1. Greece
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  3. Athens
  4. Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

Athens: Highlights and Acropolis Guided Tour without Tickets

Product ID: 13827
Take a guided tour through the streets of Athens and see the city’s highlights, including Syntagma square, the Parliament, and the hip Plaka district. Admire the views of the Acropolis before ascending to the site, where you’ll enjoy priority admission.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Booklets
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the lines and avoid the crowds with your group tickets
  • Explore the magic of Athens with a knowledgeable guide
  • See Syntagma Square, with a history extending back to ancient times
  • Marvel at the Acropolis, towering high above the city
Full description
Discover the extraordinary sites and ancient ruins of Athens on a comprehensive city tour that takes to you face-to-face with antiquity at some of the city’s most breathtaking World Heritage Sites.

Your 3-hour walking tour begins at the Syntagma metro station. The guide will show you the archeological sites around this historic square before continuing on to Parliament House and the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. You’ll even get to see the pageantry of the changing of the guards!

Visit the National Garden of Athens, and see the neo-classical Zappeion Hall. In front of the Hall are the towering columns that once belonged to the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. This 6th-century B.C. temple was dedicated to the kings of the gods, but wasn't completed until nearly 600 years later.

From here you’ll enter the hip and cool Plaka district. Walk past the the portrait of Melina Merkouri, one of Greece’s most famous film actresses and politicians. Continue walking along the winding pedestrianized streets, passing bustling cafés.

You’ll soon begin the ascent to the Acropolis, taking in stunning views of the city below. Your knowledgeable guide will tell you about the monuments at the base of the Acropolis, including the famous Parthenon, Erechteion Propylaia, Nike Temple, the Dionysus Sanctuary, and Philopappos Hill.
Includes
  • Local licensed guide
  • Skip-the-line service
  • Athens guide magazine
  • Athens map
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fees are not included. The Acropolis and Temple of Zeus Tickets cost €26 for adults and €13 for students. Children under 18 enter for free.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet inside the Syntagma metro station, next to the ticket validating machines, beneath the hanging clock. Please make sure that you arrive 15 minutes prior to given departure time. The guide will be holding an orange Athens Walking Tours sign.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Student card
Not allowed
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Please wear comfortable shoes, and bring a hat and a bottle of water (also available for purchase on the way). Bring a sweater if you are visiting in the early spring or autumn.
• A minimum number of participants is required. There is a possibility of cancelation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, an alternative or full refund will be offered
• The tour duration is 3 hours and 10 minutes, which includes around 45 minutes of walking. The distance covered is around 1.5 miles, with many stops in shady corners
• The walking pace is moderate and suitable for everyone
• The tour is conducted in English
• There are restrooms along the route
• If you are a non-EU Citizen, please select either the Adult, Youth, Children or Infant price category. If you are an EU citizen, please select either the EU-Citizens, EU Student, or Infant price category.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 90 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Great tour, especially the Acropolis is so much better with a guide in order to understand the context. The 1st part (“Athens Highlights”) took us to the parliament, royal gardens and Temple of Zeus. For the 2nd part (Acropolis) some additional people joined us. At the end of this tour, there was a “3rd part” where they visited the Acropolis museum - this was not included in my ticket but I decided to pay the difference and stay for that too, since I had enjoyed the morning so much! The guide Kimon was so knowledgeable and able to keep everyone interested (there was quite a diverse audience). Bear in mind the actual entrance fee is not included for the temple/Acropolis/museum so you will need to pay the guide the extra amount at the beginning of the tour).

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February 25, 2020

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour with Kostas!

Wonderful morning spent exploring Athens, and especially the Acropolis, with Kostas. The passion he has for the history of his country is contagious ... he gave us so much interesting info, with the odd joke thrown in to keep things light. Could have spent the whole day going around Athens with him. Also, everything was well organized and everything ran on time!!

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June 16, 2019

Athen highlights

Our tour guide provided a lot of information. The tour started in the Syntagma subway station with information about the archeological findings when the subway was built. Saw the changing of the guard at the parliament, National Gardens, Temple of Zeus, Handrians Arch and Acropolis. She was easy to understand and I feel that we saw a lot for our money. I would do it again.

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October 21, 2018

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Product ID: 13827