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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 декабря 2023

Athens Street Art Tour (Private)

<p>Athens is a street artist’s paradise: from the established to the constant streams of new talent spraying up the neighbourhoods, this tour celebrates them all.Tagging, bombing, stencil and painting. Join us and get an up-and-close introduction to the city’s incredible street art scene counting 2,000 or so street artists.</p><p><br></p><p>During this walk you'll find thecoolest works of art in the most unlikely places, thanks to yourstreet artist guide.He knows about the iconic images, pieces that have been up so long they’re now part of the cultural conscience, but he’s also aware of the newest creations and the artists behind all of them. His expertise and up-to-date information means you’ll find it all - from enormous, “can’t-miss” full-buildingmuralsto quirky littlestencilsor cleverpolitical messages, you’ll see the full range of what Athens, one of the graffiti capitals of Europe, has to offer.</p><p><br></p><p>Each area has its own style, and so does the street art you see there.Gazi,home to a new industrial space and exhibition center, boasts pieces with a more formal feel.Metaxourgio, the new hotspot, is all creative energy and there’s so much room here to express that.Psiri,the original home of street art in Athens, remains politically committed. What’s more, many of the works here have the full support of the community, are respected as works of public art and have survived for years.</p><p><br></p><p>The city is speaking to us all the time. Whether it’s aboutart and culture, sports, politicsorlove, people have been leaving their messages in plain sight on the streets of Athens for a very long time. With the help of your guide who can “translate” both the language and the images to give you a fuller picture of what you’re looking at, you’ll find out what these street pieces really mean. And this will help youunderstand this city,and this moment in time, a little better, too.</p>

Offer valid until: 31 декабря 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 декабря 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 декабря 2023

Athens Nightlife Tour

<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. 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, you can bet your Athens nightlife tour will be really good-hearted, energetic and fun!</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>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 октября 2023

Delicious Athens Food Tour (Private)

<p>The Delicious Athens Food Tour lets you discovera different side of the cityby joining the Greeks in what is probably their favorite activity: eating! With so much on offer in a city that never stops cooking up great things, you’ll quickly come to feel the same way yourself, taking the experience one delicious bite at a time.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Your English-speaking guide will meet you and take you for that essential eye-opener,Greek coffee, at one of the landmark coffee houses of the city. You’ll get an explanation ofthe role of food in Greek life,and of the eating habits of Athenians in particular. Next, it’s a treat from the street, as you sample akoulouri, one of the all-time classic snacks on the go, before you duck into a carefully selected specialty food store that prides itself on its wide selection of Greek products. Here, you’ll be able to taste differentolive oils, oils,spreadsand other surprises, but remember to pace yourself – there are seven more food stops to follow!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This is your chance to be food-adventurous – among the upcoming stops is abaklavabakery with a long history and some of the best syropy sweetsin Greece. Then, it’s time for authenticsouvlaki andfried potatoesat a popular grill spot before heading into the traditional “belly of the city”,the bustling Varvakios Market, the biggest and most popularfish, meat and vegetable marketin the whole of Athens. This is where the locals come to shop for their everyday needs as well as for their Easter lamb or Christmas turkey. The market is boisterously lively, and the butchers and fishmongers that work here compete with one another for the attention of the passing shoppers, using humor, hyperbole and hand gestures. At the stalls, you’ll see plenty of familiar foods, but you’ll find lots of surprises as well, particularly in the central fish hall, where the catch of the day is often some unusual deep-water denizen.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As we continue our walk, we’ll take the city’sSpice Streetand drop in at a shop with an incredible variety oflocal condimentsandherbssuch asGreek oreganoand Krokos Kozanis, otherwise known asGreek Red Saffron. Find out how these items and others are used in Greek cooking (as well as other culinary secrets the locals have to offer) while you browse the shelves for exotic cooking ingredients. We’ll also stop by a local pastry shop for a serious sugar rush as we tuck into abougatsa(a traditionalcream-filled phyllo treat).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The last stop on the tour is for a selection of scrumptiousGreekmeze(like tapas, only better) at a charming deli. Here, you’ll be able to try classicappetizers, variety ofcheeseandcured meats. When they finally clear the plates away here, our mission will be accomplished – you’ll leave with a full and happy stomach and a much better understanding of the world of Greek food.</p>

Offer valid until: 31 декабря 2023