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Athens: National Archaeological Museum Admission Ticket

1. Athens: National Archaeological Museum Admission Ticket

Stroll through the museum and admire the artifacts and the majestic statues. Learn about Greek history as you discover fascinating exhibits from antiquity. Explore the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. The museum is the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. Experience the museum at your own pace with a skip-the-ticket-line admission ticket sent directly to your e-mail. Immerse yourself in the antiquities and exhibits on display from all over Greece. Travel back to ancient times to admire artifacts like the Gold Deathmask of Agamemnon, the Antikythera mechanism, the Cup of Nestor, and the Ring of Theseus. Encounter masterpieces of sculpture like the statues of Zeus, Aphrodite, and Poseidon.

Athens, Piraeus, and Coastline: Blue Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

2. Athens, Piraeus, and Coastline: Blue Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Explore Athens, the Port of Piraeus, and the coastline of the Athenian Riviera at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Benefit from easy transportation to key attractions, such as the Panathenaic Stadium and Parthenon at the Acropolis. Travel on 4 lines for 1 day, including Athens (Orange Line), Piraeus (Blue Line), Glyfada (Yellow Line), and Vouliagmeni (Green Line). Get acquainted with the Greek capital's most beautiful sites and enrich your cruise or vacation experience. Recorded commentaries in 16 languages will provide historical, cultural and social information about one of the most ancient capitals of the world. Blue Line - Piraeus  Ideal if you have just arrived on a cruise, you can hop on the Blue Line at either of the cruise terminals in the Port of Piraeus, just a stone's throw from your cruise ship. See attractions such as the yacht marina at Pasalimani and the ancient harbor of Mikrolimano. Don't miss out on the impressive new Museum of Acropolis and walk up the hill to admire the Parthenon at the top. The bus takes passengers directly to the most eminent monuments of Athens and Greece. Orange Line - Athens The Orange Line roams by the most beautiful attractions further down the city center from the Acropolis and Parthenon. Explore the historic Plaka district and discover the most traditional area of Athens. Visit the gate of the Roman emperor Hadrian. See the Temple of Olympian Zeus and admire the largest temple in Greece from Roman times. Go to the Hellenic Parliament on Syntagma Square and look at its impressive guards. Stroll through Ermou to experience the busiest shopping street in Athens. Visit the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games were held. Go to the National Library to marvel at an outstanding building of great historical value. Drop by the National Archaeological Museum, or roam around the picturesque area of Monastiraki and its Flea Market. Take a walk through the quaint neighborhood of Thission.  Yellow Line − Glyfada Enjoy a tour of the Athenian Riviera, starting from the Planetarium stop of the Blue Line. Find out how the bewildering desert of the 1900s has evolved into one of the most cosmopolitan areas of Greece. From the Niarchos Foundation to the Marina Alimou, the Yellow Line blends history with the modern. Watch the sunset from Marina Flisvou or swim and sunbathe in Agios Kosmas. From the Glyfada Terminal, you can wander around the most cosmopolitan suburbs of the capital and shop at the luxury department stores. Wind down in a beautiful cafe and don't miss out on the beach bar where you can enjoy a cocktail by the seaside.  Green Line − Vouliagmeni Vouliagmeni may be better associated with its beaches, but the area is also a history lesson in its own right. From the Allied Forces Cemetery to the Byzantine Museum, Vouliagmeni is certainly worth a visit. Relax at the beautiful beach of Kavouri Oceanis, one of the most popular beaches in Athens. Go to Vouliagmeni Lake to discover one of the city's most popular spots. Don’t miss out on the thermal baths and admire the breathtaking surroundings.

