Pristine Parthenon: No-Crowds Acropolis Tour & Skip the Line Acropolis Museum Tour

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Location: Athens
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 210.0 minutes
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Currency: EUR
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/Athens
Highlights - See the Parthenon before the crowds arrive by using skip the line tickets and following our special itinerary that gets you to the top of the Acropolis before everyone else.
- Explore the Acropolis with an expert local guide and see some of the most jaw-dropping structures in the ancient world, including the Monumental Gateway, Erechtheum, Theater of Dionysus and Herodes Atticus, and panoramic views over all of Athens and the Greek Agora.
- Skip the line at the New Acropolis Museum for a guided tour featuring the original Parthenon Marbles and the Caryatids.
- Gain access to the underground archeological excavations taking place below the Museum at the ‘Makrygianni plot’.
- Enjoy an intimate group of 15 people or fewer giving you great access to your local, English-speaking guide.
Be the first through the gates of the Acropolis to take a guided tour of the Parthenon before the crowds show up. This half-day tour is specially timed and curated to give you a crowd-free experience of the Parthenon and learn what makes it the most imitated building in the history of architecture. It also includes all the other major attractions on the Acropolis and a guided visit to the New Acropolis Museum where you’ll see the world-famous Parthenon Friezes, as well as the beautiful statues that adorned the Acropolis over 2000 years ago, featuring the famous Caryatids. You’ll also gain access to view the fascinating underground archeological excavations taking place below the museum. For hardcore history lovers, this is the most serene and enjoyable way to experience one of history’s most legendary sites. 
Athens’ premier attraction is also its most crowded. That’s why this tour uses skip the line tickets and a specially-timed itinerary to ensure you are among the first people to see the Parthenon when it opens in the morning. 

Your tour starts at 7:30 when your local expert guide meets you and your small group of no more than 15 people near the Acropolis to make sure you are among the first through the gates. While most groups visit the various temples and monuments as they walk up the hill, you’ll march straight to the Parthenon, one of the most famous and influential buildings in history. As you stand in its shadow with virtually no one else around, your guide will tell you its millennia-spanning story and reveal some of its secrets, including why it can never be replicated.  

Just when the crowds begin to arrive, you'll head over to the other attractions on the Acropolis, including the Erechtheon, the legendary temple where the Athena and the sea god Poseidon competed to become the patrons of the city, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Theater of Dionysus (the oldest theater in the world) and the theater of Herodes Atticus. You’ll also enjoy stunning views over the Greek Agora, which was once the civic center of the ancient city.

Heading down the hill, you'll once again use skip the line tickets to enter the New Acropolis Museum, where all the artistic treasures that once adorned the Acropolis are now kept.  Before your museum tour even begins you’ll discover the ruins of an ancient Athenian neighborhood at the ‘Makrygianni plot’ - a spectacular underground excavation site below the museum which offers a glimpse into life in 3500 and 3000 BC. Inside the museum on the first floor you’ll see the treasure trove of statues that represent the triumph of civilization over barbarism, but the highlights are still to come. First are the Caryatids, enormous statues of women what once supported the entablature of the Erechtheon (the ones you saw on the actual temple are recreations). Then you’ll see the famous Parthenon Marbles, which depict a mythic battle, and learn about the very real battle that still surrounds their ownership and exhibition. You’ll end inside the museum so you can spend more time in the exhibitions or sit down in the cafe for some lunch. 

At every stop, your guide, who is a passionate art and history expert, will bring the story of this ancient city to life with stories, anecdotes, myths, legends, lore, and even a few visual aids. There is no more engaging or serene way to take in the greatest highlight of Athens. 

Commentary English: Guide
Included Skip the line tickets to the Acropolis
Skip the line tickets to the New Acropolis Museum
English-speaking guide
Excluded Hotel Pick-Up / Drop-Off
Know before you book Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
Know before you go Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure.
At all archeological & museum sites: no drinks (except water) or food is allowed.
Please note that only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed inside the New Arcopolis Museum and will have to be left at the bag check desk.
Additional Information
Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.

