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Big Olive Walking Tours offers high quality scholar-led tours providing a unique entertaining and educational perspective on the city. We also offer bespoke experiences that enable participants to build their own package of accommodation, transport...more
We had a really nice tour with Demetra! We were a group of 17 guys (stag party) and did a four hour tour consisting of the Acropolis, street art and beer tasting. The tour guide was very knowledgeable - lots of fun facts - and...More
Went to Athens over spring break this year which was just before the Greek Orthodox Easter but around our Easter time when schools are closed. It was fabulous! We worked with Phoebe to schedule two walking tours. Phoebe was very responsive (unlike some other tour...More
Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Tanya M
BigOliveAthens, Manager at Big Olive City Walks, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018
Thank you Tanya for this great review. We hope that we cross paths soon again!
We did 2 Big Olive Walks and they were excellent! The first was an all day tour if the ancient sights including the ancients sights, Acropolis and museum. Demitra, our guide was engaging and fun the be around. She was full of information but not...More
What a great tour. Firstly we explored parts of Athens that aren't on the normal tourist trail (certainly not ours, anyway!) with someone knowledgable and passionate about the city. But what we loved most was the fact that we went down side streets and into...More
We were a group of architects and undergraduate students of architecture (in total 14 people). We both had a tours with Ilias and Nikos, both were excellent. They are great experts and guides who can tailor their tours according to the interests of the groups....More
We did the Grand Tour of Athens with Ilias and we had such a wonderful experience. Ilias did a great job of peeling back the layers of city, helping us understand Athens from antiquity through to modern times. We ended the tour feeling so much...More
Either you have visited Thessaloniki million of times or it's your first time, treat your self and have the Grand Tour of Thessaloniki. Our guide, Aggelos Kwttas, was very much informed about the history, urbanism and architecture of the city. I enjoyed even more our...More
Date of experience: October 2016
BigOliveAthens, General Manager at Big Olive City Walks, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2016
Dear Ermioni Natsi, thank you very much for your comment and for the time you've taken to rate our service - we shall review our pricing policy as per your remarks. We hope to be able to better meet your group's needs in the near...More
Since we had never been to Athens, we booked the Athens Grand Tour. Our guide Ilias was wonderful. His knowledge of the cultural history of his native city was truly impressive. We learned much more than we ever could have on our own, and it...More
We just spent a long weekend in Athens, after disembarking from a cruise. Since it was our first visit, we decided to book two walking tours and selected Big Olive. Wow, was that a good decision. The food tour with Ilias was lively, conversational, and...More
We did the food & heritage tour with Ilias, who is passionate about history and an absolute expert about Athens. He told us about the amazing past of his beloved city, particularly its merging of various cultures, and walked us around the city explaining the...More
Omonia Square is as plain in appearance as Syntagma is grand. Surrounded largely by functional blocks from the 1950s and 60s and no longer boasting its underground stalls, the square is now mostly frequented by immigrants and bargain shoppers. The most rewarding area to explore is to the south. Set off down Athinas Street, with the Acropolis gradually coming into focus in the distance, and you will get a
sense of old commercial Athens, especially at the picturesque meat, fish and vegetable markets some way beyond the City Hall. The blocks to the west of Athinas are home to many Chinese and South Asian traders, adding a multicultural atmosphere to what was until the late 1990s a very homogenous society.