Athens: Red Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Piraeus and Beach Rivera

3. Athens: Red Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Piraeus and Beach Rivera

Experience the Greek capital on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour along 3 different routes. You’ll travel on an open-top, double-decker bus as you take in the many important sights and attractions of the city. The tour takes around 90 minutes and encompasses central Athens, commencing at Syntagma Square. With the help of the onboard multilingual audio guide you can trace the history and culture of Athens from ancient times to the present day. In addition to the city’s many monuments, you’ll come across a multitude of shopping opportunities along the route. You can visit world-renowned museums and marvel at the ancient temples - the Acropolis and Parthenon. Athens Route Stops: Stop 1 - Syntagma Square Stop 2 - A Melina Merkouri / Plaka Stop 3 - A Acropolis Museum Stop 4 - A The Acropolis & Parthenon (Interchange: Piraeus route) Stop 5 - A Temple of Zeus Stop 6 - A Parliament / National Gardens Stop 7 - The Four Museums Stop 8 - The National Gallery Stop 9 - A Ancient Olympic Stadium Stop 9 - B Parliament / National Gardens Stop 10 - National Library Stop 11 - National Archaeological Museum Stop 12 - Omonoia Square Stop 13 - Karaiskaki Square Stop 14 - Monastiraki Square Stop 15 -Kotzia Square Piraeus Route Stops: Stop 1 - Pantion University Stop 2 - Niarchos Foundation Stop 3 - Municipal Theatre Stop 4 - Cruise Terminals A & B Stop 5 - Lions Gate Stop 6 - Cruise Terminals A & B Stop 7 - Archaeological Museum of Piraeus Stop 8 - Votsalakia Beach Stop 9 - Mikrolimano Harbour Stop 10 - Planetarium Stop 11 - Athens Ledra & Intercontinental Beach & Riviera Route Stops: Melina Merkouri/Plaka Pantion University Niarchos Foundation Falire/Flisvas Edem Ag.Kesmas Beach Bomo Palace Asteria Beach Divani Apollon Oceanis Beach/ Atrir Palace Vouliagemi Lake Pigadakia Blazer Suites Glyfada town Golf Ag.Kosmas Kalamki Poseidon Hotel Marriot/Planetarium Grand Hyatt/ Intercontinental Temple of Zeus

Athens National Archaeological Museum Ticket with Audio Tour

4. Athens National Archaeological Museum Ticket with Audio Tour

Experience the National Archaeological Museum at your own pace with a skip-the-ticket-line entry ticket sent to your email, and a fascinating self-guided audio tour which can be downloaded directly to your smartphone. Travel back to ancient times to admire masterpieces from various periods of Greek history, and see how they have influenced modern life as we know it. Put on your headphones and discover the stories of the mask of Agamemnon, the Mycenaean Bull, the bronze statue of Zeus or Poseidon, and the horse rider, through powerful storytelling from a knowledgeable guide. Learn historical information and hear untold stories and anecdotes from times past, creating an engaging and informative experience. This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into ancient Greek art and society and explore the exhibits in an entirely original way. The audio tour can be used repeatedly and at any time, before or after your visit.

National Archaeological Museum Private Tour with Admission

5. National Archaeological Museum Private Tour with Admission

Start your day by meeting your friendly and informative guide at the entrance to the National Archaeological Museum. Your guide will have your entrance tickets and will skip the line with you on a journey through the fascinating history of Ancient Greece. Recognized as one of the greatest exhibitions worldwide, you'll have access to famous relics of the past such as the Gold 'Deathmask of Agamemnon', the 2000-year old 'Antikithera mechanism', the 'Cup of Nestor', the 'Ring of Theseus', not to mention masterpieces of sculpture like the statues of Aphrodite and Poseidon.  In the company of your licensed, professional guide who is dedicated to your group alone, 'Skip the line' and delve into 5000-years of one of the world's great civilizations. Be in awe as many of its cornerstones and highlights are brought to life before your eyes. For travelers not wanting to miss the essentials of Greece, to the most dedicated of history enthusiasts, this is a hugely informative & fascinating tour suitable for all ages. This tour is simply a must when planning your itinerary in Greece.

Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, & Archaeological Museum Tickets

6. Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, & Archaeological Museum Tickets

Save time and money during your time in Athens with a pre-booked combo ticket that gives you skip-the-ticket-line access to 3 of Athens' top archaeological spots. Avoid the long lines of tourists at the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, and the National Archaeological Museum. Visit the breathtaking Acropolis at your own pace. Discover one of the most famous and most visited monuments in the world of antiquity. Marvel at the Parthenon, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and immerse yourself in this impressive structure's 2500 years of rich history. After exploring the ruins, visit the Acropolis Museum where you will admire all the wonders recovered from the Acropolis, including nearly 4000 artifacts from ancient Athens. Continue to the National Archaeological Museum. Stroll around and admire the artifacts and the majestic statues. Learn about Greek history as you discover fascinating exhibits from antiquity.

Athens: Highlights Tour of Classical Athens

7. Athens: Highlights Tour of Classical Athens

Be inspired by the Acropolis with the colonnaded majestic Parthenon temple, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Temple of Olympiad Zeus, the Panathenaic Olympic Stadium or Kalimarmaro, the dazzling Acropolis Museum and the captivating National Archaeological Museum. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from Mount Lycabettus, 300 metres above sea level before being tantalised by the neoclassical buildings of the ‘architectual trilogy’ consisting of the National library, Athens University and the Academy of Athens. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the changing of the Royal Guards at Constitution Syntagma Square is also intriguing! Lively Monastiraki known for iconic landmarks such as the ruins of Hadrian’s library, the Stoa of Attalos and the ancient Agora together with its flea market is of significant interest! Explore the narrow cobblestone streets lined with tiny shops, sidewalk cafes and authentic tavernas at Plaka!

Athens: National Archaeological Museum Private Guided Tour

8. Athens: National Archaeological Museum Private Guided Tour

The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world's great museums. Although its original purpose was to secure all the finds from the 19th century excavations in and around Athens, it gradually became the central National Archaeological Museum and was enriched with finds from all over Greece. Its abundant collection, with more than 11,000 exhibits, provides a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of prehistory to late antiquity. The museum is housed in an imposing neoclassical building from the end of the 19th century, which was designed by L. Lange and remodeled by Ernst Ziller. The vast exhibition space, numerous galleries on each floor accounting for a total of 8,000 square meters, houses five large permanent collections. For example, the Collection of Prehistoric Antiquities, which includes works of the great civilizations that developed in the Aegean from the 6th millennium B.C. to 1050 B.C. (Neolithic, Cycladic and Mycenaean) and finds from the prehistoric settlement at Thera. The Sculptures Collection shows the development of ancient Greek sculpture from the 7th to the 5th centuries B.C. with unique masterpieces. The Vase and Minor Objects Collection, which contains representative works of ancient Greek pottery from the 11th century B.C. to the Roman period, also includes the Stathatos Collection, a corpus of minor objects from all periods. In the Bronze Collection, you'll find many fundamental statues, figurines and minor objects. And finally, you'll see the only Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities Collection in Greece, with works dating from the pre-dynastic period (5000 B.C.) to the Roman conquest.

Athens: Island Cruise with Lunch & Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

