Acropolis Hill & Museum Skip-the-Line Tickets & Audio ToursAthens, Greece
Marvel at the attractions of the Acropolis Hill and the Acropolis Museum with a unique combination of skip-the-line e-tickets, providing access to the archaeological site and the museum, and two enticing self-guided audio tours downloadable on your smartphone.
Travel back in time to experience the glory of Classical Athens, listening to a brilliantly tied narrative that will fire up your imagination. Experience the architectural wonders of the Golden Age of Athens and admire some of the finest examples of ancient Greek art.
Explore, first, the south slopes of the Acropolis to discover the Theatre of Dionysus, believed to be the first theatre in the world, as well as the Asclepieion, and gain valuable insights about life in ancient Athens. Then, you’ll walk through the imposing walls of the Propylaea and discover an ensemble of grand temples, the temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and the illustrious Parthenon, home to countless tales about the divine ancestors of the Athenians and the mythical origins of their glorious city.
Follow in the steps of world-famous historical figures, such as Socrates and Pericles, and get valuable insights about the lives of ancient Greeks. During your walk in the archaeological site, you’ll have the opportunity to unlock the secrets of ancient masonry and witness the unparalleled excellence of Athenian architecture, whereas in the Acropolis Museum the exhibits will guide you through the engrossing journey of the city’s transition to democracy.
You’ll also enjoy an exciting and comprehensive presentation of the evolution of ancient Greek style from its early steps to the artistic revolutions of the classical era. Iconic attractions, such as the Caryatids and the sculptural decoration of the Parthenon, will excite your imagination with their riveting narratives.
This experience is a unique opportunity to visit the two must-see attractions of Athens, the Acropolis Hill, and the Acropolis Museum, accompanied by two award-winning storytelling audio tours that will give you a different perspective of ancient Greek history.
1. The CaryatidsThe Caryatids are definitely the Hollywood stars of the Acropolis. Thousands of men fell under their mystifying spell, including a man called Lord Elgin.
2. The great staircaseRight from the get-go the Acropolis offers stories and monuments and lessons in art, strategy, and politics. The path may be slippery but at least you won’t be greeted by a shower of lethal missiles.
3. Old temple of AthenaThere are many famous stories about the Acropolis during the Persian Wars (the wooden walls, the snake that would not eat his honey cake etc.). And yet they all concern a temple that almost nobody notices.
The CaryatidsThe Caryatids are famous. We know they are young girls that carry elaborate baskets on their heads and are entrusted with holding up the porch of the Erechtheion. Their hands are missing but we suspect they used to hold something with one of them and their garment with the other, in a posture typical of Archaic korai. Their hairstyle is elaborate and their peplos goes down to their feet. They are similar but not identical, each demonstrating differences in their hair and the folds of their drapery. The differences may be due to the various craftsmen who worked on them based on two original models. All six seem to move in a procession. And yet we do not know who they are. Building accounts of the period call them korai; the name caryatids does not appear anywhere. They are one of the loveliest mysteries of the Acropolis.
The right bastion
The great staircaseAs you climb towards the Acropolis you will notice a bastion on your right (atop of which stands the small temple of Athena Nike). There is no corresponding bastion on your left but this is as it should be. This bastion is a reminder of the defensive role of the Acropolis. After all this was a castle and a refuge for the people of Athens in times of danger. Ancient Greeks always fought holding a shield with their left hand and a spear with their right. This means that the right side of any attacker was exposed to missiles hurled by the defender, while the left side was well-protected behind the shield. This bastion allowed the Athenians to attack their enemies with lethal force long before they could hope to reach the gates of the Acropolis.
The flying statue
Old temple of AthenaThis old temple served as the perennial residence of the sacred statue of Goddess Athena. The Athenians believed that the wooden statue had fallen from the sky and spared no expense to demonstrate their piety towards it. The most famous example of their devotion to this old relic was the festival of the Great Panathenaia, forever immortalized in the Parthenon frieze. During the festival, held every four years in the height of summer, the people of Athens formed a grand procession to deliver the peplos, a special robe made by the women of Athens for the wooden statue of Athena.
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The team behind the stories at Clio Muse consists of a dedicated long-haired art conservator, an inquisitive bespectacled historian, a passionate feminist curator, and a gifted graphic designer with a permanent tan.
|Address||Thrasillou, Athens & 15 Dionysiou Areopagitou Street|
|Starting point||The side Acropolis entrance from the south-east slopes of the hill & The Acropolis Museum Main Entrance|
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|Recommended apparel||Visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes. Please wear sunscreen and a hat during the hot summer months.|
Why take a self-guided tour?
This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.
You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.
After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.