Piraeus Cruise Port Tours

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The Piraeus cruise terminal is an important historical port in Greece and one of the largest cruise ship docks in Europe. While known by cruisers as a gateway to the ancient city of Athens, the Aegean Islands, and other destinations in the Mediterranean, the city of Piraeus also merits a visit with its traditional town center, lovely parks and churches, and numerous cafes set along the tree-lined streets of the harbor.

The Basics
Most shore excursions departing Piraeus head inland to nearby Athens (8 miles or 13.5 km away). With half- and full-day Athens tours available, travelers can explore the Greek capital and its UNESCO-listed Acropolis—including Parthenon Temple, the Plaka District, and Temple of Zeus—or visit popular attractions such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Olympic Stadium. Other popular day trips head to Vouliagmeni Beach (15 miles or 24 km away); southern Cape Sounion and its Temple of Poseidon (52 miles or 83 km away); ancient Corinth (52 miles or 83 km away); or the Greek islands of Poros, Hydra, and Egina (58 miles or 93 km across the Saronic Gulf). Back at the dock in Piraeus, visitors can experience the city’s National Archaeological Museum and its collection of art from Greek antiquity, including bronze statues of Athena and Apollo.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Discover Athens on foot, or by Segway, cruise, or hop-on, hop-off bus on a shore excursion tour.
  • Booking an excursion that includes transportation and an English-speaking tour guide is the best way to learn about the ancient sights.
  • Most Piraeus shore excursion tours include pickup and dropoff at the Piraeus port.
  • For a taste of local flavor, choose a food tour or an outdoor excursion with a traditional lunch.

How to Get to Athens from the Piraeus Cruise Port
To reach Piraeus city center from the cruise terminal, head to the Piraeus metro station about a mile away—you can walk 20 minutes around the harbor to get there, or take bus No. 843 from the port to the station. From here, take the green metro line to central Athens in about 20 minutes, alighting at Omonia Station or Thissio for the Acropolis. Shore excursion tours typically include round-trip transportation, while shuttles buses and private transfers are also available from Piraeus to central Athens.

Port Information
In Piraeus, the language is Greek and the currency is the euro, although you will find both English speakers and ATMs in the tourist areas of the city. It’s possible to ferry to just about any of the major Greek Islands from Piraeus—the biggest problem you will encounter is choosing which one.
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Address: Piraeus Harbour, Piraeus 18538, Greece
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Athens Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Athens and Piraeus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Maximise your time in port with a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Athens and Piraeus! Your self-guided shore excursion offers the best of both worlds, with the flexibility to visit the sights at your own pace and the on-board commentary ensuring you don’t miss anything. Jump off along the way to explore ancient sites like the Acropolis, Parthenon and the Temple of Zeus; stroll the pretty streets of Plaka; or visit popular attractions like the National Archeological Museum, Syntagma Square and the National Gardens.
  • Duration: 24 to 72 hrs
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US$23,02
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  • Duration: 24 to 72 hrs
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US$23,02

Athens Shore Excursion: Acropolis Walking Tour

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$79,40
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Departure Transfer: Central Athens to Piraeus Cruise Port

Sit back and enjoy a stress-free journey from central Athens to Piraeus cruise terminal or ferry port. Simply meet your professional driver at your central Athens hotel, hop inside your air-conditioned private vehicle, and then sit back and relax on your ride to Piraeus to board your cruise ship or ferry. There's no easier way to get from Athens to Piraeus! Available for up to 15 people.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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US$20,71
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  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Private Arrival Transfer: Piraeus Cruise Port to Central Athens

Enjoy a hassle-free arrival in Athens with this private cruise port transfer service. Meet your driver at Piraeus Port, and relax on the journey to downtown Athens. These private vehicles can accommodate up to eight passengers.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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US$20,14
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  • Duration: 45 minutes
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Athens Shore Excursion: Private City Sightseeing and Acropolis Tour

Make the most of your time in port in Piraeus with a private half-day shore excursion to Athens. Unravel the secrets of Ancient Greece as you walk around the monumental ruins of the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens (entrance not included) and the Parthenon. Then, hop aboard a minivan to see the rest of the city, including the lively Syntagma Square, the Panathinaikon Olympic Stadium and ancient landmarks like the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. Best of all: your tour is covered by Viator’s worry-free policy, ensuring on-time return to your cruise ship.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$89,45
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Athens Shore Excursion: Private City Tour and Cape Sounion Trip

