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Athens: Acropolis Small-Group Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

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Skip the ticket lines to the Acropolis and see the most famous monuments of Athens. Discover the birthplace of Western civilization and hear…

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Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis was the center of Athenian culture and worship for millenia. As the heart of Western civilization, it's now one of the world's foremost heritage sites and an essential addition to any sightseer's bucket list. Here are a few reasons why.

Geology formed the foundations of Athenian culture

Geology formed the foundations of Athenian culture

The limestone hill's shallow caves and steep slopes provided prime Neolithic real estate, and its freshwater springs may have inspired the myth of Athena – a fertility goddess!

It was the center of government

It was the center of government

Acropolis means "highest point" and as the most fortified site, became the seat of Athenian kings until the realities of the republic pushed administrative buildings further out.

The original buildings were destroyed by Persians

The original buildings were destroyed by Persians

It had been a dedicated site of worship for just 30 years before being sacked by the Persians in 480BC. Afterwards, Pericles began a construction project that lasted 50 years!

It was in relatively good condition until 1687

It was in relatively good condition until 1687

The Parthenon was used as an Ottoman garrison from 1458. During the Morean War, Venetian artillery blew its gunpowder supply and significantly damaged the Acropolis' temples.

Restoration began in 1975

Restoration began in 1975

The archaeological site is still being partly restored, but you'll see the Parthenon, Erechtheion, Temple of Athena Nike, and the Propylaea gateway among the ruins on your tour!

Our insider tips

Booking tickets?

Admission prices begin at €12 (€6 concessions). Skip the lines by booking a tour in advance!

What are the opening times?

The Acropolis is open to visitors between 8:00AM and 8:00PM from April to October, and until 5:00PM from November to March.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily from 8:00AM to 8:00PM in the summer, until 5:00PM in the winter.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult admission tickets start at €12.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out these best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    The Acropolis is within walking distance from most hotels in city center!
  • Additional information

    • Wear comfortable walking shoes!

    • If you're visiting in the summer heat, dress accordingly and bring some water.

What people are saying about Acropolis of Athens

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4.4 / 5
based on 4,709 reviews

Wonderful tour! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate!

The tour was excellent. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. He answered all questions. He was very passionate about the history. His passion for history was really helpful in the museum where we were directed to certain pieces. The museum would have be overwhelming and we would have missed a lot of information if we hadn't done the tour. A suggestion - when the bus drivers pick up the tour participants, they should be told that they may need to get on a different bus when they arrive at the tour head office. We were unaware that the people picked up were for different tours. So we ended up on the wrong bus. Thankfully, you took attendance and was able to get us on the right bus. But there was a delay and the bus that we were supposed to be on had already set out and then had to stop.

Great insight of ancient Greece and walk to and in the Acropolis

We picked up the last tour of the day due to the high temperature of the Greek summer. The group was small, we met up at the metro station and got our tickets (alongside a bottle of fresh water and the offer of sunscreen) and then we entered the site. A lot of history and information from our guide Maria, with the time to take pictures and ask further questions. The downside of the time was there was no much time to hang around the Acropolis after the tour end and no time at all for visiting the Acropolis museum, but it was the price to avoid the heat. I'd suggest to pick up the morning option if you have the chance. Highly recommended, a really good experience.

Acropolis: Entrance Ticket and Guided Walking Tour Reviewed by

Saved me well over an hour waiting in line in the hot sun.

The ticket pick-up point was easy to find, and I only had to wait about 1 minute to get my tickets. I was directed on where to go to reach to entrance to the Acropolis, and a few minutes later we were passing the ticket line and walking through the gate. Totally worth a few extra Euros and the short walk to pick up the tickets.

Exceptional. Added so much to the overall experience.

It was over 100F the day we were scheduled to go and it is quite a hike. On the way up, she would find shady spots to tell us about what we were going to see next. So much information -a great history lesson. She always took our questions. The best way to see the Acropolis! Thanks!

Acropolis: Guided Walking Tour with Entrance Ticket Reviewed by

Spectacular setting was brought to life by very knowledgeable guide.

Chris was a very knowledgeable guide who helped our family appreciate the significance of this site. I don’t believe we would’ve gotten near as much out of this experience without him. His stories and explanations through the museum were invaluable.

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