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Useful information for your shore excursions in Athens (Piraeus)
Everything you should know about your cruise port Piraeus, popular tourist attractions as well as other useful facts and tips for the best cruise excursions in this capital of Greece are down below
The most beautiful attractions in Athens
Besides the famous Rome, Athens is certainly the most culturally significant city in Europe. Well-known sights are waiting to be discovered during your Athens shore excursion.
Acropolis of Athens
The Acropolis of Athens originally referred to an elevation within a city (translated “high city”) and was used particularly for defense purposes. This former citadel is about 4,000 years old. Today we usually associate the temple Párthenon with the term Acropolis. This temple was built about 2,500 years ago and at that time dedicated to the goddess Pallas Athena. Today it is the largest temple structure that is still standing on the Acropolis.
The Athenian Acropolis is in some way a national symbol of Greece, therefore it is always under constant preservation. Regulations at this legendary sites for tourist are also especially strict (e.g. it is forbidden to eat on the Acropolis). The Acropolis is located in the center of Athens and is among other things easy to reach via metro line M2.
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Only about 400 m (1,310 ft) away from the Acropolis in the south-eastly direction you can find the Olympieion, the temple of Olympian Zeus and hence the “the most powerful pillars in Athens”.
Today there are only 15 of the once more than 100 pillars that are still standing, each about 17 m (56 ft) high. The construction of the temple was built in honor of godfather Zeus. They started to build it at around 500 BC but only finished it in the 2nd century under the Roman Emperor Hadrian.
National Archaeological Museum of Athens
Especially on hot or rainy days, a visit to the National Archaeological Museum of Athens is absolutely worthwhile. It houses the world’s largest collection of ancient Greek art and is therefore “perceptible history and mythology”. The collection is arranged chronologically and ranges from 4,000 year-old Mycenaean era to the Roman Empire.
The museum is located just north of the city center and is easily reached via metro line 1 (Victoria station).
Pláka (Athens’ Old town)
The Old town of Athens lies at the foot of the Acropolis and can be very well integrated into a tour of the ancient sites. Take a stroll through the winding streets of Pláka and be inspired by countless small shops and gastronomic offers. There you can also enjoy a chilly walk in the shade whenever the sun shines bright in Greece’s capital.
Especially in the evening, the atmosphere here is very lively when life comes to the taverns of Pláka. You can sit down, relax and at the same time let yourself be immerged in the timeless feeling of this beautiful city. However, please don’t forget the departure time of your cruise ship.
Mount Lycabettus (Likavittòs)
The 300m-high (984 ft) limestone hill Likavittòs rises in the northeast of the Acropolis and certainly characterizes the cityscape of Athens at least as much as the ancient “High city”.
If you are lucky to visit Athens in a clear and sunny day, it is also worth a pleasant climb or even a train trip up the hill to have a spectacular view over Athens, the peaks of Peloponnese and out to the Aegean Sea.
Map of cruise port in Athens (Piraeus)
With a total of eleven moorings, the cruise terminals of Piraeus are among the largest and most important starting points for cruise ships in the Mediterranean. Three terminals are A, B and C.
Depending on where your cruise dock, it is advisable to take a free shuttle to one of the two exits to the south. For your exact berth (pier) please refer to the on-board information of your ship, however short-term changes can occur.
Both cruise terminals of Athens are about 10 km southwest away from the city center.
Things to know about excursions in Athens
Shipping companies and routes
The Port of Piraeus is one of the largest and most busy passenger ports in the world. Millions of visitors from cruises stop at Athens every year. Almost every large line like NCL, Costa, Marella Cruises (Thomson), Celebrity, MSC, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Holland America offers regular cruise trips to the port Piraeus during their Mediterranean program.
Immigration and visa
Greece is a country in the Schengen area, this means that U.S. citizens can enter Greece without a visa for stays of up to 90 days for tourism purposes.
For more accurate and up-to-date information please contact your cruise operator.
Taxi and other public transport
Similar to other major terminals in Europe, taxis are often waiting just outside the 2 exits of the port. Officially, these taxis have to use taximeters, however, you should always be prepared to negotiate for a flat rate, especially when the trip leads to the center of Athens.
Bus service is new at Athens, which is also outside the terminal building (bus number X80). With the bus you can be brought directly to the Acropolis with a comparatively affordable prices (about 5 EUR for a day ticket).
The nearest metro station Pireaus and the train station are about 20 to 30 minutes by foot in the northeast direction from the harbour.
The official currency in Greece is Euro, you can also exchange your money at currency exchange spots. (1 dollar = 0.86 euro and 1 pound = 1.11 euro)
There are many tourists (especially families) that visit Greece in holiday season between July and August, which are by all means the hottest months of the year in Greece. Nevertheless, cruise excursions in Athens during high-season can be a bit of a burden, especially for heat-sensitive people.
Therefore, we truly reccommend planning your trip in the shoulder season in spring or autumn. Moderate temperatures and fewer visitors (especially on the Acropolis) are the advantages.
If your shipping companies have cruises in winter months (November to February), this can also be an alternative. You will often get cheaper prices at this time. However, you must check whether tourist offers are available all year round.
Websites of the port and tourist organizations
Video: Impressions of Athens
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