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Original Gourmet Food Tour of Athens

1. Original Gourmet Food Tour of Athens

Explore Athen's food markets on a 4-hour walking tour. Taste delicious treats and visit local stores selling the "Green Treasures" of Greece, such as olive oil, wines, mushrooms, herbs, and traditionally made pasta and salamis. Start with a traditional Greek breakfast of koulóuria (sesame bread rings) in a century-old café. Continue to a tiny pastry shop to sample loukoumades (Greek donuts) and custard-filled filo squares. Enjoy local pies and cheeses at authentic Greek bakeries and cheese stores. Next, wander through the famous meat and fish markets. Try roasted home-grown coffee and visit specialty shops for their fresh fruit, olives, cheese, ham, and other deli produce. Enjoy local wine, organically produced olive oil and honey, aged aromatized vinegar, and world-famous Greek yogurt produced at family farms. Wander down Evripidou Street, scented by herbs. End your culinary exploration at the deli stores in the historic city center, where your guide will make you complimentary gifts to bring home.

Athens: Wine Tasting with a Sommelier under the Acropolis

2. Athens: Wine Tasting with a Sommelier under the Acropolis

Your experience will begin as one of Greece's sommeliers, Dimitris Spiropoulos, welcomes you to a beautiful restaurant under the Acropolis. He will offer you your first aperitif as well as a brief explanation of the wine map of Greece. The wine map features all of the major wine producing areas, as well as the wine varieties of each one. Following a small talk, your wine-tasting experience begins with Dimitris introducing special Greek wines from handpicked local wineries. Depending on the wine varieties, special dishes, also from selected Greek producers, will help the you receive the full wine experience. Throughout your tour you'll have the chance to taste rare wine varieties such as Roditis, Limnio, Kidonitsa, Muscat, Augoustiatis, and Mandilaras. You'll also sample many more carefully selected varieties, hand-picked by your sommelier.

Athens: Food Market Visit and Cooking Class with Wine

3. Athens: Food Market Visit and Cooking Class with Wine

Discover how to make traditional Greek food on a 4-hour cooking class, including a tour of a local market. Start your day at meeting point, where you’ll meet the chef. Then head to the market to pick up some ingredients and discover hidden places to eat, drink, and shop in the area. Your cook will show you some of the more interesting and unique products on offer, and give you tips on how to use them. Back at the cooking studio, you’ll be shown how to prepare the food and enjoy a hands-on experience making various dishes yourself. The course has been designed to be simple enough for any cook, no matter the skill level.  When the cooking class is over, you can sit down with your classmates and chef to taste what you have created. Wine and soft drinks are served with the meal. Your cook will also give you access to our recipes, so that you'll be able to make these dishes again at home.

Athens: Street Food Tasting Tour

4. Athens: Street Food Tasting Tour

Kick off your foodie adventure at a pie shop to taste traditional cheese pie or spanakopita made right on spot with the freshest ingredients. Discover why Greeks are crazy about souvlaki and enjoy it with local beer. Enjoy meat (or vegetables) wrapped in pita bread, juicy tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce at a local joint away from the crowds. Walk around Athens’ shopping district and find your way to a delightful boat-shaped Greek pizza place. Discover a pastry shop with the best Greek donuts and loukoumades, drenched in honey and cinnamon. Meander the streets of lively Psyrri, an Athenian district full of artistic and creative power. Enjoy street art, vintage shops, designers stores, and cute cafes. Visit an old bakery to discover the source of fresh and warm bread sesame rings, found in every food stall around Athens. Finish your street food tour with sweet memories of scrumptious local desserts, topped with golden syrup and sweet spices. Dig into crunchy filo layers and enjoy a special, local liqueur.

Athens: Food and Wine Tasting Tour at Night

5. Athens: Food and Wine Tasting Tour at Night

Experience the romance of Athens after dark on a food and wine tasting tour in areas such as Syntagma and Plaka. Join a food expert to discover the hidden gems of the local cuisine and learn the history behind some of the most beloved dishes of Greece. On this tasting tour, you'll pop into quirky delis and family taverns to try dishes and delicacies loved by the locals and not so known internationally. Enjoy a meal as you take in the atmosphere and meet the vendors who delight visitors and locals alike with their artisanal skills. Later, upgrade your evening at a local wine bar and take an aromatic journey through the wine culture of Greece. Taste wines served with charcuterie and cheeses from across the country. End your experience by savoring local ice cream.

Athens: Electric Bike Tour

6. Athens: Electric Bike Tour

This morning electric bike tour lasts about 3.5 hours and it is a nice way to get yourselves oriented in the city of Athens. The ride takes place in the amazing historic city center, on pedestrian areas, low traffic streets, and parks away from the traffic hustle. Your local tour leader will head the tour, riding with you very close to the main archaeological sites and guiding you through some hidden areas, while providing you with a stunning experience!  The group rides close to the new Acropolis Museum and the Ancient Cemetery of Kerameikos, through the neighborhood of Thission, while you enjoy a great view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Then, cycle through the Ancient Greek Agora and pass by the Roman Agora Continue cycling in the historic district of Plaka, and then move to the National Gardens, one of the best areas to ride in downtown Athens. Stop also in front of the Presidential Mansion to see the Presidential Guards, and pass by the Panathenaic Stadium and Zappeion Exhibition Hall.

