Athens Shore Excursion: Private City Sightseeing and Acropolis Tour

Athens, Greece
Athens Shore Excursion Private City Sightseeing and Acropolis Tour
  • 4 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Make the most of your time in port in Piraeus with a private half-day shore excursion to Athens. Unravel the secrets of Ancient Greece as you walk around the monumental ruins of the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens (entrance not included) and the Parthenon. Then, hop aboard a minivan to see the rest of the city, including the lively Syntagma Square, the Panathinaikon Olympic Stadium and ancient landmarks like the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. Best of all: your tour is covered by Viator’s worry-free policy, ensuring on-time return to your cruise ship.
  • Half-day Athens shore excursion with a private guide
  • Walk up the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Acropolis of Athens
  • See important Classical Greek monuments like the Parthenon and Erechtheion
  • Explore central Athens by minivan and visit Syntagma Square and the Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • See Athens first Olympic Stadium -- Panathinaikon Stadium -- before returning to Piraeus Port
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What's Included

  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by private vehicle and professional driver
  • Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Acropolis of Athens entrance fee (approx. 20 euros)

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

Opening hours

  • 1/1/2024 - 12/31/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

  • 1/1/2024 - 12/31/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Pickup details

You must contact the local service provider at least 48hrs before tour to be informed on the exact pickup time (meeting point will be provided on your confirmation voucher)

What To Expect


1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included


1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included


1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Plateia Syntagmatos (Pass By)

Panathenaic Stadium

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Pass By)

The Academy of Athens (Pass By)

