Parthenon Tours

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The star of Athens postcards and arguably the most impressive of all the city’s ancient ruins, the 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 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.

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.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Parthenon is most often visited on half- or full-day city tours of Ancient Athens.
  • Come prepared for the weather, as 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.

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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Acropolis of Athens Skip The Line Admission Ticket

  The UNESCO World Heritage Acropolis of Athens is the city's most iconic attraction, with its ancient Parthenon and beautiful views of the city. Because of the ancient monument’s popularity, lines to get in can get long. With this skip-the-line ticket, you'll get to avoid the hassle of standing in line and head straight in.**PLEASE NOTE: You must exchange the voucher for an Acropolis Ticket at the address listed below and on voucher.  The office is very close to the main entrance of the Acropolis so please go here first.  When you have exchanged the voucher please make your way to the Acropolis entrance from where you will gain Skip the Line entry**
  • Duration: 1 to 10 hrs
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Full-Day Tour of Athens, Acropolis and Cape Sounion with Lunch

Admire ancient treasures side-by-side with modern marvels on this full-day sightseeing tour of Athens and Cape Sounion. Visit the famous Acropolis and Temple of Olympic Zeus, plus contemporary Athenian highlights like Panathinaikon Stadium and Parliament House. Savor traditional Greek flavors with an included lunch, and travel to Cape Sounion in the afternoon for spectacular views of the Saronic Gulf and the ancient Temple of Poseidon perched dramatically atop sea cliffs.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour

Enhance your experience of Athens on a 4-hour mythological tour of the ancient Greek city. Alongside an entertaining guide, visit major landmarks like the Acropolis and the Olympian Zeus Temple and listen to the captivating myths that surround each landmark. Hear tales that combine myth, legend and historical fact; admire the morbid majesty of the ancient Keramikos cemetery; and gain valuable insight into the culture of modern and ancient Greece on this educational tour.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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The Acropolis, Ancient Agora and Attalos Museum Small Group Walking Tour

Get an expert introduction to Athens’ most important archaeological sites — the Acropolis and Ancient Agora — during a 3-hour walking tour with skip-the-line access. Slip past the crowds at the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens, where you’ll learn about the Parthenon, Propylaia gateway, Temple of Athena Nike, Monument of Agrippa and more. After free time, follow your guide on foot through Athens' political center of Ancient Agora and its famous monuments, including Hephaestus Temple. Top off your itinerary at the museum, housed in the Stoa of Attalos.
  • Duration: 3 hours 27 minutes
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Private Tour: Highlights of Athens with Acropolis of Athens and Lunch

Explore several thousand years of Greek history during this intimate, 6-hour, private tour covering the top highlights in Athens. Step back in time with your private guide as you take in breathtaking sights like the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Parthenon and the amazing Acropolis, the white marble-clad Panatheian Stadium (site of the first modern Olympics) the colossal Temple of Zeus and much more. You’ll celebrate your discoveries with a tasty included lunch of modern Greek cuisine. Your private guide and transport, plus round-trip hotel transport and site entrance fees are also covered.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Tour: Half day Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum

Check off the top sights on your Athens must-see list during this 5-hour excursion with private guide. Explore the iconic Acropolis and its ancient temples, and relive the highlights of the first modern Olympic Games at Panathinaikos Stadium. You’ll also check out Syntagma Square, pass by the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Dionysos Theater, the National Gardens of Greece and much more. A flexible itinerary means you call the shots on what to do and where to go. Your private guide, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport are included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Half-Day Private Taxi Service: Historical Athens City Tour

Take a whirlwind tour of Athens history in a private taxi driven by your guide. You’ll the city’s fascinating historical highlights in just half a day, including the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, Greek parliament, Panathenaic Stadium, and more. Hear fascinating commentary along the way, choose between a morning or afternoon departure to best fit your schedule, and enjoy convenient hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Acropolis, Athens City Tour, The Ancient Agora and Attalos Museum