Athens: Greek Cooking Lesson & 3-Course Dinner

7. Athens: Greek Cooking Lesson & 3-Course Dinner

Discover the local culture through gastronomy! You will learn how to cook traditional Greek dishes with the aid of an experienced Cooking instructor and the complicity of a small group. Get to know the wonderful world of Mediterranean cuisine; the herbs, the fresh vegetables, the choice meats that Greeks always use and learn the basics on how to prepare a full Greek Sunday dinner with easy to follow recipes you can use to impress your guests when you get back home. And the best part - at the end of the course, after you have successfully prepared a meal fit for a king under the guidance of your cooking instructor - is enjoying the meal you have helped to prepare with a glass of wine! Menus will vary according to season and available fresh produces in local markets, but they usually consist of 3-4 starters/salads and a main course.

Athens Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots

8. Athens Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots

Athens is without a doubt filled with an endless collection of ancient and modern cultural monuments and neighborhoods that will stun even the most articulate poet. This tour is designed for those who wish to take photos of the most iconic and picturesque sites of one of the oldest cities in Europe. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, you'll see where the locals spend their daily routine and hear interesting stories about the local culture. Your local escort will meet you at the Fountain of the Syntagma Square. Here you have a first view of the busy center of the capital of Greece. The first stop will be the Greek Parliament where you will be able to see and photograph the Godly giants in kilts up close. The famous evzones are one of Athens' most popular tourist attractions and an instagrammable spot you can't miss. Your escort is available to snap cool shots for you. You will then visit the National Garden, a green oasis right in the center of the city. Home of 7000 trees, lakes and, several animals, the "garden of Amalia" also hosts a botanical museum, a conservatory and, various ancient ruins. It is the ideal place and a perfect scenic spot to find the right photography inspiration. Your next stop will be the Kallimarmaro stadium where your local guide will help you make fresh pictures and look more creative by finding the right point of view. This is one of the most iconic landmarks of Athens with a rich history directly connected to the modern Olympic games. You'll then take a stroll to reach Plaka, the neighborhood of Gods and one of the most picturesque areas of Athens. Plaka is one the best places to capture the perfect photo; little colorful houses, small alleys, cute cafes and many spots with views to the city will make the perfect background you are looking for your photographs. The next spot is placed on a hill, where you will enjoy the most breathtaking views of Acropolis and the city itself, following in the footsteps of Ancient Greeks. This is definitely one of the most Instagram-worthy places in Athens where you will take some of the most impressive photos. In addition to all the above places, you will have also the opportunity to explore more of the best spots in the city where you will exercise your artistic skills by taking spectacular photos and sharing them on Instagram. At the same time, you will learn about the history of the city and feel like an Athenian as you mingle with the locals. You'll have opportunities to take lots of pictures so don't forget your camera!

Athens: Greek Cooking Class & Dinner on a Rooftop

9. Athens: Greek Cooking Class & Dinner on a Rooftop

Learn how to make an authentic Greek Moussaka dish and Spanakopita pie during this cooking class in Athens with a local chef. Get an authentic look at Greek cuisine, then head to a rooftop location to take in the views while enjoying your handmade meal. Head to a kitchen that's just a few steps from Monastiraki Square in the funky neighborhood of Psirri. Meet your chef for the day on a rooftop terrace featuring unbeatable views of some of the best sights of Athens. During your call, you'll make two classic traditional pies: spinach pie and milk pie. Greek island-inspired salad with cherry tomatoes aromatized with aged local vinegar and Greek yogurt tzatziki sauce will also be on the menu. Roll up your sleeves and start with your cooking preparations while chatting about Greek and Mediterranean cuisine with the chef. After getting introduced to the day's ingredients, the cooking class officially begins. When the class is finished, take a seat and savor your food together with views of the Acropolis monuments and Parthenon temple lit at night. Finish off your evening taking in the vivid center of Athens overlooking the dome of Aghios Dimitrios Church.

Athens: Greek Food Discovery Small Group Walking Tour

10. Athens: Greek Food Discovery Small Group Walking Tour

Your culinary journey of Athens will take you to carefully selected specialty food shops, where you’ll taste some of the finest olive oil, cheese, and honey available in the city, as well as local delicacies such as pastourma cured meat. On this 3.5-hour guided food tour you’ll stroll through traditional Athens neighborhoods and visit some wonderful pastry shops that serve tempting Greek sweets. You’ll be immersed in the fragrances and colors of local spices, the secret behind renowned Greek dishes, and aromas of Greek coffee as well. The irresistible smell of freshly baked delicacies will lead you into one of the oldest traditional bakeries in Athens. Continue through the bustling alleys of Varvakios, the picturesque fish, meat, and vegetable market. Last but not least, you’ll stop for a taste of the celebrated Greek souvlaki!

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This is a must do in Athens. My daughter and I met another mother and daughter and had a wonderful evening with an amazing view of the Parthenon and surrounding neighborhood. Our wine sommelier was very knowledgeable about all the regions and wines of Greece. The wines are very under appreciated as I found them comparable if not better than the wines in France and Napa California. After the sunset it’s a wonderful neighborhood to stroll around in and stop in a few bars playing music and talk to the very gracious and friendly people of Athens.

Highly recommend this tour! Panos our tour guide was amazing! He taught us about Greek culture as well as the food. He was very knowledgeable and just delightful. We had a small group of 6 and it was perfect. Recommend going hungry, as there are many stops with delicious food. Also recommend doing this as one of your first tours, because then you are prepared to order and understand the food for the rest of your trip.

Doerella met our party and quickly learned our names. She took us to a number of great locations, explaining the history, culture and meaning of each taste. She was fabulous. Eat and fish market, coffee, pie, euros..we tasted so much. A must in Athens.

We had an incredible time! Dorella is phenomenal, and did a great job providing insight into the food, culture, and city. All the food was great. A very fun way to get to know the city

A really fun light hearted fly through the city on quieter roads and lanes. A great way to spend a morning