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Athens Mythology Highlights Tour without Tickets

1. Athens Mythology Highlights Tour without Tickets

Travel back in time to Ancient Greece, and discover the greatest landmarks of Athens. Hear the myths behind some of the city’s most significant landmarks. Meet your guide at the main entrance to the Temple of Olympian Zeus next to the Acropolis. Hear about the birth of the glorious city, through to its Golden Age and its downfall to the Spartan armies. Listen to stories from Greek mythology, and uncover their true meaning and historic facts. Visit all the most emblematic sites of the ancient city, as well as less well known attractions. Suitable for all ages, the tour will help you understand how Athens became the mythical city we know today. Visit landmarks, such as the Parthenon, Theater of Dionysus, and Temple of Athena Nike. See the ruins of the Temple of Erechtheion and Sanctuary of Asclepius. Go to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, learn the functions of the Agora and visit the Temple of Hephaestus.

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Athens: Acropolis, Parthenon, & Acropolis Museum Guided Tour

2. Athens: Acropolis, Parthenon, & Acropolis Museum Guided Tour

Meet your licensed tour guide, an experienced archaeologist, and then start your unique combination of a tour. Enter from the south slope of the acropolis and set off on your leisurely walking tour of some of the world’s finest monuments. Along the way, listen as your guide shares knowledgeable insight into the citadel’s ruins including excavation details. Visit the Theater of Dionysus, an amphitheater that is arguably the birthplace of performing arts. Perch yourself on a stone seat to imagine the sights and sounds experienced by ancient theatergoers who came to watch plays by Greek writers Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Also, pass the Odeon of Herodes Atticus; the theater is still used today during the Athens Festival from May to October. Find peace and quiet at an Asclepius, a healing temple that honored the god of medicine Asclepius, before the Parthenon. Wander around the temple to learn about how it was constructed for the goddess Athena. Once you familiarize yourself with the site's classical architecture, head indoors to the New Acropolis Museum for a brief break and refreshments (at own expense) in the cafe. Ranked one of the top 5 museums in the world, the New Acropolis Museum boasts collections of statues and other relics of everyday life in several galleries. In the Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, the glass floor occasionally reveals an archaeological excavation site.

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Athens: Guided Tour of Ancient Agora and Agora Museum

3. Athens: Guided Tour of Ancient Agora and Agora Museum

Visit the cradle of democracy and explore one of the most important sites of the antiquity, the birthplace of philosophy. The ancient agora was the commercial, political and financial heart of ancient Athens and is the place where Socrates, Plato and many world-known philosophers walked and taught their thinking.  You will visit the Hephaestus Temple, the best preserved Greek Temple from the 5th century BC and you will see the wonderful church of the 12 Apostles, the Temple of Apollo Patroos, the Stoa of Zeus, the Altar of Zeus. With the input of your knowledgeable guide, the ancient stones will come alive.  Then your licensed guide will take you to the Attalos Museum, which is worthwhile visiting as it houses artifacts of great historical value.

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Athens: Mythology Tour for Families

4. Athens: Mythology Tour for Families

Get all your family involved in a tour exploring the magnificent "sacred Rock" of the Acropolis and the ancient Agora, the functioning heart of the ancient metropolis. Your guide will have plenty to tell you about the history and the legends of all the gods and heroes, such as the almighty Zeus, Athena (the goddess of wisdom), Poseidon (the god of the sea), Dionysus (the god of wine), and many more. Through timeless myths you will explore the theater of Dionysus, drama's first home; the resplendent Propylaea; the sacred Erechtheion; the Temple of Athena Nike, and of course, the magnificent Parthenon. All this will come alive in a way that keeps everyone's attention and interest, kids and parents alike. You will then continue to ancient Athens' marketplace, the Ancient Agora. Here you will discover the famed Temple of Hephaestus, decorated with depictions of the labors of Theseus and Hercules. Your family will also have a chance to retrace the steps of great thinkers such as Socrates and Plato, who used this space as a venue for spreading ideas and taking part in debates. This is where your guide will lead you in a group family activity that's based on the gods and heroes you've been hearing about, allowing your kids (and you!) to interact imaginatively with your very special surroundings. At the conclusion of your tour, you will take back home a piece of history you‘ll have created together as a family.

