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  • Address: Athens Acropolis, Athens, Greece
  • Hours: April–Oct: Mon 11am–7:30pm; Tues–Sun 8am–7:30pm; Nov–March daily 8:30am–3pm
  • Admission: Adult €20, Child €10

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Parthenon Tours

The star of Athens postcards and arguably the most impressive of all the city’s ancient ruins, the mighty Parthenon stands proud atop the sacred rock of Acropolis, high above the modern city.
Built between 447 and 432 BC, the temple was dedicated to Greek goddess Athena and originally housed her cult image, a giant ivory and gold-plated statue by Fidias. The painstakingly restored temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a striking reminder of the glory of Ancient Greece with its grand marble façade, classic Doric columns, and elaborate sculptural friezes. The site also serves as a fascinating chronicle of Athens’ history, serving as a treasury, fortress, mosque, and church over the course of its 2,500 years of existence.

The Basics
The best way to visit the Parthenon is on a walking tour of the Acropolis of Athens, including neighboring ruins such as the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechtheion. First-time visitors to Athens can also combine a visit with a city sightseeing tour; a half-day trip to the Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion; or even a food tasting city tour. History buffs can tack on a tour of the Ancient Agora or a visit to the New Acropolis Museum.
  • The Parthenon is most often visited on half- or full-day city tours of Ancient Athens.
  • Come prepared for the weather, the Parthenon is an indoor/outdoor experience
  • Wheelchair lift available to the top of the Acropolis

How to Get to the Parthenon
The Parthenon is located within the Acropolis on a hilltop in central Athens. Entry is via Dionysiou Areopagitou or Theorias, and the nearest underground train station is Akropoli. Admission to the Acropolis (including the Parthenon) costs €20.

When to Get There
The Parthenon is open from April to October, Monday 11am to 7:30pm and Tuesday to Sunday 8am to 7:30pm, and November to March, daily from 8:30am to 3pm. As with most popular tourist attractions, you would do well to arrive when the doors open to beat the crowds.

An Awkward Encounter with England
In the early 19th century, when Athens was under Turkish rule, sculptures from the Parthenon were sold to Englishman Lord Elgin. The artifacts, nicknamed the ‘Elgin Marbles’ are now on display in London's British Museum, but they remain a point of contention for the Greek government, which still insists they should be returned.

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Full-Day Tour of Athens, Acropolis and Cape Sounion with Lunch, Athens, null
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Full-Day Tour of Athens, Acropolis and Cape Sounion with Lunch

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Accompanied by a local guide, enjoy the striking contrasts in Athens between the ancient and the modern. Visit the Acropolis, the glory of ancient Athens, as ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.45
Private Tour: Half day Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum, Athens, Full-day Tours
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Private Tour: Half day Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum

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Take a private tour of the ancient city of Athens with a personal guide. You will visit the Acropolis, icon of Athens perched on its plateau, and walk to ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: Highlights of Athens with Acropolis of Athens and Lunch, Athens, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Private Tour: Highlights of Athens with Acropolis of Athens and Lunch

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Explore Athens with a private guide on a 6 hour tour and discover the UNESCO listed Acropolis of Athens, Temple of Zeus, Panathenian Stadium and more! After ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $247.54
Athens Private 5 hours Walking Tour, Athens, Ancient Rome Tours
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Athens Private 5 hours Walking Tour

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The 5 hours exclusive private walking tour visits the Acropolis and the Museum and then you are seeing Athens in a total different way! You will walk around ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour, Athens, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour

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History & Myth meet in Athens! Discover the greatest landmarks of Athens & their surrounding myths! Enjoy a unique mythological tour, suitable for all ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Historical Athens and Acropolis of Athens Walking Tour, Athens, Walking Tours
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Historical Athens and Acropolis of Athens Walking Tour

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Unearth the wonders of Ancient Greece with this 3-hour walking tour of the Acropolis of Athens and the city’s key historical sights. See the Greek Parliament, ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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The Acropolis, Ancient Agora and Attalos Museum Small Group Walking Tour, Athens, Walking Tours
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The Acropolis, Ancient Agora and Attalos Museum Small Group Walking Tour

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The perfect combination tour for history buffs, including a visit to the Acropolis and all its famous monuments, as well as to the fascinating Ancient Agora ...  Read more

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Duration: 3 hours 27 minutes (approx.)

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Half-Day Private Taxi Service: Historical Athens City Tour, Athens, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Half-Day Private Taxi Service: Historical Athens City Tour

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Tour in the heart of Athens. Visit the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, Greek parliament, Panathenaic Stadium and many more with your 4-hour private taxi and ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.14
Acropolis of Athens Walking Tour with Optional Ancient Agora, Athens, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Acropolis of Athens Walking Tour with Optional Ancient Agora

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Explore the greatest of ancient Greek architectural feats on a 2-hour walking tour of the Acropolis of Athens. Stroll around the UNESCO-listed Acropolis with ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Acropolis, Athens City Tour, The Ancient Agora and Attalos Museum, Athens, Walking Tours
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Acropolis, Athens City Tour, The Ancient Agora and Attalos Museum

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The perfect combination tour including an Athens City tour, a visit to the Acropolis & all its famous monuments, as well as to the fascinating Ancient ...  Read more

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Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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