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Greek Designers Shopping Tour (Private)

<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><br></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><br></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><br></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 December 2023

The Delicious Athens Food Tour

<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><br></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><br></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><br></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><br></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><p><br></p>

Offer valid until: 31 December 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 December 2023

One-day trip to Aegina island from Athens (Private)

<p>The trip to Aegina, anisland steeped in historical significance,begins with a ferry ride to the island, a relaxing and enjoyable crossing during which you can loiter on deck and watch the playful seagulls or duck inside for morning refreshments in the ship's comfortable lounge.</p><p><br></p><p>Upon arriving at the port of Aegina, we will head straight to one of the island'straditional houses; this one has been transformed into a café, where we'll enjoylocal delicaciesand fresh homemade lemonade in the charming courtyard.</p><p><br></p><p>After this refreshing pause, it's off to a lovely modernsculpture Museumwith breathtaking views, to quickly view works by an internationally acclaimed modern Greek sculptor and to hear how he was inspired by themythologyand theart of ancient Greece. From here, we'll head inland to the ruins of the island'smedieval capital, Paleochora, which is said to have once boasted 365 churches.</p><p><br></p><p>Further east lies theTemple of Aphaia, dating from approximately500BC. It is a remarkable edifice, perfectly placed to afford a stunning view back over the island and down to the shoreline, which is where we'll head next, for atswim at one of Aegina's prettiest beaches. The swim will be followed by a delicious lunch at a localseaside tavernaoffering authentic island cooking.</p><p><br></p><p>Once the meal is done, it's back to the port town for a wander through the colorful alleyways and a taste of some Aegina pistachios, the island's most famous agricultural export. Then we'llmeet some of the island’s womenthat still hold alive itstraditionsand we’ll find out about the long tradition ofarts and craftsthat the residents here still maintain; you'll have the chance totry your hand at lace-makingor, if you prefer something a little more lively, there will be an opportunity tolearn a traditional folk dance!</p><p><br></p><p>As the music fades and you finish dancing, your day in Aegina will be at an end, but on the evening boat ride back to Piraeus, you'll have plenty to look back on from your all-day island adventure.</p><p><br></p>

Offer valid until: 31 October 2023

Beat the crowds acropolis afternoon tour

<p>If there's one landmark one should visit when visiting Athens,it's theAcropolis!</p><p><br></p><p>But as with all world-famous sites, this magnificent monument can get crowded inhigh season, and during the Greek summer months, it can get quite hot on top of the Acropolis Rock as well!</p><p><br></p><p>With this specially-designed afternoon two-hour tour of the Acropolis, you have the chancetobeat the crowds and escape the heat, to enjoy an unforgettable visit and a more intimate experience of one of the world's top landmarks.</p><p><br></p><p>With your top-rated licensed guide, you'll step back in time and discover how Athens became one of the greatest cities of the world,abeacon of civilizationand how theconcept of Democracywas born in the 5th century BC, while you visit all the unique monuments on the Hill: from theTheater of Dionysus, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, the Propylaiaand of course, the crowning achievement of Greek civilization: the marvelousParthenon.</p><p><br></p><p>This tour is specially designed to be ideally combined as a follow-up to our Acropolis Museum Discovery Tour, as both the tour's starting time and meeting point are nearby.</p>

Offer valid until: 31 March 2024

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><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>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><br></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><p><br></p><p><br></p>

Offer valid until: 31 December 2023