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  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
The moment your cruise ship arrives in port in Athens (Piraeus), your shore excursion to the Acropolis begins. Discover Athens' ancient history on this fascinating city walking tour with a local guide. Venture inside the Acropolis, see the Parthenon and admire how this ancient monument towers above the city. As you soak up the local scene, you'll also see such sites as the House of Parliament and the Zeus Temple.


  • Athens walking tour around the Acropolis
  • The shore excursion is a great introduction to ancient Athens
  • See archaeological exhibits at the Syntagma Metro Station
  • Soak up the atmosphere of ancient Athens as you explore the historical city center
  • Enjoy spectacular views from the Parthenon, which crowns the Acropolis
  • Professional local guide
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Athens Shore Excursion: Acropolis Walking Tour

Athens Shore Excursion: Acropolis Walking Tour

A shore excursion to the Acropolis is a great way to spend your time in port in Athens. The Syntagma Metro Station, in Syntagma Square where your Acropolis walking tour begins, contains many archaeological artifacts including ancient grave stones, an aqueduct from the 5th century BC, pottery, a 2,000-year-old beehive and a mosaic from the 5th century AD.

As you walk through Syntagma Square, the heart of the city, you’ll see the impressive Greek Parliament House (Old Royal Palace).

Continue strolling through the historical part of the city. A 10-minute walk up the beautiful Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian walkway will bring you to the Acropolis, crowned by the Parthenon, with its spectacular views over the city below.

You will enjoy an insightful and detailed explanation of the history of the Acropolis and its monuments from your knowledgeable licensed guide. On the way to the Acropolis, you will also see the Zeus Temple, the Zappeion Hall, Dionysious Sanctuary, Philopapos Hill, the Herodion Theatre and Mars Hill.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the Athens port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Our ship arrived at the port on 10/24/13 and we were promptly greeted by a tour rep at the entrance. We had two cabs waiting for us that took us to the tour starting point. My only complaint is that we had to meet our guide in a subway train station during rush hour, but the reason why is that the station is also a museum with the walls acting as a time capsule..skeletons and all! The guide was incredible..I believe his name was Costas and as with most Viator/local guides, a well educated one. The grand finale of climbing to the top of the Acropolis is breathtaking, although very crowded in the peak season, so take your time and enjoy in the views as they are spectacular! This excursion was well worth the money as you have time on your own for 2 1/2 to 3 hours to continue exploring or walk around the shops/cafes in the Plaka area surrounding the base of the Acropolis.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Tour guide met me outside the cruise terminal for Athens as per the very detailed instructions provided. Was driven to Syntagma Square for the walking tour. Saw the museum in Syntagma Square, the changing of the guard, walked through the National Gardens to the Temple of Zeus and then on to the Acropolis. Tour guide Kostas is an archaeologist and passionate about ancient Greece. After the tour I was able to join Kostas on a tour of the Acropolis Museum. Best decision. Kostas was an excellent guide . After the tour I met the bus as directed and was driven back to the port. There was a lot of walking and some climbing up the Acropolis Highly recommended.

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