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13 best greece tours: acropolis, meteora & more.
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The Best Greece Tours
Explore everything from Greece's ancient history to beautiful beaches to caldera vistas on a guided tour. Many say a sunset tour in Santorini is an incredible experience. (Getty Images)
Greece has plenty to offer travelers from the ancient remains in Athens to the picturesque beaches on Crete to the iconic white buildings that dot Mykonos . With more than 200 islands to explore, making a choice of what to see can be dizzying. That's where a guided tour comes in. In-the-know locals can help guide you to some of the best sights Greece has to offer. Using both traveler opinion and expert input, U.S. News gathered a selection of the best tours available in Greece.
Sunset Oia Sailing Cruises – Diamond Cruise
Price: From 230 euros (roughly $250) Duration: 5 hours
Several travelers call this tour the highlight of their Santorini vacation. Reviewers also praise Sunset Oia Sailing Cruises' friendly crew and the delicious lunch served on board. On the Diamond luxury catamaran cruise, up to 20 travelers will make stops at Hot Springs, Red Beach and White Beach (the lunch spot) for swimming and snorkeling. Along the way, you'll cruise by Aspronisi and Indian Rock, among other sights. The final stop is at the caldera for some photo-ops.
The five-hour trips depart year-round at either 9:30 a.m. or 2:45 p.m. (the afternoon sailing is a sunset cruise). Tickets for both cruises start at 230 euros (about $250) per person. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included, as well as a barbecue lunch, alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, use of towels, bathrooms and showers. Gratuity for your crew is extra. Alternatively, the Platinum Cruise offers a similar itinerary at a slightly lower price.
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Chat Tours – Delphi & Arachova
Price: From 88 euros (about $96) Duration: 10 hours
The Delphi Oracle was one of the most important fixtures in ancient Greece. The Greeks not only considered it the literal center of the world, but also traveled from all over to visit the Oracle and its priestess of Apollo – Pythia – to learn of the future. Chat Tours takes travelers to this famous site and the neighboring museum to learn all about its history and see plentiful artifacts. The tour also includes a scenic drive through both Arachova and Livadeia. Tourgoers say they enjoy the experience of this Delphia & Arachova tour and are impressed with the archaeology around the site.
Tickets start at 88 euros (about $96) for adults with discounts available for children. For an additional fee, you can add lunch. Trips run daily from April through October; they operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday from November to March. Tours last about 10 hours. Pickups from select Athens hotels begins at 7:30 a.m. Chat Tours runs several other day outings in Athens and also operates a few multiday Greece tours.
Rhodes Sea Lines – Sun & Sea All Inclusive Chilling Cruise
Price: From 45 euros (about $49) Duration: 3 hours
As the tour's name implies, Rhodes Sea Lines' Chilling Cruise is all about relaxation. For three hours, you'll get to lounge on the company's boat while the crew takes you to some of Rhodes' most beautiful inlets. There are also ample opportunities to swim and snorkel as you admire views of the Greek islands. Tour-takers urge future travelers to take the cruise, saying it was one of the best things they did on their vacation in Greece. They also appreciate the alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks and fresh fruit available.
Tours, which are capped at 28 passengers, depart at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Tickets start at 45 euros (approximately $49) per person. Transportation from your hotel is available on request. Rhodes Sea Lines also runs a trip to Lindos and another to Symi.
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Santorini Wine Adventure – Daytime Tour
Price: From 140 euros (about $153) Duration: 4.5 hours
During this 4.5-hour outing, travelers will sample as many as 12 different wines at three separate Santorini wineries. Tastings predominantly feature white wines (including those made from Assyrtiko, a grape native to the island), but you may also sample a few reds and some sweet varietals. In addition to wine tastings, you'll enjoy a tour of a volcanic vineyard. Travelers appreciate the ample snacks along the way – several say they didn't go hungry – as well as the informative guides. An added bonus is the small group size: only eight to 10 people can join.
Tours depart around 9:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday from May through October. Tickets start at 140 euros (around $153) per person. For an additional 10 euros (about $11), you can take this tour around sunset. Ticket fees include round-trip transportation from your accommodation. Santorini Wine Adventure also offers a few private wine-themed excursions throughout Greece.
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Athens Walking Tours – Athens City Tour, Acropolis & Acropolis Museum Tour
Price: From 120 euros (about $131) Duration: 5.5 hours
When you purchase this tour, you'll have the option to get skip-the-line tickets to the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum , which means you'll breeze by other visitors waiting in line. At the Acropolis, you'll see the monuments, incredible views of the city and ancient temples. The Acropolis Museum houses numerous artifacts discovered at the Acropolis. Plus, you'll get a morning tour of the city to see the Hellenic Parliament, the changing of the guards and the National Garden, among other sites. Travelers enjoy the tour, noting that visiting the Acropolis with a guide makes the trip much more interesting than if you had stopped here on your own itinerary.
This 5.5-hour tour operates year-round and departs at 9:30 a.m. Tickets including entrance fees to the attractions start at around 120 euros (about $131) for adults. Children may receive reduced or free admission. Tickets without attraction entry fees start at 67 euros (around $73). Athens Walking Tours also runs tours of the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum individually, among other options.
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Odyssey Boat Kos – Kos-3 Island Cruise
Price: Adults from 28.50 euros (about $31); kids from 15 euros (about $16) Duration: 7 hours
Tour-takers routinely call this trip "amazing." They say the friendly staff, delicious lunch and interesting stops on three Greek islands make for a great day. The seven-hour tours depart Kos at 10 a.m. and return around 5:15 p.m. The first stop is Kalymnos and its town of Vathi, where you can explore its shops. The next stop, Plati, allows you to jump off the boat to swim in turquoise waters. The final stop is Pserimos to check out its small town or relax on the beach. Along the way, you'll also be served lunch and drinks.
Tickets start at 28.50 euros (about $31) for participants 12 and older, and 15 euros (around $16) for children ages 3 to 11. Children younger than 3 are free of charge. These Greece tours depart daily, usually from May through October.
Meteora Thrones Travel & Tourism Center – Authentic Hiking Meteora Tour
Price: Adults from 26 euros (about $28); kids from 19 euros (around $21) Duration: 4 hours
Meteora – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – has been home to monasteries since the 11th century. The monasteries sit atop towering sandstone formations and are awe-inspiring to visit. On this four-hour hiking tour, you'll trek about 5 miles among the great rocks. You'll also get to visit the interior of one of the monasteries. (Keep in mind: Visiting the monastery will cost an additional fee. Attire-wise, all visitors must wear shirts with sleeves and women are required to wear knee-length or longer skirts to enter. Men should wear shorts that hit below the knee, or long pants.) Hikers rave about the sites and say the guides are knowledgeable.
Tickets start at 26 euros (about $28) for adults and 19 euros (around $21) for children ages 4 to 12. Transportation to the site is included. Tours run daily starting at 9 a.m. and will pick you up at your hotel in Kalabaka or Kastraki, which sit about 220 miles northwest of Athens. Staying in Athens? Meteora Thrones also runs a train tour to Meteora that departs from Athens.
Alternative Athens – Athens Highlights Mythology Tour
Price: Adults from 65 euros (about $71); kids from 52 euros (about $57) Duration: 4 hours
Chances are, you've heard a Greek myth or two in your lifetime. During this tour with Alternative Athens, you'll have a chance to learn about some of the most famous myths, including stories of Theseus and the Minotaur, as well as gods and goddesses like Zeus, Athena, Aphrodite, Dionysus and more. As your guide spins tales, you'll see the Theatre of Dionysus, the Acropolis and the Agora, among other famous sites. Travelers say the tour is great for all ages and compliment the guides for their masterful storytelling.
Tickets start at 65 euros (around $71) for adults and 52 euros (approximately $57) for children ages 6 to 17; kids 5 and younger can enjoy the tour for free. Entry fees to the temples are not included in your ticket. Tours depart daily at 8:30 a.m. and are offered in either English or French. You'll meet at the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Alternative Athens runs other outings in the city, including a street art tour, shopping tours and food tours.
Visit Meteora – Meteora Sunset Tour
Price: From 35 euros (about $38) Duration: 4 hours
Travelers say seeing Meteora's majestic formations in the glow of the sunset is a must-do activity. Tourgoers took incredible photos and were thankful for the air-conditioned bus. Not only will you see the sunset over Meteora, but you'll also have the opportunity to visit a monastery, see the Kalabaka Byzantine Church and see the hermitages of Badova. Note: You will need to pay a small additional fee on-site to enter the monastery and the church, and modest clothing is required.
Tour tickets start at 35 euros (roughly $38) with discounts available for couples, families and children. The four-hour tour runs daily. Exact departure times vary based on the time of year to coincide with the sunset. Pickups are available from both Kalabaka and Kastraki. Visit Meteora offers a wide range of Meteora tours, including multiday adventures.
Santorini Day Tours – Santorini Catamaran Tour with Greek Meal and Hotel Transfers
Price: Adults from 150 euros (about $164); kids from 80 euros (about $87) Duration: 5 hours
Cruise the Aegean Sea, feast on a Greek meal and swim in Grecian waters on this catamaran outing with Santorini Day Tours. You'll sail near the Red and White beaches, snap photos of the Santorini coastline and swim in volcanic waters. (Note: The company recommends wearing a dark-colored swimsuit, as the waters near the volcano contain elements that may dye fabric.) Travelers compliment the gregarious staff and delicious food.
Trips depart April through October at 9:30 a.m. daily. Tickets for the five-hour tours start at 150 euros (about $164) for adults and 80 euros (about $87) for kids ages 4 to 10; children 3 and younger travel free. Tickets cover pickup from your hotel, drinks (including wine and beer), use of snorkeling equipment, lunch and use of towels, but does not include gratuity for your guide. Santorini Day Tours also runs land-based tours of the island as well as an Atlantis-themed tour.
Athens Walks – Athens Gourmet Food Tour
Price: Adults from 69 euros (about $75); kids from 40 euros (about $44) Duration: 4 hours
Samples of Greek coffee, wine, olive oil and doughnuts (loukoumades) – among other tastings – wow foodies who take this walking tour. The tour-takers also praise the savvy guides. Tours begin in Monastiraki Square. From here, your guide will lead you to local spots for food and drink samples. One stop is a specialty deli where you'll have the option to purchase cheese, olives, oils and other delights to take home. In total, you'll spend about four hours tasting your way through Athens.
Tickets start at 69 euros (about $75) for adults with discounts available for teens and children. Tours generally depart Monday through Saturday at multiple times each day. Athens Walks also operates tours of the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum and the Parthenon , among others.
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Abba Travel & Rentals – North Zante Full Day Tour
Price: Adults from 60 euros (about $66); kids from 35 euros (about $38) Duration: 6 to 9 hours
Discover Zakynthos on this tour that explores both land and water. The day begins in Bochali, a small northern village, then stops at two beaches for photos. The second leg of the tour takes you to Agios Nikolaos Port where you'll board a glass-bottom boat to tour the Blue Caves then journey to Shipwreck Beach for a swim. You'll make additional stops at Greek villages and an olive oil factory before returning to your accommodations. Travelers say this outing was a great addition to their vacation. Others called it "perfect."
Fees start at 60 euros (about $66) for tour-takers 12 and older and 35 euros (about $38) for children ages 3 to 11. Tours depart daily, though departure times vary – they can leave as early as 8 a.m. Trips last six to nine hours. Abba Travel & Rentals also runs a trip to the southern part of Zakynthos.
Naxos Sailing – Rina Cave & Small Cyclades
Price: From 110 euros (about $120) Duration: 10 hours
This tour has three different routes, and the route you take depends on both your preferences and the ocean conditions on the day of departure. The first option takes travelers to Kalados Bay for swimming and a meal prepared by a local chef. The second option takes tourgoers to Iraklia or Schinoussa to explore the villages there. The third choice is a trip to the Koufonisia islands to see impressive sea-made tunnels and Pano Koufonisi's towns. No matter which route is chosen, all tours begin with a visit to the sea caves at Rina. Reviewers say they enjoy not only the scenery, but also the opportunity to help sail the boat.
Tours run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, departing from and returning to Naxos. Tickets start at 110 euros (around $120) per person. Keep in mind: The company owns one boat, so you may travel with people who chose a different tour. In this instance, the company says it will run the most popular tour choice (weather permitting).
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Perennially popular, Greece has it all. From families and sun-seekers to history buffs and honeymooners, the country compels repeat visits from every type of traveller. To help you plan your next trip, here we share overviews of the best Greek tours.
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From Athens to Milos, Naxos and Santorini
Stay in Athens, Milos, Naxos, and Santorini, as well as a day trip to Mykonos. Immerse in history at the Acropolis, bask in the Cycladic charm of Milos, explore Naxos's ancient sites, and savor sunsets in Santorini. Cruise the Aegean, savor food tours, and relish private excursions.
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Greek Dreams: Athens, Corfu, Santorini and Crete
A private journey through Athens, Corfu, Santorini, and Crete, staying in exquisite accommodations. Explore ancient history, savor Mediterranean cuisine, and unwind in stunning settings, creating beautiful memories throughout.
