Athens

Acropolis Walking Tour, Including Syntagma Square & City Center

Athens, Greece

From $51.81

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Delve into the history of ancient Greece on this Athens walking tour. With an expert guide, stroll around the historic heart of Athens to see Syntagma Square, the Parliament Building, and the ancient ruins tucked around the slopes of the stunning, UNESCO-listed Acropolis. Check out fascinating archaeological exhibits in Syntagma Square and admire awesome views of the Parthenon as you view the Theater of Dionysus, Odeon of Herodes Atticus and other sights. With revealing commentary from your guide throughout, this walking tour of Athens will delight history buffs. Please note admission to the Acropolis is at your own expense.
  • Guided walking tour around the ancient Acropolis of Athens
  • See archaeological exhibits in and around Syntagma Station
  • Get to know Athens while exploring Syntagma Square and and other important attractions
  • Enjoy spectacular views from the Parthenon at the top of Athens' acropolis
  • Learn about each of the monuments from a professional local guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour adds context to your Athens experience with a local guide providing commentary.

What's Included

  • Local licensed guide
  • Skip-the-ticket line service
  • Athens guide magazine
  • Athens map
  • Entrance fees to the sites visited payable in cash on the day of the tour
  • Gratuities (gratuity rates in Greece are around 10% of service cost)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Syntagma
    Athens 105 57, Greece

    MEETING TIME:15min prior to departure time DURATION: 3h&30min MEETING POINT:INSIDE Syntagma metro station Our staff, holding an orange Athens Walking Tours sign, will be inside Syntagma Metro Station, at the big hall, next to the ticket validating machines. Please be there 15 min prior to the start

End point

  • Acropolis of Athens
    Athens 105 58, Greece

    The tour will and at the top of the Acropolis Hill were you can take your time taking pictures.

What To Expect

Begin your Athens walking tour at Syntagma Metro Station in central Athens. Greet your guide and head inside the station museum to explore what’s on show.

View the impressive exhibits, discovered during building work on the station. See the most prized items including tombstones, remnants of a 5th-century aqueduct, pottery, and even a 2,000-year-old beehive.

Afterward, walk with your guide to the nearby Greek Parliament Building on Syntagma Square. Snap photos of the handsome building as you hear about its past as a royal palace.

Then, delve further into historical Athens. Walk along the charming streets and admire the elegant architecture and sites such as the Zeus Temple.

Continue along traffic-free Dionysiou Areopagitou Street around the Acropolis’ slopes. As you walk, absorb the breathtaking views of the Acropolis and Parthenon, and pass the ancient Theater of Dionysus and sites such as Philopappou Hill, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and Mars Hill.

Your tour ends at the Acropolis summit. Before leaving, you may wish to ask your guide for further tips for sightseeing in the city.

Syntagma Station

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Hellenic Parliament

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Change of Guards

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Pass By)

National Garden (Pass By)

Zappeion Conference & Exhibition Center (Pass By)

Acropolis

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Theater of Dionysus

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Herod Atticus Odeon

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Propylaea (Pass By)

Temple of Athena Nike (Pass By)

