Athens has many activities to do. In this aspect, the things to see in the Plaka neighborhood and its surroundings stand out above all. Therefore, the best way to visit Hadrian's Arch, the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Temple of Zeus is by bicycle.
In addition, outside the central circuit there are also routes to visit by pedaling, such as the Athenian coast or the path of street art. With a bike tour you can save time and optimize your stay to make the most of tours and excursions in Athens or visit the Greek islands.
1. Electric bike tour along the coast of Athens and the port of Piraeus
This is another of the alternative bike tours that you can do in Athens and consists of leaving the historical central circuit to visit the Athenian coast.
On this tour you will be able to cross the Greek capital to the Saronic Gulf to visit the marinas of Flisvos and Mikrolimano and cycle along the coast to Piraeus.
This type of tour allows you to get to know another profile of Athens, the one that refers to its ancient maritime history, visiting the ancient Hellenic Maritime Museum and the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center Foundation, which pays tribute to one of the great contemporary Greek shipping entrepreneurs.
The circuit also usually includes a visit to the ruins of Kerameikos, which was the cemetery of Ancient Greece.
These tours are ideal for getting to know the city's ports, which are still operational for cruise excursions from Athens and for tours to Mykonos and the rest of the Greek islands. Moreover, you can do it comfortably on an electric bike and with the assistance of an expert local guide.
- Price of the tour... These tours have an approximate cost of 60 euros, including the electric bike and the assistance of the expert local guide.
- Duration of the excursion... Approximately 4 hours.
- Advantages of this excursion... You will be able to know the ports that gave fame to the maritime power of Ancient Greece and also enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the Athenian coast.
2. Night bike tour of the historical monuments of Athens
Athens, with its illuminated Acropolis, has one of the best night skylines in Europe, so cycling around it once the sun goes down can be one of the best plans during your trip.
The circuit also includes a tour of Plaka, the old quarter, located at the foot of the Acropolis and one of the most picturesque in Athens, as well as a stop at Pnyx, the rocky hill that is considered the cradle of democracy.
This tour is a good alternative to escape the daytime heat and get to know Athenian secrets with the assistance of an expert local guide and together with a small group of ten members.
This tour is one of the best activities in Athens during the night, as it allows to know another profile of the city and offers a closer experience in a smaller group than the one offered by the different tour buses in Athens.
Details of interest
- Price of the excursion... These excursions have an approximate cost of 50 euros.
- Duration of the tour... Approximately 3 hours.
- Advantages of this tour... The departures are in small groups so it is a personalized alternative to see the best attractions of Athens at night.
3. Acropolis of Athens bike tour
This is one of the most common tours, because it consists of a bike ride through the ancient monuments of Athens.
You will be able to visit the Acropolis, the Agora, the Roman Forum and the Dipylon Gate, as well as the narrow streets of the Plaka district and the ancient city walls. You will also have time to stop at the Greek ruins, always with the assistance of an expert local guide.
These types of tours usually include a stop at the Panathinaiko Stadium, which was the site of the first Olympic Games of the Modern Era, as well as the National Observatory of Athens, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Presidential Mansion.
They usually also include a walk in the National Garden, a public park in the center of the Greek capital and one of the largest green lungs of the city.
These tours are priced at approximately 35 euros and last about three hours. They always include the permanent assistance of an expert guide and the safety elements that are mandatory for cycling in Athens.
Details of interest
- Price of the excursion... These excursions have an approximate cost of 35 euros.
- Duration of the tour... Approximately 3 hours.
- Advantages of this tour... It is the most complete tour of the main and historical points of Athens and also a good value for money alternative.
4. Half day bike tour around the monuments of Athens with street food
With these half day tours you will be able to tour the historical sites of the Greek capital, such as the Roman Forum, the Agora, the Temple of Zeus and the Acropolis, but also visit local food stalls and restaurants in the Plaka neighborhood for lunch before continuing the tour for the rest of the itinerary.
On this bike tour you can also turn into a gastronomic tour of Athens by going over the street food stalls on Adrianou Street where you can try horiatiki, which is the most famous Greek salad, tzatziki sauce, stuffed grape leaves called dolmadakias and moussaka, which is the most famous local dish.
After lunch, the tour continues to the Academy of Athens, the University and the National Library, the trilogy of Athenian institutions that gave birth to democracy.
Towards the end of the tour, the excursion usually passes through Monastiraki Square and the neighborhood of Plaka, with a visit through its narrow alleys and small picturesque houses.
These excursions usually last approximately six hours and the price starts at 104 euros. Departures are in small groups and with the permanent assistance of an expert local guide.
Details of interest
- Price of the excursion... These excursions have an approximate cost of 104 euros.
- Duration of the excursion... Approximately 6 hours.
- Advantages of this tour... You will enjoy a typical Greek lunch as well as a bike tour through the most characteristic and historical sites of Athens.
