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Athens: Acropolis & Top Attractions Tickets with Audio Guide

1. Athens: Acropolis & Top Attractions Tickets with Audio Guide

Explore the ancient Acropolis at your own pace with skip-the-line e-tickets. Choose to upgrade your experience with optional combo tickets to the city's top archaeological attractions and museums, including Acropolis Museum, Ancient Agora, Kerameikos, Olympieion, Roman Forum, Hadrian's Library, Aristotle's Lyceum, and the National Archaeological Museum. You can select the ticket-only option or the ticket with audio option to access up to 6 captivating audio tours on your smartphone. Uncover the history of the city as well as a number of fascinating sites that shaped contemporary Athens on a self-guided audio walking tour. After booking, simply download your ticket and audio tours on your phone with the link sent to you. Once you enter each attraction, put on your headphones and discover the sites through the power of storytelling and learn historical information and uncommon anecdotes from ancient times.

Athens: Acropolis and 6 Archaeological Sites Combo Ticket

2. Athens: Acropolis and 6 Archaeological Sites Combo Ticket

Save time and money during your time in Athens with a pre-booked combo ticket that gives you skip-the-line access to 7 of Athens' top archaeological sites. Enjoy savings of up to 50% and avoid the long lines of tourists at the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Temple of Zeus, Aristotle's School, Hadrian's Library, and Kerameikos Ancient Cemetery. Marvel at the Parthenon, a UNESCO World Heritage site, standing on Acropolis Hill, and immerse yourself in this impressive structure's 2500 years of rich history. Whilst there, visit the Ancient Agora that lies on the north-western slopes of the Acropolis. Learn more about this former artistic, spiritual, and commercial center. Just north of the Acropolis, explore the site of the Roman Agora, which was once the focus of public life in Athens. You can also enjoy access to the renowned Hadrian's Library and Temple of Olympian Zeus in the Olympion Site, as well as Kerameikos, the ancient cemetery that stretches to the banks of the Eridanos River and the nearby Lyceum.

Athens: Electric Bike Tour

3. Athens: Electric Bike Tour

This morning electric bike tour lasts about 3.5 hours and it is a nice way to get yourselves oriented in the city of Athens. The ride takes place in the amazing historic city center, on pedestrian areas, low traffic streets, and parks away from the traffic hustle. Your local tour leader will head the tour, riding with you very close to the main archaeological sites and guiding you through some hidden areas, while providing you with a stunning experience!  The group rides close to the new Acropolis Museum and the Ancient Cemetery of Kerameikos, through the neighborhood of Thission, while you enjoy a great view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Then, cycle through the Ancient Greek Agora and pass by the Roman Agora Continue cycling in the historic district of Plaka, and then move to the National Gardens, one of the best areas to ride in downtown Athens. Stop also in front of the Presidential Mansion to see the Presidential Guards, and pass by the Panathenaic Stadium and Zappeion Exhibition Hall.

Athens: Private Evening Sightseeing Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

4. Athens: Private Evening Sightseeing Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

Enjoy pickup from your hotel or meet your driver at a centrally located meeting point. Hop inside your charming electric tuk-tuk, which is the perfect size to navigate the city’s narrow roads, then set out on an evening of exploration. Start with a tour of the Athens’ most emblematic buildings and monuments including the Greek Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy of Athens, and Agios Dionysios Areopagitis Church. Continue the tour onto Mount Lycabettus and admire unforgettable views across the city and the Acropolis. Drive through the neighborhood of Kolonaki next, then pass by the Ancient Olympic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus, and Hadrian’s Arch. The tuk-tuk then winds its way through the narrow streets of the Plaka neighborhood, before heading to the Romain Agora and Hadrian’s Library. Pass by Thiseio to marvel at sprawling views of the Parthenon, then visit the areas of Monastiraki and Psiri. Throughout the tour, soak up the romantic atmosphere of Athens as the sun sets and day turns into night. At the end of an unforgettable evening tour, the driver will drop you off at the starting point, or to another location of your choosing.

Athens: Evening Guided Walking Tour with Plaka & Dinner

5. Athens: Evening Guided Walking Tour with Plaka & Dinner

Beginning at Syntagma Square in the heart of the city, you will first visit the iconic monument, the 'Tomb of the Unknown Soldier', which is guarded by the famous Evzone soldiers. Here you will see the 'changing of the guards' ceremony that takes place every day at the top of the hour. You will then make your way to 'Hadrian's Arch', a monumental gateway before stopping at the grandiose ruined 'Temple of Zeus'. Your tour will then continue into the historic neighbourhood of Plaka, one of the oldest and busiest areas of the capital. Enjoy walking in the footsteps of ancient figures below the illuminated Acropolis and discover the Tower of Winds', a marble clocktower, and the Roman Agora, the first shopping court in history. After appreciating the large structure of 'Hadrian's Library', you will then have entered Monastiraki where you will walk through to reach the hustle and bustle of Psirri. Your Athens highlights Tour will come to an end with a visit to one of the best eateries in the area for an appetising evening meal.

