SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Let's Take a Selfie – Athens

    Athens (Piraeus), Greece

    Duration 5 hrs

    Capture the moment by taking the perfect selfie photo in Athens! Instantly share your experience with family & friends on your favorite social media site. Selfie experts will teach you how to take the best selfie photo including composition, posing, lighting etc. Capture the spirit of this incredible destination.


    Your tour will start with a scenic drive from the ship to Athens. Your tour will have designated selfie stops at:

    • Panathenaic Stadium- home of the Olympic Games
    • The Olympieion- one of the largest temples of Corinthian style.
    • The Acropolis- the birthplace of democracy. Where you can capture a panoramic photo from the nearby hill.
    • Parliament House- the first royal palace of modern Greece
    • Plaka - the old area of Athens.


    To make this experience even more fun, you will be provided with a selfie stick and utilize our Selfie Station in order to help catch the perfect picture. End your picture-perfect day with Souvlaki tasting in Monasteraki and some free time.


    Need to Know:

    Note: The tour is not recommended to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. The order of sites visited may vary. Wear comfortable shoes, sunglasses and comfortable clothing. Bring your own fully charged cellphone or camera. A limited amount of selfie sticks will be available to share. Entrance to the Acropolis Archeological site is not included.
    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Go Green-The Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

    Athens (Piraeus), Greece

    Duration 3 hrs

    Watch injured and ill sea turtles being rehabilitated at Archelon, an organization that monitors, rescues and cares for sea turtles and their habitats. Many of the sea turtles at the facility are loggerheads, the most common turtle species in the Mediterranean. Even so, their numbers are dwindling because their nesting beaches are being lost and the turtles are accidently being caught in fishing nets. As you tour Archelon’s sea turtle rehabilitation center, you can expect to see injured turtles being treated in hopes of releasing them back into the wild one day. The organization also aims to educate the public to better understand the region’s marine biodiversity, the impact of pollution on all wildlife and the importance of sustainable practices. You might also learn how satellites are used to track loggerhead turtles as they migrate to and from their nesting sites in the Mediterranean.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Visit a marine rehabilitation center that cares for injured and sick sea turtles.
    • See how turtles such as loggerheads are treated so they can be released back into the wild.
    • Gain insight into the value of sustainable practices and how pollution impacts sea turtles.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 1 hours of easy to moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is not recommended to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
    • Adult from: $119.00 USD
    • Child from: $109.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Best of Athens & Its Scenic Coast

    Athens (Piraeus), Greece

    Duration 8 1/2 hrs

    This excursion is an ideal introduction to the city’s major highlights. Reach the natural fortress of the Acropolis, and with your guide you’ll walk up the uneven footpath heading to the summit. Sights include the Propylaea, Temple of Apteros Niki, Erectheum and the Architectural Triumph of the Parthenon. Continue with a city drive and see Constitution Square, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Royal Palace, Hadrian’s Gate and the Old Marble Olympic Stadium.


    After lunch, drive along the scenic coastal road which affords splendid views of the Saronic Gulf and takes you through some of Athens' most beautiful suburbs. Arrive at Cape Sounion to visit the Temple of Poseidon, standing some 200 feet above the sea at the edge of a cliff. It is one of the most breathtaking and deeply moving sights in all of Greece. Fifteen of the original 34 columns of the Doric order still stand in majestic splendor.


    Need to Know:

    Note: The Acropolis is explored on foot and requires approximately two hours of walking. There are some 75 steps at the entrance and in certain locations the marble is uneven and slippery. During summer months, expect extreme overcrowding at the sites with possible waiting time to enter, especially at the Acropolis. Temperatures can reach extreme highs, we recommend that you drink a lot of water and use sun protection. Please also be aware that there is much less congestion, both at the sites and in traffic during winter time, so tour durations may be slightly shorter than listed but the content of the tour will not be affected.
    • Adult from: $199.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 8 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Meal
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    Athens & Piraeus Open Air Sightseeing Debark Tour

