Following the footsteps of artists in Plaka

Explore the cultural evolution of the Athenian society
Duration:
Half Day (4 hours)
Destinations:
per person 30

With this tour, we will attempt to go beyond the façade, delving into the human aspect of this community that has remained vibrant for centuries and has inspired numerous Greek and foreign artists.

Available every Thursday and Friday (April-October 2019) and every Thursday (January-March 2019, November 2019-March 2020) in groups of up to 15 people.

For a private tour or a different day, please send us a request.

30€ per person.  15€ per child 6-12 years old.

  • A different pricing policy applies in private tours. Please, send us a request.

With this tour, we will attempt to go beyond the façade, delving into the human aspect of this community that has remained vibrant for centuries and has inspired numerous Greek and foreign artists. We will follow the footsteps of Jacques Calley, Hans Christian Andersen, Lord Byron, Vivien Leigh, Lawrence Olivier, Margot Fonteyn, Chateaubriand, Henry Miller, Patrick Leigh Fermor, and Rex Warner – to name but just a few, while we will also get acquainted with the haunts or residences of some of the most renowned Greek poets like Seferis, Elytis, Palamas, Sikelianos, and Drossinis. Accompanied by the echo of the old “laternas” or the cantatas that, once upon a time, used to be performed in these streets, we will recount stories of love and betrayal – some of them real, others inspired by the Greek cinema – and we will explore the cultural evolution of the Athenian society during Greece’s modern history.

We will meet outside the Acropolis Metro Station and, from there, we will enter the old alleys of Plaka, passing by the Lycicrates Monument, Tripodon street, old taverns, and well-known residences. We will walk next to the Rizokastro wall, climbing the stairs of the Anafiotika neighborhood to admire a panoramic view of Athens, and we will pass by the old University heading towards Monastiraki. Step by step, Plaka will lose its touristic edge and, despite its bustling streets, it will soon begin to feel like home.

The tour will finish at around 9:00 pm as you will arrive at a local tavern to enjoy some traditional Greek food.

  • Walking Tour
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • All taxes, VAT inclusive

Not included:​

  • Your international airfare
  • Personal expenses, beverages or meals
  • Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts
  • Operated by SpecialTy Tours
  • Meeting point: Acropolis Metro Station - Exit towards Makriyianni/Dionysioiu Areopaghitou. The people should wait at the corner as soon as they come up the last stairs and exit on the street (near the sign that leads to the Acropolis Museum).
  • Meeting time: 6:45 pm (April - Oct 2019) or 5.45 pm (Jan - March 2019, Nov 2019 - March 2020)
  • Kick-off: at 7 pm sharp (April - Oct 2019) or at 6.00 pm (Jan - March 2019, Nov 2019 - March 2020)
  • Duration: 2Hours approximately
  • Drop Off: Local Tavern in Monastiraki area
  • This is a walking tour, so athletic shoes are recommended (no sandals). You will be walking on paved paths that can be slippery, and you will go through some uphill and downhill.
  • Also, you may wish to carry a bottle of water with you.
  • Finally, don’t forget sunglasses, cameras, and your thirst for stories.
  • The booking is non-refundable if canceled 72 hours before the tour time.
  • The tour is implemented in small shared groups.
  • A private tour can be arranged daily, at extra cost.