Explore the city of Athens, visit the Acropolis and discover the ancient Agora during this 5-hour walking tour. Learn about the history, culture and daily life of ancient Athenian citizens through your guide's informative commentary. Stop for a snack and refreshments at the Acropolis canteen (own expense). See where Plato and Socrates taught and lectured, then finish with a visit to the Attalos Museum. Walk away with a comprehensive understanding of this Greek city's rich history.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Essential Athens Highlights: Private Half Day or Full Day walking Tour

Spend a half day exploring the fascinating ancient monuments and vibrant culture of modern-day Athens. Join your guide on a route that takes you through the most important relics of the ancient Greek empire, including the Acropolis, Theater of Dionysus, Agora and Temple of Zeus. See where the modern Olympic Games were held, and stroll through the city’s bustling markets. This private, 4-hour tour can be customized to suit the pace and interests of the group for a fantastic introduction to the Greek capital.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Acropolis of Athens Walking Tour with Optional New Acropolis Museum Visit

The UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens is the city’s most visited attraction, but it has the traffic to match. This 2-hour walking tour makes an early start to avoid the crowds and includes highlights such as the Parthenon, the Theater of Dionysus, and the Odeon. For the full experience, upgrade to include a 2-hour guided visit to the Ancient Agora.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Discover some of Greece’s greatest treasures and the best of modern Athens on this 3.5-hour morning or afternoon Athens sightseeing tour. With an expert guide, take a coach tour of top Athens sites, including the Greek Parliament and Panathenaic Stadium, stage of the first modern Olympic Games. Then, explore the mighty Acropolis on foot to see the glorious Parthenon and other highlights. Want to add more sightseeing in Athens? Upgrade your morning tour to include entry to the Acropolis Museum to see its incredible Parthenon friezes, and other archaeological exhibits.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip

Combine two popular tours of Athens and Cape Sounion into one day at a discounted price with this Athens Super Saver. In the morning, board an air-conditioned coach for a sightseeing tour of Athens’ highlights. With an expert guide, stroll around the Parthenon and antiquities on the Acropolis; visit the New Acropolis Museum; see the Panathenaic Stadium and more. Then, take an afternoon trip to Cape Sounion, where the Temple of Poseidon overlooks the Aegean Sea. Admire the glittering temple and stellar views before your return by coach to Athens.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Viator Exclusive: Acropolis of Athens, New Acropolis Museum and Greek Dinner

Explore the greatest of ancient Greek architectural feats on a 4-hour private walking tour of the Acropolis of Athens and the New Acropolis Museum, followed by dinner. Stroll around the UNESCO-listed Acropolis with an archaeologist to learn about its monuments, including the Parthenon. Then, visit the ultra-modern New Acropolis Museum for a guided tour of its spectacular statues and treasures. Finish with a delicious Greek dinner at a restaurant with stellar views over the Parthenon.
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Private Tour: Athens City Highlights Including the Acropolis of Athens

Delve into the rich history and heritage of Athens on a private full-day tour of the city’s headline acts. Explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of the Acropolis of Athens, one of the world’s most famous archeological sites, and dive into the mythological world of Ancient Greece as you visit the Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus and Temple of Athena Nike. You’ll also get chance to see the Panathenian Stadium, where the first Olympic Games was held; witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside the Greek Parliament; and visit the National Gardens.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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City Sightseeing Athens, Piraeus & Beach Riviera Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Experience the best of Athens in one day and your own way, with this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off Athens bus tour. Travel around by open-top double-decker bus and create your own sightseeing itinerary. Learn about Athens’ history from the onboard audio guide and choose from three routes with 37 stops total. Perhaps visit the spectacular Acropolis, the cobbled streets of the Plaka, the New Acropolis Museum, or other top sights—you set the pace and choose where to explore on foot.
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Acropolis of Athens and New Acropolis Museum Tour

Journey back to Ancient Greece on this 3-hour tour of the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens, including a visit to the New Acropolis Museum. Visit the Theatre of Dionysus and Dionysus Sanctuary, stroll past the Propylaea gateway and the Temple of Athena Nike, then stand in awe before the grand ruins of the Parthenon, looking down over Athens below. After exploring the sprawling citadel, follow your guide on a tour of New Acropolis Museum and learn more about the excavations as you browse more than 4,000 artifacts unearthed from the Acropolis.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Full Day Tour with Lunch

