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The Best Guided Tours in Athens

One of the best ways to really get to know a city is to take a guided tour. In lovely Athens, with history literally lurking behind every corner, there are several to choose from – here are our favourites.

Street art tour

Tina, the founder, created the first food tour back in 2010 out of her love both for the city and travelling. Since then, the team has expanded and the tours involve nightlife tours, local experiences, kids & family activities but also tours beyond Athens. Their "Athens street art tour" is one of the most interesting, taking place daily at 10.00 am and lasting 3 hours. Guided by a real street artist you get to discover the best street art works, learn about their meaning and the artists behind them.

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Culinary Secrets of Downtown Athens

Culinary Backstreets focuses on artisans of food and honest, culinary gems found on several cities such as Athens, Istanbul and Lisbon. Their culinary walks follow the same philosophy, so you can be sure the places included are one of a kind. The Culinary Secrets of Downtown Athens is about 5.5 hours long and involves artisanal cheese and honey, homemade spirits, local markets, authentic Greek yogurt and loukoumades among others. If you can, it's best to follow this tour the very first days you arrive in the city.

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Athens Treasure Hunt

Alexis, Anthia and Natalie, the founders of Athens Insiders, all have a passion for travelling and share their inside knowledge with their visitors. The varied themed tours range from kids-friendly activities such as their popular "Acropolis for kids" tour to gastronomic and nightlife tours. A great option for groups of friends visiting is their fun "Athens Treasure Hunt" where you get to follow directions and solve enigmas while discovering amazing landmarks and under-the-radar places. Panoramic views, encounters with locals and tasty treats like ice cream and koulouri are also included.

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The Acropolis and the Acropolis museum tour

These are two of the most important landmarks of the city and by all means are worth your time and money to visit. The history and significance behind them can be intimidating and that's where a knowledgeable guide becomes essential. Athens Walking tours keeps the groups small and the guide buys the entrance tickets for you, so there is no waiting around (the entrance fees are not included in the price of the tour). Allow around 4 hours for the tour. Their Cape Sounio tours are also very tempting.

Athens Walking tours

Bohemian Tale of the City walking tour

Neighbourhoods that don't exist in guide books; alternative shops and courtyards which only the locals know about; remarkable street art conveying the city's hip spirit and serving as the ideal photo background: that's what makes this tour stand out. The local guide's enthusiasm about Athens is an extra bonus, as is the local delicacies and drinks you get to taste in this 3.5 hours tour. Their "Made in Athens" tour focusing on the city's artists and craftspeople is also intriguing.

Athens Urban Adventures

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The Athens Riviera ride

Did you know that Athens also offers a magnificent Riviera worth exploring? If you are used to cycling long distances this is a great half day activity to consider following. Some of the tour's highlights include the stunning Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center where the New Opera House and the New National Library are based, the lesser-known neighborhood of Petralona and a 25 minute break at a lovely beach.

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