Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Athens Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Athens and Piraeus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Cannot fault this excursion. We could choose where we wanted to get on and off the bus and what we were interested in seeing. The bus was waiting at the port where we were told it would be.
Our cruiseline docked near gate 2. The cruiseline staff were very unhelpful when we asked about where to go to gate 1 where we were supposed to pick up the viator bus. Turns out that gate 1 from gate 2 was only a 5 minute walk. It was clear the cruise wanted to push their paid excursions, but pay no attention! One cruise leader even said gate 1 was a 30 minute walk and started selling their excursion to us.
We loved taking the hop on hop off bus which we now call hoho for short. We used both routes (blue and red), which allowed us to see all of athens. They were timely, clean, friendly and just great! I highly recommend them.
This is the way to see Athens! It's convenient and good value. The service is efficient and the staff is very friendly. The on-board commentary was excellent. I will highly recommend Viator to any visitor to Athens and will certainly use their services again. I took a large group on tour and they were all happy to see Athens at their own pace using this hop-on hop-on service. Abie Dawjee, Durban, South Africa
After a little orientation this turned out to be a great way to see Athens.
Picked it up about a 2 blocks from our hotel. The Visconti Palace. I would recommend purchasing your ticket ahead of time, otherwise you are purchasing it directly from the driver who isn't a wealth of info. On the day we used the bus it couldn't complete the entire route because there was a parade by the colosseum. It was still a great idea and experience. We rode up top and saw a lot. The earbuds worked great and the information was good. Overall it was exc. and I would recommend it.
Great way to see Athens...buses were on time and we appreciated the flexibility.
The tour was great. After many tour guides, it was a nice break to do Athens on our own. The one recommendation I have is to give the option to pre-purchase the tickets to the sites. The lines were incredibly long and we lost valuable time. It seems like it would be a simple thing to add to the tour and a huge benefit for the consumer.
Easy to find bus at cruise port! Plenty of buses for everyone and always on time! Tour was informative and a great form of tranportation to get around the city and to and from the port!
Easy enough and traveling peak season, buying this in advance, it kills the wait time in line. When we arrived at the port, we walked through the welcome center/duty free area. Walk pass the taxis and follow the side walk to the right, there will be a bus stand of a few hop on/off buses. This one had a longer line, but because our tour was already paid for, we took the voucher directly to the bus driver and he handed us our earphones and maps and we were on our way. Now they did NOT run the air conditioner...it was well known as the BBQ bus from the taxi drivers trying to get us to buy a tour from them instead. So a seat on top would be awesome! Especially if you have a driver that lowers the shade on top, so there is no sun baking you, just a good breeze. I would surely do this option again!
We arrived on Easter Sunday and the entire city was closed down. THANK GOODNESS FOR VIATOR! Without the narrative we would have no idea of what we were seeing or of the history of Athens. Bus was clean, narrative very informative and personnel extremely courteous. Best value on our trip.
Our cruise itinerary changed due to bad weather so we arrived in Athens a day earlier than we had booked our bus tour. This did not pose a problem and we were able to due the hop-on hop-off with no problem at all. Highly recommended.
Very well organised with lots of knowledgeable and efficient helpers at key bus stops. The Blue Route took us from the cruise terminal in Piraeus to the Acropolis, which was very convenient. We were able to spend a long time looking around this historic site. After the Acropolis visit, we were able to pick up the Red Route from the same stop, in order to see the rest of the city from the open top of the bus. On returning to the Acropolis stop we were transferred to what seemed to be a port-only bus, which took us speedily back to the cruise terminal at Piraeus.
City Sightseeing is an amazing tour. You get to see most of the city while choosing to explore more or keep sightseeing. The entire team is very helpful and tries to make your trip excellent. If a problem comes up the team smoothly correct it with little effort on your part.
The HOHO is the best way to see all the sites in Athens when time is at a premium. All the major sites are visited with buses leaving about every fifteen minutes. We use it as a taxi as well to get to and from other areas as well as the major sites.
I had a great time. It was the best way to see Athens Ina day. Thank you Viator!
Excellent service. Though there was a demonstration, the driver maneuvered cleverly and we had a special trip back to the cruise ship
Absolutely as described on the tin! Very helpful staff at Piraeus and in Athens itself. They even laid on extra busses to ensure all cruise passangers returned to the port on time. Well done.
Frustrating at first as we did not know that the Bus was a big red bus. We were looking for the Viator Tour bus and no one seemed to know that it was called a Hop on Hop Off bus. We called the Viator number and it all got straightened out. Viator needs to inform people about the BIG RED BUS.
I love the hop on hop off tours. We got to see the layout of the whole city and we learned a lot. When we needed rest from walking we would just get on the bus!