Athens, Greece - Mediterranean Cruises

Welcome to the “Birthplace of Modern Democracy”, a city whose architectural, art and political triumphs are a universal legacy. Discover the perfectly proportioned Parthenon built during the Golden Age of Peracles. Stroll through the ancient columns of the Stoa, where Plato once lectured or for lighter fare explore the twisting lanes and lively tavernas of the Plaka.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Acropolis, Museum and Plaka

    Experience the best this ancient city has to offer, including the Acropolis, National Museum and the Plaka.

    Acropolis, Museum and Plaka

    Dominating the Athenian landscape, the Acropolis is unsurpassed in its beauty, architectural splendour and historic importance. Your guided tour of the Acropolis begins with a walk upto the upper city entrance through the Propylea.

    After exploring the ancient ruins, admire the priceless relics that have been excavated and are now displayed in the Acropolis Museum. Opened in 2009, the museum charters the stunning history of the Acropolis. Highlights include the awesome original Caryatids, as well as the remaining pediments from the Parthenon Temple with copies of the missing parts. The museum also offers stunning views of the Acropolis of Athens.

    Arriving at the Plaka, sample some Greek treats as you are served some traditional snacks, ‘mezedes’, accompanied by a glass of Greek ouzo, followed by some free time to explore the Plaka at your leisure.

    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. The maximum group size will be no more than 25 guests per guide. The visit to the Acropolis involves climbing approximately 80 steep, marble steps and walking along uneven pathways; comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended. The Plaka will be explored on foot. There is approximately three hours of walking on this tour. Please be aware that photography and video cameras are not permitted in the Acropolis Museum. The museum is highly popular and works by appointment only for groups. Some delays may be faced in order to enter the museum. For security reasons all guests will go through x-ray machines and belongings will be scanned, on arrival. The museum is closed on Mondays.

    Tour code

    ATH_033

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Funicular and Fabulous Views

    See the best bits of Athens as part of a small group and admire views of the Acropolis from the perfect vantage point.

    Funicular and Fabulous Views

    Sit back and relax during a short drive from Piraeus to the world’s oldest city, Athens.

    Once in the heart of this ancient wonder, have your camera ready, as your knowledgeable guide points out the famous sights. During your panoramic drive you’ll pass by Hadrian’s Arch, Zeus Temple, the National Gardens and Constitution Square, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Parliament. Marvel at the magnificent Panathenaic Stadium, which hosted the first modern Olympics in 1896 and the only stadium in the world built entirely from white marble.

    Then it’s up, up and away to the city’s best view of the Acropolis. The Mount Lycabettus funicular will whisk you up high to 277 metres above the hustle and bustle of city. Admire the commanding views overlooking Athens’ most iconic sights, before relaxing with refreshments at the most romantic spot in the city.



    This tour will operate by minibus, funicular and on foot. The maximum group size will be 20 guests per guide. There are some steps and uneven ground to negotiate. The funicular line runs through a tunnel, therefore it is not recommended for guests who suffer from claustrophobia. Guests wishing to climb to the top of the hill where St. George chapel is located will have to negotiate approximately 40 steps. There may be a short walk from the drop-off point to the entrance of the funicular due to the narrow streets.

    Tour code

    ATH_029

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • A Traditional Evening Experience

    Go Greek and enjoy a smashing evening, fill up with good food, lots of wine and of course traditional Zorba the Greek dancing.

    A Traditional Evening Experience

    Embark on a scenic drive to the north of Athens, and admire sweeping views across the city.

    On arrival at the restaurant you’ll be greeted with displays of age old techniques, used to create some of the delights that you will later try. Learn how souvlaki is cooked the traditional way, how olive oil is pressed and how wheat is milled to flour for baking bread.

    Next up is a cookery demonstration on the preparation of Greek specialties, before a brief lesson on mastering the steps to Zorba the Greek. And then it’s time for dinner! Tuck into charcoal grilled souvlaki and a selection of typical meze dishes. Feast on tzatziki, cheese pie, dolmades, Greek salad and moussaka, all washed down with glasses of wine, mineral water and the obligatory ouzo!

    After dinner entertainment is provided by a local troupe, who will perform a number of traditional dances. Sit back, relax and tap your toes to the anthemic sounds of Greece. And later, if the mood takes you, you might like join in and show off your new dancing skills. And maybe you’ll even get to smash a plate or two!