    Athens (Piraeus), Greece

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Settle in for a panoramic drive through Athens and the port of Piraeus on a double-decker sightseeing bus, passing key landmarks that tell the story of both cities. Feel free to ride inside the bus or on the second-level, which is open air to provide spectacular 360° views. You will hear commentary about the destinations that explains their historical importance and points out significant architectural features. Highlights include icons such as the Acropolis and Parthenon and sites that may be lesser known such as Omonia Square. Although one of Athens’ oldest square, Omonia had been somewhat forgotten until it was beautifully renovated in 2020. The bus will also drive through several characteristic neighborhoods, including historical Plaka and lively Monasteraki, home to attractions as diverse as flea markets and Roman ruins. Depending on the traffic, stops will be made along the way for photos and to stretch your legs.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • See the landmarks in Athens and Piraeus from a double-decker sightseeing bus.
    • Drive by must-see ancient icons such as the Acropolis and Parthenon
    • Travel through neighborhoods that highlight the diversity of Athens and Piraeus.
    • Pause on occasion for photos of the attractions.


    Audio commentaries in 12 different languages to learn about Athens & Pireaus' culture and history: English, Spanish, Italian, French, Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, Greek, Arabian, Japanese, and German.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Walking on this tour is at the guests’ discretion during any stops they choose to get off the bus. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. While the lower deck of the bus is air-conditioned, the open-top upper deck is not. Transfers to Athens Airport (ATH). Recommended for guests with flights after 2 pm.
    • Adult from: $119.00 USD
    • Child from: $109.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Debark
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    Athens History & Mediterranean Flavors

    Athens (Piraeus), Greece

    Duration 6 hrs

    Following an enlightening tour of Athens and the spectacular New Acropolis Museum, you will watch an innovative chef prepare your lunch and elaborate on the joys of Greek cuisine.


    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a wonderfully scenic drive to Athens, where you will see the Old Marble Olympic Stadium. In 1896, the first modern Olympics were held here in the white horseshoe-shaped stadium, which is the world’s only arena made entirely of marble. Although the stadium is primarily used for musical performances, it hosted the 2004 Olympics’ archery competition and the finish to the marathon.


    Continuing on into Athens, you will pass the 19th-century Royal Palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The monument’s main element is a carved bas-relief of a fallen Greek soldier that resembles a sculpture of a hoplite soldier found in a 5th-century B.C. temple.


    Before long, you will stop at the New Acropolis Museum, which holds a collection of artefacts excavated from the slopes of the Acropolis and the surrounding foothills. You might see a lengthy section of the Parthenon frieze, various marble sculptures and a detailed balustrade slab from the Temple of Athena Nike.


    You will then drive to Aiolou 68, a restaurant renowned for its creative seafood dishes. The chef will present an enlightening cooking demonstration explaining how to prepare classic Greek dishes and offer tips regarding other Mediterranean cuisine. Afterwards, you will enjoy a leisurely meal of the chef’s creations.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking and/or standing. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: $175.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
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    ATHENS ON YOUR OWN

    Athens (Piraeus), Greece

    Duration 6 hrs

    Spend hours of free time exploring the attractions in Athens that sound most appealing to you. A wonderfully panoramic drive will bring you to the Plaka neighborhood, where you will be dropped off and later picked up. This oldest section of Athens exudes history and its narrow cobblestone streets couldn’t be more atmospheric or pedestrian-friendly. The Plaka is known for its shopping and dining and proximity to the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to the Parthenon and many other iconic buildings from antiquity. Feel free to meander through the hilltop ruins at your leisure and browse the Acropolis Museum, a repository of archaeological remains that were unearthed from the surrounding slopes. The Plaka also has its share of archaeological sites, including the octagonal Tower of the Winds, a 1st-century landmark that is considered to be the world’s first meteorological station. If you wish to explore areas beyond the Plaka, be sure to allow time.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking mainly at the guest's discretion. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, can both make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: $75.00 USD
    • Child from: $49.00 USD
    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    ACROPOLIS THROUGH VIRTUAL REALITY

