One of the Hottest Landmarks Offers Private, Pricey Tours

Come April, pay up to $5.5K at Athens' Acropolis and have it all to yourself (along with a few others)
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 6, 2024 3:00 PM CST
Want a Private Tour of the Acropolis? That Option Is Near
Tourists visit the Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, on July 4.   (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Fancy seeing the ancient Acropolis uncluttered by thousands of selfie-snappers? A solution is in the works, but it will set you back up to $5,500. Starting April 1, Greece plans to offer exclusive guided tours of its most powerful tourist magnet to handfuls of well-heeled visitors outside normal opening hours, per the AP. The measure is part of an overhaul of ticketing policy for Greece's archaeological sites and museums, which will see across-the-board increases as of April 2025. The new Acropolis service will apply to a maximum of four groups, of up to five people each. It will cost $5,500 per group, although individuals prepared to cover the full group fee are welcome to visit on their own.

The visits, with certified guides, will last up to two hours: from 7am-9am local time, just before the site opens, or 8pm-10pm, after it closes. The new ticket policy will include a 50% increase in prices for ordinary Acropolis tickets, from about $22 to $33, although the number of free entry days during the winter will be doubled to two a month. Dominating the Athens skyline, the Acropolis and its 2,500-year-old marble monuments—including the Parthenon temple—is Greece's most-visited ancient site. Amid a surge of tourist arrivals in the country, it attracted more than 3 million people in 2022. The press of up to 23,000 daily visitors drove the Culture Ministry in September to announce caps on entry numbers and other restrictions starting in 2024.

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