Travel back in time to the thriving empire of ancient Greece on a full-day tour of Athens led by an expert guide. Visit a combination of classic and contemporary sites to gain a holistic picture of the bustling Greek capital; capture photographs of the colossal Panathinaiko Stadium, the venue of the first ever Olympic games; admire the ancient grandeur of the Temple of Olympian Zeus; and browse informative exhibits inside the Acropolis Museum. Gain fascinating insight into the rich legends and myths of ancient Greece during this comprehensive tour.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Guided Sightseeing Shore Excursion Tour of Athens

Take in all that Athens has to offer during this comprehensive 8-hour guided sightseeing shore excursion covering the Greek capital’s top highlights. Explore the birthplace of Western Civilization as you visit the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, the charming neighborhood of Plaka, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium, and much more.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Athens Full Day Private Tour

Explore the highlights of Athens in a private vehicle on this full-day tour. Depart from your hotel and make your way the the Acropolis, where you can stroll through the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Temple of the Athena Nike, the Propylaea, the Erechtheum, and the Parthenon. Take in views from Lycabettus Hill and explore the neighborhoods of Plaka and Monastiraki.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Acropolis Walking Tour, Including Syntagma Square and Historical City Center

Delve into the history of ancient Greece on this 3-hour Athens walking tour. With an expert guide, stroll around the historical heart of Athens to see Syntagma Square, the Parliament Building and the ancient ruins tucked around the slopes of the stunning, UNESCO-listed Acropolis. Check out fascinating archaeological exhibits in Syntagma Square and admire awesome views of the Parthenon as you view the Theater of Dionysus, Odeon of Herodes Atticus and other sights. With revealing commentary from your guide throughout, this walking tour of Athens will delight history buffs.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Sightseeing Private Tour

There’s so much to see in Athens and only so much time.  Maximize your Greek vacation with a full-day private tour of the city.  Starting from your hotel, you’ll have private transportation at your disposal whisking you away to multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Acropolis. You can explore each location independently at your own pace or choose to hire a private guide in advance. It's your day.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Athens at Night Small-Group Walking Tour with Dinner

Discover the most ancient and atmospheric quarters of Athens on a small-group night walking tour. Feel the weight of history while passing the Greek and Roman Forums, and admire views of the illuminated Parthenon and Acropolis as the city's nocturnal energy comes alive in pubs and cafes. Catch the sound of the ‘laterna’ barrel piano drifting through doorways as you wind along narrow streets, and then complete the evening with a delicious Greek dinner in a traditional tavern.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Acropolis of Athens Tour

Discover the architectural marvel of Ancient Greece with a visit to Athens’ star attraction – the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Acropolis of Athens. Follow your guide on a 1.5-hour walking tour around the hilltop archaeological wonder, stopping to admire the Propylaea gateway, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Dionysus Sanctuary as you climb to the summit. Learn more about the fascinating ruins and imagine their former glory as you roam the sprawling citadel, stand in awe before the Theatre of Dionysus and look out over the city from the Parthenon.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Walking Tour: The Acropolis

Explore the Acropolis, Athens’ crowning glory, and other historical highlights on this 3-hour private walking tour. With a private guide, see the Greek Parliament House and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Syntagma Square; meander through the charming Plaka neighborhood; and view monuments such as the Zeus Temple. Then, hear about the glories of ancient Athens as you admire its showpiece monuments at the UNESCO-protected Acropolis. Stroll around highlights such as the Parthenon and Temple of Athena Nike, and ogle the breathtaking views from the rock down over Athens.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Athens Sightseeing Half-Day Tour

Travel back in time to ancient Athens during this 3.5-hour history-themed sightseeing tour of this iconic city’s major sights. Get a sense for the wealth of historical sites in Athens during panoramic drive past attractions like Hadrian’s Arch, Syntagma Square, the National Library and more. After reliving the athletic glories of the first ‘modern’ Olympics at Panathinaiko Stadium you’ll head for the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Acropolis where you’ll explore the Parthenon and temple of Athena. A guide, entrance fees and round-trip transport from select hotels is also covered.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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