Athens short break adventure holiday

Athens short break walking holiday

  • Apr - Oct
  • Small Groups
  • 3-5 days
  • Customizable

"Discover the best of Athens in four days with your own private local guide!.."

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Walking around the Athens, the cradle of Western civilisation and the birthplace of democracy, feels like exploring a lively, open-air museum. Every step you take leads to a fascinating monument.

Few people though know about Athens’ natural wonders as it is surrounded by sea and mountains and harbours magnificent fauna and flora – there are 140 recorded species of wildflowers alone! You can enjoy hiking, swimming, snorkelling, birdwatching, sailing, diving, kayaking… just minutes away from the centre!

This 4-day private Athens short break combines sightseeing and adventure! 

Our guide will take you away from the touristic areas and show you the hidden gems of Athens and beyond.

On Day 1, you’ll dive into the marvelous world of Ancient Athens and discover hidden corners rich in history and cultural significance. Starting from the Akropolis, you’ll walk through old neighbourhoods and picturesque narrow alleys to the Roman Agora, the Ancient Agora, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Pnyx Hill and Mars Hill, from where you’ll enjoy an incredible view of all of Athens. More details below…

On Day 2, you’ll experience a food tour around Athens’ old neighborhoods, central vegetables, meat and fish markets, where you will “taste” the true soul of the Greek diet by trying lesser-known delicacies and popular traditional dishes!

On Day 3, you’ll enjoy a coastal ride along the Athenian riviera to the spectacular National Park of Sounio. You’ll walk in the heart of the Park enjoying unique flora, sublime coastal views, geological and archeological wonders. You’ll end the day at the famous Cape Sounio where you can swim and watch the sunset from Poseidon’s temple!

On Day 4, you can choose between different activities such as a nature hike at Mt Hymettus or Parnitha, both a hiker’s heaven and ideal birdwatching spots. Other options involve swimming at remote beaches, kayaking, scuba diving or sailing to a nearby island. The options are endless and we’ll tailor the ideal trip for you.

When you return home you can say with confidence that you have seen all of Athens off-the-beaten track sites, experienced its unique nature, got to know the local culture and tasted the amazing cuisine everyone is talking about!

Here is an example of what you will experience during your private Athens short break adventure holiday…

Join our Athens short break adventure holiday and you will:

images Walk and explore the history, culture and unique natural world of Athens,

images Be introduced by an archeologist to the ancient and historical highlights of Athens as you walk along the gentle hills around the Acropolis…

images Let us take you on a journey that started 3000 years ago, from ancient Greece to the contemporary city of today… 

images Walk around the oldest and trendiest neighborhouds and discover hidden corners you’d never discover on your own,

images Experience customs and traditions, cultural happenings and local feasts,

images Walk in the heart of Greece’s most important National Parks and learn about the local herbs and plants, birds and other members of the animal kingdom!

images“Taste” the true soul of Athens by trying lesser-known delicacies and popular traditional dishes!

images Swim at the crystal clear waters of the Aegean sea,

images Plus on the last day, you can choose your favourite activity… hiking, swimming, snorkelling, sea kayak, scuba diving or sailing at a nearby island… there is something for everyone !

This unique Athens short stay adventure holiday is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the Athenian history and culture off-the-beaten track… while enjoying the great outdoors to the maximum.

It is ideal for those looking for short breaks that combine a mix of culture and adventure and at the same time wish to avoid groups.

Our recommended itinerary is subject to changes according to the weather conditions, as well as the wishes of our guests. The enjoyment of our guests and their safety are always our priorities. Although there is no need for prior experience, a reasonable level of fitness is required.

This is a tailor-made holiday that will be designed specifically for you and your family or friends.  2, 4 and 7 – day itineraries are offered.

We will reserve for you a lovely authentic hotels at very picturesque and central location, within the historical centre of Athens. The owners are very hospitable and helpful and are known to provide the most delicious breakfasts. We’ll send you full details.

We look forward to show you the best Athens has to offer

Please contact us at info@nofootprint.gr for further information.

