Acropolis & Picturesque Plaka

A brief city drive will take you from Piraeus into Athens covering the main points of interest both ancient and modern as your guide provides interesting commentary.

Your first stop of the day will be at the awesome Acropolis site on which is the Parthenon, the symbol of classical architecture. The entrance to the top of the hill is through the Propylea, the ‘gates’ through which the Panathinea processions used to enter, built totally of white marble and covering an area of 50 meters across the whole western front of the Acropolis. Next to these is the temple of Athena Niki also known as the ‘Wingless Victory’. The Parthenon is the major temple built in honour of Goddess Athena. Her statue decorates the center of the temple and it was made of ivory and gold. Next to the Parthenon is the smaller Temple of Erechthion with lovely sculptured young maidens supporting the roof of the porch. From the top of the Acropolis you will also be able to admire the ancient theatre of Herodus Atticus with its remarkable acoustics.

You’ll then enter the old part of the city called the Plaka and explore its predominately pedestrian streets with the picturesque houses, shops and numerous cafes. After an hour and half of free time in this area you’ll return to the motorcoach for your transportation back to port.


Special Notes:
TComfortable walking shoes and a sun hat recommended.

Tour not suitable for elderly and assisted, physically challenged persons.

Please be aware ongoing restoration work is often carried out at the Acropolis.

The tour involves climbing approximately 80 steps at the Acropolis, as well as walking over some uneven and slippery paths.

There will be a 10-minute walk from the motorcoach drop-off point to the Plaka area.

Passengers with limited mobility should take this into consideration before taking this tour.

Security restrictions at the Acropolis prohibit entrance with large bags and backpacks.

Passengers should expect lines and crowds at the Acropolis.

Guests wishing to stay longer at Plaka may do so but will have to make their own way back to the port.


Tour Timings:

Tours begin at times suitable for the ship's arrival in port. The breakdown of the excursions is as follows:
00hr00 -> Depart from Piraeus Port
00hr00-> 00hr30 Drive to Athens

00hr30-> 02hr15 Guided tour of the Acropolis & the Parthenon

02hr15-> 02hr30 Drive to Plaka area

02hr30-> 04hr00 Free time at Plaka

04hr00-> 04hr30 Drive back to port

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