Alternative Athens: The Most Exciting Off-Beat Experiences in the Greek Capital

Try something out of the ordinary in Athens
Try something out of the ordinary in Athens | © jozef sedmak / Alamy Stock Photo

Go beyond the Acropolis and discover a different side to Athens. Culture Trip’s curated list of unusual tours and experiences will help you get off the beaten track in the Greek capital.

Renowned for its fusion of ancient history and vibrant contemporary culture, Athens has no shortage of quirky, original experiences to uncover. The most unusual activities to enjoy on a break to the Greek capital include travelling back in time to experience ancient Greek theatre, sampling local gins, seeking out the best of the city’s street art and even working out at the iconic Panathenaic Stadium.

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ToursAthens Twilight Small Group Tour with Drinks and Meze Dishes
From $123 per person
3 hours 30 minutes
4.5 (50)

Athens at night can transform even the most sceptical romantic. Come experience a completely different side to the city as you walk through its historical centre and bustling neighbourhoods after dark. Listen to urban stories and myths, sample the best local spirits and try mouthwatering finger food, in an Athens only known by locals!

ActivitiesOlympic Games Small Group Workout and Race in Athens
From $64 per person
2 hours
4.826087 (23)

Get the background on what the Olympics were really about in venues connected to real Olympic events. Find out more about how ancient Olympic athletes trained and learn some techniques used by modern athletes before you compete in a race in the world’s first modern Olympic Stadium. This is a two-hour, small group activity for no more than 12 guests.

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