Athens Free Walking Tour

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Athens is the capital of Greece and one of the most visited cities in the world. However, most people don’t carve out enough time or money to enjoy it. It’s usually a pit stop on the way to the Greek islands. So, if you’re looking for budget friendly things to do in Athens you’re in the right place. The Athens Free Walking Tour is perfect for every budget. 

When my husband and I went to Greece, we spent 2 days in Athens. We had 1 day before and one day after our 5 days in Santorini. I didn’t want to skip over Athens but we weren’t looking to spend a ton. So, I needed to find an option that would maximize our short time while sticking to our budget.  As I planned our itinerary, I found the Athens Free Walking Tour on Tripadvisor.  Since the tour received 5 stars, by almost 1000 customers, we decided to give it a shot! 

Athens Free Walking Tour: Is it really free and is it worth it?

From the reviews, I knew the tour was FREE but they asked that you tip the guide.  I didn’t have a problem with tipping since some of the guides do this for a living, not just for fun.  So, what’s an appropriate tip for a free tour? Some people tipped about 10-20 euro but there was one Australian backpacker who only tipped 5.  Luckily, our guide had a great attitude and appreciated the fact that 5 euro was all the backpacker could spare.

The Tour

Our tour lasted 4 hours, not the usual three because we had a group full of history buffs and we spent a bit more time at each stop.  Our guide, I can’t remember his name, was charming and knowledgeable and seemed to really enjoy his time with the group.  During the tour, there isn’t time to actually go inside most of these places, including the Acropolis, but walking around this beautiful city and learning the history is worth it.  Below are some of the featured stops on the tour:

  • Hadrian’s Arch
  • Temple of Zeus
  • Kalimarmaro Stadium
  • Zappeion
  • Monastiraki markets
  • Parliament & Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  • Hill of Ares
  • Acropolis
  • Roman and Greek agora

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Athens free walking tour Greece 1 psOne of my favorite stops was Panathenaic Stadium, home of the 1896 Olympic games.  As I stood in front of the stadium, I couldn’t help imagining what it was like to attend the Olympics back then. I’ve never actually been to the Olympics but it’s on my bucket list so this served as a good place holder until I get to the modern games.

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By far, the best stop on the tour was the Acropolis.  We didn’t go all the way to the top but we got pretty close and we hiked up to this area that overlooks the city and snapped some pretty sweet pictures.

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Final Thoughts on the Athens Free Walking Tour

So, was it really free and was it worth it?  YES, it was most definitely worth it and NO it wasn’t exactly free (tip your guide!).  To be honest, I would have paid to take this tour. I highly recommend it to anyone with a limited amount of time and funds in Athens.  You can’t get a better deal for the money! I learned more about Athens in 4 hours than I would have if I had spent the afternoon in a museum. Check out the Tripadvisor reviews. Also, you can visit the Website. Many cities have variations of the “free walking tour.” Don’t forget to look for free tours on your next trip! 

If you’re heading to Santorini, be sure to read My Love Affair with Santorini.


Athens Free walking tour pinterest PSHave you done the Athens free walking tour? Have you done any free walking tours? What did you think of them? Tell me about it in the comments!

Note: This post was originally posted in November 2014 but was updated in September 2017.

 

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  1. Reply

    Athens is a dream destination for me and I hope to get there soon. This walking tour seems awesome! How many days are enough for exploring Athens?

    1. Reply

      Athens is such a wonderful city. We think about going back even as we’re leaving. I would spend a good 3 days there unless you have more time. There’s so much to do and see but you don’t have to do it all in one trip. 😉

    • Natalia
    • September 12, 2017
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    Hello. What days in September will be free enter in museams?

    1. Reply

      Hi Natalia, the last weekend in September will be free admission to the museums in Athens for European Heritage Days. 😉 If you’re a student under 19 from Greece or the E.U., the admission is always free.

  2. Reply

    Free tours can be great! Looks like you got to see a lot of Athens and had a good guide too. I personally love the tipping system because you get to decide in the end. Some pre-paid tours I’ve been on were awful

    • Ilana
    • September 18, 2017
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    I was skeptical about free tours for a while too, but in reality there are awesome opportunities to get to know a city, very often by locals. I would love to have one when in Athens! Thanks for the informative post!

  3. Reply

    I’m definitely keeping this saved for the future!

  4. Reply

    Its been several years since we went to Athens, but we did a few self-guided walking tours then. It helps to walk around with a good guide and learn more about what you’re seeing right then. I feel free walking tours are good, because usually they’re starting out and so they try harder. They’re not really free, of course.

  5. Reply

    I love a great walking tour as an overview to see a new city. This one looks really great, so glad you shared your experience!

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