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Athens (Piraeus) Acropolis Excursion Reviews

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Some 2,400 years old, the Acropolis is the largest temple ever completed in Greece. It’s a popular attraction for visitors to Athens; make sure you visit early in the morning to bypass the long lines.

adkirk25

1 review

Semi private tour with Yannis Taxi from trip advisor.

Our group of 14 mini-bused to the Acropolis from Piraeus port after being met promptly by our driver and our fluent english speaking guide, Eleni (Helen). One thing I loved about this is that my husband and I didn't know any of the other people on the tour. Yannis set up the whole thing which made it a lot cheaper than private.

Eleni guided us through the Acropolis and the Museum of the Acropolis with exemplary knowledge and detail. We had time on our own for shopping and lunch in the beautiful pedestrian area of Plaka. After lunch, we visited the Holocaust Memorial and Constitution square for the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

Eleni was EXTREMELY knowledgeable and I wonder if she is not actually a History major. She had extensive detail on everything!


Provider: Independent Operator

foxtraveler

5 reviews

Athens, Greece - used ship excursion to go to the Acropolis and see the sites with many, many folks doing the same thing. Was a very good tour but it is quite crowded on the hilltop and after a while we just left the group and walked around on our own. From the dock it is 6 kilometers to the Acropolis and takes approx 30 min given the traffic. If you are doing any shopping recommend doing so in the city or by the excursions as there is not much at all by the port. Recommend an excursion here as getting off and walking around will not be of value.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Pugdom@verizon.net

1 review

This was an energetic tour with lots of climbing and walking, but well worth it! Before arriving at the Acropolis, we were given a tour of the city of Athens, so had the opportunity to hear information on sights we didn't see when touring independently the day prior to the Cunard-arranged tour. Our guide was passionate about her country and its history, and managed to convey the sense of wonder over this incredible site to all of us in the group.


Provider: Cunard Line

vladamsoh

1 review

We hired a private tour company we found on TripAdvisor. Since we had 6 people it was affordable and it is the way to go. We also hired a private guide through Athens Limo. She was extra but well worth it! They took us everywhere worth seeing and took us to lunch at a local restaurant that is not a tourist restaurant. The food was delightful. Highly recommend!


Provider: Independent Operator

kennbrandt

1 review

The walk up to the site is steep. It was very crowded and they were restoring most of it. There was scaffolding and men all around the site with power tools. It really detracted from the historical value of an ancient site when you hear jack hammers and sanders being used.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

bjrose

2 reviews

This was a difficult climb for anyone. The stones are slippery and dangerous. The Acropolis is an amazing sight that it even exists, but the repairs and the crowds will make me stay away forever now.


Provider: Princess Cruises

Tuney

1 review

The Acropolis is another of those must be there to appreciate it sites.

This tour is combined with the city tour by HAL and listed as strenuous because of the steep slipery climb up to the Acropolis. However, the literature fails to mention that for people who decide that they don't want to risk the walk up there is a cafeteria by the bus stop where they can wait for the others to return from the top. My wife would have enjoyed the first part of the tour even if she wasn't able to make the walk to the top.


Provider: Holland America Line

webpilot11

1 review

If you book independently, you may risk not getting back in time.. When the ship sails...be on it.
The Parthenon sits atop the Acropolis and is a the most important structure on the planet for what it represents, is also a must see. The view down onto the incredible city of Athens is only realized by being there. It is memorable.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

pedrocampa

1 review

Excellent tour with a good guide.


Provider: MSC Cruises

Mrsfshesgawjus

1 review

We did a panoramic bus tour of ancient Athens stopping at times to take photos. We then had about an hour and a half free shopping time at the plaka.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

SarasotaPro

4 reviews

Great site - allow 1 to 1.5 hours


Provider: Independent Operator

FunCouple13

1 review

Athens- we did the cruise 1/2 day Athens Sightseeing & Acropolis walking tour- lots of steps and people but very informative and beautiful. Parthenon was just amazing. Great tour guide! Returned to ship and napped/rested on deck 15 in the sun. Whew...


