Athens on Your Own
Athens (Piraeus), Greece
- Roundtrip van transportation from Piraeus: Your GoBe escort provides a helpful orientation to Athens, suggestions on what to do, and your return time.
- Syntagma Square: Your adventure begins and ends here, close to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Parliament (once the royal palace), and public transportation.
- Free time (5 hrs.): Chart a course to trendy shopping districts, museums, great restaurants, the Acropolis, the Agora, or wherever curiosity leads.
About This Athens Tour
Odysseus, hero of Homer's epic Odyssey, was many things: courageous. Cunning. Resourceful. He was not, however, great at sticking to an itinerary. It took him 10 years to get home after the fall of Troy, delayed by seductive nymphs, a six-headed monster, and a one-eyed, man-eating giant.
For some, that's the essence of travel – unexpected encounters that make for great adventure. And if you're that kind of traveler, this is your kind of tour. It takes you to Syntagma Square, in the heart of Athens; on the way, you'll get a helpful Athens orientation, suggestions on what to do, and your return time. Then you'll have five hours for your own personal mini-odyssey.
Syntagma is the perfect starting point, near Parliament, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the stadium built for the return of the Olympics to Greece in 1896. Watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, stroll through the National Gardens, or browse the boutiques and restaurants of the trendy Ermou shopping district. The Acropolis and the ancient Agora are also within reach.
If you're really daring, Athens has one of the world's most impressive metro systems, and there's a station at the square. Plenty of taxis, too. Just allow enough time to get back; Athens traffic can be a real monster.
Odyssey in Athens
Taxis are relatively inexpensive in Athens, and don't be surprised if they're already occupied – drivers ask where you're going, and you may be able to share the ride. Just know that cabbies think of traffic laws as quaint suggestions, and that they often go on strike, as do transit workers; in the city that gave the world democracy, citizens demand their rights frequently and energetically.
Please exit the port terminal building to meet your guide. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
This tour does not include a guide, lunch or entrance fees. An escort will be in the vehicle to and from Athens. If you should miss the return time and the transfer, transportation back to the vessel will be at your own responsibility and at your own expense. No tripods, professional cameras or large backpacks are allowed inside the Acropolis. However, lockers are available both inside the Acropolis & the New Acropolis Museum. Photos are allowed to be taken on the 3rd floor only. Please be aware that ongoing restorations work is often carried out at the Acropolis. Depending upon the number of people at the Acropolis, it may be closed for security reasons so delays may occur.
Walking is at your own pace; the amount is at each person's discretion. Expect steps, inclines and cobblestones. You must be able to get in/out of the vehicle without assistance or with help from a companion. Folding wheelchairs only, please.
Shopping, Budget, Transport Only
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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