Urban Adventures, Athens Night Tour
Speaking four languages has always given me the privilege of travelling without the need to book an organized tour. I always plan my itinerary weeks ahead of my journey leaving half of my days unplanned to go with the flow because I’m a firm believer of the view that you can’t get a real feel of a new place unless you discover hidden gems of your destination all on your own. Having said that, the last thing one would expect me to do is go on a guided tour but as the saying goes “Never say never”!
I first heard of Athens Urban Adventures last October when my friends Meg and Rick from the US visited Greece and told me that they had spent an “Awesome day walking Athens with their tour guides Maeva and Alexandra”. Everything would have been perfectly normal if Rick hadn’t started popping out street names and places that only a local would know about. And then I received an invitation to take the Twilight Athens Tour by Athens Urban Adventures! I have to admit that I was more than skeptical about it but Rick’s and Meg’s narration of their tour was still fresh and I decided to go for it!
Alexandra, who is in charge of the Athens and Crete Urban Adventures programmes, along with Maeva and Nikoleta took me around a walk of Athens right after the sun had fully set and honestly talking the 3.5 hours we spent were more than a delight! We saw many of Athens’ landmarks under the moonlight and I was really surprised on how much I actually miss when I go out with my friends and never really notice the city around me. Drinks at local bars, a view of the city from a rooftop, spooky stories and Athenian legends along with secret stories of celebrity visitors of Athens were all included in this Athens night tour and I think any tourist taking it would have got a real feel of Athens nightlife and how we Athenians spend our nights out! The girls told me that if I wanted, the tour could continue on a free VIP entry to a bouzoukia venue featuring urban folk music but I think I’ve had enough of those in my life and decided to skip that part.
I would totally recommend the Twilight Athens night Tour but if staying up late is not your thing, there are many more tours you can choose from at the Athens Urban Adventures official site here.
So, I guess next time I decide to go on a trip somewhere new I will be checking the Urban Adventures global site to pick a few tours like that one! How about you, Sunshines? Do you prefer going around your destination on your own or would you rather go on a guided tour? Have you ever been on an Urban Adventure tour around the world and what did you think of it?
photos by Nikoleta Zavou