Welcome to Piraeus
Ten kilometres southwest of central Athens, Piraeus is dazzling in its scale, its seemingly endless quays filled with ferries, ships and hydrofoils. It's the biggest port in the Mediterranean (with more than 20 million passengers passing through annually), the hub of the Aegean ferry network, the centre of Greece’s maritime trade and the base for its large merchant navy. While technically its own city, it melds into... Read More
Top experiences in Piraeus
Athens Shore Excursion: Segway Tour
Leave Piraeus Port with a transfer to central Athens to meet your friendly guide. Start with an orientation session to get familiar with your two-wheeled, electric, self-balancing Segway; once you feel comfortable, you’ll weave through the streets of Athens on one of two routes, as detailed below. Both tours finish at the start point. City Highlights Tour:See the sights of modern and ancient Athens on your 2-hour Segway tour. On your electric Segway, glide through the city streets, stopping by famous monuments to hear tales about this charismatic city. Admire sights of the Acropolis of Athens, visit Zappeion Garden, and then see top Athens' attractions like Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Zeus, Panathinaikos Stadium and more.Acropolis of Athens Tour:Discover the delights of the Acropolis of Athens by Segway on this tour, led by a local guide! Glide through the neighborhoods that line the slopes of the UNESCO-listed Acropolis, such as Plaka (Athens’ Old Town) and Thiseio. Explore the Ancient Agora of Athens and stop at monuments like the Temple of Hephaestous, all while hearing tales about Classical Greece from your guide.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to Piraeus port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded.See our terms and conditions for full details.
An Evening Walking Tour of Athens
The walk goes up direction Acropolis, passing through narrow streets and past ancient temples, where the sun has put a golden glow over the white marble, to some of the best viewpoint from where you have a magnificent view over Athens, the port of Piraeus, the coastline and the historic island of Salamina. Included in the tour is a glass of wine at a very romantic spot.
Shore Excursion: Athens Half Day Self Guided Sightseeing Tour
Start with a pick up from your cruise ship in Piraeus, with private transportation, and then travel into the city center. During the drive, relax and chat about the things in Athens that interest you the most. Although your itinerary is planned, the tour can be customized to your interests. Your first stop is Panathenian Stadium, an impressive white-marble structure that was the site of the first Olympic Games in 1896. Take a look around the stadium’s architecture and reconstruction, and learn all about its history as one of the country’s most renowned sports venues. Near the stadium lies the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus — or more simply, the Temple of Zeus. Pose for photos in front of the colossal ruins that honor the king of the Olympian gods. Continue onward to Athens National Gardens and stop outside the Greek Parliament to see the traditionally dressed guards watching the buildings. Have your camera ready to capture snapshots of the Changing of the Guard ceremony and get a sense of Greek modern history. Next is the site that’s sure to be a highlight on any visitor’s list: the Acropolis of Athens. Leave your vehicle and head out on foot for a stroll up the slopes of the city’s famous ancient citadel. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Acropolis is home to several incredible buildings that date back to the days of Ancient Greece. See the Parthenon, Propylaea gateway, Erechtheion and Temple of Athena Nike, a monument built to represent Athens’ ambition as the most powerful Greek city. After soaking up the views and perhaps enjoying a bite to eat or a drink from a local cafe (own expense), wander down the Acropolis’ slopes to the ancient Agora — a meeting place that once served as the heart of ancient Athens. Your half-day tour then finishes with a drop-off back at your cruise ship.
Athens Shore Excursion: Ancient Corinth Tour
When your cruise ship arrives in Athens’ Piraeus port, meet your expert guide and hop inside your private, air-conditioned car or minivan. Then, set off on a 1.5-hour journey along the scenic coast to Corinth Canal. As you travel, ask your guide any questions you have; the beauty of a private tour is that the commentary is tailored to your interests.On arrival at the waterway — considered one of Greece’s most important engineering feats — learn how it links the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf, and look out for ships and bungee jumpers; the canal is steep-sided and narrow, providing ideal conditions for adrenaline junkies.Then, climb aboard a small boat and soak up the sights as you cruise along the water to Isthmia pier, from which you’ll continue your journey by road to Ancient Corinth, the birthplace of many Greek myths and legends.With your private guide leading the way, head inside the archaeological site for a walking tour of its well-preserved ruins. Discover how the ancient town was built at the meeting point of southern and northern Greece as you pass through the agora, lined with remains of covered walkways and shops.Get up close to the Apollo Temple and other revered sights including the Fountain of Glauke, the Spring of Periander and Lechaion Road. As you wander, hear how St Paul lived and preached in the town, and learn how according to Greek mythology, Jason and Medea fled to Corinth after being exiled.After around 1.5 hours, return to your vehicle and journey back to Athens. Along the way, enjoy a brief stop at Kehreai port, where St Paul disembarked, and, should you wish, ask your guide to stop at a local restaurant for lunch (own expense).Your shore excursion then concludes back at Piraeus port in time for your cruise departure.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to Piraeus port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Athens and Santorini 7 Day Tour
Day 1- Arrive in Athens- Upon your arrival in Athens, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your selected hotel. Spend the rest of day enjoying vibrant Athens at your leisure.Day 2 - Athens Guided City Tour- You will enjoy the striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modernelegant structures. Visit the Acropolis, the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium(site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), the Tomb of the unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library. In contrast, conclude your tour with a visit to the new Acropolis museum (closed on Monday’s), a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens. This is a balanced day at leisure and exploration.Day 3- Athens/Santorini- At the indicated time, you will be transferred to the port of Athens (Piraeus) to board the ferry toSantorini island. Upon arrival in Santorini, you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel.Day 4-6- Santorini- Wonderful days spent in the sun leisurely enjoying Santorini, full of unforgettable views and the most romantic sunset in the world. Santorini is the essence of a Greek island, where sea meets weather-beaten rock and colors are bold and elemental. Blue-domed chapels stand on hilltops; houses are simple white cubes, sunsets flamboyant orange. The half-moon island, with its rearing cliffs and dramatic outlooks, is all that remains of a huge volcanic explosion. Inland, fertile soils provide a softer landscape of silvery olive trees, fields of tomatoes and neatly pegged vineyards that produce sweet amber-colored wine.Day 7- Santorini/ Athens - At the indicated time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Athens.
Corinth and Mycenae Day Trip from Athens
This is a one of a kind tour that will take you to 3 of the most beautiful and historical places of Greece (Mycenae, Ancient Corinth, Nafplion, Corinth Canal). Your tour begins with pick up from your hotel in Athens (or Piraeus port). You can relax and enjoy the scenery as your driver takes you towards the Peloponnese. The first stop (after 1 hour drive) is at the Corinth canal. From there, you'll head to Ancient Corinth, where St.Paul lived and preached. Then, you will head to Mycenae, the capital of Greece around 1300 b.C., at the time of the Trojan War. There, you will visit the palace and the huge tombs. Finally, you'll be driven to Nafplion, one of the most beautiful small towns of Greece, where you'll stop for lunch and take a stroll around the small streets.