Cruise Tips: Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece. Photo by Carrie Finley Bajak
Changing of the Guard at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens, Greece. Photo by Carrie Finley Bajak.

List of Tourism Office and Port Links:

Where do cruise ships dock?

Cruise ships dock at the Port of Piraeus, about seven miles from Athens. Click here for a map.

Top Attractions

Ancient Athens, Greek architecture a must see. Photo by Carrie Finley Bajak.


Most Popular Places to see in Athens with limited time in port:

    • Acropolis of Athens

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      A must-see that is also referred to as the  “sacred rock”. Tip if you are going to explore on your own, remember that the Acropolis opens at 8am. The fastest way there is a taxi  or for the more adventurous take the Metro’s Green Line to Omonia station then transfer to the Red Line and get off at the Acropolis.

    • Plaka (neighborhood)

      Shoppers will like to browse the street of the  Plaka, Athens’ oldest residential quarter. Besides great architecture, there are souvenir shops and plenty of places to sit and enjoy some wonderful Greek hospitality.

Worthy of a visit

  • Acropolis Museum – this is a wonderful place to begin your indoctrination into ancient Greek history. Special tip: check out the view from the patio outside the cafe for a selfie.
  • Check out the Parthenon and make sure to count all the 46 Doric columns
  • Photo shoot at Mount Lycabettus, You can see the whole of Athens from the city’s highest vantage point


View Athens Greece Map – Piraeus Map in a larger map

Photos from Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

Tavern on the Placa
Plaka restaurant
Acropolis Museum

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