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Athens Food and City Private Walking Tour

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    What to Expect
    You'll be picked up from your Athens city center hotel or you can meet the tour at Syntagma Square. Your tour group departs the Square at 10am. 

    In many ways, Athens is four different cities: The ancient, the Ottoman, the neoclassical and the modern city. Discovering each of them requires knowing where to go, what to notice and what to eat, which is where your local guide comes in.   

    From the Parliament building in Syntagma Square to the posh neighborhood of Kolonaki area and the rebellious downtown district of Exarchia, you’ll stop off at special spots to taste local products like olive oil, honey, cheese, wine, vinegar, liquor, and sweets, all made by small producers from all over Greece. Next, it’s a treat from the street, as you sample a koulouri, one of the all-time classic snacks on the go and then a cup of authentic Greek coffee in a wonderful old café.  

    After this, get ready to duck into a boisterous visit to the central fish and meat market, where butchers and fishmongers compete for the attention of Athens’ serious food shoppers. Around the corner is the famous spice street of Athens, lined with traditional herb shops that also carry amazing specialty meats and other traditional delicacies.

    In the Psiri area, you’ll see a neighborhood that is still in the middle of reinventing itself – one of the poorer working class areas of Athens for nearly all of the 20th century. It is now one of the hottest food and drink destinations, but everywhere in its narrow streets there are reminders of a simpler past.

    Don’t miss the Ottoman influences in this part of the city as you stop for a sweet bite at one of the many pastry shops in this area, and then it’s off to a charming little taverna that specializes in traditional Greek dishes to try a selection of scrumptious Greek meze (like tapas, only better).

    The tour ends in Monastiraki, at Athens’ flea market, a perfect amalgam of everything Athens has to offer. By now, you’ll have seen (and tasted!) the true soul of Athens, a city with a thousand stories still standing, as it has since ancient times, right on the border between the East and the West.

    The total duration of the tour is around 5 hours (depending on your interest and pace). It's estimated the tour will end around 3pm.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    City Center Athens Hotels or Meeting Point at Syntagma Square
    Return Details
    Monastiraki square
    • Pickup and drop-off at centrally located hotels only
    • Local guide
    • Food tastings including olive oil, honey, cheese, wine, vinegar, liquor, sweets, koulouri, authentic Greek coffee, and Greek meze
    • Local taxes
    • Snacks
    • Food and drinks (additional)
    • Transportation to/from attractions
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Approximate distance covered: 5 kilometers, flat
    • Not suitable for wheelchair users due to lack of infrastructure in the Greek capital
    • Maximum is 12 people per booking
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 5 days ago

    I strongly recomend this food tour as it allows you to know places and tastes beyond the turistic routes. i just love it!

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank Luciana D
    Reviewed 5 days ago

    This is more a private tour. we started off for breakfast at a local Athens restaurant that is th e last one who make their own Yougert , (Home Made ) Taste of HEAVEN. We then proceeded to a local food market. Real old time...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank sideshow015
    Reviewed August 23, 2019 via mobile

    We did two private tours with them - LGBT nightlife and Food and Streets. Both were amazing. Fantastic guides, attentive to details, flexible based on personal requests. If you want to experience more than the prototypical Acropolis tour, I highly recommend Alternative Athens.More

    Thank 381philc
    phaedra-altathens, Public Relations Manager at Alternative Athens, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2019

    Hello, Thank you for taking time to review our LGBT NIGHTLIFE TOUR and our DELICIOUS ATHENS FOOD TOUR. We are excited that you had an AMAZING time with us and our FANTASTIC GUIDES as you call them. We are glad you experience something authentic and...More

    Reviewed August 9, 2019 via mobile

    This was a great tour. Our guide Maria Pappa was very knowledgeable about the tour itself and about the city. She seems to have taken thr time to speak individually to everybody on the tour. The places that we have visited and tasted food were...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank yvesseguin
    phaedra-altathens, Public Relations Manager at Alternative Athens, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2019

    Hello, Thank you so much for taking time to leave such a nice review for our Delicious Athens food tour. We are thrilled that you find our tour WELL ORGANIZED and WELL PACED and the food EXCELLENT. It's true that we pick very unique places...More

    Reviewed July 25, 2019

    I went with my husband and we had the best time! Our tour guide, Maria, was amazing. The food delicious and we learned a lot about the culture and the city. I really recommend it!More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank dRiverina
    phaedra-altathens, Public Relations Manager at Alternative Athens, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2019

    Hi, Thank you very much for taking time to review our Delicious Athens Food tour. We are delighted to hear that you had a wonderful time with Maria, our tour guide and that you've learned a lot about Greek culture and the city of Athens....More

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