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Athens Old City: Wine Tasting Experience

1. Athens Old City: Wine Tasting Experience

Enjoy a tasting session which includes an introduction to Greek wines, the wine regions, descriptions of 5 basic Greek wines tasted with their particularities, tales about Dionysus the God of wine and fertility and an introduction to the art of wine tasting evaluation. For this social, yet educated wine tasting, join a small-group, usually with eight to ten wine-lovers adventurers on board, taste outstanding wines, distinct flavours and learn all about wine, ancient Greek wine culture and the unique varieties of the country. In a wine activity right under Acropolis, you can join a virtual tour about the Attica vineyards, the grapes and wine making process of ancient Greece. Meet your guide, a knowledgeable and friendly certified wine expert who will take you through a variety of themes to build up your wine knowledge. Be taken through ancient times, the wine regions of Greece and the style of wine they make. Learn about great Greek wines and Greek food. Receive generous servings of both wine and food and you will have the opportunity to taste the flavours of Greece.

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Athens: Morning Bike Tour

2. Athens: Morning Bike Tour

Cycle the historic center of Athens on a 9-kilometer bike tour, and see archaeological and architectural highlights of the city such as the Panathenaic Stadium, Presidential Mansion, indoor exhibition center of the Zappeion Hall, and Roman Agora. Discover the city’s green spaces, such as the National Gardens, and explore historic neighborhoods such as Plaka at the footsteps of the Acropolis. Go to the ancient burial site of Kerameikos Cemetery. Admire the dome of the National Observatory of Athens, and enter the traditional neighborhood of Thission. Although you will not enter any of the archaeological sights, you will stop for approximately 5-8 minutes at each one while your tour leader provides valuable information and tells interesting stories. Get off your bike for a short walking tour of an areas that bikes can’t access, but leads you to an amazing view far off the tourist path.  Designed for the average cyclist, the route avoids the busy city traffic by following mostly flat paths and bike trails. Enjoy a more intimate experience in groups of no more than 12 people.

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Athens: Food and Wine Tasting Tour at Night

3. Athens: Food and Wine Tasting Tour at Night

Experience the romance of Athens after dark on a food and wine tasting tour of traditional neighborhoods such as Plaka, Psyrri, and lively Monastiraki. Join a food expert to discover the hidden gems of the local cuisine and learn the history behind some of the most beloved dishes of Greece. Pop into quirky delis and family taverns to try dishes and delicacies loved by the locals and not so known internationally. Sample authentic mezedes (small plates) as you take in the atmosphere and meet the vendors who delight visitors and locals alike with their artisanal skills. End your evening at an excellent wine bar and take an aromatic journey through the wine culture of Greece. Taste the wines, served with charcuterie and cheeses from across the country.

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Athens Food Walking Tour - Small Group

4. Athens Food Walking Tour - Small Group

Your culinary journey of Athens will take you to carefully selected specialty food shops, where you’ll taste some of the finest olive oil, cheese, and honey available in the city, as well as local delicacies such as pastourma cured meat. On this 3.5-hour guided food tour you’ll stroll through traditional Athens neighborhoods and visit some wonderful pastry shops that serve tempting Greek sweets. You’ll be immersed in the fragrances and colors of local spices, the secret behind renowned Greek dishes, and aromas of Greek coffee as well. The irresistible smell of freshly baked delicacies will lead you into one of the oldest traditional bakeries in Athens. Continue through the bustling alleys of Varvakios, the picturesque fish, meat, and vegetable market. Last but not least, you’ll stop for a taste of the celebrated Greek souvlaki!

