Athens Shore Excursion: Small-Group Food Tour

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Athens Shore Excursion Small Group Food Tour
  • 4 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


When your cruise ship pulls into Athens port, get a taste for classic Greek cuisine on a 4-hour walking shore excursion. Stroll down the historical streets and make several food stops to sample enticing local specialities such as delectable 'loukoumades' dough balls, moreish ‘koulouri’ bread, 'pastourma’ sausage and more. Dip into bakeries, dairies and sweet shops, and discover popular Greek fruits, herbs and spices on a wander through the buzzing central Varvakeios food market. Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group shore excursion, ensuring personalized attention from your guide.
  • 4-hour small-group Athens food shore excursion
  • Enjoy a walking tour through central Athens with a local, food-expert guide
  • Sample savory Greek delicacies such as sesame-sprinkled koulouri and syrupy loukoumades pastries
  • Explore the spice, fruit, meat and herb stalls in the lively Varvakeios food market
  • Learn about classic Greek cuisine and delicacies from a knowledgeable guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people for a more personalized experience
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What's Included

  • Food and beverages sampling
  • Round-trip transfer from the Port of Piraeus and back
  • Food tour
  • Free time in Plaka
  • Food specialist guide
  • Athens guide magazine
  • Athens map
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch or dinner

Meeting and Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Piraeus Harbour, Greece

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:45 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Monastiraki (Pass By)

Psirri (Pass By)

Evripidou (Pass By)

Aiolou (Pass By)

