Acropolis, Acropolis Museum & Plaka

Board your motorcoach for a 30 minutes scenic drive into the heart of Athens. Ahead, the Acropolis dominates the landscape. Your guided walking tour begins as you climb the 80 steep steps through the Propylaea, the monumental marble gateway to the Acropolis. Once at the top, you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of Athens below. Beyond the Propylaea, on the highest point of the Acropolis, stands the Parthenon, one of the greatest monuments of ancient civilization and a perfect representation of Doric-style architecture. Dedicated to the virgin goddess Athena, the white Pentelic marble temple was built 446 - 437 B.C. An enduring symbol of ancient Greece, the Parthenon has survived the passage of time, and its architectural sophistication still impresses all who study it.

Next to the Parthenon is the smaller Temple of Erechthion with lovely sculptured young maidens supporting the roof of the porch. From the top of the Acropolis you will also be able to admire the ancient theatre of Herodus Atticus with its remarkable acoustics.

Your next stop will be at the New Acropolis Museum. Considered one of the great museums of the world, the New Acropolis Museum, an ultra-modern showcase located at the foot of the Acropolis, displays a dramatic collection of artifacts and statues from the Pantheon, the Porch of the Caryatids, and surrounding sites. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch with dishes and specialities prepared according to ancient recipes at the ‘Ancient Tastes’ restaurant then enter the old neighborhood of Athens the famed Plaka district.

Once in Plaka, you'll be given free time to browse through this historic shopping district. The cobblestone lanes have been closed to automobile traffic, making it easy to browse through the boutiques, souvenir stands, jewelry stores, and flea market stalls. Having visited those remarkable sites you’ll re-board your coach for the return journey to Piraeus port.

 

Special Notes:
Comfortable walking shoes and sun hat recommended.

Tour not suitable for elderly and assisted, physically challenged persons.

Please be aware ongoing restoration work is often carried out at the Acropolis.

The tour involves climbing approximately 80 steps at the Acropolis, as well as walking over some uneven and slippery paths.

Security restrictions at the Acropolis prohibit entrance with large bags and backpacks.

Flash photography is not permitted in the Acropolis Museum.

Tour sequence may vary however all features and inclusions will remain unchanged.

 

Tour Timings:

Tours begin at times suitable for the ship's arrival in port. The breakdown of the excursions is as follows:
00hr00 -> Depart from Piraeus Port
00hr00-> 00hr30 Drive to Athens

00hr30-> 02hr15 Guided tour of the Acropolis & the Parthenon

02hr15-> 02hr30 Walk down to the Acropolis Museum

02hr30-> 04hr00 Guided tour of the Museum

04hr00-> 04hr30 Drive to lunch venue

04hr30-> 05hr45 Serving lunch

05hr45-> 06hr00 Drive to Plaka district

06hr00-> 07hr30 Free time in Plaka

07hr30-> 08hr00 Drive back to port