5. Bicycle tour through the street art route of Athens
On these tours you will be able to get to know the avant-garde side of Athens. The tour moves away from the historical relics of the Acropolis to a circuit of graffiti and murals hidden in narrow alleys and alternative shopping districts.
With the assistance of a local guide, you'll be able to marvel at Athenian street art. The tour usually starts in Psiri, the trendy neighborhood of the Greek capital, characterized by its markets and cafes.
You will also visit The Meet Market, a flea market of fish, local foods, herbs and spices where you can find stores and live music.
The tour usually ends in Ceramico, the neighborhood of street art and ancient Ancient Greek cemetery and Gazi, the neighborhood of traditional restaurants and taverns.
I recommend you to do this tour especially if you are visiting Athens during Christmas, as the city is dressed in colors and Christmas lights in and around Psiri and the local atmosphere will be magical.
In addition, the neighborhood is also home to a small-scale replica of the Temple of Poseidon at Sunio, the cape located on the Aegean Sea that you can visit on an excursion from Athens.
Details of interest
- Price of the excursion... These excursions have an approximate price of 50 euros.
- Duration of the excursion... Approximately 3 hours.
- Advantages of this tour... You will get to know an alternative side of the city and the suburbs of Athens, full of street art and narrow paths ideal for cycling.
How to book a bike tour in Athens?
Athens bike tours can be booked online in advance or once you are in the Greek capital.
If you are traveling to Athens in summer, which is the high season, it is ideal that you book in advance to avoid problems of places or last minute price increases.
Before booking the tour I recommend that you take into account the weather in Athens during your visit, as temperatures are high in summer , so it may be better to opt for an electric bike tour or circuits with lunch stops and rest times.
How long is a bike tour in Athens?
The answer depends on the tour chosen and the activities included, but generally an Athens bike tour lasts between three and four hours, either those that tour the Acropolis and the main historical monuments of the Greek capital or those that include an alternative tour along the street art route and along the commercial ports and the Athenian coast.
Half-day excursions with a lunch stop last approximately six hours and offer a more leisurely tour, with time to rest and enjoy the activities with free time to discover the attractions at your own pace.
What will I see on a bike tour in Athens?
Depending on the tour you choose you can discover different attractions and do different activities.
Most bike tours include a tour of the historical circuit, consisting of the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, the Agora, the Parthenon, the Benaki Museum, Hadrian's Arch, the Roman Forum, the Dipylon Gate and the Plaka district.
Other excursions offer a tour of the street art circuit of Athens' avant-garde neighborhoods, including Gazi and Psiri, with their street murals, graffiti and also the city's alternative restaurants and bars.
On the outskirts of Athens you can opt for excursions to discover the ports of Flisvos, Mikrolimano and Piraeus and the Athenian coast.
Tips for a bike tour in Athens
For an Athens bike tour I recommend you book the tour in advance if you are traveling to Athens during the high season. You may also want to consider the weather, especially if you are traveling in summer, as temperatures in the Greek capital are usually very high.
Most bicycle tours start at the offices of the tourist service providers, which are usually located in the center. If you are going to be in Athens for a few days a bike tour of the historical monuments can save you time.
Here is a list of activities you can do if you have a three-day stay in Athens.
How much does a bike tour in Athens cost?
The answer depends on the type of tour you choose. The least expensive option and, in my opinion, the best value for money, is the three-hour tour of the Acropolis and the historical monuments of Athens, a cost of approximately 35 euros.
You can also opt for half-day tours with lunch at a local food restaurant for a starting price of 104 euros.
The alternative circuit tours along the Athens street art route are around €50 and around the periphery of the Greek capital the tour of the marinas starts at €60.
All options include the assistance of a local guide and all the safety elements that are mandatory for cycling in Athens.
Why is it advisable to take a bike tour in Athens?
Next to the Peloponnese tours, the Acropolis and the historical monuments of Athens are the most visited attractions by tourists, as they refer to the history of Ancient Greece.
A cycling tour with a local guide will allow you to save time and money while getting to know the main circuit of the historical center.
Since there are many attractions to visit in and around the center of Athens, a cycling tour will allow you to optimize the tour, especially if you are planning a few days stay in the Greek capital.
On these tours you can also get to know alternative circuits and take some of the best pictures of Athens if you decide to choose a night tour.
What are the advantages of taking a guided bike tour vs. visiting Athens on my own?
Athens has so many historical sites to explore that it can be a bit overwhelming to do it all on your own, so a guided tour can allow you to save time on sightseeing and also have the permanent assistance of an expert so you don't miss out on the best historical secrets of the city.
On the other hand, doing it by bike will make you much less tired than if you go through all the sites by public transport or walking.
If you decide to make an excursion through the neighborhoods of the alternative circuit, the assistance of a local guide will be decisive to know which are the best places to eat and will also show you places that only locals know and which are very difficult to access if you do not have accurate information.
For all these reasons, touring Athens on a bike tour has many advantages, I'm sure you won't regret the experience!