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Athens National Archaeological Museum Ticket with Audio Tour

1. Athens National Archaeological Museum Ticket with Audio Tour

Experience the National Archaeological Museum at your own pace with a skip-the-ticket-line entry ticket sent to your email, and a fascinating self-guided audio tour which can be downloaded directly to your smartphone. Travel back to ancient times to admire masterpieces from various periods of Greek history, and see how they have influenced modern life as we know it. Put on your headphones and discover the stories of the mask of Agamemnon, the Mycenaean Bull, the bronze statue of Zeus or Poseidon, and the horse rider, through powerful storytelling from a knowledgeable guide. Learn historical information and hear untold stories and anecdotes from times past, creating an engaging and informative experience. This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into ancient Greek art and society and explore the exhibits in an entirely original way. The audio tour can be used repeatedly and at any time, before or after your visit.

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Athens Attractions Combo: 3 Entry Tickets with Audio Guides

2. Athens Attractions Combo: 3 Entry Tickets with Audio Guides

Explore 3 must-see ancient landmarks of Athens with this convenient entry ticket and self-guided audio tour combo for the Acropolis of Athens, Acropolis Museum, and National Archaeological Museum. Enjoy a bonus self-guided audio walking tour of Athens. After booking, download the app and the audio tours on your phone prior to your visit. Upon arrival at the archeological sites, simply put on your headphones and enjoy a personalized tour at your own pace. Enrich your experience with the audio tours that use the power of storytelling to help you learn historical information, uncommon stories, and anecdotes from ancient times. As an added perk, step out of the grandeur of the Athenian Golden Age and discover contemporary Athens with a bonus self-guided walking tour of the city. Get the most out of your visit with tour content made up of in-depth research squeezed into brief and original stories that will make your tour both engaging and informative.

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National Archaeological Museum Private Tour with Admission

3. National Archaeological Museum Private Tour with Admission

Start your day by meeting your friendly and informative guide at the entrance to the National Archaeological Museum. Your guide will have your entrance tickets and will skip the line with you on a journey through the fascinating history of Ancient Greece. Recognized as one of the greatest exhibitions worldwide, you'll have access to famous relics of the past such as the Gold 'Deathmask of Agamemnon', the 2000-year old 'Antikithera mechanism', the 'Cup of Nestor', the 'Ring of Theseus', not to mention masterpieces of sculpture like the statues of Aphrodite and Poseidon.  In the company of your licensed, professional guide who is dedicated to your group alone, 'Skip the line' and delve into 5000-years of one of the world's great civilizations. Be in awe as many of its cornerstones and highlights are brought to life before your eyes. For travelers not wanting to miss the essentials of Greece, to the most dedicated of history enthusiasts, this is a hugely informative & fascinating tour suitable for all ages. This tour is simply a must when planning your itinerary in Greece.

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Athens: Full-Day Private Tour

4. Athens: Full-Day Private Tour

Your private tour will start with the Acropolis, a complex of buildings that includes the Parthenon (main temple), the best example of classic architecture from the 5th-century BC, Erectheion (the temple with 6 female figurers, Caryatides), the Temple of Athena Nike (Wingless Godess), Propylaia (the monumental Gate), Odeon of Herodus Atticus, Dionysus theater and finally, the Mars Hill or Areios Pagos (the first ancient court and the place that St. Paul preached Christianity for the first time in Athens). The next stop will be the Temple Of the Olympian Zeus (the largest temple in Hellenic and Roman times), the Panathenian Stadium (the stadium of the first Olympic Games in 1896), the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier and the Changing of the Guards (Euzones) in front of the Greek Parliament, opposite the Syntagma or Constitutional Square. After that, you will see the Trilogy of Athens (the Academy, the First University of Athens and the National Greek Library) and finally, the Lycabettus Hill (the highest point of Athens) and don't forget to take some pictures and a memory in your mind and heart of the entire city. Drive through Plaka (the oldest neighborhood in Athens), a picturesque quarter of the city, where there are little shops with handmade crafts and gifts for you to buy and Monastiraki (Flea Market), where you can have a pleasant walk and shop with your friends and family. If time permits, your next stop will be the ancient Greek Agora or the Roman Agora (ancient markets), where you'll find the Temple of Hephaestus (the most well preserved temple in Greece), the Stoa of Attalos and the beautiful St. Catherine Orthodox Church. When you feel hungry, get ready to taste some famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch. The tour will guide you to a traditional Athens restaurant or tavern. It's up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most well-known Greek dishes. After lunch, enjoy a visit to the New Acropolis Museum, where you can see the marbles of the Parthenon and a superb collection of artifacts and relics found on the Acropolis excavations or the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, almost twice the size of the previous one that houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations not only Greece, but the Middle East and the Balkans as well from prehistory to late antiquity.