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Athens, Meteora & Santorini
Experience Greece's best: Athens' culture, culinary adventures, Meteora's monastic marvels, and the breathtaking beauty of Santorini. An unforgettable journey awaits!
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Majestic Greece: Temples, Monasteries, and Myths
Go on an epic 10-day journey through Greece's ancient wonders and natural beauty. From Athens to Meteora, Delphi to Olympia, experience history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes, all culminating in a journey of a lifetime.
Given that Greece was the subject of the first Rough Guide, you could say we’re biased.
But in view of the fact that Greek beaches are one of the most beautiful in the world, and Greek islands hold thousands of years of fascinating history, our love for the country is more than justified.
Add to that fabulous Greek food and majestic mountains, and perhaps the question should be: “Why not go to Greece?”
Convinced to go? Talk to our Greece travel experts and save yourself the hustle of planning and booking.
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Ancient Greece Tours
Many Greece tours focussing on Ancient Greece tend to kick off in Athens . In the capital alone, you can explore thousands of years of history through the Acropolis site, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.
Beyond the city, classical sites like Epidaurus, Olympia and Delphi await. And don't forget Meteora! Marvel at the monasteries perched atop towering cliffs and enjoy the breathtaking views.
Intrigued by ancient sites? Our Odyssey Adventure in Ancient Greece itinerary includes a host of ancient wonders, as does our Epirus and Athens trip.
Greece sailing tours
Bordered to the east by the Aegean Sea, to the south by Med, and to the west by the Ionian Sea, Greece sailing tours offer an exhilarating mix of adventure and sublime scenery.
With 200+ inhabited Greek islands to stop off on during your voyage, sailing tours also present opportunities to soak up culture and history.
If you’re looking for natural beauty and cultural magnificence, the southern peninsula of the Peloponnese has your name all over it.
Peloponnese tours take in ancient sites like the Homeric palaces of Agamemnon at Mycenae, and the best-preserved Ancient Greek theatre at Epidaurus.
Then there’s ancient Corinth, and the lush site of Olympia, which hosted the Olympic Games for a millennium.
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Northern Greece tours
From the awe-inspiring monasteries of Meteora to Mount Olympus National Park, to Thessaloniki — Greece’s second city — Northern Greece tours are nothing but diverse.
Arguably the pinnacle of any visit to Northern Greece is visiting the Mount Olympus biosphere reserve. With exhilarating hiking trails and secret caves, it’s little wonder the Ancient Greeks named this iconic peak the "Mount of Gods”.
Greece food tours
Fresh and flavoursome, Greek food is undeniably delicious. And in good news for gourmands, whichever area of Greece you visit, you can take a food-focussed tour.
You could take cookery classes, go on a food-themed walking tour, or indluge in wine-tasting.
Ready for your adventure? Get inspired by browsing our fully customisable Greece itineraries .
Fine food and finer wine awaits in Santorini, Greece © Shutterstock
Ascend Mount Lycabettus. Explore the Acropolis. Amble charming Pláka. Bag beautiful souvenirs in the bazaar.
These are but a few of the best things to do in Athens , a city that’s stuffed with historic sites, and a dream destination to café-hop in the sunshine.
Celebrated for its sunsets and blue-domed churches, the island of Santorini is blessed with a variety of stunning beaches .
It’s also a wonderful destination for ramblers, with a hike between Firá and Oía winding through picturesque villages, and serving spectacular views of the Aegean Sea.
Set on an Island adventure? Our customisable Historical and Mythological Cyclades Islands trip includes Santorini and Mykonos.
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Framed on all sides by the soaring crags of Parnassós, it’s easy to see why the Ancient Greeks believed Delphi was the centre of the earth.
Today the sacred precinct, amphitheatre and Castalian spring continue to exude an atmosphere that befits the gods.
Impossibly scenic, Mykonos is the most popular of the Cyclades Islands .
Beloved by party people, its charming capital is still one of the most photogenic Cycladic towns.
Among the most awe-inspiring religious sites on earth, the six Orthodox monasteries of Meteora’s UNESCO World Heritage Site are perched on seemingly inaccessible rock pillars.
Appearing to defy all logic, the monasteries exude magic as they demonstrate remarkable feats of architectural engineering.
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Having spent decades travelling the globe to get to the heart of hundreds of destinations, Rough Guides’ experts are primely placed to curate unforgettable Greece tours .
Based on the knowledge of local Greece travel experts , and created in partnership with the best local businesses, Rough Guides’ trips can be customised to your needs. Read on for more reasons to book with Rough Guides.
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From the coasts of the Mediterranean to the top of Mount Olympus, Greece is a place grand enough for mythical gods and friendly enough for travelers alike. Uncover its ancient ruins and relics and take in an iconic landscape of whitewashed homes. This is only the beginning of the endless wonders you’ll find when you first set foot on Greek soil.
This is the most spectacular destination in the Mediterranean and holds the most prehistoric settlement in the region. The ancient town of Akrotiri was once destroyed and consequently preserved by a volcanic eruption around 1450 B.C. The excavation site of this city is known as the “Minoan Pompeii.” But perhaps the island’s greatest draws are its vineyards, whitewashed chapels, volcanic cliffs, and famous wines of Santorini.
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Known as the “whitewashed jewel of the Cyclades islands” or the “Island of the Winds,” it is said that the island was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. It also gets its name from the grandson of Apollo - “Mykonos.” In the island’s capital town you will find the church, town hall, castle, the Archaeological, Folklore, and Maritime Museums, and a shopper’s paradise – Matoyianni Street.
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Athens is the capital city of Greece and the historical capital of Europe. It is home to many celebrated ancient monuments including the imposing Acropolis, the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Olympic Stadium, and Hadrian’s Gate – the symbolic entrance to the city. It also has the charming Plaka neighborhood which has been without interruption since antiquity.
One of the most well-known tourist destinations in Greece, Olympia is located in the western Peloponnese, known as the “Valley of the Gods.” Surrounded by beautiful scenery from the Arcadian Mountains, it is home of the first Olympic Games that were held in 776 B.C. You can walk through the ruins of the ancient Olympic stadium, witness amazing sculptures at the museum, or even attend one of the many festivals held throughout the year.
Over 600 years ago Byzantine monks chose to build their monastic community atop limestone rock “towers” that extend nearly 900 feet into the air, making them virtually inaccessible. It is one of the greatest monuments in the world, and is the most important monastic center in Greece. You can climb these rocks and travel the paths hidden behind the massive rocks.
Delphi was regarded as the center of the world and had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. The site includes two sanctuaries dedicated to Apollo and Athena, and other buildings that were mostly intended for sports. The earliest finds in Delphi date back to 4000 B.C. from the Korykeion Andron, a cave where the first rituals took place. The ruins are filled with an enormous amount of history and beauty.
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Olives and olive oil are staples of the Mediterranean diet, and Greece is a major grower and producer of olive products. A visit to a Greek olive farm can provide a taste of Greek culture and serve as a window into everyday life in the country. Tours, tastings, meals, and cooking classes hosted at olive farms are all wonderful options on the table when venturing into Greece’s countryside.
Travel back in time with a visit to Athens’s old city – the Plaka. The hilly cobblestone streets are lined with historic buildings housing small shops, sidewalk cafes and family-owned restaurants making this neighborhood Athens’ crowned jewel. The neighborhood comes alive at night. The alleyways fill with music and dancing and locals and visitors alike dine on their favorite traditional dishes.
Getting around is easier than you would expect. Greeks can speak English enough to assist travelers, and street signs are in both Greek and English.
Much of your trip may focus on the ancient past yet I suggest you also take time to explore the vibrant traditions that still live in today’s Greek culture.
Greece is a welcoming destination year-round. Consider visiting October through May to beat the summer bustle, and with Greece’s 250+ days of sunshine in an average year, don’t forget your sunglasses.
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Greece, the Land of Gods, is an enchanting and ancient destination that epitomizes history, mythology, and breathtaking beauty. From the iconic Parthenon in Athens to the stunning cliffs of Santorini, Greece offers a wealth of world-renowned landmarks and natural wonders. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Greek mythology as you explore the ruins of Delphi or admire the majestic monasteries of Meteora perched atop rocky pinnacles. Indulge in the mouthwatering flavors of traditional Greek cuisine at picturesque tavernas or discover the vibrant charm of island villages like Mykonos and Rhodes. Greece’s influence on art, philosophy, and democracy is ever-present in its museums and archaeological sites.
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Delphi: the Google of the ancient world
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Athens Ancient Agora self-guided Virtual Experience: the birth of Democracy
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Kerameikos: the Athenian necropolis
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Papadiamantis: The Athens years | A literary tour
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Temple of Olympian Zeus tour: The great debt
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The Palace of the Grand Master: E-ticket with Audio Tour On Your Phone
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A man of conscience: Luther’s Reformation | A digital tour
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Explore the ancient capital of Athens
Often dubbed the cradle of Western civilisation, Athens was arguably the most influential city of ancient times. Contemporary meets antique in a city both drenched in world history and brimming with a modernity. You’ll discover thermal lakes, buzzing beachside neighborhoods and some of the world’s oldest ruins.
Visit the ancient Olympic site in Olympia
The birthplace of the Olympic Games, Olympia first became known to the world in 776 BC, when the very first games were held. Visit this world-famous ancient site that was also a holy place of worship for Zeus, the Greek god, surrounded by lush forestry in a rolling valley.
See the ruins of the Temple of Apollo
Reachable by a day trip from Athens, the Temple of Apollo at Delphi was rebuilt numerous times before settling into the historic site it inhabits today. Marvel at the remaining sandstone columns and decayed limestone that remind us of the past it endured over many thousands of years.
Dine 'Meze Style' in Psyri, Athens
Most travel guides will have you visiting Plaka for Greek food and nightlife, but authentic eateries are best found in the nearby neighborhood of Psiri. Between no-frills bars and dusty antique shops, you will find traditional mezze-style eateries and a boutique energy that pays tribute to Greece’s culinary heritage.
Visit Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Meteora
One of Greece’s most popular tourist attractions, it’s easy to see why so many flock to the spectacular rock formations of Meteora. Marvel at talents of both man and Mother Nature at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Byzantine monasteries that float around the summits.
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Food and history form the basis of Greek culture and play a big role in all our trips to Greece. With Trafalgar, we'll showcase the best this country has to offer from sun up to dreamy sundown.
The Acropolis Museum is found at the foot of the western world’s most important ancient site. Unpeel layers of history as you wander the halls of the past and gaze up at the dazzling site itself through glass walls. Allow yourself at least half a day to take in the enormity of this museum.
Remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace
Tours in Greece are scarcely complete without a visit to this iconic archeological site, where you will find the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace, one of the world’s best-preserved fortresses. Glance up and admire unrivalled panoramic views of the countryside, once the Greek civilisation’s major military centres.
Athens War Museum
Opening its doors in 1975, the Athens War Museum documents the country’s past conflicts and military artefacts. In honor of those who fought for Greece’s freedom, the museum showcases four grand floors of past-to-present history. History enthusiasts will find no shortage of awe within these walls.
Best museums in Greece
Though often visited for Greece island hopping, the enchantment of this Mediterranean jewel extends beyond the sapphire waters. With Trafalgar, you’ll venture under the layers of Greek culture by visiting its many fascinating museums.
Standing its ground as one of Greece’s most famous main meals, moussaka is a wholesome and delectable combination of eggplant, ground meat, onion and béchamel sauce. Try this dish a few times during your visit; there are family variations that get passed through generations.
Souvlaki is street food at its very best. A simple preparation of skewered meats and vegetables, it’s the flavoring that makes this snack a pride of the nation. For the most authentic souvlaki, sample if from a street vendor wrapped up with condiments, salad and thick hot chips.
The small fried balls of kolokythokeftedes can most aptly be compared to zucchini fritters with fetta cheese. Often ordered in summer with a side of tzatziki, these delicious bites are a great starter to any meal. Learn from the locals and snack on kolokythokeftedes alongside a glass of wine in the warm afternoon sun.
Best food in Greece
From an array of antipasto dips like taramasalata and tzatziki, to heavier main courses of grilled meats and fresh fish, Greek cuisine is internationally recognized for its deliciousness. Trafalgar will take you to the heart of Greece’s culinary traditions, each mouthful and mealtime an utter treat.
What to pack for Greece
Long, breathable pants or skirts
Often warm all year around, and extremely hot during summer, long, light clothing is ideal for daytime sightseeing in Greece – particularly when visiting historic religious sites that require modest attire.
A stainless steel water bottle
Whether you’re basking ocean-side beneath the hot sun or trekking the ancient monuments of this distinct country, you’ll need to stay hydrated. Stainless steel bottles keep your water cold for eight hours while treading lightly on the environment.
Comfortable shoes are a must when you’re out from morning to night. Choose sturdy, open-toe walking sandals or closed toe sneakers to ensure you can walk effortlessly for hours.
A wide-lens camera
From coasts spanning miles of sea to some of the world’s most spectacular ruins, Greece is bursting with scenes you will want to remember forever. A wide-lens camera will make it easier to capture the views.
