Athens
04/14/2020 12:00 AM
04/14/2020 12:00 AM
Gliding toward a full day in Santorini, prepare for its spectacular caldera and looming cliffs. Once anchored, embark a local boat for the island's main port of Athinios. On your included excursion, drive with a local guide to the top of Mt. Profitis Ilias, where you'll have spectacular views of the island, the Aegean Sea, and the summit's monastery. En route to clifftop Oía, take in the beauty and charm of the countryside and traditional villages. Then enjoy free time in the capital of Fira. Alternatively, visit the hot thermal springs of Palea Kameni island, and enjoy the most remarkable swim of your life. Or, choose to visit a Greek vineyard for a tour and tasting.

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Athens - The Acropolis & a walking tour of the Plaka w/lunch - Full Day tour

Guests will be met by our English speaking guide to commence the tour. Upon completion of the tour, transfer will be provided back to the ship.

Take a short drive to Athens, the cradle of the European civilization. For twenty-five centuries, the panorama of this city is dominated by the rock of the Acropolis. Leave your vehicle at the foot of the rock and follow your guide uphill to visit the Acropolis and see the principal buildings: the Propylaia, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and the Parthenon Temple. During your visit, you will also have some free time to enjoy the magnificent view and take some photos.

Enjoy a walking tour the wonderful alleys of the Plaka area.  Following the Ermou Street, the most famous shopping street which begins in the Syntagma square, and going down south, you will arrive in the neighbourhood of Plaka.

The neighborhood is an historic center, full of beautiful buildings, Byzantine churches, little touristy shops, cafe, bars and taverns (Greek restaurants). One will surely enjoy walking around in the small streets of Plaka Monastiraki - As you near the point where Adrianou and Ayiou Philippou Streets meet, you will have the impression that you are entering a melting pot of sound; all kinds of music can be heard simultaneously from the loud-speakers of record shops and street-vendors selling second-hand records. Shopping or simply walking around in Monastiraki is an experience not to be missed. You will be amazed by the variety and the quality of the things sold in this busy market.

Notes:
It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable walking shoes.

Athens - Helicopter Tour of Athens & Cape Sounion - Half Day tour
Upon disembarkation from the cruise ship you will be met by your English-speaking guide for your transfer to the helipad of Athens airport. We commence our flight with an overview of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex, situated in the Athens suburb of Marousi, where the centrepiece of the summer Olympic Games in 2004 took place. The Complex includes the Olympic Stadium, which magnificently hosted the Opening and Closing ceremonies, track and field events and soccer’s gold medal match, the Olympic Indoor Hall, where the finals of basketball were held, the Olympic Aquatic Center, Olympic Tennis Center and the Olympic Velodrome.

This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city; where you will see the center of the city, Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament and the National Library. The overview of Herod Atticus street, the Presidential Palace, the Acropolis, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. We then continue along the coast, past the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza to the most Southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand.

On the way, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore namely Aegina. Thereafter we will return to the Athens Airport and transfer back to the ship. 

Flight duration (not including roundtrip transfers): 1.5 hours Maximum number of passengers onboard the helicopter: 4
Argolis
Guests will be met by our English speaking guide to commence the tour. Upon completion of the tour, transfer will be provided back to the ship.

We begin this exiting tour with a scenic drive along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean Sea to the Ionian Sea After a short stop we drive on to Mycenae, the Homeric city of the Atreides. Visit the Lions Gate, the Cyclopean Walls and the famous Royal Tombs of King Agamemnon. Continue to Nafplion through the fertile plain of Argolis. The picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress was the first capital of Greece. After lunch in Mycenae, leave for in the hinterland of Epidavros to visit the sanctuary of Asklepios, the most brilliant centre of healing in the ancient world and the 4th century theatre is one of the most perfect and the best preserved of the ancient Greek theatres.

Duration: approx: 9 hours


Notes:
• Sun protection is recommended
• Comfortable non-slip shoes for uneven cobble or marble streets/steps is recommended
• Bottle of water - recommended

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