[TOUR CODE #S7]
This 8 hour shore excursion from Piraeus PortReading more .... is ideal for cruise ship passengers!
Historical Information In Details About This Shore Excursion!
The Athens cityReading more .... sightseeingReading more .... tour, the visit to the famous Acropolis of AthensReading more .... with Parthenon, the experience of Cape SounionReading more .... with the most breathtaking view and the taste of a Greek lunch on a Greek traditional restaurant is a complete shore excursion while you are in Athens.
Our guide will point out to you during the city tour, the magnificent views of historical and archaeological sites of Athens and Cape SounionReading more ..... Hadrian’s Arts, Parthenon, Ex Royal Palace with its famous Gardens, Change of the Guards, Theatre of Dionysus, Asklepieion, Temple of PoseidonReading more .... and more are waiting to be experienced.
Our personnel will meet you just outside your cruiseship at Piraeus PortReading more .... and after 20 minutes drive through the town of Piraeus – Marina Zea – Kastela – Mikrolimano – we will arrive in Athens.
Piraeus itself is big town, within a gulf overlooking the Aegean Sea and its port is considered one of the biggest in Mediterranean Sea with 1.000.000 residents . The port serve all cruiseships as port of call to almost every cruise program in Mediterranean Sea during the year.
Our professional guide will introduce you to the spirit of Greek history passing by the most famous monuments and archaeological sites such as: The Panathenian Stadium, The glass Runner, The Megaron Concert Hall, The National Theatre, The Omonia Square, The National Historical Museum (Old Parliament), The Syntagma Square, The St. Paul’s Anglican, The National Park (ex Royal Gardens), The House of Parliament (ex Royal Palace), The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Evzones), The Iliou Melathron Numismatic Museum (H. Schliemann’s Home), The Neoclassical Building of CentralReading more .... Bank of Greece, The University of Athens, The National Library, The Presidential Residents (ex Royal Palace), The Change of the Honor Guards, The Zappio Congress, The Temple of Olympic Zeus, The Hadrian’s Gate, The Dionysus Theatre, The Asclepieum Medical Center, The Herod Atticus Odeon, The Areopagous (St. Paul Acts XVII on Mars Hill).
We will enjoy a better view of the modern aspect of the city just before visiting the “Acropolis of AthensReading more ....”. It was formally proclaimed as the pre-eminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage list of monuments on 26 March 2007.
The Acropolis of AthensReading more .... is a flat-topped rock that rises 150 m above sea level in the middle of the city of Athens, with a surface area of about 3 hectares. It was also known as Cecropia, after the earliest legendary Athenian King Cecrops, who emerged from the ground half man half serpent.
The entrance to the Acropolis of AthensReading more .... was a monumental gateway called the Propylaea. To the south of the entrance is the tiny Temple of Athena Nike. A bronze statue of Athena, carved by Phidias, originally stood in between the Propylea and the Parthenon in the open air.
At the highest point of the Acropolis of Athens is the Parthenon or Temple of Athena Parthenos (Athena the Virgin). To the north east of the Parthenon is the temple known as the Erechtheum.
South of the platform that forms the top of the Acropoli of Athens there are also the remains of the most famous open air theatre called Theatre of Dionysus (17.000 spectators, the earliest, one of the biggest), where all famous dramas written by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides were first performed.
A few hundred meters away to the west the impressive Herod Atticus’ Odeum (music hall or opera house), built in the Roman period, reconstructed in the 20th century, holding 5.000 spectators and used every summer for the most important and longest cultural event (music, drama, dancing and singing from all over the world almost every night, info at your hotel reception) in the country the festival of Athens.
The Parthenon dedicated to goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their favorite goddess, patron goddess of the city. Its construction began in 447 BCE and was completed in 438 BCE, although its sculptured and painted decorations continued until 432 BCE when it was accomplished.
It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, admired from the moment it was finished until this very moment for the perfection of its construction and engineering for its architectural refinements and its sculptured masterpieces.
The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece and of Athenian democracy and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments. The Parthenon itself replaced an older temple of Athena, which historians call the Pre-Parthenon or Older Parthenon, which was destroyed during the Persian invasion of 480 BCE. Like most Greek temples, the Parthenon was used as a treasury.
In the 5th century A.D. the Parthenon was converted into a Christian church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. During the Turkish Rule, it was turned into a mosque in the early 1460s, and it had a minaret attached to it at its SW corner.
On 26 September 1687, the worst damage was brought about when during a Venetian bombadment the temple was blown up in the air stuffed with gunpowder by the Turks.
