Skip the Line Acropolis Tour with Parthenon and Museum
Discover Ancient Athens in a Small Group with an Archaeologist
Towering above the modern city of Athens, explore the ancient forum home to the relics of Classical Greece. With stories and insight from your expert guide, head through the Acropolis exploring over 2,500 years of history. From the world's oldest theatre to the iconic Parthenon, the Acropolis is a beacon of civilization and philosophy. Have an unforgettable experience as you head back in time to the time of Plato and Socrates on this Skip-the-Line tour.
- Skip the Line Acropolis and Parthenon
- The Parthenon
- The Acropolis
- Theatre of Dionysus
- Odeon of Herodes Atticus
- Porch of the Caryatids at Poseidon's Erechtheum
- Preserved Artifacts at the Acropolis Museum
- Acropolis Museum Statues
Immerse yourself in the cradle of democracy, walking the same streets as Aristotle and the Athenians who helped developed the culture that still has great influence on our modern world. Beginning in the Acropolis, visit the historical ruins imagining the great temples, markets and theaters that lined the streets of the great city. Explore the Parthenon, the grand temple set atop the hill looking over the panorama of the modern city. Then skip-the-line to the brand new Acropolis Museum where from above glass, you can look directly into the preserved city below. This half-day tour includes:
Friendly English-Speaking Archaeologist Guide
Skip the Line Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Tickets Included
Tour of the Parthenon and Theater of Dionysus
Guided Tour of the Acropolis Museum
Pass by Temples of Athena, Asclepius, the Herodes Atticus and more
High above the modern city, the Acropolis offers the best views of Athens, the sea, and mountains surrounding the city. When the area was developed millennia ago, it was strategically chosen to protect on any potential invaders. Home to the heart of the ancient city, your guide will take you through where ancient Athenians discussed politics, payed their respects to the gods, and spent their free time.
At the peak of the Acropolis hill are the ruins of the great temple dedicated to the cities patron goddess, Athena. Head through the massive Parthenon, built after the Persians sacked Athens in 480 BCE. Completed in 432 BCE, it has been both the highest point and symbol of Athens for nearly 2,500 years.
Learn the history of the massive temple, from christian church and muslim mosque to gunpowder armory which caused it to lose its roof in 1687. Your expert guide will explain the buildings incredible importance Greece from ancient times to today.
The Theater of Dionysus and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Within the Acropolis you will visit two amphitheaters from antiquity still standing today. From the 2,500 year old theatre with perfect acoustics to the Roman built Odeon still in use today, the event spaces of Athens are sites to see.
Built on the south slope and impressing audiologists throughout history, the Theatre of Dionysus was built in the 6th Century BCE and held nearly 17,000 spectators. Built in a precise semicircle, the acoustics of the theatre matched the quality of modern spaces built with today's technology. Sit in the original stone bleachers and imagine the great plays and festivals that entertained Athenians for centuries.
At the Odeon Herodes Atticus, see the 5,000 seat amphitheater that was originally opened under Roman rule in 161 CE. Though the impressive wooden roof is a thing of the distant past, the venue was restored in the 1950's and hosts concerts to this day. Artists from the Three Tenors to Elton John have played amazing shows to full houses at this nearly 2,000 year old marvel of architecture.
Temple of Athena Nike and Other Great Monuments
As you head through the Acropolis, your guide will point out the other great temples besides the Parthenon that stood in the ancient city. At the Temple of Athena Nike, a beautiful intact representation of Ionic architecture, it was completed in 420 BCE. Dedicated to the goddesses Athena and Nike the Temple represented victory in war for Athens.
Pass by the Erechtheum dedicated to Poseidon and the Healing Temple of Asclepius. Learn about the roles of the gods in Greek mythology, religion and daily life.
The final portion of the tour is at the state-of-the-art, Acropolis Museum. Opened in 2009, the museum houses artifacts and relics from the long history of civilization on this great hill. From the Ancient Athenians, to the Romans and later to the Byzantines; gain insight into the history of life in Athens and how it became the city it is today.
Built over ruins and buildings from ancient Athens and covered in glass for preservation, you can look directly down and see much of the city as it was. Designed by the architect Bernard Tschumi, the Museum is a wonderful experience to cap off this tour of the Acropolis.
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Mariza was amazing! So knowledgeable and so fun to be with. She made the historical content interesting, and we learned so much about the architecture, mythology, and politics of the time.
Great Time! Lots of History
I was very impressed by the Acropolis Museum, I had no idea what a great collection they had. Without the tour we would have skipped right past it and missed out on an amazing experience.
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