Philosophy and Democracy tour of Athens

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Philosophy and Democracy tour of Athens
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore ancient Athens with this small-group tour that covers its landmarks and history. Discover the birthplace of democracy and delve into philosophical theories amidst surprising scientific revelations. Uncover the significance of Kerameikos Archaeological Site, stroll through Monastiraki Flea Market, visit Hadrian's Library and the Roman Agora, and more. You will also compare the democracy of ancient Greece to the democracies of the modern world.
  • Explore the highlights of Athens with a focus on philosophy
  • Compare ancient and modern democracies with your guide
  • Get insider tips on where to eat, drink, and explore
  • A small group means more attention from your guide

What's Included

  • Gratuities
  • Admissions to sites

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Adrianou 1
    Adrianou 1, Athina 105 55, Greece

    In front of the statue of Thisseas (opposite the train station, across the road)

Start time

09:30 AM

End point

  • Theorias 21
    Theorias 21, Athina 105 58, Greece

What To Expect

Kerameikos Archaeological Site

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Monastiraki Flea Market

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Hadrian's Library

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Roman Agora

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Tower of the Winds

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Plaka (Pass By)

Ancient Agora of Athens

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included


20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Philopappos Monument

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Acropolis (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Operated by Athens Classic Tour

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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

Do not be put off by the title of the tour it is not heavy academic wise but is a transfer of stories from a true teacher in a very engaging manner.
I strongly recommend the tour as the best way to start your holiday in Athens!
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Brilliant few hours with a superb host
Robbie_M, Feb 2024
A brilliant tour, plenty of walking but a great chance to see plenty of history. Panos was a great guy, so knowledgeable and interesting, he is a funny and charming guy too. Highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hi Robbie, thanks, it was a pleasure for me as well! Best regards.
A must
Mylene_G, Jan 2024
Amazing guided tour that completes very well the acropolis tour. I would say it is a must. What we learn is key take away from Athene. The guide goes over every aspect of the sites we pass by, including the interesting parts on background and history and anecdotes, over and above their connections with ancient Athens creation of democracy and spur of philosophy. We feel blessed to have had the chance to join this tour.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Dear Mylene, thanks fo your kind words, it's been a pleasure for me as well. All the best to both of you!
Inspired and...
Daniel_G, Jan 2024
Inspired and knowledgeable tourguide. Meaningful conversation about great thinkers of the past and actuality of their ideas.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hi Daniel, thanks, glad to hear from you! Best regards
Thought provoking, interesting and well worth it!
Srilatha_J, Dec 2023
We really enjoyed learning so much from our guide, esp our young adult children ! The tour was informative, thought provoking and a great way to start appreciating the long amazing history of Greece and Athens.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hello Srilatha, thanks, i am glad you and especially your children enjoyed it! All the best!
Well spent money! Pannos was an excellent guide
Luis_A, Dec 2023
We enjoyed Pannos broad view of history and philosophy. He was very engaging and entertaining. We were very keen to see where the key philosophy figures walked and lived and we were not disappointed.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hi Luis, thanks, wish you all the best!
Best tour in Athens !
Manon_D, Dec 2023
Best guide of all time! Thoughtful, intelligent, generous, fantastic storyteller! Don't hesitate to book this tour with Panos.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Hi Manon, i also enjoyed your company, my best regards to both of you!
Panos, is a master of his craft! It's like walking around with one of the noble philosophers!
Brie_M, Dec 2023
Panos was truly amazing! He made my trip to Greece complete and gave me the answers I wanted about Ancient Greece. I am a tough person to impress with this kind of things and honestly I can thank Panos enough!!
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Hi Brie, thanks, i really like this title (master of his craft), makes me feel like Gandalf, hahaha. All the best.
The old and the new
jane_t, Dec 2023
Knowledgeable and friendly guide who was happy to answer all our myriad questions and this tour does provoke a lot of questions! It felt very personal as there were only 5 people in our group. Very interesting to learn about Ancient Greek theories on culture and science and its relevance to today while we walked around the sites. We did the tour ahead of going inside the sites (you can see the sites from outside while on the tour) - helpful to know whether you do want to visit. We walked around the sites in a way which we would not have done ourselves
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Hi Jane, many thanks, i am glad you enjoyed it! Best regards.
