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Monastiraki Square: Our most recommended tours and activities

Athens: The History of Greek Mythology Private Tour

1. Athens: The History of Greek Mythology Private Tour

Dive deep into Greek mythology and embark on a journey of stories with your local guide. See a mix of highlights and sights such as the University and Academy of Athens, the central city market Varvakios and the flea market Monastiraki.  Relive one of the most important historical events in Athens and the impact from then to now. Your guide, an expert on the subject, will keep you entertained while you gain insights you won't find in any history book. Your local guide will make you feel like you are taking a trip into the past that has shaped the city we see today.

Athens: Guided Greek Cooking Class with Dinner & Wine

2. Athens: Guided Greek Cooking Class with Dinner & Wine

Immerse yourself in the world of Greek cuisine with our 1,5 h. hands-on cooking lesson. Indulge in a traditional Greek meal created by you and your loved ones, under the guidance of a cooking instructor. Meet your local cook at her restaurant, located in a charming neighbourhood of Athens. Enjoy a glass of Greek wine, while you are introduced to the menu of your Greek cooking class. Follow our passionate cook while she shares with you family recipes and cooking traditions from all around Greece. Take advantage of the seasonal, locally grown produce of top quality, and create traditional gyros in pita wrap, delicious salads and appetising dips.

Athens: City Highlights E-Bike Tour with Surprise Treat

3. Athens: City Highlights E-Bike Tour with Surprise Treat

Experience Athens by e-bikes will let you see many important ancient sites and explore one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years. Our tours include English-speaking tour guides, legendary customer service, and limiting the number of guests to ensure a small group tour experience. The small group tours give us the chance to give a more personal character to the experience and get to know each other in a better way. Additionally, safety is the first priority and a small group reinforces it. Using electric bikes is a fun and convenient way to explore Athens passing by the most important monuments of the city center. The sights you will be guided are the following: - The Hadrian's Arch - Zappeion - National Garden - Kallimarmaro - Roman Agora - Tower Of Winds - Monastiraki Square - Kerameikos cemetery - Dionysiou Areopagitou - Odeon of Herodes Atticus - Koukaki During the tour our guests will have the chance to feel as locals. Moreover highlights of the city will be provided and places that they could visit, based on their personal taste.

Athens: Island Cruise with Lunch & Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

4. Athens: Island Cruise with Lunch & Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Take a cruise from Piraeus to the islands of Agistri, Moni, and Aegina. See the ancient Temple of Apollo and savor a traditional Greek lunch on the beach. Make use of a two-day, hop-on hop-off bus ticket with access to the Acropolis and Vouliagmeni Lake.  Cruise:Sail out to sea from Marina Zeas in Piraeus after being welcomed aboard your boat with coffee, juice, and pastries.   Land on Agistri, a little island paradise. Gaze in awe at the beautiful cliffs and hills covered with pine trees, swim in the crystal clear waters or stroll around the traditional alleys of the island’s villages. Make a stop on the protected island of Moni and anchor close to the beach. Indulge in a delicious lunch served with Greek wine, beer, and soft drinks. After lunch, take the chance to go snorkelling, relax in the sun, or discover the plants and wildlife that call Moni island home. Drop anchor by the picturesque port of the island Aegina, famous for housing the ancient Temple of Apollo and Temple of Aphaia. Spend free time on the island at your own pace, departing at 17:00 pm and arriving back at Marina Zeas at 19:00 pm. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus:Benefit from easily accessible bus transportation to some of the best attractions in Athens. Access 4 lines over 2 days: the Athens line, Piraeus line, Glyfada line, and Vouliagmeni line. Choose to listen to pre-recorded commentaries in 16 languages, providing historical and cultural information as you drive around the monuments of Athens. Get on or get off the bus at 35 different stops and the beaches down in the south. Decide to spend your day swimming at the breathtaking Vouliagmeni Lake by travelling on the Vouliagmeni line.

Athens: 2-Hour Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. Athens: 2-Hour Self-Guided Audio Tour

Explore Athens at your own pace with a self-guided audio tour on your phone. Listen to fascinating stories on a downloadable app designed by an accredited expert storyteller and historian. Based on an award-winning storytelling concept, this tour will take you from Syntagma Square and through the most important landmarks in the city. Blend in with the locals as you tour the city without a conspicuous group.

