Collect your ACTUAL tickets from Hop in Sightseeing office, located only 200m from “Acropolis” metro station, (close to the south entrance) and visit one of the world’s most famous ancient monuments Acropolis of Athens, Parthenon and Acropolis Museum at your own pace.
- Skipping the long line entry will save you time
- Go directly to the ticket-validating machines at the entrance of Acropolis and / or New Museum.
- Explore Acropolis and the New Museum at your own pace, without the rush of a guided group
- Marvel at Famous Ancient Ruins and take in excellent City views
This is your chance to visit The Acropolis Of Athens, the most famous monument of ancient Greece. Walk uphill and explore the unique landmark at your own pace.
The Acropolis of Athens is an archaeological wonder, standing today as a symbol of democracy and civilization. In ancient times it was the citadel of Athens. Later on, it lost its importance as a fortress and served as a sacred site to the gods and a symbol of the wealth of ancient Athens. In year 480 BC the main temple and a big part of the Acropolis complex was destroyed by the Persians. Under Pericles’ rule a reconstruction program of the Acropolis took place successfully. The landmark of Athens was completely redesigned by the famous architects Ictinus, Callicrates and Mnesicles. Τhe entire building complex is home to numerous historic monuments and temples, dedicated to various Greek gods and heroes. Parthenon is the most famous one and the best preserved. The decorative marbles and statues are considered to be some of the best examples of ancient Greek art. In the course of time, the facade as well as the function of the Acropolis changed tremendously, especially in the Byzantine and Ottoman period.
In ancient Athens, the northern and southern slopes of the Acropolis were the religious and cultural centers of the city. By visiting them you can see the famous Parthenon, the theatre of Dionysus, Odeon of Herodus Atticus and many other attractions. In 1986 Acropolis was pronounced a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Acropolis of Athens is open daily (see time table below at *Additional Info)for Winter and Summer period, offering its numerous guests the possibility to schedule their visit at leisure. Even in the winter months with the closing time at 04:30PM there is enough time to explore Acropolis and the Northern and Southern slopes.
From April to October the extended opening times, from 08:00AM to 08:00PM, guarantees that visitors not only spend enough time on the sites but can also learn about its history and admire its unique architecture, like the Doric columns made of Pentelic marble or the Theatre of Dionysus at the Southern Slope.
You can walk to all sides of the hill and awe at the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and of course the Islands nearby Athens City. Towering over the capital, Acropolis Hill is a very impressive sight, and walking around on its grounds, gives the visitor a feeling of awe and a true sense of the greatness of the ancient Greeks.
The Acropolis of Athens is one of the most central places of Athens and easily accessible. It is ideally located within a short walking distance from The Acropolis metro station. Τhe station itself is of archeological interest since the findings of the excavations for its construction are exhibited in its premises. It belongs to line 2/the Red Line. You may use your hop-on hop-off bus ticket to reach the Acropolis.
What to bring:
- Passport or ID card
- Comfortable shoes
- Sun hat
Continue your visit to the New Acropolis Museum, which has been ranked as one of the top five museums in the world, which includes impressive collections of statues and relics, as well as the Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, where glass floors reveal archaeological excavation sites.
The New Acropolis Museum is located on the pedestrian street of Dionisiou Areopagitou, the most beautiful pedestrian street of the city. The New Acropolis Museum is ideally situated at Dionisiou Areopagitou 15, 200 meters from Our Office. The entire area is considered to be one of the most exclusive in the city of Athens.
The New Acropolis Museum is open daily (see time table below at *Additional Info) for Winter and Summer period. The shops, cafés and restaurants are open the same days and hours with a few exceptions. The extended opening hours from 8AM until 8PM or 10PM on Thursdays, Fridays and the weekends, are an excellent opportunity to spend a day in the museum or to combine it with a visit to the Acropolis archeological site.
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The New Acropolis Museum and its collections
The new Acropolis Museum opened its doors in the summer of 2009. It is located in a historic area of Athens, just 300 meters south of the Acropolis rock and its unique findings are presented in over 14.000 m² of exhibition space.
The museum is built on top of an ongoing excavation and through the transparent glass floor the visitors can observe its progress.
After crossing the ground floor lobby, visitors are faced with the impressive finds from the Acropolis Slopes. The Gallery of the Slopes takes its name not only from the origins of the exhibits but also due to the slightly ascending ground, alluding to the ascent to the Acropolis hill.
On the first floor they can admire magnificent sculptures from the first temples built in the Archaic period under natural light and votive offerings of the faithful to the gods. The second level of the museum is offered for a recreation break where you can relax on the porch, have a meal at the restaurant or choose from the wide selection of gifts at the Museum shop. The highlight of the museum is undoubtedly the Parthenon Gallery on the third floor. On a huge concrete rectangular panel the reliefs from the Parthenon frieze which depict the Panathenaic Procession are attached in their original order.
As the visitors walk around the Gallery they can admire the original pieces of the frieze as well as the cast copies of the missing ones. After this hall visitors return to the first floor where they can see the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion. The roof of the south porch of the Erechtheion is supported by the Caryatids instead of columns.
What to bring:
- Passport or ID card
- Comfortable shoes