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  • Location:Athens, Greece
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Athens Shore Excursion: Acropolis Walking Tour

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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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 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.

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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide was so knowledgeable and flexible as we were caught in a rain and thunderstorm so we improvised and went through the museum which was fabulous. Once the storm broke we were able to climb up to the Acropolis. Small group unlike the cruise tours and well paced. We were able to stop and experience things that others missed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Hit all the high spots with our guide who was a degreed archeologist as well as experienced tour guide. Lots of walking - not for those with strollers or have difficulty with uneven stairs. Chose to shop around and have lunch rather than visit the new museum. It got great reviews from others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Meetup location was easy to find. Guide was very knowledgeable. Definitely worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was awesome! The tour guide was well knowlegdeable and was Great with the group we were in.

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