    Athens (Piraeus), Greece

    Duration 4 hrs

    View the monuments atop the Acropolis as they stood in antiquity by wearing virtual reality goggles that will bring this architectural complex to life. As you approach the steep rocky hilltop of the Acropolis, you will see the easily recognized ruins of classical buildings such as the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike and the propylaea, the entryway to the Acropolis. Few sights are so iconic. To enhance your understanding of this UNESCO World Heritage site, you will don VR goggles that will present the monuments of the Acropolis as they were when constructed in the 5th century BC. The goggles allow you to visualize the buildings so clearly and in such stunning detail that it will be like traveling back in time. To complement this immersive experience, you will spend free time walking through the narrow, shop-lined streets of the Plaka neighborhood that lies in the shadow of the Acropolis.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina.
    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $89.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Gourmet Tours - Margi Farm & Organic Food Experience

    Athens (Piraeus), Greece

    Duration 4 hrs

    OVERVIEW

    Dine on organic Greek dishes paired with local wines after an enlightening tour of the farm that produces most everything that you will consume. Before traveling inland to the property, you will pause for photos of Kastella, a historical neighborhood on what is often referred to as the Riviera of Piraeus. The setting is so captivating that Aristotle Onassis once had intentions of turning Kastella into a Greek version of Monte Carlo. Margi Farm is an oasis of a different sort. It lies in the Kalyvia area with acres of vineyards and olive groves surrounding it. As you meander about, the guide will describe the organic agricultural practices and how mechanization is kept to a minimum. The meal that follows will be organic, using ingredients from the farm. The dishes may include dolmas with yogurt sauce, eggplant-stuffed pies, vegetable moussaka and grilled souvlakia. Everything will be exceptionally fresh, organic and follow a farm-to-table philosophy.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Tour an organic farm that follows traditional agricultural practices.
    • Enjoy a lunch of organic dishes made from sustainable garden-fresh ingredients.
    • Pause for photos at a historical neighborhood known as the Riviera of Piraeus.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Any allergies must be noted when booking the tour. This tour includes a little walking, mainly at the guest's discretion. Coaches do not have a lift and entering and exiting must be done via stairs. As this excursion involves standing and walking for periods of time, those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: $249.00 USD
    • Child from: $249.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Meal
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    The Acropolis & Archaeological Museum

    Athens (Piraeus), Greece

    Duration 7 1/2 hrs

    Journey back in time to the evolution of Greek Civilization. You’ll visit the Acropolis and its famous landmarks and see the highlights of Athens. Admire the Propylaea, the temple of Apteros Niki, the Erectheum, and stand in awe in front of the Parthenon. Enjoy a traditional lunch in the Plaka, followed by some free time to explore this old and interesting district. Visit the National Archaeological Museum, housing an unrivaled collection of treasures of Cycladic, Minoan, Mycenaean, and Classical Greek Art. A few of the most important exhibits include the bronze statue of Poseidon, Head of Hygeia "Goddess of Health", a bronze statue of the "Jockey Boy" of Artemision, Golden Mask of Agamemnon and brilliant Minoan-style frescoes from Santorini.


    Need to Know:

    Note: The Acropolis is explored on foot and requires approximately two hours of walking. There are some 75 steps at the entrance and in certain areas the marble is uneven and slippery. There is additional walking and steps at the museum. During summer months expect extreme large crowds at the sites with possible waiting time to enter, especially at the Acropolis. Temperatures can reach extreme highs, we recommend that you drink a lot of water and use sun protection. Please be aware that there is much less congestion at the sites and less traffic during winter, so tour durations may be slightly shorter but the content of the tour will not be affected.
    • Adult from: $209.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 7 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Meal
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    Gourmet Tours - Traditional Greek Dishes

