Olympieion Skip-the-line Ticket and Audio Tour

Athens, Greece

Clio Muse

Stops

5

Stories

20

Distance

0.5km

Duration

30min

Audio

Human Voice

Description

Visit the Olympieion with a skip-the-line e-ticket combined with a self-guided audio tour on your smartphone. Marvel at the remains of a colossal temple at the pulsating heart of Athens and end your walk with a stop at the balaneion, the Greek public bath.

Step inside one of the most potent landmarks of Greece and enjoy a unique experience provided by a skip-the-line ticket combined with a user friendly digital audio tour on your smartphone.

As you approach the Great Propylon, you will have the chance to freshen up your Greek Mythology and listen to the story of the Great Deluge, the divine wrath that fell upon humankind on a day when Zeus felt kind of stormy! Weaving through the enormous 17 metre-high pillars you will set on a riotous journey back in time to learn about the turbulent 700-year history of the construction of the temple and its fate throughout the centuries. At the same time this is a gripping coming-of-age story of the city itself as it is rolled into a brilliantly tied narrative. Among many other stories, you will learn about the gory bloodbath upon which the city was founded by legendary Theseus, the attempts of an Athenian tyrant and a Roman emperor to juxtapose their rule over men to the celestial power of Zeus, as well as the event of a ferocious thunderstorm that brought about terrible damages to the temple and premonitions of imminent disaster among the locals in 19th century Athens. Finally, you will end your tour at close proximity to the temple, where you will discover the relics of an ancient bathhouse and learn about the rejuvenating benefits of public baths.

This is an unmissable opportunity to explore the largest temple of Ancient Greece and to see the city’s history coming to life through an award-winning storytelling concept!

Highlights

  • The Great Flood

    1. The Great Flood

    Spring 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.
  • Sic transit gloria mundi

    2. Sic transit gloria mundi

    Thus passes the glory of the world. The colossal masterpiece of Hadrian’s time seems to have vanished into thin air, leaving behind only a handful of columns and a wealth of stories. How can it be?
  • From the bath, in form like immortals

    3. From the bath, in form like immortals

    Sylvia Plath could not think of a thing that a hot bath won’t cure. The Roman bathhouse was built during the reign of Hadrian (124-132 CE) and served the Athenians for 500 years.

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Details

Address Leof. Vasilissis Olgas 2, Athina 105 57
Starting point The entrance of the Olympieion
Finishing point Leof. Vasilissis Olgas 2, Athina 105 57
Inclusions
  • Entrance fee/adult ticket for the Olympieion
  • Skip-the-line service (ticket sent to your email)
  • Secure promo code to access the tour after downloading the app
  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone (Android & iOS) in English
  • Offline content with an offline interactive map to avoid roaming charges.
Exclusions
  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone and headphones
  • App not compatible with Windows phones
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • There is no internet access in the archeological site & mobile signal is weak
Know before you book
  • This is a combination of a skip-the-line e-ticket for the Temple of Olympian Zeus & a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone
  • No live guide will accompany you
  • Your entry tickets will be emailed one day before your selected travel date
  • Participants aged 0-18 and EU Students can enter for free upon presentation of their ID or passport at the location. However, it is required for them to queue to receive their zero-value pass
  • Non-EU Students and participants over 65 years old are entitled to reduced tickets. However, reduced tickets do not have a skip-the-line privilege and will require the participants to queue to present their ID or passport at the location.
  • Please note that for the audio tour you must have an Android or iOS smartphone. Make sure you have enough storage space as the size for the app and the audio tour is 100-150 MB.
Know before you go
  • You will receive an email from Clio Muse Tours, with your skip-the-line e-ticket and instructions to download the audio tour on your smartphone. Please check your email spam folder as well.
  • Prior to your visit, download the tickets, Clio Muse application and the audio tour “The great debt: the Olympieion, Athens” on your smartphone to go offline and avoid roaming charges.
  • Skip the line and proceed to the validating machines to scan your tickets. Tickets need to be either printed or downloaded on your phone.
  • The audio tour can be used anytime, online or offline. Use your headphones to best enjoy it.
  • There is no internet access in the archeological site & mobile signal is weak.
Areas Temple of Olympian Zeus, Zappeion
Opening hours 1 November - 31 March 2019 8:30-16:00 1 April - 15 May 2019: 8:00-18:00 16 May - 31 August: 8:00-20:00 September: 8:00-19:30 October: 8:00-18:30
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.

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