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Athens Highlights: Myths & Philosophers Private Walking Tour

5. Athens Highlights: Myths & Philosophers Private Walking Tour

After meeting with your local guide outside Panepistimio Metro Station, begin your journey with the famous Trilogy of Athens, a work of the great architect, Theofilus Hansen. Admire stunning statues from famous 19th-century sculptors. While marveling at these miracles of architecture, take the opportunity to talk about two of the most famous philosophers of antiquity, Socrates and Plato. Discuss the god Apollo and goddess Athena, two gods totally different from one another but sharing many more commonalities than one may think. Afterwards, head to the Greek Parliament and the National Gardens to discover the live of Epicurus and his philosophical school, known as the Garden. Walk down the most commercial street in Athens, Ermou Street, named after the god and merchant, Hermes. Take a chance to admire an 11th-century temple known as Kapnikarea and hear about Aristotle and his Lyceum philosophical school. Take a pitstop to enjoy a greek coffee at a cozy cafe in the Thissio area, taking advantage of the location to chat about Pre-Socratic philosophers. Next to the Ancient Agora, discover the place where Stoic philosophy was born in the Poikile Stoa. The next stop will be the Plaka area and Anafiotika, on the foot of the Acropolis with Cinic philosophers close by. While admiring the famous Tower of Winds, learn everything there is about Aiolos, the keeper of the winds. The tour will conclude on the Areopagus Hill with a breathtaking view of the Acropolis and some more myths about the Olympian gods.

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Athens: Electric Bike Tour

6. Athens: Electric Bike Tour

This morning electric bike tour lasts about 3.5 hours and it is a nice way to get yourselves oriented in the city of Athens. The ride takes place in the amazing historic city center, on pedestrian areas, low traffic streets, and parks away from the traffic hustle. Your local tour leader will head the tour, riding with you very close to the main archaeological sites and guiding you through some hidden areas, while providing you with a stunning experience!  The group rides close to the new Acropolis Museum and the Ancient Cemetery of Kerameikos, through the neighborhood of Thission, while you enjoy a great view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Then, cycle through the Ancient Greek Agora and pass by the Roman Agora Continue cycling in the historic district of Plaka, and then move to the National Gardens, one of the best areas to ride in downtown Athens. Stop also in front of the Presidential Mansion to see the Presidential Guards, and pass by the Panathenaic Stadium and Zappeion Exhibition Hall.

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Athens: Sunset Bike Tour

7. Athens: Sunset Bike Tour

Discover the must-see sights of Athens at the best time of day on an afternoon bike tour of the historic monuments. Avail of the breathtaking views of the ancient city as you cycle to landmark monuments, starting at the National Gardens, followed by the Panathenaic Stadium and Presidential Mansion. Get off your bike to take short walks to different locations, and journey through the history of Ancient Greece at monuments such as the Roman Agora. Admire the columns of the Zappeion exhibition hall, and cycle through the charming Plaka district at dusk. Make your way to Kerameikos just north of the Acropolis and explore the hip district of Thisseio.

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Athens Half-Day Private City Tour

8. Athens Half-Day Private City Tour

Discover the cradle of civilization, birthplace of democracy, and home of philosophy on a private half-day tour of Athens. You will experience some of the greatest monuments ever built, with visits to all the major attractions, from the site of the first modern Olympics, to the former Royal Palace. The 4.5-hour tour takes in the Panathenaic Stadium, the only marble stadium in the world. Built over the ruins of the ancient Roman stadium of Athens, it was where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896. Continue to the famous Arch of Emperor Hadrian, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, dedicated to the King of the Olympian Gods, and the largest temple of the ancient world. Go to the Acropolis, considered a work of architectural perfection. Admire the Theater of Dionysus, the first theater ever built in the world. You will also see the Odeon of Herod the Atticus, and go to the Hill of Pnyx, visit the Propylaea, the Temple of Apteros Nike, the Erechthion, and the New Acropolis Museum. Take in some wonderful panoramic city views from Lycabettus Hill, and visit the Parliament buildings to see the changing of the Royal Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Continue to Omonia Square and the open-air flea market in the lively Plaka neighborhood. Finally, see the 19th-Century Anglican church of St. Paul, the former Royal Palace, the Numismatic Museum, Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Library, and the Benaki Museum, Byzantine and Christian Museum, and Museum of Cycladic Art.

