3-Minute Guide on Athens Top Walking Tours: Is It Worth It?

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Should I sign up for a walking tour in Athens? Which walking tours are the best bang for your buck? We answer these questions and give you more information on everything related to Athen's walking tours. Read on to find out!

Looking to discover the best that Athens has to offer? There’s no better way to discover Athens than by walking in its streets—but where do you start? These amazing Athens walking tours will allow you to see the city from a different perspective!

Athens is a city full of history, culture, and mystery. As one of the oldest capital cities in the world, it’s always packed with tourists every month of the year. It’s also huge—to the point that it sometimes feels like a world of its own. Tourists visiting Athens for the first time might find it challenging to explore this vast magnificent city. Don't forget to check out our guide of things to do in Athens if you're looking to add more activities into your trip!

Are you planning to visit Athens anytime soon? Don’t worry, we got you. Wear your comfiest footwear and conquer the streets of Athens! In this article, we’ve listed some of the best walking tours in the city. Whether you’ve only a day or just a few hours to spare, there’s plenty of exciting walking tour options for you in this beautiful historic city. 

Top Walking Tours in Athens 

The following walking tours will make your trip to Athens unforgettable. We’ve listed different ways you can explore the city from focusing on the historic sites, trying local dishes, to visiting the most important spots in the city. Read on to learn which tour is best for you. 

City view of Athens
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Athens Highlights: A Mythological Tour

Do you love Greek history? Have you ever been obsessed with Disney’s ‘Hercules’ at some point in your life? Or, do you just like visiting temples with big statues? Whichever it is, the Athens Highlights Mythological Tour may be the perfect walking tour for you. This four-hour tour takes you through the Acropolis and its surrounding temples. You’ll also get to learn about the myths that surround each landmark from your guide. 

Private Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Athens

One thing tourists love about Athens is its local food. Unfortunately, many tourists never get to experience them because they don’t know where to look. This private four-hour gastronomic walking tour will show you around the best food spots to try local authentic gourmet delicacies! You’ll taste Athen’s best Greek bread, cheese, wine, and coffee. 

Walking tours and hiking in Athens
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Athens: Delphi Guided Day Trip

Explore the center of the Ancient Greek world during a full-day tour in Delphi. During this ten-hour tour, you’ll get to visit the ruins of the famous Greek theater, the Apollo temple, the amazing Athena Pronaia Sanctuary, and hidden treasure in the Delphi Museum. Reviewers love the tour guides for being friendly and knowledgeable. The tour is available for private or small groups. 

Athens City Tour 

If you want a good introduction to Athen’s city, this tour has you covered. In this 3-hour city tour, you’ll get to have a closer look at the Acropolis, National Gardens, Greek Parliament, and the Dionysus Theater. Your local license guide will also take you to the heart of Athens to see the modern and ancient sites standing in the city for thousands of years. Your guide will also take you to some of Athens’s iconic neighborhoods such as the Monastiraki and Psirri. The tour is also complete with COVID-19 safety measures so rest assured that everyone is safe. 

Other great tours:

Athens Street Art and Graffiti - a 2-hour walking tour that will show you the unique and artistic side of Athens. 

Greek Dance Lesson and Dinner - an evening of music, dancing, and enjoying Greek culture with a local guide. 

Athens Night Tour - a four-hour night tour with the best cocktails and delicious aromatic wines in the most coveted areas of Athens.  

Athens street art and graffiti walking tour
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Where can I walk around Athens?

Looking to tour Athens without a guide? There’s also something very beautiful about just wandering alone in the city. To make the experience better, here are some places we recommend you visit. 

Apostolos Pavlos Streets: This street is the most picturesque area in central Athens and walking around here will surely make your Athens visit worthwhile. The street surrounds the famous Acropolis archeologic site, the Sacred Rock, and the Acropolis museum. This street is also famous for its lively performers and artists who come by every weekend.

We highly recommend going here on Sunday morning where the street is quiet, calm, and great for taking pictures!

The Riviera: Did you know Athens has a beautiful coast? Located in the Riviera, the view from this sidewalk is otherworldly beautiful. A lot of people come here to walk, jog, and enjoy bike rides along the crystal blue sea. 

The Riviera in Athens
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Plaka Neighborhood: The Plaka Neighborhood is possibly one of the oldest regions in Athens. Strolling here feels like you’ve time-traveled to old Athens. The atmosphere and charm feel surreal with its paved alleys, classic old Greek buildings, and stone churches. There are also lots of restaurants here that serve great dishes for lunch and dinner. 

How much does it cost to visit the Parthenon in Athens? 

The average cost of one-day tickets to Parthenon is around $22 for a single person. Guided and private tours are more expensive and can amount to $50 - $300. 

A couple overlooking the Parthenon in athens
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Is Athens a Walkable City? 

While Athens may not be an easy place to walk around as it’s big and so spread out, these tours make it simple and manageable. It also gives us the opportunity to get closer to Athen’s best and most historic landmarks.

Is Athens Dangerous for Tourists? 

Most visitors to Athens will be glad to know that Athens is a very safe city, even for solo female travelers. Crimes are rare in the city and you’ll find that locals are also pretty friendly with tourists. 

Plan Your Trip to Athens Now With Pilot. 

Prevent any unforeseen conflicts during your trips by planning your travels in advance with Pilot! Whether you're going on a walking tour, or if you're touring the city by bus, we'll make sure that you're in the know on everything important during your trip.

Pilot’s Travel Planner App will help you make your trip to Athens a success. With our itinerary planning app, you can keep all your travel plans, ideas, and experiences on one platform. It’s like a travel journal but with added features that are incredibly useful for all kinds of travelers.

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