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Seapink

1 review

Very informative and enjoyable.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

beave30

1 review

Awesome visit to the Acropolis and then a transfer to the airport. Wonderful experience.


Provider: Holland America Line

beave30

1 review

Awesome visit to the Acropolis and then a transfer to the airport. Wonderful experience.


Provider: Holland America Line

CK57

1 review

We had a group of 8 on a private tour that saw all the sights and all of us felt as though it was the best route to go. The size of our group was just right for this tour. We used Nikos Loukas for our Tour planning.


Provider: Independent Operator

cocomoe18

1 review

We had been to Athens many years ago and this was the main thing we wanted to see - I made sure we booked the morning tour as it was going to be hot. There are lots of tours there at any time but our guide kept us together well, she was very good. It was actually not as strenuous as they advertised (fortunately) but the stones are smooth and uneven ..


Provider: Princess Cruises

cltraveler

1 review

We expected the Acropolis to be crowded but it wasn't too bad. Those who walked a bit slower moved off to the sides so the faster walkers to get ahead. Luckily there was a breeze on the day we were there making it much more enjoyable.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

sparkx

1 review

Again, a good tour around the acropolis but don't get caught out as its very hot at the top. Worth doing if you visit.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

AllisonB

1 review

Loved Athens, somewhere I had always fancied visiting and a good day trip. Acropolis was spectacular and we had a very good English speaking guide who took us there then left us with a few hours on hour own which we enjoyed. Would definitely return to Athens again.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

blue_butterfly2012

1 review

Great enjoyed my time there

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

JLU917

1 review

Our tour guide, Rina, was fabulous. She did not rush us, was so full of information, told us what we would be doing next at every stop. Acropolis climb was a life-altering experience.

Provider: Independent Operator

Pezzy

1 review

Pictures do not do this justice. Amazing site. Lots of walking and LOTS of steps. Wear appropriate shoes. You cant miss this. Be prepared for crowds and long lines.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Babaganush

1 review

The Acropolis was not as difficult to climb as some of the literature had indicated. One gets excellent view of the city and even the cruise ship from the top of the hill.

Provider: Independent Operator

Mimi A

9 reviews

Our tour started with a visit to the Acropolis which I had previously visited, but my husband had not -- it was nice to see without so many tourists in November. Guide was excellent.

Provider: Princess Cruises

HickoryShampoo

1 review

Very nice and tidy. Totally unlike the rest of Athens we saw. Athens is a dump!

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Darshan1

10 reviews

I was expecting the Acropolis to disappoint, but it did not. The Parthenon and other buildings were impressive, and made more so by the details given by our guide (Effie from Navigator Tours) and the views from the top are fantastic. If you are worried about falling at the Acropolis, I would say to still go on the tour as the stairs are not the problem. You can get fairly close to the top without running into the slippery surfaces that cause the falls. However, the area that is level with the Parthenon can be very difficult to walk on unless you're quite careful. We did see more than one person with a cane both there and at Ephesus, so it can be done. I want to add that several couples complained loudly about the cruise line's "Highlights of Athens" tour which apparently had a terrible guide (also Navigator) who did nothing but talk about a jewelry shop and did not offer views of the Acropolis as promised. I've heard more than once that there is a lot to appreciate in Athens besides the Acropolis, but I've heard the opposite as well. Based on my experience and what I heard from others,we were very glad we risked the "strenuous" excursion to the Acropolis.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Kellie Poodle

6 reviews

Same tour Standing on the Acropolis was the fulfillment of a dream.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

peicruisers

2 reviews

This was a wonderful tour about 6 hours, tour of the city the Acropolis the Museum and the old shopping area, was very educational with great guide who was an archaeologist.

Provider: Independent Operator

chestnuthouse

1 review

One of those "must see" sights of the world.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

cb1968

13 reviews

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.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

TRUEBLUE66

3 reviews

With Piraeus port being some distance from the main attractions in Athens and having not been before we opted for the full day Acropolis and Plaka tour. Cannot fault the tour which was on a new bus which dropped us at the foot of the Acropolis with a bottle of much needed water. Tour guide was very informative and we all had radio receivers to listen. We were given plenty of time to wander the ruins ourselves before getting a bus tour of the main city highlights.We were then dropped off in the old town district of Plaka, beneath the Acropolis for a few hours of DIY sightseeing. Had a great day!