Athens: Sunset Bike Tour

6. Athens: Sunset Bike Tour

Discover the must-see sights of Athens at the best time of day on an afternoon bike tour of the historic monuments. Avail of the breathtaking views of the ancient city as you cycle to landmark monuments, starting at the National Gardens, followed by the Panathenaic Stadium and Presidential Mansion. Get off your bike to take short walks to different locations, and journey through the history of Ancient Greece at monuments such as the Roman Agora. Admire the columns of the Zappeion exhibition hall, and cycle through the charming Plaka district at dusk. Make your way to Kerameikos just north of the Acropolis and explore the hip district of Thisseio.

Athens: Hidden Athens Private 3-Hour Walking Tour

7. Athens: Hidden Athens Private 3-Hour Walking Tour

Get off the usual tourist trail on a 3-hour walking tour that goes beyond the historic sights of Athens. Meet your guide at Syntagma Square, and wander down streets that reveal a rich history with every step. Walk the more hidden routes towards the Parliament building, and learn its history as you look at the guard in front of the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. See the ancient ruins of the National Garden, and continue to the Zappeion Exhibition Hall and Zappeion Garden. Go to the Panathenaic Stadium (also known as the Kallimarmaron) to see the home of the first modern Olympic Games, held in 1896. Continue past the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arc, and the Theater of Dionysos, Herodus Atticus Odeon, and Areios Pagos on the southern slopes of the Acropolis. Follow ancient streets through the Plaka area to Anafiotika, a hidden island inside the city of Athens. Stop for refreshments, and sample a traditional Greek sweet, before going to the Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, and Monastiraki Square, a popular meeting point with a long history.

Athens: Pandora's Box Treasure Hunt & Sightseeing Tour

8. Athens: Pandora's Box Treasure Hunt & Sightseeing Tour

Discover the main tourist attractions and get to know the magical city of Athens in a different and fun way. Accompany Pandora on a difficult mission and help her save our world. You will have to solve a series of riddles that the first woman in the world will be posing, you will find the answer at each of the stops, where she will take the opportunity to talk about the place in question and share curious facts about it. The goal is to find the final point, where finally, only if you are a true philhellenic, you will manage to open the famous box that once brought us all the evils of humanity. Its content is a mystery, however, it will be necessary to carry out a ritual with which we will be able to stop the feet of the evil Hades (god of the underworld). Note: The difficulty of this treasure hunt will be adapted to the profile of the participant, so it is suitable for all audiences. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Athens: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

9. Athens: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Athens at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like ancient Agora, Hadrian Library, and Areopagus (Mars Hill) and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Athens: 3-Hour Medieval Senses Walking Tour

10. Athens: 3-Hour Medieval Senses Walking Tour

Start your 3-hour walking tour in Monastiraki, where you’ll see the 18th-century Tzistaraki Mosque and the Byzantine Church of the Pantanassa, and hear about the monuments, the surrounding area, and some popular urban myths. As you pass the Hadrian Library your guide will tell you about the use of this area during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Visit the Bath House of the Winds, the city’s only public bath surviving to the present day. It dates from the first period of Turkish rule (1453-1669) and stands near the Roman Forum and the Tower of the Winds. You can also stop in to see the Man and Tools permanent exhibition at the Museum of Greek Folk Art. Walk along Dioskouron Street to the ruins of the of 5th-century Byzantine monastery located on the north slope of the Acropolis, and hear about life during that era. When you reach Adrianou Street you’ll see the oldest house in Athens. On the way to the Thrasilos Monument you’ll explore the ruins of the ,Capuchin Monastery, and hear about the transformation of well-known ancient monuments into Christian churches or mosques. As you make your way to Filellinon Street you’ll visit the Byzantine Church of Panagia Lykodimos, which was built on the ancient temple of Apollo and a Roman bath, and was reconstructed in 1850 to house a Russian Orthodox church. In the church your guide will show you the secret crypt. You’ll also stop at the National Garden, where you’ll see the early Byzantine ruins of a basilica, as well as Roman constructions.

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What people are saying about Hadrian's Library

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 819 reviews

If you plan to make visits to the Acropolis and at least a couple of the other important archeological sites in Athens then this pass is a great value! We hit all seven sites, some of which we might have skipped if we had not had the pass. Glad we had this on our travels!

The value for the sites is excellent and the sites themselves need no explanation. The audio guide is incredibly basic and surface level.

Enjoyed the acropolis and the sight seeing in Athens! The audio tour was a bit short. But the map helped show a lot of the city.

All sites were easy to enter in late May. Some had staff outside scanning tickets which made entry quicker.

Amazing. Make sure to try and go as soon as it opens