• Location: Athens, Greece
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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.

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

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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

sarahmoore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

We had Marissa spelling? as our tour guide and we cannot fault her. She was fantastic and she ensured that we were provided with the best tour possible. Out of everything we did in Athens, this was definitely a highlight. The tour itself is perfect to see all the things you never knew you wanted/planned to see. Photo opportunities are abundant and the information she gave us was really educational - Loved it! Thank you for an amazing morning!

Angel H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This tour was amazing, the guide was knowledgeable and it ended up being just my group of friends! We took some great pics and really enjoyed the tour - would recommend.

Ron S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Efi was fantastic, she's an archeologist! She was interesting, informative and fun. Wonderful tour, historical buildings, churches, park, zoo, prison, beautiful old sights, the guards and so much more! A nice relaxing pace and a delicious lunch too! Our favorite tour in Greece!

dluckenbach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

loved our guide and great alternative tour -if you have a second day in Athens recommend it and do ask them to take you to the actual Olympic stadium .

Nathan A United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

An incredible way to finish our weekend in Athens! My brother and I were lucky enough to have Efi as our guide, who despite us being half an hour late, was very gracious and patient with us all throughout the tour.

We were not aware that they were holding their annual marathon during the weekend we were there a lot of the streets were closed and our Uber was really held up. Please look up beforehand if there will be any such closures during your trip, and plan accordingly! Don't be late like we were!

Efi went above and beyond to answer our questions that encompassed many other areas of Greek society, and we really appreciated her effort to accommodate them all. Our awesome experience in Athens would not be complete without her and this tour!

serdar t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour will show you how Athens is full of amazing historical stories and cultural riches.

Joy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was a most amazing tour, and although it was one of the few rainy days in Athens it was a highly recommended experience. Ana was a wonderful and interesting guide and showed us a very different side of Athens. Wonderful views and hidden stairs and alleyways leading to some special treasures. The picnic at the end was the icing on the cake - although because of the rain we took it back to the hotel to eat! I would love to go back and repeat the experience.

DIANE D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was a fabulous tour. Kostas was great very knowledgeable and he provided us with a great picnic!

Sallee M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Unfortunately, I cannot remember her name but our tour which ended up being just my daughter and myself with our guide was really great! We saw parts of Athens that we would never have seen hence the name Hidden Athens. I saw the white houses with blue doors and windows which I thought were only on Santorini. We did a LOT of walking so it was great exercise. The picnic lunch was perfect and our guide was perfect. Please look up our records and pass on to the guide that she was amazing! Obviously, this review is not for posting, unless you edit it with her name....Maricela? Dang it, I cannot remember. Bottom line: I recommend this tour!

Jane V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

What a special day our guide provided for us! She shared super interesting information on the history of Greece modern history even! as we walked. Also, she was a lot of fun! Very highly recommended.

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