I am finding confusing information regarding the Acropolis ticket, what all is included? I know it is the Acropolis but does it include a lot of the other historic/archaeological sites near to it? Like, Hadrian's LIbrary, Temple of Zeus, the Acropolis museum, and the Ancient Agora?
We just returned from Greece on Monday and the Acropolis ticket only includes the Acropolis.
This the EUR 30 package:
Valid for: Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Agora of Athens, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos, Archaeological Site of Lykeion, Hadrian's Library, Kerameikos, Museum of the Ancient Agora, North slope of Acropolis, Olympieio, Roman Agora of Athens, South Slope of Acropolis (http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/3/eh355.jsp?obj_id=2384).
For EUR 20 you just get:
Acropolis archaeological site and the North and South slope
Is it worth it to do the 30 Euro ticket? I have three days in Athens so will have plenty of time to visit places.
I find that website confusing too. Not sure what they mean by the north and south slopes of the Acropolis. It's a steep cliff on three sides, entered and exited on the west.
With three days you should have time to see most sights of interest. Besides the Acropolis, I'd recommend the Acropolis Museum (just below to the southwest), the Ancient Agora and its museum (just below to the northwest), and the National Archeological Museum (to the north in another part of the city). The Temple of Zeus and Roman Agora are nearby but can be seen from the street if you don't want to go in and explore. I suggest you get the standard Acropolis ticket and do the rest a la carte.
Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Agora of Athens, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos, Archaeological Site of Lykeion, Hadrian's Library, Kerameikos, Museum of the Ancient Agora, North slope of Acropolis, Olympieio, Roman Agora of Athens, South Slope of Acropolis
I believe there are two access points to the Acropolis, but most of what you want to see is the main access. I doubt you will want to visit a second time from the other direction. Hadrian's Library and the Roman Agora you can see quite well from outside the sights - not really worth going in. The same with Olympieio (Olympian Zeus) - you get a good idea from the fence. But the Ancient Agora is well worth seeing and wandering through. I thought Kerameikos was interesting, especially the museum there, but it's a bit of a shlep to get to. I bought the combo ticket at the Ancient Agora, so I avoided the long line at the Acropolis.
My advice, plan to visit both the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora, but the combo ticket. Then if you have time, you don't have to pay for any of the other sights it covers.
Other things not to miss: the National Archaeology Museum, the Acropolis Museum, changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Syntagma Square) - best to see the special weekly ceremony on Sunday at 11.00 am, but otherwise, it's every hour on the hour, 24/7.