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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

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Skip the Line Acropolis of Athens and New Acropolis Museum Tour
$64.06 per adult
Awesome, must-do tour in Athens!
Fantastic tour. Our tour guide Ari was the best! He was so nice, patient, humble, and knowledgeable. Tour was managed perfectly. No complaints at all. Can’t recommend it enough. Duration of tour was just right and hit all of the major high points in the Acropolis and Acropolis museum. Ari was so friendly and engaging. Learned so much, and will definitely do again.
Jennifer_W, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Athens

Wonderful tour
Stephanie_W, May 2021
Acropolis Morning Walking Tour(Small Group)
It was a very enjoyable tour learning about the history of the Acropolis with a fantastic guide! We had our own personal tour guide due to COVID which made it even better!
Go early in your day.
Jen_J, Jun 2021
Skip the Line: Acropolis of Athens Admission Ticket
Going earlier in the morning meant less crowds and great pictures. Then, when it is a little warmer, you can cool off at the Acropolis Museum for 10 Euros.
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Brian_D, May 2021
Acropolis & Acropolis Museum Pre-booked e-Tickets & Audio Tours on your phone
If you are vaccinated and have always wanted to see Greece, now is the time to go. Our tour of the Acropolis was amazing! No crowds! No lines! This tour allowed us to scan our phones and walk right in. The audio tour helps set the scene but we preferred to listen to it the night before and just wander peacefully through the ruins and absorb the history in silence. Silence in Greece!
Acropolis Tour.
Paul, May 2021
Acropolis of Athens Walking Tour with Optional New Acropolis Museum Visit
Marissa gave us a wonderful tour of the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum. She was knowledgeable and gave information in a fun way! We had a great time. I would definitely recommend.
Special event well organized
Katharina_O, Mar 2021
Skip the Line Acropolis of Athens Tour
Despina was a perfect guide with a big knowledge about the Akropolis and Athen. She made that excursion a special event for us. The way up was well organized by her (good tempo, enough stops at shadow places). The tour time was well chosen and the price is fair. I can really recommend this tour (and to buy the combined ticket for the acropolis and other archaeological places in advance). It was one of our highlights! Thank you Despina and Viator
Awesome tour
Anonymous, Jun 2021
Skip the Line: Acropolis of Athens Afternoon Walking Tour
Great tour and great guide! The tour was both interactive and informative. The guide’s passion for Greek culture and history definitely showed.
Extremely well versed in history, kind professional
Theresa_S, May 2021
Private Tour of the Acropolis & Plaka Neighbourhood with Licensed Official Guide
Betty and the team at Warm Penguin were fantastic. Betty was a veritable book of history, it was the most informative and interesting historical tour we have experienced in Europe. We highly recommend Betty, it was worth every euro!
Professional and Informative
Pete_H, May 2021
Half Day Athens Private Tailor-Made City Tour (Skip the line of Acropolis)
Great! Very informative and full of details which we enjoyed. Peggy was great as was our driver. Highly recommended by a happy customer!
The Acropolis can be very crowded!
Dave D, Sep 2019
Skip the Line Acropolis of Athens Tour
The Acropolis was/is very crowded after 9:30 AM. I suggest getting there as early as possible to circumvent some of the crowds. Our guide Kimon was very knowledgeable he did his very best to find shade for our group on a very warm day and continuously reminded us of our safety. The Acropolis has a very rough terrain and some of the stone has been worn slick and can be very treacherous especially for those with knee or ankle problems.
Great cultural experience!
Jim_M, Jun 2021
Athens All Included: Acropolis and Museum In a Cultural Guided Walking Tour
We recently stayed in Athens on May 28-30th, and booked the all included walking tour of the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum. Booking was very easy and everything was very clear about where to meet. Our tour guide was Eva and she was fantastic. She possessed a ton of interesting knowledge of Greek history related to the Acropolis, and she gave hidden historical insight along the tour that you just don't get if you see the Acropolis on your own. With the current environment, we essentially were able to have an exclusive private tour as there was only my wife and I and another couple. While there was still a crowd at the Acropolis, evidently it was nowhere near what it usually is, so we were able to get some great pictures. We started the tour with the Acropolis and Eva did a great job of breaking up the hike up (it's not bad at all) to discuss various monuments. After the Acropolis, we went to the museum and I must say it was a bit underwhelming. It was pretty much a room full of similar artifacts, and it just didn't have the extra wow factor for me. Eva ended the tour in the museum, leaving us to continue walking around and there is a nice restaurant on the deck that we had lunch at and enjoyed the view. All in all, I definitely enjoyed the tour and learning a lot about Greek culture.
The only way to see the Acropolis
Ralph_L, Sep 2020
Acropolis of Athens Walking Tour with Optional New Acropolis Museum Visit
Our guide, Miss Efi, was a jewell! She had a degree in archaeology and worked on the restoration of the Parthenon. She let us chronologically through the treasures of the Acropolis museum and then to the Parthenon and surrounding buildings explaining everything in detail. She was easy to understand and delightful. She accommodated by changing her itinerary so we could eat first.
Diana_S, Aug 2020
Private Guided Tour of the Acropolis & New Acropolis Museum
An excellent experience. The guide was really nice and knowledgeable. We saw the Acropolis though a diferente eye.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Choose between a standard entrance ticket and a multi-attraction ticket that includes access to the Theatre of Dionysus, Ancient Agora, Hadrian's Library, and the Roman Agora.

  • 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; a lift is located on the northwest side.

How to Get to the Acropolis

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 all year round, but it can get extremely busy in the summer months. This is also when Athens is the hottest, with temperatures around 85°F (30­°C) in July and August. To avoid the crowds, arrive in time for opening at 8am or after 5pm, when most of the day-trippers and cruise passengers have already left. Travelers on a budget might prefer to visit in winter—ticket prices can be reduced by up to 50% from November to 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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