- The ship docks about 600 metres from the edge of the old town (we were told that it is a 15 to 20 minute walk but we did it in under ten). The ship offers a shuttle from the dock to the other side of town for 10 euro p.p. My wife and I figured that it would be the same walk from the drop off point to the sites as just walking from the ship so unless you have no ability to walk, the shuttle is a waste of money.
The old town is full of interesting alley streets and many churches. We seemed to run into them every fifty feet or so. The final church we ended up at was the Basilica Di San Nicola, very impressive ceiling.
I can not give a review of any of the sites as everything was closed. All the museums and cultural sites are locked up on the day of rest. Even the public toilets are locked and bolted. My suggestion is if your ship makes port on the Sabbath, take a (expensive) ship excursion away from town or spend an hour (that is all it takes) walking the streets, have a gelato, explore the basilica and then go back to the pool.
- The port is a little way from the town but is walk able in about 30 to 45 minutes. There is a shuttle offered by the ship for ten dollars but there is a much better way. A free shuttle bus is provided from the ship's berth to the port entry, just outside of the main building is a public bus stop. Bus #16 does round trips all day from the port to the old town for 1,50 euro. The distance is not that far (maybe a mile or so) but it is a busy road to and from the port and it cuts the time to about five minutes. There are two forts in town to explore; the new fort on the top of the hill is quite a hike up. It costs 3 euro to enter but has absolutely no information about what you are seeing. If it wasn't for the ship provided information on the sights of the town I wouldn't have known anything about what I was seeing. It is a good place to take pictures from but that is it. The entire fort is just empty rooms. The old town is a busy maze of small narrow streets with lots of shops and restaurants. The island is known for its beaches and would be a good place to have a beach day
This is a tendered port, very wind blown and pretty. If you would like to send a message back home, this is one of two ports with free wifi. The other is Athens. All the restaurants in the town advertize free wifi. I was told by a fellow passenger that the tour to Delos to see the ruins was very good. My wife and I just walked around and made our way to the old grain windmills perched on top the hill near the town. Like all the ports, it was exceptionally clean.
All the tour buses showed up at the Acropolis at the same time. Total confusion trying to enter the site.
The Acropolis is amazing though (I just wish the scaffolding and crane were not there.
City Tour Rating:
Athens Sightseeing & Acropolis
Bus hardly slowed down as the guide pointed out the window at what we were suppose to be seeing. Many monuments covered in graffiti.
Old Olympic Stadium Rating:
The port is about 10 km from the centre of Athens and the sites. We took a tour from the ship but if I go back I will take public transit. At the exit of the terminal is a bus (ask in the terminal about the bus number) that will take you to the metro system. Total cost is 1,50 euro p.p. The only thing that sullied this port was the graffiti on the buildings denouncing the austerity measures. Really looks bad on national monuments. The Acropolis is absolutely mobbed when the ships come in. Wifi is free in the port terminal and is right next to the ships berth.