Experience the real Athens

In a nutshell

Thousands visit Athens every day, but few get the chance to experience Athens like a local. Meet our community of locals and follow in their footsteps, discovering hidden treasures and places of interest.

What do Athenians do in their spare time? How do they balance their careers and personal lives? When and where do they go out? A community of savvy Athenians will answer all your questions and help you navigate the city. People of diverse backgrounds offer their personal perspective on what makes Athens so irresistible and unique.

Choose a themed walk with a local and learn more about each other, as well as getting to know Athens as an insider. Experience the real Athenian lifestyle and explore the places you won’t find in any tourist guides.

Meet our Locals

Meet like-minded people and discover all that Athens has to offer. Our community of storytellers will share the true spirit of Athens with you and reveal all the city’s secrets.

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FAQ

This is Athens with a Local is a platform that allows you to meet Athenians and explore the city through their eyes, by booking a thematic walk.

Nothing. We do not accept payment for the walks. Our Locals are savvy Athenians who provide their services on a voluntary basis because they love to promote their favourite city.

Each walk has a booking form that you have to fill in. After submitting your request, you'll receive an automated email response. Within three days, you’ll get a booking confirmation email with the name and email of the local who will show you around Athens.

Due to the voluntary nature of the programme, our booking platform accepts only one request per visitor, per month. You can request a walk 3 days after registration and no longer than 40 days in advance. We cannot accommodate groups of more than 6 people.

Athens isn't always wheelchair accessible, so depending on your specific needs, you might be better served by a professional tour guide.

The platform automatically matches requests with all available locals. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a specific local will provide the walk. We suggest you request the local of your preference up to 30 days in advance, and we’ll do everything we can to match you with them. If your request isn't confirmed within three days, the specific local might be unavailable. In that case, we recommend you make a new request for a walk, without asking for a particular local.

In case of any change of plans, please contact the Local Athenian you were matched with, as soon as possible. You may need to make a new booking request.

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