Instagram Tour? We Did One!
Guys. We know. You’re probably wondering, what is an Instagram tour and why do I care? Well, that’s why you’re here. And you obviously do care what an Instagram tour is because you clicked the link!
Instagram Tour by Truevoyagers
When we landed on Athens as our destination, we decided we needed something to fill our time that wasn’t chasing a toddler as is our normal activity. So somewhere between getting confirmed seats on our flight to landing at ATH, we found and signed up for the Athens Instagram Photo Tour by Truevoyagers. We’ve been on our fair share of tours, but we’d never heard of an Instagram tour… and that’s one of our rules. Do something new every trip.
This tour will take you to the most Instagram-worthy sights around Athens downtown, where you’ll snap photos and experience the urban environment of the city. Immerse yourself in the ancient and modern Greek culture while exploring popular neighborhoods.Truevoyagers description of the Instagram tour
Much like you, we weren’t sure what to expect. Would it be cliché and kitschy? Or maby it would be rushed? Would we literally be taught Insta? It was none of those, thankfully! Our guide and founder, Pascal, was a great host. Our group was small, just the two of us and two others (who, by the way, spoke only Spanish, so we got two descriptions of everything!) walking around the city.
What’d We See?
We don’t want to give too much away (you can see it on the video!) but we figure we have to give at least some details. The tour started at Syntagma Square where we watched the changing of the guard, followed by a big loop around the city making stops at the National Gardens, Zappeio Hall, the Panathenaic Stadium, Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, through Plaka and some assorted tiny churches, all the way up some of the back side of the Acropolis!
Why Not Just Walk Yourself?
This is what we normally do. Athens is overwhelming for a first timer; so many places that are must-see, iconic, and historically significant. And for us, we had only two full days to accomplish everything. So this walking Instagram tour served a couple purposes: it let us walk around and familiarize ourselves with the city and let us see all the major sites (at least from the street) to decide what we wanted to visit in depth. The pleasant surprise: we learned a TON about Athens, its history, and its culture. Pascal performed a great tour and we learned so much more than we even expected.
We certainly “could have” done this on our own. But we’d never have learned what we did, nor would we have had the pleasant conversation with locals that we got. We even made an unscheduled stop in a neighborhood church where they gave us a tour and history lesson of its own right. Amazing.
Pics or it Didn’t Happen
Ok, ok. We’ll keep some stuff in the video, but ask as you shall receive. Here are some of the Insta-worthy pictures we were able to capture along the way. We think they turned out nice!