Specially destined for cruise passengers visiting Athens (Piraeus) for hours or a day
Highlights of the half day private shore excursion
- 4-hours 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
- Proffesional English-speaking tour driver
- Pickup and drop off at your cruise ship pier in Piraeus
Sightseeing: 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
Description of the best of Athens city with the Acropolis, half day
Board your modern cruise tours Piraeus 4 seater, 10 seater or 17 seater vehicle, according your group size, leaving the quayside, for a 20 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 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.Our private shore excursion include sightseeing of the National Gardens, the National Library and the Parliament Building, the ex – Royal Palace, plaka, roman agora, Monastiraki – Temple of Vulcan.
We continue this day private shore excursion, and 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 your private shore excursion in Athens city, your private tour driver will drive you up on Lycabetus, the highest hill in Athens, where you can admire the below incredible city views of Athens.
Transfer to back to Piraeus cruise ship pier where your Athens private shore excursion ends, carrying with you the best of Athens.