We organise our Athens short stay adventure holiday all year around.

Athens is more pleasant out of season:   

  • April to mid June: for wild flowers, sunshine and moderate temperatures. The Easter period is recommended as it’s one of the most important celebrations in Greece and you’ll have the chance to experience traditional feasts and gatherings.
  • September to end of October: for warm seas, gentle weather and autumn flowers. 

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@nofootprint.gr.

ATHENS SHORT STAY ADVENTURE HOLIDAY FEES

4-day walking holiday staying at family-run guesthouse at the historical centre of Athens:

All prices are per person for two people sharing a standard double room.

  • 2 people – Low Season EUR 597 High Season EUR 647
  • 4 people – Low Season EUR 534 High Season EUR 587

Supplement for single rooms:

  • Low Season EUR 362
  • High Season EUR 405

We offer group and special offers. Please contact us for further information…

The fee includes:

  • 3 private guided tours (Athens Cultural/historical tour, food tour, Sounio Park & Temple of Poseidon)
  • 1 nature walk or activity of your choice
  • Your own archeologist & naturalist guide
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • 24% VAT
  • Pick up from your hotel and transfer back to your hotel
  • Client’s information brief by e-mail
  • An arrival briefing on Athens and the surrounding areas
  • Introduction to the Greek biodiversity & local flora and fauna
  • 24 hour support for any troubleshooting or advise

The fee doesn’t include:

  • Flights to Athens
  • Transfer to your hotel from the Airport (options are offered)
  • Lunch and supper

Book your short stay adventure walking holiday in Athens…

Itinerary

DAY 1: ANCIENT ATHENS & HIDDEN CORNERS
Enjoy a full day guided tour of the most important sites in the city, starting from the world-famous Acropolis area you’ll continue to explore the oldest neighborhoods of Athens; picturesque Plaka, unkown Anafiotika with its pretty Greek island-style houses, rustic Monastiraki with its Flea Market and antique shops and finally historical Thesio.

On the way you’ll discover the most important archeological sites; the Roman Agora with the Tower of the Winds and Adrian’s library… the Ancient Agora where great philosophers such as Socrates spoke about global truths… the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Pnyx Hill where democracy was born and Mars Hill, from where we have an incredible view of all of Athens.

In short…

• Your expert archeologist guide will introduce you to the archeological and historical highlights of Athens as you walk along the gentle hills around the Acropolis…

• We’ll take you on a journey that started 3000 years ago, from ancient Greece to the contemporary city of today…

• You’ll hear stories from the Greek mythology and ancient Athenians daily life! Famous ancient myths will come to life, stories about Gods and Heroes, such as almighty Zeus, Athena, Goddess of Wisdom and protector of Athens, stories about philosophers such as Socrates who shaped our way of thinking…

• You’ll explore the 5 oldest and most important historically neighborhoods of Athens…

• You’ll understand how and why ancient Athens became the cradle of Western civilization…

We’ll end our tour with lunch in an authentic Greek tavern!
DAY 2: ATHENS FOOD & WALKING TOUR
Greek coffee and “koulouri”, cured meats, cheeses and other delicious “meze”, years old traditional recipes, “loukoumades”, “baklava”, vibrant open markets, olive oil and wines – this is a feast for foodies!

Let us take you on a food tour around Athen’s old neighborhoods where you will:

“Taste” the true soul of Athens by trying lesser-known and popular delicacies and traditional dishes!

• Explore the most picturesque neigbourhoods and get a feel of “every day life” of Athenians;

• Experience the buzzing fish, meat, vegetables and spices markets!

Our local guide will first take you for a Greek coffee and “koulouri” where you’ll learn all about the Greek diet and how food culture has been transformed from the ancient, ottoman to the modern times. You will then walk to the vibrant “spices” street and central Varvakios Market; the biggest fish, meat and vegetable market and one of the most exciting places in the city! Butchers, fishmongers and farmers whose families have had stalls in the market for a century are shouting for attention creating a buzzing atmosphere!

