Athens Walking Tour
Discover Classic Athens on foot
This tour takes you to the most important sites of classical Athens via pedestrians and walking paths.
At 10.00 am you will meet your Trekking Hellas guide at the entrance of the Metro Station Acropolis (for groups different meeting place can be arranged). Our guide holding a Trekking Hellas sign will be waiting for you there. We allow a maximum of 10 minutes delay, as more people of the group will be waiting.
From here we will not take the typical tourist route to the Acropolis. Instead our walk will give you a calmer and more panoramic view of the rock as we walk up the three hills of Areopagus, Pnyx and Filopappou that have their own significance and function in the life of the ancient city.
Below the entrance of the Acropolis we walk towards the hill of the Areopagus. This is also known and the “Hill of Mars” that was the site of the Council of Nobles and the Judicial Court under the aristocratic rule of ancient Athens. Persians also used the hill as a campsite during their siege of the Acropolis in 480 BC, and in the Roman era it was used by Saint Paul for his preaching.
We follow the road or path over the flank of the Acropolis were we come out onto Leoforos Dhionissiou Areopagitou by the Herodes Atticus theatre. Turning right 100m of so down (and across) the avenue, a network of paths leads up Filopappou Hill, also known as the Hill of the Muses. This hill has played an important role in the city’s history it was from here that the shell that destroyed the roof of the Parthenon was fired. From its summit we will also see the monument to a Roman senator and consul, Filopappus, who is shown driving his chariot. This hill also offers an ideal opportunity to view the Dora Stratou Theatre was Greek music and dance performances are held.
From this point we continue to walk north- west along the main path where we reach the church of Ayios Dhimitrios, a precious church that has kept its original Byzantine frescoes.
Proceeding further north above the church we reach the Hill of Pnyx an area used in Classical Athens as the meeting place for the democratic assembly, which gathered more that forty times a year. Walking on from the Pnyx we reach another hill, Lofos Nymfon (Hill of the Nymphs) that is dominated by a nineteenth- century observatory and gardens. Towards the end of our loop walk we will head towards Thisseo (today’s most fashionable café and restaurant areas of Athens). Before finishing our walk we visit the Roman Agora that features the landmark tower known as the Tower of the Winds, which is an ancient hydraulic clock. Pass by the imposing Metropolis Cathedral and end your tour in Monastiraki, where you will end your morning walk with a tasty Greek souvlaki. Here, your guide will greet you farewell however this is an ideal area where you can browse the narrow streets that are filled with shops.
Duration: 4 hours
Times of operation: 10.00am-14.00pm
Days of operation: Every Wednesday or any other day upon request for groups of 4 people and more
Minimum participants: 4 people
Price/person: 30€ for groups of 4 people and more
• Trekking Hellas English speaking tour leader/guide
• Transfer to/from hotel
• Professional Licensed Guide during tour or entrance fees to any archaeological sites and museums
• Complete Meal
• Personal Expenses
• Personal Insurance
• Gratuity tips
• Anything not mentioned above
Important Notice: Please note that this tour will not be visiting the Acropolis or any other sites or museums, its’ an orientation guided walking tour around the sites by Trekking Hellas guides