Athens Eco Tours are private-guided in Athens and the surrounding region Attica. When you are looking for:
- Athens uncrowded
- Athens off-the-beaten-track
- Athens birding
- Athens’ rich natural heritage
you can drop us a line. Get a private-guided day tour with a focus of your choice: hiking, wellness, birds, plants or butterflies.
During this excursion, you will learn about Greek mythology too, since many of it originated and were related to nature. Expect to observe some rare and endemic species. What about the Micromeria acropolitana, the plant that grows near the Acropolis rock and nowhere else in the world? On that same Acropolis rock, you can spot the Little Owl (Athena noctua), resting in its holes in broad daylight!
Programs on offer:
- a nature hike and wellness experience in the Athens Riviera
- a guided eco-tour in the center of Athens or
- a private guided tour on National Park Mt. Ymmitos, walk amidst monasteries and wildflowers just a stone’s throw from the bustling city
- wetland, pine forest and beach of Schinias for the best birdwatching
Friendly and highly knowledgeable Natural Greece nature guides are here to customize the private-guided Athens Eco tours for you. Just contact us with your special needs and wishes and we get back to you right away.
- Plants. We can see, depending on the season, the endemics: Silene spinescens, Silene corinthiaca, Dianthus diffusus, Stachys spruneri, Malcolmia graeca, Ebenus sibthorpii, Helianthemum hymettium, Consolida tenuissima, Onosma kaheirei, Campanula drabifolia, Campanula celsii, Centaurea attica, Inula methanea, Scorzonera crocifolia, Chondrilla ramosissima, Colchicum sfikasianum, Colchicum lingulatum, Bellevalia hyacinthoides, Muscari pulchellum, Fritilaria graeca, Fritillaria obliqua, Gagea pseudopeduncularis, Ornithogalum atticum, Crocus laevigatus, Crocus cartwrigthianus, Ophrys aesculapii, Ophrys leucadica, Ophrys schlechteriana, Ophrys attica, Ophrys leptomera, Ophrys melena and many more interesting plants!
- Birds. There are more than 250 bird species flying around Athens! Including Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila fasciata, Cretzschmar’s Bunting Emberiza caesia, Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca, Rufous Bush-robin Cercotrichas galactotes or Ruppell’s Warbler Sylvia rueppelli at some great birdwatching sites within an hour from Athens center (Vravrona, Mt. Imittos, Sounio, Oropos river, Schinias wetland).
- Butterflies. There are around 100 species that fly at the area around Athens, like: Southern Swallowtail Papilio alexanor, Cleopatra Gonepteryx cleopatra, Meleager’s Blue Meleageria daphnis, Large Wall Brown Lasiommata maera and Southern White Admiral Limenitis reducta.
|TOUR DURATION||5-6 hours|
|INCLUDES||5-6 hours of private guiding by expert nature guide.|
|EXCLUDES||transfers to the venue (if applicable)|
Sample program 1:
Athens Riviera Nature Hike
This hiking experience takes place along the sensational “Athens Riviera”.
Well-kept secret: Attica, the region surrounding Athens has a rich natural heritage. You can observe some 1.500 flora species and over 300 bird species in the region and take in vistas that will take your breath away. This venue is located around 21 km/13 miles South of the Athens city center.
Many flowers here are connected to Greek mythology: Narcissus, Anemone, Crocus or Iris. This is where they flower in the wild, each with their own intriguing story! The best way to discover this is on foot and with a naturalist guide.
Enjoy stunning views from the hills to the Mediterranean Sea and islets in the distance a stone’s throw away from Athens! See many wildflowers blooming, among them many endemics (= unique plants that only can be found in Greece and nowhere else in this world!).
Apart from Sage we will discover many more remarkable plant species such as Thyme, the wild olive tree, numerous orchid species and bluebells. Hear stories from Greek history that are linked to Greek flora and fauna. We could even embark on a hunt for tortoises, chukar partridges and lizards! Food foraging could be part of the experience. Picking capers in Summer, olives in Winter or aromatic herbs & wild greens called “Horta” year-round.
Combine this tour with a wellness experience: a visit to the Lake Vouliagmeni!
Or a sea-kayaking adventure in the Med. Contact us with your Athens Eco Tours wishlist.
Sample program 2:
Birdwatching in Athens
Your bird guide will come and meet you at your place in Athens. The green hills of Pnyx, Philopappou & Mars are located opposite of the Acropolis in Athens. We will take a pleasant stroll, looking for the winged inhabitants.
Apart from its great cultural significance, the city of Athens boasts a rich biodiversity. During this excursion, you will learn about Greek mythology too since many of it originated and were related to nature.
On our walk, depending on the season, we will see several native and migrating bird species.
Among them, there may be many different tits, warblers, flycatchers some falcons and kestrels, as well as the famous little owl, symbol of the city. Expect some amazing views on the Acropolis (actually: the best angle for taking pictures is from Pnyx Hill) and the Ancient Agora.
Sample program 3:
Nature & Culture of Vravronas wetland
Meet your local bird guide in the lobby of your Athens hotel (or alternatively port or airport). Drive to Vravronas wetland and Ancient site & Archeological Museum, near Athens Airport. Vravronas wetland extends from the borders of the archaeological site to the coastal zone, following the mouth of River Erasinos. In this area, Erasinos retains freshwater flow all year round. Several fish species live in these waters, from the rare and endangered Marathon Minnow to the common Mosquito Fish. Other common species include the Striped Terrapin, Marsh Frog, Grass Snake , and Eel. The reedbeds that cover the banks of Erasinos are nesting sites of the Moorhen and the Water Rail, while Little Bitterns and other herons can be seen during migration. In the wet meadows, Glossy Ibis is a frequent sighting and passerines like the Nightingale sing from the dense shrubs and bushes that cover a large part of the wetland. During this trip, you will walk the trails and discover nature in this remarkable landscape, famous already from antiquity. The area became well known when the Temple of Artemis was built (late 6th century BC). Every five years a procession, starting from the Athens Acropolis and ending to Vravrona, signaled the opening of the religious feast of the Great Vravronia. Near the ancient temple is the Archeological Museum of Vravronas. A visit gives you an overview of the site, the excavations and the various findings here in Vravronas. Transfer back to either your hotel, the port or the airport.
Sample program 4:
Birdwatching at Ymmitos & Marathon
In the morning we will be visiting Mt. Ymmitos, near Athens, looking for specials like Rock Nuthatch, Ruppel’s Warbler, Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Barred Warbler, Black-eyed Wheatear, Eastern Orphean Warbler, and more.
Next destination: Marathon and Schinias National Park. Marathon and Schinias are located North of the airport of Athens, approx. half an hour drive. You will visit the historical sites and top archeological museum and learn about the Battle of Marathon (490 BC), arguably the most defining battle in Western history. It is also the birthplace of the marathon run. Visit nearby Schinias National Park, which is part of Natura 2000 network and considered the most important coastal ecosystem of Attica. It has a total of 19 habitat types, 240 bird species while there are threatened species of freshwater fish, amphibians, and reptiles. Highlight species include permanent residents Long-legged Buzzard, Little Owl, Chukar, Blue Rock Thrush, Penduline Tit, Short-toed treecreeper, and Cirl Bunting. Transfer to your hotel in Athens.