    Finally, a brief stop will be made at the Acropolis, where you can photograph one of the most iconic sight sights the world, illuminated in all her glory.


    The journey time by coach to the venue is approximately 45 minutes each way. The dress code is smart casual.

    Tour code

    ATH_035

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Athens On Your Own

    Athens, the foundation stone of our civilization. Embark on your own adventure and explore the world’s most historic city.

    Athens On Your Own

    It is said that the building of Athens helped form the foundation of our civilization, including teachings of philosophy, politics, mathematics and art, all derived from Ancient Greece.

    After a brief orientation tour, you will be dropped off in central Athens, near the traditional shopping district of the Plaka. This will also be the pick-up point at the pre-set time, to be given by your guide on the coach.

    Visit the famous Acropolis and its historic sights or the Plaka with its myriad of shops and tavernas. The most elegant shopping area of Athens is Kolonaki, which above Constitution Square, is lined with exclusive shops and boutiques.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. You will be able to explore Athens at your leisure for approximately four hours. This time is non-guided and does not include any entrance fees or luncheon.

    Tour code

    ATH_014

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Farewell to Athens

    No visit to Athens would be complete without a tour of the awesome monuments of the Acropolis.

    Farewell to Athens

    This tour is designed for those guests that have a flight departing after 5.00pm. Your luggage will be on board the coach with you and the tour will drop you off at the airport.

    Sit back and enjoy the scenes of Athens, as you pass by a wealth of heritage sites, including the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Constitution Square, the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, Presidential Palace and the University Library.

    Then, it’s time to stretch your legs and venture up to the Acropolis, through the Propylea, which extends 150 feet across the western front of the Acropolis. Adjoining the entrance is the Temple of Athena Nike or Wingless Victory. Discover on the highest part of the hill, the Acropolis' crowning glory, the Parthenon. Built between 447 and 432 BC, it was dedicated to the Virgin Athena, the patron goddess of the city. To the north of the Parthenon is the Erechtheion, a temple honouring Athena and Poseidon, God of the Sea. The Porch of the Caryatids, with sculptures of lovely maidens, is one of the Acropolis' most graceful structures.

    Have your camera at the ready, as a stop will be made at the Old Olympic Stadium (traffic permitting), built for the first modern Olympic games. This stadium was also used for the marathon finish during the 2004 games. Finally, enjoy approximately, two hours of free time in the Plaka, to browse in the numerous shops and market stalls or sample some traditional Greek fare in one of the many tavernas.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The visit to the Acropolis involves climbing approximately 80 steep steps and walking along uneven pathways, comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended. The Acropolis is currently undergoing extensive restoration and parts are covered in scaffolding.

    Tour code

    ATH_036

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • Athens Panorama

    A tour for those guests unable to negotiate the climb and stairs to the Acropolis and the Parthenon.

    Athens Panorama

    Just behind Hadrian’s Arch lie the remains of the largest Temple of Antiquity, the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Dedicated to the king and father of the gods, Zeus, it took a mammoth 700 years to complete.

    From the viewpoint, gaze at the Acropolis with amazing sights of the Propylea, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon and the Erechtheion. The Sacred Way was lined with statues; the Parthenon was decorated with 92 sculptured metopes, 55 statues and a frieze 523 feet long. In the distance rises Mount Parnes, the highest mountain in Attica, and Mount Pentelikon, where Pentelic marble is quarried. Between the mountains spreads the Mesogheia Valley where grapes for retsina-resinated wine are harvested. Your Athens city drive will cover the main points of interest - both ancient and modern. You will see Hadrian's Arch, Statue of Lord Byron, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Constitution Square, the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, National Gardens, Presidential Palace, Academy and the University Library.

    Refreshments and local cake will be served at a leading venue during the tour.

    There will be a short time for souvenir shopping close by the Acropolis.



    This excursion will operate by coach. You are advised that the Acropolis will only be viewed from a distance. To enjoy this excursion to the full a little walking is required, with a few stairs. The Acropolis is undergoing extensive restoration and parts are covered in scaffolding.

    Tour code

    ATH_008

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • The Acropolis & The Plaka

    No visit to Athens would be complete without a tour of the Acropolis. Enjoy some free time to explore the Plaka district.

