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Unexpected Athens Orientation Walk

<p>This is a tour about the true heart and soul of Athens. It’s a tour about its people, its habits – old and new-, its everyday life and its secrets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>During this walk you will witness some of Athens’ greatest contrasts: From theOld Royal Palaceand the city’s posh areas, wherethe rich and famoushave always settled, to thehotbed of rebellious young thinkers, that has been associated with forward-thinking and social experimentation, where students gather to argue the issues of the day.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You‘ll see buildings ofamazing architecture, that reflect the vision of modern Athens as a successor to the glory that was Ancient Athens, as well as architecture that represents the Modernist and inter-war movements. As you are slowly discovering the city you will learn that there are many secrets that lie beneath the surface and that the past is always just a few steps from the present…</p> <p>You’ll also get a chance to explore somegentrified neighborhoodsthat are devoted to small businesses, but now they’re all interspersed withtrendy eateriesandfunky little bars. This is where you can see some of the city’s beststreet art, come across a new jewelry designer, or shop for vintage clothing at one of the retro boutiques.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And as modernity coexists with tradition, you’ll find out how theOttomanpast is still alive inAthens’ flea market, one of the liveliest neighborhoods of the city, where the old and the new generations still meet today.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>By the end of our tour, we hope that you’ll have seenthe true soul of Athens and its people,a city with a thousand stories still standing, as it has since ancient times, right on the border between the East and the West.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Offer valid until: 31 Diciembre 2023

Athens Nightlife Tour (Private)

<p>One thing is sure:Athens knows how to party! If you're visiting the city, tasting the famous Athens nightlife is a must -and you should experience it not as a tourist, but as a true Athenian.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At night, Athens offers an amazing array of music styles and entertainment genres; there’s something for everyone here. But what setsAthens nightlifetruly apart is thefriendly and generous character of the Greeks, myou can bet your Athens nightlife tour will be really good-hearted, energetic and fun!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Your evening begins with a visit toa local neighborhood bar,to give you a feel of the everyday laid-back atmosphere that only the best bars in Athens can offer. Then, your Athens Nightlife tour is off to thehip downtown bars, wherecelebrated mixologistscater to asee-and-be-seen crowdin the most famous spots of Athens nightlife. Your guide,an open-hearted, outgoing Athenianwho stays up longer at night than during the day, will help you find the perfect drinks at the coolest venues and give you any help you need ininterpreting local customs.During your Athens by night tour, you’ll also do what every Athenian does when going out at night-grab a few snacks along the way,because food and drinks go together, and also because it’s a great opportunity totry some Greek meze(small dishes that go with drinks).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>By the end of your Athens night tour, you’ll have seena whole new side of the cityand enjoyed the vibrant Athens nightlife like the locals do: witha bit of recklessness and a warm feelingtowards these favorite spots where they can really express themselves.</p>

Offer valid until: 31 Diciembre 2023

Greek Designers Shopping Tour (Group)

<p>In this tour you will have the chance toexplore the two most important shopping areas in the city, and to the shops in those areas that are doing the most interesting things. InKolonaki, the city’s most expensive neighborhood, there’s always a feeling of indulgence combined with style. Here, you’ll drop in onclothing boutiquesthat stand out from the crowd not just because of what their product lines look like but also because of how they’re made and what they’re made from. Organic and unused recycled are definitely in this year.</p><p><br></p><p>You’ll also explorepioneers in cosmetics– a company run by former pharmacists that combine Greek philosophy with natural ingredients to produce goods that are, in fact, good for you, body and soul.</p><p>Another stop will be for adeli store, dedicated to Greek produce and traditional Greek foodstuffs that make up the Mediterranean diet as it’s experienced here on the shores of the Aegean.</p><p>In the center of town, after a stop for coffee and a visit to amuseum gift shopthat promotes new designers by exhibiting and selling their work, you’ll visit a pair ofjewelry shopswhere brand new motifs are being realized, often with the use of unexpected new materials as well. You’ll also look in at more boutiques, including one with a range of items that runsfromsmall furniture to shoes and accessories.</p><p>Before the tour is finished, you’ll know more aboutwhereGreek fashion and the Greek aesthetic are headed, and there’s a very good chance you’ll have picked up more than just some really good ideas for your wardrobe.</p>

Offer valid until: 31 Diciembre 2023

Best of ancient & modern Athens full day (Private)

