Designed for those cruise passengers, who don’t wont to participate in any group tour and they want to discover Athens by themselves. A self tour that, with the information of our tour driver experts, will help you to enjoy your freedom in the land that discovered it. The land immortalized by Homer and Euripides, go on pilgrimage by foot to the temples of the gods, experience Greece the way people have seen it for thousands of years -from the ground up.
A self tour of Athens and its ancient monuments lets you walk in the footsteps of Plato and Socrates. Get a map, plan your own course and take advantage of the knowledgeable tour drivers of Athens Shore Excursion.
Highlights of the Self Tour in Plaka and the Acropolis
- 4 hours touring Athens by your self
- Explore the Acropolis and Plaka
- Sightseeing private tour to the most important memorials of Athens
- English speaking professional tour driver
- Pick up and drop off at the cruise ship pier
Description of the tour
After our driver will pick you up at your cruise ship pier, you will drive along the scenic suburbs of Piraeus Athens. In approx 20 min drive to Athens, your private driver will give you a short sightseeing tour to Panathenean stadium (first modern Olympic Games 1896), drive through Kolonaki, the high end of Athens center, visit the highest hill in Athens, the Lycabettus hill with its breathtaking views, the ex-royal house with its royal gardens, the picturesque Plaka and will show you where you will meet after 4 hours in order to transfer you back at Piraeus cruise port.
Spend a day in Athens, hiking to the Acropolis and visiting the old city. First visit the Acropolis to avoid crowds. The walk turns into a climb as you head up to the Parthenon, the Nike Temple and other structures that once honored the gods.
Wander around the Acropolis, photographing ruins and views of the Aegean. Visit the nearby Dionysus sanctuary and the Agora.
Take the Dionyssiou Areopagitou, a pedestrian walk that leads from the Acropolis to Plaka.
Meander through the Plaka, the old city of Athens and enjoy the winding pedestrian streets, small shops and tavernas, glimpses of ancient and century-old architecture and a number of museums. Plaka is what Athens used to be before it grew to a sprawling modern metropolis.
Today Plaka has artists’ galleries, monuments to ancient playwrights, cobblestones and no cars, and the ambiance of a lively village that isn’t quite part of the 21st century.
Grab your map, check out the ruins and remains uncovered when Greece built the Syntagma metro station. There are artifacts displayed right in the station.
Walk past the Greek Parliament and stop at Zappeion Hall, where you can view columns from the Temple of Zeus and see Hadrian’s Arch, before heading back to the meeting point that our driver has pointed to you, and drive you back to your cruise ship pier.