Explore ancient Athens, cradle of western civilization and birthplace of democracy. Popular stops include the Parthenon, the Temple of Hephaestus, and the stadium that once held the first modern Olympics.
We took the hop on Hop Off, from the ship to Athens. Some people took public busses but I was with an older person and wanted to maximise view of the city. We went to the top of the Acropolis which wasn't as difficult as it appears. Perhaps in summer it is mobbed and the groups make it difficult to see. We had a great time but perhaps booking an English language tour of the Acropolis would be recommended for people without a good understanding of the related history and culture.
It was good. Nikos was extremely personable and drove us around and then to the port. This was helpful because it was raining outside and my 62 year old mother doesn't like to walk too much. However, where he drove us, we basically could have walked to (on a normal non-rainy day with a person who doesn't mind walking). The price of the excursion was way more than it should have been, but Nikos was a great companion for the day.
This was an 8 hour tour, called The Best of Athens, that we booked on our own. We had a very nice driver who was very nice and extremely knowledgeable about Athens. He took us all over the city with stops at the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and a few other places. We ate lunch at a hole in the wall tavern called 5eff's. We ate a family style lunch and were completely stuffed when we left. The price was amazing and this was by far the best meal I ate in 15 days in Europe.
Ancient Athens is not to be missed. We got to the Acropolis early in the day before the crowds and so glad we did. Our guide was so knowledgeable. She gave us the history and stories in such a way they came alive. From there we went to the Olympic Stadium and the tomb of the Unknown Soldier to watch the changing of the guards, which was awesome. Very nice day and recommend this tour company.
Good tour. We had time to see the Platka to shop and eat lunch and walked to the government building to see the guard change before meeting the bus. Lots of time at the Acropolis to see everything there. We were happy with this tour. No hassle with finding buses etc. we just went directly to the tour bus when we left the ship.
This tour started with a driving tour of Athens and gave us a chance to view the Acropolis but only from the outside. We then were taken to Plaka where we had an hour and a half for shopping (we spent our time at a sidewalk cafe). Overall, this was the worst Celebrity tour we took.
This is a Hop On - Hop Off tour of the port of Piraeus and Athens. You have to change buses at the Acropolis. Once you get past the best tourist places in Athens the remaining part of the route isn't worth it. Transfer back to the Piraeus bus at the Acropolis to return to the ship was problematic due to everyone wanting to return at the same time. However, it was orderly and well managed by the Hop Off - Hop On people and all was well in the end.
We took a tour of Athens with "Private Tours Athens" aka George's Taxi. This company has extremely positive reviews and they did not disappoint! They drove us to the Acropolis/Parthenon first thing in the morning before massive crowds. It was breathtaking!! They drove our group of 12 around Athens asking at each place if we wanted to jump out and take pictures. The afternoon ended in the Plaka area for shopping and lunch! Caution this area is full of pickpockets, hustlers, and overly aggressive men trying to sell $5 yarn bracelet for some party. This made us eager to get back to the bus and leave Athens..first and only time we felt stressed during the whole trip! However do not miss the opportunity to see the Acropolis!
I was surprised at the amount of graffiti around, tour was by coach looking at the main places of interest (not the acropolis as only half day) plenty of time to shop in the main street where the shops are happy for you to look around and not harass you to buy, very nice people.
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