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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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11am Alternative AthensMost Popular
11AM PRIVATE Tour. Leave the tourist trail behind and experience the modern and underground side of Athens.
3pm Alternative Athens
3PM PRIVATE Tour. Leave the tourist trail behind and experience the modern and underground side of Athens.
5pm Alternative Athens
5PM PRIVATE Tour. Leave the tourist trail behind and experience the modern and underground side of Athens.
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
Write a ReviewReviews (7)

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Urania is the perfect hostess to the real Athens beyond the tourist sites.

Urania is a wonderful hostess to the real city of Athens - beyond the temples and antiquities is an amazing city filled with sights and sounds and aromas hidden in plain sight. From the fish market to the quiet side streets, from the home of...More

Thank edgery
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile
Book this tour with Phevos!

I loved that this was not a typical tourist tour! Phevos took me to several Athens neighborhoods. I’d explained I was very interested in street art, and he made sure he pointed out many important pieces along our path. He knew the stories behind the...More

Thank SARA P
Reviewed 19 June 2018
walking off the beaten track

Thank you Phevos for being such a wonderful guide. We spent 2 hours - if not more - wondering around different neighbourhoods learning ever so much. It was just what we had been looking for: Athens through the eyes of a local with an enormous...More

Thank claudialangkawi
Reviewed 17 May 2018
Wonderful tour with Urania

We had wonderful tour with Urania, we didn't think that Athens is so cool and fun before this tour. We enjoyed the street art, the hidden cafes, the amazing markets, the special food products shops, the coolest place to have beer on a sunny day...More

Thank Assaf K
Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile
Loved it!

We absolutely loved our tour with Vasiliki! She is such a sweet friendly and helpful person. Not to mention - super good guide! She showed us Athens we would never see on our own and it was amazing! We fell in love with Athens because...More

Thank viberezina88
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