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The Top 17 City Tours in Athens

Picture of Ethel Dilouambaka
Updated: 7 August 2017
There are many ways to explore a city. Whether you are an avid history lover, an adventurer, a backpacker on the lookout for new discoveries and friendships, a family with children or a couple looking for a romantic escape, there is surely a city tour of Athens to suit.

Luxury Catamaran Cruise from Athens with Traditional Greek Meal and BBQ

A visit of Athens in the summer is not complete without a day at the beach. But make that day even more memorable with a catamaran cruise in the Saronic Gulf. The five-hour cruise off the coast of the Athens Riviera includes a couple of stops for you to swim and explore surroundings with your snorkeling gear and a meal and BBQ. Refreshments on board are also included in the price and you can choose between a morning or a sunset cruise.

Catamaran
Catamaran | © PixaBay

Athens 70-Minute Express Day Spa Treatment

If Athens is your last leg before a nine-hour flight back home, why not spoil yourself and indulge in a spa day after all the sightseeing? If this option sounds appealing, the Express Day Spa Treatment, though technically not a city tour, is an excellent option for your last day in the Greek capital. The treatment includes a fish spa as well as a herbal sauna, foot massage and express manicure or pedicure.

Half-Day Private Taxi Service: Historical Athens City Tour

For a tour of the historical center of Athens, this city tour with private taxi service is perfect for a group or family. Cruise around Athens and admire Syntagma square, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Athenian Trilogy (buildings of the Academy, University and National Library) on Panepistimiou street, the National Archaeological museum, before heading to the Acropolis and having lunch in Plaka.

Amphitheater of the Acropolis of Athens. UNESCO World Hetiage site
Amphitheater of the Acropolis of Athens. UNESCO World Hetiage site | © Anton_Ivanov/Shutterstock

Ancient Athens Running Tour 10k

The perfect introduction to Athens for first-timers, this peripatetic jog around Athens’ most iconic monuments and ancient sites is inspired by Aristotle’s walk, an ancient route Aristotle took with his students while discussing philosophical matters. Combining physical activity with history is a fun and refreshing way to discover the city.

Athens Sunset Bike Tour

If you are a bike lover, you will surely find this tour interesting. The sunset bike tour is an afternoon tour of the city on a bike, where you will cycle around the most acclaimed sites of Athens. Going at a relaxed pace, you will be able to admire splendid views of the city and its many monuments. Ideal for families with children above nine-years-old or people in good physical shape, this tour will force you to see Athens from a different perspective.

Sunset over Athens
Sunset over Athens | © PixaBay

Twilight Athens Small Group Tour with Drinks and Meze Dishes

Experience the city after dark and admire its landmarks from a different angle. This evening tour allows you to discover the Athenian’s nightlife and learn interesting anecdotes and comments. The tour will take you to three different bars and uncover local-approved spots that tourists rarely know. Sample local drinks and spirits and even spend time in a bouzoukia venue, where you will experience live contemporary Greek music all night long.

The Essence of Athens in One Day

If visiting Athens for the first time, this is the best way to see the important landmarks of the ancient city. The eight-hour city tour takes you through Athens, where you will see the Acropolis and its museum, Athens’ Old Town also known as Plaka, Anafiotika, the Roman Agora, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian’s Arch and Syntagma. This tour is highly recommended if you are in Athens for a short time.

In Plaka, Athens, Greece
In Plaka, Athens, Greece | © Tilemahos Efthimiadis /Flickr

Athens Sea Kayak

Tired of sightseeing? Take a refreshing break at the Athens Riviera and join a sea kayaking tour. Leaving from one of Athens’ beaches, you will paddle along the coast all the way to Cape Sounio with a few breaks in between. Once you reach the Cape, you will get a chance to visit the temple of Poseidon and end your day with a nice, fulfilling meal at a Greek taverna.