    Athens (Piraeus), Greece

    Duration 4 hrs

    OVERVIEW

    Enjoy classic Greek cuisine in a restaurant in Monastiraki, a neighborhood that offers a historical setting for your lunch. The panoramic drive there will set the stage for your immersion into traditional Greek life as you will pass landmarks such as Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. As an introduction to Monastiraki, you will pause to snap photos at its namesake square in the shadow of the iconic Acropolis. Monastiraki means “small monastery,” a reference to the one built there in Ottoman times, the remains of which still exist. After settling in at Savvas tavern, you will be treated to a lunch of traditional Greek dishes and a spectacular view of the Acropolis. Still, it is the cuisine that makes the experience so memorable. Kebabs from a traditional Asia Minor recipe, pork souvlaki and moussaka with homemade béchamel sauce are but a few of the dishes at Savvas.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Dine on traditional Greek dishes at Savvas, a tavern in the Monastiraki neighborhood.
    • Pause for photos of Monastiraki Square, a popular gathering place full of landmarks.
    • Drive past some of the iconic attractions in Athens, including the Acropolis.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Any allergies must be noted when booking the tour. This tour includes a little walking, mainly at the guest's discretion. Coaches do not have a lift and entering and exiting must be done via stairs. As this excursion involves standing and walking for periods of time, those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $149.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Meal
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    Go Local - Traditional Sunday Lunch on the Athenian Riviera

    Athens (Piraeus), Greece

    Duration 5 1/2 hrs

    Learn hands-on how to prepare a whole lamb roasted on a spit and several side dishes and then dine on this classic meal that has become synonymous with Greece. Your cooking class will take place in Kalyvia, an inland village where many Athenians spend the weekend taking in the natural beauty. The preparation will be explained in detail, including the best wood for the fire, the ingredients in the rub, how to skewer the lamb and the best techniques for basting. You will take part in the entire preparation, an experience that will make the meal that follows all the more memorable. You will also learn to prepare the Greek meze kokkoretsi, a yogurt sauce known as tzatziki and a traditional Greek salad. Once everything is finished, you will dine on your concoctions and a glass of local wine. On the return drive, you will stop for another drink at Lake Vouliagmeni, which natural thermal springs feed.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Take a hands-on cooking class and learn to prepare a whole lamb roasted on a spit.
    • Make a classic meze and Greek salad as well, and enjoy your concoctions for lunch.
    • Stop to enjoy a frappé coffee along the Athenian Riviera before the cooking class.
    • Pause for a drink at Lake Vouliagmeni after the cooking class.

    Need to Know:

    This tour includes about three hours of walking and standing. It is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns, who should evaluate their stamina and ability before joining the tour.

    • Adult from: $249.00 USD
    • Child from: $229.00 USD
    DURATION 5 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
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    Athens Attraction Pass W/Acropolis

    Athens (Piraeus), Greece

    Duration 6 hrs

    Maximize your time in Athens by visiting the attractions that interest you the most and exploring them at your own pace. Your attraction pass will cover all the entrances fees so you can see more than a dozen attractions without thinking about the cost. Getting around Athens will be easy because the pass allows you to ride the buses that loop through town from one attraction to another. Choose wisely what you want to do and when you want to do it, according to the time you have in Athens. Hop on a bus whenever you’re ready and hop off at an attraction that sounds intriguing. You might stop at the horseshoe-shaped Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held. Military history buffs may enjoy browsing the weapons from antiquity in the Athens War Museum. If you wish to delve deeper into history, ride the bus to the Acropolis of Athens, one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites. The New Acropolis Museum there displays artefacts excavated from the surrounding slopes, including items from the Temple of Athena Nike. Attractions Included: Acropolis and Parthenon Archaeological Site, Gray Line Athens Get On Get Off Bus Tour (Yellow Bus), Acropolis Museum, Athens War Museum, Cycladic Museum, Frissiras Museum, Happy Blender, Hellenic Motor Museum, Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Museum of Greek Culture, Museum of Islamic art, The Ghika Gallery, Herakleidon Museum, Bairaktaris - Syntagma Sq.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Use the Attraction Pass to see Athens’ best attractions at no additional cost.
    • Ride a bus around town, stopping at the attractions that you find most appealing.
    • Stay as long as you like at each attraction to enhance your understanding of it.
    • Hop on another bus whenever you please and ride it to another intriguing destination.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Walking on this tour is at the guests’ discretion during any stops they choose to get off the bus. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Once the pass is used, there is a time limit of 1 hour before it can be used again (except for the hop-on, hop-off tour). Guests can visit all attractions only once. Some attractions may require "collection ticket action" before visiting the venues. The attractions/venues included and their availability/operational conditions may change on the day of the call.
    • Adult from: $199.00 USD
    • Child from: $149.00 USD
    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2

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Printed on Monday, June 05, 2023 at 04:23pm