2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We love Athens and have stayed there before. We took a local bus from near the Port Gate to the Metro- locals are friendly and tell you where to get off. Then into the centre, getting off at Thissio it is easy to take the pedestrianised ... Read More
We love Athens and have stayed there before. We took a local bus from near the Port Gate to the Metro- locals are friendly and tell you where to get off. Then into the centre, getting off at Thissio it is easy to take the pedestrianised walk along the side of the Parthenon- looking up at that you cannot but marvel at this ancient city. Further walking through the Plaka district is charming, and a picnic lunch sitting on a ruin was fun. A final glass of Greek wine in a trendy wine bar completed our day before hopping back on the metro at Monastiraki for the return journey back to the Port. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Not enough time to enjoy this city. Only had time to go to the Acropolis and spend a few hours. Much more to see in this city.
Not enough time to enjoy this city. Only had time to go to the Acropolis and spend a few hours. Much more to see in this city. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
we enjoyed the day on our own in Athens. It was my birthday and I have cousins I haven't seen for 8 years, so they picked us up and showed us around and then had a nice lunch and visit before returning to the ship.
we enjoyed the day on our own in Athens. It was my birthday and I have cousins I haven't seen for 8 years, so they picked us up and showed us around and then had a nice lunch and visit before returning to the ship. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Piraeus is relatively close to Athens, and it's easy to get into the city on your own. We had intended to take the X80 bus, which goes straight to the Acropolis and surrounding area. However, it only runs during the tourist season ... Read More
Piraeus is relatively close to Athens, and it's easy to get into the city on your own. We had intended to take the X80 bus, which goes straight to the Acropolis and surrounding area. However, it only runs during the tourist season (May-October) and we were there the second week of November. There are a couple of alternative options to get into the city. We took the O40 bus (near cruise terminal A) all the way into the city. I'm not sure where to purchase tickets (maybe at a tobacco shop, etc), but the bus driver let us on without tickets. Typically, you would have to validate once on board. It was not an express bus and made a lot of stops, so took about an hour to get to the stop a couple of blocks from the Acropolis. We purchased advanced tickets to the Acropolis online, which avoids any lines. In November when we were there, it was a moot point as the lines were short. However, in peak season, I would think this would be critical to expedite entry. We also downloaded Rick Steves' audio tour in advance, which guided us through the site. After the Acropolis, we wandered the Plaka area with lots of shops and restaurants. Those closest to the Acropolis are more expensive, but they drop in price the further you get from it. We returned to Piraeus by metro on the green line from Monastiraki station. It was only 1.40 euros pp. purchased at a kiosk inside the metro station. Once at the Piraeus metro station, you have to exit and go to E6 or E7. Across the street you can catch bus 843, which drops off near cruise terminal A. If you're coming by metro, the metro ticket should still be good to transfer to the bus. Otherwise, you would need to purchase a ticket and validate once on board. Our ship was docked at cruise terminal B, but there was a free shuttle running between terminals A and B. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
She took us through temple of Zeus, old city, Parthenon, acropolis. Extremely knowledgeable guide and very fun. Worth it for sure.
She took us through temple of Zeus, old city, Parthenon, acropolis. Extremely knowledgeable guide and very fun. Worth it for sure. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Enjoyed taking the hop on hop off bus into Athens. You can take it right from the port.
Enjoyed taking the hop on hop off bus into Athens. You can take it right from the port. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We arrived in Athens two days before embarkation. We used Michael's Amazing Tours to have a private tour of Athens and also booked our airport to hotel transfer & our hotel to Piraeus transfer. Best decision ever, covered a lot ... Read More
We arrived in Athens two days before embarkation. We used Michael's Amazing Tours to have a private tour of Athens and also booked our airport to hotel transfer & our hotel to Piraeus transfer. Best decision ever, covered a lot of ground in an all day tour of Athens & to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. Really glad that we had a driver meet us at the Athens airport and also to take us to the Piraeus Port; made our transfers so much smoother. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This day was amazing, and all the more so because it was rather unplanned. We got off the ship at 6:30am (an hour before dawn--ugh!). We shared a cab with a couple we had met on the ship, and ended up hiring him to drive us around for a ... Read More
This day was amazing, and all the more so because it was rather unplanned. We got off the ship at 6:30am (an hour before dawn--ugh!). We shared a cab with a couple we had met on the ship, and ended up hiring him to drive us around for a couple of hours. (We had this idea that we were going to walk everywhere, but it's a lot bigger than we thought!). We first went to Lycabettus hill, and stayed there for about 1/2 hour taking pictures of Athens and the Acropolis hill all lit up as the sun gradually came up. He then drove us to the Olympic stadium, and then to the Acropolis right when it opened. Waited in a very short line to buy tickets, and enjoyed the hill without many crowds. Getting up early is the way to go! We used our Rick Steves Audio Europe app (the walking tour) to enlighten us as we visited the Pantheon and other sites there. After an hour or so there, our cab driver took us to the Temple of Zeus, and then dropped us off near the Plaka. We walked through the Ancient Agora of Athens (included in our ticket along with the Acropolis and the temple of Zeus). We then stopped to eat at a quirky place called Little Kook (google it!). A great place for sugar-a-holics. I ate a wonderful greek yogurt/honey/fruit/seeds thing, but my companions had huge shakes topped with waffles and frosting, crepes, etc. We then walked to the Archaeological Museum, which is one of the best there is. We took the subway back to Pireus (where the port is), and walked about 20 minutes from the subway stop to our ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Loved Athens! Went on our own food tour via the metro and loved every bite! We did walk through Plaka but were disappointed in the area because it's a tourist trap with cheap crap, overpriced restaurants and hawkers approach you about ... Read More
Loved Athens! Went on our own food tour via the metro and loved every bite! We did walk through Plaka but were disappointed in the area because it's a tourist trap with cheap crap, overpriced restaurants and hawkers approach you about eating in their establishment constantly. Did go to the Acropolis and the views back over Athens are awesome. Read Less

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