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Athens: Full-Day Private Tour

5. 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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Ancient Athens for Kids: Private 4-Hour Walking Tour

6. Ancient Athens for Kids: Private 4-Hour Walking Tour

Start at Hadrian's Gate and see the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Enter the Plaka district and learn what life was like for children in ancient times. Walk to Pnyx Hill, where Pericles, Aristides and other politicians of the day would address the crowds. Explore the traditional neighborhood of Thissio at the foot of the Acropolis and arrive at the Temple of Hephaestus. Enjoy a beverage and familiarize yourself with the 12 gods of Olympus. Enter the Monastiraki district, and then take the metro to Syntagma Square. Continue to Zappeion Hall, the National Gardens and the Panathenaic Stadium, where your kids will be given awards as the ancient Olympians were.

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Acropolis, Plaka & Ancient Agora Guided Tour without Tickets

7. Acropolis, Plaka & Ancient Agora Guided Tour without Tickets

Discover the Acropolis - the landmark of Greece! You will enter the Acropolis from the south slope so as to avoid the crowds and also to visit the Dionysus Sanctuary and Dionysus Theater, built in the 5th century BC. As you begin to ascend the sacred hill a breathtaking view of the city below will unfold. Your guide will give you a detailed explanation of the glorious monuments of the Acropolis such as, the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaia, the Nike Temple, the Agrippa Monument and the surrounding monuments such as the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Observatory as well as the Philopappos, Mars Hill, and Pnyx Hill. Afterwards enjoy free time for exploring and picture taking at the Acropolis after your tour. For the guided tour of the Agora you will meet your tour guide at about 1:45 pm in front of the Acropolis canteen, which is located exactly opposite the main exit. You will also be advised by your tour guide.  Before the Agora tour starts, you can grab a snack or a drink  from the canteen as the tour schedule does not include time for a leisure lunch. You will then meet with your tour guide and continue your tour to the Ancient Agora. Next discover the Ancient Agora - the heart of the Ancient City! After your Acropolis tour you will have a short break to grab a snack or beverage, as the tour schedule does not include time for a leisurely lunch. You will then walk down to the Ancient Agora which was the commercial, political, and financial center of Ancient Athens. The walk through the monuments will offer you the sense of traveling back in time. You will visit the Hephaestus Temple - the best preserved Greek Temple from the 5th century BC, and you will see the wonderful church of the 12 Apostles, the Temple of Apollo Patroos, the Stoa of Zeus, the Altar of Zeus, and with your knowledgeable and professional guide the ancient stones will come alive. The Ancient Agora is the place where Socrates, Plato and many world renowned philosophers walked and taught. Your licensed guide will then take you to the Attalos Museum which is worthwhile visiting as it houses artefacts of great historical value such as the ID’s of the ancient Greeks, and the original measures and weights for the Market inspectors.

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App Tour of Greek Mythology in Athens without Entry Tickets

8. App Tour of Greek Mythology in Athens without Entry Tickets

This is a self-guided mobile tour provided by our tour-guide app. The tour is based on an award-winning storytelling concept and the fascinating narratives prepared by handpicked destination experts. Enjoy this multilingual tour by using your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet at your own pace, even if you are offline. This tour is an entertaining journey through downtown Athens with the accompaniment of glorious Greek myths. Follow a carefully designed route through Athenian landmarks, explore some of the most magnificent parts of the city and dive into the captivating reality of ancient times as you read riveting stories about the gods and heroes of ancient Athens. The tour begins at the Temple of Olympian Zeus where you learn about the difficult childhood of the supreme god and his struggles against his own father and the Titans. The Cave of Aglauros and the Erechtheion are both associated with Athena and her early days as patron-goddess of Athens. The Areopagus Hill, on the other hand, is the site of the first murder trials in the Greek world. The Temple of Hephaestus honors the god of fire and brings to mind his difficult relationships with both his mother and his wife. Finally, the Statue of Theseus commemorates one of the main heroes in Greek mythology who was especially admired in Athens as the founder of the city. The Athenians took advantage of every opportunity to associate themselves with Theseus and project themselves as the descendants of the great king. To take this self-guided tour you will need the app on your iOS or Android device.

