Ancient Greek Customs, Games
& the Underworld walking tour

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Duration:
3 Hours
Languages:
English, Ελληνικά
or Sign language (upon request)
Location:

Athens

Theme:
Culture
Mythology
History
Outdoor activities

If an experiential journey to the ancient Greek life and afterlife is what you seek, well, look no further! Simple farmers, war heroes, great lyric poets, rich and poor… they all had one main goal in life: to achieve posthumous fame; to be remembered! Dying was not the end of the line for them. There was a whole world and a great adventure waiting for them until they reached Hades’ Kingdom, the Underworld. But what was the journey and what did the Underworld look like? Discover Athens in a different and interactive way, through stories, myths, theatrical plays and games!

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HIGHLIGHTS WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT PRACTICAL INFO

 

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1. Highlights 

 

  • The theatrical play for the journey to the Underworld
  • The revival of Socrates’ trial and our chance to set his spirit free
  • The fun and laughter during the ancient games with a view of the Acropolis
  • The oldest distillery in Athens and the tasting of its secrets

 

  • “This was a beyond the ordinary tour!! History, mythology, games, fun... it had it all! The communication with the company was excellent from the beginning till the end. The last night before the tour my friend had an little accident and we had to cancel. The company was very helpful and managed to find us an alternative day without any extra cost. Our guide (i can't remember her name) was excellent!! She was very friendly, with positive energy and made us all feel really comfortable! Her English was excellent and she was always happy to answer our questions, however irrelevant they were... When we come back to Athens we will definitely join one of their tours again!!”
    - George, TripAdvisor
  • “We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our guide Conna was awesome. She was energetic, friendly and was well educated in the history and mythology of Athens. She made everything come alive as she walked us around the city! Don't miss this one, you won't be disappointed!”
    - Eva, TripAdvisor

2. What you can expect

This is hands down the most alternative walking tour in town! We will start from Plaka, the oldest and most beautiful neighborhood in Athens, getting introduced to the concept of life and death for the ancient Greeks and how their view of the afterlife defined the way they lived. We will talk about Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and discuss the concepts of ‘memory’ and ‘remembrance’. Walking around the little alleys of Plaka, we will discover monuments of the ancient past that are not what they seem. After learning about the importance of theater in the ancient Greeks’ lives, we will discover the journey from life to the afterlife and to the Underworld, through a short interactive theatrical play written by us, where everyone gets a role!

 

Moving on from Plaka, we will walk down the most famous street of Athens, Dionysiou Aeropageitou, past the Acropolis Museum and the beautiful neoclassic buildings, under the gaze of Goddess Athena from her Temple, the Parthenon! We will reach the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, an ancient theater, where performances are still taking place! There, we will learn about Aeschylus, the ‘father of tragedy’, and the sacrifice of Antigone in the name of life after death. Our next stop will be the Hill of the Nymphs and a hidden spot with a breath-taking view of the Acropolis! Plato’s motto was ‘life must be lived as play’. We will learn about the importance of play for the Ancient Greeks, and of course, we will play some of their games! We will also have the chance to get creative and make something of our own for ‘remembrance’!

 

Our journey does not end there. We will, then, walk to the Rock of Areios Pagos - literally a rock across Acropolis, which was the seat to the ancient criminal court of Athens. This is where people’s life or death was being decided! And this is where we will get the chance to rewrite history and maybe even save the spirit of Socrates! Finally, after a short walk through the picturesque alleys of Anafiotika, the ‘secret’ neighborhood of Athens, we will reach the end of our walk at the oldest distillery in town. Accompanied by old-fashioned liqueurs, we will have our own ‘symposium’ and celebrate life together!

 

3. Practical Info

 

Duration: 3 hours
Language: English, Ελληνικά, Sign language (upon request)
Location: Athens
When:

Daily, 09:00 or 16:30
(Flexible start time for the private tour)

Group size: Up to 8 people
Price per person:

49€

Good to know: This tour is offered in a kids version as well; please contact us for more details.
What's included:
  • Services of our amazing travel-teller
  • All materials necessary for the realisation of the activities
  • A drink per person during our last stop
  • Extra tips and stories about Athens
  • All taxes
Not included:
  • Any extra food or drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

 

 

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Notes:

Meeting point is Acropolis Metro station. Detailed meeting instructions will be sent to you upon booking.

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