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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

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 5,282 reviews

Enjoyable but pricey, could be improved.

We had fun, but we’re a little underwhelmed for the high cost. Our guide was lovely, and a lot is out of their control - the Acropolis is so busy and tour members can be tardy, which probably impacted how much time they had to speak. We enjoyed the Mythology, and it sets the tour apart from all the historical information you can get at the Acropolis museum. However, we really would have liked the myths to be supplemented with a bit more history (ie: the temple/sanctuary was built this date following this event, by this ruler, before or after this other monument. The reason it was put here: here’s the myth). We wouldn’t be as fussy and would have given 5 stars if it wasn’t so pricey. But still very enjoyable and a great supplement to the pure historical/archeological information at the Museum.

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Great way to get around Athens but there seems to be a disconnect.

The bus was great and it was wonderful that the upper deck was covered on some of the buses. The drivers were very helpful. The only problem we had was that we booked three different routes and when we checked in they told us we were only eligible for two routes. I showed them my ticket which clearly showed three and they told me again no, it was only two. I wanted to go to the beaches and to the lake but they said that was not included even though it was on the ticket I got through your website.

Mostly good, but hard to keep track of where everything is

The information was good but it needed more pictures of what we should be seeing. They had multiple entries where they were talking about a specific spot or statue and I could not find it for the life of me , and I know most of them aren't there anymore but I couldn't find where it should be . Also all of the information was from the construction and building and nothing after so we didn't even tell us why there was no roof . Still, the information was interesting and I did enjoy it 4 out of 5

Fantastic tour, extremely well organized, excellent guide

We did this tour sept 7th 2019. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable (Fotini) and professional. It’s organized in a way to optimize your time to see the key highlights of the acropolis and surrounding without waisting lineups and avoiding crowds. Transportation extremely comfortable. We were a group of 4 (two adults and two children), perfect for family. Highly recommend it.

4-Hour Athens City Highlights Tour with Acropolis Reviewed by

Excellent guide. Great information and pacing.

Kimon, our guide, took us from top to bottom on a hot and windy day. He kept all the information flowing, answered any questions and the group moving at a good pace in the heat whilst still ensuring everyone was in shade where possible. One of the best walking tours we have done..

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