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Athens: Acropolis, Hidden Gems and Plaka Guided Tour20 Reviews
Join a local guide for a walking tour in Athens and get introduced to the Acropolis monuments and Parthenon Temple. Discover Athens' most picturesque and beautiful neighborhood, Plaka.
- Explore Greece's ancient sites with an archaeologist by your side
- Visit the hilltop monuments of the Acropolis, including the Parthenon
- Walk up Philopappou Hill and see where Greek philosopher Socrates was imprisoned
- Step back in time and admire the 19th-century architecture of Anafiotika
- Discover the charm of Plaka (Athens’ Old Town) and visit medieval chapels
DescriptionMeet your licensed tour guide, who is also an archaeologist, then start your combination tour of Athens. Enter from the south slope of the Acropolis and set off on your leisurely walking tour of some of the world’s finest monuments. Along the way, listen as your guide shares insight into the citadel’s ruins and excavation details. Visit the Theater of Dionysus, an amphitheater that is arguably the birthplace of performing arts. Continue with a leisurely paced stroll through the streets of Plaka, the old town of Athens. In this sprawling, historical neighborhood, you’ll follow along a maze of cobbled streets lined with examples of Neoclassical architecture, Byzantine churches, and busy shops. On the northernmost streets of Plaka is the area known as Anafiotika, an idyllic cluster of whitewashed houses that are reminiscent of buildings in the Greek islands. In the 19th century, homesick workers from the Cyclades built the houses and painted them bright white to remind themselves of Anafi. While listening to some stories about the area and its history from your guide, you’ll walk to the Rock of Ares, which is just a bit farther up the slopes of the Acropolis on Mars Hill. The colossal rock marks the site of the supreme court of ancient Athens. Kings from centuries ago are buried in tombs surrounding it. Continue to Philopappou Hill, passing the prison where the Greek philosopher Socrates was sentenced to death on controversial charges. You’ll also stop at the top of Philopappou Hill to enjoy breathtaking views over Athens. Sit down with a glass of white wine and enjoy a picnic of various Greek delicacies.
- It's a good idea to wear sport shoes, as well as a hat during the summer months.