Whether it’s SPF50+ sunscreen, a wide-brimmed sun hat or long-sleeved clothing, some form of sun protection is crucial when visiting this popular summer vacation spot.
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10 Great Greece Tours for 2023 and 2024
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Basking in the warm sun of the Grecian Isles may be a dream, but with a Greece tour, heading to this beautiful country can make that dream a reality.
Even though Greece is beautiful, it does come with its share of concerns for independent travelers, including language barriers, a different alphabet, and an overwhelming number of sights spread out (in sometimes tricky-to-reach spots) throughout the country.
The good news is that there are plenty of Greece experts waiting to tour you around the country on incredible Greece group tours. No matter what you want to experience in Greece—food, history, culture, religious sights, or beaches—there’s a group tour for you.
These 10 Greece tours take travelers around the country on both land-based vacations and Greek island cruises. During these multi-day Greece group tours, travelers visit some of the top destinations in the country and gain the chance to immerse themselves in Greek culture. Some of the biggest perks of group tour vacation packages are that you can see all of the highlights of the country without having to plan activities, meals, accommodations, or transportation on your own. Most of these are included in the overall cost of a tour, and the details of the tour are taken care of by expert guides.
1. Adventures in Good Company: Island Hopping In The Greek Islands
Women looking to travel solely with other like-minded women will enjoy the Adventures in Good Company Island Hopping In The Greek Islands tour . The nine-day vacation allows the group to see some of the top destinations in the country including Athens, Paros, Santorini, and more. The trip is a more active trip with hikes around Lefkes and up Mount Zeus.
Other highlights of the trip include seeing the Acropolis, taking part in a Greek cooking class, and kayaking in Santorini. The best part about this tour is that all of the women are encouraging of one another, and the guides are always around to help in case someone is apprehensive about an activity.
- Length: 9 days
- Starting Price: $4,195
- Group Size: Up to 14 people
2. Intrepid Greece Real Food Adventure
Foodies looking to get immersed in Greek culture through food will enjoy the Intrepid Greece Real Food Adventure . Intrepid recommends this Greece tour both for those who are meat eaters and vegetarians, but advises that vegans review the itinerary before booking. Greek food is in the spotlight from the get-go on this tour: The trip starts with a plant-based feast of small plates that highlight just some of the delicious Greek culinary traditions that you’ll be trying on the tour.
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While on the tour, travelers will visit cheese, pistachio, honey, and olive farms. Other destinations of interest include a family-owned ouzo distillery (ouzo is a Greek aperitif), a winery, and a farm in Kardamyli where you’ll learn how to make lalagia, or Greek donuts. The food fun continues with tours of local markets and free time to pop into shops selling local sweets and treats.
- Starting Price: $3,265
- Group Size: Up to 12 people
3. Abercrombie & Kent Tailor Made Greece: An Active Adventure
If you’re looking for a private tour that makes it easy for your family to see the best of Greece, the Abercrombie & Kent Tailor Made Greece: An Active Adventure is one to look into. Each tailor-made itinerary is designed specifically with your family in mind, and no two itineraries are the same. The base itinerary includes starting in Athens, where you’ll see iconic structures like the Parthenon, the Acropolis, and the Temple of Poseidon. Athletes will enjoy being able to try their hand at the discus, javelin, and long jump at the Zappeion, which is the first purpose-built Olympic stadium.
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Other highlights of the tour include visiting Nafplio, which is known for its Venetian fortress. In Crete, you’ll visit the Palace of Knossos, touted as “Europe’s oldest city.” Wine lovers will also be able to enjoy a visit to a local winery to sip Greek varietals. On the last day of the tour, families take an off-road vehicle on a drive along the Katharo plateau with its beautiful mountain and forest views.
- Length: 10 days
- Starting Price: $14,995
- Group Size: Just your family
4. For the Love of Travel The Greek Islands Trip
Younger adults looking for a Greek adventure with similar-aged travelers should check out For the Love of Travel’s The Greek Islands Trip . All FTLO Travel tours are for those 25 to 39 years old, so you don’t have to worry about kids or older adults slowing down the fun. While it’s not a luxury tour, it’s certainly not a budget tour either.
Even though the trip technically starts in Athens, it’s just a meet-up point to get everyone onto the ferry to Milos, so the company suggests you arrive a few days early if you want to explore the ancient city on your own.
While island hopping around Greece, some of the big tour highlights include a private boat ride to some of the best beaches in the area, touring local vineyards, and jumping into volcanic hot springs. In Santorini, everyone will get the chance to visit the black-sand beaches before diving head first into the nightlife of the island. The last island that the group visits is Paros, where everyone can take a food tour of a local farm, enjoys time at a beach club, and explores the winding streets.
- Starting Price: $3,999
- Group Size: 5 to 15 people
5. Adventures by Disney Greece
Travelers looking for a family-centric trip should consider Adventures by Disney’s Greece tour. The trip starts in Athens with dinner and a welcome reception at the hotel, hosted by your Adventure Guides. Day two is when the actual touring begins, with tours of the Acropolis and the Panathenaic Stadium. Then the group ventures to Sounion (known for the Temple of Poseidon) for a privately guided tour of the temple.
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The mid-way point of the tour is two days in Santorini, where the mix of activities includes a wine tasting, a private boat charter for the day, a volcano hike, and the incredible chance to dive into natural springs. The final stop on the tour is Crete, where the Adventure Guides set up beach activities one afternoon. Other Crete highlights include touring The Palace of Knossos, taking part in a cheese-making class, and enjoying walks through local villages.
- Starting Price: $7,599
- Group Size: 35 to 44 people
6. EF Go Ahead Tours Greek Islands for Solo Travelers: Crete & Santorini
Solo travelers looking to take part in a group tour without the expense of a single supplement will want to consider the Greek Islands for Solo Travelers: Crete & Santorini from EF Go Ahead Tours . The tour begins in Athens with a tour of the city with stops at the Temple of Zeus and the Acropolis. There’s also scheduled free time in Athens to explore on your own.
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Then the group is off to Crete, where you have one day of touring ancient sites and one day that’s completely free to use as you want. The last part of the trip takes place in Santorini, where you’ll go for a tasting a local winery, visit Oia, and enjoy views from the top of Mount Profitis Ilias. The tour does include optional add-ons for an additional fee, like a Greek cooking class and dinner and a Santorini Caldera cruise and dinner.
- Starting Price: $2,959
- Group Size: 14 to 20 people
7. Smithsonian Journeys Classical Greece
Travelers who want to spend more time in Greece should look to Smithsonian Journeys’ Classical Greece Tour . The two-week trip takes travelers to all of the biggest tourist destinations in the country, while also allowing everyone to dig deep into the culture of Greece by visiting lesser-known areas. The trip starts in Athens and includes city visits to the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture.
Later in the trip, travelers visit Corinth then Hydra, an island where cars are not permitted and everyone gets around by riding donkeys or walking. And in Crete, guests stop at the Koules Fortress, the Palace of Knossos, and take a tour of Krista, which is a village known for its olive groves. The tour ends with a few days in Santorini, where the itinerary includes a visit a local winery, the chance to explore the incredible town of Oia, and independent sightseeing time.
- Length: 14 days
- Starting Price: $7,292
- Group Size: 16 to 24 people
8. Contiki Spotlight on Greece
Contiki specializes in tours for young travelers 18 to 35. In Greece, Contiki’s Spotlight on Greece group tour is a great short getaway. The four-day tour takes travelers to many of the major sites in Greece. For independent travelers, adding this tour onto a longer trip to Greece is an easy way to spend a few days visiting major attractions while meeting some likeminded young travelers.
The tour starts in Athens with a visit to Olympic Stadium then heads to Corinth and its incredible man-made canal. In Olympia, the group will get to see the sites of the first Olympic games with some insight from a local guide and tour the Temple of Hera and the Temple of Zeus. The tour concludes with a trip to the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi before heading back to Athens.
- Length: 4 days
- Starting Price: $951
- Group Size: Up to 26 people
9. Collette Greece: In the Footsteps of Paul the Apostle
Religious travelers looking to step back in time to when Paul the Apostle was starting and spreading the word of Jesus Christ will enjoy the Collette Greece: In the Footsteps of Paul the Apostle tour. The trip starts with a three-night cruise embarking in Piraeus and sailing to Mykonos on the first day. The second day is spent in the Turkish port of Kusadasi, where the group will venture to Ephesus, where Paul lived for three years. The cruise also includes includes stops in Crete and Santorini, where you’ll have plenty of free time to explore independently.
The tour continues on land with a trip to Thessaloniki, where Paul wrote two letters to the ancient Thessalonians. In Athens, travelers will see Mars Hill, where Paul made his “Men of Athens” speech, and the Acropolis. The last full day of the tour takes place in Corinth, where Paul preached for two years and wrote two epistles.
- Length: 11 days
- Starting Price: $2,399
- Group Size: Up to 32 people
10. Tauck Treasures of the Aegean
Get the best of the land and sea with the Tauck’s Treasures of the Aegean tour. This cruise-and-land hybrid tour starts in Athens with an early morning visit to the Acropolis and a guided tour of the Acropolis Museum. On day three, the group begins its seafaring by boarding the Wind Star super yacht.
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While touring Greece by ship, you’ll first stop at Mykonos and Delos, where you can take a guided tour of the island or see the archeological sites. Then head to Ephesus, where you’ll see the Library of Celsus and enjoy a dinner with a performance by the Aegean Chamber Orchestra. Other highlights of the trip include visiting the Prehistoric Museum of Fira at Santorini and exploring Nafplion, which is known as one of the most beautiful towns in Greece.
- Starting Price: $8,790
- Group Size: Up to 148 people
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Ancient history and beautiful islands combine to form this travel paradise that attracts plenty of tourists every year for a good reason. The historic cities such as Athens along with multitudes of ancient ruins and historic sites allow visitors to explore the ancient roots of democracy and civilization. And if you're looking for beautiful beaches, the hundreds of islands of Greece offer small villages, beautiful coves and cliffs, watersports, boating, and more aquatic adventures.
So, let's now take a look at the tours for Greece.
Grand classical tour of greece plus mani and…, what are the package tour options in greece.
You'll be surprised at the array of tours in Greece, as there is something for everyone. It's no wonder that visitors can't get enough of these tours, boasting an impressive average guest rating of 4.38 out of 5 stars. Picture yourself joining a group of like-minded adventurers, with an average maximum size of 33 people, ensuring a fantastic blend of social and personalized experiences. The average tour length spans 10 days, with tours ranging from 2 to 148 days long. For physical activity , the tours are marked as easy, relaxing, moderate, and serious, with a prevalent number on easy tours. When it comes to transportation , tour options are organized as coach / bus, ocean cruise, and self drive, with a majority being coach / bus tours. For travel styles , you'll find tours classified as family, honeymoon, and romantic, with most of them being family. With our thorough analysis of 777 tours, we've found the best. So rest assured that Greece has something to captivate every kind of traveler.
- The length of tours range from 2 to 148 days.
- The maximum group size of tours range from 2 to 200 people.
The tour packages are also categorized as follows:
- Relaxing (82)
- Moderate (54)
- Serious (11)
- Coach / Bus (62)
- Ocean Cruise (26)
- Self Drive (9)
- Family (493)
- Honeymoon (9)
- Romantic (1)
- Tours Available 777
- Average Rating 4.38
- Average Group Size 33
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How much do organized tour packages to Greece cost? Are tours expensive?
When we look at all available tours, there's a world of exciting options for travelers. Considering the financial aspect, the average daily price for tours in Greece stands at a remarkably economical $261 per day . Analyzing the comprehensive data gathered from 777 tours, the overall average cost of all tours is calculated to be $3,017 . Delving further into the pricing details, the cheapest tour starts at an attractive $28, while the most luxurious experience tops out at an impressive $29,615. So, whether you're looking for a wallet-friendly adventure or aiming to pamper yourself with opulence, Greece boasts an array of tours that cater to diverse preferences and ensure an unforgettable experience.
- Tours to Greece range in price from $28 to $29,615, based on data from 777 tours.
How much should I pay for a tour through Greece?
This table shows the range of guided, organized, and all-inclusive tour prices that visit, start in, or end in Greece. If you're trying to figure out how much you should pay for an organized tour, this table breaks down the costs by price range.
(All tour prices are in US Dollars before taxes, and come from a base price that is reported by TourRadar. Peak season prices can vary significantly, particularly in destinations where seasonal travel fluctuates dramatically. Price costs can also vary by group size, amenities offered, transportation type, promotional sale prices, and addons not inlcuded in the base prices.)
Prices for the Best Tours to Greece
What are Greece's top rated tour packages? And how much do they cost? These tours are the highest rated tours by previous guests.
