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Athens: Acropolis Skip-the-line Ticket with Audio Tour816 Reviews
Enter Acropolis Hill with an entry ticket which will be sent to you. Download a fascinating self-guided digital audio tour on your phone and listen to a great story of the Acropolis at your own pace.
- Skip the ticket line and enter the Acropolis Hill with a pre-booked entry ticket which is sent to you by email
- Download a digital self-guided audio tour on your smartphone and listen to engaging stories about the Acropolis
- Explore the Propylaea, where the ancient Athenians are said to have placed a statue made by the famous philosopher Socrates
- Visit the Erechtheion where there was once a golden lamp that could burn for a whole year with a single refuel
- Enjoy the view from the Belvedere, and read about Xanthias, the worker who left his signature on the Parthenon stones
DescriptionSkip the line to enter the most iconic attraction of Athens! Receive your ticket by email and go directly to the ticket-validating machines at the entrance. In addition, download the digital self-guided audio tour “Acropolis Classic” which combines history, politics, art, religion, and true stories from the daily lives of ancient Athenians to present the Acropolis of Athens and its classical monuments in an entertaining and revealing approach. Each stop comes with a selection of signature stories, allowing you to tailor this experience to your personal interests and schedule. Discover the history, as well as a number of fascinating sites that shaped contemporary Athens with a self-guided audio walking tour of the city. After you download it on your smartphone, the digital audio tour begins at the great staircase, the traditional way of visiting the Acropolis since the time of Pericles. The temple of Athena Nike allows you to explore the defensive role of the Acropolis and learn about the clash between innovators and conservatives in ancient Athens. Then you enter the Propylaea, a building much admired in antiquity (perhaps even more than the Parthenon). Most vestiges of its former beauty and glory are gone but try to imagine what it must have been like walking through the great doors and looking at a statue made by the great philosopher Socrates. As you enter the great court, right past the Propylaea, you see the Parthenon for the first time but you are also invited to envision this open space packed with statues of gods and heroes, including a bronze copy of the Trojan Horse. The Erechtheum is a peculiar temple, home to many different deities and divine ancestors, as well as a snake that enjoyed eating honey cakes. The old temple of Athena is nothing more than a line of stones on the ground, thanks to the fire and fury of the Persian invaders. And yet, among these ruins lie the remnants of the old palace of the Mycenaean kings of Athens. As you take in the magnificent panorama of Athens at the Belvedere viewpoint, you will learn about the ingenious methods employed by the Athenians to bring all this marble from a distant mountain to the top of the Acropolis. Finally, it is time to explore the Parthenon, home to the gold and ivory statue of Athena Parthenos. The temple is a paradigm of architectural and artistic perfection. But it is also the source of countless stories about the throne of the Persian king, the birth of Athena, and the virgins who spent their youth knitting the peplos of the goddess. Did we mention that the Parthenon is actually a pyramid?
IncludesEntrance fee/adult ticket for the Acropolis of Athens Skip-the-line service (ticket sent to your email) Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone (Android & iOS) in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian or Greek Offline content with an offline interactive map Free time on the Acropolis Hill
- You will need approximately 100-150 MB of storage space on your phone Audio tour is not compatible with Windows phones, iPhone 5/5C or older, iPod Touch 5th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, or iPad Mini 1st generation
- Acropolis opening hours: September 16-30, 8 AM-7 PM; October 1-15, 8 AM-6:30 PM; October 16-31, 8 AM-6 PM; November 1 to March 31, 9 AM-5 PM
- Your ticket will be emailed to you 24 hours prior to your visit date
- EU citizens aged 0-25 are entitled to free admission, however, they must wait in line to show an ID card or passport
- From April 1 to October 31, non-EU citizens aged 6-25 are entitled to 50% reduced admission upon presentation of their passport
- Children up to the age of 5 from non-EU countries are entitled to free admission upon presentation of their passport
- From April 1 to October 31, senior citizens over 65 from Greece or other EU countries are entitled to 50% reduced admission
- This activity involves some uphill walking