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About Acropolis Guided Tour

Take our Acropolis Guided Tour and travel back in time to Ancient Greece! The ancient citadel overlooks Athens, and your tour guide will lead you around the site. Learn all about the monuments there and their cultural significance, including the Parthenon, the Theatre of Dionysus, and more. Because of the Acropolis’ position on a hill, you’ll also have a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire Athens.

THE THEATER OF DIONYSUS

Discover the Theater of Dionysus, where Athenians would go to relax and watch plays. A tour guide will explain all the different types of Ancient Greek theater (tragedies, comedies, etc.) and the critical role it played in day-to-day life. You’ll find that ancient drama has greatly influenced modern theater!

THE ODEON OF HERODES ATTICUS: A MUSIC THEATER

See the music theater Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Roman senator, Herodes Atticus, constructed this theater to be used as a venue for music concerts. It continues to be used in modern times - Frank Sinatra performed here in 1962!

THE PARTHENON

Your tour guide will lead you to the Parthenon - a temple that was significant for the Athenians and was a symbol of the progress of Athens. Today, although only the ruins remain, you can still see its magnificent facade and precise architecture.

STUNNING PANORAMIC VIEWS

The Acropolis is situated on a hill overlooking Athens. Because of this, when you stand on top of the Acropolis, the entire city will be spread out before you in a 360° view.

SKIP THE LINE, SKIP THE WAITING

You’ll receive a skip-the-line ticket, which means you won’t have to wait in long queues and can enter the site immediately! Waiting times for the Acropolis can sometimes be up to 2 hours long, so skipping the line will save you a lot of time.

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We didn’t have to wait in line at all!

The tour includes skip-the-line admission tickets, which I very much appreciate! We visited the Acropolis in June, and it was already super hot! If I had had to wait in line (and it was a long line), I definitely would not have lasted long. This way, we saved so much time and were able to start the tour right away. And a good thing we did - our tour guide Petra taught us so much, I would have hated to miss even a minute.

Max

I literally felt like I was in Ancient Greece

Our guide Christos was so lively and so eloquent! When he talked about the history behind the Acropolis, I imagined myself strolling among the sites. I really wish I could watch a play at the Theater of Dionysus or stroll through the Parthenon in its full glory. You can really feel the weight of history here, partially because of the ruins themselves and partially because our local guide was just that good! This is definitely the best Acropolis tour!

Mark

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Acropolis Guided Tour

WANDER AROUND THE ACROPOLIS: THE CENTER OF ANCIENT GREEK CIVILIZATION

Your tour guide will take you to the top of the hill overlooking Athens. There, you’ll explore the Acropolis - an ancient citadel full of cultural monuments and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover ancient theaters for both drama and music. For example, the Theater of Dionysus was famous for its plays, while the Odeon of Herodes Atticus was used for musical concerts. Your tour guide will also show you the monumental Propylaia Gates - the ceremonial gateway to the Acropolis. Next, explore the temples. The Erechtheion is famous for its stunning Caryatids - female sculptures that serve as supporting columns. And each one has its own design and personality!

VISIT THE SYMBOL OF ANCIENT GREECE: THE PARTHENON

After visiting Erechtheion, your guide will lead you to the most famous temple of the Acropolis - the Parthenon. This building was constructed for Athena, Athens’ patron goddess, out of gratitude for Ancient Greece’s victory over Persia. As you stand where ancient philosophers and worshippers stood before, listen to your guide recount the building’s history and significance. Because of the building’s devotion to Athena and its symmetric, gorgeous architecture, it became a symbol of democracy and Ancient Greece in general. You’ll understand why just by looking at its beautiful sculptures and imposing columns.

TAKE IN THE PANORAMIC VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE ACROPOLIS

To complete the Acropolis Guided Tour, your local guide will take you to a lookout point. Since the Acropolis is located on a hill overlooking Athens, you’ll see a panoramic view of Greece’s capital. The modern city makes for a stark contrast next to the ancient ruins - and for a gorgeous picture! Feel free to ask your guide to take some pictures of you and create a lasting souvenir of your Acropolis Guided Tour!

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FREE CANCELLATION UP TO 24H IN ADVANCE!

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Receive a complete refund if you cancel your booking 24 hours before the selected date!

Acropolis Guided Tour

There was a statue of the goddess Athena on the Acropolis?

According to ancient sources, there used to be a colossal bronze statue of the goddess Athena standing on the Acropolis. It was called Athena Promachos, which means ‘one who fights on the front lines’. The statue was supposedly built to thank the goddess for helping the Athenians beat the Persians at the Battle of Marathon.

Apparently, the statue was gigantic. The Ancient Greek geographer Pausanias wrote that the top of the statue was visible as far as 60 km away from Athens!

Good To Know Before You Go!

  • For your comfort, it is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes and a sunhat.
  • In the summer, it’s a good idea to apply sunscreen before the tour.
  • We also suggest bringing a water bottle to refresh yourself during the tour.
  • This tour includes a 'reserve now & pay later' option, as well as free cancellation.
  • This Acropolis Guided Tour sells out fast, so it’s a good idea to book soon!
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Meeting Point

The tour meeting point is outside the Acropolis metro station at the address 7 Makriggiani. Your guide will be waiting for you next to the Metro sign on the Makriggiani pedestrian walkway. They will be holding a white and blue "Athenian Tours" sign.

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FAQ – Acropolis Guided Tour

Are there toilets inside the Acropolis?

Yes! There’s no need to worry about that. You’ll find three different restroom facilities inside the Acropolis. There’s one next to the Parthenon, some inside the Acropolis Museum, and several by the old, now closed, east Acropolis entrance.

How do I get to the Acropolis?

You can take either the metro or the bus. If traveling on the metro, get on the red line (M2) and head to the Acropolis metro station. The southeast entrance to the Acropolis is then just a 2-minute walk away. If you’re traveling by bus, you can take any line that stops at the Makrigianni station. From there, it’s a 3-minute walk to the main entrance of the Acropolis.

Can I cancel my Acropolis Guided Tour?

Yes! It’s a flexible tour, meaning you can cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

Can you visit the Acropolis without a tour?

It’s possible to visit the Acropolis without a tour guide. If you want to explore it at your own pace, we suggest booking an Acropolis Priority Entrance Ticket.

What should I do after the Acropolis Guided Tour?

There are plenty of archaeological sites near the Acropolis. For example, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian's Library are both stunning attractions that you must visit. And the best way to that is by booking the Acropolis Combo Ticket which includes access to these sites and many others. Also, don't miss the opportunity to go on an Acropolis Museum Tour to see the famous Parthenon Frieze and other amazing artifacts.

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