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Athens: National Archaeological Museum Private Guided Tour

5. Athens: National Archaeological Museum Private Guided Tour

The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world's great museums. Although its original purpose was to secure all the finds from the 19th century excavations in and around Athens, it gradually became the central National Archaeological Museum and was enriched with finds from all over Greece. Its abundant collection, with more than 11,000 exhibits, provides a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of prehistory to late antiquity. The museum is housed in an imposing neoclassical building from the end of the 19th century, which was designed by L. Lange and remodeled by Ernst Ziller. The vast exhibition space, numerous galleries on each floor accounting for a total of 8,000 square meters, houses five large permanent collections. For example, the Collection of Prehistoric Antiquities, which includes works of the great civilizations that developed in the Aegean from the 6th millennium B.C. to 1050 B.C. (Neolithic, Cycladic and Mycenaean) and finds from the prehistoric settlement at Thera. The Sculptures Collection shows the development of ancient Greek sculpture from the 7th to the 5th centuries B.C. with unique masterpieces. The Vase and Minor Objects Collection, which contains representative works of ancient Greek pottery from the 11th century B.C. to the Roman period, also includes the Stathatos Collection, a corpus of minor objects from all periods. In the Bronze Collection, you'll find many fundamental statues, figurines and minor objects. And finally, you'll see the only Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities Collection in Greece, with works dating from the pre-dynastic period (5000 B.C.) to the Roman conquest.

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Athens: Full-Day Private Tour by Limo-Minivan

6. Athens: Full-Day Private Tour by Limo-Minivan

Start your tour at the Acropolis hill, where you can see the Erechtheion, the Temple of Athena, Nike, and Propylaea, and glimpse the famous Parthenon. From the top of Acropolis hill, marvel at the Odeon of Herodus Atticus, the Theatre of Dionysus, and the Areopagus. Move on to the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. See the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic games of the modern era were held in 1896. Witness the Evzones changing of the guards at the Presidential Palace. Visit the Athens Trilogy of Culture: the National Library of Greece, the Athens University, and the Academy, and see the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Houses of Parliament, Constitution Square, and enjoy a panorama of the city from Lycabettus hill. Drive through modern Athens and stop at Hermou street, the old city Plaka and Flea Market for traditional Greek delicacies, and grab something to drink. If time permits, visit some additional sites such as Hefestus Temple, Kerameikos, Greek & Roman Agora, and Socrates Prison. After lunch, enjoy a visit to the New Acropolis Museum or the National Archaeological Museum to complete your experience.

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Athens: Kerameikos & Archaeological Museum Private Tour

7. Athens: Kerameikos & Archaeological Museum Private Tour

Discover the key ancient sites in Athens during a unique one-day experience filled with beautiful landscapes and archaeological adventures. Upgrade your tour to include a private guided tour with a licensed English-speaking guide, authorized to enter all the archaeological sites with you, or alternatively explore the sites at your own pace without a guide. Start the tour with pick up from your hotel in Athens where you will meet your driver and set off on your full-day tour. First, head over to the Acropolis for a tour of the most significant parts of this archaeological site. Walk uphill through the grand marble entrance and marvel at the astonishing construction of the Parthenon, a splendid temple built by the Greeks and dedicated to goddess Athena. Gaze down at the modern city of Athens from the hilltop, exploring all sides for panoramic views of the old town and its picturesque buildings. See the ancient Theater of Dionysus, the Roman Temple of Zeus, and the world-famous Herodeion theater. Then, visit the spectacular Acropolis Museum which houses a wide collection of original sculptures. Marvel at the glass-made floor which reveals the ruins of ancient buildings underneath. On the first floor, admire marble masterpieces and impressive views of the Acropolis Hill, the Lycabettus Hill, and the rest of the city. Next, take a drive around the most popular parts of modern Athens. Take a look at the extraordinary venue for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, the Roman temple of Zeus with its imposing pillars, the National Gardens, the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the outstanding 19th-century University of Athens, the Academia, and the National Library. Complete your tour with a visit to the archaeological site of Kerameikos. This unique, extended historical site served as the ancient cemetery of Athens. While walking around the site you can take a look at the ruins of the ancient defense wall that marked the city’s boundaries. Finally, visit the National Archaeological Museum, founded in the 19th-century, which hosts the richest and biggest collection in Greece.

