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Exarcheia Walking Tour – The alternative side of Athens

  • From 55€/person
  • 3 Hours
  • Athens


  • Discover the vibrant and controversial district of Exarcheia, known for its countercultural and leftist movements.
  • Explore the area around Exarcheia and witness the everyday life of Athenians, away from the usual tourist spots.
  • Learn about the historical events that have defined modern Greece and gain a deeper understanding of the country's culture and politics.
  • Admire the vibrant street art scene that decorates the walls of buildings and squares in Exarcheia.
  • Visit local shops and markets where you can browse handmade crafts and organic products, and support local businesses.
  • Take a break and relax at a local coffee or tea house, a beloved spot among locals.
  • Meet locals and chat with them to learn more about their daily life and the unique characteristics of Exarcheia.
  • Have a chance to ask questions and engage in discussion with the knowledgeable guide, who can offer insights into the area's rich history and culture.

Exarcheia Walking Tour - The alternative side of Athens At a Glance

The Exarcheia Walking Tour offers a one-of-a-kind experience in the district of Exarcheia, away from the usual tourist hotspots of Athens, yet situated at the epicenter of its modern history. You will have the opportunity to explore the neighborhood and surrounding areas like a local, observing firsthand the unique and controversial characteristics that set it apart from other areas of Athens. Delve into the historical events that shaped modern Greece and gain insights into the Athenian way of life. During the tour, you can also take a moment to unwind and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea at a beloved local spot.

Exarcheia Walking Tour - The alternative side of Athens In Detail

The Exarcheia Walking Tour is a truly unique experience that takes you on a journey through one of Athens' most intriguing neighborhoods. Unlike the crowded tourist areas of Athens, Exarcheia is a place that has managed to maintain its distinctive character and rebellious spirit.
During the tour, you'll explore the area around Exarcheia and witness the everyday life of Athenians, as well as learning about the historical events that have defined modern Greece.

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What makes Exarcheia Walking Tour - The alternative side of Athens unique?

What sets the Exarcheia Walking Tour apart from other tours in Athens is its focus on an area that is often overlooked by tourists. Exarcheia is a neighborhood that has managed to maintain its distinctive character, rebellious spirit, and strong sense of community, despite the many changes Athens has undergone in recent years. The tour provides a window into the vibrant and countercultural scene that defines Exarcheia, allowing visitors to witness firsthand why this district is so different and controversial. With its focus on local life, history, street art, and community engagement, the Exarcheia Walking Tour offers a unique and enriching experience that goes beyond the usual tourist sites and provides a deeper understanding of Athens' culture and society.

Exarcheia Walking Tour - The alternative side of Athens Itinerary

Omonia Square, Athens Greece

We meet at Omonoia square, which is one of the oldest and most central squares in Athens. We start our walk by going to Exarcheia, which is the most alternative and controversial neighborhood in Athens. It is full of professional and student life and is rich in history and culture. 

Duration: 10 minutes

School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens

Our first stop will be at the historic building of Polytechnio, which is part of the National Technical University of Athens. This building has a lot of great and exciting stories to tell about the modern history of Greece.

Duration: 20 minutes

Exarchia Square

As we walk deeper into Exarcheia's streets, we'll learn more about the neighborhood's culture and spirit. We'll also talk about how Exarcheia has changed since the early 19th century, its role in the Second World War, and its history and culture today. We'll also see a lot of the neighborhood's street art and visit an amazing hill with a great view of the city. After that, we'll take a short break at a popular coffee or tea shop in the area. 

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Vallianeio Megaron

Then we'll stop in front of the Academy of Athens, the University of Athens, and the National Library of Greece on the famous Panepistimiou and Stadiou streets, which are also called the Trilogy of Athens buildings. We'll talk about their past and the history of the area around them, as well as what they mean to Athens today.

Duration: 35 minutes

National History Museum (Old Parliament)

Our tour ends at the old parliament building and the area around it, which is known for its hippie and modern shops and cozy bars. If you want any more information or tips on how to explore Athens like a local, we'll be happy to give them to you!

Duration: 10 minutes


  • Local expert guide

  • Hygiene products (face masks)

  • All VAT & Taxes

  • Greek coffee


  • Gratuities

  • Hotel drop-off

  • Hotel pickup

  • Personal expenses and additiona orders

Things to know before booking

Not included: Entry/Admission - National History Museum (Old Parliament)

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Meeting Point

Omonoia Square, Athina 104 31, Greece - In front of the Hondos Center department store

Cancelation Policy

Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 24 hours notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

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