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

ge1shh

1 review

It was a bit hectic at the Acropolis. Our guide had bought our tickets in advance, which was meant to prevent us queuing in the main queue. However, the people at the Acropolis had moved the goal posts and wouldn't let us in without us going into the main queue to get our tickets stamped or something. Fortunately we found our guide (who on this type of tour was not going to take us around the Acropolis himself - he would wait with the bus until a pre-arranged time for us all to meet back at the bus. He sorted things out for us, but it was a bit annoying at the time, as there were people everywhere pushing and queuing. We enjoyed the visit anyway, and would like to visit Athens again sometime.

Provider: Independent Operator

Budlight2012

1 review

We did this ourselves using the City Sightseeing tour bus.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Parakalo

1 review

Highly recommend Context Travel if you like small, intimate groups (6 people max). We had a guide for just our group of 4 - Kelly Bourni with a Master's degree in modern letters from the Sorbonne and a certificate in archaeology from the National School in Athens. She gave us not just a history lesson but insight into the passion and loyalty of the greek people. It would be easy to spend hours in the museum thinking you need to "see everything". Kelly moved us though the museum efficiently and the entire tour was informative and worthwhile.

Provider: Independent Operator

vs8864

4 reviews

Surroudned by a scaffolding. Not that intersting.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

kingrodney

1 review

The Acropolis was quite interesting a worth seeing. the tour we we one was informative and the guide knowledgeable (as you would expect). Unlike some of the other sites we'd been to during the cruise we were given ample time on our own after the guided part of the tour which was good. Once again it was expensive but at least it was more enjoyable.

Provider: Princess Cruises

Katie Starlight

1 review

It is a must see. The Acropolis is Fabulous

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

EmmyLaBlonde

2 reviews

guide was not very good, kind of crabby. acropolis is crowded and hot. Take water!! Port 2 was Ephesus Turkey. This is a must do excursion.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

neoncandle

1 review

Full of people. Long waits. Hot. Windy. We should have hired a guide, but then maybe we would have been stuck there longer. Never plan to go back. Wished we had skipped it and headed for Plaka.

Provider: Independent Operator

DebsLpool

2 reviews

Booked an organised excursion as we had an early sail away and were conscious of time limitations. Athens looked much improved from the Athens of 20 years ago, the last time we had visited, and I know they had worked hard at improving the city for their Olympic games. When we last visited the Acropolis it had been busy, it is probably always busy, but the amount of people at the Acropolis was staggering, wall to wall bodies. Our guide was very knowledgeable but slightly boring, people started to drift away from her, including us, I think she must have been left just talking to herself in the end. The park around the base of the Acropolis provided a lovely shady place to enjoy and iced lemon drink and get our breadth back, before returning to the ship. A flying visit to an important city but it made me want to return

Provider: Thomson Cruises

kct76

1 review

fabulous!

Provider: Princess Cruises

jsgoodrich

1 review

Tour guide gave a brief history and then we explored on our own

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Lanny01

1 review

Acropolis was fantastic. Plaka, not enough time.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

dollyddraws

1 review

Too much time left at Plaka for Shopping, but otherwise a great informative tour. If travelling in peak summer take the earliest tour to the Acropolis to allow for the high temperatures

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

slewis7

1 review

It is incredibly hot and crowded around the Acropolis. Be sure to wear good shoes as the marble surface is quite slippery. The ship tour stopped at a crummy gift shop of course; no more ship tours for me from now on. The saving grace of the tour is that the Acropolis is truly spectacular.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Pooh ear

1 review

Morning at the Acropolis and time on our in Athens in the afternoon. Excellent and knowledgeable guide, very helpful.