In 1806, Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin removed most of the surviving sculptures, with the Sultan’s permission. These sculptures, now known as the Elgin’s Marbles or the Parthenon Marbles, were purchased in 1816 by the British Museum in London, where they have been displayed since then till this very day. The Greek government is committed to the return of the sculptures to Greece.
The Restauration Project began in 1975 and is now nearing completion. The aim of the restoration was to reverse the decay of centuries of attrition, pollution, destruction by acts of war, and misguided past restorations. The project included collection and identification of all stone fragments, even small ones, from the Acropolis and its slopes and the attempt was made to restore as much as possible using reassembled original material – with new marble from Mount Penteli used sparingly.
All restoration was made using titanium dowels and is designed to be completely reversible, in case future experts decide to change things. A combination of cutting-edge modern technology and extensive research and reinvention of ancient techniques were used.
A total of 2,675 tons of architectural members were restored, with 686 stones reassembled from fragments of the originals, 905 patched with new marble, and 186 parts made entirely of new marble. A total of 530 cubic meters of new Pentelic marble were used.
Athenian democracy developed in the Greek city-state of Athens, spreading across the Attica territory around 508 BC. Athens was the first known democracy. Other Greek cities set up democracies following the Athenian model, but none of them was as powerful, stable, or as well-organised as that of Athens.
It remains a unique and intriguing example of direct democracy where all people did both: they elected their representatives and they themselves and not their representatives voted finally in favour or against new legislation.
The public opinion was remarkably influenced by the political satire performed by the comic poets at the theatres. Nevertheless, the idea of democratic government is one of the most significant contributions of the ancient Greeks. The city-state of Athens had one of the largest democracies in terms of population.
During the Acropolis guided tour our guide will point out and inform about the Parthenon, the Caryatids, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheum, the Pnix Hill, the birth place of Democracy, the Theatre of Dionysus, the first and the biggest ancient theatre where the first drama in the world performed and the impressive Herod Atticus’ Odeum (music hall or opera house).
After having visited the Acropolis of Athens, we will enjoy lunch on a Greek traditional restaurant in Plaka (the old city of Athens) and we will depart for a wonderful drive along the scenic coastal road though extremely beautiful scenery which offers a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf, passing through the most elegant summer resorts (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza) with wonderful sandy or pebbled beaches on one side and luxurious hotels like Cape SounionReading more .... and Grand Resort Lagonisi as well as beautiful private villas like the one of Aristotle Onasis on the other side, we will arrive at Cape SounionReading more .... at the Temple of PoseidonReading more .....
The Temple of PoseidonReading more .... perched on a rocky promontory getting out into the open sea – 197 foot overlooking the Aegean Sea. This is the most breathtaking panoramic view in the world, extending all the way to Kea IslandReading more .... and the Peloponnese (ArgolisReading more .... area) on a clear day. The Temple of PoseidonReading more .... was built in the 5th century B.C., and many of its original Doric columns are still standing.
See the graffiti carved by the hand of the known Lord ByronReading more .... – an English poet and a leading figure in Romanticism, who died in Greece and whom modern Greeks consider as one of their heroes of the War of Independence – in the early 1800s on one of these columns.
According to legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. How did that happen: His son Theseus, prince of Athens had volunteered to go to Crete to kill the dreadful monster the Minotaur in the Labyrinth (now believed to be the Palace of Knossos) and deliver Athens from the blood tax they had to “pay” to Crete. He had agreed with his father, in case he won, to replace the black sail of his ship with a white one.
He forgot and poor and desperate father, waiting anxiously on the rock awake day and night jumped into the sea and drowned himself believing his son had been devoured by the monster.Afterwards we will drive you back to the cruise ship at Piraeus PortReading more .....
|Prices per Group||Prices in Euro|
|Group up to 2 persons:||680.00|
|Group up to 16 persons:||770.00|
|Group up to 49 persons:||820.00|
|The above group prices do not include:
Entrance fee to Acropolis 12.00 and Cape Sounion 4.00 per person
|Lunch in Plaka (3 course Menu – drinks are not included) 20.00 per person|
|For the final cost please calculate the group price + (participants X 36.00) = TOTAL COST|
Acropolis archaeological site, Panathenian Stadium, The Herod Atticus Odeon, The Academy of Arts & Letters, The University of Athens, The National Library, The Hadrian’s Gate, Temple of Poseidon, City of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza
This shore excursion is private and special designed for cruise passengers arriving at Piraeus portReading more ....
Recommended Departure Time: 9:00am
Duration: 8-9 hours (approx.)
Return details: guaranteed return to original departure point (by the cruise ship terminal at Piraeus port)
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All prices in this website are in Euro
Other languages are available upon request with additional price
Licensed guide = approved from the Greek government
What to bring
Comfortable footwear, Sunblock, Hat, Camera