful surprises. Kostas is an outstanding guide and host!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Absolutely incredible tour! You will get to see Athens from a completely different point of view, visiting all the central and most famous locations, but from a hidden path away from the usual tourist crowds and long queues. Our tour guide Kostas knew a large amount of facts and historical information, but was everything but boring- he was enthusiastic, insightful and full of positive energy. The tour is filled with great sights, food, snacks drinks and great time! Would do it again!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We saw parts of Athens we wouldn't have otherwise learned about or seen. We enjoyed the small, intimate group. Kostas was personable and knowledgeable.

Sara P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

PHENOMENAL! We ended up with a private tour with Kostas since we were the only ones signed up. Kostas was amazing and this was a highlight of our time in Athens. I cannot recommend this enough as a must-do for anyone visiting Athens. We never would've known about many of the things we saw. He also helped us with restaurant and shop recommendations to find what we were looking for.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

If this had 10 stars to select from I would have would have selected all 10 stars. Our Tour Guide, Athanasios was AMAZING!!!! My wife and I truly had a wonderful time. The tour was supposed to last 3 ours, but our lasted 6 hours. They were fun filled and what he had to offer on the tour was beyond our expectations. Athanasios has great knowledge of the major archaeological sites and provided additional hidden information as mentioned in the title of the tour. This is a MUST do. Relax, take in the information and you will have a wonderful time. Thank you Athanasios.

Anita H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Kostas was our tour guide and he was fabulous - passionate and really knowledgeable - we saw the parts of Athens that were amazing, quiet but really special - do this tour to learn about the best of Athens

Dale R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

As most others have said this is a very nice tour walking the back streets and seeing many of the main sights but from a different perspective. We were four people and Kostos did a fine job keeping us entertained and tailoring the tour to our specific circumstances. As a former Presidential Guard when he did his military service he was able to spice up the tales explaining the ins and outs of one of Greece's tourist stops. The four hours went quickly and we had a very nice small picnic with wine in one of the forests surrounding the Acropolis. You cannot have a better tour so sign up and you will not regret it. A marvelous way to see much of central Athens in and around the Acropolis. This is a very nice complement to the evening tour of the Acropolis by the same company.

David K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our morning Athens Walking tour and picnic with Barbara! She was very thorough, knowledgeable and went out of her way to make our tour a memorable one! Because it was just my husband and I, she was able to give us a very personilzed tour that exceeded our expectations.

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