Athens
12/19/2019 12:00 AM
12/19/2019 12:00 AM
Today, you will have the opportunity to journey into ancient Athens via a panoramic drive, passing the promenade at Mikrolimano as you enter the city's heart. There, you will see the Hellenic Parliament, Constitution Square, Panathenaic Stadium, Temple of Zeus, and the iconic Acropolis. Explore the bustling Plaka District at the base of the Acropolis. Or as an option, explore the interior of this UNESCO Site; climb 80 steps to the entrance and glimpse an unforgettable view of the Parthenon at its peak.,@@

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
Argolis Experience - 8 hours
Highlights/Description:
  • Corinth Canal
  • Mycenae
  • Nauplion
  • Epidauros
Leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea (short stop).  Drive to Mycenae, the Homeric city of Atreides -the city «rich in gold» of the ancient poets. Visit the Lion's Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, the Royal Tombs etc. Depart for Nauplion through the fertile plain of Argolis. This picturesque town is nestled at the foot of a cliff. Off to Epidauros to visit the Theatre (4th century B.C.) famous for its astonishing acoustics. Return to Athens by the National road connecting Epidauros with Corinth. Lunch in Mycenae or in Nauplion (paid locally).
Tour Duration: 7-8 Hours
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Moderate to Heavy

Inclusions:
  • Licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Applicable taxes
  • Transfers to/from Port of Piraeus (Athens) via Mercedes Viano
Not Included:
  • Meals, unless otherwise noted
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Entrance fees – 20EUR pp
Athens Discovery (Full Day) - 7 hours
Highlights/Description:
  • Acropolis
  • New Acropolis Museum
  • Plaka/Monastiraki
  • Kolonaki/Lycabbetus Hill
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
This guided walking tour offers a great way to experience the city of Athens and its important landmarks. 
Meet your licensed, English-speaking guide leave together for the entrance to the Athens Acropolis. Visit the Acropolis and its timeless temples of Parthenon, Erectheion and Athena Nike. You descend to the hill of the Pnyx, the area used in Classical Athens as the meeting place for the democratic assembly. Then, a short climb up to the Hill of Philopappus brings you to the imposing Roman period funeral monument and extensive views of Athens and Piraeus. On the Acropolis walkway you will pass the Roman period Odeion of Herodes Atticus, which is still used as a summer venue for open-air concerts and theatrical performances, en route to the new Acropolis Museum where you will see the timeless sculptures and art work from the Acropolis. Following your museum visit, you enter the historical Plaka area from the Lysikratis monument side. You will have time for shopping and lunch and then proceed to see the Ancient Agora, Thission , Stoa of Attalus, Hadrian's Library, and the picturesque Tower of the Winds. From the Monastiraki area of Plaka you will go by metro to the posh neighborhood of Kolonaki en route to Lycabettus Hill.  A short funicular ride will transport you to the top of the hill where you will enjoy panoramic views of the city of Athens, the Acropolis and the blue sea. End your tour at Syntagma Square were you will enjoy the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Tour Duration: +/- 7 Hours
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Moderate to Heavy
Inclusions:
  • Licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Applicable taxes
  • Transfers to/from Port of Piraeus (Athens) via Mercedes Viano
Not Included:
  • Meals, unless otherwise noted
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Entrance fees – 29 EUR pp 
Athens Scavenger Hunt - 5 hours
Highlights/Description:
  • Discover Athens in a fun way
  • Learn about contemporary Athens
  • View significant landmarks and sights
  • Visit local shops
  • Enjoy panoramic vistas
  • Savor drinks and snacks that Athenians cherish
  • Interact with locals
The ultimate treasure hunt! Follow the directions, hunt for and solve clues, view fascinating landmarks and lesser-known jewels in a fun way. Interact with locals, learn about our way of life, taste treats and drinks that locals cherish and discover our city in the most exciting way. The objective of the game is to beat other groups of your fellow travelers by gaining more points than them. Points are won by following simple, yet cunning, instructions and solving a number of clues and challenges especially designed for travelers that are new to our city. Be the first team to complete the tasks and you will triumph!