Considering only the top 25% highest rated tours, in Greece you'll discover plenty of fantastic the highest-rated options. Get ready to be pleasantly surprised, as the average daily price in this category is an affordable $239 per day . Furthermore, the overall average cost of all tours stands at a reasonable $2,585 , based on data from 195 available tour options. Now, for the overall price range: the cheapest tour available comes in at a pocket-friendly $235, while the most luxurious option reaches a maximum of $9,695. What's more, visitors can rest assured that these tours are well liked, as they boast an impressive average guest rating of 4.86 out of 5 stars. So, get ready to explore Greece and embark on an unforgettable journey that will make the memories of a lifetime.
What are the best tours to Greece?
These are the highest rated tours from previous customers.
Splendid off-season tour in Greece: UNESCO sites and other beautiful destinations on a 19-days tour from Athens
Grand classical tour of greece plus mani and monemvasia (small group - in depth culture/historical/nature/culinary guided tour), tracing the steps of hercules in the peloponnese and delphi 10 days, a circular tour around the peloponense 10 days, prices for the best budget tours to greece.
When looking at tours in the budget category , the array of tour options available in Greece is diverse. The average daily price for budget tours stands at a very reasonable $204 per day . Drawing from an extensive analysis of 117 tours, we've determined that the overall average cost of all tours is a modest $2,060 . It's worth noting that among these options, the cheapest tour can be enjoyed for as little as $28 per person, while those looking to splurge a bit more can opt for the most expensive tour at $8,939. The popularity of these tours speaks volumes, with an average guest rating of 4.45 out of 5 stars, showcasing the satisfaction and appreciation expressed by previous customers.
What are the best budget tours to Greece?
Greece historical tour with nauplion - 4 days, 4 day self-drive tour in argolis, olympia, delphi & meteora, magical greece & islands - 9 days, greece escape: corfu, athens & sky-high monasteries, prices for the best luxury tours to greece.
Considering only luxury level tours, visitors will find a wide range of terrific options when choosing a tour to Greece. The average daily price for luxury tours to Greece is a surprisingly affordable $241 per day , with the overall average cost of all tours being $2,759 (based on data from 551 tours). The cheapest tour is $39, and the most expensive tour is $29,615. Also, visitors tend to love all of these tours because the average guest rating is 4.33 out of 5 stars.
What are the best luxury tours to Greece?
27 day circle tour greece at unesco's sites & greek islands of corfu, mykonos, delos, santorini, 6 day tour to mythical castles of peloponnese, olympia, delphi, meteora, prices for the best 3-days or less tours to greece.
Considering only the shorter 3-days or less tours, a wide range of terrific options in Greece are offered. Based on data from 45 tours, the average daily price for 3-day tours to Greece is a surprisingly affordable $186 per day , and the overall average total price is $543 . The cheapest tour is $28, and the most expensive tour is $2,960. Also, previous customers have mostly enjoyed these tours because the average guest rating is 4.23 out of 5 stars. If you're looking for a 3-day tour to Greece, these are some terrific options.
What are the best 3-days or shorter tours to Greece?
The peloponnese wine roads (3 days - small group/escorted/cultural/culinary, discovering the saronic gulf, 3 day award-winning tour in ancient greece, mycenae, olympia & delphi, 3 day private tour delphi, ancient olympia & monasteries of meteora, prices for family tours to greece.
Considering these specific tours, visitors will find a wide range of terrific options when choosing a tour to Greece. The average daily price for family tours to Greece is a surprisingly affordable $253 per day , with the overall average cost of all tours being $2,576 (based on data from 493 tours). The cheapest tour is $28, and the most expensive tour is $26,419. Also, visitors tend to love all of these tours because the average guest rating is 4.36 out of 5 stars.
What are the best family tours to Greece?
Prices for historical tours to greece.
For this specific type of tour, in Greece you'll discover plenty of fantastic historical options. Get ready to be pleasantly surprised, as the average daily price in this category is an affordable $247 per day . Furthermore, the overall average cost of all tours stands at a reasonable $3,285 , based on data from 285 available tour options. Now, for the overall price range: the cheapest tour available comes in at a pocket-friendly $39, while the most luxurious option reaches a maximum of $15,954. What's more, visitors can rest assured that these tours are well liked, as they boast an impressive average guest rating of 4.25 out of 5 stars. So, get ready to explore Greece and embark on an unforgettable journey that will make the memories of a lifetime.
What are the best historical tours to Greece?
Sailing greece - santorini to athens, prices for in-depth cultural tours to greece.
When analyzing this category of tours, a wide range of terrific options in Greece are offered. Based on data from 238 tours, the average daily price for in-depth cultural tours to Greece is a surprisingly affordable $259 per day , and the overall average total price is $2,728 . The cheapest tour is $96, and the most expensive tour is $14,146. Also, previous customers have mostly enjoyed these tours because the average guest rating is 4.43 out of 5 stars. If you're looking for a in-depth cultural tour to Greece, these are some terrific options.
What are the best in-depth cultural tours to Greece?
Prices for beach tours to greece.
Considering these specific tours, in Greece you'll discover plenty of fantastic beach options. Get ready to be pleasantly surprised, as the average daily price in this category is an affordable $250 per day . Furthermore, the overall average cost of all tours stands at a reasonable $2,593 , based on data from 136 available tour options. Now, for the overall price range: the cheapest tour available comes in at a pocket-friendly $111, while the most luxurious option reaches a maximum of $8,020. What's more, visitors can rest assured that these tours are well liked, as they boast an impressive average guest rating of 4.39 out of 5 stars. So, get ready to explore Greece and embark on an unforgettable journey that will make the memories of a lifetime.
What are the best beach tours to Greece?
Best of the cyclades: 15-day tour of mykonos, paros, naxos, santorini, crete, treasures of greece & the islands (small groups, 14 days), prices for coach / bus tours to greece.
For these tours, visitors will find a wide range of terrific options when choosing a tour to Greece. The average daily price for coach / bus tours to Greece is a surprisingly affordable $225 per day , with the overall average cost of all tours being $3,722 (based on data from 62 tours). The cheapest tour is $598, and the most expensive tour is $8,020. Also, visitors tend to love all of these tours because the average guest rating is 4.05 out of 5 stars.
What are the best coach / bus tours to Greece?
Classic greece luxury tour, best of italy and greece (10 days), prices for sailing tours to greece.
When analyzing this category of tours, Greece has you covered with an array of fantastic options. You'll be thrilled to know that the average daily price for sailing tours is a very economical $410 per day . Looking at the bigger picture, the overall average cost of all tours comes in at a reasonable $5,666 , based on data from 55 incredible options. The cheapest tour available is a great deal at just $900, while the most lavish option reaches up to $15,954. Rest assured, these tours have captured the hearts of visitors, as they boast an impressive average guest rating of 4.62 out of 5 stars. So, get ready to explore Greece and its amazing destination, and prepare for an unforgettable journey filled with awe-inspiring experiences.
What are the best sailing tours to Greece?
Sailing greece - athens to santorini, prices for island hopping tours to greece.
Looking at this type of tour, in Greece you'll discover plenty of fantastic island hopping options. Get ready to be pleasantly surprised, as the average daily price in this category is an affordable $208 per day . Furthermore, the overall average cost of all tours stands at a reasonable $2,710 , based on data from 54 available tour options. Now, for the overall price range: the cheapest tour available comes in at a pocket-friendly $760, while the most luxurious option reaches a maximum of $7,915. What's more, visitors can rest assured that these tours are well liked, as they boast an impressive average guest rating of 4.43 out of 5 stars. So, get ready to explore Greece and embark on an unforgettable journey that will make the memories of a lifetime.
What are the best island hopping tours to Greece?
11 day best greek island hopping - superior, 5 greek islands odyssey - 11 days - standard, prices for hiking & trekking tours to greece.
Considering these specific tours, a wide range of terrific options in Greece are offered. Based on data from 49 tours, the average daily price for hiking & trekking tours to Greece is a surprisingly affordable $197 per day , and the overall average total price is $1,549 . The cheapest tour is $28, and the most expensive tour is $4,900. Also, previous customers have mostly enjoyed these tours because the average guest rating is 4.59 out of 5 stars. If you're looking for a hiking & trekking tour to Greece, these are some terrific options.
What are the best hiking & trekking tours to Greece?
Wild mountains & rivers adventure, hiking northern greece, prices for active adventure tours to greece.
For this specific type of tour, Greece has you covered with an array of fantastic options. You'll be thrilled to know that the average daily price for active adventure tours is a very economical $215 per day . Looking at the bigger picture, the overall average cost of all tours comes in at a reasonable $2,257 , based on data from 32 incredible options. The cheapest tour available is a great deal at just $50, while the most lavish option reaches up to $4,129. Rest assured, these tours have captured the hearts of visitors, as they boast an impressive average guest rating of 4.46 out of 5 stars. So, get ready to explore Greece and its amazing destination, and prepare for an unforgettable journey filled with awe-inspiring experiences.
What are the best active adventure tours to Greece?
Highlights of ancient greece, prices for ocean cruise tours to greece.
For these tours, in Greece you'll discover plenty of fantastic ocean cruise options. Get ready to be pleasantly surprised, as the average daily price in this category is an affordable $323 per day . Furthermore, the overall average cost of all tours stands at a reasonable $5,228 , based on data from 26 available tour options. Now, for the overall price range: the cheapest tour available comes in at a pocket-friendly $446, while the most luxurious option reaches a maximum of $26,419. What's more, visitors can rest assured that these tours are well liked, as they boast an impressive average guest rating of 4.03 out of 5 stars. So, get ready to explore Greece and embark on an unforgettable journey that will make the memories of a lifetime.
What are the best ocean cruise tours to Greece?
Best of italy and greece (14 days), greece & aegean islands cruise, prices for sightseeing tours to greece.
When analyzing this category of tours, the array of tour options available in Greece is diverse. The average daily price for sightseeing tours stands at a very reasonable $193 per day . Drawing from an extensive analysis of 23 tours, we've determined that the overall average cost of all tours is a modest $1,775 . It's worth noting that among these options, the cheapest tour can be enjoyed for as little as $197 per person, while those looking to splurge a bit more can opt for the most expensive tour at $5,350. The popularity of these tours speaks volumes, with an average guest rating of 4.62 out of 5 stars, showcasing the satisfaction and appreciation expressed by previous customers.
What are the best sightseeing tours to Greece?
Greece: see & do the classic route in 11 days, 1st class custom tours, prices for boat tours to greece.
Looking at this type of tour, a wide range of terrific options in Greece are offered. Based on data from 17 tours, the average daily price for boat tours to Greece is a surprisingly affordable $243 per day , and the overall average total price is $2,558 . The cheapest tour is $307, and the most expensive tour is $5,743. Also, previous customers have mostly enjoyed these tours because the average guest rating is 4.16 out of 5 stars. If you're looking for a boat tour to Greece, these are some terrific options.
What are the best boat tours to Greece?
9 day private tour in santorini & mykonos from athens, exploring crete, prices for discovery tours to greece.
For just this category, visitors will find a wide range of terrific options when choosing a tour to Greece. The average daily price for discovery tours to Greece is a surprisingly affordable $471 per day , with the overall average cost of all tours being $7,569 (based on data from 14 tours). The cheapest tour is $28, and the most expensive tour is $13,406. Also, visitors tend to love all of these tours because the average guest rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
What are the best discovery tours to Greece?
Grand danube cruise 2025 start giurgiu, end vilshofen, one week in the greek islands.
While independent travel is an option in Greece, the complexities of planning and navigating the challenging transportation options can make booking a tour a better choice. Considering the convenience and potential challenges of visting the country, most travelers find the investment in a package tour to be well justified. Given the potential difficulties of creating your own itinerary, verses leaving the transportation, lodging, activities, and meals to experienced experts with a tour ensures a stress-free experience, allowing you to fully enjoy your trip.
Navigating the travel costs of Greece often reveals that tours can be a pocket-friendly alternative to independent travel, depending on the tour's specifics such as the destinations, travel style, duration, and other factors. Naturally, every tour and independent trip will be different and have its own cost. Typically, tour providers bundle an array of offerings into an attractively competitive price, often rivalling the expenditure of an independent journey with a similar level of luxury. The average daily expenses for a tour in Greece is calculated to be approximately $261, yet numerous tours fall below this price. Prices for tours in Greece span from $28 to $29,615. When comparing tour costs against independent trips in Greece, it's wise to factor in that most organized guided tours include accommodations, transport, guides, meals, entry tickets, and much more. So, when comparing tour packages with trips planned by yourself, keep in mind the differences because it's not always an equal comparison. To paint an accurate picture of the trip and its costs, make sure you know what is included in the tour package before comparing its price against your own trip plans. Also, diving deep into the costs of independent travel in Greece is also necessary to find an accurate comparison.
Group Tours vs. Independent Travel in Greece
For many travelers, the decision between an organized tour package and independent travel can be quite challenging. However, considering the variety of enticing deals and sales available, traveling in Greece during 2023 or 2024 presents an excellent opportunity to explore the benefits of organized tour packages. These packages, which typically cover accommodations, entry tickets, food, and transportation, offer exceptional value. Moreover, the inclusion of knowledgeable guides ensures a seamless and enriching experience, alleviating the need for extensive trip planning. Conversely, independent travel provides the advantage of greater flexibility and control over your travel plans, allowing you to adjust your schedule and budget to suit your preferences. It also facilitates a closer connection with local cultures and enables you to visit destinations that may not be included in organized tours.
