Ready to explore the rich legacy of ruins and mythology scattered across Athens? A guided tour offers a cost-efficient and efficient way to maximize your time.
Greece is crammed full of ancient temples dedicated to towering figures of Greek mythology, but perhaps nowhere more so than Athens. It is, after all, the city of Athena, Zeus’ wisest daughter. No need to brush up on your gods and demigods alone though, there are now hundreds of tours catering for all levels of knowledge. Whether you’re looking for a speedy introduction with a passionate local or a deeper dive with an academic, you’re bound to find it in Athens. We’ve compared five of the most popular Greek mythology tours in Athens, taking into account price, uniqueness of offering, itinerary and customer reviews.
Ancient Greek Mythology Exploration Game
If traditional tour groups aren’t really your thing but you could benefit from some expert insight to kickstart your passion for mythology, this fun and informative exploration game could be just the ticket. The 1.5-hour gamified tour whisks users across the city to discover the stories of Greek gods. To unlock the “secret story” of each location, you’ll need to solve riddles and find clues, gaining insight into the history and culture of Greek mythology along the way. To spice up the game, you can compete against other group members on different mobile devices too. This is our top choice for mythology novices with a short attention span. From £6.03 per person.
Guided Mythological Walking Tour and Creation Stories
This cheap and cheerful tour ticks off Athens’ greatest mythological stars in just two hours. Led by a local guide, the tour dives deep into the history of the 12 Olympian gods, with special attention paid to Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. By the end of the tour, you should know all about the peculiar birth of Athena, the famous dispute between Athen and Poseidon and the war gods and titans. You might even have refined your opinions on life after death. Tours are limited to small groups and there is a full refund for cancellations made up to 24 hours before the event.
The History of Athens: Greek Mythology Tour
This three-hour tour is the most cost-effective private tour we’ve found online. Led by a local history expert, the tour covers Greek mythology, historical highlights and hidden treasures. Hosts are happy to adapt the itinerary according to your interests and needs too. The tour focuses on the stories behind landmarks, statues and squares, as well as the connection between landmarks such as the Monastiraki Flea Market, University and Academy of Athens and Varvakios Central Municipal Market and their connection to greek mythology. An excellent option for those looking to take a deeper dive into Greek mythology without breaking the bank. From €56.79 per person.
Greek Mythology for Kids: Private Tour
This fun four-hour tour is the best experience for families that we’ve found online. Local guides use interactive tours, games and role-play to teach little ones about epic battles, heroic quests, natural phenomena and the intrigues of the twelve immortal gods. The tour price includes all activity materials, a kid-friendly mythology booklet, a board game, a medal and a traditional refreshment (as well as coffee for adults). A brilliant tour that shares the mythology and history of Ancient Greece in a fun and informative way for the whole family. From £103.46 per person
4-Hour Mythological Walking Tour
For those travelling in a group, this four-hour tour offers serious savings. Customers pay per group rather than per person, which works out at little more than £75 per person for a private tour with an expert guide. The tour begins at the Temple of Plympian Zeus and meanders across the slopes of the Acropolis and Theatre of Dionysus and the Asklepieion to the Acropolis, where you’ll get to learn all about the stories of Athena. Like all of the tours on this list the price does not include entrance fees, though you can purchases skip-the-line tickets at the entrance with help from your guide.
From £301.75 per group of up to four people.