Varvakios Central Municipal Market (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Inform us of any food allergies
  • Comfortable walking shoes, sun-screen and a hat are recommended
  • Dress according to weather
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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35 reviews
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Great food tour
Dian_M, Apr 2024
Great tour! Theo was excellent. Knowledgeable, kind and very informative. Has a great time visiting the neighborhoods of Athens Greece and sampling wonderful food. If you like getting off the beaten path of a city and seeing it up close this is the tour for you!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hi Dian, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! It’s great to hear that you had a great time on our food tour with Theo. He's truly passionate about showcasing the best of Athens and providing informative insights along the way. Exploring the neighborhoods of Athens and sampling delicious food is definitely a highlight, and we're delighted that you enjoyed every moment of it. Our aim is to offer unique experiences that allow our guests to immerse themselves in the local culture, and it sounds like Theo did just that. We're grateful for your recommendation and hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back for more culinary adventures in the future!
So much fun!
Alison_K, Oct 2023
I think we had 6 or 7 stops along this tour. Our guide, Fotis, was wonderful and shared so much information about the culture and sights that we passed while walking. The food was amazing and we definitely ended with full bellies! Our favorite stop was the Olive Oil store because the owner/creator happened to be there that day and was funny and shared a lot of information. His store was super cool and featured products from many local small businesses. After the tour, we had about 3 hours in the Plaka district before being picked up and taken back to the cruise terminal. We used that time to walk to the Acropolis and see the Parthenon. Highly recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys food and learning about local cultures, but also appreciates dedicated time to do your own self-exploration.
A good day in Athens
William_G, Sep 2019
An outstanding excursion lead by a very knowledgeable guide. We had many different "snacks" that were accompanied by lots of good information and conversation.
This was a fantastic tour in spite...
Leo M, Dec 2017
This was a fantastic tour in spite of a rainy day in Athens. We ate street food, sampled different foods in small shops, ate pastry in a friendly café, and topped it all off with a huge gyro in a cozy restaurant. At the start of our tour there was a difference in the pick up time at the end and the time stated in our voucher but it was worked out with our tour guide and our taxi driver and at the end of the tour our driver was exactly where he promised to be to pick us up.
Great tour! My only advice would be...
toole.michael, Jun 2017
Great tour! My only advice would be do NOT eat breakfast! You will get TONS of food throughout the tour and then end with a Gyro lunch... so come hungry!
Great alternative tour and a unique...
Jennifer M, Dec 2016
Great alternative tour and a unique way to see Athens. Our guide was wonderful. TONS OF FOOD, GO HUNGRY!
If you like to eat and this is not...
If you like to eat and this is not your first trip to Athens or you're looking for something different, consider this tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining as she led us through back streets, food markets and specialty shops to taste and learn about the food culture of Greece. We enjoyed nibbles and samples throughout the morning as we walked off the calories we consumed!
I was disappointed. First of all...
stephen_g, Sep 2016
I was disappointed. First of all, this was suppose to be a food tour. Our first stop a small church where we spent a 45min talking about family and how it affected are eating habits. Then we walked a brisk pace there the city. She never looked behind see if we had left anyone behind. Finally one of us told her to slow down.In fact one of the person on the tour tripped and fell. We maybe at the most visited 6 vendors. Didn't really taste that much of the local foods. We stopped at a cafe for green beans and wine. I was expecting more for lunch. Then went to a gyro place later. After the tour she showed on the map where we to meet our returned transportation. We weren't even allowed time to browse thru a food store that had unique olive oil, relishes, etc that she demo. Boy, did she take off after our tour was over as if she didn't what to be here. Had much better food tours than this.
The food tour of Athens was a...
Jane_R, Sep 2016
The food tour of Athens was a highlight of our trip to Athens. The group was small and the tour guide interesting and well versed in Athens history. The food was excellent and we had plenty of time to walk the calories off. After the tour we had time to visit the new Acropolis Museum which is a must to see. You walk over the excavated market area of Athens on glass floors a real experience and quite exciting.
Great experience , great way to see...
Scott M, Aug 2016
Great experience , great way to see the real Athens . Food was fantastic , guide informative and day was very pleasant . Pick up and drop off at cruise port was flawless .definately a great day .
This was an excellent, walking tour...
Patti P, Aug 2016
This was an excellent, walking tour. You will get plenty of food and information. It was first thing in the morning so I suggest you don't eat a big breakfast. There is a lot of walking on this tour.
Excellent tour, very interesting and...
RA_A, Aug 2016
Excellent tour, very interesting and informative. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative and very helpful about return trip to the boat. I would highly recommend this tour.
One of the best tours. Loved the...
Lonna H, Jul 2016
One of the best tours. Loved the snippets of Greek history, lifestyle that were seamlessly woven into the tour. We loved that we ate where Greeks eat, not where tourists eat.
This tour was very informative and a...
curtisc_t, May 2016
This tour was very informative and a lot of fun. Our guide however was very speedy she left everyone in the dust, the handicapped and the nonhandicapped had a hard time staying up with her . She was nice, but even after several requests she would not slow down. This would not have been an issue, but we called ahead and informed the tour of my disability and we're assured it would be no problem. It was very difficult, but still a good tour.
I am so happy that I found this...
Deanene H, Jun 2015
I am so happy that I found this small food tour. It was amazing. I learned which foods are traditionally Greek and tasted so many good foods. The meat and seafood market was a highlight. But, there were so many others. We tasted camel meat too. You have to take this tour.
A very interesting way to understand...
cynthia p, May 2015
A very interesting way to understand the ways of Athens! The fish market, the meat market and the fruit and vegetable market were an impressive background to the actual food sampled. Good food seems to come with enthusiastic cooks and interesting people!
We had a great time. If you have...
DANIELLE E, Dec 2014
We had a great time. If you have seen all of the historical sites and are interested in seeing some of the "real" areas of Athens I would recommend this tour. We walked away stuffed and with the knowledge of how the Greek people really eat.
This is an excellent tour. We are...
NorthUmpquaFarms, Nov 2014
This is an excellent tour. We are still telling friends stories from this tour and its experiences. This is a tour of the REAL Athens old town -- not the tourist area. Food shops and restaurants were very good and the vegetable and fish/meat markets were interesting (and clean). We take food tours often in our travels and find it a great way to really experience an area. The cruise ship pick-up was easy and on time. However, the ride back to the ship was several hours after the end of the walking tour and a substantial distance from the end of the tour as well as being within an hour of sailing time. We opted to cancel that ride and our guide was nice enough to call us a taxi and arrange a fare to take us to our ship. I would highly recommend this tour.
This was a fantastic way to see a...
Paul W, Oct 2014
This was a fantastic way to see a new city from a different perspective. Despina our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Greek food and drink and how it was interwoven with other more recent cultures. Our tour group was nice and small and ranged in nationalities from Europe to Asia. We would strongly recommend this tour and will definitely use this tour company again.
we had been to athens before, but...
annie, Oct 2014
we had been to athens before, but never saw what we saw on this tour, fresh meat market, spice store, we even saw a garden that grows up vertically to save space...highly recommend this tour

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