How about enjoying a sghtseeing without the dire strings of a purse? Free walking tours are tours still, but they have no upfront cost. Instead, they ask that you pay what you think the tour was worth once your experience is over. As a result, they fit in any budget. The only downside is that you should prepare yourself for large groups, especially during the high season! Here are the top 5 walking tour companies working in pay-what-you-wish basis in Athens.
1Athens Free Walking Tours
This company provides tours with English and Spanish guides around the historic quarter of Athens every day, commencing at 9.30 am. The tours are run by locals who are passionate about the history of their city, which can be seen as the cradle of Western Civilization. Moreover, they can give you some great insider tips to enjoy modern Athens and circulate authentic knowledge.
2New Athens Free Tour
This 2.5-hour walking tour will exhibit the city in a time lapse for you to learn about the 7,000 years of history Athens has. The daily tours begin at 10.20 am and will take you around the historical district. In addition to the free tour, the company also offers paid tours concentrating on a theme such as the street art.
3Athens Sunset Free Walking Tour
A walk among the monuments of Athens at sunset with a local Greek guide adds romatic essence to city’s history. It runs at the perfect time to watch the sunset from a very suitable spot. The famous landmarks observed from here do not a filter while on Instagram!
4Urban Free Tours
Historic side of Athens can be put in a context through this 2 to 3-hour walk through the ancient city centre provided by the company. The tour guides provide knowledge about all the best meals at restaurants, the best deals at markets, and attractions to see which can help you decide where to go when the tour ends as well.
5Nikos’ Free Walking Tour in Athens
This small-scale but popular walking tour company offers free walking tours through the city center. The overseer Nikos is a local guide and he loves his city for sure, which means you’ll have an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. Keep in mind that since this company is small and places are filled quickly, you will need to send an email to reserve your free spot on the tour.
In addition to these walking tours, CitySightseeing combines hop-on-hop-off bus tours with free walkings. Therefore, with this ticket, not only the three bus lines but also two different walking tour routes become available within Athens.