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Acropolis, City and Museum Walking Tour from the Pier

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Acropolis, City and Museum Walking Tour from the Pier

After transferring from the cruise pier to Athens, you will meet your professional and English-speaking guide and begin your Athens walking tour with the underground Metro Museum. After a quick view of the historical pieces in this unique collection, you will continue to the beautifully crafted House of Greek Parliament and the Monument of the Unknown Soldier to observe the famous changing of the presidential guards. Afterwards, you will head towards the National Gardens and the beautiful example of neoclassical architectural design Zappeion Hall, a building used for events and exhibitions. From this vantage point you will see the remaining colossal columns of the Temple of Zeus that have survived thousands of years of theft and pillaging, and Hadrian's Arch, both of which you will visit.

From there, continue your Athens tour among the breathtaking monuments of the city's ancient past. Standing high above the city, you will witness the magnificence of the ancient ruins located within the Acropolis. Begin your journey to the top of the Acropolis on the south side and visit Dionysus Theatre, one of Athens's oldest theaters, and the Dionysus sanctuary. Complete your journey to the peak of the Acropolis and tour the Parthenon, one of the greatest cultural monuments of all time and the essence of ancient Greece. In addition to your Parthenon tour, you will encounter within the Acropolis many other ancient ruins, such as the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens, and the Propylea, the gateway to the Acropolis. In addition to the marvelous ruins, the Acropolis provides an unforgettable view of the city.

With your friendly guide, explore the 4,000 artifacts found in the famous Acropolis at the incredible new Acropolis Museum. This museum is a great way to take you through ancient Greece's past. The first level of the museum is The Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis. Tour through the relics that were discovered on the slopes of the Acropolis and the everyday ancient objects used by the Athenians. Because the museum is built on the ruins of Roman and Byzantine Athens and the archaeological site of Makrygianni, this first level's floor is transparent so you can view the excavations below. Just as the Acropolis ascends to high above the city, the first floor ascends, alluding to the Acropolis's slope. You will continue to the second floor and The Archaic Gallery. Explore the artifacts of the period of Athens when the city-state developed, when the aristocracy converted to tyranny and then to the first form of democracy. You will continue to the third floor and the famous Parthenon gallery. There you can observe a presentation about the Parthenon and its structure as well as an installment of the frieze of the Parthenon with the same dimensions as the inner chamber of the Parthenon. Nearly as significant as the artifacts is the remarkable architecture of the museum, which lets natural light flood the museum and offers spectacular panoramic views. Your tour of the Acropolis Museum will be unlike any Athens tour you take. It's a must-see for an unforgettable adventure through Athens's historic past.

This historical Athens tour is an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages, whether it's your first or hundredth time visiting Greece's capital city.

Please Note: As some guests may not be able to climb the Acropolis and choose to have free time at the lower entrance instead, or prefer not to navigate the ruins at the Temple of Zeus, admissions to the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, and the Acropolis Museum are NOT included in your tour. Tickets are approximately 18 EUR per adult in winter (usually from November to March) and 36 EUR per adult in summer (usually from April to October). Tickets cost about 5 EUR per child under 18, and 18 EUR per NON-EU student year-round. If they are citizens of EU countries, children under 18 and students receive free admission. Please be sure to bring the correct amount in cash. Credit cards cannot be accepted. A valid photo ID or passport is required to verify a child's age. Students must have a valid student identification card or International Student Identity Card (ISIC). Participants from EU countries must present a valid passport.

Shore Excursion Size
Small
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Cultural
Shore Excursion Duration
8 Hours
Shore Excursion Departs From
The Ship Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Activity Level
Moderate
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen is suggested.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to walk over paved, cobblestone, marble, gravel, and packed dirt surfaces, many of which are at an incline, or are uneven. This tour involves approximately 1 hour of walking. The climb to the Acropolis is strenuous. Children ages 5 and younger may attend the tour free of charge with advanced notice at the time of booking. This tour can not accommodate luggage.

As some guests may not be able to climb the Acropolis and choose to have free time at the lower entrance instead, or prefer not to navigate the ruins at the Temple of Zeus, admissions to the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, and the Acropolis Museum are NOT included in your tour. Tickets are approximately 18 EUR per adult in winter (usually from November to March) and 36 EUR per adult in summer (usually from April to October). Tickets cost about 5 EUR per child under 18, and 18 EUR per NON-EU student year-round. If they are citizens of EU countries, children under 18 and students receive free admission. Please be sure to bring the correct amount in cash. Credit cards cannot be accepted. A valid photo ID or passport is required to verify a child's age. Students must have a valid student identification card or International Student Identity Card (ISIC). Participants from EU countries must present a valid passport.
5 Stars5Based On 22 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsBest Tour everAugust 12, 2019

Reviewer: Steve
If you love ancient history, this tour is a must. Our guide Chris Konidari was an obvious expert of Greek History and Mythology and brought the ancient sites alive with colorful stories and often humorous anecdotes.

4 StarsNICE PLACEAugust 06, 2019

Reviewer: MIGUEL CORDOBA HERRERA
Good guide, safe locations, magnific service.

5 StarsOne of the best tours we have ever been onAugust 02, 2019

Reviewer: Jonathan Chen
First off, this is a long tour. With that said, it was completely worth it. Easy pickup at the pier and then taken to the meeting point with the guide. Started the tour at the Metro museum. Wouldn't think much of it but amazing how you have an archaeological site in the middle of a train station. We then went to the parliament where we watched the changing of the guards. Similar to the changing of the guard at Washington DC but with a Greek twist. Rather than describe every stop, just read the tour description because we followed it exactly as described. The Acropolis may look daunting but it was actually pretty easy to go up. I highly recommend wearing shoes with traction because you will walk on some stone that are very slippery. Just when you think you're done at the Acropolis, you have one more stop, which is the Acropolis museum, which was incredible. You have options of not purchasing tickets for everything but I highly recommend you do because everything was worth it.

5 StarsGreat Athens AdventureJuly 11, 2019

Reviewer: Tod Young
Thank you Kris for a wonderful day visiting the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Temple of Zeus, and the city of Athens. Kris, you made our day absolutely great because of you knowledge, wit,and wisdom. You brought life to ancient history and Greek Mythology and made me want to go back and re-read the the adventures of Poseidon, Athena, Hercules, and of curse the king of the gods, Zeus. Thank you for your years of study and education as an archaeologist -- please keep doing what you're doing and helping others learn. Tod Young

5 StarsMust see AcropolisJune 01, 2019

Reviewer: Barb Singer
This was an excellent tour, with tremendous information. I did find this tour to be too much for me. I would have liked to do the Acropolis one day and the museum the next. Quite a crush of people when we were there. The guide was wonderful and took good care of all of us. Really terrific.

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