My husband and I will be in Athens for three days, Oct. 17 thru Oct. 20. I checked the Athens Info Guide website referenced in another post. It lists a combination ticket, " one ticket for all these sites possible." Cost is 12 euros. Has anyone purchased it? Is it worth it?
Hi Frances! Here's THE most useful page from Athens Infoguide: http://www.athensinfoguide.com/open.htm lists virtually All Athens sites, museums etc w admissions, hours, free days & more. Of course, its good to recheck when u arrive in case of changes. YES, we ALL purchase the combo ticket -- because if you want the Acropolis, that's your only choice. This "6-pack" was developed because Min. of Culture needs to support ALL ancient sites not just Acropolis. So 12E is the minimum; you can't just buy Acropolis. Here's How it works -- you get a ticket strip, with one BIG ticket (Acropolis), and 5 small ones -- good for Ancient Agora, South Slope of Acropolis (2 theatres), Roman Agora, Temple of Zeus, & Kerameikos (cemetery & Museum). They are good for 7 days. Big Ticket gets u in to Acropolis, just once ... bt the others can be used any way you want... if you want to go to Ancient Agora 3 times, fine. AND -- if you decide to save any of the 5 lesser sites for another trip, you CAN purchase separate entry to any of them for I think 2 Euros. BTW, "New Acropolis Museum" is not part of the 6-pack... but admission is reasonable (2E?).
A great sequence is to Enter Acropolis by the south side (theatres) entrance at Opening time, go up to top (beat the tour crowds, which arrive about 9:30} , then get a look at Aeropagus (Mars Hill), then descend thru Ancient Agora ... and do check out its museum, free, v. nice. Consists of stuff found when they excavated the Agora in 1950s (yes! that late! the Rockefeller Fndn paid to reimburse 400+ Greek families to relocate from their houses covering the site so it could be uncovered). Then go over to New Acrop Museum and lunch on glassed=in terrace (very reasonable prices) looking up at The Rock, then browse the museum.
If your schedule is crowded you can decide which of the others to check out ... Roman Agora can be en route to a restaurant, and Temple of Zeus can be enjoyed as a "walk-by" (but fun to go in and do photos standing right next to huge toppled columns). I didn't get around to Kerameikos until my 5th trip, because it's over in Thissio, again, you could combine with trip to taverna over there.
The RS guide has a good step-by-step guide to Acropolis AND to Nat. Arch. Museum .. plus if u have a Mp3 player or smartphone, I blieve you can download an audio version free from RS website.