"Athens Private Shore Excursion" (6 hours private tour)
Private Guided city tour of Athens - Private Guided tour of the new Acropolis Museum – Private Guided tour of the Acropolis and the Parthenon - Ancient Agora – Plaka and Monastiraki
The Guided Tour starts as soon as the bus leaves the pier. Passing through Piraeus on your way to Athens you will see the picturesque ports of Microlimano and Kastella and The Peace and Friendship stadium. Arriving at the center of Athens, after a 30 min. trip, your professionally trained guide will comment on the city's historical elements as you are viewing sights such as The Hadrian Arch of Triumph, The marble Panathenian Olympic Stadium, where you will be given time to take photos, The Temple of Zeus, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the former Royal Palace which is now The Greek House of Parliament. You will also see The Athenian Trilogy on Panepistimou str. which is consisted by The University of Athens, The Academy of Athens and The National Library. After that the bus will drop you off in front of the statue of Melina Mercury in Dionissiou Aeropagitou str. at Plaka. This will also be your meeting point before the final departure to return to Piraeus.
From there your guide will lead you to The new Acropolis Museum where you can walk on a glass surface viewing The ancient city of Athens under your feet. Besides the museum exhibits on the top floor you will be able to take a good look at The Parthenon through the glass walls of the museum. For those who do not wish to climb all the way up to The Acropolis this is the next best way to admire this superb monument which is recognized as the culmination of Greek Architecture.
Leaving the Acropolis museum next comes the guided tour on The Acropolis Hill. For those who do not wish to climb up to the rock alternatively they will see the ancient Agora and have more time in Plaka and Monastiraki. Climbing up The Hill there will be several stops made, for your guide to explain and you to admire the monuments of Herodion Music Theater, Pnyka, Philopapous Hill, Marsh Hill or Areos Pagos, The Ancient Agora, The Temple of Nike, The Propilaia, The Erechthion, and finally The Parthenon.
From the Acropolis Hill you will decent to visit the Ancient Agora and stroll around Placa area the old city of Athens. There you will walk among well preserved neoclassical buildings where people still have their residence and excavations that revealed the ancient city beneath.
Monastiraki (Flea Market) is a very interesting walk through small shops one next to each other that practically sell everything from Antique items and Art to used clothing and gramophone records.
Afterwards your guide will escort you back to Piraeus port. On the way your guide will be available to discuss your experience at visiting Athens and answer any questions you may have.Transportation with a luxury class Mercedes minibus or minivan, driven by a professional, non-smoking driver.
Escorted throughout the tour by an experienced fluent in English officially licensed, tour guide.
All shore excursions are guaranteed to return to the port in time so that there will be no chance of you not getting on board your cruise ship.