Port of call Athens (Piraeus), Greece | Pick up at Athens International Airport
Are you arriving at Athens International Airport on Delta, Continental or disembark at the cruise port of Piraeus etc…? This Embarkation | Disembarkation tour offers a thrilling opportunity to experience the Acropolis, and tour the legendary city of Athens. It is designed for your comfort, to start your amazing cruise with a visit of the historic ruins which is combined with a private vehicle before conveniently dropping you off at your ship pier, and enjoyed at the beginning of your cruise. —”Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts and eloquence.” elegantly introduced to the world as Milton did, maybe finally, you will beguine with the best tour of your holidays.
You’ll see (itinerary): The Acropolis – the Parthenon – Erechthion – Temple of Athens Niki – Plaka – Ancient Agora – Roman Agora – Hdrian’s library – Monastiraki – Temple of Vulcan – Temple of Zeus – Hadrian’s Arch – the Parliament – monument of the Unknown Soldier – Panathenian Stadium – ex royal house – Kolonaki – Lycabettus Hill
Visits: The Acropolis – the Parthenon – Erechthion – Temple of Athens Niki – Plaka – Temple of Zeus – Hadrian’s Arch – the Parliament – monument of the Unknown Soldier – Panathenian Stadium – Lycabettus Hill
Highlights of Disembark | Embark tour of Athens with transfer
- 4 – hour morning sightseeing private tour of Athens
- Combines Athens’ modern and classical sites guided by our experts
- Explore the wonders of the Acropolis , the trade mark of Athens
- Highlights of modern Athens, including neighborhoods, Plaka, Constitution Square, Panathenian Stadium, Kolonaki-the high end of Athens, Lecabettus-the highest hill of Athens
- English-speaking professional tour driver
- Pickup and drop off at your cruise terminal or Athens airport
Description of Disembark | Embark tour of Athens with transfer
Arrive at Athens International Airport ( Eleftherios Venizelos), or disembark at Piraeus cruise port. Our tour driver will wait there for you holding a sign with your name on it. Board your modern 4 seater, 10 seater or 17 seater vehicle, according your group size, leaving the airport terminals, for a 40 minute drive to Athens through the scenic suburbs. Visit the mighty Acropolis dominates the landscape to see the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Greece, and the trade mark of Athens.
Visit on the top of the famous hill, the Porpylea (Entrance), the Erectheum, the Temple of Wingless Victory and, of course, the crowning glory of Athens, the incomparable Parthenon, the greatest monuments all times. According to the Myth at the Erectheum, Goddess Athena and God Poseidon are said to have held a contest to decide who would be Patron of the city.
When Poseidon thrust his trident into the ground, water burst forth, Athena touched the ground with her spear, and an olive tree grew. She was named goddess of the city. The building itself contains the graceful Porch of the Caryatids, which features replica columns of marble maidens supporting the roof of the temple. All temples on the holly rock, the Acropolis, are dedicated to Athena, the patron goddess of Athens, it is Greece’s largest (5th century BC) and most impressive temple.
Our private shore excursion in Athens continues for the next visit is the famous Temple of Olympian Zeus, the largest (3rd century BC) Corinthian style temple in ancient Greece. Hadrian’s Arch symbolizes and separates the old and new towns by the Roman era.
On a panoramic drive through the city, some of the highlights you’ll see include the National Gardens,the National Library and the Parliament Building, the ex – Royal Palace, Plaka, roman agora, Monastiraki – Temple of Vulcan. Along the way you will pass the the ex-royal house and the ancient Olympic Stadium for a brief photo stop. Re-built 1894, to host the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The stadium is made all of Pentelic marble (like the Parthenon) standing on the site of the original stadium, dating from the 4th century B.C. The Panathinean stadium is used today for very special events, like for the every year finish of the marathon and the archery competition. Also, it was used in the 2004 Olympics games.
Just before we end this Athens city private tour, your private driver will drive you up on Lycabetus, the highest hill in Athens, where you can admire the below incredible city views of Athens. After this visit we will take the way to Piraeus cruise port, to ship pier in 17 minutes approx.