This post lists the best free walking tours you can take in Athens, including self-guided tours and small group tours.
WHAT ARE FREE WALKING TOURS?
Free walking tours are tours that have no upfront cost, but they ask that you pay what you think the tour was worth at the end when your experience is over.
Most tour attendees are drawn to these experiences because they fit any budget, and are entertaining.
The popularity of the tours means that group sizes are very large, especially during the busy summer season.
For travelers who want to have more interaction with their tour guide with smaller groups of tourists, we recommend paid small group tours.
TIP: If you want a tour of Athens and some surrounding areas combined with convenient transportation, hop-on-hop-off tours are a popular option.
WALKING TOURS IN ATHENS
Below are our picks for the top 5 walking tour companies offering pay-what-you-wish walks in Athens.
However, if you are considering a hop-on-hop-off bus ticket or a tourist attraction discount pass, you may already have a free walk included.
Tourist Passes with Free Walks
A tourist attraction discount pass combines popular tours and attractions into one discounted price.
Passes with Free Walks Include:
Bus Tours with Free Walks
CitySightseeing offers free walks with their hop-on-hop-off bus tours.
In addition to the three bus routes available with this ticket, there are two different walking tours available within Athens.
Athens Free Walking Tours
This company provides English and Spanish tours around the historic centre of Athens every day at 9:30 am.
The tours are run by locals who love the history of their city, which is the cradle of Western Civilization and can give you some great insider tips about enjoying modern Athens.
New Athens Free Tour
This 2.5-hour walking tour will take you back in time to learn about the 7,000 years of history Athens has. The daily tours start at 10:20 am and will take you around the historical center.
In addition to the free tour, New Athens Free Tour also offers paid street art and other themed tours.
Athens Sunset Free Walking Tour
Take a walk among the monuments of Athens at sunset with a local Greek guide to learn about the city’s history.
It runs at the perfect time to watch the sun disappear from the guide’s favorite spot in Athens. Remember, the golden hour is also the perfect time to get your Instagram shots of famous landmarks!
Urban Free Tours
If you’re interested in historic Athens, then this 2 to 3-hour walk through the ancient city centre with Urban Free Tours might be for you.
The tour guides know all the best restaurants, markets, and attractions to see and can help you decide where to go after the tour as well.
Nikos’ Free Walking Tour in Athens
This popular, small walking tour company offers free walking tours through the city center.
Nikos is a local guide and loves his city, which means you’ll have an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide.
You will need to send an email to reserve your free spot on the tour.
SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOURS
Greek Landscapes offers lots of insight into Greece and its many islands.
If you’re interested in exploring Athens on your own, instead of with a guide, they have three separate self-guided tours you can take: The Historic Center, Ancient Athens, and an Ancient Athens Extention.
If you use them all, they can turn into a full-day tour!
Lonely Planet: Central Athens
You can discover a lot about central Athens on this Lonely Planet self-guided tour. It should take approximately 2 hours if you walk at a moderate pace and don’t make too many stops.
Of course, the beauty of a self-guided tour is taking as long as you want!
Rick Steves Audio Tours
Rick Steves is well-known for his tour guides for cities all over the world. If you download the free Audio Europe app, you’ll get access to the Athens City Walk from the Rick Steves team.
They also offer audio guides for Acropolis, Ancient Agora, and the National Archaeological Museum.
FREE WALKING TOURS IN OTHER CITIES
Enjoy free walking tours in other cities around the world with Free Tours by Foot and our recommended companies.
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