Tour code: 2906PRTATHACRO1
When your cruise ship docks in Piraeus, witness Athens’ classical highlights on a 4-hour guided shore excursion. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle to Syntagma Metro Station to see its fascinating archaeological museum, and walk up the pedestrianized Dionysiou Areopagitou past sites including the Herodian Theatre and Mars Hill. At the Acropolis, inspect the Parthenon, the temple that epitomized Athenian power in the 5th century BC, as your guide details its design. Behold the stellar city views from here and enjoy free time to explore Athens independently before your return to Piraeus.


  • 4-hour Acropolis and central Athens walking shore excursion, with an expert guide
  • View the archaeological relics on display at Syntagma Metro Station
  • See the Greek Parliament House, Temple of Zeus, Herodian Theatre and other highlights
  • Visit the majestic Parthenon and soak up the views over Athens' rooftops
  • Enjoy some free time to explore Athens’ historical center independently
  • Learn about the Parthenon and Athens’ classical history from an informed 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

Michelle C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Tour was great and guide was very knowledgeable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Tour guide was fabulous and the tour. Outstanding,

Robert R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide was very knowledgeable, spoke good English. He was considerate of the physical capabilities of the group but was able to keep us all moving along. Steve gave us one of the best tours of our cruise.
He even pointed out the bests spots to get the right photos. We will highly recommend him and Viator.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Highly recommended. Our tour guide Artemis was awesome. She said this was her passion and after the tour I would agree. Spent alot of time explaining everything. An asset to her company.

Angelene R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was fantastic. It was my first experience going to greece and my guide Artemis was by far the best guide a person could ask for. She was highly knowledgeable about everything along the way. I apparently happened to tour on one of the hottest days but she was very sweet and made sure to stop in shaded spots to explain what it was we were seeing along with the history behind it. I will be using this company again for future trips and would recommend them to anyone looking for a great tour company.
Couldn't be happier


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Enjoyable and well-organized tour, covering the highlights of Athens. Guide was knowledgeable and interesting. Bus service to/from Piraeus port was nice, especially at the end of the day.

Gary K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Besides seeing all of the amazing ruins and learning the history, we were treated to the changing of the guards at the tomb of the unknown soldier. Our wonderful guide Dorina Katsadorski made the tour a time to remember. She offered much insight into the ancient cultures and the building of the cities. We had a couple of hours free time after the tour and relaxed at a delightful sidewalk cafe. The gyros were delicious and the sidewalk musicians were very entertaining. We would definitely take this tour again.

Diane E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Walking tour was brillant. Tour guide was lovely and informative the whole way through. Very passionate about her country/ The weather was extremely hot, so water bottles might have been a nice extra.

Carlos P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A must to have experience with all history told. Excellent guide.

James T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Nicolai was our guide for the day. Nice young man who was very knowledgeable of the area and history. It was extremely hot in July, and he took his time making sure we were in the shade when he stopped us to share details of our walk. The Acropolis was no easy walk in this heat! I've never been disappointed with my Viator tours.

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