The Highlights Of Athens Private Shore Excursion 8 Hours

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Updated Pickup point is Port of Piraeus, Terminal A, 28, Akti Xaveriou Street, Port E11
    CRUISE PORT MEETING INSTRUCTIONS: Please disembark and walk outside the termin.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Return at the same spot
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Highlights

An 8 hours private shore excursion in Athens
Visit boththe Acropolis of Athens with its Parthenon & the new Acropolis museum
Visit the picturesque neighborhood of Plaka and have a free time to enjoy lunch in a Greek restaurant
Highly recommended for cruise passengers visiting Athens for a whole day or for several hours
Professional English speaking tour driver
Travelers can customize the tour within the itinerary!

Know More about this tour

The private tour starts early morning from your Hotel or any other place convenient to you. 

Your driver will drive you towards Queen Amalia Avenue by the Tomb of the unknown soldier and the House of the Parliament located at the famous Syntagma Square (Constitution Square).

Then the private tour continues towards the Panathenian Stadium, which is also known as the Kallimarmaron Stadium, the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens.

The tour continues towards Panepistimiou Avenue where you can see the Catholic Cathedral of Athens and the Trilogy of Neoclassical Buildings of Athens.

Temple of Parthenon in the Acropolis of Athens, the Academy of athens, the Athens university and the National library will definitely impress you with their aesthetics and architectural design.

The tour to Athens continues with a drive to the Temple of Zeus and the Hadrians Gate that blend the Ancient and Roman Era in Athens. The destination now is the crown of the city, the imposing Acropolis of Athens with its glorious Parthenon.

The Parthenon is the most characteristic example of classic architecture of the 5th century BC, constructed to house the immense statue of Goddess Athena, the protector Goddess of the city.

You will get to see the Propylaea, the Temple of athena nike and the temple of the Erectheion that is mostly known due to the statues of the Caryatides, the Porch of Maidens.

Once you descend from The acropolis, you have the chance to visit the New Museum of the Acropolis that is built at the feet of the Sacred Rock and admire the marbles of the Parthenon and an impressive collection of artifacts and relics found on the Acropolis during the excavations.

Later on, the private tour will drive you through Plaka, the picturesque quarter of the city, where you can see lovely little shops with handmade crafts and gifts, the Ancient agora of Athens where the philosophers and orators of Athens used to present their views and Roman agora.

The full day tour to Athens will also give you the chance to get a glimpse of modern Athens as well, visiting the fish and meat market in downtown Athens and walking by the Monastiraki market, which is the famous flea market of the city.

However, a visit to Athens is never complete if you do not get to taste the famous Greek cuisine; the tour will take you to a traditional Athenian restaurant or tavern, where you can indulge to the colors and flavors of the most known Greek dishes (home cooked food).

Finally, you will enjoy the breathtaking views from Lycabettus Hill, which is the highest hill in the city of Athens, to take some spectacular pictures and an image of the entire city in your hearts and minds.

Inclusions

A professional English speaking tour driver

Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle appropriate for the size of your group

Hotel pickup and drop-off in Athens

Piraeus Port pickup and drop-off

Exclusions

Entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museum

Gratuities

Food and drinks

Entry/Admission - Acropolis

Entry/Admission - Ancient Agora of Athens

Entry/Admission - Acropolis Museum

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time

Infant seats available

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Important note: You will have a professional English-speaking driver with good knowledge of the history and culture of Greece, to guide you till you enter archaeological sites and museums according to the program. Tour drivers are not licensed to companion you inside the archaeological sites and museums. If you'd like to have one, we can arrange it for you at an additional cost. Licensed by the state tour guides are freelance and it is subject to availability on bookings day!

Athens International Airport transfers can be arranged on request

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 28-Oct-2022

    We only had a short time in Athens, coming off of a cruise. We saw all of the wonderful reviews of the driver George, online and decided to book him. It was a great choice. George was an excellent tour guide. He was very knowledgeable of the area and extremely personable. George had a great sense of humor and was extremely accurate with all the time we needed at every site. It was a great experience and would 100% suggest to book the tour and ask for George as your driver.

