3 Athens Exclusive Experiences from Mastercard and This is Athens

Enjoy a gourmand's tour of Athens' food markets, a nighttime exploration of Athens' mythic sky, or walk in the footsteps of Aristotle and Plato.


“It’s the only place I ever was contented in.” That was Lord Byron’s take on Athens, one of the world’s eternally great cities. Celebrated since antiquity for its arts and culture, Athens is a must-see for everyone — from modern-day philosophers to food lovers.

Mastercard cardholders can now discover all that Athens has to offer with three Priceless experiences designed in cooperation with This is Athens, the official City of Athens Guide. Insider guides have curated three Athens tours, exclusively available to Mastercard cardholders that take you beyond the classics.

Immersive experiences, led by local archaeologists, astronomers, chefs, and actors, give you unique access to the city’s awe-inspiring heritage and hidden treasures.

1. Unravel the Enigma of the Parthenon & the Night Sky

Everyone who comes to Athens makes a pilgrimage to the Acropolis. But most visitors have no idea of the secret stories hidden in the famous Parthenon frieze. As dusk falls, wander through the ancient Agora to the Athens Observatory. Astronomers will show you how to ‘read’ the Greek myths written in the stars. This one-of-a-kind experience, exclusively for Mastercard cardholders, will change the way you see the night sky forever.

2. A Culinary Journey: Food Markets and a Chef’s Table

Savour the scents and flavours of Athens on this 4-hour culinary adventure where you will be taken on a gourmand’s tour of the vibrant central food market. After gathering your ingredients, master the art of traditional Greek dishes with a talented chef, who will share his favourite family recipes. Enjoy each delicious dish paired with exceptional Greek wines. A feast for the senses, exclusively for Mastercard cardholders.

3. Enjoy an Interactive Revival of Plato’s Symposium

Follow in the footsteps of Plato and Aristotle on this philosophy tour. After a guided tour of Aristotle’s Lyceum, take part in an ancient Greek symposium, right in the leafy park where Plato’s Academy once stood. Drink wine and debate the meaning of love with local actors, who re-enact Plato’s famous philosophical symposium just for you. An unforgettable experience, exclusively for Mastercard cardholders.

For more information visit the Athens Exclusive Experiences webpage.


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