Bohemian Tales of the City
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Take a detour down Athens’ back alleys and into neighborhoods you won’t find in guidebook pages! This is alternative Athens, where bohemian shops, amazing street art, hidden courtyards, and indie cafés attract locals — and travelers who want to escape the tourist traps.
Discover Athens’s bohemian side, from funky workshops to cool cafés, beyond the mainstream attractions.
Get the insiders’ scoop and experience Athens like a local, not a tourist, as you visit alternative neighborhoods loved by locals.
Learn about one of the biggest street art scenes in the world.
Venture into the city’s alleyways and back lanes to discover vibrant cultural spaces and hear the myths and tales behind city sites.
Sip on Greek coffee and spirits, and treat your taste buds to sweet snacks and meze.
Local English-speaking guide; A Greek coffee; A glass of local spirits/wine; A local sweet; A "meze" plate (finger food); Entrance fees; Train ticket.
Hotel pick-up and drop-off; Additional food and beverages; Souvenirs and items of a personal nature; Gratuities for your local guide.
Hours of operation
Available: Monday - Saturday; Start time at 4:00pm.
Approximately 3.5 hours.
Meeting Point: At the exit of Panepistimio metro station (in front of the old building of the University of Athens, on Panepistimiou Street).
Ending Point: Monastiraki Metro Station.
Anyone who’s dreamed of visiting Athens has likely read about its ancient glory: the Parthenon, the Caryatids, and all the other wonders of Greece's glorious past. But Athens isn’t only about the past! It’s also a city very alive in the present, with modern-day stories and secrets just as exciting as the Greek myths!
On this Athens city tour, you’ll stroll beyond the traditional guidebook sites, and visit lesser known neighborhoods favored by locals, and discover secret corners that aren’t found online.
We’ll start our tour by sipping a traditional Greek coffee in a secret garden in the center of the city, a place only known to locals. You’ll stand with awe in front of unique monument and hear the myths and tales that surround these legendary buildings. Learn about kings and queens, heroes and outlaws, but also about a hidden Athens beneath your feet. The soul of a city is its people, and you are going to hear and see their traditions and superstitions.
Continuing our walk, we’ll head off the beaten track and into back lanes and past bohemian workshops, to see how life is for middle class Athenians. We’ll check out the surprisingly bustling art scene in the city streets — in fact, the street art scene in Athens is one of the biggest in the world, and even the word ‘graffiti’ comes from the Greek word grafi, which means ‘written.’
During our Athens tour, we’ll see the old mingling with the new, along streets that connect (or divide) the past and the present. Think ancient tombs and factory chimneys, art centers, and hidden courtyards. And along the way, we’ll get a literal taste for Athenian life with tastings of sweet delights and sips of local spirits.
By the end of this tour, you will have experienced the real flavors of the oldest European city, Athens!
Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge, but please make sure you inform our guides of this before you take the tour.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.
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