  • 13-Oct-2022

    Andrew (a.k.a. Andres) was an amazing driver and tour guide, especially with his driving skills in those narrow streets and alleys. Even though there was a lot of distance to cover, we never felt rushed at any of the stops and we arrived back at port with a perfect amount of time to get back onboard or cruise ship. My only negative comment is that we had confirmed with the tour operator that strollers were allowed at the Temple of Athena but we were told once we got there that it was not stroller accessible and we could see why; there were may steps and the ground was a very slippery marble throughout that made it dangerous to climb without careful walking. We were fine carrying our twin babies but it just would've been good to know in advance so we could plan to leave the strollers in the van during that part of the tour. Otherwise, we loved the views at all of the famous landmarks Andrew took us to and drove by, especially the breathtaking view at Mount Lycabettus. Andrew timed his tour perfectly so that we got to the Hellenic Parliament just in time for the changing of the guard and adjusted the order that we saw the each tour destination so that the crowds were never too big or overwhelming. And because we wanted to visit the Little Kook Bakery in one of the old districts, Andrew kindly adjusted our schedule to allow that time and even asked if we wanted to visit certain stops on the tour schedule like the Acropolis Museum. We didn't think that was necessary for this tour and were glad that it gave us more time to enjoy lunch, which definitely a big highlight. We felt like family at Babis, which was the restaurant Andrew took us to for lunch. It was a local place and not one for tourists so we made us feel closer to the food. Fish was fresh caught and we could see and pick what we wanted them to cook. The family-special meatballs were amazing and everything else including the bread, Greek salad, and sugar cinnamon dessert were delicious. What truly made this tour memorable was that I has specifically mentioned to Andrew that I wanted to taste authentic gyro and baklava while in Greece. I had already tasted the gyro an a previous port but we never had a chance to get baklava anywhere during the tour so Andrew was gracious enough to stop at a bakery on our way back to port and buy some for me. He didn't have to go out of his way to do that but I appreciated him so much for that. I would definitely do another tour with Andrew specifically if I have the chance to visit Athens again.

  • 12-Oct-2022

    This is highly recommended if you only have a day to spend in Athens. Our driver, Yanni, picked us up on time from the port and raced our van straight to the Acropolis to beat the tour buses coming from half a dozen ships docked in Pireas that day. We had no trouble entering the ruins but the line was over an hour long when we left! Yanni was very good in explaining the history of Athens from the ancient origins of the Olympics and the marathon to the meaning of the attire of the guards in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (the changing of the guard was a highlight!). He gave us the right tips and had a few surprises including selfies with the Presidential Palace guard and a authentic Greek lunch on the streets of the city. We didn't have much time to spend in the Ancient Agora but did manage to visit the Temple of Hephaistos and do some speed shopping for souvenirs in the marketplace. Yanni was great at driving us around, pointing out the sights and providing the background that added colour to our trip.

  • 11-Oct-2022

    Apostolis was great. Took us u to o all the great sites. Explained everything . Great little family restaurant for lunch.

  • 04-Aug-2022

    We had a great day visiting the city of Athens with Christo as our tour guide. Christo was very knowledge about the history of the and also able to accommodate our requests about sites that we want to visit, providing great feedback on our choices and proposing alternatives.

  • 29-Jul-2022

    Athens was amazing, my family and I had a wonderful time touring Athens. George our driver was amazing and knew the history of Athens.

  • 02-Jul-2022

    Takis “best cab driver in all of the world” self-proclaimed and 100% true Unbelievable packed adventure He was an awesome tour guide who knows his way around Athens with his eyes closed. We saw acropolis, temple of Zeus, aristotles school, changing of the guards, the highest hill in Athens with the best view, agora, Olympic stadium, had traditional Greek lunch, visited the acropolis museum (spent an 1 hr here), had 5 star Greek baklava, saw Socrates prison And got back to our cruise ship with 1.5 hours to spare. And he planned out the day so that we saw the most crowded sights when there was no one there - so awesome. TIP: buy your tickets for Athens archeological sites in advance online and print the that includes all the above sites -30euros totally worth it. And then you skip through all the ticket buying lines.

  • 07-Jun-2022

    We are back at home in the US after a truly amazing trip to Greece. Our driver and tour expert Christos was truly excellent! We were exhausted after an 8-hour tour of your gorgeous city, but it was truly the experience of a lifetime! Thank you for helping us make some unforgettable memories! Rick and Gina Gunter

  • 14-Aug-2021

    Excellent time . Mackey was the best. Excellent service and very knowledgeable . He knew his way around the city . Thank you

  • 23-Dec-2019

    We had an awesome time! We were taken to various sites and we had an itinerary that suited us superbly. We had ample time to absorb the atmosphere of the sites, especially the Acropolis. We had pick up at our hotel and drop off at the same place. All I would say is for 159€, it is a bit pricey.

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