Acropolis Tour for Kids

Unlock the secrets of Ancient Greece with an expert guide who knows how to make history come alive for kids
From US$557 privately
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Tour Details
Duration
3 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Acropolis
  • Parthenon
  • Acropolis Museum
Photos & Highlights
  • Hosted by a local expert, your family will create memories that last a lifetime as you experience the splendor of the Acropolis complex
  • This tour aims to bring the Ancient Greece to life for younger learners, and also includes discussions of Greek drama, Bacchus, the Panathenaic Festival, and mythical creatures.
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Tour Description
What was a sacrifice? How was it done? Why was it done? In this three-hour Acropolis for kids tour, we'll explore these questions and more as we wander through the ruins of the Acropolis and piece together a portrait of ancient Athenian society. Along the way, stories will come alive and help us explore the role of rites and rituals during antiquity.
  • Acropolis
  • Acropolis Museum
  • 3 hours with a Ph.D. or MA-level guide
  • Athens Archaeological Sites tickets (which includes the Acropolis as well as several other archaeological sites you may visit later in your visit.)
    • Please Note: Our team will pre-purchase timed admission tickets on behalf of your party. However, due to enhanced COVID-19 safety precautions at this venue, there will be a mandatory security line which we must wait in together. 
We'll begin with a visit to the theater of Dionysus on the south slope of the Acropolis. Festivals of ancient drama took place here, including those of the famous tragedians Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. We'll look at how Greek drama was intrinsically connected with the cults of the god Dionysus. Thus we will talk not only about the annual festivals, but also about the actual rites of Bacchus, the maenads, and the ecstasy that worshippers aimed to achieve.
We will then walk up the hill of the Acropolis, where we will discuss myths and rites associated with the gods worshipped there, such as the contest between Athena and Poseidon over the tutelage of Athens. Walking along the Panathenaic Way we will discuss the Panathenaic Festival, a celebration in honor of Athena in which Athenian maidens would carry a robe to the goddess and place it on her cult statue in the Erechtheion. 

After visiting these archaeological icons, we will head to the Acropolis Museum to learn more about mythical creatures, and other myths from the antiquity that will be of particular interest to younger learners. Using the theme of rites and rituals to guide us, this walk introduces children and their parents to the Acropolis and ancient Athenian society.

Ahead of this tour, you may want to read our post on how to Visit the Acropolis.

While your visit includes advance reservations to the museums, the Acropolis is extremely popular. You will need time to pass through the security checkpoint. Therefore, you may spend some time at the beginning of the walk waiting in the reserved entry line, during which time your guide will provide an overview and contextualization for the walk. No time will be wasted.
What is the Athens Archaeological Site ticket and how does it work?
The Athens Archaeological Site tickets are valid for admission to Acropolis and Slopes. It doesn't include the Acropolis Museum, that's why we purchase a different ticket for the Acropolis Museum. 

If children under 18 qualify for reduced Acropolis Museum tickets, why am I required to purchase a ticket for my child?
While children may enter for free, they are required to purchase the reduced ticket only on-site and stand in the general entrance line if they do so. In order to save time and expedite the tour, we purchase tickets in advance so they may enter as quickly as possible. This avoids the queue to verify children's ages. When booking privately, however, if you would like to take advantage of the reduced ticket option for under-18s please note this as you place your order and be prepared to wait in line.

Can I bring a stroller?
No. Strollers are not permitted within the Acropolis archaeological site. There is a stroller check at certain entrances, but not at the entrance closest to our meeting point. We advise you to leave your stroller at the hotel for this tour! 

Is this tour wheelchair friendly or accessible for limited mobility clients?
Yes. The Acropolis has made certain efforts to allow access to clients of varying levels of mobility. Clients who think they will need elevator access to avoid the numerous stairs should come prepared with a justification of disability-anything from a disability card or placard to a signed doctor's note will suffice.

There are 10 in my family but your website won't allow me to include more than 9 participants. Can't you make an exception?
The sites we visit currently do not allow groups larger than 9.
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Do not tour the Acropolis without Context! You learn so much more with a guide. The tour was intimate and we had the freedom to focus on our particular interests and at our pace.
Alex was an amazing tour guide. I have 4 children (13,10,8,5) and Alex provided engaging content for all of them. His knowledge combined with his personable approach made for a great day
Outstanding and a must do if you come to the Acropolis with kids! Ilias was phenomenal and incredibly bright and skilled on what to stop and talk about and when to move around. Our kids (ages 8 and 11) were engaged the whole time and learned so much history in an organized way. Ilias is a real treasure to Context Travel! I will always look to book a Context kid friendly tour in any city we visit next!