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. There's such a variety of unique things to do in Athens that you can do, whether you decide to do them solo or guided!
If you're looking to be guided around the city, don't worry, I've got you. Wear your comfiest footwear and conquer the streets of Athens! In this article, I'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. I've laid out 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.
Find out which tour is best suited to your passions!
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 is 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. Not only is it absolutely delicious, but it's also incredibly affordable!
Unfortunately, many tourists never get to experience all the different food options because they don’t know where to look. This private four-hour gastronomic walking tour will introduce you to the best food spots to try local authentic gourmet delicacies.
You’ll taste Athen’s best Greek bread, cheese, wine, and coffee. If you're a foodie, you can't miss this food tour of the best of 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. On top of that, you'll get to visit some of Athens’s iconic neighborhoods, such as the Monastiraki and Psirri. The tour is complete with COVID-19 safety measures so rest assured that everyone is safe!
Alternative Tour Options
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.
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 Street
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. If you're looking for lively vibes, ensure to stop by during the weekend to see the performances while taste testing local dishes and browsing for souvenirs.
Alternatively, I highly recommend going here on Sunday morning when the street is quiet, calm, and great for taking pictures!
Did you know Athens has a beautiful coast? Located in the Riviera, the view from this sidewalk is otherworldly beautiful. Many people come here to walk, jog, and enjoy bike rides along the crystal blue sea.
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.
Parthenon in Athens
It's always nice to get a local experience in foreign cities. However, you also need to see the attractions that the place is known for. In Athens, the famous attraction you need to see is the Parthenon. This is the famous temple on the hill that can be viewed from almost everywhere in Athens.
But 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.
Is Athens a Walkable City?
Not all Greek cities are as large and busy as Athens. Since Greece's capital is a larger city it may not be the best city to stick solely to walking. However, if you plan correctly and see the city in sections through the recommended tours above, then seeing the city by food is simple and manageable.
Walking the city, with or without these tours, also gives all tourists the opportunity to get closer to Athen’s best and most historic landmarks!
If you've planned an extended trip to see all of the best place in Greece, then you'll be doing a lot of walking and taking in stunning attractions. It'll be important to pre-plan your Greece trip itinerary so that you know where to go in Greece to have the best experience possible.
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 friendly with tourists.
Remember that no matter how safe a destination is, there are lots of tips and tricks to stay safe in Athens while you explore.
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Now you've gotten a taste of all the ways you could walk Athens, but have you planned any of the other details of your trip to Greece yet? Whether you're going solo or have a great group of people traveling with you, you'll need to make a lot of plans.
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