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 Solider 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 31 EUR per adult in summer (usually from April to October). Tickets cost about 3 EUR per child under 18, and 16 EUR per 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.
Reviewer: D. Coburn
This tour was an excellent experience! Our guide was so knowledgeable and her presentation was so easy to understand. She had a great balance between the information she presented with time to explore on our own. I would certainly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Anne Rettenmair
You get to see a lot and I enjoyed all of it but the museum was the best. Very enjoyable with a life size display of the outside of the acropolis.
Great tour of the Acropolis, plenty of time to explore sites that interested me, good suggestions for where to shop or eat. Could not have asked for a better tour!
Reviewer: Herbert Baker
This was one of the best Shore Excursions Group tours we have taken. The guide was out standing and tour size was not too large, Just an FYI, tour does not include any admission fees. These are paid at tour start directly to guide in Euros. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Tour covers over 5 miles of walking plus includes hiking the Acropolis.
Reviewer: My Van-Dinh
Nicolas was our tour guide and he is very knowledgeable. Our tour included all admission tickets. We covered a lot of areas, with lots of walking. It was all worth it.