Excellent guide
Eric_L, Nov 2023
Talking philosophy with Pandro. Seeing the Agora. Learning Greek history. Exploring other parts of Athens.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Hi Eric, thanks for your kind words!
Brilliant, unique experience!
StaceyLee_R, Nov 2023
Panos is a wonderful guide, insightful, thought provoking, and a really intriguing perspective on Athens and the history of Athens. I ended up being the only one on the tour, and I felt like I spent the morning with a friend. Highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Dear Stacey, thank you, it was a pleasure for me as well.Best wishes!
Very interesting tour
Kevin_K, Nov 2023
A very interesting tour, and Panos was a very good guide/instructor. An excellent way to learn about the ancient sites in Athens beyond the Acropolis.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Hi Kevin, thanks for your kind words! All the best.
100% recommended, if you're interested in the social, cultural and political aspects of Classical Greece, this is amust!
Alana_M, Oct 2023
Amazing tour, it was one of our trip highlights. Panos was a very knowledgeable and geneouse tour guide. It felt like walking around the hills of Athens with Plato himself, discussing about matters that sometimes the normal tour guides forget about but what we found were super interesting. If you want to really understand where the bases of democracy come from, how was life in Ancient Greece and how those principles shape our civilization, this tour is a must!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Hi Alana, i am really glad you enjoyed it! Best wishes.
Highly recommend
OliviaKai_G, Oct 2023
Panos was an incredible, kind and deeply knowledgable guide. I was so lucky to have the opportunity to have a 1-1 tour where Panos asked me what I was interested in learning, tailored the tour and answered my endless stream of questions. His deep understanding of the development of democracy and philosophy paired with his amusing ancient anecdotes brought everything to life and sparked a curiosity in me that I will take with me. I could not recommend more highly Panos' tour to those who are looking to learn more and take lessons that go beyond surface level tourism in Athens.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Hello Kai, thanks for your kind words, it was a pleasure meeting you as well. All the best!
Great, intellectual,...
Lea_M, Oct 2023
Great, intellectual, educative tour! We recommend families, friends! Our guid was wonderful, funny! Great thanks!
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Hi Lea, thanks a lot! Wish you all the best.
Absolutely Recommend
Omar_Z, Oct 2023
This tour was amazing; it was the true highlight of our trip to Athens. Panos offered us insight into history and philosophy on a lovely walking tour- we walked and had thoughtful discussions as the ancient Greeks did! Panos is as friendly as he is knowledgeable. We were thoroughly satisfied with this tour and would absolutely recommend it to anyone.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Dear Omar, it's a great pleasure for me to hear such comments, thank you!
We were taken back in time.
Paula_B, Oct 2023
What a great experience being in Athens and hearing stories, myths and facts about Athenian daily life. We were given information that will stay with us forever. We loved the Pythagorean cup story with Panos’ show-and-tell adding a hands on demonstration to seal the story! We ran and bought cups to bring home and share with our families! We couldn’t have asked for a better tour, the 3 hours just went by too quickly.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Hello, Paula, glad to hear you enjoyed the tour and the cup (guess you will have fun with it but mind the carpets!). Best wishes.
Very interesting and engaging tour.
Danilo_B, Oct 2023
This is a very interesting tour, given by a lively and engaged guide. It lasted over 3 hours and covered a wide range of topics of Greek history and philosophy. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Hello Danilo, nice to hear from you, thanks! Glad to know you enjoyed it. Best regards.
Best Tour Ever
Gerald_C, Oct 2023
Best tour we have done in Greece. Our guide (Panos) was extremely knowledgeable and passionate in the delivery of that knowledge. Made ancient Greek civilisation and the ancient relics we were looking at come alive. Thanks so much.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Hi Gerald, thanks for your kind words, i'm glad you enjoyed it! Best regards.
Informative, Thoughtful, and Impactful
Danielle_R, Sep 2023
We were looking for a tour that provided more than just a general overview of each of the major sites in Greece, and Panos' tour was a perfect fit. Not only does he take you to the main sites, but Panos tells Greece's philosophical history along with its major democratic elements in such a way that connects these things with thoughtful insights about how you can bring these themes to be impactful in your own personal life. He is very knowledgeable and thoughtful in his approach. This is a must-do when visiting Athens!
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Hi Danielle, thank you for your kind words (and the advice you gave me)! My best regards to both of you!
entertaining and enlightening
Elizabeth_D, Sep 2023
Panos’ tour was excellent, full of interesting detail and local colour. He brought sights to life that would otherwise have been moderately interesting but probably passed by quickly. We learnt a lot and were very entertained!
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Hi Elizabeth, i am really glad to hear you liked it, thank you!

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