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Athens: Full-Day Private Tour with Personal Driver

9. Athens: Full-Day Private Tour with Personal Driver

Visit the most important sites of Athens on a city tour and learn from your personal driver who has deep knowledge of local history and knows all the information you want to hear. Enjoy an intimate Athens tour customized to the needs and interests of your group. After getting picked up in a private luxury vehicle, your sightseeing in Athens will start with the hill of the Acropolis of Athens. On the historical hill, get the opportunity to see the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Temple of the Athena Nike, the monumental gateway (Propylaea), the Erechtheum, and the famous Parthenon, the main temple dedicated to the virgin goddess Athena. Afterward, head towards the Temple of Zeus by way of Hadrian’s Arch. From there you’ll visit the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. Then, driving alongside the National Garden, witness the changing of the guard (Evzones) in front of the old palace (now the parliament house), above the central square of Athens. Get driven to Panepistimiou Street, one of the most historical streets of Athens, where you will see numerous neoclassical buildings still standing and dating back to the late 19th century. Spot the architectural trilogy of Athens: the National Library of Greece, the University of Athens, and the Academy of Athens. Then, moving into the historical center of the city, drive up the highest hill of Athens, Lycabettus Hill, where you’ll have the best panoramic view of the city, from the hill of the Acropolis of Athens to the Aegean Sea. You will be feeling hungry by now, so take a lunch break at a Greek traditional tavern with authentic Greek dishes (costs not included). After lunch, visit the two historically old neighborhoods of Athens, Plaka and Monastiraki, where the famous Andrianou Street is located. Visit a local flea market (shopping area) where you will also get to see the Roman Agora and the Tower of the Winds. Don’t miss the Ancient Greek Agora, considered the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, and free speech. In the Ancient Agora of Athens, stop at the Temple of Hephaestus, the best-preserved temple in Greece still sanding largely as it was originally built, and at a small museum housed under the Portico of Attalos. Eventually, you'll get to the New Acropolis Museum, a brand new museum opened in 2009 to host all the findings that have been excavated on the hill of the acropolis and its slopes. This museum is considered one of the best in the world.

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Athens: Agora, Plaka & Monastiraki Private Tour

10. Athens: Agora, Plaka & Monastiraki Private Tour

Meet your expert private guide in Syntagma square and start your tour. Walking along Mitropoleos Street, arrive at the Metropolis Athens Cathedral which marks the borders to the Old Town of Athens, the Plaka. Follow your guide through Plaka’s alleys to discover its treasures one by one. See the Roman Forum, the Tower of the Winds, the Metresse, Hadrian’s Library and Tzistarakis Mosque. Continue to Monastiraki Square and to the busy and colorful Flea Market, and Avyssinias square with the antique dealers.  At the Ancient Agora, see where ancient Greeks used to trade and gather to discuss city matters, creating the concept of democracy. See the South Stoa, the Tholos, the Monument of the Eponymous Heroes, the Altar of the Twelve Gods, the Temple of Hephaestus, and much more. Visit the beautiful Agora Museum in the Attalos Stoa, and see a rich selection of artifacts used in the daily life of the Athenians. 

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What people are saying about Temple of Hephaestus

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 435 reviews

A great tour that lasted around four hours. The guide Costas was exceptionally articulate and very knowledgeable about Greek history and mythology, explaining everything as we went. Reaching the top of the Acropolis is quite a climb, but he kept it at a pace everyone could follow.

Mariza was a knowledge, enthusiastic guide. She provided the group with a good overview of the Acropolis, it's significance as well as the key highlights in the Acropolis museum. The tour lasted a little over 4.5 hours.

The tour guide was super knowledgeable and very friendly. Lots of information but without going too fast. There is quite a bit of walking so make sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Well worth the money to see and learn about these beautiful ruins. Our guide was worried about talking too much but I could have listened for hours. Very knowledgeable.

4 hour tour ended up closer to 5 hours and we’ll worth it. It was a very windy day and a bit hard to hear Mariza outside at the top but she tried her best.