Bites of History and Gastronomy Tour

  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
  • Kid Friendly
  • Availability: Daily (HS) - Wednesday (LS)
    (HS) 1st April-31st October - (LS) 1st November - 31st March
  • Participants: Up to 15 persons
  • Language: English / Spanish

65.00€

Per person

(Children 6-12 years old 50%)

  • Overview

    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.

    Highlights

    • Syntagma Square/Constitution square
    • Military Pension Fund building ( City Link )
    • Fernando Botero’s sculpture, the bronze sculpture of the Abduction of Europa by Zeus
    • National Historical Museum
    • Museum of the city of Athens
    • Klathmonos Square
    • Kotzia Square
    • Varvakios Agora ( Central Market of Food)
    • Agios Ioannis stin Kolona/ Saint John at the Column
    • Miran Deli

    What You Can Expect

    We will start from Syntagma/Constitution square, which is fundamentally connected with the first official Greek Constitution and the political developments in the 19th and 20th centuries. As we stand at the upper part of the square we see in front of us the Greek Parliament, which used to be the Old Palace for the ex-kings and queens of Greece until 1922. We cross the road and get a closer look at the Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, guarded by the Evzones, a special unit of the Greek Armed Forces, who stand proudly in perfect stillness. Passing by the Hotel Grande Bretagne we will reminisce about the gracious history of this grand hotel and we will reach the Military Pension Fund building, comprising today the CITY LINK: Athens’ Cosmopolitan Side. Theaters, eclectic shopping, gourmet dining and fine drinks are all available under the roof of an Athenian architectural landmark. At the end of the Gallery we have the chance to marvel at Fernando Botero’s sculpture, the bronze sculpture of the Abduction of Europa by Zeus.

    We will walk along Stadiou Street, an important boulevard since the foundation of the new Greek state in 1832.The street is named after the ancient Panathenaic Stadium located about 3 km southeast of the downtown core and is aligned directly with the ancient stadium. This street has existed since ancient times. Passing by the PaliaVouli/Old Parliament building, at Kolokotroni square, we find the imposing statute of Theodoros Kolokotronis, one of the most distinguished leaders of the Greek Revolution against the Ottomans. We will stop at Klathmonos square and the Museum of the City of Athens, which served as a residence for the first royal couple in Modern Greek history in 1836, King Othon and Queen Amalia, until they could build their palace.It now houses the Lambros Eftaxias’ collection of about 40.000 Athens related items. Now, we head towards Kotzia square and Athinas street.The architects of the new capital of the Greek State, Stamatis Kleanthis and Eduard Schaubert, designed a street that connected the ancient with the modern city. It was named after the goddess Athina/Minerva, the patron of Ancient Athens. We arrive at Athens City Hall on Kotzia square, which was initially named Ludovicos Square, in honor of King Othon’s father (Othon was the first King of Greece). As we get down towards Kotzia square we will stop for a while to taste kouloúria (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. Named after one of Greece’s national heroes, philanthropist and gentleman Ioannis Varvakis (1745-1825), it is a tribute to the everyman, as the Athens Central Market, aka the Varvakios, knows no class divides. The Varvakios once came close to demolition. It’s an historic open market with bioclimatic ventilation, built in 1886. 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 coffee.

    Further down on Evripidou street we will stop at the well-known “Miran”charcuterie, to taste “tsipouro“or “ouzo” 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 “Bahar” shop, a famous Athenian spot for high quality spices. At the corner with Athinas street we find the “Tsakanikas” pastry shop. Here we will try scrumptious loukoumia(a sweet delicacy), the sugary delights. Our tour will finish at around 12.30-13:00 when we arrive at a local tavern to enjoy some traditional Greek food.

  • Important Info

    • Meeting point: Syntagma Metro Station
    • Meeting time: 08:45-09:00 am
    • Kick-off: at 09:00 am sharp
    Exit towards: You should wait on Syntagma Square as soon as you come up the last stairs and exit on the square.
    • Drop off location: Monastiraki area
    • 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’t forget hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, cameras, and your thirst for stories

    Included:

    • Walking Tour
    • English / Spanish Speaking Tour escort
    • Taste a selection of Greek specialties including koulouria (sesame bread rings) and Loukoumia
    • Drink a ‘Tsipouro’ at Miran with delicacies
    • Explore Varvakios Agora and learn about the city’s culinary history
    • Try a traditionally brewed Greek coffee
    • All taxes, VAT inclusive

     

    Excluded:

    • Gratuities
    • Lunch
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