Athens Highlights: the National Archaeological Museum and the Acropolis Museum, with city tour
The two most important archaeological museums of Athens with a tour of this illustrious city, a half-day afternoon programme specially designed for museophiles...
Specially designed both for museophiles as well as for visitors interested in and enchanted by the history and achievements of Ancient Greece, this novel and convenient half-day afternoon programme combines the exploration of the two most important archaeological museums of Athens with a tour of this illustrious city. The programme is led by a licensed archaeologist-guide, lasts approximately five hours and is offered round the year.
Points of Interest and programme highlights, in chronological sequence
The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art, housing in Athens some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is considered one of the greatest museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide.
Periods and Sections covered:
Prehistoric | Mycanean | Cycladic | Santorini | Archaic | Classical | Hellenistic | Roman plus the celebrated Antikythera Mechanism.
On our Athens City Tour en route from the National Archaeological Museum to the Acropolis Museum we will pass by the Athens Academy, University, the ancient Panathenian Stadium (of 566 BC and home to the first modern Olympic Games), the statue of the Discobolus, the all-glass sculpture of Dromeas (the Runner), and the Zappeion complex.
The multiple-award-winning Acropolis Museum focuses on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies over the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens.
Nearly 4,000 objects over an area of 14,000 square metres are exhibited in the museum.
Starting and ending times
From 14:00 till 16:00 at the National Archaeological Museum, followed by the city tour lasting 45 minutes, arriving at the Acropolis Museum at 17:00 with the tour ending there at 19:00. These times and durations are approximate.
Meeting points and times:
The below two meeting points have been selected conveniently to cover most central Athens hotels, both by foot and via the nearby metro stations.
(A) At 12:45 hrs: The Melina Merkouri Monument, on a small square along Amalias Avenue across from Hadrian’s Arch. Nearest metro station: Acropoli.
(B) At 13:15 hrs: Athens Hotel Titania, at 52 Panepistimiou st.
Nearest metro station: Panepistimio, a four-minute walk.
Drop off point:
Our programme ends at the Acropolis Museum at around 19:00.
Nearest metro station: Acropoli, a three-minute walk from Acropolis Museum.
- Licensed archeologist-guide throughout the tour
- Transportation by air-conditioned minibus / coach
- Museum tickets
- Use of 'Whisper' tour headsets
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and beverages