Upon meeting with your guide, you will start your walk through Dionisiou Areopagitou str one of the most impressive streets of Athens, offering an extraordinary view of the southern slope of the Acropolis, where some of the most significant monuments stand. You will enter the archaeological area of the Acropolis on the southern slope to avoid the crowds and just to your right is the most ancient theater of the world, the Theater of Dionysus. In this theater, the most famous ancient Greek poets, Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Euripides, and Sophocles saw premiere performances of their plays in the 5th century BC.
Above the theater is the Stoa of Eumenes, which was built by the King of Pergamum, Eumenes in the 2nd century BC. Nearby are the ruins of the Asklepeion of Athens, which was built in 429 BC, following the plague, which decimated the population. This temple was used as a sanctuary, a clinic, and a medical school.
Your next stop is the Odeion of Herodes Atticus. This building is adjacent to Eumenes Stoa, and a perfect match for it, although, built almost four centuries later (in 160-1 AD.), by Herodes son of Atticus, in memory of his wife Regilla. The Odeion seats 5,000 people and still hosts musical and theatrical performances today.
Before reaching Acropolis top point, you will pass through Beule Gate, part of the Roman fortifications of the Acropolis. Right after that you will encounter a 13m. high pedestal, known as the monument of Agrippa, on which the Athenians in 27 B.C. erected a statue of the Roman Marcus Agrippa, benefactor of the city.
On your right you will see the Temple Of the Athena Victory also known as Temple of Athena Nike, a small, elegant, Ionian, amphiprostyle temple, built by the architect Callicrates in 426-421 B.C. in commemoration of the victory of the Greeks against the Persians.
Soon you reach the Propylaea one of the masterpieces of classical architecture. This imposing entrance was designed by the architect Mnesicles and built in 437-432 BC.
Finally you will appreciate the splendor of the Parthenon and learn about the history and see secrets of the construction of the Parthenon. This unique temple, dedicated to the goddess Athena, was built of pentelic white warble. The architects, of the classical temple, which was constructed and decorated from 447-432 century BC, were Iktinos and Kallikrates.It is a Doric peripteral temple with 8 columns on the front and the back and 17 columns on each side.
Left of the Parthenon lies the Temple of Erechtheion built from 420-406BC at the most holy site of the Acropolis, where goddess Athena planted the olive tree, her sacred symbol.
Climbing down the Acropolis hill you will reach the New Acropolis museum one of the most important contemporary works of architecture in Athens. The last level (The Parthenon room) has the dimensions and the direction of the Parthenon and it is been rotated by 23 degrees in relation to the rest of the building so that the visitor would have an immediate view of the monument.
This marks the end of your walking tour.
>Entrance fees to the Acropolis are 20 Euro total pp ( ticket obtained at the ticket office ).
>Entrance fee to the Acropolis Museum is 5 Euro pp.
Free admission for:
- Persons under 18 (with current identification to prove age) except Acropolis Museum which is under 12 age.
- University students from Greece and the E.U
Free admission for all on the following dates:
- 6 March
- 5 June
- 18 April
- 18 May (International Museums Day)
- The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
SUMMER PERIOD: 1 April – 31 October
WINTER PERIOD: 1 November – 31 March
Opening hours for the archeological sites of Athens including Acropolis:
Winter period:8:30am – 15:00
Summer period:8:00am – 19:30
Opening hours for Acropolis Museum:
Monday to Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Last admission: 4:30 p.m.)
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Last admission: 9:30 p.m.)
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Last admission: 7:30 p.m.)
Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Last admission: 3:30 p.m.)
Tuesday to Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Last admission: 7:30 p.m.)
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Last admission: 9:30 p.m.)
All sites and museums are closed or have reduced opening hours, on the following holidays:
• 1 January: closed
• 6 January: closed
• Shrove Monday: 08.30-15.00
• 25 March: closed
• Good Friday: until 12:00 closed
• Holy Saturday: 08.30-15.00
• Easter Sunday : closed
• Easter Monday: 08.30-15.00
• 1 May: closed
• Holy Spirit Day: 08.30-15.00
• 15 August: 08.30-15.00
• 28 October: 08.30-15.00
• 25 December: closed
• 26 December: closed
- Photography is permitted throughout the tour except for the Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis and the Archaic Gallery, at the New Acropolis museum.
- The Acropolis may only be accessed by walking uphill. It is a strenuous walk and you must be in good physical condition. There is a pathway, but there are also steps near the top. Keep in mind that the weather may be very hot during the summer.
- Disabled access at the Acropolis is provided by a wheelchair stair climber lift elevator.Please do keep in mind that this is an elevator strictly available to disabled visitors only. That includes:
> visitors using a wheelchair or some other kinetic equipment
> visitors with some kind of physiopathological situation that affects their kinetic ability either permanently or temporarily and
> visitors that have a certified rate of disability whether this is affecting their kinetic ability or not.
- Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sun screen are suggested.
- Walking: Difficult-To climb up to the Acropolis, guests must be able to walk over paved, inclined paths, some with steps, then climb a series of steps to reach the Propylea. The walking surfaces on top of the Acropolis are uneven.
- Suggested Starting time: 8am to avoid summer heat plus the low-lying solar rays will give your photographs vivid hues.
- Our prices are much better in comparison to those of the big Tour operators, because we are ourselves the tour operator and we do not use third party providers.
- It’s always a great idea to bring a bottle of water and sunscreen with you because in the warmer months it becomes quite hot and sunny.
- A hat to protect your head and shade your face is also recommended when spending a significant amount of time in the sun.
- The area around the Acropolis Hill can become quite crowded, especially during the peak travel months, so be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings close to you.
- Do not accept ‘gifts’ from street vendors approaching tourists. They may offer you roses, but if choose you accept, you will be expected to pay or give a tip for them.
- Our service is solely confirmed when the potential customer has received and email confirming services along with the details of the tour. If the confirmation email is not received than please conclude that the service has not been confirmed. We suggest you contact us immediately for further clarification.