- “This tour was a great meld of mythology and history. We learned a lot about the ancient Greek society, what they believed, how they lived their lives and what they thought of the afterlife. It was a truly unique walking tour, since we were called to participate ourselves, build our stories and act! We experienced the history ourselves and that is why we remember most of the information we got! At the same time, we walked past most of the famous sites like Acropolis, Parthenon, Acropolis Museum and the neighborhood of Plaka. I highly recommend it!”
- avarounas, TripAdvisor
- “A experiência foi excelente!! Memorável! Mudou nosso olhar sobre a cidade. É um tour interativo, o que o torna ainda mais interessante. Super recomendo!”
- BIANCA D, TripAdvisor
- "This is much different than the common tours and me and my wife were very lucky to participate. Our guide was a wonderful person and very knowledgable. The route of this Athens walking tour passes next to the most famous attractions of Athens, however, it is like we are far away from the 'now' and experience Athens of the past. I could not recommend it enough if you wish to have a meaningful experience and get to know Greek culture as you should be."
- Carol H
- "Amazing tour! Our guide was such a friendly and enthusiastic person and she answered all of our questions. Her energy and passion for Athens and Greek history was truly contagious! We had a great time during this Athens walking tour and we will definitely come back to join one of the other tours of Greek TravelTellers when we visit Athens again. Thank you for a wonderful experience!"
- Alice L
- "We have done many walking tours in recent years and this was by far one of the best ones. Our guide was very passionate and friendly. We felt very relaxed next to her and she showed us Athens in a way we would have never thought possible. Excellent walking tour in Athens! Thank you so much! :)"
- John L
2. What you can expect
This is hands down the most alternative walking tour in town! We will start from Plaka, the oldest and most beautiful neighborhood in Athens, getting introduced to the concept of life and death for the ancient Greeks and how their view of the afterlife defined the way they lived. We will talk about Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and discuss the concepts of ‘memory’ and ‘remembrance’. Walking around the little alleys of Plaka, we will discover monuments of the ancient past that are not what they seem. After learning about the importance of theater in the ancient Greeks’ lives, we will discover the journey from life to the afterlife and to the Underworld, through a short interactive theatrical play written by us, where everyone gets a role!
Moving on from Plaka, our Athens walking tour leads us to the most famous street of Athens, Dionysiou Aeropageitou, past the Acropolis Museum and the beautiful neoclassic buildings, under the gaze of Goddess Athena from her Temple, the Parthenon! We will reach the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, an ancient theater, where performances are still taking place! There, we will learn about Aeschylus, the ‘father of tragedy’, and the sacrifice of Antigone in the name of life after death. Our next stop in this Athens walking tour will be the Hill of the Nymphs and a hidden spot with a breath-taking view of the Acropolis! Plato’s motto was ‘Life must be lived as play’. We will learn about the importance of play for the Ancient Greeks, and of course, we will play some of their games! We will also have the chance to get creative and make something of our own for ‘remembrance’!
Our journey does not end there. Our Athens walking tour leads us to the Rock of Areios Pagos - literally a rock across Acropolis, which was the seat to the ancient criminal court of Athens. This is where people’s life or death was being decided! And this is where we will get the chance to rewrite history and maybe even save the spirit of Socrates! Finally, after a short walk through the picturesque alleys of Anafiotika, the ‘secret’ neighborhood of Athens, we will reach the end of our walking tour at the oldest distillery in town. Accompanied by old-fashioned liqueurs, we will have our own ‘symposium’ and celebrate life together! Unlike most Athens walking tours, this "Life and Death in Ancient Greece" walking tour is interactive and experiential, with our local guide being more of a companion than a tour guide.