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Agora of Athens
Agora of Athens

Agora of Athens

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The Basics

The Agora of Athens is considered the best preserved example of an ancient Greek agora in the world. Visit with a guide for expert insight into these ruins, which can be hard to interpret on one’s own. For independent travelers, the hop-on-hop-off bus and downloadable audio guide of the archaeological site provides both transportation and extra information.

Join a private or small-group walking tour that includes skip-the-line tickets—a must for these popular and crowded ruins—as well as a visit to the Agora Museum. Or, opt for a tour that pairs a visit to the Agora with the Acropolis. Look for a family-focused tour if visiting with kids; some guides specialize in making the site come to life for younger travelers.

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Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
$79.39 per adult
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Nice to hear the why instead of how things are built.
This was a fun tour that focused on the reasons the buildings were built instead of the how, which was great! It was cool to listen to the stories of the God's and how they are tied into each place! My sister had sprained her ankle and the guide took plenty of breaks and kept a slower pace, so we were able to participate.
Jennifer_K, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Athens

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A perfect way to start your vacation in Athens
Christina_K, Oct 2021
Athens Scenic Bike Tour
The bikes were in very good condition. The helmets were cleaned before they were given to us. Our guide (Andreas) was great. Really enthusiastic and caring about everyone in the group. The best thing to do as soon as you arrive in the city so you can familiarize yourself with the surroundings and be able to plan the rest of your stay.
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Fun and Entertaining!
Wendy_C, Sep 2021
Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
If you're a mythological fan this tour is for you, it was fantastic! Easy pace, loved the head sets -- which allowed social distancing. Very interesting to hear the actual history and mythology behind locations. The tour guide was fantastic! Very personable and entertaining.
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Wonderful experience
Paige_W, Sep 2021
Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
Fantastic tour! I’m so glad we booked this one vs the others! Very interesting to hear the actual history and mythology behind locations. The tour guide was fantastic! Very personable and entertaining. Also I would consider this more covid friendly than the other tours we saw along our trip. Allowed you to socially distance and go at your own pace. Also included earphones for all individuals so you could still hear the tour guide while socially distancing.
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Excellent afternoon
Jay_R, Aug 2021
Electric Bike Tour of Athens by Night
Guide and tour both wonderful. Guide spoke flawless English and was very caring and concerned for our safety. Covered much more territory in 3 hours than I could have done in.a week on my own.
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Good tour
Kieran_g, Aug 2021
Half Day Athens Private Tailor-Made City Tour (Skip the line of Acropolis)
Would recommend this tour. Our Guide and driver were very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. Transport was of excellent quality clean spacious and air conditioned. We had three teenagers and my only suggestion is that the guide try to engage a little more with children and try to spark interest ( not easy I know especially with teenagers,)
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Fantastic
Edward_K, Oct 2021
Half Day Athens Private Tailor-Made City Tour (Skip the line of Acropolis)
Bring with friends on a great vacation . And learning more history on the area .Seeing History! Our guide & driver were very Knowledgeable about the history and the area very informative
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Corinth very interesting!
Florie_A, Oct 2021
Private Christian Tour in Athens & Ancient Corinth on Apostle Paul's Footsteps
Experiencing Paul’s footsteps. I would suggest to anyone else to book an escorted tour. Our driver was fabulous and did his job very well, but we would have enjoyed narration by a guide.
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Definitely worth it!
joanblake, Oct 2021
Skip the Line Ancient Agora and the Agora Museum Tour
Very informative! We would not have had the same experience on our own. Thoroughly enjoyed the time in the museum and in the Ancient Agora.
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Highlight of our visit
Rebecca_M, Oct 2021
Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
Our guide Kelly was delightful—very knowledgeable and well-paced tour. The tour was the highlight of our visit. Thank you Kelly!
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Better than we expected
Barbara_S, Sep 2021
Athens Scenic Bike Tour
Julio did a great job with our bike tour. It was a small group of only 9 riders, and he took us to new places we hadn't seen, as well as a few we had. The pace was perfect, and the route was relatively easy. Julio had great information and stories along the way. His enthusiasm was contagious. We had a really great time. The process and meetup was easy, and the bikes were in very good condition.
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E bike night tour
Mayrav_C, Sep 2021
Electric Bike Tour of Athens by Night
A lot of fun!! Iris was a wonderful guide and we had a great time! She has so much knowledge and patience - this night tour is definitely a must!
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Amazing Acropolis
jpspaeth, Sep 2021
Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Agora and the Agora Museum Tour
Sissy was our guide and she was exceptional. She brought to life the story of the Acropolis and what it was like in the days when it was being built. This tour gives you plenty of time to do the photography necessary to capture the beauty of this amazing place.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Agora of Athens and its museum are a must for archaeology buffs.

  • Almost all of the ruins are outdoors, so dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

  • Some areas of the site are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers; the museum is fully accessible.

  • The Stoa of Attalos houses the Museum of the Ancient Agora, where you can view ancient art and artifacts unearthed at the site.

  • The Acropolis combination ticket includes entry to the Acropolis and six other sites— including the Agora—within a 5-day admission window.

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How to Get There

The ancient Agora sits above the modern city of Athens and is a short walk from the Acropolis. Take the metro Green Line to the Thissio station, and walk about five minutes along Adrianous Street to the site.

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When to Get There

The Agora of Athens is open every day except major holidays. The site is almost entirely outdoors, so avoid visiting during the midday hours in summer. Instead, time your tour for early morning or late afternoon and take refuge in the museum when the temperatures soar.

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The History of the Agora of Athens

The Agora of Athens, where Socrates once expounded his philosophy, dates back to the 6th century BC. This vast area lies to the northwest of the Acropolis and once featured an elaborate drainage system, a series of fountains, and a temple devoted to the Olympian Gods. The Agora was finally abandoned after a Slavic invasion in the 6th century.

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