Itinerary of full day walking tour in Athens
Greek Essentials: The Best of Athens Sightseeing and Greek Cuisine
Starting Point: Acropolis Metro Station
09:00 – 10:30
Take a guided tour of the archaeological area of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, accompanied by a field expert / licensed archaeologist, and discover its little secrets: visual corrections, colors, damaged architectural elements, and the stories behind these. Take a walk through the grounds and experience the natural landscape that inspired ancient Athenians to worship here and make this place the Acropolis.
10:30 – 11:30
Visit to the Church of Aghios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris, which is situated at the foot of Philopappou Hill, just across from the Acropolis of Athens. This little Byzantine Church was originally built in the 16th century and was restored in the 1950s by the influential architect and thinker Dimitris Pikionis, who also designed the pedestrian area between the Acropolis and Philopappou Hill.
11:30 – 13:00
Enjoy a private guided tour of the Acropolis Museum, accompanied by a field expert / licensed archaeologist, and discover a different experience of the Acropolis of Athens, through artifacts, sculptures, and architectural elements from across the archaeological area.
13:15 – 17:30
Free time for lunch and/or rest.
Meet at Syntagma Square (opposite of Hotel Grande Bretagne).
17:30 - 18:30
Walk down Ermou Street, named after Hermes (Mercury), the god of commerce and protector of merchants. Located in the center of Athens, this is where the heart of the capital’s commercial life beats.
18:30 - 19:15
Liquor sampling at Brettos, a cozy blend of distillery and bar that is held to be one of the landmarks of the bustling Plaka district. With over a century of history, Brettos invites us to sample its home brands of ouzo, raki, and liqueur next to a stunning wall of colorful bottles and huge barrels.
19:15 - 20:15
Wander through Plaka. Situated at the foot of the Acropolis, this is the capital’s most historic and picturesque district, which preserves the feel of a 19th century town, with labyrinthine alleys, elegant neoclassical houses, and an abundance of monuments and excavated ancient sites.
20:30 - 22:00
Enjoy traditional Greek cuisine at Attikos Greek House, a well-appointed restaurant next to Philopappou Hill that boasts spectacular views of the lit-up Acropolis.
22:15 – Ending Point: Acropolis Metro Statio