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Acropolis & the Hills: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line 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

George is a great knowledgeable Guide. We can only but recommend him.

We walked for 10 km in 5 hours away from the beaten tracks to places we would never have found ourselves.

Great conversationalist with wonderful knowledge of Athens and Greece.

Our guide was professional and yet conversational as she taught and engaged our questions. I would gladly pay for a guided tour again!

Invaluable information as the boards provided on site are boring

There were a lot of people on the site that did not know what they were looking the.20 euro entrance is a lot to pay just to take selfies. I recommend downloading this tour guide you will get so much more from your visit

This tour was so thorough and awesome- ask for Alexandria!

I am a big tour lover, and also a total Greek Mythology geek. I know many of the ancient Myths but this tour blew my mind. Alexandria was a wonderful speaker and soooo knowledgeable about the history of Greece and mythology. I asked her some ridiculous questions about the tribes of Ancient Greece and she knew everything, all the names, where they came from, what happened to them, wars etc. I was so impressed. The tour is LONG but once you take it all the ancient monuments are done- it covers everything. It was a great use of our limited time in Athens and set the stage for us as we continued to travel around the country. Also the tour was easy to find in the am and we weren’t confused, something I’ve dealt with when meeting other tours in the past.

Athens Mythology Highlights Tour without Tickets Reviewed by jessica, 05/12/2019

Great informative walk with an excellent guide!

Our guide was Costas and he spoke excellent English and made everything interesting. Group was relatively small at about 16 people, there was never a time when it was difficult to hear. He went out of his way to make sure we did not lose people or to find lost people rather than just giving up on them.

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