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Athens: Acropolis 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

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Visit the Acropolis without an excellent tour guide and miss out

Chris from Athenian Tours was a great tour guide. One sees and learn much more by visiting with a guide. Tour included Chris as guide in the new Acropolis museum which was an added benefit. One should not visit the Acropolis without also seeing the museum. It might however be benficial to visit the Acropolis in the afternoon when there are less crowds. Morning had many cruise shop passengers... Overall a stunning experience. Thank you also Tassos for accommodating us on another date to to my double booking. Your company's service is next level.

Fabulous guide tour from Monastiraki to the entrance to the Acropolis.

Our guide Martha was lovely, we had a warm welcome and a great informative tour through Plaka to the Acropolis. We learnt a lot about the history and the neighbourhood that really enhanced our trip. We then skipped the line to enter the Acropolis. It was a very worthwhile tour that I would highly recommend.

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Extremely knowledgeable guide who delivered information with humour.

Anna, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and delivered her information with lovely touches of humour. Our group included people of different nationalities and she managed to draw us all in by showing links between Greek mythology/history and our own culture. It was a very interesting tour.

Skipped the ticket buying line with phone ticket.

We got the tickets via the phone, which is great. The App with the tour is tricky. There is no real internet at the site and the off-line option in the app was not intuitive for me. It takes some trying to make it work. Once you get it working, it has all the info you need.

Great tour that was very in-depth about the entire city!

This was a wonderful tour, my only critique is that we 1. Started late because some members were running late 2. We didn’t spend much time at the actual acropolis. It was very informative and our guide was wonderful!

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