Urban Athens Collective: Athens Walking Tour: Understanding Homelessness & Perseverance

Athens Walking Tour: Understanding Homelessness & Perseverance

Athens, Greece

Urban Athens Collective

Non-profit organization

3 hours
From$68 USDper person

Urban Athens Collective is a nonprofit organization that aims to preserve and promote the historical, cultural, and architectural significance of Athens to visitors and locals alike.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the hidden side of Athens while supporting vulnerable populations and cultural heritage preservation.
  • Follow Tasos, a street worker and advocate for the homeless, through a different side of Athens.
  • Experience how locals and immigrants alike enjoy coffee shops, bars, and the city streets, despite the effects of the refugee crisis and economic crisis.

Tour revenue will be invested in the provision of meals for the homeless in Athens as well as an archaeological excavation on Anthikythera Island that aims to empower the local community.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    10 am, 4 pm, 8 pm

  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Professionals

  • Languages

    English

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 12

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Comfortable shoes for walking, Hat, Sunglasses

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

Tour Description

Explore the vibrant Athenian spirit by exploring the most “hidden” places in Athens, where tourists rarely venture. Follow Tasos, a local street worker who founded the Social Street Work project of the Emfasis Foundation and other non-profit organizations that benefit the homeless population of Athens, through the streets of Athens to uncover a side of the city you would never find on your own. Learn about the difficulties the homeless people in Athens face, and the impact that both the economic and refugee crisis had on the city.

This tour is not just about the struggles of the homeless, however--see the perseverance of Greek spirit through hard times as you see how locals have fun and let loose in the city at night. With Tasos' guidance, you will be introduced to an Athens far off the beaten path from the typical tourist sites. Visit authentic restaurants, cool industrial-designed bars and coffee shops frequented by locals, and the neighborhoods of Metaxourgeio, Gazi and Kerameikos, where immigrants and locals coexist.

Vetted & Visited By

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Ribbon ambassador
Joy Maraveyias
June 16, 2016

Tour Start Address

In front of the Byzantine Church Pantanassa, in Monastiraki Square, Athens, Greece

How To Get There

Take public transportation to the Monastiraki Metro Station.

More About Urban Athens Collective

Mission

To preserve cultural heritage through education while supporting the local economy and vulnerable populations.

Main Programs

  • Interactive historical walking tours in Athens