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Athens Acropolis, Athens

The Basics

The Acropolis complex is one of the most visited attractions in Greece, included on most Athens city sightseeing tours and often combined with a visit to the New Acropolis Museum or other Ancient Greece sites, such as Epidaurus, Cape Sounion, and the Temple of Poseidon. The best way to explore the ruins is on a guided city walking tour, taking in highlights such as the iconic Parthenon, Propylaea (Propylaia), the Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion.

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Skip the Line Acropolis of Athens and New Acropolis Museum Tour
Skip the Line Acropolis of Athens and New Acropolis Museum Tour
$59.86 per adult
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Fantastic experience
Dorina was exceptional guide. Tons of knowledge, must experience the tour. Learn ton of history like one going back in time.
arnold_N, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Athens

Breathtaking sights, expert guidance
Chris, Jan 2022
Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Tour with Entry Tickets
This tour was wonderful, I lucked out and had a private 1-1 tour with Alexia. She was a clear expert and very passionate about Greek history. The route we took, and time of day, resulted in a nearly totally private experience. I learned so much about the history of this epic monument, and a bit about life in Athens as a contemporary Greek. I highly recommend this to any interested in seeing the Acropolis, thanks Alexia!!
Greece Trip in Dec. & Value in Skipping the Line with Knowledgeable Guide
Kaykham_S, Dec 2021
Skip the Line Acropolis of Athens Tour
My wife and I went on our Greece trip in December which turns out to be nice, because the crowd were less. However, there was still a good amount of people visiting the Acropolis, so it was so worth it to pay to skip the line. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and told us interesting Greek stories. Likewise, it was very helpful and more interesting to have a tour guide telling us what we are looking at, on each step of the Acropolis tour.
Even with rain and strong...
Jenny_G, Dec 2021
The Acropolis, Athens Walking City Tour and Acropolis Museum
Even with rain and strong winds, the Acropolis was a must see site! Our guide, Eli was engaging and knowledgeable. She definitely made the experience more enjoyable.
Very informative
Ed_P, Nov 2021
Acropolis & Acropolis Museum Pre-booked e-Tickets & Audio Tours on your phone
A great, in depth audio accompaniment to a visit to the Acropolis. Sometimes, it was hard to be sure you are standing in the right place at the right moment, but otherwise very informative. We will listen to it again.
Fabulous Tour - Guide and All!
Jennifer_B, Nov 2021
Athens All Included: Acropolis and Museum In a Cultural Guided Walking Tour
Awesome and knowledgeable tour guide — the tour provided exceptional access to history and historical grounds of the Acropolis. Must see!
Good and knowledgeable guide
Keith_P, Nov 2021
Half Day Athens Sightseeing Tour with Acropolis Museum
On the Acropolis. We warned it is quite a walk up the hill from the parking lot to the top. Otherwise a very enjoyable morning
Flavia_B, Nov 2021
Skip the Line Acropolis of Athens and New Acropolis Museum Tour
Our guide, Natasha, was really friendly and knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour on the Acropolis and in the museum. It's such an incredible place! My only suggestion would be to do the museum tour before the Acropolis tour so visotors have free time to explore the site on their own at he end of the day. We did not have any free time, and I really wish we had been given some...
The guide was very...
phstacey, Oct 2021
Skip the Line: Acropolis of Athens Afternoon Walking Tour
The guide was very personable. She learned the names of all of the group members. She was very knowledgeable about the many things to see at the Acropolis. She engaged the group throughout our visit.
A great morning at the Acropolis
mupadhyaya88, Oct 2021
Acropolis Morning Walking Tour(Small Group)
Nikos was an excellent tour guide, not knowing much about Greek mythology and the history of Acropolis he gave us the perfect overview and took things at a great pace. Thank you for a great tour!
Emphatically recommend this tour. People asked how we were able to get a private guide and wished they did the same.
toytoy91, Oct 2021
Acropolis & New Acropolis Museum Private Tour including Admission
The Acropolis museum and Acropolis was amazing..Betty was so knowledgeable. We would not have learned as much Greek history had we booked this trip without a guide.
Great experience
Nicola_P, Oct 2021
Shore Excursion: Acropolis, Athens City tour and The New Acropolis Museum
We had a great time on this trip, it was one of the highlights of our holiday. Our taxi driver was very friendly and helpful; the transfer to and from the cruise terminal was very smooth. Our tour guide Eli was fantastic, very knowledgeable and had a real passion for the acropolis which shone through. I would definitely recommend this trip.
If you want a short but yet informative tour, this is the one!
Kathia_G, Oct 2021
Skip the Line: Acropolis of Athens Afternoon Walking Tour
We visited Athens for 3-days and this tour was the only one my family allowed me to book.. We got it right, as our tour guide Artemis delivered a very informative and easy to understand tour of Greece and the Acropolis. The knowledge she shared helped in our visit to the Museum. We all enjoyed it very much! Thank you Artemis!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Choose between a standard entrance ticket and a multi-attraction ticket that includes access to other sites.

  • Admission lines can take up to two hours in peak summer, so it's best to book ahead.

  • The Acropolis provides little shade—bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water if visiting in the summer months.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven ground.

  • Most areas of the archaeological site are wheelchair accessible; an elevator is located on the northwest side.

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How to Get There

It's impossible to miss the Acropolis of Athens—you can see it from just about anywhere in the city, and the easiest way to get there is on foot. Alternatively, the closest metro stations are Thesion, Monastiraki, and Acropolis. Ticket booths are located at the foot of Acropolis Hill, on both the north and south sides, from where it's a short walk uphill to the archaeological site.

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When to Get There

The Athens Acropolis is open year-round, but it can get extremely busy and hot in the summer months. To avoid the crowds, arrive right before opening or just before close, when most of the day-trippers and cruise passengers are yet to arrive or have already left. Travelers on a budget might prefer to visit in winter—ticket prices can be reduced by up to 50 percent between November and March.

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Where to Enjoy the Best Views of the Acropolis

Find a prime view of the Parthenon at the top of Mars Hill; capture the archaeological site in its entirety from Filopappos Hill, located just southwest of the Acropolis; or gaze out over the Acropolis and the surrounding city from Lycabettus Hill, the highest point in Athens. The clifftop ruins are at their most atmospheric at night—choose a rooftop bar or restaurant in central Athens for a great view of the illuminated Acropolis.

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