A word from our founder…
The Way to Discover Athens
It was 2004. Back then, you could only book bus tours and I was guiding them.
From behind the constraints of those elevated tour bus windows, I always did my best to tell the stories, facts and vignettes about the Greek capital as the colors and energy of the city whizzed by at a pace that depended on the traffic of the day.
Although I loved my job, the urban noise, the commutes, being cooped up on a stuffy dark bus on beautiful sunny Mediterranean days and the long hours away from my family were getting to me. I thought for a moment that my tour guiding career, which I loved, was somehow sadly reaching a breaking point. As I pressed my complaints on my fantastic husband and business partner, Yiannis, he opened my eyes to another way to show groups the best of our city.
Other cities, he explained, were offering walking tours and why shouldn’t Athens? My mind began to race. Yes! Why shouldn’t our city see Athens by foot?! It made sense. I loved walking the city in my spare time. It truly was the best way to discover its charming hidden and not-so-hidden corners. In a place of ancient and modern sights, walking the city - rather than seeing it fly by behind a bus window – would be the best way for any visitor to really understand the pulse of Athens.
The New Idea: Walking Tours in Athens
I began to map out walking routes and dream of the possibilities. That’s how my enthusiasm for my work rekindled in a new way and the beginning of our new company Athens Walking Tours.
We created brochures, leaving them at hotels and hoping for the best. There wasn’t a response. No one had heard of such a thing called a city walking tour yet.
I wanted to push things forward. That’s what prompted me to create a website for Athens Walking Tours. I had a feeling getting online would get us the publicity we needed. I considered myself completely computer “illiterate,” so getting that project done was one of the biggest challenges in my career. It paid off.
The payoff came in the form of our first walking tour clients. Frank and Ann from Boston, and Rellie and Patrick from Oregon found us online. I asked them how they came upon my tour guiding services and they mentioned a site I hadn’t heard of yet called TripAdvisor.
There I was standing in front of my first clients less than one year after my husband sparked the idea that Athens could have walking tours and that our company could offer them. With excitement in my heart, I took those two American couples on my first official (and the city’s first) walking tour of Athens. They loved it. Their gratitude ended my work day with a sense of incredible pride and accomplishment.
More Guided Walks to Come
I would end up guiding dozens upon dozens more tours myself that first year which was the year the Olympic Games were held in Athens. With hard work, more positive reviews came and so did amazing thank you emails. Our company received rave reviews in magazines and guide books. By 2008, I couldn’t do it alone. In fact, we hired ten more guides to meet the demand.
I’m proud to say that Athens Walking Tours now consists of a dedicated, enthusiastic and talented team of 20 licensed tour guides. Thanks to our group efforts, we are ranked as the number one activity in Athens on TripAdvisor. Behind the scenes, there are seven more members of our company handling marketing, operations and accounting duties to ensure everything runs smoothly.
The Best Way to See Athens
Looking back, I am grateful for my diverse experiences guiding tours through Athens. After more than three decades, I can say that I love my work and how it has evolved. It is an incredible feeling to witness visitors from all over the world discover the beauty, history, culture and energy of Athens in the only way a guided walking tour can.
After many successful years, I still see Athens Walking Tours evolving and growing. After all, it is my “baby.” By mentoring our dedicated staff, constantly improving our operations and understanding the ebb and flow of the city I love while appreciating her ancient wonders, I know that I can offer the best cultural experience for visitors during their stay here. These are the values I hold dear and I know that my entire team holds dear.
Thank you for letting us show you our amazing, unique and incredible city, a city unlike any other place in the world.
My wife and I were just reminiscing our October trip to Greece. We both felt that one of the highlights was our tour of the Acropolis with Dimitris and thought he deserved a review. Super friendly and knowledgeable, paced the climb as to be manageable for all and answered every question in an accent even us Californians could understand!Would highly recommend!
Doug Bowman | Jan 24 | Acropolis of Athens & the Acropolis Museum
Our walking tour of Athens and the Acropolis was fantastic. I highly recommend it but make sure you have comfortable shoes. It is a long day but totally worth it. Our guide Maria was really knowledgeable and helpful
Pam Constantine | Jan 24 | City, Acropolis & Acropolis Museum
A perfect way to discover Athens and his ancient wealth. Guide Rina has an excellent knowledge of Greek history and manages to put it all in context and engages the group in her story. I feel i know more about Athens, the Gods, but also the relationship to modern life.Walk goes at a slow pace and easy to hang in there, also up the acropolis. Thank you!
Dirk and Carol | Jan 24 | Athens City Tour & Acropolis Tour
Our tour guide Niobe was amazing! She had the most interesting facts, which made all the difference! She was open to questions and knew all the answers to what we asked. Without this guided tour my experience would not have been the same! It is definitely a must!
Isabela | Jan 24 | Acropolis of Athens Tour
A fantastic tour courtesy of Stella, who was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and entertaining. A small group of just myself and an Australian couple (Paul and Kathy), it was a wonderful experience and a real culinary treat of a tour. Stella even organised a couple of little surprises for me as it was my birthday! Five stars!
Tom | Jan 24 | Athens Food Tour
We were expertly guided through multiple recipes by the wonderful Stella, and found ourselves with more food than we could possibly get through. It was a fantastic experience and a great insight into authentic local cooking.
Brian Calcutt | Jan 24 | Athens Cooking Lesson
I joined the 7.45 tour, and I loved it! Very few people were around and the morning light was beautiful. We were a small group, our guide Despina was extremely friendly and very excited to tell us all about the Acropolis and much more. She made the tour really enjoyable, and gave also a lot of suggestions about things to do later.Highly recommend it!
Silvia | Nov 23 | First Access Acropolis Tour
Our tour guide name was Charoula, she was fantastic, extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We did a tour of the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. Really enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend!
Nikola Romer | Oct 23 | Acropolis & Acropolis Museum
Margarita was the best tour guide we could have gotten!Knowledgeable, passionate, and natural teacher.Learned a lot because of her!
Katie | Oct 23 | Acropolis of Athens Tour
Excellent tour. Apollos was a true expert and great story teller. Everything we saw was made so much more meaningful and entertaining. Highly recommend.
Steve | Oct 23 | City Tour & Acropolis Museum
We went on this tour today and had the BEST time. Our guide Giota was incredible, so knowledgable and passionate and honestly made the tour for us. She answered all of our questions, went at a comfortable pace in the heat and made a 6 hour walk feel like nothing. Thank you so much Giota! Highly recommend this tour if you don’t have long in Athens - you will see and learn so much in such a short space of time!
Katie Comber | Sep 23 | City, Acropolis & Acropolis Museum
Our tour guide was excellent - knowledgeable, funny and patient. When you see the Acropolis from the ground you think you can’t climb that much, but our guide paced our group perfectly
Matthew_S | Sep 23 | Athens Acropolis & Parthenon
Excellent, the perfect mix of casual and structured morning. Loved learning the history from Theodora.
Samantha | Sep 23 | Athens Highlights & Acropolis
Nicholas was amazing! With his guidance we prepared a 7 course meal! He was hands on and very engaging. The best part was dining outside with a view of the Acropolis. Wow!
Lonnie | Sep 23 | Athens Cooking Lesson
Easy to book, excellent instructions pre tour. Lots of thunderstorms before we were due to leave but the company returned my very early email promptly which was comforting. Tour was amazing. No crowds this early. Guide Niobe was informative, passionate and entertaining.
Karen | Sep 23 | First Access Acropolis Tour