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War, Conquest and Destruction in Ancient Athens

Your guru: Julian
Questions? Contact with Julian

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  • Athens
  • Available in: English

About the guru Julian

Hi everyone! My name is Julian. I am an archaeological student originally from Montreal Canada, and curently livingin Athens Greece. I am currently completing my masters degree with Kent University in Heritage Management, with a campus located in the town of Elefsina. The focus of my studies is in preparing and presenting archaeological and heritage information for public co... More »

Hi everyone! My name is Julian. I am an archaeological student originally from Montreal Canada, and curently livingin Athens Greece. I am currently completing my masters degree with Kent University in Heritage Management, with a campus located in the town of Elefsina. The focus of my studies is in preparing and presenting archaeological and heritage information for public comsumption. Many of you are on this website as you seek both a unique and informative experience from your stay in Greece. I am happy to be able to offer both whilst providing an element of fun in my walking narration of the past. I would love to invite you to join me in a journey through time.

About the tour

The history of Athens is a history of blood, sweat and tears. From humble origins, Athens rose up to be a dominating Mediterranean power, standing up against the likes of the Persians, Spartans, Macedonians, Romans and the Ottomans. In order to face these formidable foes, Athens constructed some of largest defensive fortifications known to the Greek world, which completed several circuits around the city. In ancient Athens, warfare was entwined in all aspects of life, from democracy to religion, politics, economics and even the everyday lives of individual citizens.

Athens as we know it today lies atop the ruins of countless cities before it, which were built up from prosperity and torn down from conquest.

This tour will focus on the military history of the city itself, ranging from late Mycenaean times (1200 BC) until the end of Civil War (1949). We will use the remnants of the past city and its various stages of walls to explore the history of Athenian War.

Join me as we tour from Kerameikos to Syntagma to explore the often forgotten turbulent history of such a important city.

We will be stopping at between 8-12 focal points spread across a 2 and a half hour walk. This walk will require climbing up both the hill of the Nymphs and Muses and will cover a distance of around 5km. I advise you to bring comfortable shoes as well as plenty of water to drink.

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How to find me: In front of Thissio metro with a banana hat :)
Tour duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Tour schedule

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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give 5, some people give 50, you choose the price.

Reservations in advance are mandatory because if the 'guru' doesn't see any bookings one day, she will not show up at the meeting point. Or if she has too many 'walkers' that day, won't allow you to join without the reservation. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Ratings (6)

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Brenden

25 days ago

It was a great tour that is very informative. It gives a complete history of the city of Athens through its highs and lows as a city.

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Response from Julian:

Thank you Brenden! :)
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Bertha

25 days ago

The tour was incredible! me and my husband learned so much about Athenian history and its a must if you're interested in learning about this city. Julian is a fantastic tour guide and with lots of historical knowledge and really friendly with all of us. I never write reviews but i just couldn't resist simply because its a must if you're visiting this country!!

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Response from Julian:

Thanks Bertha! It was a great pleasure taking your family around :)
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Ioannis

26 days ago

This tour was great! Very eye opening and saw everything I wanted to see :) very well organized and great experience! Highly recommend!

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Response from Julian:

Thanks Ioannis :)
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Phil

1 month ago

Had planned a tour for our arrival, we called him after looking for him for 30min at the meeting point. He apologized and said he had forgotten about it, and rescheduled for the next morning at 9AM. We again showed up on time at the meeting point and he wasn't there yet again. This time my phone calls went strait to voice mail I wouldn't plan my vacation around this tour. We were disappointed and frustrated since we were only there 2 days and would have liked to book another -_-

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Response from Julian:

I apoligize for this Phil, I was looking forward to showing you around. I couldnt call you back because i have a Greek pay as you go number and didnt recieve your call because i there was public transportation issues that day. I only showed up at 10:30 and had not other way to contact you. I then had to get ready and leave for my excavations that evening. Sorry for all of this!
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Johanna

3 months ago

Unfortunatly the tour was cancelled but no information from Julian regarding the cancelled tour.

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Response from Julian:

I apologize for that Johanna! I forgot to close my tour as i was back in Canada those dates for a funeral.
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Salonie

5 months ago

Absolutely brilliant tour, Julian is really knowledgable and easy to talk to, the route is not strenuous and really shows you the history of Athens! This tour was a definite highlight of our trip and a definite recommended must do! Thank you so much Julian for your expertise :)

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Response from Julian:

Thanks for the kind review Salonie! Hope to see you guys in Athens again :)
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