A Walking Tour of Jewish Athens

Review Jewish history in Greece with this walking tour of Jewish Athens. Visitors will explore the traditionally Jewish neighborhoods of Athens, Kerameikos and Thisseio, visit the Jewish Museum of Greece and learn about the city’s Jewish heritage. The tour ends at a kosher restaurant, where you will enjoy a delicious meal.

The Jewish Museum of Greece (Athens)
The Jewish Museum of Greece (Athens) | © Tilemahos Efthimiadis/flickr

Athens Coastal Bike Tour

Experience another feature of Athens and join this coastal bike tour, that will take you from the city center to the Athens Riviera. You will discover Athens’ residential neighborhoods of Thisseio, Petralona, Tavros and Kallithea with a small stop on the way at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, home to the National Library and Opera, before reaching the deep blue gulf and cycling along the palm tree-lined coast. Before the return journey, you will be able to enjoy one of Athens’ many beaches.

5-hour Private Food and Athens City Walk with Guide

For all the epicureans out there visiting Athens, this walking and food tasting tour is what you need. Allowing you to discover the multiple faces of the ancient city, the tour will take you through Syntagma, posh Kolonaki and rebellious Exarcheia where you will make stops along the way to sample delicious local treats as well as street food items before exploring the central market and spice shops around the area. You will discover the Ottoman influences with a stop to sample traditional sweets before ending the tour at Monastiraki flea market.

Courtesy of Ta Serbetia stou Psyrri
Courtesy of Ta Serbetia stou Psyrri

Athens Street Art Bike Tour

One of the best way to explore the street art across the city, the Athens Street Art Bike tour takes you through the small streets of the center. Experience Athens like a local, admire the mixed architecture and the street art across town. If you’ve already been to Athens and visited the main landmarks but still want to explore the city like a local, this is the best way to do it.

Medieval Senses Walking Tour in Athens

Because of the Ottoman occupation, Greece’s medieval heritage is different from other countries in Europe. This walking tour will take you years back and guide you through medieval Athens, where you can discover Byzantine and Ottoman vestiges, including churches, catacombs and Turkish baths and even learn local urban legends.

Agios Georgios (Omorfokklisia) church, Galatsi
Agios Georgios (Omorfokklisia) church, Galatsi | © Dimitris Kamaras/flickr

Athens Central 4.5 Hour Electric Bicycle Tour

Cycle around the city and discover its vibrant atmosphere through this 4,5-hour tour around downtown Athens. Combining sightseeing with panoramic views over the city from specific high points, the tour takes visitors through the Acropolis to the Panathenaic Stadium, the National Gardens, Lycabettus hills, Syntagma square and Plaka. You will surely make unforgettable memories through this fun experience.

Athens Stories in the Streets Walking Tour with Local Refreshments

Discover the hidden gems of Athens through this unique tour where you will discover the contemporary aspect of the Greek capital. Stroll off the beaten paths and explore the city like you wouldn’t in a regular tour. This is your chance to visit the alternative Athens, explore under-the-radar neighborhoods, visit local shops and cafés, admire impressive street art and discover the city’s timeless soul.

Street of Psirri in Athens
Street of Psirri in Athens | © ckollias/Flickr

Private Tour: Athens Shopping Tour

Take a break from sightseeing and indulge in one of your favorite hobbies: shopping! This private shopping tour takes you beyond the typical shopping arteries of the city and will allow you to discover local craftmanship and talents. Explore local trends, browse through accessories, purses and hand-crafted clothing in a selection of independent stores while taking in the city’s magnificent landmarks. You have never shopped like this before.

Athens Private Food Safari Tour on Trikke

There is so much more to Greece than tzatziki, gyros and Greek salads. This food safari is designed to showcase traditional delicacies while exploring the city with an eco-friendly means of transportation. You will visit different locations and learn local recipes and visit the pillars of Greek gastronomy while passing by Athens’ attractions such as Syntagma square or the Acropolis. Seriously, your stomach and tastebuds will thank you.

Beans in an Athens Market
Beans in an Athens Market | ©David Dennis/flickr