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Athens City, Acropolis and Museum Tour with Entry Tickets

1. Athens City, Acropolis and Museum Tour with Entry Tickets

Travel back in time at the Panathenaic Stadium to see where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held. Pass the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch to take a look at the Greek Parliament building and the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier. Admire the state buildings of the old Academy, Athens University and the National Library on Syntagma Square Then, head to the Acropolis to explore the famous monuments of Ancient Greece from classical times. Visit the monumental gate of the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and the iconic Parthenon before learning more about the history of the city at the state-of-the-art Acropolis Museum.

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Athens Mythology Highlights Tour without Tickets

2. Athens Mythology Highlights Tour without Tickets

Travel back in time to Ancient Greece, and discover the greatest landmarks of Athens. Hear the myths behind some of the city’s most significant landmarks. Meet your guide at the main entrance to the Temple of Olympian Zeus next to the Acropolis. Hear about the birth of the glorious city, through to its Golden Age and its downfall to the Spartan armies. Listen to stories from Greek mythology, and uncover their true meaning and historic facts. Visit all the most emblematic sites of the ancient city, as well as less well known attractions. Suitable for all ages, the tour will help you understand how Athens became the mythical city we know today. Visit landmarks, such as the Parthenon, Theater of Dionysus, and Temple of Athena Nike. See the ruins of the Temple of Erechtheion and Sanctuary of Asclepius. Go to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, learn the functions of the Agora and visit the Temple of Hephaestus.

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Athens: Hidden Athens Private 3-Hour Walking Tour

3. Athens: Hidden Athens Private 3-Hour Walking Tour

Get off the usual tourist trail on a 3-hour walking tour that goes beyond the historic sights of Athens. Meet your guide at Syntagma Square, and wander down streets that reveal a rich history with every step. Walk the more hidden routes towards the Parliament building, and learn its history as you look at the guard in front of the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. See the ancient ruins of the National Garden, and continue to the Zappeion Exhibition Hall and Zappeion Garden. Go to the Panathenaic Stadium (also known as the Kallimarmaron) to see the home of the first modern Olympic Games, held in 1896. Continue past the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arc, and the Theater of Dionysos, Herodus Atticus Odeon, and Areios Pagos on the southern slopes of the Acropolis. Follow ancient streets through the Plaka area to Anafiotika, a hidden island inside the city of Athens. Stop for refreshments, and sample a traditional Greek sweet, before going to the Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, and Monastiraki Square, a popular meeting point with a long history.

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Athens: Highlights and Acropolis Guided Tour without Tickets

4. Athens: Highlights and Acropolis Guided Tour without Tickets

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.

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Athens: Temple of Olympian Zeus E-Ticket and Audio Tour

5. Athens: Temple of Olympian Zeus E-Ticket and Audio Tour

Step inside one of the most potent landmarks of Greece and enjoy a unique experience provided by a pre-booked e-ticket combined with a digital audio tour on your smartphone. As you approach the Great Propylon, freshen up your Greek Mythology and listen to the story of the Great Deluge, the divine wrath that fell upon humankind on a day when Zeus felt kind of stormy. Weave through the enormous 17-meter pillars and go on a riotous journey back in time to learn about the turbulent 700-year history of the construction of the temple and its fate throughout the centuries. At the same time, this is a gripping coming-of-age story of the city itself as it is rolled into a brilliantly tied narrative. Among many other stories, you will learn about the gory bloodbath upon which the city was founded by legendary Theseus. Hear about the attempts of an Athenian tyrant and a Roman emperor to juxtapose their rule over men to the celestial power of Zeus. Listen to the tale of the ferocious thunderstorm that brought about terrible damage to the temple. Learn about the premonitions of imminent disaster among the locals in 19th-century Athens. Finally, you will end your tour at close proximity to the temple, where you will discover the relics of an ancient bathhouse and learn about the rejuvenating benefits of public baths.

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Athens, Acropolis & Museum Tour without Tickets

6. Athens, Acropolis & Museum Tour without Tickets

On this comprehensive city tour you’ll see some of the most important landmarks and sights in the historical center of Athens. You’ll also tour the Acropolis, enjoying an in-depth guided tour of this World Heritage Site. The 5-hour tour begins inside the Syntagma metro station where your guide will show you the archaeological finds that came to light during the construction of the metro. Head on to Parliament House and the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. See the changing of the guard before continuing on to the National Garden of Athens and the beautiful neo-classical Zappeion Hall. In front of the hall, note the surviving columns of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch Tower. Enter the famous Plaka district, and continue on the beautiful pedestrian walkway of Dionyssiou Areopagitou to the Acropolis. Begin your ascent while taking in spectacular views of the city below. Your guide will provide a detailed account of the monuments of the Acropolis, including the Parthenon, Erechteion, Propylaia, and the Nike Temple. Learn about surrounding landmarks, such as the Dionysus Sanctuary, Philopappos Hill, Mars Hill, and the Ancient Agora. The tours ends at the New Acropolis Museum, where you’ll have a chance to see some of the more than 4,000 magnificent objects that were unearthed during the excavation of the site.

