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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
$62.50 per adult
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Highly recommend
Very interesting tour. Fantastic and attentive guide. Just be prepared for a long walk up to the top of the hill.
Allen, Sep 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!
A nice overview
Laura, Sep 2021
Athens All Included: Acropolis and Museum In a Cultural Guided Walking Tour
The tour provided a nice overview of the acropolis. Natalie was pleasant, quite familiar with the subject and kept the tour at a nice pace. If there was anything to be improved it would be for the guide to speak a little louder and work on storytelling skills.
Very nice experience
Stella_O, Sep 2021
Skip the Line: Acropolis of Athens Afternoon Walking Tour
The tour of the Acropolis in the afternoon is just great! Big contribution from our guide Kimon he is amazing, very knowledgeable, he made it so interesting! Thanks a lot Kimon it was really nice discovering the Acropolis with you :-) take care
Absolutely perfect.
Jane_B, Sep 2021
Acropolis Walking Tour, Including Syntagma Square and Historical City Center
Our guide Sissy was fabulous. So knowledgeable and humorous. She made the whole experience so great. Our favorite part was the Acropolis and the rock where the Apostle Paul preached.
Tour of the acropolis.
Theresa_S, Sep 2021
Half Day Athens Sightseeing Tour with Acropolis Museum
Enjoyable and informative tour. Pick up and drop off good. Whispers would have been useful, the phone app did not work and were a waste of time. Enjoyed the acropolis and the museum. Could have done without the city tour.
100% Recommend
579biker, Sep 2021
Skip the Line Acropolis of Athens Tour
An extremely knowledgeable tour guide. We learned so much and the pace was very manageable (even in the heat and with the steep incline). I'd recommend going to the Acropolis Museum before the tour just for additional context. But plan to take pictures on your own -- the guide isn't going to stop and point out best places to take them or take them for you.
All worthy tour!
Joyce_C, Sep 2021
Acropolis Private Skip the Line and Hidden Gems Tour
This private walking tour at the Acropolis was great all thanks to our guide, Dimitra! She was very helpful and made sure we were comfortable. She even helped me booked our tickets to the site. Her explanation were detailed but remained interesting. Our teen daughter was very entertained & engaged the entire tour because of her. Will definitely recommend Dimitra if you want to book this tour!
Fantastic must for anyone visiting the Acropolis
Gabriel_B, Sep 2021
Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Tour with Entry Tickets
Our guide was passionate, informative, skilled at navigating a path to the top of the acropolis, funny, kind, and just made our whole experience rich and delightful! Highly recommend this tour to fully appreciate the deep and complex history of the ancient Greeks. The use of ‘whisper’ head sets meant we could clearly hear Alexandria the entire time, even when lagging behind the small group as we snapped photos. Awesome!
Fun Greek Cooking
Susan_M, Aug 2021
Greek Cooking Class in Athens Including Rooftop Dinner with Acropolis View
Loved the location of the class with an outdoor feel and a beautiful view of the Acropolis. The class was fun and the food was delicious. Our chef was outstanding.
A must do for any visit to Athens.
Andy_H, Aug 2021
Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Tour with Entry Tickets
Acropolis museum is a must! Very modern and creatively arranged. Tour guide provided lots of information. She was very enthusiastic about what she was sharing.
Tour well worth it!
marina_l, Aug 2021
Private Tour: Athens City Highlights Including the Acropolis of Athens
Our tour guide, Stelios was great! He knew his history and explained the Acropolis so well. By the time we arrived at the Acropolis we felt we knew the story and appreciated the wonder of it even more.w
Great Tour Guide
Dominic_M, Aug 2021
Skip the Line Acropolis of Athens and New Acropolis Museum Tour
Wonderful experience and our guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter on both the acropolis itself and at the museum. We are not huge fans of guided tours, and booked this primarily to skip the line, but it turned out great. Highly recommend if you want to actually dive a bit deeper. Even our 12 year old daughter was interested!

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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Trip ideas

Must-See Museums in Athens

Must-See Museums in Athens

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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