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ATHENS PHOTO MARATHON

A private Photo Tour just for you and your company!
Spend a wonderful day discovering and photographing the heart of Athens and live an authentic @Athenscity experience!

TOUR INTRODUCTION

Join this private photo tour to master street photography with professional tuition and also meet and capture the real character of this ancient and modern city. An authentic Athens city experience! 
Athens is one of the most well-known cities in the world for its ancient monuments and its mythology and history. For street photographers, it has much more to offer than just history, though. This bustling city has an urban metropolis feeling mixed in with all that past. The fullness of character edginess throughout Athens’ streets and juxtapositions, its famous landmarks and secret beautiful corners are just waiting for you to photo discover them! 
Power up your street photography skills with detailed mentoring on candid street portraits, witty observations, urban landscapes, and ‘decisive moment’ images. 
Get ready to photo-cruise Athens’ urban inferno and be introduced to the secrets of street photography in a creative and inspirational way under the friendly, expert guidance of Photo Tours in Athens!

FACTS & FIGURES

Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Cost: €249 for 1 person, €359 for 2, €399 for 3
Included: Private tour, entrance fees to the Acropolis site, nibbles and refreshments, transport fares if needed, a 10% off on any other Photo Tour
Not Included: Sit-down lunch, personal expenses and any entrance fees besides the Acropolis site’s
Time: Upon arrangement
Max: 3 persons
Meeting point: Acropolis Metro Station or your hotel if central

TOUR ITINERARY

We start our Photo Tour under the shade of the Acropolis by walking on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street; one of the city’s most popular and scenic pedestrian promenades, where the modern Greek capital links with its ancient sites. It is named after Dionysius the Areopagite, the first Athenian convert to Christianity after Apostle Paul’s sermon, according to the Acts of the Apostles.
Our Photo Tour will take us to emblematic archaeological sites, a 16th-century picturesque little church, and viewing areas, and also introduce you to the neoclassical and modern architecture of the buildings along the vibrant pedestrian walkway that changes its name to Apostolou Pavlou as we head towards the hip Thisseio area.
You will be able to capture the local street life, street artists, Athenian archaeological landmarks, views of the Acropolis, and classic Athenian architectural details. Our route will introduce you to art deco style Athenian buildings, the Acropolis Museum, the Theater of Dionysus where competitions took place for the best dramas in honor of the pleasure god, and the Herodes Atticus Theater; the 2nd century A.D once cedar-roofed “Irodion” at the foot of the Acropolis that holds today Athens’ festival performances on balmy evenings. 

We continue our walk by visiting the Acropolis. Seeing the Acropolis is essential and the epitome of a visit to Athens. Live the experience of photographing one of the most iconic monuments of the world up and close! Additionally, we throw in some Street Photography taking advantage of the tourism scene and the crowds consisting of very interesting characters that provide photo opportunities and interesting juxtapositions.
Also, great panoramic views of the city of Athens will give a nice background to it and impressive urban landscape photos.

We leave the monument and through the lively Thissio area full of coffee shops, street vendors and artists, and flea market’s Ermou Street we arrive in Monastiraki. Monastiraki is one of the busier neighborhoods and it’s always full of life. A flea market neighborhood and one of the main shopping districts in Athens. An area with a cool vibe, a popular metro station, and a large square where youth hang out providing us with a variety of great photo opportunities to document Athenian life. Ancient ruins, shopping streets, busy passersby, street vendors, and lots of graffiti will provide witty and lively scenery for plenty of candid street photography! (Suggested stop for souvlaki and refreshments)

Following Athena’s Street, we reach Athens’ Central Food Market (Varvakios Agora). This chaotic, colorful market in Athens is a magnet for photographers. It keeps an edgy vibe of Athens making it different from other European cities markets. It’s not the prettiest area, but it has a character to spare. Athenians of all social and economic statuses come here to choose from olives and cheese to seafood and spice; this market has it all. The most interesting part is probably the meat market section, with hanging carcasses under bright orange light bulbs giving a surreal atmosphere. Some of the butchers come from generations of butchers who have had stalls in the market for a century. Browse around listening to their loud voices as they call out their prices. The Athens’ Central Food Market will get you “life as it is” photos! (snacks all along the way)

We carry on to Omonia Square. Omonia has been a very beautiful round square in the past, full of green and with a spectacular fountain, and has been considered the heart of the city, but it’s been affected today by urban decay, drugs, and prostitution. Omonia may look a little sketchy and dodgy (not to worry, you are with a very aware and observant local!) but it also happens to be one of the most interesting neighborhoods in Athens, with plenty of people full of character walking around. Not very far from the touristy areas, but with a very noticeable, authentic change, it’s still a primary district for commercial and social activity. The area of Omonia will provide us with real Athenian life photos. 