What are the benefits of a package tour to Greece?
Opting for a tour while traveling brings numerous benefits. One of the best parts of a tour is the unmatched convenience of having every aspect of your journey meticulously arranged. With transportation, accommodations, and activities planned out, you can enjoy a stress-free experience, knowing that all the essentials have been taken care of. This eliminates the need to worry about finding suitable accommodations, organizing logistics, or potentially overlooking any key attractions. Furthermore, the majority of tours offer all-inclusive pricing, allowing you to know the exact cost of your trip beforehand. Benefits of a tour include
- fixed budget
- reliable service and schedule
- knowledgeable guides
- comfortable amenities
- not having to plan
- meeting other like-minded travelers
- eliminating risks
What are the benefits of independent travel in Greece?
Independent travel provides freedom, control, and flexibility that that many travelers love. By traveling on your own, you have the freedom to choose your accommodation, visit the attractions that interest you, eat at your preferred times, and explore the destination at your own pace. This level of independence also allows you to have more control over your budget, schedule, itinerary, and the level of comfort you desire during your travels. Benefits also include:
- flexible budget
- flexible schedules
- in-depth cultural opportunities
- off-the-beaten-path destinations
For your tour to Greece, it is advisable to plan and book well in advance, ideally a few months or more beforehand. While it is not uncommon for some individuals to secure their tours up to a year in advance, our experience suggests that reserving your spot approximately 6 to 9 months prior to the departure date is usually sufficient. It is important to note that many tours tend to reach full capacity early, so booking early guarantees your place on the trip. Additionally, booking early often comes with the advantage of potentially significant cost savings, as tour companies frequently provide early booking sales and discounted prices. However, it is worth noting that some tour companies may occasionally offer last-minute discounts for tours that have available spots. Yet, waiting for such discounts carries the risk of missing out on a spot if the tour becomes fully booked.
The number of travelers on tours in Greece can vary greatly, ranging from 2 to 200 individuals, with an average group size of 33 people. However, it is important to note that the size of the tour does not necessarily determine its quality or price.
You'll likely need around 10 days for a tour to Greece, as this is the average length of most organized tour packages. Tours in Greece can last anywhere from 2 to 148 days, or sometimes longer. Keep in mind that longer tours tend to cost more money, but will actually get cheaper by the day. Also, longer tours will usually allow you to see more destinations at a reasonable pace, making them a generally better value.
Where do group tours go in Greece?
When it comes to tours in Greece, there is no shortage of options that take you to different locations within the country. These tours are known for their popular stops at Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Delphi, Kalabaka, Olympia, Nafplion, and Corinth, giving you the opportunity to discover the variety and allure of the region.
What tour and travel companies offer packages to Greece?
A wide range of tour companies offer trips to Greece. Some companies are large international brands, while others are more regionally or locally based. The benefits and challenges of each company can vary based on its size and level of experience. International companies often have well-established reputations, and tours are rarely canceled due to low turnout. However, they might not have the same local perspectives and insights that you'll find with a smaller, locally based company.
The most popular companies offering tours in Greece are Private Tours Greece , Travel Zone , Destination Services Greece , Contiki , and Europamundo . Some are larger than others, while some are focused on specific regions or types of trips.
What is the best tour company offering trips to Greece?
Trekking Hellas Rhodes stands out as the top tour operator in Greece, boasting the highest-rated tours. Their commitment to excellence and memorable adventures has resulted in a large number of rave reviews from satisfied travelers.
See also The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Greece , The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Greece , The Best Historical Tours in Greece , The Best 10-Day Tours in Greece , The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Greece , The Best 3-Day Tours in Greece , The Best 2-Week Tours in Greece , The Best Bicycle Tours in Greece , Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Greece , The Best Christmas & New Years Tours in Greece , The Best Coach Bus Tours in Greece , The Best Adventure Tours to Greece , The Best Eco Tours in Greece , The Best Cruise Tours and Packages in Greece , The Best Sailing Tours in Greece , The Best Sightseeing Tours in Greece , The Best Cultural Tours in Greece , The Best Vineyard & Wine Tours in Greece , The Best Food and Culinary Tours in Greece , The Best Music Tours in Greece , The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Greece , The Best Self Drive Tours in Greece , The Best Walking Tours in Greece , The Best Health & Fitness Tours in Greece , The Best Honeymoon Tours in Greece , The Best Tours Under $1000 in Greece , The Best Luxury Tours to Greece , The Best Budget Tours to Greece , The Best Tours for Seniors to Greece , The Best Contiki Tours to Greece , or The Best G Adventures Tours to Greece for more tour ideas. With so many options, there's a guided tour or vacation package for every type of traveler.
Also, if you're departing from a specific destination, see The Best 3-Day Tours from Athens , The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Athens , The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Corfu , The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Mykonos , The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Heraklion , The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Chania , The Best 10-Day Tours from Athens , or The Best 2-Week Tours from Athens for more package tour options.
And for more information on Greece, see Greece Travel Costs and Greece Hotel Costs .
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Tickets to Athens Acropolis & Parthenon with Optional Audio Guide
- Visit the legendary Acropolis, a 5th-century BC temple complex in Athens.
- Make your way to the Parthenon, a temple that rests on the rocky outcrop of the Acropolis.
- Further admire Propylaea, the temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion, and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.
- Admire this UNESCO World Heritage Site and its many temples for as long as you'd like.
- Upgrade your tour and choose the ticket option that provides an audio guide curated by Historians and access to the Acropolis Museum.
- Tickets to the Acropolis site & Parthenon
- Audio guide (optional)
- Access to Acropolis Museum (optional)
- The audio guide is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian & Chinese
- Please note that there is no physical audio guide.
- The audio guide redemption code and usage instructions will be emailed to you along with your tickets.
- A wheelchair stair climber lift and an elevator provides disabled access at the Acropolis.
- Backpacks and large bags must be left in the cloakroom, and disinfected using a steam appliance.
- The following museum services/facilities will no longer be offered to visitors until further notice: Family backpacks, baby strollers, wheelchairs, Reading Lounge on the second floor, and Parent’s Room on the first floor.
- These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
Guided Tour of Acropolis with Fast Access Tickets
- The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments represent the classical civilization bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world!
- On this guided walking tour, you'll get a sense of this historic city as your licensed archeologist guide shares intriguing intel about each highlight.
- Walk past an astounding collection of sculptures that represent over 2,500 years' worth of history.
- Stand at the Parthenon, the most important temple of the Acropolis, and peer down at Athens from this unique vantage point.
- Gasp at the world's first theater, the Theater of Dionysus, the Healing Temple of Asclepius, the Temple of Athena Nike, the gateway to the Propylaeum, and more.
- At the Erechtheum, you'll notice the remains of the Porch of the Caryatids and the only remaining six Caryatids that support the roof.
- Small group private experience
- Multilingual professional and licensed guide
- Access to Acropolis, Parthenon
- Access to the Theater of Dionysus
- Access to Herod Atticus Odeon
- Tip: Visit post 1pm for the best chance of minimal or no waiting time at the security check.
- This guided tour is available in English, French, Spanish and German.
- Please Note : Your ticket allows you to skip the 'ticket' line and not security lines.
- This attraction is not wheelchair accessible.
- Infants must sit on laps. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Please bring a passport, ID cards, or student cards. The ticket includes all parts of the attraction.
- You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
Multipass for Acropolis & 6 Archaeological Sites
- Dive into Athens’ ancient treasures with a single pass, granting you savings of up to 50% and entry to 6 iconic archaeological wonders.
- Effortlessly explore the Acropolis Parthenon, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Olympieion Kerameikos, and Aristotle’s School.
- Make your way to the Parthenon, a UNESCO World Heritage site with 2,500 years of rich history, and visit the Acropolis Hill with a time-slotted e-ticket.
- Traverse through time in the Ancient Agora and Roman Agora, unveiling the pulsing centers of bygone civic and commercial life.
- From the towering Temple of Olympian Zeus to the whispers of the past at Aristotle’s School, every site gives you insights into ancient Greece.
- Upgrade your ticket to get access to an audio guide available in 5 languages, narrating the life and times of ancient Athens.
- Adult entry e-ticket for Acropolis Hill (with a time slot of your choice)
- Entry to 6 archaeological sites: Acropolis and Slopes, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrian's Library, Olympieion Kerameikos, and Aristotle's School (Lykeion)
- Audio guide in English, French, German, Italian & Spanish (optional)
- The optional audio guide is available in English, Spanish, French, and German.
- From 1 Apr to 31 Oct, you have access to 6 sites Acropolis and Slopes, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrian's Library, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Kerameikos, and Aristotle's School (Lykeion) .
- From 1 Nov to 31 Mar, you have access to 3 sites Acropolis Hill and South Slopes, the Ancient Agora, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus .
- Due to uneven ground the tours are not wheelchair accessible.
- Note: The multi-site adult ticket allows one entrance to each site and is valid over 5 consecutive days from the day it's redeemed.
- The digital audio guide is available on an app that will take around 350 MB to be installed.
- A step-by-step login process will be shared with you once you've booked your ticket.
Combo: Athens Acropolis + Acropolis Museum Tickets
- Immerse yourself in ancient Greek history at the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum with this terrific combo.
- Visit the Parthenon temple, one of the greatest examples of ancient architecture, and Erechtheion to see the Altars of Poseidon and Hephaestus.
- Admire the scenes of battle between Greeks and Persians on the base of Athena Nike's lost statue, and the open-air theatre of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.
- At the Acropolis Museum, marvel at over 4000 artifacts and learn about the deep history of the Acropolis.
- Visit sections like the Archaic Gallery, housing some of the oldest findings dating back to the 7th century B.C.
Athens Acropolis and Parthenon
- Tickets to Acropolis and Parthenon
- Audio guide in English
- Tickets to Athens Acropolis Museum
- Underground excavation entry to the ancient neighborhood city
Athens Acropolis & Parthenon
- Tip: If you are looking for souvenirs, visit the Plaka district for a wide range of gift shops selling traditional crafts and jewelry.
- Tip: Be sure to keep enough time to visit the highlight of the museum, the Parthenon Gallery.
- Facilities: Cloakroom, Guide Dogs Allowed, Wi-Fi.
- Use of flash and professional equipment such as portable lights and a tripod, is not allowed inside the Museum.
Acropolis Parthenon & Acropolis Museum Guided Tour
- Set off on a leisurely walking tour through the world-famous excavation site of Acropolis with an expert English-speaking guide by your side.
- As you walk past the citadel's ruins, you'll learn fascinating facts and excavation details about the Acropolis.
- Pass along exciting sites like the Theater of Dionysus, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, The Temple of Asclepius, and more.
- Visit the most important temple at the site, the Parthenon, and admire remarkable panoramic views of Athens from here.
- Head indoors to the Acropolis Museum and walk through a host of galleries that boast statues and relics from ancient Greece.
- Entry to the Acropolis & the Museum
- Expert English-speaking tour guide
- Tip: Aim to get here at least half an hour before opening time in order to avoid the tourist crowd.
- This tour takes place in English.
- Please bring a passport, ID cards or student cards. The ticket includes all parts of the attraction.
Best of Athens Acropolis & Parthenon Guided Tour
- Head to the Acropolis of Athens, an enduring symbol of ancient Greek, with an expert English-speaking tour guide.
- Explore the various temples in the citadel like the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechtheion.
- With a group of 22 people or less, you'll get to interact closely with the tour guide as they regale stories about Athens.
- Stroll around Plaka, a historical district giving a glimpse of the rich Athenian culture.
- Find rare-known spots in the little alleys of Plaka with your guide.
- End your tour at Monastiraki Square and head to the flea market or quaint cafes at your own pace.
- Acropolis and Old Athens Tour
- 3-hour walking tour
- Licensed English-speaking tour guide
- Entry to the Acropolis & Parthenon
- Acropolis Entrance fees
- Audio guide app
- Whisper audio devices
- Plaka neighborhood & Ancient Roman Agora visit
- Visit to The Library of Hadrian, The Bathhouse of the Winds, & the Tower of the Winds
- This experience can accommodate a maximum of 22 people in 1 group.
- We recommend wearing comfortable footwear as this tour involves a fair amount of walking.
Acropolis Parthenon, Acropolis Museum & Temple of Poseidon Full-Day Guided Tour
- Enjoy a perfect overview of ancient and modern Greece with this full-day, guided tour from the Acropolis to Omonia Square.
- Learn all about the world-famous archeological sites you visit with the help of your expert, English-speaking guide.
- Enjoy photo-stop opportunities at the world’s first Olympic Games stadium, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, and much more..
- Walk past Herodion and Dionysos Theater and get priority access to the Acropolis Museum.
- Wonder at remarkable marble statues and other ancient artifacts at the Acropolis Museum - deemed to be one of the world’s best!
- Relax and take in the remarkable sights of suburbian Athens on your scenic drive to Cape Sounion.