See the best of Athens and visit the Temple of Poseidon on a private, full-day shore excursion. Meet your guide at Piraeus Port, then climb into your private minivan and set off in search of the Greek capital’s premier sights. See Syntagma Square, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch and more while your guide talks about the history and mythology of Ancient Greece. Then, travel onward to Cape Sounion, the site of the ruined Temple of Poseidon.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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US$132,80
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  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Shore Excursion: Private Acropolis Walking Tour

Make the most of your time in Athens’ port with this private shore excursion. When your cruise ship docks, meet your private guide and set off to explore the Greek capital and its bevy of ancient sights. Get up close to the House of the Greek Parliament, the Zeus Temple and Hardian's Arch; traverse the paved streets of bustling Plaka (Athens Old Town); and head to the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens’ summit for breathtaking views of Dionysious Sanctuary, Philopapos Hill, Herodion Theatre and Mars Hill.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$78,25
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Athens Shore Excursion: Segway Tour

Swap your cruise ship for a Segway on this thrilling Athens shore excursion! Learn to operate your easy-to-use self-balancing Segway, then zip around the city on a 2-hour guided Segway tour. Choose from two equally exciting itineraries and explore the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens, historic Plaka and the Temple of Hephaestous, or visit city sights like Hadrian’s Arch, Zappeion Garden and Panathinaikos Stadium. Best of all: this small-group tour is limited to 12 people and is covered by Viator’s worry-free shore excursion policy, ensuring on-time return to your ship.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$113,93
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Athens Shore Excursion: Small-Group Food Tour

When your cruise ship pulls into Athens port, get a taste for classic Greek cuisine on a 4-hour walking shore excursion. Stroll down the historical streets and make several food stops to sample enticing local specialities such as delectable 'loukoumades' dough balls, moreish ‘koulouri’ bread, 'pastourma’ sausage and more. Dip into bakeries, dairies and sweet shops, and discover popular Greek fruits, herbs and spices on a wander through the buzzing central Varvakeios food market. Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group shore excursion, ensuring personalized attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$90,91
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Athens Shore Excursion: Private Ancient Corinth Tour

Swap your cruise ship for a canal boat on this private half-day shore excursion from Piraeus port in Athens. Marvel at the dramatic scenery as you cruise down the Corinth Canal, a remarkable feat of engineering that dates back to the 1890s. Then, journey back to Ancient Greece as you explore the mighty ruins of Ancient Corinth and admire highlights like the Apollo Temple, the Spring of Periander and Lechaion Road. Best of all: this private shore excursion is covered by Viator’s worry-free policy, ensuring on-time return to your cruise ship.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$166,86
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Athens Shore Excursion: Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Day Trip

Swap Piraeus Port for the wonders of Cape Sounion on this private, half-day shore excursion from Athens. Meet your own personal guide off of your cruise ship, and then travel to the Attica peninsula’s southernmost tip, where Cape Sounion and the revered Temple of Poseidon await. Gaze up at the temple’s elegant Doric columns and look for Lord Bryon’s name carved into the white rock as you hear about the site’s importance as a place of worship.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$132,34
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Athens Shore Excursion: Vouliagmeni Beach Day Trip

Swap the decks of your cruise ship for the sands of Vouliagmeni beach on this private, half-day shore excursion. Meet your guide at Piraeus Port in Athens and travel to Vouliagmeni, one of the Attica coastline’s most glorious beaches, aboard a private, climate-controlled vehicle. Then, enjoy time at your leisure to sunbathe, swim or take part in optional activities such as tennis or watersports.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$86,31
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Athens Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Marathon from Athens

Leave your cruise ship behind and uncover the captivating sights of modern and Ancient Greece on this private, half-day shore excursion. Following pickup from Piraeus Port in Athens, travel to the town of Marathon with your own driver and guide. Learn about the Battle of Marathon during a visit to the Marathon Tomb, and uncover the origins of the first ever marathon race. You’ll also head to Lake Marathon, where you’ll see the only marble dam in the world.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$97,82
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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