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Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-04-01
Product End Date 2020-10-31
Booking Cut-off 2 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 15 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Availability Notes

From To Notes
January 01, 2021 October 31, 2021 7:45 AM Departure - Sun, Tues, Thurs, Fri (except: 25 Mar 2021, 30 Apr 2021, 02 May 2021)
July 01, 2020 August 31, 2021 7:45 AM Departure - Sun, Fri (except 21 July, 23 July, 24 July, 28 July, 30 July, 31 July, 07 Aug 2020, 14 Aug 2020, 21 Aug 2020, 28 Aug 2020)


Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 37.9685491, 23.7276544
Address: Acron Cafe, Athanasiou Diakou 2, Athens, Athina, 11742, GR
Notes: This tour meets in front of Acron Cafe, Athanasiou Diakou 2, Athina 117 42. The cafe is located next to the Acropolis Metro (subway) stop. When exiting the subway take the exit "Maykryianni / Athanasiou Diakou".
Start Location Notes Acron Cafe, Athanasiou Diakou 2, Athens, Athina, 11742, GR
End Location Address New Acropolis Museum, Dionysiou Areopagitou 15, Athens, Athina, 117 42, GR
Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 37.9684499, 23.7285227
Address: New Acropolis Museum, Dionysiou Areopagitou 15, Athens, Athina, 117 42, GR
Start Location Notes Acron Cafe, Athanasiou Diakou 2, Athens, Athina, 11742, GR
End Location Address New Acropolis Museum, Dionysiou Areopagitou 15, Athens, Athina, 117 42, GR


Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 72 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.


Adult 15-99 years €79.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years €69.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years €0.00 Available on request


Option Name 2020 Pricing
Option Description 2020 Pricing

Other Information

Terms and Conditions

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.

Voucher Info

Mobile tickets will be accepted

FAQ Can I take photos in the New Acropolis Museum?

Photographs are permitted in all Museum exhibition areas, except for the Archaic Acropolis Gallery.

Is there a place I can leave my bag in the New Acropolis Museum?

The cloakroom is located on the ground floor of the Museum, where all backpacks and packages must be deposited. To avoid lengthy delays in queues, such items should not be brought into the Museum. The Museum holds no responsibility for valuables or fragile items deposited in the cloakroom.

Can I re-enter the New Acropolis museum at another time with my ticket?

No, the tickets are one-use only, unfortunately.

Can I bring a bag to the Acropolis?

Small bags are allowed but medium and big bags will not be allowed into the Acropolis and will need to be stored in the cloakroom. This is simply to protect the statues in the halls.

Can I take photos at the Acropolis?

Yes cameras are allowed to all our tours! In fact, we strongly encourage participants to take photos during our tours. But do have in mind that on the Acropolis, tripods and/or professional cameras are not allowed. Also at the Acropolis Museum, there are some areas where photos are not allowed. Your guide will inform you about this properly.

What kind of footwear can I wear in the Acropolis?

You should wear non-slippery and comfortable shoes as the ground is covered in marbles, and is quite slippery. Flip flops are not allowed.

What is the dress code for the Acropolis?

The dress code for monuments is very relaxed and there are no outstanding rules on clothing. However, you do need to wear non-slippery and comfortable shoes as the ground is covered in marbles, and is quite slippery. Flip flops are not allowed.

Do I need any ID for any tours in Athens?

No, ID is not needed for entering monuments in Athens.

Should I bring anything with me?

On warm days, we suggest you bring along a bottle of water and sun protection. You should also wear non-slippery and comfortable shoes as the ground is covered in marbles, and is quite slippery (no flip flops).

Are tours in wheelchair accessible in Athens?

Tours in Athens are unfortunately not accessible with wheelchairs. They would be dangerous due to the uneven ground and marble floors.

Can I bring a stroller?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate strollers on these tours due to uneven ground and the marble floors.

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