Acropolis, City and Museum Walking Tour from the Pier

special offer banner Acropolis City and Museum Tour in Athens (Dionysus Theatre, Temple of Athena)
Excursion Highlights:
  • Experience the ancient ruins at the Acropolis, including the iconic Parthenon
  • Traverse through Athens's historic past with a professional English-speaking guide at the fascinating Acropolis Museum
  • Be amazed by the underground Metro Museum's unique collection
  • Witness the famous changing of presidential guards at the House of Greek Parliament
  • Enjoy the architectural marvels of the city, such as Zappeion Hall, the Temple of Zeus, and Hadrian's Arch
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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Scenic, Cultural
Shore Excursion Duration 8 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
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, admissions to the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, and the Acropolis Museum are NOT included in your tour. Tickets are approximately 20 EUR per adult in winter (usually from November to March) and 35 EUR per adult in summer (usually from April to October). Tickets will generally cost less for children and young adults under 25 years of age (at the archaeological sites) and 18 years of age (at the Acropolis Museum). Please make sure you are familiar with the entrance fees prior to the tour date and 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 under 25 years of age must present a valid passport.

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. Afterward, 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 Propylaea, 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 are 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: Heavy traffic should be anticipated and may affect the duration of the excursion. On select days or holidays, traffic delays may contribute to a change of itinerary at the operator's discretion. 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 cost 20 Euro per adult for the Acropolis and 15 Euro for the Museum. Discounted tickets for youths under the age of 25 cost 10 Euro for the Acropolis and 10 Euro for the Museum. From November 1st to March 31st all admission tickets for adults or youths are reduced to 10 Euro each. Please make sure you are familiar with the entrance fees prior to the tour date and bring the correct amount in cash, credit cards are accepted as well. To skip the lines, your entrance tickets will be given to you at the beginning of the tour. For the youths to get the reduced ticket a valid photo of their ID or passport is required to verify their age.