Provider: Princess Cruises

babertie

1 review

Spectacular. Guide gave us a review of the Acropolis and guided us almost the entire way. She also was very explicit on the meeting places.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

MsAvalon

1 review

Fantastic to see the Acropolis...wished we'd had more time to explore the surrounding area where Socrates and Plato taught. On all of the tours they give you ear buds to listen to the tour guides, but if you have small ear canals, you ears will hurt for hours. Some of them are very stat-icky.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

RobTexas

3 reviews

With the crowds and the scaffolding (they are working on the Parthenon) it is difficult to really get into the spirit of what you are seeing. There is also a problem with most guided tours. If you are on a cruise then essentially you are getting "a taste of" each of the places you visit. You probably are not interesting in every little detail. Tour guides don't get that and want to fill you up with data you can't absorb - especially if you are standing out in 95 degree sun.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

World Gallery

12 reviews

We booked with Context Travel. We did the Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum and Plaka. These places we visted were excellent but our guide was average. Would not use a Context Travel guide again for Athens.

Provider: Independent Operator

PAULsG

1 review

well worth it. just be careful in summer- it was VERY hot, VERY crowded, so go early - by 1000 there were 40 coaches waiting to park , in addition to the 25 already parked !

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Happy1211

1 review

Irene was a great guide who knew so much and delivered it clearly and consistently. 7.5 hours and worth it.Great lunch at a greek Taverna in the Plaka District - Greek salad, wine, chicken, vegetables and baklava.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

ALBIRD1

1 review

I am not a big fan of using the headsets but otherwise it would be difficult. The tour included a city tout and shopping in Plaka as well. Be careful going up to the Acropolis as the smooth store path is quite slippery even when dry. Very worthwhile

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

traceygirl

5 reviews

The ruins were great. The Temple of Poseidon is a long ride but nice country side. They are facing a vote in June on the Euro and the guide showed her dislike.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

mokopuna2

2 reviews

The ruins are fantastic and Georges knowledge of the history of the place is outstanding. He is an encyclopedia. The Acropolis is a "must do" on anyone's list of things to do in Athens. I have read about them and have seen photos of them, but until you visit them in person you can not appreciate them as they should be appreciated.


Provider: Independent Operator

kamali kuri

1 review

Again we did a half day tour as was torn between Corinth Canal and Acropolis. Acroplis won for me! Acropolis for great for some awesome views, & the the Parthenon perched at the top of Athens' most famous hill was stunning. Some 500 steps to climb here so wear some comfortable shoes so you dont slip on the marble steps+it is also very hot at the top and there is no shadey spot to hide under..... Acroplis is just that in the middle of a built up city so don't expect much else in Athens except traffic! driver did stop outside ancient olympic stadium where the Olympic 2012 flame was lit for quick photos.

Provider: Thomson Cruises

esb7

1 review

Great tour!

Provider: MSC Cruises

Twinmum

2 reviews

This tour was to take us to the Acropolis and then time on our own at the Plaka. I would have preferred to do the hop on hop off bus as I had a hard time understanding our guide and he then spent most of the Acropolis tour standing in the same spot next to the Parthenon and talking about a lot of technichal details that were interesting for about ten minutes. I then got a little bored and wandered off on my own to just soak up the atmosphere of this ancient spectacle.The Plaka was nice to stop and have a leisurely greek lunch of Souvalaki and appreciate being in this beautiful. We did a little shopping but it was like shopping in any city.

Provider: Princess Cruises

indyfranks

1 review

Hot and crowded, but still worth seeing.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Kiheisands

1 review

Although the Acropolis was amazing ... the view of Athens equally amazing, I was not moved by the sheer volume of this urban city. If not for the Acropolis we would not have done a day tour.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

explore4ever

8 reviews

Magnificent! but Crowded. Also a MUST-SEE if you have not visited before.

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Rio Brewster

1 review

The acropolis tour was just OK. The tour guide stood in one place and talked for a long time and we wanted to move around a bit more. We ended up setting out on our own and meeting the bus at the end.

Provider: Costa Cruises

havegunwilltravel

3 reviews

A lot of fun being on your own. Bus, and subway run 24/7 even on holidays.

Provider: Independent Operator

-Aitch-

1 review

Not long enough at this port

Provider: MSC Cruises

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