• Location: Athens, Greece
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Follow in the footsteps of ancient Greek gods and philosophers on a 3-hour walking tour along the mythical Heridanos river in Athens, uncovered during construction of the city’s modern metro. Pass by the ruins of Roman baths, mystical sanctuaries, and ancient highlights like the Agora and Acropolis for a unique journey through millennia of Athenian history.

Highlights

  • 3-hour walking tour along ancient Athenian rivers
  • Follow the path of ancient riverbeds that run through and beneath the modern city
  • Visit important archaeological sites including the Ancient Agora and Acropolis
  • Take in panoramic city views from Pynx and Philoppapos Hills
  • Unique way to explore ancient Greek history and myths
  • Choice of several daily departure times

What You Can Expect

Athens Riverside: A Journey in Mythical Athens

Heridanos River

Choose from several daily departure times to suit your schedule, and meet your guide at Monastiraki Square in central Athens. Here you can see a portion of the ancient Heridanos (Eridanos) river uncovered during construction of the city’s metro system in the 1990s. Originating from a source in Mount Lycabettos and once flowing to the Kerameikos archaeological site, this ancient waterway named after the Greek river god was hidden for many centuries and provides a window into the lives and legends of ancient Athens.

In addition to the path of the Heridanos, also follow the original course of the Ilissos, another ancient river that runs mostly underground through modern Athens. The banks of the Ilissos feature prominently in ancient Greek mythology and writing, including as a favorite teaching locale for Socrates. As you followed the storied paths of these two rivers, listen as your guide retells old Athenian legends and illuminates what life was like for the city's original citizens.

Throughout the 3-hour walking tour, pass by ancient sanctuaries built in honor of Greek gods, remnants of Christian churches, mystical caves, and the ruins of Roman baths. See where classical and modern Athens overlap as you walk through diverse neighborhoods and visit the archaeological sites of the Ancient Agora and the Acropolis. Soak up panoramic views and perhaps a spectacular sunset (depending on the time of your tour) while strolling through the Athenian hillsides including Pynx and Philoppapos Hills.

Customer Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Our tour got off to a bit of a rough start, as our guide arrived a few minutes late and admitted hed been out partying the night before later he mentioned he also does a nightlife tour, so maybe these were related??. But as in the movie My Life in Ruins, there is always time for a coffee he had a to-go coffee even though he was late. My husband and I exchanged glances and perhaps a smirk, and set off on our tour we were the only ones on this day. We soon warmed up to our guide he was very knowledgeable and could answer anything we asked. Even though we have been to Athens numerous times, we still saw and learned many new things. It was such a lovely walk in the spring with the wildflowers, but a warning: it would be brutally hot in summer!!

Sheila G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Fabulous tour. It was incredibly interesting and enjoyable. Guide Dionysus was very knowledgable and pleasant. I'd recommend this tour highly.

Sawsan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Eleni is an excellent tour leader, with stacks of information not just on the ancient history and culture of Athens, but its story and cultural evolution throughout the centuries to the present day. We loved the way she linked past and present, with stories and synthesis round every corner. Knowing there were young teenagers with us, she had bought some koulouri for us, and she tried to make the trip interesting for them as well. Thank you for an excellent tour.

Travellor

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

Wonderful walking tour of Athens. We visited major sites as well as beautiful hidden neighborhoods that we would not have otherwise seen.

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