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There is considerable climbing on the way to the Acropolis, but the guide was so knowledgeable and made frequent stops as she took us on this history tour, that it was totally
achievable. The transportation arrangements to and from the port were also excellent, very good driver and punctual.
We had a great time, and our guide, Vicky, was excellent. We met in a subway station, which seemed odd, until we saw there were museum type displays, along with one entire wall, with the cut away in-ground view of the different layers and findings from the subway excavation. We then walked over and saw the changing of the guard, in the traditional dress. We walked to the temple of Zeus, and had free time to look around. Our climb up to the Acropolis was easier than it could have been. We know there is a different way to get up there, with very tall deep steps. We went up a different way, which was more like a steep side walk with a few steps. While it was still a "good work out", It was far easier to accomplish, and our guide made an effort to find shady spots to stop in for discussions. We then had free time to walk through the shops near by. Our meeting point was easy to find, and the transportation was on time.
My kids and I were late getting off the cruise ship due to MY mistake but the driver was still there and never even let on that I was late--he took me to the rest of the group which had already started so I was very glad I didn't hold anyone up. LOVED our tour guide. GREAT English, very interesting and funny!
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.
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.
Our guide was outstanding! We were a small group (15) the guide was intelligent, well grounded in her history, and had a grasp of the current situation . We enjoyed both the tour and the guide. Be ready for a HUGE, mob trying to get into the upper entry to the Acropolis....bring water!
This is the PERFECT tour for a one day cruise excursion. As we got off the ship and passed the hoards of people piling into the cruise ship buses, my girlfriend and I saw our driver holding the orange sign. We got into the taxi (just the two of us) and were driven to the tour meeting spot in downtown Athens, about 10 minutes away. From there we met the tour group and our phenomenal guide, Aristotle. Yes, Aristotle. The group was quite intimate in size, and we were given a wonderful guided tour of many places, including: the National Gardens, the temple of Zeus, the Zappian monuments, and finally the Acropolis. On more than one occasion, people tried to leave their own tour guide to come listen to Aristotle's speeches, to which he politely sent them away.
Even if you are not on a cruise excursion, this a great way to see the Greek ruins. Aristotle made plenty of recommendations of things to see and do for people who were in town for more than a day.
Keep in mind, there is an extra charge of 12 euros per person for admission to the acropolis. The transfer to and from the cruise ship is included. Enjoy.
Very good and very well set up Also the lady guaide was an exelente
Our guide was great. However, everyone be warned, it is billed as a walking trip and it sure was. I don't know how many miles we walked but we were very tired afterward. The climb to the top of the Acropolis is grueling but our guide stopped at strategic times to look at things that gave us a rest. Visitor contracts with local agencies to give the tours so make sure you know in advance who the contractor is. We didn't know and it was very confusing at the dock, plus we landed at a different terminal, went to where we were told and they were back at the other terminal. It produced some anxiety but we all finally got together. Despite the confusion, I'd still recommend this tour.
Aristotle, our tour guide was fantastic. Yes, his name really was Aristotle.
The changing of the guard was a fun sight. The Acropolis was awesome. It's a tough walk to the top but my wife with the broken toe and my 83 year old brother with the knee replacement made it. So can you.
The knowledge the tour guide had was amazing. This helped us to understand this ancient city. A fantastic tour with a marvellous tour guide.
THIS IS A TOUR IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE REAL ACROPOLIS....AND THERE IS LOTS OF WALKING, BUT THIS IS WHY WE CAME TO GREECE...THE GUIDE HAD LOTS OF HISTORY FOR US, AND THE LITTLE THINGS WE SAW ALONG THE WAY............ WE ARE IN OUR MID 70"S AND WERE ABLE TO KEEP-UP. HAD TIME TO CATCH OUR BREATH AND MOVE TO THE NEXT PLACE. THIS A PLACE YOU CAN'T DRIVE BY. I THINK THE GUIDE ANSWERED EVERYONE QUESTIONS. WE DID SOME SHOPPING AFTER THE TOUR, NICE SHOPS AND EVERYONE WAS HELPFUL.WE COULD HAVE STAYED LONGER, BUT DIDN'T WANT TO MISS THE BOAT,,,,,,,,
GUIDE WAS VERY GOOD. WAS CONCERNED IF I NEEDED HELP, BUT I WAS OKAY.......... DON'T MISS THIS TOUR!!!!!!!
First excursion with Viator and excelled expectations. Transfers punctual and drivers friendly. Meet and greet lady at station helpful and amiable. Guide excellent. Knowlegeable and well paced. Able to answer additional questions and, despite excessive heat, kept all our interest. Very impressive and will certainly recommend Viator to all our friends.