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Athens Off the Beaten Track Private Tour

  • Ditch the guidebook and explore modern Athens with a private guide
  • Learn about daily life in the Greek capital and see where young locals hang out
  • Visit independent bookstores, quirky cafes, and creative spaces
Athens Off the Beaten Track Private Tour
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5PM PRIVATE Tour. Leave the tourist trail behind and experience the modern and underground side of Athens.
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11am Alternative Athens
11AM PRIVATE Tour. Leave the tourist trail behind and experience the modern and underground side of Athens.
From US$6.96
3pm Alternative Athens
3PM PRIVATE Tour. Leave the tourist trail behind and experience the modern and underground side of Athens.
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Discover a side of Athens beyond the ancient monuments and crowded tourist spots with a private guide well-versed in the Greek capital’s counterculture. Check out hip cafes, art galleries, bookshops, and public spaces tucked into lively neighborhoods that most tourists miss. Learn about the social and political movements that inspired vibrant street art, enjoy the views from a secret lookout point, and taste a treat from a favorite local bakery.
What to Expect
Discover the alternative side of the ancient city of Athens. Stroll through the city’s unique neighbourhoods and learn about their history. Your local private guide will show you all the authentic spots and uncover the city’s secrets for you.

Begin your tour in the heart of the historic city, Monastiraki area. Admire one of the oldest church and pass different places which are hosting cultural events and exhibitions. Take a look at the unique souvenirs displayed at the flea market before wandering the streets of Psiri. Listen to your local guide stories and gain insights into the city’s modern culture.

Know for its hip bars, galleries, and theaters, the area is one of the coolest in the city. Make a stop at an old bakery and enjoy a tasty freshly baked ‘koulouri’, which is a circled bread stick. Tip: take care, it might be hot! Continue your walk through this hip area and pass by cool street art, interesting architectural buildings, and stylish venues.

Go off the beaten path and head off into the Exarcheia, a historical area where present and past mingle. The area’s full of young people, amazing street art and it’s a symbol of anarchist movements. Discover different political messages, hear the stories behind them and how the economical crisis influenced the social movement. 

The last stop of your tour is Strefi Hill, a place from where you’ll enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the city. Enjoy an awe moment, take in the vibe and admire the beautiful view. Get your last recommendations from your private guide say ‘goodbye’ to your new local friend.

This is the plan:

Meeting Point: Start in front of the small church in Monastiraki square
Stop 1: Peek inside the TAF, a new coffee and exhibition space
Stop 2: Sample a freshly baked Koulouri
Stop 3: Continue through the lively streets to a hear about the self-managed Theatre
Stop 4: Check out a hidden gem that was once home to the Kings horses
Stop 5: Stroll past an alternative coffee and bar with a great garden area
Stop 6: Continue onto Kotzia square and hear the stories of this changing space
Stop 7: Next stop by a radical thinking bookstore representing the social-political movements of Athens
Stop 8: Step into the heart of Exarcheia and wander through the self-managed park
Stop 9: Hear the story behind the memorial for Alexis Grigoropoulos
Stop 10: See the art work by one of the most internationally recognized Greek street artist, iNo
Stop 11: Walk towards Exarcheia square and Nosotros cafe a place for alternative thought and conversations
Stop 12: Stop by the central bookstore and meeting place in Exarcheia
Stop 13: Follow the road up to Strefi hill where you will see a spectacular view of Athens
End: Finish your tour at a traditional taverna with relaxing music and tasty food
Reviews (18)
1 - 5 of 19 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Athens off the Beaten track with WithLocals

This was our first time trying withlocals and are very impressed with the service and with the guide (Vasiliki) that we chose for this Alternative tour of Athens. We met Vasiliki at the Monastiraki Square and she took the time to understand what we had...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank samenon
Reviewed 6 December 2018 via mobile

Vicky is awesome! She knew her history, showed us what we wanted to see, and showed us some hidden treasures. Love her.

Thank Ina_Butters
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile
Great walking tour

We really enjoyed our tour. It was great to go off the beaten track and not need a gps or stress about directions. Good information about the history and politics of the city too.

Thank K6392WVlouiseh
Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile
Very fun and interesting tour

We had a wonderful tour with Vasiliki. The route was very interesting, and we enjoyed the conversation even more.

Thank mellamotiff
Reviewed 7 October 2018
Great way to start to know Athens

Urania met us exactly on time on our first day in Athens. It was a perfect first morning in this city. It was a first time for us to take a tour and we're sure it won't be the last. The stories Urania shared with...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Michal1961
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4 October 2018|
Response from SARAP6131 | Reviewed this property |
It was 2 hours. I chose Phevos as my guide. He was knowledgeable and I had a great experience.
8 September 2018|
Response from Withlocals1 |
Hi, Thank you for your interest in a Withlocals experience! This private tour is two hours long. Withlocals Team