Arch of Hadrian (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • At time of booking, Cruise Ship passengers must provide the following details under Special Requirements: Ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please also enter your preferred pickup time in the Special Requirements box at the time of booking, and reconfirm 48 hours prior to the tour’s departure time
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children who do not occupy a seat are free of charge. Children who occupy a seat and are up to 11 years old, benefit from a discount
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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      22 reviews
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      We have a private tour with an...
      Ana_A, Apr 2018
      We have a private tour with an excellent guide. The best is the change of the army soldiers on the palace. It was an. amazing performance
      Dee met us at the docks with the van...
      Jeanie, Nov 2017
      Dee met us at the docks with the van and a driver. She was very knowledgeable and explained what everything was as we drove into Athens. She took us to Olympic stadium where we stopped for a few pictures. She timed it just right so we got to see the changing of the guards at the Presidental Palace before we were off the the Acropolis. Lots of steps but we're took it slow and it was well worth the hike!
      We had to amend our group number due...
      BRADLEY D, Oct 2017
      We had to amend our group number due to an unforeseen issue. Good communication. Great guide. Always a good experience using Viator.
      This was an EXCELELNT TOUR!! our...
      Anthony M, Oct 2017
      This was an EXCELELNT TOUR!! our guide Diotima was not only a professional BUT a history professor and provided us soo much detail and was friendly, accommodating and again, like our tour guide Luca in Livorno it was ALL ABOUT US, OUR NEEDS and OUR HAPPINESS!! A MUST DO but ask for DIOTIMA as your guide!!!
      The tour guide stayed with us for...
      Darline K, Sep 2017
      The tour guide stayed with us for the whole tour and spoke wonderful English. She navigated the crowds and procured our tickets without any trouble. She stayed with one of our travelers who was unable to go to the top of the Parthenon. We never felt that there was no one looking out for us in the sweltering heat. Her explanations made all the difference in seeing the sites. The van was air conditioned spacious and a Godsend as we traveled with little ones in tow. Most happy we took this tour!!! No regrets! Worth every dime!!! - especially With the heat and excess crowds. I tell all my patients that this is the only way to see Athens and the Parthenon.
      Athens is very crowded this time of...
      Chuck C, Aug 2017
      Athens is very crowded this time of the year. This Shore Excursion picked us up directly from our ship and we were able to see all the highlights of Athens without standing in line. I highly recommend this Excursion.
      We had a wonderful day exploring and...
      Vicki S, Jul 2017
      We had a wonderful day exploring and saw the highlights in a short amount of time, plus had a wonderful lunch!
      We arrived to Athens from our cruise...
      James B, May 2017
      We arrived to Athens from our cruise ship and met our tour guide at the port. She picked up our party of six and took us to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Olympic stadium which was used for the 1st modern Olympics in 1896. She then took us to see the Parthenon and two amphitheaters near the Acropolis. Amazing excursion with our guide who was very knowledgeable and spoke English very well. I highly recommend this tour and would do it again in a heartbeat.
      This was a very good tour our guide...
      Anthony_R, May 2017
      This was a very good tour our guide and driver were very friendly and knowledgeable would recommend.
      Our guide Val was waiting for us...
      MARIE_T, May 2017
      Our guide Val was waiting for us outside the port terminal. There were 6 in our group and were driven in a small bus that could hold about 20 people. Val was very knowledgeable about the history of Athens, and was careful to point out everything she could as we drove to the Acropolis. Entry fee was 20 Euros. The climb up was not as steep as we anticipated but we had to watch our footing the entire way as the path was rocky and with marble rocks that could be slippery, and some steps were high steps. The crowd climbing up was very pushy and rude. It felt like a mob scene on the top half of the climb. There were no railings to help. Once on top, Val carefully explained the significance of everything and the site was awesome also. After the Acropolis, we just drove back to our ship. The entire tour was 4 hours,
      Our tour guide was very well versed...
      Steven W, Sep 2016
      Our tour guide was very well versed in Greek history and was able to present it to our group in a way that was easily understood.
      Tour was too short for the price...
      Theresa C, May 2016
      Tour was too short for the price paid. Guide Dee was very nice, professional and knowledgeable of the history of Athens.
      Response from Host, May 2016
      In all our tours the approximate duration and the exact price are displayed in Viator's website. All details are known before someone proceed to booking. The specific guide is deputy professor at the University of Athens. She is one of our best. Clients could have asked for a small extension of the tour. We are always flexible to this.
      Helen was an excellent guide and...
      james m g, Aug 2015
      Helen was an excellent guide and Janis a good driver the family all enjoyed the trip :despite 100 degree heat we were comfortable in a.c. vehicle.
      Our tour was simply incredible. Our...
      fisher957, Jun 2015
      Our tour was simply incredible. Our tour guide Eleni (Helen) was an exceptional teacher. She brought maps and other materials to help with her explanation and was eager for us to ask questions rather then stick to a script. We have taken a fair number of tours over the years and this was the bes
      Nine of us as a group had taken the...
      Rengaiyengar R, Sep 2014
      Nine of us as a group had taken the tour on the 28th of August 2014. It was excellent. Our tour guide was Helen and she came and picked us up from the port sharp at 7:30 am. Helen was very knowledgeable about Greek history and she took great pains to explain all our questions. The vehicle was a Mercedes van well equipped and the driver was also good. R.Ram, Canada
      Our driver and guide were very...
      Sharon S M, Jul 2014
      Our driver and guide were very accommodating. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed the day in Athens - seeing all the sites on our agenda.
      Disappointing. Our guide was very...
      Maria C, Aug 2013
      Disappointing. Our guide was very pleasant. But the driver was obviously a smoker therefore the car stank to cigarettes, absolutely no consideration for the tourists. Athens had a depressed feel about it, and I would not consider going back there again.
      Helen was wonderful, given the time...
      Michelle M, May 2013
      Helen was wonderful, given the time constraints (our fault!). Next time, we will plan for more time so we can enjoy this stunning and fascinating area at a more leisurely pace.
      Atendimento da Guia foi especial, muito simpática e alto nível de conhecimento
      VanderleiC91, Nov 2019
      Guia local que nós atendeu mostrou um conhecimento muito grande. Atendimento excelente. Além de não falar o mesmo idioma ela se esforçou muito para que tivéssemos um intendimento da região,
      Response from Host, Nov 2019
      Thank you very much for the time dedicated to write this review and for your positive feedback. We remain at your disposal
      Athènes Acropole
      Dominique L, Oct 2019
      Très belle visite, Lydia notre guide très compétente, intéressante et professionnelle. Nous avons eu droit à la description complète de l'histoire d'Athènes, des dieux, des guerres, de la construction du site historique de l'Acropole. Je vous recommande cette visite.
      Response from Host, Oct 2019
      Merci pour le temps consacre d'ecrire cette critique, nous restons a votre disposition

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