We take the Metro to Syntagma Square. The impressive building of the Greek parliament is here. The history of the impressive building of the Hellenic Parliament is intimately linked to the history of the Modern Greek state. Initially, the building served as the palace of Kings Otto and George I. It became the Parliament and Senate building a hundred years after it was constructed and still houses the Hellenic Parliament today. Through all those years, the building has undergone a series of changes and has been modernized. Every hour the Change of the Guards takes place in front of the building by the Evzones, a special unit of the Hellenic Army, also known as Tsoliades, that guard the Monument of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Hellenic Parliament and the Presidential Mansion. Through the historical movement of Greece, the Evzones have become symbols of bravery and courage for the Greek people. The duties of the soldiers are part of a ceremonial nature. Every soldier guards for about an hour, 3 times in total every 48 hours. Throughout these 60 minutes, they have to stand perfectly still until it is time to switch to another guard. During the changing, they work in pairs so they can perfectly coordinate their moves. The steps that the official ceremony requires at the time of changing are carried out slowly to protect their blood circulation after 60 min of immobility. The soldiers of the Presidential Guard are selected according to their height, excellent physical condition, and psychological state as well as character and morality, as they follow hard training before they become part of this honorary unit. The training lasts for one month and includes exercises to keep the body and mind still. Apart from staying still, the soldiers must also not make any face or eye move and must not show any expression.

For an unforgettable closure of our Photo Walk, a taxi will take us in a few minutes to Lycabettus Hill, the highest point in the city that offers 360° spectacular views of Athens to photograph panoramically under the magical Athenian sunset light.

