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  1. Greece
  2. Attica
  3. Athens

Athens: ‘New York Times’ Discovery Tour with Local Snacks

Product ID: 285307
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Take a tour inspired by the much-loved 36 Hours travel column by the New York Times. Immerse yourself in Athenian culture and explore ancient masterpieces. Experience the city from a local's perspective and explore Athen's hippest neighborhoods.
About this activity
Duration 4.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Stroll through historic neighborhoods and marvel at ancient monuments
  • Savor freshly baked pastries and homemade sweet bread
  • Boost your energy with a Freddo espresso or frappé coffee
  • Visit the country’s largest open-air market
  • Learn how to wrap a gyros at a local establishment
Full description
Begin your journey just off the Acropolis Metro Station in Makrygianni and marvel at the 5,000-year-old city remnants nestled beneath the new Acropolis Museum. Stroll around Koukaki, one of Athens’s hippest neighborhoods and stop for a koulouri sesame ring or tsoureki, sweet Greek bread.

Immerse yourself in Athenian coffee culture by sipping a Freddo espresso or frappé coffee. Iced coffee drinks are popular all year-round in Greece. Next, go behind the scenes at Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum and learn traditional techniques of metalsmithing and decorative art. Then, head to Philopappos Hill and follow the trail with the marble monument of Philopappos, completed in 119 A.D., and the monument of Pnyx, where ancient Athenians like Pericles and Themistocles spoke.

Stroll through the scenic Anafiotika with its charming cobblestone alleys and Instagram-worthy whitewashed homes, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a Greek island. Wander around the historic neighborhood of Plaka and stop for a delicious variety of local bites and Greek homemade savory pies. Continue to the country’s largest open-air market and meet a sandal artisan whose family has served celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, the Beatles, and Barbra Streisand.

Then, try wrapping your own gyros at one of the city’s oldest establishments. Finish off the tour at a rooftop bar and enjoy breathtaking views of the Acropolis, the Roman Agora and Hadrian’s Library.
  • English-speaking expert guide
  • Freddo espresso or frappé coffee
  • Fresh pastries and homemade bread
  • 1 portion of Greek pie
  • Gyros
  • Behind-the-scenes access to Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Meet outside of the Acropolis Metro Station (Makrigianni street entrance/exit), at street level, next to the Metro sign. Street coordinates: 37°58'08.6"N 23°43'46.7"E

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• Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests or requirements
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Urban Adventures Europe

Product ID: 285307