Explore the Neighborhoods of Athens

Monastiraki Square and Sunset over Plaka
Discover Athens' heart and soul by exploring six neighborhoods, from working-class districts to boutique boulevards and trendy communities. A guide will share how the city developed its modern character under the shadow of an ancient legacy. In the end, you'll understand why Athens is the ultimate city of contrast.

Your guide will take you through Athens' historic and modern neighborhoods, including the Old Royal Palace, the posh shopping districts, and the preferred communities of the city's alternative thinkers. Along the way, you'll enjoy an assortment of architecture ranging from Ancient Athens to the Modernist and inter-war movements. And in the lively neighborhood of Athens' flea market, you'll experience the lingering Ottoman influence. 

As you wander through the city, you'll learn about the history of Athens and how ancient and modern times coexist just a few steps away from one another. Visit some of the city's best street art and experience the everyday downtown vibe. At the end of your tour, enjoy a coffee with your guide and group at a cafe beloved by locals.

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Itineraries with Explore the Neighborhoods of Athens

24 Hours in Athens

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Authentic Athens & Historical Greece - 8 Days

Athens was made for strolling, as you'll find out in this itinerary. The neighborhoods of Monastiraki, Syntagma, Plaka, and Makrygianni hide petite pedestrian streets and neoclassical homes overflowing with floral balconies. You'll see street art with an artist, be schooled by a chef, and take a sunset visit to the Temple of Poseidon. Step back into history with day trips to Delphi and Mycenae before departing.

Athens City Break - 3 Days

Make any three days feel like a long weekend in Greece's capital with this itinerary. After a welcoming wine tasting, you'll take a private tour through the highlights of Athens from the top of the Acropolis down to bustling Varvakios Market, spanning mythology, modernity, and the years in between.