Patrick Pierrakos
Patrick Pierrakos
2024-05-07
Vasilis truly loves and puts his being into what he does, and this shows in the end result. I genuinely arrived to our tour with a bad mood and left feeling relaxed, present & with exactly the photos I didn't know I was looking for! The tour felt like chilling with a friend I've known forever and the photos turned out excellent!!!
Gurdip Khera
Gurdip Khera
2024-05-06
Amazing photography experience while celebrating my 50th birthday. Vasilis captured classic, contemporary and stylish shots. Personal photography is definitely his thing.
Kam Khera
Kam Khera
2024-05-06
Thank you Vasilis! You captured our special celebration so beautifully, every picture tells a different story, you felt more like a family friend than a photographer, attention to detail shows in every picture, next time I'm in Athens I would definitely go for the photo walk experience. xxx
Ravinder Khera
Ravinder Khera
2024-05-06
Amazing photos! Really captured my dad’s 50th birthday in an amazing way for us to look back on our memories!
Marcel Gerstenmaier
Marcel Gerstenmaier
2024-04-28
A cherished memory for a lifetime! If you seek an absolutly, amazing, experience do not look further!! My now fiance and I were so happy with this Photoshoot. The Photographer, Vasilis is a really great, Kind, funny Person. You will have an awesome time with him!! He shows you places of Athen you won't see or come across, if you just visit the City for few days. You will get very interesting facts about the History and background of the places you will visit. And Vasilis will give great advices for the rest of your trip in Athen. My fiance and I are so so happy with the work and result of our photoshoot. The best way to describe this experience is that we will Always cherrish it and it will be a big, happy memory for me and my future wife. Thank you a lot Vasilis. I hope we will See you again, when we visit Greece :)!!!!
Ed Ochoa
Ed Ochoa
2024-04-19
It was a great experience and we loved our pictures. The host was polite and very knowledgeable of his craft and history of the area. Thank you
Kali Sim
Kali Sim
2024-03-22
Vasilis is a real professional and puts his heart in his photos. Great value for money! And I'm proud to call him a friend now after two perfect photoshoots we did together :)
Aziz Eidan
Aziz Eidan
2024-03-01
First of all, i was very hesitant to hire a photographer initially, i always believed i could take my own photos or anyone could do it. But with Vasilis, he showed me the true art of photography, he took his time and i trusted him completely, and im glad i did ! He put his heart and brain into each photo and that really made it an unbelievable experience, he loves what he does and it really shows his passion. Every angle was really and carefully thought. He told me his name means king, he is a true king of photography. He is so good that he makes you consider modeling ! Truly loved my time today and I am really glad i met him as a person . I met him as a photographer and now I know him as a friend. Thank you Aziz from Kuwait
Lana V. Tupchik, Esq.
Lana V. Tupchik, Esq.
2024-02-22
Vasilius was very accommodating and communicated well before during and after the tour adjusting to our needs
Gurdipkhera
Gurdipkhera
2024-05-06
50th Celebrations Amazing photography experience while celebrating my 50th birthday. Vasilis captured classic, contemporary and stylish shots. Personal photography is definitely his thing.
Marcel G
Marcel G
2024-04-28
A cherished memory for a lifetime If you seek an absolutly, amazing, experience do not look further!! My now fiance and I were so happy with this Photoshoot. The Photographer, Vasilis is a really great, Kind, funny Person. You will have an awesome time with him!! He shows you places of Athen you won't see or come across, if you just visit the City for few days. You will get very interesting facts about the History and background of the places you will visit. And Vasilis will give great advices for the rest of your trip in Athen. My fiance and I are so so happy with the work and result of our photoshoot. The best way to describe this experience is that we will Always cherrish it and it will be a big, happy memory for me and my future wife. Thank you a lot Vasilis. I hope we will See you again, when we visit Greece :)!!!!
Karen P
Karen P
2024-04-27
The Best Photo Tour in Athens Vasilis was a patient, knowledgeable instructor who is passionate about photography. This is infectious and has inspired me to take my photography to the next level of creativity. This was a once in a lifetime experience I will never forget . I was pushed out of my comfort level and lived every minute of this experience. Definitely book a tour with Vasilis if you are looking to be inspired!
VoyagerAndy
VoyagerAndy
2024-04-24
Superb photo guide I had a superb tour with the very knowledgable Vasilis. His chat, sense of humour, knowledge of the city, and professional enthusiasm for photography (and showing off the best of his city) are second to none. He immediately put me at my ease and once l began to show him some of my photos he was full of ideas and subtle coaching suggestions of better places to stand, or angles to use, or how to pick just the right moment to take my next photo. Athens is one of those places that seems to be on every traveller's wish list - it makes sense to spend that ambition wisely by being with a guide as pleasant and expert as Vasilis. I think I will return to the Athens area just for another photo walk (maybe the riviera?) - I enjoyed it that much.
Angelika T
Angelika T
2024-04-11
The best photographer!!! The best photographer!!! He has a crazy imagination and the result left me speechless. He deserves 5 stars and more both as a job and as a person.
Aziz E
Aziz E
2024-02-29
King of photography First of all, i was very hesitant to hire a photographer initially, i always believed i could take my own photos or anyone could do it. But with Vasilis, he showed me the true art of photography, he took his time and i trusted him completely, and im glad i did ! He put his heart and brain into each photo and that really made it an unbelievable experience, he loves what he does and it really shows his passion. Every angle was really and carefully thought. He told me his name means king, he is a true king of photography. He is so good that he makes you consider modeling ! Truly loved my time today and I am really glad i met him as a person . I met him as a photographer and now I know him as a friend. Thank you Aziz Abbas from Kuwait
Lana T
Lana T
2024-02-22
Vasilius the tour guide Vasilius was very informative and adjusting to our needs . He accommodated us and communicated really well . We enjoyed the sunrise tour
Keely E H
Keely E H
2024-01-05
An amazing experience and my best photographs ever! I am an Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Art History and Archaeology, and I asked Vasilis to take photographs of me around Athens that I could use both personally and professionally. He was wonderful to work with many terrific ideas about different locations. I also really appreciated how responsive he was to my needs and interests and how quickly he put me at ease in front of the camera. I was absolutely thrilled with the gorgeous shots Vasilis took, and I was enormously impressed with how quickly he sent them to me. I could not imagine a more positive experience, and I really appreciated the wide variety of striking images he created. A photo walk with Vasilis is a fantastic way to create an unforgettable experience in Athens that you can treasure forever!
8466jimmy
8466jimmy
2024-01-05
Amazing private photographer & walking tour. Vasilis was absolutely amazing, so professional. My son was proposing to his girlfriend and he took amazing photos of my son & his fiancé. 10/10
Ajith N
Ajith N
2023-12-24
Athens photography Vasilis was really good cooperative and amazing to work with. Highly recommend for anyone visiting athens.
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