Best of ancient & modern Athens full day (Private)


A fantastic combination full-day tour of the unmissable sights, like the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora of Athens, but also a modern Athens tour of the liveliest neighborhoods in town, where trend-setting art and hip style coexist with authentic and traditional food joints.

  • The archaeological stars like the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora of Athens, sites of world-heritage importance you just can’t miss
  • The other unmissable spots – a modern Athens tour of the places where Athenians actually hang out.
  • The food tastings, whether at the market or at the taverna, which delivers great flavors in simple but classic dishes – for dessert, you’ll want to eat your return ticket ;-)
  • The feeling that you’re getting to know the city -both ancient and modern Athens, not just the sights.
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From the Acropolis, where your guide will explain both what you’re looking at and what it meant to the people of ancient Athens, to the Ancient Agora, where the history you learn will cover philosophy and politics, you’ll spend an important part of the tour in the past.

After the Acropolis and Ancient Agora tour, however, you’ll come straight back to the present with an exploration of the neighborhoods of modern-day Athens that 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.

Then, take a walk around the neighborhoods of Monastiraki, the colorful flea market, and Psiri and keep an eye out for street art – your guide will know where – as well as cool 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 with brand-new funky little bars.

Head into the traditional “belly of the city”, the bustling Varvakios Market, the biggest and most popular fish, meat and vegetable market in the whole of Athens and explore the main spice street of Athens too. Enjoy the food tastings along the way – you’ll see that here, too, there’s a choice between tradition and novelty. You'll get to try cheeses from various parts of Greece, cured meats, olives, and delicious Greek sweets!

In Plaka, the oldest 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 a traditional tavern at the feet of the Acropolis, serving delicious Greek food.

This full day 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.

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What's Included

  • Licensed English speaking guide (Acropolis)
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Food tastings

Not included
  • Entry fees
  • Coffee or refreshment during coffee break
  • Lunch
  • Extra food or drinks not mentioned in the description
  • Transfers (if needed)

  • We will have your tickets purchased in advance so that you skip the long lines. For this purpose please provide us with the ages of all members in your group to benefit from available discounts.
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Additional Information

These may be times of uncertainty, but nothing keeps true travelers at heart from the pleasure of exploring ? From our side we have taken great care so that your experience is as pleasurable as safe: • Premium small-sized groups up to 8 people for our join-in tours* • Enhanced social distancing with the use of wireless audio guide kits (mandatory for all our guests) • Skip-the-line ticket service for all guests – No queuing for ticket purchases • Outdoor tours for the majority of our experiences • Mandatory mask use by all our guides • Antiseptic gel/wipes available throughout the tour • Individualized tastings for our food tours (no food sharing) • National Health Organization standards implementation on all tours using vehicles • Signed declaration by all tour participants that they are in good health prior to tour start • Flexible cancellation policy, no rescheduling fees • Continuous monitoring of all COVID-19 health & safety recommendations from the WHO and the Greek National Health Organization and implementation of best-practices accordingly. *up to 10 for our Mythology tour

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Alternative Athens

ALTERNATIVE ATHENS is an experiential Travel Company that designs and operates high-quality proprietary tours & experiences in Athens and beyond. The company fo...

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