<p>From theAcropolis, where your guide will explain both what you’re looking at and what it meant to the people of ancient Athens, to theAncient Agora,where the history you learn will cover philosophy and politics, you’ll spend an important part of the tour in the past.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After the Acropolis and Ancient Agora tour, however,you’ll come straight back to the present with an exploration of theneighborhoods of modern-dayAthensthat are changing right now. You'll stop for a coffee in one of Athens'secret gardens, a surprising café in an unexpected setting in the heart of the city.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Then, take a walk around the neighborhoods ofMonastiraki, the colorfulflea market,andPsiriand keep an eye out forstreet art– your guide will know where – as well ascool new design shops and vintage clothing stores. Check out both the pre-war and the post-war buildings and the concentration of hardware and specialty item stores in an area they happily share withbrand-new funky little bars.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Headinto the traditional“belly of the city”, the bustlingVarvakios Market, the biggest and most popular fish, meat and vegetable market in the whole of Athens and explore the mainspice streetof Athens too. Enjoy thefood tastingsalong the way – you’ll see that here, too, there’s a choice between tradition and novelty. You'll get to trycheesesfrom various parts of Greece,cured meats, olives,and deliciousGreek sweets!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>InPlaka, theoldest part of Athens, find out if there’s a compromise between history and modernity as you explore an area that is trying to offer more than just souvenirs. Here, you'll also have lunch, in atraditional tavernat the feet of the Acropolis, serving delicious Greek food.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This fullday ancient and modern Athens tour will alllow you to discover the city -and what a city!sure, a day is still not enough, but it’s a great start to a beautiful new friendship.</p>

Offer valid until: 31 Diciembre 2023

The Olympic Games Workout (Private)

<p>You begin your day as an Olympic athlete at the beautiful neoclassical building known as theZappeion, just below theNational Garden. Here, you’ll find out in detailwhat role the Ancient Olympics played in societyover the millennium in which they were held. You’ll learnhow the athletes trained, what disciplines were includedas the games evolved and you’ll load up on some really old sports trivia to stump your friends. You’ll also find out abouthow the Modern Olympics were first proposed, organized and held in Athens, more than 1500 years after they were last staged, and you’ll do this all right in the building that served as the first Olympic Village.</p><p><br></p><p>After knowledge comes exercise – there’s a historic gym nearby, and that’s where you’ll get totrysome classic techniques for really old events,such as thediscusand thejavelin throwand practicenewer ones like theshot put, long jumpandrelay races.</p><p><br></p><p>By the time you reach thePanathenaic Stadium, a beautiful white marble structure (and the only stadium in the world made entirely of marble!), you’ll be psyched up for a truly unique experience –a race in the stadium itself,on the hallowed track where the first modern Olympians competed more than a century ago. Don’t worry about personal bests, it’s the run, not the finish line that counts here.</p>

Offer valid until: 31 Diciembre 2023

Unexpected Athens Orientation Walk (Private)

<p>This is a tour about the true heart and soul of Athens. It’s a tour about its people, its habits – old and new-, its everyday life and its secrets.</p><p><br></p><p>During this walk you will witness some of Athens’ greatest contrasts: From theOld Royal Palaceand the city’s posh areas, wherethe rich and famoushave always settled, to thehotbed of rebellious young thinkers, that has been associated with forward-thinking and social experimentation, where students gather to argue the issues of the day.</p><p><br></p><p>You‘ll see buildings ofamazing architecture, that reflect the vision of modern Athens as a successor to the glory that was Ancient Athens, as well as architecture that represents the Modernist and inter-war movements. As you are slowly discovering the city you will learn that there are many secrets that lie beneath the surface and that the past is always just a few steps from the present…</p><p><br></p><p>You’ll also get a chance to explore somegentrified neighborhoodsthat are devoted to small businesses, but now they’re all interspersed withtrendy eateriesandfunky little bars. This is where you can see some of the city’s beststreet art, come across a new jewelry designer, or shop for vintage clothing at one of the retro boutiques.</p><p>And as modernity coexists with tradition, you’ll find out how theOttomanpast is still alive inAthens’ flea market, one of the liveliest neighborhoods of the city, where the old and the new generations still meet today.</p><p><br></p><p>By the end of our tour, we hope that you’ll have seenthe true soul of Athens and its people,a city with a thousand stories still standing, as it has since ancient times, right on the border between the East and the West.</p>

Offer valid until: 31 Diciembre 2023