Looking for best shared, small-group Athens tours from cruise port that offer seeing Athens highlights and bring you back to the ship in time? You are in the right place!
When you step ashore in Piraeus, Greece, and opt for one of our highly recommended small group shore excursions to Athens, you're embarking on an unforgettable adventure - and truly making the most of your time in this splendid city.
No need to worry about navigating on your own a foreign land where 'it's all Greek to me' – there's just so much to see and do.
You'll want peace of mind, knowing you'll return to the ship on time and experience it all simultaneously.
That is exactly why I have created this little guide for the shore excursion and Athens tours from the cruise port - to offer you the best tours without you having to do endless searches online.
These tours are a dream come true for travelers seeking a more personal touch, delivering an intimate experience you'll treasure forever, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who breathes life into the city's rich history.
As you stroll through the ancient wonders of Athens, from the grand Acropolis and its iconic Parthenon temple to the historic Plaka market nestled in the city's heart, you'll forge memories that will linger with you long after your cruise has ended.
Your 5-and-a-half-hour tour starts at the Piraeus cruise terminal where your tour guide picks you up.
First, you will head to Syntagma Square to see the change of the National Guard in front of the Parliament. Behind the parliament, there are the National Gardens and you will be walked through them, too.
What's great about this tour is you will head to the Acropolis only after the morning rush is gone, and won't need to stand in line to buy the ticket. After that, you can chill inside the Acropolis Museum, one of the top five museums in the world.
This intense shore excursions also makes sure you have the best experience on the Acropolis: it starts very early and gets you to the entrance as soon as the doors open, before the heat.
After that you will also visit the Panathenaic stadium (where the first modern Olympic games were held) and the famous Acropolis museum.
You will also pass by many other Athens highlights and be taken back to the ship in time for its sailaway.
Athens heat can be quite excruciating, and some people love to make their sightseeing quick - that is why this shore excursion is often booked and has high reviews.
You will see the Acropolis and all its famous temples and historical buildings, as well as the Syntagma square in central Athens.
It skips visiting the Museum and gets you back to the ship in time for lunch.
During this fun 4-hour tour you get to visit markets, bakeries, dairies, cafes and sweet shops with a local food specialist and sample all the wonderful local breads, sausages, dough balls and pastries.
A little tip: do not have breakfast as you will taste tons of food and finish it off with a gyro lunch!
This shore excursion is great for cruisers who have been to Athens before and are looking for something different but also for the first time visitors - you get a few hours off and you can use them to go and see the Acropolis on your own!
Athens is not all about the Acropolis - my favorite part is the Plaka, the old neighborhood with all the tavernas, cafes, greek jewelry shops, souvenirs, and olive oil products.
This tour gives you an hour to explore it and 3 hours to see the Acropolis - very early in the morning before all the crowds rush in.
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