Private Walking Tour- Bites of History and Gastronomy

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Private Walking Tour- Bites of History and Gastronomy
Duration

Durations: 4 Hour(s)

Group Size

Group Size: 1-10

Languages

Languages: English

This tour will give us the opportunity to “taste” small bites of modern Greek history and architecture, as well as discover the secrets of Greek gastronomic tradition.

From £ 62.13 per person

  1. Tour Overview

    After your pick up from your location we head to Syntagma / Constitution square, which is fundamentally connected with the first official Greek Constitution and political developments in the 19th and 20th centuries. As we stand at the upper part of the square we see right in front of us the Greek Parliament which until 1922 used to be the Old Palace for the ex-kings and queens of Greece. We cross the road to get closer to where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier lies in front of the Parliament. We return to Syntagma square to tell the story of the luxurious Grande Bretagne Hotel. Palia Vouli / Old Parliament building at Kolokotroni square, where stands the imposing statute of Theodoros Kolokotronis, one of the most distinguished leaders of the Greek Revolution against the Ottomans. The Old Parliament was built in 1875 by the French architect Francois Boulanger, housed the Greek parliament for 60 years and now houses the National Historic Museum. As we get down towards Kotzia square we will stop for a while to taste koulo√ļria (sesame bread rings).We cross Athinas street getting to the Varvakios Agora (Athens Central Market). This is literally the Grand Central Station of food, where people from all walks of life converge to discover the freshest and most delicious ways to satiate their hunger. Make no mistake; everyone shops here, from celebrity chefs to neighborhood grocery store owners. We will wander in the meat market and the fish market to get to know the riches of the Greek seas, buy fruits and vegetables and finally, we will try a traditionally - brewed Greek coffeeFurther down on Evripidou street we will stop at the well-known ‚ÄúMiran‚ÄĚcharcuterie, to taste ‚Äútsipouro‚Äú or ‚Äúouzo‚ÄĚ with pastrami, delicious sausages and smoked pork meat from the north or the south of Greece. Opposite is the little church of Agios Ioannis stin Kolona/ Saint John at the Column, named after the column inside the church. As we keep walking on Evripidou Street, we will make a stop at the ‚ÄúBahar‚ÄĚ shop, a famous Athenian spot for high quality spices. Our tour will finish at around 13:00 and your guide will accompany you to your location .¬†

  2. Tour Itinerary

    Day 1 : Syntagma Square

    Syntagma Square has literally been the very heart of Athens ever since the city became the capital of the modern Greek state. With the Greek Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier looming over it, it is rich with history and is the place where most major events of the last two centuries have taken place. 


    Military Pension Fund building (City Link)

    Theaters, eclectic shopping, gourmet dining and fine drinks are all available under the roof of an Athenian architectural landmark 


    Fernando Botero’s sculpture, the bronze sculpture of the Abduction of Europa by Zeus

    At No 4,of Amerikis street and outside the headquarters of the Piraeus Bank Group, there is the bronze sculpture of the Abduction of Europa by Zeus by the acclaimed Botero the Columbian artist. 


    National Historical Museum

    The National Historical Museum is permanently housed in the Old Parliament Building at Stadiou Street (Kolokotronis square) since 1960. The Museum narrates the history of Modern Greece: the period of Ottoman and Latin rule, the Greek War of Independence (1821), the liberation struggles, the creation of an independent state, the political, social and spiritual development of the Greeks up to the present day.


    Museum of the city of Athens

    In 1836, the neoclassical mansion that houses the Museum of the City of Athens was just three years old and it took an invitation from the palace to cross its threshold. Today it is open to the public and retains not just the regal opulence of its past, but also recounts the history of the Greek capital in the 19th century through exhibits arranged in 20 halls. 


    Klafthmonos Square

    Klafthmonos is a central square in Athens, located on Stadiou street. Apart from being home to some very interesting buildings, it also has a very interesting name. You see if we had to translate it in English it would be ‚ÄúCry Square‚ÄĚ. It got that name, because in the past,¬†whenever a new government came to power it would fire the civil servants that where appointed by the previous government so as to hire its own voters.¬†So those fired and disgruntled civil servants would gather here outside the Ministry of Finance which was housed in the square to protest against their firing. 


    Kotzia Square

    The square situated in front of the City Hall of Athens has changed names many times throughout the turbulent history of the Greek state, settling on its current iteration that pays tribute to the Greek politician Konstantinos Kotzias. 


    Varvakios Agora (Athens Central Food Market)

    If the way to a man‚Äôs heart is through his stomach, then you‚Äôll certainly love the Greek capital after a visit to the Athens Central Market. This is literally the Grand Central Station of food, where people from all walks of life converge to discover the freshest and most delicious ways to satiate their hunger. Make no mistake, everyone shops here, from celebrity chefs to neighborhood grocery store owners. Named after one of Greece‚Äôs national heroes, gentleman pirate Ioannis Varvakis (1974-1825), this is a tribute to the everyman, as the Athens Central Market, aka the Varvakios, knows no class divides. 


    Agios Ioannis stin Kolona / Saint John at the Column

    A strange sight, an ancient Corinthian column protrudes trough the roof of the little church of St. John the Baptist in Athens. The Christian church was built atop an ancient sanctuary of Asclepios, the ancient Greek deity of medicine and healing, and this little church, just a few feet each way, is said to have been founded in 565 A.D., thus it may be the oldest christian church in Athens. Underneath its foundations flows the ancient river of Eridanos, and several wells are known to have been created through time to deposit this precious commodity. 


    Miran Deli

    The Miran workshop runs an outlet shop in the center of Athens, at 45 Evripidou St., inaugurated in 1922. People swarm in from all over Attica region to taste the delicacies of pastourma, soutzouki and the bull meat products from Kerkini region, in Serres district. Here you can also find products of small producers from all over Greece, as well as aged cheeses and salt meets of small Greek workshops. 


  3. What's Included

    • Walking Tour
    • English speaking guide
    • Taste a selection of Greek specialtes including koulouria (sesame bread rings) and Loukoumia
    • Drink a ‚ÄėTsipouro‚Äô at Miran with delicacies
    • Explore Varvakios Agora and learn about the city‚Äôs culinary history
    • Try a traditionally brewed Greek coffee
    • All taxes, VAT inclusive¬†

  4. What's Excluded

    • Gratuities
    • Lunch¬†

  5. FAQs

    Please Note:

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers¬†
    • Traveler pickup is offered
    • Transportation from and to your central hotel in Athens or Piraeus
    • Transportation from all the Hotels in Attica region with an additional cost
    • ¬†Transportation from and to the cruise terminal of Piraeus port ( with an additional cost)¬†
    • Transportation from and to the Airport ( with an additional cost)
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it‚Äôs canceled due to poor weather, you‚Äôll be offered a different date or a full refund¬†
    • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.¬†

  6. Requirements

    • This is a walking tour, so sneakers are recommended (no sandals)
    • Also, you may wish to carry a bottle of water with you
    • Finally, don‚Äôt forget hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, cameras, and your thirst for stories¬†

  7. Cancellation Policy

    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 0 hours or less before event

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