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Plaka, Athens

The Basics

This charming old neighborhood is full of cafés and restaurants as well as shops aimed at tourists (with prices to match). That said, it's definitely one of the nicest parts of Athens to wander around and is centrally located near archaeological sites and museums. Whether you explore Athens independently or as part of a city tour, you're likely to end up here at some point. Dozens of guided tours pass through the neighborhood, from small-group walking tours and shore excursions to night tours and tours that include dinner or a Greek dance performance.

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Acropolis monuments, Parthenon and Athens Hidden gems walking tour in Plaka
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Acropolis monuments, Parthenon and Athens Hidden gems walking tour in Plaka
$80.69 per adult
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Must Do Tour with Hidden Gem!!!
Artemis was an amazing guide! She provided so much background each step up the way. We really enjoyed the Greek stories along with the heritage of the villages. The hidden gems after the Acropolis was even more special as there was just a small group and we got to see more of the community and how the town around the Acropolis became the old town. You get a headset to listen as you walk around so you're still able to hear while taking pictures at your own pace. She found as much shade for us as possible but I would suggest bringing an umbrella and water. Don't go to Greece without taking a tour, you'll miss out on so much information that isn't in books.
Heather_M, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Athens

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Knowledgable and friendly
Bevan_N, Jun 2022
Private walking tour- Enjoy a Sunset Tour in Plaka
Knowledgable and friendly guide who took time to answer questions and take photos for us. A little pricy but overall a good experience.
star-5
It was a very informative...
Alyx_M, Jun 2022
Athens Private Walking Tour: Acropolis monuments, Plaka and local food
It was a very informative and relaxing tour. Our tour guide was very much accommodating to what food, shops, and stops we wanted to make during our time together. Definitely worth the time and money to have a local show us Acropolis.
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Acropolis and Food Tasting Tour
Patricia_T, Apr 2022
Athens Private Walking Tour: Acropolis monuments, Plaka and local food
Our guide, Vicki, was excellent. She handled a last minute issue professionally, imparted just the right amount of knowledge so not to overwhelm us, and planned delicious and ample food tastings. We enjoyed the entire Acropolis and food tasting tour!
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Amazing informative and efficient/effective tour of the Acropolis and its museum
NancyKay_O, May 2022
Acropolis & Plaka Neighborhood Private Tour with Licensed Expert
Eva was outstanding in her knowledge of the Acropolis both from a historical as well as philosophical perspective which provided us with a holistic view of the Greek culture and people over several years. She was extremely accommodating as my husband does not walk a lot so she made sure we took our time walking and resting in the shade while she shared her knowledge! She knows how to really navigate the Acropolis Museum to make our tour the most informative and efficient time among so many people! Would highly recommend Eva as a tour guide- she is fantastic!
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Exceptional...The best Guide ever.
macnmo1, Nov 2021
Acropolis & Plaka Neighborhood Private Tour with Licensed Expert
This was an exceptional experience. Our tour guide, Betty, was incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The whole site is overwhelming but Betty really breaks it down and explains so much. It was a pleasure to learn from her and spend the time with her. If we were going to do another tour we would have definitely booked Betty!!
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Highly recommended
Amy_J, Jul 2021
Acropolis monuments, Parthenon and Athens Hidden gems walking tour in Plaka
We had a great day and learned so much. This was the perfect intro to Athens. Our guide was fantastic.
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Bring your walking shoes and your camera
Gordon, Feb 2020
Acropolis monuments, Parthenon and Athens Hidden gems walking tour in Plaka
It was a beautiful day out in Athens. The pictures were beautiful and the perspective it gave us on Athens by ending the tour at the hilltop near the Prison of Socrates was the cherry on the sundae.
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Great Tour
cberti815, Sep 2019
Athens in a Day: Early Entry Parthenon, Plaka Walk & Ancient Olympic Stadium
We saw so much and it was really great being able to see it by walking. Our guide was fantastic. She was so sweet, funny and smart. I loved that this tour included all of the tickets with head of the line access and included the Olympic Stadium! I highly recommend it.
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Excellent experience
Glen_L, Jun 2021
Acropolis & Plaka Neighborhood Private Tour with Licensed Expert
Our guide was excellent. She asked us first thing what kind of tour experience we would like to have, do we like to walk fast, do we like to stop often etc... She brought the history to Athens to life. We enjoyed her company and the tour ended with her ordering authentic Greek food at a lovely restaurant in Plaka :)
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Athens private tour
Alex D, Aug 2019
Private Tours Athens, Acropolis, Museum, Stroll in Plaka
Worthwhile tour with a very knowledgeable tour guide who through in some extra sights and stopped for photo opportunities along the way.
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I LOVED THIS TOUR!
Kim_V, Oct 2019
Athens Tour-Skip the line: Acropolis, Acropolis museum, Plaka and Greek lunch
Our tour guide, Maritza, (I can’t recall exactly spelling) was amazing! She took us up to the Acropolis, gave us amazing history and details and never missed a beat to take pics, answer questions and always with a smile! The Acropolis museum was also a huge treat, again, full of detailed information we would have never known. The food portion was also great! We went to a couple amazing places that we would not have known about otherwise and had the BEST gyros. She was smart and funny and really made our very first tour in Greece the best possible. Thank you!!! Jerry & Kim, TX, USA
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An enriching experience
ducharme2007, Jul 2019
Athens Tour-Skip the line: Acropolis, Acropolis museum, Plaka and Greek lunch
An enriching experience Our tour guide, Maria, was very considerate of our comfort, taking us slowly through the acropolis on a very hot day, finding places for shade and rest. She shared information about the acropolis and Parthenon which conveyed the importance of this spot in Western culture. She also shared the mythology and drama, which made the tour fun. She also guided us through the museum, which gave us an even deeper appreciation of the site. The refreshments, which were local treats, were very welcome and delicious as well.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Plaka is a must-visit for all first-time visitors.

  • Plaka is a reliable place to buy souvenirs, but expect prices to be inflated.

  • Much of the neighborhood is wheelchair-accessible, but check ahead with individual attractions for accessibility information.

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How to Get There

Pedestrian-friendly Plaka is located in the heart of Athens, near the Acropolis and many of the city's numerous museums. It's easy to get to using the metro—both the Acropoli and Monastiraki stations are near the neighborhood—and the huge Syntagma Square transit hub is nearby.

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When to Get There

Plaka is a 24-hour destination, so it's best to plan your visit around what you want to see in the area; for example, while the sprawling Acropolis Museum is open daily, the Bath House of the Winds is closed on Tuesdays. Hang around when night falls for a meal in a local taverna or, at the very least, a drink in a pub.

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Anafiotika

Arguably the prettiest part of Plaka, Anafiotika is a charming little area that was originally constructed by migrant workers from the Cyclades, who came to work on King Otto's palace. Much of its architecture was influenced by the hometowns of the original inhabitants, with whitewashed walls and lots of angular structures typical to the islands. It’s a fun place to wander and worth visiting for great city views.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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