Ports: Piraeus (Athens) Cruise Port
Athens & Shore Excursions
Serving as the heart of Ancient Greece and now the country’s modern capital, Athens is a pulsing city with an undeniable buzz. It boasts some of the world’s most impressive ancient landmarks and outstanding archaeological museums, as well as trend-setting bohemian neighborhoods and a vibrant dining scene.
Cruise ships dock at the Port of Piraeus, which includes three natural harbors that have served ships coming and going since the 4th century BC. Megas Limani is the main cruise port, set across 11 berths and two terminals, with Terminal A catering to small and medium-sized cruise vessels and Terminal B where larger ships berth.
Piraeus is located around 11 kilometers (7 miles) from Athens, with easy transport links into the downtown area and the Athens International Airport via a direct freeway. If you don’t want to venture into Athens, explore the picturesque Mikrolimano harbor area of Piraeus and visit its Archaeological Museum, then admire the fine Greek Orthodox churches of Saint Nicholas and Saint Spyridon.
Athens is dominated by the hilltop citadel of the Acropolis, home to the magnificent Parthenon, the semi-circular Theatre of Dionysus and the ornate temple of Erechtheion. Be sure to visit the cutting-edge Acropolis Museum where ancient sculptures from the site are on display, as well as exposed excavations within its foundations.
Wander the atmospheric streets of Plaka near the Acropolis which are packed with charming cafes and antique shops, then explore the upmarket boutiques and galleries of Kolonaki. Admire the neoclassical Parliament building and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square or venture to the former industrial area of Monastiraki that has been transformed into one of Athen’s most hip neighborhoods.
Don’t miss a day trip to wander the narrow streets of Corinth where the Temple of Apollo and Roman Agora can be found or explore the spiritual heart of Ancient Greece at Delphi. Situated on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, these ancient ruins are home to the Temple of Apollo, the Oracle and the Springs of Castalia where devotees purified themselves before entering.
Our Athens shore excursions are led by highly knowledgeable guides who will offer a unique insight into this ancient city and help you experience more than you thought possible. If you can’t find the Athens shore excursion you are looking for here, please contact us directly so we can customize an itinerary for you.