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Best Walking Tour in Athens


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Circle Athens

5 out of 5 based on 10 customer ratings
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Product Description

If you’re going to Greece this year, chances are you’ll spend at least one day in Athens. We’d also wager that you’re planning to spend no more time there than it takes to enjoy the historical sites and a decent meal before island-hopping. But it would be a big mistake to miss Athens.

Most people know the city to be the heart of antiquity, but few are aware that Athens is also a heart for creativity and reform. Similar to Berlin in past, Athens has come to the contemporary fore. And despite being in the red, the city is much more than the Acropolis – Athens is rich in experiences and has a wealth of unique areas to explore.

Circle Athens was created to dispel the age-old tourist trends, and to leave any traveler that’s hungry for urban beauty, cultural edginess, and the perfect souvlaki, feeling full of brand new ways to view the ancient city.

Note: Circle Athens does not overlap nor include the usual tourist sites, such as famous neighborhoods (e.g. Acropolis, Plaka), historical landmarks or museums.


Circle Athens is a half day tour from 1:30 pm until 7:00 pm included food. Your day will not run with a strict schedule, but you may expect the following.

  • explore diverse and unique neighbourhoods (non/less-touristy) of Athens.
  • taste lots of local snacks, treats and lunch (included in the price).
  • meet with interesting Athenians in their shops, schools, workplaces, and/or homes.
  • catch the rhythm of life in off-beat food markets and gathering places.
  • experience the best of Athens’s secret streets, paths and walkways.
  • enjoy plenty of local drinks (included in the price).
  • travel with a maximum of 8 people on the tour, and an outspoken, experienced local guide.
  • do plenty of walking (7-8 km in total) with lots of breaks.

Meeting Point

Circle Athens runs every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Our meeting point is Monastiraki Metro Station. We will email you the instructions once you sign up.

10 reviews for Circle Athens

  1. 5 out of 5

    My boyfriend and I have just returned from an amazing trip to Greece. Before we left we were most excited for our time on the islands and were thinking that Athens was just the Acropolis and then we could be on our way. This was based on what pretty much everyone was telling us. I had done a Circle tour when I was in Istanbul a few years ago so this was on my “must do” list. We added an extra day to our Athens time and decided to do the tour on the afternoon of our first full day. It was amazing! Worth every penny. We met up with Vanessa and a friend of hers and they took us all around Athens for the afternoon. I was already really enjoying the city but they showed us so much more than we were expecting. The city is so alive and full of people who are expressing their ideas through street art. At first it looks like a lot of graffiti but on closer inspection, most of it is indeed art or political statements. It is very interesting. I also loved how green the city is. Vanessa took us to a bunch of little parks around the city. She also took us to the Polytechnic University which was very cool! There is so much graffiti there it doesn’t look like much but it is busy school. Vanessa had us try many local snacks, drinks and of course raki! And showed us so many different parts of the city. It was just as interesting to hear her stories about the city, and thoughts about the crisis. She gave us many recommendations of place to go explore, to eat and museums to visit. She also gave us a quick Greek lesson. She also helped us try to get in contact with the airport as our bags got lost on our way to Athens. This tour was one of the highlights of my trip! We did not have nearly enough time in Athens so we will have to go back. This is all thanks to Vanessa and Circle Athens. This tour should be a must do for everyone! It shows you a side of Athens that you never expected. Thank you!

  2. 5 out of 5

    My husband and I decided to book Circle Athens at the last minute and turned out to be the best decision ever! We weren’t quite sure what to expect but once we met with Vanessa, we knew it was going to be a very good day. She was very friendly, knowledgeable and very passionate about her city. I can’t say the name of the places we’ve been but I can tell you that you will see Athens from a very different perspective. We walked from one place to another, took couple of taxis here and there and tasted some of the best food Athens has to offer. The best part of the day was definitely the market and the people we met.

  3. 5 out of 5

    It was a really nice tour in such an amazing city!
    If you want to discover the section of city where the tourists doesn’t go, this is a walking tour to you! The both guides (Vanessa and Alexandros) were so nice, wise and insightful, that me and my friends got another view of this wonderful city.

  4. 5 out of 5

    After you see all the major touristy sites do yourself a favor and book this tour! Amazing way to see so many parts of the city you won’t on your own. Everywhere you go is simply the best version of town. My tour was just me and it was pretty much up to me what I wanted to do or see. Working in the food and beverage industry, that was what interested me and we had some amazing food all day long. You are literally eating something all day. What a great afternoon discussing Greek social policies, art and travel art while Vanessa and Dimitris brought me all over the city and showcased some of the best foods their city has to offer. You won’t regret spending your day with circle adventures.

  5. 5 out of 5

    My husband and I decided to give this tour a try and we were happy that we did! It was a great and unique experience. Our Guide Alex was the best! He was so easy going, and he had such a great sense of humor. He was extreme knowledgeable about every aspect of Athens. It was great conversing with him.He made us feel so comfortable and catered to. He taught us a great deal about the Greek culture. Also, He just kept feeding us and the variety of food were excellent. I recommend after seeing all the archaeological sights in Greece, make this your second tour. It is well worth the money. My husband and I will never forget the experience or Alex. He was fabulous!!!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    My mom and I took the tour with Vanessa in late September and it was great. Vanessa asked questions up front about our interests and structured the tour accordingly. We stopped at several places to taste different local food and libations, walked through many neighborhoods, visited different markets and we even popped in to a new museum. It was a little bit of everything and Vanessa was very educated and insightful; she really put the city in perspective for us. It is not your typical touristy walking tour. You won’t visit famous sights or eat at tourist traps. But you will get a unique and diverse look at Athens and enjoy some of its delicious treats. I highly recommend for anyone looking for something different and “real”. Wear comfortable shoes, lots of walking but also lots of stops and Vanessa will go at whatever pace suits you.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa took us on a tour we will never forget, we were treated to some amazing foods and sites. Vanessa is very informative and knows her history well, we got to see So many interesting things. I highly recommend you take this tour.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Well worth the money. This tour will not just add to your experience of Athens, it will multiply it. Delicious food, unexpected nooks and crannies of the city, an insider’s perspective on contemporary life in Greece. This tour is not only a great experience in and of itself, but gives you tools to enrich the rest of your time in Greece.

  9. 5 out of 5

    We had a really great (small group) tour with Vanessa, we tasted and saw what Athens had to offer – we enjoyed every minute of the tour… The tour was tailored to what we wanted which made it extra special – Thanks Vanessa… We will remember Athens for a long time!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Our guide Vanessa was fabulous, she loves her city and had an agenda to match no other. Her knowledge and appreciation for her city showed more and more as the day went on. Vanessa tailored the tour to the interests of our small group and treated us to many of her favourite food and treats along the way. A tour of Athens we will always remember.

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