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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

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

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.

Marjorie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Marjorie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a fantastic tour. Off the beaten path tour of Athens with a fabulous picnic dinner over looking the city at sunset.

Deborah G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Kostas is an amazing guide. Tour absolutely lived up to expectation. Picnic lunch on hillside absolutely charming.

Cathy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing tour! Definitely a must do!! The tour guide was great and definitely saw things you wouldn and #39;t see on your own!

Joseph G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Kostas was an excellent tour guide and gave us a lot of history and culture of all aspects of Athens.We liked the National Garden and a Palace,seeing local artist artwork,Visiting the oldest church,getting a glimpse of Analfi,tasting delicious liqueur from a 100 year old bar in Plaka,watching the National guards practice and learning that all males must serve the National Guard.The best was a delicious lunch on a Hill right opposite clear view of the Acroplis and Parthenon.We highly recommend this tour to newcomers and repeat ones like ourselves to Athens.Kostas recommended going to the New Acroplis Museum after the tour and we loved it followed by a snack and coffee which was delicious.

Robert E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fabulous! Our guide, Costa was very knowledgable and made it fun.

Jackie A L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Costos lead a highly enjoyable and informative tour. He is personable, interesting, and led us through areas of town well off the beaten path. He is the perfect guide and this was the perfect experience! Highly recommended!

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