On the way, you will sample various cured meats, local cheeses, olive oils, dips, spices and herbs before continuing to the colorful, old and picturesque neighborhoods of Monastiraki and Psiri. Time for lunch at one of the oldest taverns in the city where you’ll taste a variety of traditional meat and vegetable dishes… “melizanosalata”, stuffed vine leaves, stuffed tomatoes and peppers, “imam”, “briam”, various casseroles, to name a few!

We’ll continue our neighbourhood exploration walk and stop at our favourite pastry shop where you’ll taste traditional mouthwatering deserts! Our tour ends at the flea market in Monastiraki, below the Acropolis. By now, we hope that you’ll have seen and tasted the best that the Greek cuisine has to offer!
DAY 3: WALK THROUGH 'GEOLOGICAL' PARK TO TEMPLE OF POSEIDON
Today you’ll enjoy a ride along the Athenian Riviera towards the seaside town of Lavrio, where you’ll begin a spectacular walk in the heart of the unknown “geological” Sounio National Park. Under the green hills of dense Aleppo pine forests and more barren areas with holly oaks and phrygana… lies a land rich in minerals, such as lead, iron or silver.

As you walk this magnificent trail, you’ll pass the impressive gulch of Chaos, the tunnels of the 20th century iron mines and the washing plants of the ancient mines, which date back to the 3rd century BC and brought great wealth to Athens, making it a super power during Classical times! The area is riddled with caves, archaeological riches, more recent ruined dwellings and plants scattered over the hills. On the way the migratory birds and wild flours accompany your journey.

Our hike ends at the magical site of the ancient temple of Poseidon, dating back to 400 BC, built at the southern tip of cape Sounio! According to myth, Sounio was the place of the tragic death of Aegeus, the king of Athens as he mistakenly thought that his son Theseus had died. The sea where he fell has since been called the Aegean Sea. Enjoy a refreshing swim and lunch before watching the magical sunset from the temple! An ideal ending to a perfect day!
DAY 4: RELAX BY THE BEACH, GO HIKING, KAYAKING OR SAILING
We have allowed for an extra day for you to relax by the beach or enjoy a nature hike, kayak along the south coast of Athens or sail to a nearby island. The options are endless and we will be happy to recommend excursions or activities for your last day. Here are some options…

OPTION A: HIKE & EXPLORE THE NATIONAL PARK OF MT PARNITHA

Parnitha, where the cloven-hoof god Pan used to dance and play his flute, offers a vast network of paths, rich flora and fauna and stunning views of the whole of Athens. It is the perfect place for nature and hiking lovers as well as herb collectors.

As you walk through thick forests of fir and pine, jagged mountain peaks, gorges, caves, and springs, our guide will introduce to the resident mammal species such as deer, rabbits, foxes (the Park is home of the largest remaining Red Deer populations in Greece)… resident and migratory bird species, many of which are endemic… and some of the 1000 different plant and herbs one can encounter…

On the way, we’ll stop at the mountain shelter for a cosy snack and drink and a chance to soak in the natural wonders you have experieced in one of the richest habitats in Greece. (Hiking distance: 10km, Level: Easy to medium, Walking time: 3-5 hours)

OPTION B: SEA KAYAK ALONG THE SOUTH COAST OF ATHENS

Prepare yourselves for the best and most complete sea kayaking experience that Athens has to offer. Enjoy a tour along the beautiful Athenian coastline. After a short but necessary introductory lesson, containing important directions for your safety and the smooth conduct of the activity, we will begin our rowing adventure! En route we’ll stop at nearby islets and remote beaches for a swim and a bit of snorkeling. The day will end with a meal at our favourite fish taverns while enjoying the sunset!

OPTION C: SAIL AT THE MAGICAL WATERS OF THE AEGEAN

Enjoy a day sailing towards the island of Aegina with its picturesque fishing port and beautiful bays… explore the volcanic Methana peninsula…. swim and snorkel in the turquoise blue water of a pine covered islet Moni… this is a unique experience that you can enjoy privately or semi-privately. Contact us at info@nofootprintgr for advice and options…

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