Athens walking tours are an ideal way to see the main attractions, and learn about the city. There's a lot waiting for you, from the obvious attractions such as the Acropolis to cool street art. Here's details about one Athens self guided walking tour, and 5 themed sightseeing walking tours in Athens.
Athens Walking Tours
Should you pay for an Athens walking tour or not?
Well, you can quite easily explore the city, and visit all the major places of interest without a guide that's for sure.
I think what a guided tour in Athens does offer though, is a deeper insight into the city, its history, and the people. Even if you are staying for longer than 2 days in Athens, a guided tour will act as a good base from which to explore on your own in more depth.
For anyone visiting Athens for just 24 hours as part of a cruise, a guided tour is almost essential. Here's some Athens walking tours for you to choose from.
Athens Mythology Walking Tour
The majority of visitors want to see the ancient Athens, and listen to tales from Greek mythology. The Athens Mythology Walking Tour takes a route through ancient Athens in the company of an experienced guide.
Along the way, you will visit places such as the Temple of Zeus, Acropolis Hill, Plaka, and Areopagus. Your guide will also recount myths and legends associated with each place, helping to bring ancient Athens to life.
** To find out more about this Athens walking tour with a mythological twist, take a look here – Athens Mythology Walking Tour. **
Neoclassical Athens Walking Tours
After Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire, a new era began. A series of neoclassical buildings were designed and constructed in the 1800s, many of which still survive today.
From the impressive Greek Parliament Building on Syntagma Square, to the National Library, there are many significant neoclassical buildings in Athens.
The largest structure built during this period is the Panathenaic stadium, which is where the Modern Olympic Games was reborn.
A great way to discover these buildings most other people walk by, is on a self guided tour.
** To find out more about self guided neoclassical Athens Walking Tours, take a look here – Neoclassical Athens Tours. **
Ottoman Athens Tour
The Ottoman Empire ruled Greece for 400 years. When independence was achieved, the vast majority of mosques and other Ottoman buildings were destroyed or built over.
Some still remain though, and you can see them during the Ottoman Athens walking tour. Your knowledgeable local guide will accompany you through the streets of Athens as you explore areas such as Monastiraki and Plaka in search of Ottoman era buildings.
Listen to stories about the period of occupation, and learn what life was like for Athenians under the Ottoman rule.
** For more information on Ottoman Athens Walking Tours, take a look here – Ottoman Athens Tour. **
Athens Morning Walk
If you would like a little orientation, this is the most useful of the Athens walking tours. It is a 4 hour stroll around the city, beginning in Syntagma Square, and ending is Psirri.
Along the way, you will pass by major places of historical interest, visit the hidden neighbourhood of Anafiotika, and learn about the history of the city. It is the perfect tour to get your bearings, and identify areas you would like to explore further later on.
** Find out more information on the morning Athens Walking Tours here – Athens Morning Walk. **
Medieval Athens Walking Tour
Most people associate Athens with the classical golden age. This lasted for only a relatively short period of time though. The Byzantine era, of which the medieval age played a significant part, lasted much longer.
This medieval Athens walking tour helps to explain the Byzantine empire and influence, and how priests and emperors ruled. The roots and development of Christianity are also explored, from the rock where the Apostle Paul preached, to the numerous Byzantine churches, many of which are hundreds of years old.
** To find out more about Medieval Athens take a look here – Medieval Athens Walking Tour. **
You might also be interested in visiting the Byzantine Museum which has an incredible collection of Byzantine artworks.
Athens self guided walking tour
If you are determined to go it alone, you will need to make sure you are prepared. My ultimate guide to Athens is a great starting point, and provides all the information you need to plan your trip.
For planning your walking itinerary in Athens, this has a step by step self guided tour: 2 Days in Athens
If you choose to stay near one of the hotels near the Acropolis, you will be right in the centre of where you need to be as well. My recommendation, is to combine my free guides to Athens with a Lonely Planet guide book so that you can create your own walking itinerary of the city.
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Walking in Athens FAQ
Readers planning to spend some time walking in Athens often have questions before they arrive. I've answered some of the most frequently asked questions below!
Can you tour Athens on your own?
Yes! Most of the main places to see in Athens are in the historic center, and this is easily walkable on your own. Make sure you have some data for Google maps so you can work out where you are from time to time.
Can you walk around Athens?
The majority of tourists find that Athens is best explored on foot. The ancient sites such as the Acropolis and Parthenon, Ancient Agora, Temple of Zeus and others can all be reached comfortable by walking.
Do you need a tour guide in Athens?
No, you don't need a tour guide. However, I would recommend considering one of the walking tours in Athens if you are short on time, or if this is your first visit to the city.
Is it safe to walk in Athens?
Athens is generally a safe city, and you are unlikely to have any problems when walking around during the day. Areas where you should be extra vigilant when walking at night include Omonia, Exarchia, and Monastiraki.
What is the best time to go to Athens Greece?
Athens becomes incredibly hot in July and August, and walking in high temperatures can be difficult. April, May, September and October are generally considered the best months to visit Athens.
– Dave Briggs
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