Experience Ancient Greece with Harry Potter
For all the Harry Potter fans out there, let us introduce you to the city where it all began… Discover the magical world of Athens and Greek Mythology with this experiential walking tour in the heart of the city. Your family will get to explore historic Athens and its landmarks such as Plaka, Anafiotika, National Gardens, Tower of Winds, Hadrian’s Arc and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
At the same time, you will dive deeper into Greek Mythology and the magical world of Greece, the origin of Harry Potter’s universe! Who knows… maybe this time you will receive the much-awaited letter to join the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!
This 3-hour Athens Walking Tour Inspired by Harry Potter is the ideal way for the whole family to discover the most beautiful neighborhoods and monuments of Athens while having fun. An experienced local guide and a true Harry Potter fan(!), will guide you to the magical mythological universe of Athens through ancient and modern routes in the city center. Together, you will bring to life the Olympian Gods, the ancient mysteries, the proud heroes and the eternal legends! Have you ever wondered where the name of Hermione comes from? Or where the motherland of the proud Centaurs are? Why does the Golden Snitch of Quidditch have wings? Who is Fluffy, the three-headed dog, and what is his story? Enjoy action and magic in Athens, adapted to the age of your kids!
The tour starts at the Acropolis Metro Station and leads you straight into Plaka, the oldest neighborhood of Athens, and arguably the most beautiful. Your first stop is at Lysicrates’ Monument where a surprise awaits you and the door to the magical universe is opened. After, you will discover Athens’ local vibes, while your children experience what being a student in Hogwarts would feel like.
You will, then, make your way to the ‘secret district’ of Anafiotika, one of the most picturesque and authentic areas in Athens, from where you will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city.
The next stop is the famous Tower of Winds, the first meteorological station in the world! After, there is time for a short break at a historic café, to drink Greek coffee (hot chocolate or juice for the kids) and to taste the famous local spoon sweets. What is the news from the wizarding world in Athens…?
You will continue to discover local alleys with beautiful street art and artisan shops. Dark magic may be around and it is your children’s chance to become heroes, like Harry and Hermione!
Arriving at the famous Arch of Hadrian, you will also have the chance to marvel at the gigantic columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus. How is the King of the Gods connected to Harry Potter?
Our next stop is Zappeion, the first building ever erected specifically for the revival of the Olympic Games. Will our little heroes discover the secret entrance to the Greek Ministry of Magic? Careful though, too many Muggles are around…
The last stop will be at the National Gardens (also known as the ‘Forbidden Forrest’ in the magical world of Athens). What mythical beasts or wondrous creatures are hiding in the shadows?
Your tour ends here but you can continue your exploration of the Gardens, enjoy a refreshment in the beautiful café under the pergola, or follow your guide to Syntagma Square and the metro station.
This is a great tour for those who want to explore the city from a different viewpoint. Kids will be thrilled with the chance to become little wizards like their beloved characters and engage in ancient games and classes with their parents. Families will have fun together while appreciating the ancient ruins and their history along the way.
Families should know
- This walking tour is specially designed for kids starting from 7 years old
- Wear a hat, sunblock, and have a bottle of water with you
- This tour is an excellent way to discover the most important sites of Athens, beyond the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
Kids will love
- The lively narration, the stories and the magical references
- The role-playing and the fun games
- The experiential engaging with real places
- The Greek mythology connections that inspired the Harry Potter books and movies
Parents will love
- To discover Athens with their kids in a fun and relaxed way
- The experiential storytelling of the Greek myths and legends
- The break at the beautiful café to enjoy local treats
- The picturesque pedestrian streets of historic Athens
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