Are you planning your next cruise and Athens is one of the port-calls on your voyage? Did you just get off the cruise-ship and you have no idea where to start from with exploring this city-temple of ancient Greek spirit? No surprise to that, as Athens boasts not only for its rich culture and numerous ancient monuments, but also for unlimited food and entertainment choices. Everything you see or do in the bustling capital of Greece makes you want to stick around longer. However, since little time is all you have, there we have it: a quick guide for the cruise-travelers visiting Athens for a few hours or days!
Visiting Athens on a cruise
Surely, you are not looking for reasons to opt for Athens as a long stop during your cruise, but if this is not the case, we challenge you with a city-destination that sums up all the Greek highlights: rich history, sun, sea, and delicious food! From the famous Acropolis and the surrounding archaeological sites to the neoclassical buildings in the city center, Athens oozes with culture dated back to 8th century B.C; not to mention the mild weather that reaches its hot pick from May to September and offers the ideal conditions to enjoy the beautiful beaches close to the city! A capital like Athens with years of cultural activity has nurtured amazing spots where you can relish the local vibe, taste the best of Greek cuisine and explore the colorful energetic nightlife. So, stopping by Athens when on a cruise in Greece is an absolute must!
Things to do in Piraeus Port
When you come to Athens by boat, you normally get off at Piraeus Port, which is quite huge but easy to navigate. Take a look around and you will spot some Tourist Information Desks, where you can ask for further details regarding Athens and transportation. You can take a taxi that can drive you to your desirable destination in the city or take the bus that leads you outside the port; thereafter you can easily reach ISAP and take the train towards Athens city center. If you choose to wander around Piraeus, you can move around the area by taxi or bus and maybe devour some fresh seafood at seashore restaurants nearby.
How to get around?
You have an array of options when it comes to transportation in Athens: taxi, buses, metro (Athens subway), ISAP (in-city train services) and tram. The thing is that when you are on a cruise-port-call, having such a few hours available in the city makes you want to waste no time in troubling yourself how to get to Athens city center and then how to return to the port. The best way to beat the time is to arrange a transportation service beforehand; not only do you save both time and money that way, but you are also on the safe side in case there no taxis or public transportation services due to frequent strikes.
Things to do / Athens tours for those visiting for 1st time
Athens is ready to welcome you to its marvels! Since time might not be your ally in your short Athens visit – and it really flies when you are in a fun-exploration mood – here is an Athens checklist for first-timers:
- Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
Acropolis is the most distinctive landmark of Athens and definitely something you can’t miss out on! Make sure you book a guided-tour service when you visit Acropolis and Acropolis Museum, so to fully discover everything about this marvelous ancient construction with thousands years of history.
-Athens tour on a mini-van
What a better way to see the most distinctive spots of the city than a tour on a mini-van? Get on cozy wheels and enjoy a comfortable ride around Athens landmarks, such as the Greek Parliament, the National Library and famous hills of Athens. Find out about the history and culture of the city from the comfort of your van-seat.
- Athens highlights tour
All the city highlights can come together with a scenic walk in just a few hours! Wander around Athens streets and alleys to explore the best of the city. Discover the most iconic Athens neighborhoods, such as Plaka and Anafiotika. Find yourself in places that got away from the bustle of the city or feel the local vibe in flea markets, street artists and traditional eateries; you will come to see that history makes itself eminent in every single spot of Athens city center.
Food tours are a growing trend in the art of travelling. From first-timers to returning visitors, devouring the unique Greek flavors paired in recipes of great artistry or rustic beauty is a MUST-DO when visiting Athens. Get to know the places that host the most tasteful food from around Greece – such as cheese, cold cuts, Greek herbs and spices, honey, olive oil and olives - and discover Athens through a blend of flavors in local eateries or gourmet restaurants.
We all have some special requirements and preferences when visiting a place. Your unique taste and specific travel objectives make you a distinctive voyager. That’s why you can choose what you want to see, experience or taste in the city of Athens and let our expert service do the rest for you: organize a tailor-made tour and make your little time in Athens unforgettable.
Tip! Book your Athens Shore Excursion with us and enjoy quality services that include your pick-up from Piraeus Port and timely return.
Wonders never cease in Athens and if a few hours is all you have to explore the navel of Western Civilization, then a careful selection of activities in a timely manner is all you need. Whether you visit Athens with your family,your friends or your partner, there is always something to catch your eye and make you linger in the city!