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Culture Lover’s Guide to Athens

Culture Lover’s Guide to Athens

Athens is well known for its ancient treasures, but it’s also emerging as a center for contemporary art and culture. From classical riches to contemporary art spaces, here are some of Athens’ unmissable cultural experiences. 

Explore Ancient History.

Athens has an abundance of historic sites, some of which date back to the Classical, Roman, and Byzantine eras. The pinnacle is the millennia-old Acropolis, which alongside the treasure-packed Acropolis Museum, is a must-see sight. Tours typically cover the mighty Parthenon and the Panathenaic temple, and help you appreciate the significance of the relics. 

Visit a Museum or Three.

Athens is jam-packed with museums that showcase Greek culture. The Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation hosts modern and contemporary art, while the National Archaeological Museum houses a collection so vast that it would take days to see it all. Vasilissis Sofias Avenue is home to multiple museums—including the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Byzantine and Christian Museum, and the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture—which allows you to tick off several museums in one go. 

Take a Street Art Tour.

In recent years, Greece has experienced some political turbulence, which has fueled artistic expression Walking tours of vibrant neighborhoods such as Psirri, Gazi, and Metaxourgeio lead you to colorful street murals and explain the socio-political messages behind them. 

Go Gallery-Hopping in Kolonaki.

Sitting at the base of Mt. Lycabettus (Lykavittos), the upmarket and fashionable neighborhood of Kolonaki is peppered with private galleries—you can barely turn a corner without stumbling upon one—as well as boutiques stocked with artisan products.

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Skip the Line Acropolis of Athens and New Acropolis Museum Tour

Skip the Line Acropolis of Athens and New Acropolis Museum Tour

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Journey back to Ancient Greece on this guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens, including a visit to the New Acropolis Museum. Visit the Theatre of Dionysus and Dionysus Sanctuary, stroll past the Propylaea gateway and the Temple of Athena Nike, then stand in awe before the grand ruins of the Parthenon, looking down over Athens below. After exploring the sprawling citadel, follow your guide on a tour of New Acropolis Museum and learn more about the excavations as you browse more than 4,000 artifacts unearthed from the Acropolis.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$63.29
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$63.29
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Viator Exclusive: Acropolis of Athens, New Acropolis Museum and Greek Dinner

Viator Exclusive: Acropolis of Athens, New Acropolis Museum and Greek Dinner

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Explore the greatest of ancient Greek architectural feats on a 4-hour private walking tour of the Acropolis of Athens and the New Acropolis Museum, followed by dinner. Stroll around the UNESCO-listed Acropolis with an archaeologist to learn about its monuments, including the Parthenon. Then, visit the ultra-modern New Acropolis Museum for a guided tour of its spectacular statues and treasures. Finish with a delicious Greek dinner at a restaurant with stellar views over the Parthenon.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$121.71
Price varies by group size
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$121.71
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Greek Mythology Treasure Hunt for Kids - Athens Private Tour

Greek Mythology Treasure Hunt for Kids - Athens Private Tour

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Introduce your young travelers to the tales of classic Greek mythology with a private, interactive challenge in the center of Athens. From Mount Olympus to the feats of Hercules, kids learn the myths of creation, nature, and history as told by the ancient Greeks. An activity booklet, games, and fun quizzes given by a specially trained children’s guide keep little explorers engaged while learning about the gods and goddesses that populate these enduring legends.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$146.05
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$146.05
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Athens Street Art Walk

Athens Street Art Walk

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Venture off the tourist trail and discover a different side to Athens on this 3-hour street art walking tour led by a local artist. Explore the city’s colorful local neighborhoods; admire unique graffiti art and murals; and see for yourself why Athens’ bold street art has made a name for itself worldwide. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring an authentic local experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.90
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$49.90
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Skip the Line Ancient Agora and the Agora Museum Tour

Skip the Line Ancient Agora and the Agora Museum Tour

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For lovers of classical Greek culture and history, a visit to the Agora of Athens is a must. On this guided tour, explore the temples and an ancient concert hall, follow in the footsteps of Plato and Socrates through its marble colonnades, and see the most significant artefacts in the Museum of the Ancient Agora.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$38.95
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$38.95
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Athens City Pass all inclusive including Acropolis and Hop-on-Hop-off Bus

Athens City Pass all inclusive including Acropolis and Hop-on-Hop-off Bus

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Choose from six Athen city passes, all of which include a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, plus access to the Acropolis Museum. This 48-hour pass also includes skip-the-line access to the Acropolis itself, so you’ll save time waiting in line during the heat of the day. Depending on the option chosen, your trip can provide access to other museums and shopping outlets.
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  • 1 to 6 days
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$90.72
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$90.72

Athens Museum Unlimited Pass

Athens Museum Unlimited Pass

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If you’re a museums fan, this is the only pass you’ll need in Athens. Save time and up to 45% on individual museum tickets with just one pass that provides skip-the-line access to 16 museums, galleries, and shows. Choose from attractions such as the Acropolis Museum and Athens War Museum; and spend three days exploring. Your pass also includes an Athens get-on get-off bus tour ticket valid for 48 hours.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$66.94
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$66.94
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Athens Street Art Bike Tour

Athens Street Art Bike Tour

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Discover Athens’ edgier side on this 3-hour bike tour through the city’s graffiti-sprayed backstreets and hidden corners where only locals go. Escape the long lines and tourist throngs to travel on two wheels to see where hip young Athenians are creating the city's modern alternative culture, including street art alleyways, unique cafés and offbeat shopping districts.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.20
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$57.20
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Full-day Small Group Athens Walking Tour with Food Tasting

Full-day Small Group Athens Walking Tour with Food Tasting

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The UNESCO-listed Acropolis is undeniably the star attraction of Athens, but the ancient Greek capital also has a wealth of sights to discover away from the tourist trail. This full-day small-group walking tour will introduce you to the real Athens, as you shop at the local markets, explore the vibrant Plaka neighborhood, visit a secret garden and sample traditional Greek foods.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$206.06
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$206.06
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Private Walking Tour: Benaki Museum

Private Walking Tour: Benaki Museum

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Explore Benaki Museum, home to art collector Antonis Benakis’ private collection, and the Temple of Zeus on this private, 3-hour walking tour. With your very own guide, you’ll see the museum’s highlights, including finds from the Bronze Age and Greek regional costumes. Then, continue to the Temple of Zeus, Greece’s largest temple, by way of the Presidential Residence, Maximos Mansion and the Panathenaic Stadium.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$206.85
Price varies by group size
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$206.85
Price varies by group size
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