- Expert English-speaking guide
- Full-day tour
- Access to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon
- Guided tour of UNESCO-listed Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned bus
- Round-trip hotel transfers (applies for centrally located selected hotels in Athens)
- Greek lunch
- Entry to the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, and Temple of Poseidon
- Entry to the Temple of Zeus and Panathinaiko Stadium
- Note : entrance fees to the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, and Temple of Poseidon is not included in this ticket and should be paid to the guide at the start of the tour.
- Please note that a passport or ID card is required.
Combo: 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Athens + Acropolis & Parthenon Tickets
- Explore Athen's icons with this 2-day unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour.
- Customize your itinerary and explore each stop at your own pace. The buses cover 35 stops across 4 different lines.
- Access informative pre-recorded commentary available in 16 languages aboard the open-top buses.
- Stay connected throughout your journey with complimentary Wi-Fi access.
- Bypass the long ticket lines to enter the Acropolis with these entry tickets.
- Discover iconic Athens landmarks including the Temple of Zeus and the Parthenon.
HOHO Bus Tour
- 2-day unlimited HOHO pass
- Audio guide with 16 languages
- Free Wi-Fi onboard
- Free map of the city
- Access to Acropolis site and Parthenon
- Mobile audio guide (optional)
- Entry tickets to attractions other than Acropolis
Orange Line: Athens
- First Bus from Syntagma Square, Old Parliament: 8.30am
- Last Bus from Syntagma Square, Old Parliament: 7.30am
- Popular Stops: Acropolis Museum, Temple of the Olympian, Panathenaic Stadium
Blue Line: Piraeus
- First Bus from Acropolis: 10.45am
- Last Bus from Acropolis: 5.45pm
- Popular Stops: Planetarium, Piraeus
Yellow Line: Glyfada
- First Bus from Acropolis: 10am
- Last Bus from Acropolis: 7.10pm
- Popular Stops: Kosmas Beach, Glyfada Beach
Green Line: Vouliagmeni
- First Bus from Divani Apollon: 10.38am
- Last Bus from Voula Park: 6:20pm
- Popular Stops: Astir Beach, Kavouri Beach
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- Tip: The Acropolis complex attracts tourists from all around the globe and gets crowded during peak hours. It's recommended that you visit early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid large crowds and enjoy a more tranquil visit.
- Audio guide languages: Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Portuguese, and Russian.
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Visiting Acropolis in Athens
Acropolis is an ancient citadel situated on a rocky outcrop in the heart of Athens. It served as a point of worship and a political and religious center in ancient Greece. Inside the Acropolis, you can marvel at the architectural brilliance of ancient Greek craftsmen and look at several notable monuments and buildings. The Acropolis symbolizes the birthplace of democracy and stands as a testament to the intellectual and cultural achievements of ancient Greece. Read on to know more about Acropolis, its opening hours, how to book Acropolis tickets , and other details to plan your visit.
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- Best for visitors who want to save costs, want a well-rounded itinerary, have limited time, or want to experience multiple attractions in a single package.
- The Acropolis combo tickets allow you to save almost 9% costs on ticket prices as compared to other retail options.
- With these combo tickets, you can skip the long lines at the ticket counter, but you have to wait for security checks.
- You can also avail yourself of an English audio guide with the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum combo ticket.
- These combo tickets are valid until 31 October 2023.
- Combo (Save 9%)- Athens Acropolis + Acropolis Museum Tickets
Multipass Admission Tickets
- Ideal for visitors who want to explore many attractions on a limited budget.
- This ticket allows you to access Acropolis and 6 other attractions, thereby leading to almost 50% savings as compared to retail admissions.
- With this ticket, visitors can choose and visit attractions over a span of multiple days.
- From 1 April to 31 October, you can visit the Acropolis and Slopes, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Kerameikos, and Aristotle’s School (Lykeion).
- From 1 Nov- 31 Mar, you have access to 3 sites Acropolis Hill and South Slopes, the Ancient Agora, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
- Athens Pass to Acropolis & 6 Sites with Optional Audio Guide
Priority Access Tickets
- Best for travelers with only a few hours on hand and would want to cut down on unnecessary delays.
- You can upgrade these tickets and include the official audio guide in English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian.
- With flexible ticket validity, you can use this ticket to visit Acropolis whenever you please.
- You can also upgrade your Acropolis Museum entry tickets to include a self-guided audio tour in English. It can be an absolute game-changer and would allow you to learn more about the history and culture of the Acropolis.
- With your Ancient Athens guided tour tickets, you can enjoy priority access to the Acropolis site, Parthenon, and the Acropolis Museum. An expert, English-speaking guide would accompany you throughout the tour to share interesting anecdotes and enrich your experience further.
- Tickets to Athens Acropolis & Parthenon with Audio Guide
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- Acropolis, Parthenon, & Acropolis Museum: Ancient Athens Guided Tour Tickets
- Best for visitors who seek in-depth knowledge, cultural, and historical context, love efficiency, and want insider access, safety assurance, and the opportunity to engage with other fellow travelers.
- The Acropolis guided tour includes a 2-hour tour with an expert guide, audio sets, and a meeting room with restroom facilities and Greek delicacies. The tour group is kept small so that visitors can have a more intimate experience.
- You can choose between English, French, German, and Spanish Acropolis-guided tours with priority access. You can also choose a morning walking tour.
- You can cancel your Acropolis, Pantheon, and Acropolis Museum tickets 24 hours before the experience begins to get a full refund on your purchase.
- The early morning Acropolis tour includes a 3-hour Athens and Old Athens walking tour, an English-speaking tour guide, priority access at the Acropolis, Acropolis entrance fees, and whisper audio devices.
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- Athens: Acropolis Parthenon & Acropolis Museum Tickets with Audio Tours
- Early Morning Acropolis & Old Athens Guided Walking Tours
Planning a spontaneous visit to the iconic Acropolis? You can now book your Acropolis tickets just 2 hours before your visit and immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of this ancient marvel. Whether it's a spontaneous decision or a sudden change in plans, we've got you covered!
Why Should You Buy Acropolis Tickets Online?
The historical and cultural significance of the Acropolis makes it a year-round attraction. The summer months, particularly between June and August, are the busiest. Make sure to book your Acropolis tickets online well in advance to reserve your spot.
- Convenience: Booking tickets online helps you to save time and money as you can do so with the click of a button.
- Advance Booking: Online ticket bookings also ensures that your spot is reserved upon payment confirmation and you do not have to miss your attraction no matter how crowded it gets.
- Great Deals: When booking tickets online, you can chance upon great deals, discounts, and combo offers. You can save almost 4% money if you book Acropolis combo tickets that allow you to visit the citadels as well as the Acropolis Museum.
Situated at the heart of the Acropolis stands the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the Goddess Athena. It was built in the 5th century BCE and showcases the impeccable craftsmanship of the ancient Greek craftsmen. Its Doric style, detailed friezes, proper proportions, and large columns have defined Greek architecture for centuries.
Built between 421 to 406 BC, the Erechtheion is another magnificent temple adjacent to the Parthenon. It is dedicated to both Goddess Athena and Sea God Poseidon. The Erechtheion is known for its Porch of Caryatids. These are columns shaped into graceful female forms to add a touch of elegance and poise to the structure.
Situated on a bastion, the Temple of Athena Nike is dedicated to the Goddess of Victory. The Temple of Athena Nike is a small yet remarkable addition that is adorned with intricate friezes and symbolizes the war conquests and military pursuits of Goddess Athena. When visiting the Acropolis, make sure to appreciate the delicate beauty of this building.
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Located on the southern slopes of the Acropolis, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus is an ancient Roman theater built by a wealthy Greek aristocrat of the same name. The venue was primarily used for musical performances, including concerts, plays, and musical recitals. The theater could accommodate up to 5000 spectators during its time. It is made of limestone and marble.
When you enter the Acropolis, you will be greeted by a massive getaway, an ancient citadel, that guards the entrance of the Acropolis. The Propylaea showcases the mastery of ancient Greek architectural design and leads you into the grandeur that awaits within. Pause and admire the commanding presence of this entrance, which serves as a fitting prelude to the wonders inside.
The Aeropagus, also known as the Hill of Ares, is a rock formation situated on the northwest section of the Acropolis in Athens. It is believed that God Ares stood trial for the murder of Poseidon’s son on that hill. In ancient times, it served as a significant judicial and legislative site, where matters of law and justice were deliberated upon by the aristocratic council known as the Areopagus.
Plan Your Visit to the Acropolis
Open: 8 AM to 6 PM
Last Admission: 5:30 PM
Closed On: 1 January, 25 March, 1 May, Easter Sunday, 25, & 26 December
Note: The timings may also fluctuate on the Friday and Saturday before Greek Orthodox Easter (Easter Sunday).
Duration of Visit: You need at least 1.5 to 2 hours to ascend the hill and look around the area. Keep around 2.5 to 3 hours on hand to read through the information signs and soak in the historicity of the citadels.
Best Time to Visit: April to October are the best months to visit Athens. To avoid crowds, try to visit around 1 PM. If you are not desperate for a swim, you can also visit Athens during winter. There are fewer tourists and you can get great deals on hotels and restaurants.
Address: Athens 105 58, Greece
Find on Maps
- By Bus: 035, 040, 230, 550, A2 Nearest Stop: Akropolh or Xathxrhstoy
- By Train: ⊓1A, ⊓3, & ⊓3B Nearest Station: Akropoli
- By Metro: M1, M2, & M3 Nearest Station: Monastiraki or Akropoli
- By Car: The distance between the Athens International Airport and the Acropolis is 34.3 km. Nearest Parking: Metropark Athens, Parking Kostas, Willowood Square, & East Athens Marketplace
- Accessibility: The Acropolis is located on a hill. For visitors with limited mobility, there is an elevator at the main entrance. If you are a single parent accompanying 2 or more infants, you can also make use of the elevator.
- Photography: You can click pictures, with or without a flash, inside the Acropolis premises. However, please refrain from posing with flags, wearing costumes, or showing provocative body parts when clicking pictures.
- Restaurants: Located on the Acropolis Museum’s second floor, the Acropolis Cafe & Restaurant whips up a wonderful selection of Mediterranean and European cuisine.
- Drones: You are allowed to shoot videos and pictures with a drone inside the Acropolis, however, you need to take permission from the authorities before bringing your drone in.
- Cloakroom: You have to climb up the Acropolis Hill and walk across uneven terrain to explore the marble columns and the temples. If you have heavy luggage or large backpacks with you, please leave them in the cloakroom located at the main entrance.
- Strollers: You can bring your little ones to the Acropolis. The uneven terrain is not stroller-friendly, so we recommend carrying your baby in a baby carrier.
- Acropolis Museum : Situated near the foot of the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum is a modern architectural gem that showcases the rich history and artistry of ancient Greece. With its impressive collection of sculptures and artifacts, it offers a fascinating look into the Acropolis and one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities.
- Temple of Zeus : As its name suggests, the Temple of Zeus was dedicated to the Greek God of Thunder. Although it is in ruins, the remaining few colonnades remind the visitors of its lost splendor. It is said that the temple once housed a monumental statue of Zeus that was worshipped by many.
- Temple of Poseidon : Perched on the Cape of Sounion overlooking the Aegean Sea, the Temple of Poseidon is dedicated to the ancient Greek God of the Sea. The sturdy Doric columns and coastal scenic beauty invite visitors to appreciate the beauty of this temple.
- Ancient Olympia : The Ancient Olympia Archaeological Site is a historic treasure located in the Peloponnese region of Greece. It was the birthplace of the Olympic Games and houses ancient structures like the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, and the ancient stadium.
Acropolis Visitor Tips & Guidelines
- Wear comfortable footwear: When visiting the Acropolis, you have to climb across uneven spaces and ascend stairs, so wearing comfortable shoes will ensure a more enjoyable and safer experience.
- Protect yourself from the sun: Most of the Acropolis is a collection of rock formations and ancient citadels. You will be exposed to direct sunlight for most of your time inside. Consider taking a hat, wearing sunscreen, and carrying a water bottle to stay hydrated.
- Avoid extremely hot days: When temperatures soar too high during summer, Acropolis closes at around noon. Since you have to climb the Acropolis Hill and there is not much shade except for the citadels scattered inside the premises, it is best to avoid exploring the Acropolis on extremely hot summer days.
- Book guided tours: Consider booking guided tours or entry tickets with an audio guide to delve deeper into the history of the Acropolis. They can provide valuable insights and lesser-known anecdotes about the myths and culture associated with the site.
- Take your time: The Acropolis is steeped in historical myths and legends. It is best not to rush through it, instead, keep a few hours on hand, read the information signs, explore the details, and absorb the atmosphere of the place.
- Respect the historical site: Do not touch or climb on the ancient structures. Most of the citadels were once revered and are dedicated to specific deities. Follow the staff guidelines and respect the site.
- Visit late in the day: Acropolis is one of the most popular attractions in Athens. We recommend you book tickets in advance and visit later in the evening to avoid crowds. These hours tend to be less busy, allowing you to have a considerably more tranquil experience.