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Archaeological Museum and Panoramic Private Tour in Athens

8. Archaeological Museum and Panoramic Private Tour in Athens

Visit the National Archaeological Museum, which is considered to be one of the greatest museums in the world. Its abundant collections, with more than 20,000 exhibits, provide an overview of Greek civilisation up to Late Antiquity. Your guide will take you through the numerous galleries, revealing all the stories that lie beneath the artifacts. You will find many treasures from the past, including sculptures, jewelry, pottery, and the incredible Antikythera Device - a 2000 year-old mechanism found in a shipwreck, which is considered the first computer in human history. You will also enjoy a vehicle tour. You will pass by more distant but equally important sites in the city, such as the Panathenaic Stadium, Zappeion, the monument of the Unknown Soldier, and see the changing of the guards.

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Acropolis and National Museum Private Athens Tour

9. Acropolis and National Museum Private Athens Tour

Take a private tour of the ancient city of Athens on this 5-hour excursion with a personal guide. You will visit the Acropolis, icon of Athens perched on its plateau, and the National Museum, packed with antiquities. Tour the famous sites of Ancient Greece and get an overview of the modern city that will give you your bearings for the remainder of your vacation. Following a hotel pick-up, your first stop will be at the Panathinaikos Stadium, cradle of the first modern Olympic games, which took place in 1896. Pass by the Greek Parliament in the former Royal Palace of Syntagma Square and watch the fanciful Evzoni Guards in their amber tunics. Continue to the stately Zappion Conference Center in the National Gardens of Greece. Proceed past the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arc and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, guarded by more Evzones. You will pass the handsome Numismatic Museum at Schlieman's House, the Catholic Cathedral of Agios Dionysios Aeropagitis, Constitution Square and finally the Acropolis. Here you will visit the monumental marble gates of the Propylae, the Temples of Athena, Nike and Parthenon. See the famous Porch of Maidens at the Temple of Erectheion. Continue with a pleasant short trip past Herodion and Dionysos Theater, in order to meet the bus to drive you to the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. The largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world, it is devoted to ancient Greek art. The tour officially ends here and you can continue exploring on your own, or if you prefer be dropped back at your hotel.

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Athens: Sightseeing Tour of Ancient Athens

10. Athens: Sightseeing Tour of Ancient Athens

Journey back in time to explore the culture and heritage of Athens with a visit to the Acropolis and its monuments. Admire incredible views over the city and discover the ancient temples dedicated to Greek gods and goddesses. Meet your expert guide outside the Acropolis Museum to begin your fantastic half-day tour.  Visit inside the Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum to see sculptures, vases, jewellery, and more from ancient Greece. See iconic landmarks including Hadrian’s Library, the Parthenon, the Stoa of Attalos, and the Ancient Agora. End your tour with a sightseeing walk through the Plaka neighborhood.

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What people are saying about National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Christos was great! He was so knowledgeable and conveyed the information in a way that made us feel engaged. He's very passionate about Greek history. He's got a quick pace because there is just too much to see in the museum in less than 2 hours. We explored a little longer after the tour to see the rest. It was definitely more enjoyable when we had Christos!

Nice museum, well organized. It is huge and tells very well the history of Greece in general from Mycenaean times to ancient Greek. Clear explanations in English or Greek.

I ended up not using this because I forgot I already had the Rick Steve’s audio tour for the archaeological museum. However, my partner used it and she liked it.

We were very well accompanied through the museum and received the most important information. Mr. Christos Theodoropoulos was a great guide.

We really liked the museum and the presentations of the objects. The friendliness of the staff was also very beneficial.