Dedicated to the god of the forge, the Temple of Hephaestus was once surrounded by foundries and metalwork shops. Built in 450 BC in a Doric style, the temple today is one of the highlights of Athens’ ancient Agora. Join a private or small-group Agora walking tour that includes a stop at the temple; visiting with a guide is vital to appreciate the ruins. Most tours include skip-the-line tickets—a must to avoid a long wait—and a visit to the Agora Museum.
For a deep dive into ancient Greece, visit both the Agora and Acropolis in a single tour by foot, bike, Segway, or scooter. Some itineraries go as far as Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. If you’re traveling as a family, kid-friendly tours are a great way for everyone to experience the archaeological sites.