- Explore beyond the Acropolis: While many may argue that Acropolis is the main highlight of Athens, there is much more to the city. You can visit other nearby attractions like the Acropolis Museum and Ancient Agora, the historical neighborhood at the foothills of the Acropolis.
Frequently Asked Questions About Acropolis
We recommend you purchase Acropolis tickets online in advance to reserve your spot. Booking tickets online is convenient and also saves time and money.
You can enjoy priority access to the Acropolis at €22. An Athens Pass with access to other additional 6 sites is around €36. You can also opt for the Acropolis Combo ticket that provides access to both the site and the museum at €51.50.
You can choose between Acropolis priority access tickets , combo tickets, and guided tours with priority access. Acropolis priority access tickets cost around €22. The combo tickets that allow you entry into the site and the Acropolis Museum are around €51.50. If you want to delve deeper into the myths and legends surrounding the Acropolis, you can choose Acropolis guided tours for €49.
While you can skip ahead of long lines at the Acropolis with these Acropolis priority tickets, you have to wait for security checks. The best way to avoid crowds at the Acropolis is to reach around 1 PM. It is comparatively less crowded during those hours.
Yes, if you want to know more about the rich legacy and history behind the Acropolis, you can book Acropolis guided tours online. You can also skip ahead long queues with these tickets.
Yes, most Acropolis priority access tickets come with an audio guide. You are welcome to stroll around the marble ruins and listen to the stories surrounding them.
The main entrance of the Acropolis is located on the west side of Acropolis Hill, near the neighborhood of Thisseio. If you board a taxi to reach the Acropolis, they will drop you off at this entrance. It is ideal for visitors who want fast-track access or are in wheelchairs.
The Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a collection of remnants of ancient temples and monuments. It is not merely a set of ruins but a standing testament to the enduring legacy of one of the oldest civilizations in the world.
The Parthenon, with its majestic columns and intricate details, the Erechtheion, with its iconic Caryatids and sacred history, and the Propylaea, a monumental gateway are some of the most significant highlights of the Acropolis.
The Acropolis is situated in Athens 105 58, Greece.
You can board any bus between 035, 040, 230, 550, and A2 and get down at Akropolh, a 5-minute walk from the Acropolis site. Or, you can also get on any of these trains- ⊓1A, ⊓3, and ⊓3B, and reach Akropoli, a short while away from the main entrance.
The Acropolis is open throughout the year except for public holidays from 8 AM to 6 PM. It is closed on 1 January, 25 March, 1 May, Easter Sunday, 25, and 26 December. Timings may also fluctuate on the Friday and Saturday before Greek Orthodox Easter.
The Acropolis is accessible to all visitors. If you are in a wheelchair or carry a stroller, you can use the elevator at the main entrance. We recommend you carry your infant in a baby carrier since strollers may be unsuitable for the rough terrain. You can also leave your luggage at the entrance to explore freely.
Yes, the Acropolis ensures that all visitors in wheelchairs or strollers can enter and comfortably navigate the premises. It has an elevator at the main entrance. If you are a single parent carrying 2 or more children, you can also make use of the elevator.
Yes, you can click pictures with or without flash at the Acropolis. However, you need to take permission from the authorities if you want to use a drone to take videos inside the site.
Yes, the Acropolis is one of the most important highlights of Athens. It attracts a large number of tourists throughout the year, especially during the summer months, hence you must book your Acropolis tickets in advance.
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How to Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon in Athens (Updated for 2023)
Julie Last updated: October 10, 2023 Greece 52 Comments
The Acropolis is the centerpiece of Athens. Rising up from the city center is a rocky, fortified, limestone plateau, topped with the Parthenon and several other ancient monuments. For most visitors to Athens, a visit to the Acropolis tops the list of things to do, making this a very popular place to visit. If you want to know how to visit the Acropolis, we have a lot of information to share with you.
In this article, get tips on how to avoid the crowds, how to purchase your tickets, what you will see while you are here, and tips to have the best experience.
Table of Contents
A Brief History of the Acropolis
The word “acropolis” is defined as a citadel or fortified part of an ancient Greek city, typically built on a hill. There are other acropoleis in Greece, however, the Acropolis of Athens is the most famous.
This rocky hill has been inhabited since the 4th millennium BC. The buildings that still stand today were constructed under the direction of Pericles in the 5th century BC. The Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Propylaea, and others, are the remnants of the Golden Age of Greece.
The Parthenon dominates the Acropolis. This is one of the most recognizable and imitated buildings in the world. It was built to honor the Greek goddess Athena Parthenos, the patron of Athens, and it is considered to be the most important surviving building of Classical Greece.
Since its construction, the Parthenon has also served as a Christian church and as an Islamic mosque. A portion of the Parthenon was destroyed when the Venetians struck and hit the building with a mortar round, fired while attacking the Ottomans.
Since 1975, the Acropolis and the Parthenon have been undergoing extensive renovation. The marble columns of the Parthenon are being restored and most likely you will see scaffolding holding up the portions of the Parthenon during your visit. Many of the artifacts have been moved to the Acropolis Museum, located in Athens, and the British Museum, located in London.
There are two ticket options for entrance into the Acropolis and Parthenon. You can purchase a ticket for entrance only into the Acropolis or you can purchase a combination ticket into the Acropolis plus six more archaeological sites.
Acropolis Only Tickets
Summer: April 1 to October 31: €20 Winter: November 1 to March 31: €10
There is free admission to the Acropolis on these days: March 6, April 18, May 18, last weekend of September, October 28, and every Sunday from November 1 to March 31.
Cost: €30 summer and winter
This ticket gets you admission into the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Kerameikos, and Aristotle’s School.
If you plan to visit the Acropolis and two or more of these archeological sites, it is absolutely worth it to purchase the combination ticket. Once you have the combination ticket, you will skip the ticket line at each of these sites and at the Acropolis.
Combination tickets are valid for five days from the start date and can only be used one time for admission into each site, including the Acropolis.
How to Purchase Your Acropolis Tickets
Online in advance.
On the official website , you can purchase your tickets in advance for a specific day. Just note that once you purchase your tickets, you cannot change the date of your visit or get a refund. You will purchase a ticket for a specific time slot to enter the Acropolis. This started as of September 2023, due to increased visitation of the Acropolis and Athens.
To navigate the website, choose “Attica & Central Greece” as the region and then “Acropolis and Slopes.” Select your date and your time slot. On Step 2, choose “single-use” for the Acropolis-only ticket and “combined” for the combination ticket. Complete the purchase.
Free Entry Vouchers: If someone in your group qualifies for free entry and you are purchasing your tickets online, you will be sent a voucher by email. This voucher will need to be turned into the ticket booth for an official ticket. So, even though some members in your group can skip the ticket line, if you are traveling with kids, you will still have to wait in the ticket line to get the official entrance ticket.
What We Did: Our visit was in April 2019, shoulder season in Athens, so lines were relatively small. We did not purchase our tickets in advance because we did not think it would save us any time in line, since we traveled with two kids. Instead, we visited Kerameikos first. This is one of the sites on the combination ticket. There was no line here and we purchased the 5-day combination ticket. At every other site we visited we simply used the ticket to pass through the turnstile. We never had to wait in a line while visiting the Acropolis and the archaeological sites.
More Ticket Options: You can also purchase an entrance ticket into the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum through GetYourGuide and the Acropolis and 6 Archaeological Sites Combination Ticket through GetYourGuide . If you prefer to visit the Acropolis with an experienced guide, this tour of the Acropolis gets stellar reviews.
At the Acropolis or Associated Archaeological Site
It is also possible to purchase tickets at the Acropolis or one of the other associated archaeological sites, but you risk waiting in a very long line or running the risk that tickets are sold out for the day of your visit. There is now a cap on the number of tickets sold, so your best option is to book your tickets online in advance.
If you choose to wait until you are in Athens, I recommend purchasing the combination ticket at one of the lesser visited archeological sites (such as Kerameikos) in order to avoid the potentially much longer line at the Acropolis.
Hours of Operation
From April 1 to August 31: 8 am to 8 pm (last admission 7:30 pm) with reduced hours the remainder of the year. You get the full listing on the official website.
The Acropolis will be closed on these days: January 1, March 25, May 1, Easter Sunday, December 25, December 26.
Get updated hours and pricing here.
How to Get to the Acropolis
There are two entrances into the Acropolis.
The main entrance is at the western end of the Acropolis. You will purchase your ticket at the ticket office (see our map later in this article) and then walk through the main entrance into the Acropolis.
This entrance is notoriously busy. I have read that midday people can wait one to two hours to purchase a ticket here.
There is a smaller ticket office at the southeastern corner of the Acropolis. There is not much written about it in tour books and online and I only found out about it when looking at skip-the-line tours. This is the entrance that small group tours and skip-the-line tours use. Why go here? Since it is less well known, the crowds will be smaller here than at the main entrance.
However, you still might have to wait in line. Here is a photo midday on a Sunday in April. You may still have to wait in line, but hopefully you won’t have to wait as long as you would at the main entrance.
Entrance at the southeast corner of the Acropolis | How to visit the Acropolis
From this entrance, it is a steady uphill walk past Dionysus’ Theater and past a great viewpoint over the Odeon of Herodes Atticus before you get to Propylaea, the entrance into the Acropolis.
There is an elevator on the northeastern side of the Acropolis that provides access for people in wheelchairs. Learn more here.
Map of the Acropolis
How to Use This Map: Click the icons on the map to get more information about each point of interest. Click the star next to the title of the map to add this map to your Google Maps account. To view it on your phone or computer, open Google Maps, click the menu button, go to “Your Places,” click Maps, and you will see this map on your list.
Tips to Avoid the Lines at the Acropolis
1. purchase your ticket online in advance.
Before your visit to Athens, book your ticket online in advance. You will book a time slot for entry into the Acropolis and you will not have to wait in a ticket line.
2. Purchase the Combination Ticket
Rather than making the Acropolis your first stop in Athens, visit one of the less popular archeological sites, purchase the combination ticket, and then use this to skip the ticket lines at the Acropolis and the other sites. Not only will it save you time waiting in a line at the Acropolis, but this will also save you time at the Roman Agora, Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Hadrian’s Library.
We purchased our combination tickets at Kerameikos. There was no line here during our visit. FYI, the Ancient Agora and Temple of Olympian Zeus both had decent sized ticket lines from what we saw, so if you can, avoid making these the first site you visit.
3. Best Time to Visit the Acropolis
The least crowded time of day to visit the Acropolis is right at opening time (8 am) and at the end of the day (1 to 2 hours before closing).
The last hour of the day would be a wonderful time to visit the Acropolis. Crowds are low, the sun is starting to set, and it’s no longer sweltering hot (if you are here in summer). We saw very people on the Acropolis the hour before closing.
The worst time to visit is midday, especially in the summer. Crowds are high and so are the temperatures. Cruise ship crowds tend to swarm the Acropolis from 10 am to early afternoon, so try to avoid this time if you can. Even if you already have your ticket, you could still be stuck in a line waiting to enter through the Propylaea.
We braved rainy weather conditions and it worked out to our advantage. All day it had been overcast and drizzly, but in the afternoon, the skies finally opened up for real. The rain washed most visitors off of the Acropolis and sent them right down to the Acropolis Museum. We decided to take our chances and visit the Acropolis in the rain. Off in the distance, it looked like the sky would clear, so we kept our fingers crossed for improving conditions.
The four of us entered through the smaller side entrance, took our time walking up towards the Proplylaea, and once here, the rain stopped. The sun even made an appearance a little while later. Even though it was mid-afternoon on a Saturday, we shared the Acropolis with just a handful of other people. It was absolutely incredible and I know that we are extremely lucky for our timing and the weather to work out like this.
The Parthenon (in 2019) | How to visit the Acropolis
In our photos, the sky looks very dark. We had a big downpour but there was no thunder or lightning.
I would not recommend visiting the Acropolis during a thunderstorm. Once you are up here, there is nowhere to take cover from lightning, should it occur. It’s not like you can run for cover under the Parthenon. And you should know that these marble surfaces get slick when it rains, but if you don’t mind wet conditions, it’s one way to visit the Acropolis with low crowd levels.
4. Enter through the Side Entrance
Skip the crowds at the main entrance and enter through the smaller, lesser known side entrance. See our map (above) for the exact location.
5. Join a Skip-the-Line Tour
Join one of these skip-the-line tours and visit the Acropolis with a guide.
Things to Do at the Acropolis
The sites on the Acropolis are organized into two areas, the Acropolis and the slopes. The sites on the Acropolis include the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, and the Erechtheion. Those on the slopes are located on the south side of the Acropolis and include the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Theater of Dionysus.
This is the gateway into the Acropolis. If you enter through the main entrance, this will be the first thing you see. It’s a grand entrance, meant to impress visitors with its colonnaded entryway and marble buildings.
Propylaea | How to visit the Acropolis
Temple of Athena Nike
The Temple of Athena Nike stands next to the Propylaea. This small temple is dedicated to the goddess Athena Nike who was the protector of the city of Athens. It was recently renovated…completely taken apart and then put back together again…about 15 years ago.