Athens: Ancient City 10+ Highlights Self-Guided Walking Tour

6. Athens: Ancient City 10+ Highlights Self-Guided Walking Tour

Do you want to learn interesting information about 10 of the most important attractions in the city, discover hidden locations, read incredible legends and walk a magical and relaxing route? Do you want an accessible, easy and interactive way to explore Athens? This self-guided mobile walking tour might be perfect for you. Grab the opportunity to explore Athens in at least 10 locations that every person would like to have in their memory. There is no schedule, you can attend the tour any day you want, any time you wish, you can do it in snippets, taking a break for food, shopping or anything else you can think of, you can even close the app and continue another day, the tour will be there waiting for you. The most important thing? It's a completely private activity, as the app offers you the uniqueness and privacy of your mobile phone. Additionally, you'll learn about stories and urban legends associated with the city or monuments you visit. The trails you follow are unique, and will not bore you, but will in themselves direct you to explore other "treasures" such as small scenic paths or enchanting but unknown squares. Enjoy the tour in your language. The integration with google maps will make sure that you will never get lost! You can join with friends, alone, with your family, or with your partners and learn about the city as you wander around. Start your tour from the monument of the Unknown Soldier, a monument with huge symbolism for Hellenism! Visit Kapnikarea church with its strange name and many stories about its name, and explore Monastiraki Square, the center of Athens with its wonderful church and unique view. Photograph the Library of Pantainos with its unique aesthetics and admire the Arion ice with the unique ancient history it carries. Then the world-famous Herodus Atticus Odeon awaits you.Admire the Acropolis of Athens, the ancient wonder Parthenon and the Acropolis Museum. Even the statue of the hero General Makrygiannis in a beautiful landscape will continue your beautiful journey in the heart of ancient Athens. Admire the Lysikrates monument. The church of Ragavas in Plaka will enchant you, while the Tower of Andronikos will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. You will receive a serial key via SMS , What’s app and email in order to login. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Athens: Local Bar Tour with Wines, Spirits, and Cocktails

7. Athens: Local Bar Tour with Wines, Spirits, and Cocktails

Discover 3 of the best neighborhoods in Athens for nightlife on a guided night out. Discover what the locals like to do and drink. Sample Greek wine, local spirits, and cocktails with a Greek twist. Learn about Greek wine, visit the oldest bar in Athens, and take in city views from a rooftop bar. Meet your guide in central Athens and start your tour at a wine bar near Koukaki. Learn about Greek wine culture from a sommelier as you sip the finest local wines. Next, visit the city's main party area and enjoy local spirits. Sample mastiha liqueur and aged tsipouro at the oldest bar in Athens. Then, follow your local guide through the streets to a rooftop bar. Marvel at incredible 360° views over the city, including Lycabettus Hill and the Acropolis. Try cocktails with a Greek twist as you relax on the terrace. Having partied like a local, leave your guide by the Acropoli metro station.

Athens Private Food Tour

8. Athens Private Food Tour

Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience. Sample one of the world’s best cuisines on a 2.5-hour food tour of Athens. Departing from City Hall on Kotzia Square, admire the 18th century Neo-Classical architecture, including the headquarters of the National Bank of Greece, before walking to Central Market. Arrive at an atmosphere abuzz with local merchants, who come to display their fresh food and local produce. An expert guide will lead you to places where few tourists ever venture, exploring a vast range of Greek specialties, from simple koulouri (a round sesame bread), to salty feta cheese, olives, and other delicacies. Stop for a hot Greek coffee in winter, or a cold frappé on warmer days. Drop by a Greek deli and sample delicious fare, such as local honey, while getting an explanation about what’s in season and and its uses in Greek cooking. After your tasty tour, stroll to Monastiraki Square, where you will be ideally placed to spend the rest of the day visiting the ancient ruins of the Acropolis, and to explore the lively streets of the Plaka neighborhood.

