Looking for a guided tour of the Acropolis in Athens, or just want to be able to skip the lines? There are over 60 options to choose from. Here are the best walking tours of the Acropolis.
One of the more frequent questions I get asked by people planning a trip to Athens is ‘which is the best walking or guided tour of the Acropolis?’ The answer, as always, depends on a number of factors. These include, your budget, time available, what other sites are to be included, and even the age range of the participants.
The Acropolis is the busiest and most popular attraction in Athens – queues at the ticket office can be long – even though tickets can now be purchased online. In the heat of an Athenian summer standing in long lines is the last thing anyone with a limited time wants to do on their holiday. Some visitors just want to be able to skip these lines, and are happy to pay extra for that.
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The following is a list of nine walking tours of the Acropolis, and one Museum Pass that includes the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum. The choice is based on my own experience, popularity based on previous sales, online reviews as well as diversity of experience offered. Use the following link if you are looking for basic information about buying a ticket for and tips for visiting the Acropolis >>
The Acropolis Skip-the-Line Ticket with Athens Welcome Walk
If you are looking to simply skip the queues at busy times of the day (the morning) during peak tourist seasons, and are not interested in taking a guided tour then this is the ticket for you. Although there are added benefits, this option you are paying for a pre-booked entry ticket, not a guided tour.
09.00 am, 10.30 am, 12.00 pm, 13.30 pm
€39 adult €27 student €17 youth
Acropolis of Athens Early Morning Guided Tour
For those who prefer a live guided tour but want to beat the heat and the crowds this is a good choice. In summer you beat the heat and the crowds, which really only get going at 9.00/9.30 am. At other times of the year the light on the monuments at this time of the day can be quite magical.
1 hour 30 mins
€29 adult €26 student €26 youth
Athens Acropolis Afternoon Guided Tour
If you do not mind the heat of the day, which obviously varies according to the time of the year you are visiting, this two-hour guided tour in the later afternoon is a good option. Afternoons are noticeably less crowded than the mornings. And the sunlight in the later afternoon is not so direct.
€32 adult €32 student €20 youth
Athens Acropolis Small Group Evening Guided Tour
Of all the guided tours of the Acropolis, this is my preferred choice. Late afternoon/early evening is not only quieter with fewer people, the legendary hill top and surrounding city is just so atmospheric under the setting sun. This is definitely the best time for taking photographs.
1 hour 30 minutes
€29 adult €26 student €26 youth
The Acropolis & Acropolis Museum Evening Guided Tour
Although entry tickets are not included, this is a good choice for those who specifically want a guided tour of both the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. The tour begins in the museum and then moves on to the Acropolis, when the crowds have gone and the heat has eased, ending with great evening light.
3 hours 30 minutes
€49 adult €45 student €45 youth
Private Guided Tour: Athens, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
Perhaps a bit more expensive than the other options, but on this walking tour of Athens you a private guide. Besides the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, you also get to see some of the other ancients sites in Athens, including those in the botanical garden and one of the Metro stations.
5 hours 30 minutes
€207 per person
4-Hour Acropolis For Kids Extended Tour
Guides leading this walking tour of ancient Athens have specific experience with children in Education, and are licensed as such. Far from just being for children though, the private tour is pitched at the family as a group – and so is suitable for parents as well as the children.
€320 per person
Full-Day Tour of Athens and Cape Sounion
After the Acropolis in Athens, the temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion is another popular attraction. Although not that far, it is not easy (or quick) to get to using public transport. This day-long bus tour allows you to visit both the Acropolis and the stunning temple at Cape Sounion.
€60 child (4 to 12)
From Cruise Port: Athens City, Acropolis & Acropolis Museum
Created for visitors to Athens on cruise ships docked at the Port of Piraeus, you get to visit the Τemple of Zeus, the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. Round-trip transfers from the port to the sites in central Athens is included, eliminating need to use public transport when you have limited time.
5 hours 30 minutes
€89 adult €78 student €78 youth
Athens Museum Unlimited Pass
An excellent choice for visitors to Athens who want to include the Acropolis and a few other museums in their sightseeing. For three consecutive days you get fast-track entry to 15 top attractions, including the Panathenaic Stadium, the Acropolis Museum, and the Cycladic and Islamic art museums.
€55 per adult
€29 youth (4 to 12)
The above ten tours/ticket options are my recommendations. There are other options available – follow this link for a full list of guided walking tours and tickets for the Acropolis and Athens >>
Please note: The information provided is correct as of 25 August 2018. While we endeavour to ensure the information is kept up-to-date, Archaeology Travel is not responsible for any changes the tour providers make. Please confirm the details by following the links. Of course, if you spot any changes or errors, please do contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following are questions that relate specifically to guided tours of the Acropolis. Follow this link for detailed information about visiting the Acropolis, including ticket prices, combination tickets, opening hours, etc. >>
Why Are entry fees not included?
Despite what you may think, it is not unusual for walking tours and such like to not include the entrance fees. And this is, in fact, to your benefit. For instance, most if not all attractions have different pricing structures for different people – adults, students, pensioners, members of specific organisations … So, if you qualify for a discounted rate, you are able to do so. Also, in the case of the Acropolis, entry to the site is only €10 between November and March, but €20 from April to October.
Does ‘skip-the-line’ mean just that?
Being able to ‘skip the line’ usually only refers to the queue to purchase tickets, and certainly this is the case for the Acropolis. To ease congestion most attractions, certainly larger more popular ones, separate the purchasing of a ticket from actually entering the site. Understandably (and sometimes very frustratingly), queues for purchasing a ticket go a lot slower.
At some sites, licensed guided tours are able to skip both queues.
On 27 April 2018, at 9.30 am you would have waited in a queue to purchase your ticket for the Acropolis for about 45 minutes. The queue to get into the site was about 15 minutes. That is an hour in the line. Getting a pre-booked ticket save a great deal of time when it is already getting quite hot.
Queue at the Acropolis ticket office, around 9.35 am on 27 April 2018.
Queue at the main entrance to the Acropolis, around 9.30 am on 27 April 2018.
Top Tip: Instead of going to the main entrance – go to the entrance for the Theatre of Dionysus. The queues are much, much shorter here because few people realise this entrance also includes the Acropolis.