The Temple of Athena Nike is the small, colonnaded building near the upper right hand corner of this photo.
The Parthenon is the centerpiece of the Acropolis. For many visitors this is the main reason for visiting Athens.
First view of the Parthenon after walking through the Propylaea.
Since the Parthenon is undergoing major renovation work, part of it will be covered with scaffolding, and it will remain like this for some time. Even so, it’s an amazing sight to see.
You are not allowed to walk onto the Parthenon but you can walk around the entire circumference of it.
Erechtheion, Pandroseion, and the Old Temple of Athena
What appears to be one building is really three separate temples and sanctuaries. These were built on a sacred spot on the Acropolis, the site where Athena and Poseidon battled for patronage of Athens, the site where a salty spring appeared when Poseidon hit the ground with his trident, and the site where an olive tree grew when Athena hit the ground with a rock.
An olive tree still grows beside the building, although this tree was planted at the beginning of the 20th century.
One of the most startling features are the famous Caryatids, six female statues who serve as columns to support the roof of the porch.
Viewpoint of the Acropolis and Athens
Located at the far eastern end of the Acropolis is a slightly elevated viewpoint. Just look for the Greek flag. From here, not only do you get a wonderful view across the Acropolis and the Parthenon, but you also get one of the best views over Athens.
View from the Acropolis | How to visit the Acropolis
Looking east from the Acropolis. In this view you can see the Temple of Olympian Zeus and a small part of the Panathenaic Stadium.
Theater of Dionysus
Located on the southern slope of the Acropolis and near the Acropolis Museum is this ancient theater. It was built in the 4th century BC and the Greek tragedies of Euripides and Sophocles were performed here.
The view of the Theater of Dionysus from the Acropolis. You can also see the Acropolis Museum and the Temple of Olympian Zeus in this photo.
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
This is one of the more “modern” buildings on the Acropolis, built in 161 AD. This theater can accommodate almost 5,000 people and it is still used for performances during the summer months. It is located on the southern slopes near the Propylaea.
Odeon of Herodes Atticus | How to visit the Acropolis
What to Bring
Wear a pair of comfortable walking shoes with good traction. The surfaces are uneven and the marble can be slippery. This gets even worse if it’s wet, so be prepared for slippery surfaces if you are here during or after it rains.
Sunblock and sunglasses are a must. There is no shade on the Acropolis.
Bring water, especially if you are visiting during the summer months.
Do You Need a Guide?
A guide is not necessary to visit the Acropolis.
Each building on the Parthenon and the slopes have signs that give you the history and importance of each site. Signs are written in Greek and English.
If you want more info than just a few signs but don’t want to take a tour, consider purchasing Rick Steves’ Greece Travel Guide. He has a very nice walking tour through the Acropolis with lots of interesting facts about the Parthenon and the history here.
Finally, you can take a tour of the Acropolis. This tour of the Acropolis and the Parthenon gets rave reviews.
A visit to the Parthenon can last one to three hours.
After Your Visit
You can exit through the side entrance and make the Acropolis Museum your next stop. Or, exit through the main entrance and walk to Areopagus Hill (Mars Hill) for a stunning view of Acropolis.
Areopagus Hill | How to visit the Acropolis
About Our Visit
We visited Athens in mid-April during Easter holiday week. From here, we went to Mykonos, Naxos, and Santorini.
Are you planning a visit to Athens and the Acropolis? Comment below if you have any questions or if you want to share your experience.
More Information for Your Trip to Greece
ATHENS: Plan your visit to Athens with our 2 Days in Athens Itinerary and our guide to the Best Hotels in Athens. We also have a detailed list of Things to do in Athens and a guide to the Best Views of Athens and the Acropolis.
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Hi Guys We are two seniors visiting Athens in November 😁👍 Thinking we will just buy a combination ticket on site rather than booking a tour. This way we can explore at our on pass. Do you think this is the way to go? Also, is there a lift? Thanking you in advance.
Since November is the off season, I think it will be fine to purchase your ticket once in Athens. Yes, there is a lift but I don’t know if it’s reserved for those with disabilities/in a wheelchair but you can learn more here . Cheers, Julie
Hi Julie, how long roughly did you spend at the Acropolis before moving on to Aeropagus Hill? Thanks
We spent roughly an hour and a half at the Acropolis. We also could move around fairly quickly, since there weren’t many people here during our visit. Estimate about 2 hours, a little less if you tend to move fast. Cheers, Julie
Hi, thanks for providing this information! I am about to head to Athens. Looking at the combination tickets online, I don’t see any official language that the tickets last 5 days. I am hoping someone can offer me some reassurance that if I purchase these combination tickets in advance, they will in fact last 5 days from purchase date? Also, if I pre-purchase combination tickets, do I get to “skip the line”? Like, do I get sent actual tickets?
Hello Liza. There have been a few people who recently wrote in with trouble using the online ticketing website. I don’t know if this has been resolved. With the combination ticket, you will skip the ticket lines. However, if you are concerned about doing all of this online, you can visit a less popular site first, like Kerameikos, and purchase the combination ticket there. That gives you skip the ticket line access to the remaining sites and it is what we did and it worked very well. I recently read that this summer a new policy was instituted where you have to book a time slot for the Arcopolis and I don’t know if this is still in effect. Cheers, Julie
I purchased the combined Acropolis tickets through the official website but all I received was a confirmation or order number but no actual ticket. Does this sound like something others have said? I can’t reply to the confirmation email and there is no contact info on the website. Do you have any advice?
Thank you and love your website.
Hello Shawn. I just went on the official website and they must have done a website update in the past month or two because it looks totally different. It does look easier to use. Since we bought our tickets onsite, I am not familiar with what you are issued online. Hopefully someone who has done this will write in with their experience soon. But I assume that you take the email with your confirmation number to the first site you visit. Cheers, Julie
Same thing with me. Did you ever get an answer?
Same here. I was able to only print out a page with reservation code and date, with price paid. No bar code for scanning the three tickets purchased, no exact time of day for ticket. Can’t find anyway to communicate with the seller and it was a no-reply email with payment verification.
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Once pro-Palestinian, Greece is now one of Israel’s closest European allies
The two countries share energy ambitions, defence partnerships and a mistrust of Turkey, analysts say.
Athens, Greece – Greece has emerged as a key supporter of Israel in the Eastern Mediterranean, a position unimaginable little more than a decade ago and apparently at odds with public opinion.
“I come here not just as an ally but as a true friend,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Tel Aviv on October 23, as the latest Middle East conflict flared.
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“Greece, from the very first moment, supported the right of Israel to defend itself in line with international law,” he said.
Unlike some other European leaders who demonstrated similar solidarity, Mitsotakis did not also pay a courtesy visit to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Fatah Palestinian movement.
That may rankle with the two-thirds of Greeks, who support neutrality in the current war.
While just 18.4 percent are in favour of a pro-Israel position, 11.5 percent want Greece to be openly pro-Palestinian, according to an opinion poll aired by Star Channel two days after Mitsotakis’s visit.
Despite championing humanitarian aid for Palestinian civilians trapped in Gaza, Greece was one of 45 abstentions from a UN General Assembly vote calling for an immediate humanitarian truce between Israel and Hamas, on October 27. A majority of 120 countries voted in favour.
“Eight EU members voted for the UN call for a humanitarian ceasefire. Greece, under Mitsotakis, chose not to be among them,” European Parliament member for the opposition Syriza party, Dimitris Papadimoulis, told Al Jazeera.
Anyone who “wants humanity and peace to prevail” would follow a “more balanced position that also maintains good relations with the Arab world – a position that is conducive to a solution for the Palestinians,” Papadimoulis said.
Greece did, however, join a European Council call for “safe and unhindered humanitarian access” in Gaza on October 27, “including humanitarian pauses and corridors”.
But Greece has gone beyond statements in helping Israel.
According to Greek media, large numbers of United States C-17 and C-130 transport aircraft have been stationed at the US air and naval base at Souda Bay, in Crete, and the Greek air force base at Elefsina, near Athens, in case a mass evacuation of US citizens from Israel should be necessary.
An historic change
Greece’s official foreign policy position, now backed by right- and left-wing parties when in power, is starkly different to its traditionally pro-Palestinian policy during the Cold War, when Greece and Israel still had not developed full diplomatic relations.
When Netanyahu’s predecessor, Menachem Begin, invaded Lebanon to destroy the military wing of the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1982, Greek ships spirited the organisation’s leader, Yasser Arafat, to safety in Athens.
Back then, expatriate Palestinians frequently held demonstrations on the streets of Athens with Greek left-wing party support, to trumpet their cause on European soil.
The support for Palestinians was not merely sentimental.
Greek-owned tankers carry a third of the world’s crude oil, and that trade dictated good relations with the Arab world for decades.
Another reason was Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus in 1974.
“Greece was very interested in getting UN votes in favour of its position on the Cyprus issue,” Aristotle Tziampiris, professor of international relations at the University of Piraeus told Al Jazeera. “You had to weigh one Israeli vote versus 20 or so Arab votes.”
The beginnings of rapprochement occurred in 1990, when Mitsotakis’s father, former prime minister Konstantine Mitsotakis, fully and legally recognised Israel, which he considered necessary “for the restoration and establishment of peace in the region”.
However, Israel’s close relationship with Turkey in the 1990s was a problem for Greece.
“The Turkish criterion, a permanent fixture in the Greek foreign ministry, dictates that we can’t have good relations with Israel if it is also developing its relations with Turkey,” a senior Greek government official told Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity.
“We put this dilemma to them and the Israelis in those days had much more strategic interests in Turkey, so we forced them to pick Turkey.”
In 2010, another clash between the Israeli army and Hamas changed everything.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a flotilla with humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians’ aid. Israeli commandos attacked the flotilla, suspecting it of carrying weapons, killing nine people.
The breakdown in Turkish-Israeli relations was a void Greece’s political establishment moved to fill “with astonishing speed”, said Tziampiris.
“Israel has been looking at Greece all these years as a gateway to the European Union that could facilitate Israel’s relationship with the EU and soften its isolation due to Israel’s behaviour towards the Palestinians,” said the government official.
Greece’s budding friendship with Israel “is not personal or partisan, but represents a national strategy that is going on for close to 15 years”, said Tziampiris.
In a country whose politicians are given to infighting and frequently placing party interests above national interests, that, he said, is “something to be admired”.
Greece had its own reasons to embrace Israel.
It had essentially gone bankrupt that year, and needed a bailout from its eurozone partners and the International Monetary Fund in Washington. By signalling support for Israel, it drew closer to the US.
Greece was also becoming part of a budding energy partnership. 2010 was the year in which Israel discovered Leviathan, holding an estimated 566 billion cubic metres of gas and turning Israel overnight into the Eastern Mediterranean’s biggest owner of exportable gas.
The following year, Greece and Israel started discussing building EastMed – a 1,900km-long (1,180-mile), $7bn mostly undersea pipeline to carry 10-20 billion cubic metres of Israeli gas to Europe via Greece each year.
Greek hydrocarbon companies have formed a consortium to build that pipeline, and one Athens-based company already plays a strategic role in the Israeli economy. Partly through Israeli financing, Energean now operates a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) platform anchored offshore Israel, which extracts and liquefies Israeli offshore gas for export.
When in 2020 Greek-Turkish relations became tense, Greece sought a relationship with Israel’s sophisticated defence industry.
Greece signed its first military agreement with Israel on May 6 2020, leasing two Heron UAVs to monitor the Aegean. Greece had been caught unawares by Turkey’s development of its Bayraktar drones and needed the Herons as an interim solution before developing its own UAVs – something the Hellenic Aerospace Industry is now doing in collaboration with Greek universities.
In 2022, Greece would also buy the Drone Dome anti-drone defence system from Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, and in 2023 it would buy dozens of Orbiter 3 surveillance and reconnaissance drones, also from Rafael.
Mitsotakis signed cybersecurity cooperation protocols with Netanyahu in June 2020, and invited Israeli investors to use Greece as a base from which to reach the EU single market, especially in IT.
Unlike in 2010, when Greece’s economy was teetering, the invitation now had takers.
In February 2021, Israeli defence manufacturers SK Group and Plasan took control of the defunct Hellenic Vehicles Industry (ELVO).
In 2022, Greece and Israel’s Elbit launched a joint flight training centre in the southern Greek town of Kalamata. Israel had once sought training airspace from Turkey. Now it had the use of Athens’ vast flight information region.
In 2023, Greece bought 34 Spike NLOS short-range missile defence systems with about 500 missiles from Israel’s Elbit to protect its east Aegean islands.
Turkey has moved in the opposite direction during this time, offering Hamas leaders passports and offices on Turkish soil.
Erdogan recently frustrated Washington when he said Hamas was not a “terrorist” organisation and called Israel an occupier.
That places Greece and Turkey on opposite sides during the conflict in Gaza.
“Hosting Hamas was always an issue between Israel and Turkey and when we talked about rapprochement it was an issue that was on the table, and it’s still on the table,” Israeli ambassador Noam Katz told Greece’s Open TV.
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