Athens City Tour: The city of myths
A town chosen by goddess Athena as her own must be quite the place. The Athenians believed they were born from the soil and never changed their place of habitation. The countless layers of history you discover as you walk downtown prove them right. Explore Athens with a self-guided city walking tour on your phone designed by an accredited expert and lose yourself in the beauty of its stories.
Listen to fascinating stories, based on an award-winning storytelling concept, and gain great insights into the long and fascinating history of Athens. Start your tour from Syntagma square, one of the landmarks of the city, and then continue to explore the best sites of the city, feeling like a local. This is an unmissable opportunity to experience Athens at your own pace and find out the hidden corners of it with a captivating audio tour on your phone.
* * Ticket/entrance fee to the museums or other sites is not included.
The first constitution
Syntagma Square is an emblematic space for staging democratic demands. It was renamed after the 3 September 1843 Revolution that demanded the replacement of absolute monarchy with constitutional monarchy through a written constitution. The immediate cause of the revolt was the frustration felt by the leek War of Independence leaders at their exclusion from the government and the excessive influence of Bavarian officials. On the night of 3 September 1843, Colonel Dimitrios Kallergis (Commander of the Athens cavalry) gathered his men from their barracks and headed toward the palace. There they shouted, “Long live the Constitution” beneath the king's windows. King Otto yielded to their demands the following day and granted the first constitution of Greece. Ever since, Syntagma Square has become the focal point for mass public demonstrations, celebrations, and political rallies.
A grumpy man with a PhD. He is fascinated by words; when he sees them forming beautiful sentences he feels like an apprentice wizard who just produced fancy potions out of cauldrons full of frog legs and tears of bats. In his spare time he roams about town or watches anything produced and narrated by Sir David Attenborough, an inexhaustible source of similes. In Canada, he learned to love the cold, but he is much happier working in Athens.
Contributors and Bibliography
Stop 1: © dronepicr / Wikimedia Commons
Stop 2: © Ntaltagianni Christina private collection
Stop 3: © C Messier/ Wikimedia Commons
Stop 5: © Barcex / Wikimedia Commons
Stop 6: © Ntaltagianni Christina private collection
Stop 7: © Barcex / Wikimedia Commons
Stop 8: © C messier / Wikimedia Commons
Stop 9: © Barcex / Wikimedia Commons
Stop 10: © Jeanhousen / Wikimedia Commons
Stop 11: © Ntaltagianni Christina private collection
Stop 12: © George E. Koronaios / Wikimedia Commons
Stop 13: © Jebulon / Wikimedia Commons
Stop 14: © Ntaltagianni Christina private collection
Stop 15: © Andreas Trepte / Wikimedia Commons
Stop 16: © George E. Koronaios / Wikimedia Commons
Stop 17: © Joanbanjo / Wikimedia Commons
Stop 18: © C messier / Wikimedia Commons
Stop 19: © Ntaltagianni Christina private collection
Stop 20: ©Reinhard Dietrich / Wikimedia Commons
- Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone (Android & iOS) in English
- Offline content (text, audio narration and maps)
- Link to activate and access your audio tour
- Entrance fee to the museums and monuments
- Live Guide
- Smartphone or headphones
- Food and drinks
Know before you book
- Please consider that admission fees for the museums, archaeological sites, and monuments are not included.
- This is a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone (accessible through our app)
- No live guide or meeting point provided.
- You will receive an email from the local supplier with important audio instructions. on how to access and download your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
- Book per device to be used, not per participant
- An Android (version 5.0 and later) or iOS smartphone is required. The audio tour is not compatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 5/5C or older, iPod Touch 5th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, iPad Mini 1st generation
- You will need storage space on your phone (100-150 MB)
- Please keep in mind that it is a walking city tour and for that reason it is wheelchair accessible.
Know before you go
- Mobile signal may be weak at the site(s). Download the audio tour on your smartphone prior to your visit to avoid connectivity issues and enjoy it offline
- Admission fees are not included in this product
- The audio tour can be used repeatedly both online and offline
- Ensure you have a fully charged device and earphones/headphones
- Please wear sunscreen and a hat during the hot summer months
- Syntagma Square
- Old Royal Palace/Parliament House
- Numismatic Museum of Athens
- Athenian Trilogy
- Klafthmonos Square
- Omonoia Square
- Kotzia Square
- Athens Central Market
- Hadrian’s Library
- Ancient Agora of Athens
- Sanctuary of Pan
Recommended visiting hours
It is recommended to have the tour before sunset
The entrance ticket for museums and archaeological sites is not included
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Why take a self-guided tour?
This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.
You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.
After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.