• Location: Athens, Greece
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

Athens Shore Excursion: Acropolis Walking Tour

Athens Shore Excursion: Acropolis Walking Tour

Customer Reviews

Karen United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We were in Athens in 11/17 and it was pouring down rain! Our guide was wonderful and even though we were wet she gave us a great tour. After lunch the sun came out and were were able to see all of Athens. Great Guide!

Connie Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was awesome. We had our guide named Sophia, and I hope I had her name right. She was very knowledgeable with the histories and spoke a good English. She made sure to answer any questions if our group had any.

Carol N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Dorina was a fantastic guide. Incredible knowledge and passion for Athens and her work as a tour guide. She provided detailed insight into each area we visited beginning with the excavation at the train station. She was thoughtful and took bathroom breaks and paced the climb to the top of the Acropolis with breaks to provide historical context and made it easer for a handicapped person in our group. The majority of our small group did not travel on to the museum of the Acropolis afterwards and instead went to Plaka the nearby town, which I highly recommend. Here you will find narrow winding streets of the old town with shops and plenty of tavernas with excellent, authentic Greek food at excelled prices, and great for sitting outside to people watch. An incredible value for the price. Pick and drop off at the ship was effortless. I would highly recommend this tour rather that transporting and purchasing tickets on your own, which we usually do.

Steve R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

One of the best tours we have taken. Walking from Syntagma Square to the top of the Acropolis is not for those who have mobility issues. On the other hand, if you can walk for short stretches, with plenty of breaks, you can do this. Many of the folks on our tour were 70 in age, and were able to complete the hike up and back. The narratives given by our guide, Dori, were very good and helped us understand the city, its parks and monuments, and the attractions of the Acropolis. Highly recommended.

Jerry M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Tour was great. Guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. It was a rather long walk.

Shirley M. G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The tour guide was so knowledgeable, yet paced the information, which was shared effectively and in an interesting way. Despite a very hot day, and quite an elevation to the Acropolis, our family of youngish seniors were easily able to get to the top of the Acropolis due to strategic stopping along the way. We appreciated the efforts to avoid other groups during the information sharing, so that it was easy to hear and gave the best viewing opportunities. An amazing historical experience, and well worth the price of the tour!

Trish P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This tour was great. Would do it again! Very knowledgeable guide.

Jack United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

In short, this was a wonderful tour. Our guide, Aristotle yes, really, was an enthusiastic, well-educated. and delightful leader through a few millenia of history, and we couldn't have enjoyed it more. We were glad to have taken this option to a NCL cruise excursion - particularly so once we figured out how much more personal not to mention, affordable our experience was. We were picked up at the boat by a delightful taxi driver, who whisked us well, as much as you can whisk in rush hour Athens traffic from Piraeus into downtown Athens - I can't begin to imagine how long it took those busloads of excursionists to get to the same destination. Dropoff was easy - rendezvous with the Athens Walking Tour folks was fast - and we were confident that we knew when, where, and by whom we would be returned to the the ship. The tour of downtown Athens was compact time-wise but action packed, and a great tease for the climax of the Acropolis and all its wonders. No doubt, the Acropolis was packed, but Aristotle maneuvered us beautifully and slowly, thank goodness, for the older folks up the hill to the wonders above.

Athens Walking Tours has this whole thing working seamlessly. I would recommend them without hesitation. After the end of the tour, we had free time to enjoy a drink and a snack, and our new best friend taxi driver G picked us up on time and returned us to our ship with a hefty side of personality and commentary. An all-round wonderful day. Just wish we'd had more time to visit the Acropolis Museum - but that just wasn't possible. Go for it - you will enjoy. Unless you are one of those - we overheard someone actually ask - So you mean this is a WALKING tour?

James P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This was the best tour of all the tours we took in a 3 week cruise of the Mediterranean. We were picked up at the cruise terminal and taken downtown where we met our guide. We then began to walk to all of the major points of interest downtown and our guide covered all of the main cultural and historic information with just the right amount of infoat least for us--not too much or too little. We then walked the the top of the Acropolis to explore the Parthenon. The tour was culminated by a visit to the Acropolis Museum which is one of the finest museums we have ever seen. Our guide was delightful. Great command of English,very professional and full of energy.
Can't say enough about this experience.

Ricky S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Guide was very informative and loved walking through the area and not just riding and viewing on bus. Just be aware that the walk up to the acropolis is on rocky paths and is a rather long and step grade.

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