Ancient Athens: Skip-the-line Combo Ticket with 3 Audio ToursAthens, Greece
Skip the line and enter the must-see ancient landmarks of Athens, the Acropolis Hill, the Ancient Agora, & the Temple of Olympian Zeus, with a special combo e-ticket and enjoy a full attraction experience with three audio tours on your phone. The ticket is valid for 5 days after the first entrance.
With the first audio tour for the Ancient Agora, get ready for a crash course in the cultural and political life of the ancient Athenians. You will set out to explore the ruins of the world’s earliest democracy. Weaving through the Bouleutirion, the Tholos and the Monument of the Eponymous heroes, you will follow in the steps of the early citizens, while, later, in the Museum of the Agora, you will learn about the ingenious methods used by the Athenians to defend their democracy from any malign influence. Your tour will also lead you to Mars Hilland the Pnyx, from where you’ll enjoy picture-perfect vistas to the Acropolis and the city stretching below.
With the second audio tour for the Acropolis, you’ll 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. Passing through the imposing Propylaea, you’ll continue your walk to discover the riveting stories of the Erechtheion and the old temple of Athena. Don’t miss the chance to take in the magnificent panorama from the Belvedere viewpoint and then head to explore the world-famous attraction of Athens, the stunning Parthenon.
The third audio tour will take you to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, where you will freshen up your Greek Mythology and listen to the story of the divine wrath that fell upon humankind on a day when Zeus felt kind of stormy! Weaving through the enormous pillars you will discover the turbulent 700-year history of the temple’s construction and its fate throughout the following centuries. Your tour ends at the balaneion, where you’ll admire the relics of an ancient bathhouse and learn about the lifestyle of the ancient Greeks!
1. The Great FloodSpring cleaning is an annual practice that delivers a neat house. Zeus was in this peculiar state of mind when he declared that the earth itself was in urgent need of a thorough cleaning. Man and beast paid the price.
2. 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.
3. Solon, the first legislatorHow did democracy arise? Which Wise Man of Greece sacrificed himself for the good of his homeland? How important are laws?
The Great FloodAll the river gods rushed to help Zeus. The rapid streams and rivers carried grain, groves, houses, sheep, and temples towards the deep unfruitful sea. Any mansions that remained, being too big to be carried away, were covered by the waves. Desperate men and women were swept away; tigers, lions, wolves, and boars floated amidst the surging waves. All to no avail for soon there was nothing to be seen but a vast sea without a shore. In this watery chaos floated Deucalion and his wife Pyrrha, who survived in a chest built by him on the advice of his father, Prometheus. When their chest touched solid ground after nine days at sea, they were the only surviving pair of humans.
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.
The Father of the Boule of the 400
Solon, the first legislatorIn Athenaion Politeia (‘The Constitution of the Athenians’), Aristotle mentions that Solon created a Boule (deliberative council) of four hundred members, ten from each Ionian phyle (tribe). The building where the council met has not survived, but we know it was next to Cleisthenes’ New Bouleuterion (council-chamber). Today, it is uncertain whether Solon really introduced this measure. It is supposed that the Boule’s function was to guide the work of the Ecclesia (assembly) as well as prepare the cases for appeal before the Heliaia, a meeting of Athenian citizens to try a legal case.
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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.
|Starting point||Your tour can start either at the Acropolis (side entrance from the south slopes of the hill), the Temple of Olympian Zeus or the Ancient Agora|
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|Opening hours||Acropolis Hill, Temple of Olympian Zeus: 1 April - 15 May 8:00 -18:00 , 16 May - 1 September 8:00 - 20:00 , 01 - 30 September : 8:00 - 19:30 , 01 - 31 October 8:00 -18:30 Operating hours Ancient Agora: 13 April - 31 October 08:00 - 20:00 (last entrance 19:45) Operating hours Roman Agora, Handrian's Library, Kerameikos, Aristotle's School (lykeion): 08:00 - 20:00 (last entrance 19:30).|
|Recommended apparel||Please wear sunscreen and a hat during the hot summer months. Visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes.|
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.