Acropolis Athens Private Tours
Acropolis and Museum Guided Private tour2019-05-07T13:15:04+02:00
Enjoy a perfect walking private tour at the Acropolis of Athens and also the Acropolis Museum! The best way to enjoy staying in Athens, that you will savior in your minds and hearts for years. In contrast, the usual tours do not give you time to delight in the breathtaking monuments and view. As a result, you’ll give yourself the chance to have a unique private tour at the Acropolis Of Athens and Acropolis Museum.
Therefore the tour will be without any rush, as it should actually be! A private licensed guide will join you in the Acropolis and the Museum, rather than just a driver who is not allowed inside! Enjoy a truly private tour, in contrast with big and crowded tours.
The Acropolis Athens Private Tour
Entering on the south slope of the Acropolis, you’ll start your tour at the Dionysus Theater before you walk up the slope leading to the Acropolis monuments. Panoramic views of the city will be perfect for amazing Instagram photos. The Theatre of Dionysus is on the south slope of Acropolis Athens. The excavations of the theatre began in 1846 and they lasted throughout the 19th Century. Peisistratus the Athenian tyrant built the Theatre in the honor of Dionysus the God of wine and protector of the ancient craft of drama.
The first Theatre of Dionysus on Acropolis was simpler than the one you will see now, with wooden seating. The Theatre of Dionysus by the end of the 5th century BC had stone seating. Lycurgus the Athenian statesman was the one that refurbished the Theatre of Dionysus at its current monumental form. In the fourth century extended in front of the orchestra and a three-tiered seating area the theatron that stretched up the slope.
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
After the Dionysus Theater, you will see the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. A magnificent building that is used until today after its reconstruction during the Athens Festival for concerts, theatrical shows, etc. It is one of the legendary sites that sits beneath the slopes of the Acropolis. A stunning open-air theatre that Pausanias, the Greek traveler, and geographer from the second century AD, described it as “the finest building of its type”. Locals call it simply “Herodeon”. Herodes Atticus, the Roman benefactor of Athens built the odeon between 160AD – 174AD. It was the third Odeon to be built in Athens and was distinctively Roman. You can still see the classic Roman arches and three-story stage building. The roof was originally made with wood and tiled roof. The circular orchestra has now become a semi-circle, paved with black and white marble.
After the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, you will get to the majestic entrance of Acropolis the Propylaea! Even though you know that just some steps ahead stand one of the greatest buildings of western civilization, you still can not but to stop and admire this magnificent structure! Standing there for thousand of years the Propylaea is there and just watching them makes you understand what awaits you once you walk through them.
The Temple of Nike
If you look up and to your right, as you see Propylaea you will be able to see the Temple of Nike. The goddess of victory. The Athenians build this Temple and made sure that the statue of the goddess was without wings. Usually, Nike statues had wings in order to remind to everyone that victory can fly away. The Athenians after their great victories against the Persians, had a wingless statue of the goddess, to make sure that she will never leave their city!
Areios Pagos and Philopappos hill
If you turn your back to Propylaea you will be able to see on your right the Areios Pagos. Famous for hosting the supreme court of ancient Athens and also as the exact spot that Apostle Paul made his speeches to Athenians. Also, to your right, you will be able to see the Philopappos hill. Also called the Hill of the Muses, Philopappos Hill is a somewhat wild, pine-shaded spot that’s good for a stroll, especially at sunset. The hill is identifiable by the Monument of Philopappos crowning its summit. Julius Antiochus Filopappos, a prominent Roman consul and administrator built the Temple in AD 114.
Athenians dedicated the majestic Parthenon to Athena Parthenos (Virgin Athena), the patron goddess of the city. The Temple is the most important and magnificent monument of the Athenian democracy symbolizing the might and the importance of the city. The finest and most famous monument on the Acropolis in terms of both conception and execution. Pericles built Parthenon between 447 and 438 BC, as part of the building project in Athens, The construction started after the victory at the battle of Marathon at approximately 490 BC and destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC.
Iktinos and Kallikrates were the architectures and the whole building program was supervised by the great Pheidias. It was Pheidias that made the temple’s sculptural decoration and a chryselephantine statue of Athena.
Although the Parthenon was the most impressive monument of the Acropolis, the most important sanctuary on Acropolis was the Erechtheion. Named after Erechtheus, the mythical king of Athens, housed the cults of Athena and Poseidon. At this place, the myth says that the god and goddess had a contest for the city’s affections. Poseidon struck the ground with his trident, making a salt spring, but Athena won by producing an olive tree. Also, Erechtheion is known about the amazing Caryatids that support the southern portico. Six larger-than-life maiden columns, modeled on women from Karyai in Lakonia.
Above all, with the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Guided walking Private tour you will have a thorough insight into the significance of the historic monuments of Acropolis. Even more, learn everything about the Golden age of Pericles, and you can have a coffee at the Acropolis Museum (own expense). Time to relax and absorb the unique artifacts that you have seen.
Our guide will be holding a white Private Tour sign outside the Acropolis Metro Station. Please be at the meeting point by 09:00
- Cancellation at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled Programme 100% refund.
- Between 72 and 48 hours prior to booking date: 50% refund
- Cancellation 48 hours prior to booking/no show: No refund
- 4-hour tour of the Acropolis of Athens, led by a licensed private guide
- Explore the Parthenon and Temple of Athena Nike in the late afternoon light
- Perfect sightseeing tour for classical history and archaeology buffs!
- Visit the Acropolis Museum