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Ancient Athens for Kids: Private 4-Hour Walking Tour

7. Ancient Athens for Kids: Private 4-Hour Walking Tour

Start at Hadrian's Gate and see the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Enter the Plaka district and learn what life was like for children in ancient times. Walk to Pnyx Hill, where Pericles, Aristides and other politicians of the day would address the crowds. Explore the traditional neighborhood of Thissio at the foot of the Acropolis and arrive at the Temple of Hephaestus. Enjoy a beverage and familiarize yourself with the 12 gods of Olympus. Enter the Monastiraki district, and then take the metro to Syntagma Square. Continue to Zappeion Hall, the National Gardens and the Panathenaic Stadium, where your kids will be given awards as the ancient Olympians were.

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Athens: Private 4-Hour Tour with Acropolis and Old Town

8. Athens: Private 4-Hour Tour with Acropolis and Old Town

Embark on a search for the traces of the ancient Greeks and explore the most important buildings of the Greek capital on this walking tour through Athens. Visit the famous Acropolis with the Parthenon, a true wonder of architectural engineering. See the Erechtheion, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Pnyx, the birthplace of democracy, and the Areopagus. Enjoy walking through the beautiful streets in the old town. Take a look at the Roman Agora, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Tower of the Winds, and Hadrian’s Library. In the old town you will explore Plaka, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Athens, as well as Monastiraki, the popular shopping districts in Athens. There you can sample Souvlaki (Greek kebabs) – the favorite food of the Greeks – before walking on to Metropolitan Square.

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Private Tour of Classical Athens and Cape Sounion

9. Private Tour of Classical Athens and Cape Sounion

Start with meeting your guide via pickup from your hotel in Athens. First drive by Hadrian's Arch, a monumental gateway resembling a Roman triumphal arch. Stop at the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, a colossal temple at the center of Athens. Visit the nearby Acropolis with its famous Parthenon. Next, discover the Olympic Stadium at Kallimarmaro, the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble.  Travel to Mount Lycabettus to enjoy magnificent panoramic views of Athens. Visit the breathtaking Athens National Archaeological Museum housing some of the most important artefacts from around Greece. After this stop, drive by the neoclassical buildings of the 'architectural trilogy' consisting of the National Library, Athens University, and the Academy of Athens. Pass by Stadiou Street with the remarkable statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis, the General of the War of Independence of 1821. After discovering some of Athens' main sights, travel along the Athens Riviera, the coastal road that passes the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni ,Voula, and Varkiza towards Cape Sounion. Be captivated by the crowning jewel of the peninsula, the spectacular Temple of Poseidon. Built between 444 and 440 BC, it is one of the major monuments of the Golden Age of Greece. Enjoy your refreshments at the snack bar overlooking the temple and the sea. Next, make your way to Kavouri where you will treat your taste buds to delicious Greek delicacies by the Saronic sea, before travelling back to the designated drop-off point in Athens.

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Athens: Highlights Walking Tour Tickets Not Included

10. Athens: Highlights Walking Tour Tickets Not Included

Step into ancient Greece on this in-depth walking tour of historical central Athens, including the Acropolis World Heritage Site and other key monuments such as Hadrian's Arch, the Temple of Zeus, and the Parthenon. After meeting your guide in the hotel lobby, you will begin by visiting the Greek House of Parliament and the Monument of the Unknown Soldier to watch the changing of the guards. Your tour continues on to the beautiful National Gardens, passing by the Anglican church of St. Paul and on to the beautiful neoclassical Zappeion Hall, in front of which tower the surviving columns of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. Heading to the famous Plaka district, you will see the portrait of Melina Merkouri before moving on to the beautiful Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian walkway. From here, you will begin the mythical climb to the Acropolis, enjoying the spectacular views of the city below. Your qualified English-speaking guide will provide a detailed explanation of the glorious monuments of the Acropolis including the Parthenon, Erection, Propylaia, Nike Temple and the surrounding monuments such as the Dionysus sanctuary, Philopappos Hill, Mars Hill, Observatory, Pnyx Hill, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and Ancient Agora.

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What people are saying about Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

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4.6 / 5

based on 861 reviews

So glad we did this! I will say that I was a bit confused about the fact that this didn't include tickets. I wasn't sure if we should try to buy them beforehand or not. But the tour started at a smaller site so it was super quick to buy tickets. The tickets needed are the ones for multiple sites for €30. Once the tour got started, our guide was informative and entertaining. She clearly knows her information and you can tell that she enjoys her job. I highly recommend this tour!

Kimon was an excellent French-speaking guide, very knowledgeable and captivating. The tour itself was comprehensive, with free time included as well. Moreover, Kimon stayed available at the end for all additional questions. Highly recommended.

The tour was very informative and moved at a good pace. They give you ear buds to wear so you can hear to guide and social distance. They gave us a good amount of time at each stop to explore and take pictures.

Our guide Helen was wonderful! She was very knowledgeable and funny. The tour was very organized. I left very intrigued to learn more Greek Mythology. Wouldn’t have had the same experience without her guidance

A great way to learn more about the mythology attached to key ancient monuments in Athens