Parthenon

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT BABY STROLLERS: Please have in mind that baby strollers are not allowed on the Acropolis, archaeological site and that there is no cloakroom at the side entrance we use to enter. For your own convenience, it is recommended to use a baby pouch instead of a baby stroller.
  • Comfortable walking shoes, sun-screen and a hat are recommended
  • Dress according to weather
  • Bring a bottle of water
  • You need to pay cash for your admission ticket at our check-in location just before the tour (approx. 20 euros per person). We've secured tickets for your specified time.
  • Strict Acropolis entry times mean we can't wait for latecomers. No refunds will be given.
  • All visitors undergo airport-style security; expect peak season waits of up to 30+ minutes.
  • Cutoff times sync with Athens local time.
  • Tours run rain or shine.
  • Accurately select EU or NON-EU citizenship during booking. Incorrect choice may mean paying the price difference or tour forfeiture. 11. A valid passport is required for verification.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Awesome tour..
AJAY_S, Jan 2024
Great tour.. We got a bit late as I had an injured leg.. Our archeologist guide Yanis (hope I spelled that right) was more than wonderful & accommodating.. He altered his pace to match mine, took the right number of breaks to help me & presented history in a great way.. The Acropolis tour could've been longer, but it was incredibly cold & windy up there.. He answered all our questions & delivered the tour right how it was described.. Thank you !!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
It’s really heartening to hear that despite your injury, you had a good time! When selecting our guides we’re not only looking for experts in the field, but also genuinely caring and passionate people. Our guests’ safety and comfort is our utmost priority and we’re pleased that Giannis accommodated you to offer you the best experience possible! Your review is a reminder of why we do what we do. It’s all about the personal connections and the passion our guides bring to their work. There’s so much more to explore, and we truly hope that you revisit Athens in better health and weather. Take care and see you soon!
Totally enjoyable day.
Linda_T, Dec 2023
Can’t say enough about Olesya’s Athens walking and Acropolis tours. Highlights of the walking tour included the changing of the guards at the Parliament building. I’ve watched my videos repeatedly with awe and respect for the guards. Strolling the National Garden brought a sense of quiet and calmness to the bustling city. Acropolis tour was teeming with information from mythology to architectural facts. Her details aided in imagining the lives of the people who walked the paths before present time. Highly recommend her.
Great city intro
Carole_G, Oct 2023
Great intro to the city, the acropolis and historical Athens. Our guide was very knowledgeable making the tour an interesting introduction to Greek history.
Magnificent Athens, we love you
Shawn_W, Oct 2023
Our first ever visit to Athens and this tour was quite magnificent, from starting off at Syntagma Metro museum to finishing on top of Acropolis. Memories of this beautiful ancient city will live with us always ❤ Our tour guide Margarita was incredible, her knowledge and ability to pick out the best vantage positions, we can't thank you enough 😊 Thank you 😊
An information packed tour with a very knowledgeable guide
Brian_M, Sep 2023
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and went to a lot of trouble to explain the things we visited,
Guide very knowledgeable
Mark_H, Sep 2023
The guide was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed the tour. We got to hear historical facts about the City and the Acropolis.
Great experience!
Andrew_J, Sep 2023
Our tour guide was amazing. Her knowledge and presentation of the Acropolis, Syntagma Square and city center were great! The climb to the top of the Acropolis was awesome!
Walking tour of Athens
Nicola_H, Sep 2023
We enjoyed our tour! Our tour guide was an archeologist and very knowledgeable. We appreciate him finding shady as often as possible. He also made several stops as we climbed the Acropolis which resulted in us getting to the top before we knew it. Great tour and would definitely recommend.
Informative
Christopher_T, Sep 2023
Very nice tour, we had plenty of rest breaks, Dimitri was a great guide and filled us with great information. Highly recommend
Must do tour of ancient Athens
Martin_P, Aug 2023
Beautiful sites to be seen. Vicky our guide was fantastic, super dynamic, very friendly and full of knowledge. Great tour!
Perfect Athens Tour!
JakePalmer, Jun 2023
Wow! I never imagined a nearly 6.5 hour walking tour could be so enjoyable. The tour flew by with our amazing guide, Fotini. She gave plenty of breaks on our walk up to the Acropolis and was extremely knowledgeable about all things Greek history. Her passion for Greek culture seeped into all parts of our tour. Although spanning the entire day, we felt like we saw all the major sights in Athens. I can’t recommend this tour enough!
A must do in Athens
JACQUELINE_W, Jun 2023
We loved the stories associated with each of the structures, the guide was amazing and so knowledgeable
Would definitely recommend!
Nectaria_P, Jun 2023
The excursion was overall amazing. Sissy was so knowledgeable and thoroughly explained the history. From the Syntagma archeological discoveries to the changing of the guards to the Acropolis tour, it’s an experience that we will never forget.
Our guide Helena was...
Elise_W, May 2023
Our guide Helena was informative and a wealth of information. A great intro to the city and some of the major sites, of course including the Acropolis. We liked that it ended on top of the Acropolis allowing us to explore more as needed. We also really appreciated the headphone sets as it allowed us to hear all the information from our guide.
Great tour, I recommend
Thalia_E, May 2023
A good paced walk past a few significant sites to the acropolis. Great knowledge and delivery. Well organised.
Would not use southern entrance
ken_c, May 2023
Southern approach to Acropolis was dusty and extremely rocky, almost dangerous at times. Much better to use western gate which is paved and smooth. Visitors from both entrances converged at major bottleneck at noon, which barely moved for a long time, but was not a problem at 2 pm.
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding your experience on our Acropolis Walking Tour. We appreciate your perspective and would like to address your concerns. At Athens Walking Tours, we carefully choose the routes for our tours to provide the most comprehensive and enjoyable experience for our guests. While we understand your preference for the western gate due to its paved and smooth path, we believe that utilizing the side entrance offers distinct advantages. By using the side entrance, we are able to showcase a different perspective of the Acropolis and its surrounding area. This approach allows our knowledgeable guides to share fascinating insights and point out important monuments like Theatre of Dionysus, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Sanctuary of Asclepius, Stoa of Eumenes, that you would otherwise miss by using the main entrance. We believe in providing a richer guided tour that encompasses not only the iconic sites but also the hidden gems of Athens. Regarding the congestion issue at the noon bottleneck, we apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced. While some days it can be busy due to the large number of visitors, our experienced guides using ear sets do their best to navigate through the crowds and ensure a smooth flow of the tour. We take your feedback seriously and will continue to monitor and evaluate the conditions of different entrances to provide the best possible experience for our guests. Your satisfaction is of utmost importance to us, and we hope that you will consider joining us again in the future to discover more of Athens' rich cultural heritage. Thank you for choosing Athens Walking Tours, and we wish you many more memorable travels. Best regards, The Athens Walking Tours Team
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Alicia_G, May 2023
Appolon was wonderful! His experience and knowledge made for a delightful day. Over and above! Kindness and hospitality!
Great way to get a feel for the city & Acropolis
David_R, May 2023
Really enjoyed this tour - the guide was friendly and full of interesting insights that added to the experience. It was my first time in the city so the first part of the tour was useful to get a feel for some different parts of the city - but the Acropolis was obviously the highlight. It's a long walk up, but broken up with stops to explain some of the different ruins on the south slope (which was quieter than the main entrance)
Best walking tour!
Thomas_M, Mar 2023
Love the way Elias handled the group…he was good. The ruins are amazing but was able to be covered by short and sweet walking tour! Good coverage of all we want to know!
A very enjoyable walking tour!
Karen_J, Dec 2022
We had a very short visit in Athens this time before embarking on our cruise. This walking tour led by Helena was just what we wanted for an overview of the old city’s history below the Acropolis, including the changing of the guards at Parliament, the imperial gardens, etc. We really enjoyed hearing her wealth of knowledge about the 3,000 year history of the Parthenon and Temple of Athena. Helena was very charming, her love and pride of country was very evident. She was also very helpful at the end of the tour when we realized we were short on time getting back to our hotel to catch our transfer to our ship. She was able to make the the needed phone calls for us enabling us to get back in time. Epharisto, Helena!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
We would not be able to grow and develop without feedback like yours, dear Karen; thank you so much! We are thrilled you had a truly meaningful and fruitful experience with us, and we appreciate all the warm comments more than you know. Do visit us again soon, and have an amazing day!
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