9. Athens: Island Cruise with Lunch & Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Take a cruise from Piraeus to the islands of Agistri, Moni, and Aegina. See the ancient Temple of Apollo and savor a traditional Greek lunch on the beach. Make use of a two-day, hop-on hop-off bus ticket with access to the Acropolis and Vouliagmeni Lake.  Cruise:Sail out to sea from Marina Zeas in Piraeus after being welcomed aboard your boat with coffee, juice, and pastries.   Land on Agistri, a little island paradise. Gaze in awe at the beautiful cliffs and hills covered with pine trees, swim in the crystal clear waters or stroll around the traditional alleys of the island’s villages. Make a stop on the protected island of Moni and anchor close to the beach. Indulge in a delicious lunch served with Greek wine, beer, and soft drinks. After lunch, take the chance to go snorkelling, relax in the sun, or discover the plants and wildlife that call Moni island home. Drop anchor by the picturesque port of the island Aegina, famous for housing the ancient Temple of Apollo and Temple of Aphaia. Spend free time on the island at your own pace, departing at 17:00 pm and arriving back at Marina Zeas at 19:00 pm. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus:Benefit from easily accessible bus transportation to some of the best attractions in Athens. Access 4 lines over 2 days: the Athens line, Piraeus line, Glyfada line, and Vouliagmeni line. Choose to listen to pre-recorded commentaries in 16 languages, providing historical and cultural information as you drive around the monuments of Athens. Get on or get off the bus at 35 different stops and the beaches down in the south. Decide to spend your day swimming at the breathtaking Vouliagmeni Lake by travelling on the Vouliagmeni line.

Athens: Full-Day Private Tour

10. Athens: Full-Day Private Tour

Your private tour will start with the Acropolis, a complex of buildings that includes the Parthenon (main temple), the best example of classic architecture from the 5th-century BC, Erectheion (the temple with 6 female figurers, Caryatides), the Temple of Athena Nike (Wingless Godess), Propylaia (the monumental Gate), Odeon of Herodus Atticus, Dionysus theater and finally, the Mars Hill or Areios Pagos (the first ancient court and the place that St. Paul preached Christianity for the first time in Athens). The next stop will be the Temple Of the Olympian Zeus (the largest temple in Hellenic and Roman times), the Panathenian Stadium (the stadium of the first Olympic Games in 1896), the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier and the Changing of the Guards (Euzones) in front of the Greek Parliament, opposite the Syntagma or Constitutional Square. After that, you will see the Trilogy of Athens (the Academy, the First University of Athens and the National Greek Library) and finally, the Lycabettus Hill (the highest point of Athens) and don't forget to take some pictures and a memory in your mind and heart of the entire city. Drive through Plaka (the oldest neighborhood in Athens), a picturesque quarter of the city, where there are little shops with handmade crafts and gifts for you to buy and Monastiraki (Flea Market), where you can have a pleasant walk and shop with your friends and family. If time permits, your next stop will be the ancient Greek Agora or the Roman Agora (ancient markets), where you'll find the Temple of Hephaestus (the most well preserved temple in Greece), the Stoa of Attalos and the beautiful St. Catherine Orthodox Church. When you feel hungry, get ready to taste some famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch. The tour will guide you to a traditional Athens restaurant or tavern. It's up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most well-known Greek dishes. After lunch, enjoy a visit to the New Acropolis Museum, where you can see the marbles of the Parthenon and a superb collection of artifacts and relics found on the Acropolis excavations or the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, almost twice the size of the previous one that houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations not only Greece, but the Middle East and the Balkans as well from prehistory to late antiquity.

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What people are saying about National Archaeological Museum of Athens

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Had a great day! Picked up near our B&B. Beautiful authentic boat. Delicious lunch, freshly prepared, on board and something for everyone on the different islands. Cycling, swimming, site seeing, history... We were served at our beck and call by Sam and associates! During lunch the tzatziki was gone, but Sam made sure I got a whole portion to take home when I said goodbye. Really great and definitely recommended!

Great bus trip for the money, i booked before I went. Got the blue bus around athens Great tour, then next days caught the green bus for the coast tour which was lovely to see the marina and beaches. You have to get it at the acropolis stop which is the start of the tour.

Good service and good value Pleasant and efficient servis- friendly and helpful bus driver and guides. Commentary informative. We didn’t have to wait long for the bus. A great way to get an overall feel to the city.

Mind blowing museum where you could easily stay one full day, and that’s what we did. They also have a wonderful cafeteria in a nice and shady garden square. All in all, an amazing and unforgettable experience !!

Timely arrivals, and good pre recorded guide. I learned a lot from the guide.