Tour Duration: 4-5 Hours
Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

Inclusions:
  • Licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Applicable taxes
Not Included:
  • Meals, unless otherwise noted
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Transfers
Athens Walking Discovery (5 hours)
Highlights/Description:
  • Acropolis
  • New Acropolis Museum
  • Plaka
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Meet your licensed, English-speaking guide and head off to the new Acropolis Museum where you will see the timeless sculptures and art work from the Acropolis.  Continue to the entrance to the Athens Acropolis. Visit the Acropolis and its enduring temples of Parthenon, Erectheion and Athena Nike. A short climb up to the Hill of Philopappus brings you to the imposing Roman period funeral monument and extensive views of Athens and Piraeus. You then descend to the hill of the Pnyx, the area used in Classical Athens as the meeting place for the democratic assembly. You enter the historical Plaka area close to the Thisseion temple, dating back to the 5th century BC, meandering past the ancient Agora with the impressively restored Stoa of Attalus, Hadrian's Library, and the picturesque Tower of the Winds. The route back leads up over the Areopagus, or Hill of Mars, directly below the Acropolis. Here, in 54 AD, Saint Paul preached his Sermon on an unknown God, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. Finally, you pass the Roman period Odeion of Herodes Atticus, which is still used as a summer venue for open-air concerts and theatrical performances.  End your tour at Syntagma Square were you will enjoy the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Tour Duration: 4-5 Hours
Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Moderate to Heavy
Inclusions:
  • Licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Applicable taxes
Not Included:
  • Transfers – see Net Price Notes
  • Entrance Fees - approx 23 EUR pp
  • Meals, unless otherwise noted
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Delphi Discovery - 8 hours
Highlights/Description:
Drive through the fertile plain of Beotia, crossing the towns of Thebes, connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus, Levadia and Arachova (short stop on the way back). Arrive at Delphi, the center of Ancient World - the «Omphalos» (Navel of Earth) - whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic World.  On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Lunch in the modern village of Delphi (paid locally), return to Athens by the same route.
Tour Duration: 7-8 Hours
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Moderate to Heavy

Inclusions:
  • Licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Applicable taxes
  • Transfers to/from Port of Piraeus (Athens) via Mercedes Viano
Not Included:
  • Meals, unless otherwise noted
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Entrance fees – 13EUR pp
Flavors of Athens - 5 hours
Highlights/Description:
•    Explore the streets of Athens and visit some of the best food stores
•    Sample a selection of sweet and savory local delicacies
•    Enjoy a cup of Greek coffee
•    Visit the city's central food market
•    Learn about the local food culture and gastronomy
•    Private and possible to customize on the way
 
Tantalize your taste buds and gain insights into Greek gastronomy with this delicious private tour. Learn all about the tastes Athenians cherish and sample appetizing local treats. Discover small shops, explore the city's central food market and find out for yourself what the local food culture is really like.

Tour Duration: 4-5 Hours
Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

Inclusions:
  • Licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Applicable taxes
Not Included:
  • Transfers 
  • Meals, unless otherwise noted
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Jewish Tour in Athens - 5 hours
Highlights/Description:
Discover the long history of Greece together with its Jewish community’s history and visit the most important Jewish sites on this private tour.
 
Your tour begins with a visit to the Cathedral at the statue of Archbishop Damaskinos. We will then visit the Athens Jewish Museum to enjoy a guided tour of the museum's collections.
 
Continuing we will descend to the Ancient Agora, where an ancient Synagogue is thought to date from the 3rd century CE. We will continue walking into the heart of the city visiting the flea market at Avissinias Square which is also called "Yousouroum" after an influential Greek Jew.
 
We will continue our visit to the New Holocaust monument and the Beth Shalom Synagogue in the Thission area.
 
You may choose to end your tour with lunch at Gostijo, the only Kosher restaurant in Athens.
 
Tour Duration: 4-5 Hours
Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions:
  • Licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • Applicable taxes
Not Included:
  • Transfers – See Net Price Notes
  • Meals, unless otherwise noted
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

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