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Agora of Athens
Agora of Athens

Agora of Athens

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The Basics

The Agora of Athens is considered the best preserved example of an ancient Greek agora in the world. Visit with a guide for expert insight into these ruins, which can be hard to interpret on one’s own. For independent travelers, the hop-on-hop-off bus and downloadable audio guide of the archaeological site provides both transportation and extra information.

Join a private or small-group walking tour that includes skip-the-line tickets—a must for these popular and crowded ruins—as well as a visit to the Agora Museum. Or, opt for a tour that pairs a visit to the Agora with the Acropolis. Look for a family-focused tour if visiting with kids; some guides specialize in making the site come to life for younger travelers.

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Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
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Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
$82.54 per adult
Great experience!
Tour included most everything we wanted to see in Athens. Group was small and the guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable and her English was understandable! I am glad this itinerary didn’t include the acropolis museum because we could go on our own later and spend as much or as little time as we wanted. I would highly recommend this tour!
Sutton, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Athens

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Don’t miss this! It was a highlight!
Anna_L, Jun 2021
Athens Scenic Bike Tour
The tour was an incredibly fun way to see many sights in Athens including some we would never have found on our own. It was also much easier than walking to see everything. The bike ride was not hard-only one hill that took a little energy. Our guide, Dimitri was very fun and very interesting and made the tour amazing!
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Great way to get some exercise and see Athens
Deborah_D, Jun 2021
Athens Scenic Bike Tour
Fabulous way to see the heart of the city of Athens. Our guide was very knowledgable, and we made plenty of stops to see the ancient highlights. The ride wasn't too strenuous - just a few uphills- and we primarily stayed on uncrowded streets. The highlight was the ride through the park - lovely! Highly recommend
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Fun day
Regina_P, May 2021
Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
Fun experience! Good guide, the right length. Gave a different perspective on the sites. Would have liked a historical/mythological combo tour more though!
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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!
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Great time had by all ages!
Karen G, Jun 2019
Electric Bike Tour of Athens by Night
Wonderful way to see the city when it cools down a bit, bikes are super fun for all ages! Our guide was super knowledgeable and very helpful and watched for everyone's safety. Lots of fun had by all in our group with kids aged 14 and 11.
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A Whirlwind Tour of Classical Greek History
James, May 2021
Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
An excellent way to see another layer of Athens and the ancient history that is present everywhere you look. The interplay between the ancient Greek's religious beliefs, myths, and their relationship with themselves and the physical world came out in the stories. It is a wonder how the Gods' escapades came to be and how anything positive came out from their foul deeds. I felt myself revisiting the Greek tragedies of high school, the original purpose and actions surrounding the buildings, and then considering their influence on the modern world.
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First Thing to Do
Brian_D, May 2021
Athens Scenic Bike Tour
Best biking tour ever! Make this tour your first experience in Greece. The tour helped orient us in the city and our excellent guide, Dimitri, provided tons of recommendations for sites and restaurants.
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You Must Do This
Emma, Feb 2020
Segway Tour in Ancient Athens, Agora and Keramikos
Chryssiis was the most excellent tour guide. Her enthusiasm for her job is obvious and her educational and informative narration really brought the history of Athens to life. If you’re heading to Athens, a Segway tour is a must and Chrys is your girl!
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Interesting
Gwen_G, Oct 2020
Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
Kostas was friendly, knowledgable and an excellent tour guide. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Only dropped a star because the top of the Acropolis was closed on the day of the tour and we had to return the next day...
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Fun bike ride in Athen
Francesca_S, May 2021
Athens Scenic Bike Tour
Dimitri did an amazing job touring us around the city of Athen. Since Athens just recently open our tour was only 2 people, myself and my sister. Dimitri still went out his way to show us around the city of Athen, including secret locations that offer best pictures. He gave us advice on places to go to tour and restaurants that offer the best food. He even took pictures for us. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who is visiting Athen Greece. My advice to anyone who is not active upgrade to an electric bike. You will thank me for that later
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Compact tour for tourists with no time
weeyeey, Sep 2019
Athens Classic eBike Tour
This is very interesting and informative ebike tour covering a lot of ground in 3.5 hrs. Ideal for tourists with not enough time in Athens. Guide was good.
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Half Day Private Tour in Athens
Curious23867880193, Sep 2019
Half Day Athens Private Tailor-Made City Tour (Skip the line of Acropolis)
Had a great time. We were picked up at our hotel which was not on a main road. We were shown around without having to wait on any lines. When we were finished driver dropped us off at the Pier since we were going on a cruise. We loved the fact we had our luggage with us and didn’t have to make any additional arrangements.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Agora of Athens and its museum are a must for archaeology buffs.

  • Almost all of the ruins are outdoors, so dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

  • Some areas of the site are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers; the museum is fully accessible.

  • The Stoa of Attalos houses the Museum of the Ancient Agora, where you can view ancient art and artifacts unearthed at the site.

  • The Acropolis combination ticket includes entry to the Acropolis and six other sites— including the Agora—within a 5-day admission window.

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How to Get There

The ancient Agora sits above the modern city of Athens and is a short walk from the Acropolis. Take the metro Green Line to the Thissio station, and walk about five minutes along Adrianous Street to the site.

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When to Get There

The Agora of Athens is open every day except major holidays. The site is almost entirely outdoors, so avoid visiting during the midday hours in summer. Instead, time your tour for early morning or late afternoon and take refuge in the museum when the temperatures soar.

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The History of the Agora of Athens

The Agora of Athens, where Socrates once expounded his philosophy, dates back to the 6th century BC. This vast area lies to the northwest of the Acropolis and once featured an elaborate drainage system, a series of fountains, and a temple devoted to the Olympian Gods. The Agora was finally abandoned after a Slavic invasion in the 6th century.

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