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Athens: Sunset Electric Bike Tour

9. Athens: Sunset Electric Bike Tour

Equipped with a modern electric bike for a relaxed and enjoyable tour, you will begin exploring Athens by visiting the National Gardens, a peaceful shady place in the heart of the city. Next, you will ride towards the Presidential Mansion where you can witness the ceremonial unit of the Presidential Guards. Then, it’s time to discover the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place, and the Zappeion, a magnificent Neoclassical building completed in 1888. While cycling around Athens you will stop in front of the impressive Temple of Olympian Zeus, as well as the Arch of Hadrian, which is one of the best photo spots in Athens. Next you'll head to the biggest pedestrian area of the city, where you will pass by the Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis Hill before reaching a secret spot to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Parthenon.  Your journey back in time will continue with a stop at the Ancient Greek Cemetery (Kerameikos), the Ancient Greek Agora and the Roman Agora. The tour will end with a visit to the Cathedral of Athens and a ride through the scenic neighborhood of Plaka. In Plaka, you will find plenty of amazing spots to get awesome photos of the Old City, and your guide will give you pointers on the best places to visit after the tour ends.

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The Greek Food Discovery in Athens

10. The Greek Food Discovery in Athens

Discover the city at a relaxing pace with your local expert who will share their love for delicious dishes and tasty products. This gastronomic adventure starts with a delicious Greek coffee and a delicacy while you enjoy the early morning vibe of the city and the view to Acropolis as you take the first sip. Travel through time as you get to know the history of one of the oldest coffee shops in Athens and find out everything you need to know about Greek coffee. The place is as instagrammable as it gets, so grab your cameras and shoot some great photos as you have your relaxing morning coffee chat! You must have heard a lot about morning snacks, but this one is definitely a newcomer to the Greek gastronomy. It is the most beloved healthy snack for Greeks coming with a special twist! The local culinary scene continues to evolve and you will be thrilled to discover something new. This is a surprise but fear not... you will love it! Keep exploring the most exciting flavors of Greece through a workshop where you will taste and learn more about some of the most delicious products of this country. This is also where the most vibrant part of the city is located, a year-round food oasis. Here you will feel the real pulse of the city, among food stalls, coffee shops, open-air markets, and well-hidden tavernas. Let your senses guide you; this is the local food market where you will mingle with the locals and you will observe, smell, and touch the best quality ingredients this city has to offer! If you think you have experienced enough, wait until you stroll around Spice street where you will find the best herbs that are collected from all over the Greek peninsula.  So, next time you cook for your friends, don’t get surprised if they ask you about your secret ingredient. Most probably. smelling all these different ingredients will have already stimulated your appetite. No worries! This is the moment to discover some of the best-hidden tavernas. Feel that old time nostalgia as these places are about to eclipse nowadays and there are only a few of them left. You will taste typical Greek tapas (mezes) and drink wine or ouzo in a place that will remind you of an old black & white film set back in the '60s! This is as authentic as it gets! And remember… the more hungry you come, the better! Important info: Please inform the supplier about any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

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What people are saying about Plaka

Ti Ama was the most passionate, knowledgeable, and relatable guide i have ever had. Her information was more than just facts, it was stories with her family and friends that made me feel the culture so much more deeply. An experience I'll never forget (and neither will my taste buds).

It was a fun activity to do on our Mother/Daughter trip , the dance teacher was very patient with us ( Greek Dancing looks easy but it's not) our guide was wonderful she gave us a lot of good tips and we learn some interesting Greek History , over all a good experience

Katarina was more than a sommelier, by the end of the night she became a friend. Amazing wine and even better company. This place gives you the deep history of the wine and takes you through a tasting adventure. If I could give her 100 stars, I would. Definitely book!

Spiros was great! He was punctual, knowledgeable and very kind. He took us to the main attractions and told us about the places in between on the way.

Great tour and amazing guide. Must do and recommend!