Private Markets, Ruins and Ancient Athens with a Local

9. Private Markets, Ruins and Ancient Athens with a Local

Start your private Athens tour by meeting your local guide at Ktozia Square, then head to the Mayor of Athens’ neo-classical building on Athina Street, one of the busiest in Athens. Starting at 9:00 AM when the city’s shops and markets are bustling with Athenians, you’ll see the shop owners get ready for a day of business, just as they have done for the past 2,000 years. You will experience the spirit of Greek life with the same commerce of food that existed thousands of years before, and your local guide will be explaining these practices to you along the way. On this Athens market tour you’ll dive into the Athenian way of life as your guide leads you through the markets. Here you will find every Mediterranean fruit, vegetable, meat, cheese, and more on offer. Experiencing local produce is one of the best things to do in Athens, and you’ll be able to pick out all the local favorites with the guide to show you the way. Filled with all these warm colors, tastes, and smells, the next stop is Monastiraki Square. The name of the square derives from the Greek word for monastery, and in the center of the square sits the Pantanassa Monastery. The square is also home to the Adrian Library, an archaic temple constructed in the Corinthian-style, and not far away is the 18th century Tzistarakis Mosque, now a ceramics museum. This Athens tour will point out all these landmarks to you and give you all the information you need to know about them in this cultural hub of the city. Next, explore the square’s flea market, mingle with merchants, and see ancient monuments as you uncover even more Athens history. Then, you’ll head off to Ifaistou or Pandrossos to discover shops selling all kinds of specialties such as leather sandals, handmade icons, Greek music instruments, and antiques. This is the perfect place to pick up a memento of your Athens travel experience, and the perfect way to get in touch with Athens market culture. Your tour will take you past ancient Agora next, where merchants traded enthusiastically during Greek and Roman times. You’ll see the lively central neighborhood of Thission, and pass houses from the 17th and 18th centuries along the way, as you make your way to one of Athens’ oldest areas, Plaka. There, you will enjoy a freshly brewed coffee as you chat about all things ancient Greek. Your Athens tour ends at the entrance of the Acropolis, where you are free to continue on your own personal exploration, or your local guide can give you advice on the best way to get back to your hotel. Don’t forget to ask for tips on what else to see and do during your stay.

Athens: Private Sightseeing Guided Tour with Transportation

10. Athens: Private Sightseeing Guided Tour with Transportation

Explore the Athenian Riviera and the city's top tourist attractions, which include world heritage monuments and the birthplace of modern civilization. Getting to know one of the most beautiful and safest European cities that blends the classic with the modern and the old with the new. Discover Athens with a guide who knows how to make the most of every minute of the day. See the Acropolis and the Parthenon, Erechtheion, and Propylaea. Visit the antique theaters that inspired modern art, filled with sculptures, pottery, and priceless gold and silver items. Visit the monastery bazaar and explore popular neighborhoods that are nostalgic for the past. Follow the sounds of Greek music as you walk through Plaka's cobblestone streets. Stop at Lycabettus to take in the panoramic views of the city that reveal every hidden gem. Stop, purchase a ticket, and explore some of Athen's best museums, including the Acropolis Museum, Museum of Cycladic Art, Benaki Museum, National Archaeological Museum, and Museum of the Ancient Agora.

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What people are saying about Monastiraki Square

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 45 reviews

Marina was the sweetest host. She greeted us at the door and walked us up to her homey apartment. She taught us how to cook typical euros, tzatziki sauce, Greek salad, and how to crisp the pita bread! She was very skilled with her culinary knowledge and Greek seasonings. We sat around the table and ate family style and had great conversation with wine and music. It was the perfect last night of our Europe trip! Thank you Marina

Had a great day! Picked up near our B&B. Beautiful authentic boat. Delicious lunch, freshly prepared, on board and something for everyone on the different islands. Cycling, swimming, site seeing, history... We were served at our beck and call by Sam and associates! During lunch the tzatziki was gone, but Sam made sure I got a whole portion to take home when I said goodbye. Really great and definitely recommended!

It is a very nice experience to walking and learning things about the history and the present and the past of the place. Very useful information and very detailed guidance!!

Marina was a wonderful teacher and so good with the two children (my 11 year old son in particular found the cooking really interesting). Highly recommend.

Great day, staff were really friendly & helpful, will def do again on next trip to Athens