    The Acropolis & The Plaka

    Dominating the Athenian landscape, the Acropolis is rich in beauty, architectural splendour and historic importance. To enhance your visit, your guided tour of the Acropolis will include headsets and will begin with a walk up the steep steps to the upper city entrance, through the Propylea, extending 150 feet across the whole western front of the Acropolis. Adjoining the entrance is the Temple of Athena Nike or Wingless Victory. Beyond the Propylea, on the highest part of the hill, is the Acropolis’ crowning glory, the Parthenon.

    Enjoy free time at the Plaka to further explore the delights of Athens. The narrow cobble-stoned streets are lined with neo-classical buildings and tempting shops. View the Old Olympic Stadium (traffic permitting), built for the first modern Olympic games. The stadium was also used for the Marathon finish and archery during the 2004 games.

    Drive past a wealth of important sites, including Hadrian's Arch, Statue of Lord Byron, Temple of Olympian Zeus, National Gardens, Academy and the University Library.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please be advised that guests aged 17 years and under are entitled to free entrance to the Acropolis. Parents and/or guardians should, therefore, book any 13 – 17 year olds in their party as a child ticket. All guests between 3 and 17 years of age MUST carry their passport on the above tours in order to gain entrance to the Acropolis. Note that all minors (those under 18) must be accompanied by an adult on shore excursions. Please be advised that some of the walking at the Acropolis is very slippery and flat comfortable shoes are recommended. The visit to the Acropolis involves climbing approximately 80 steep, marble steps and walking along uneven pathways; comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended. The Plaka area will be explored on foot. Luncheon is not included, so please remember to take sufficient Euros. The Acropolis is undergoing extensive restoration and parts are covered in scaffolding.

    Tour code

    ATH_006

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • The Acropolis - Crown Jewel of Athens

    Dominating the Athenian landscape, the Acropolis is unsurpassed in its beauty, architectural splendour and historic importance.

    The Acropolis - Crown Jewel of Athens

    An informative, narrated drive will take you from Piraeus to Athens, past a wealth of important sites, including Temple of Olympian Zeus, Constitution Square, and Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, Presidential Palace, and the University Library.

    Walk up to the entrance of the Acropolis, through the Propylea, which extends 150 feet across the western front of the Acropolis. Adjoining the entrance is the Temple of Athena Nike or Wingless Victory. Beyond the Propylea, on the highest part of the hill, is the Acropolis' crowning glory, the Parthenon. Built between 447 and 432 BC, it was dedicated to the Virgin Athena, the patron goddess of the city. To the north of the Parthenon is the Erechtheion, a temple honouring Athena and Poseidon, God of the sea. The Porch of the Caryatids, with sculptures of lovely maidens, is one of the Acropolis' most graceful structures.

    There will be a short time for souvenir shopping in the area close to the Acropolis.

    Stop to admire the Old Olympic Stadium (traffic permitting), built for the first modern Olympic games. This stadium was also used for the Marathon finish during the 2004 games.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please be advised that guests aged 17 years and under are entitled to free entrance to the Acropolis. Parents and/or guardians should, therefore, book any 13 – 17 year olds in their party as a child ticket. All guests between 3 and 17 years of age MUST carry their passport on the above tours in order to gain entrance to the Acropolis.

    Note that all minors (those under 18) must be accompanied by an adult on shore excursions. Please be advised that some of the walking at the Acropolis is very slippery and flat comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Headsets will be used for the visit to the Acropolis, which involves climbing approximately 80 steep steps and walking along uneven pathways – comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended. The Acropolis is currently undergoing extensive restoration and parts are covered in scaffolding.

    Tour code

    ATH_001

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Corinth Canal Transit

    Do not miss this opportunity to sail along the amazing Corinth Canal.

    Corinth Canal Transit

    The Corinth Canal never fails to impress; at four miles long, 22 metres wide and 8 metres deep it represents a great feat of engineering. An unforgettable sight, the Canal separates the narrow causeway joining the Peloponesse to the mainland. Take advantage of a panoramic photo stop to capture this fantastic sight on film.

    Upon reaching the Canal you will board a boat and transit through, with the walls rising sheer on either side. Depending on Canal traffic, the trip through the Canal may be made twice, and if that is the case you will return to the original starting point. There may be a short wait whilst queuing to enter the Canal.



    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.



    Comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended. The drive to Corinth will be by motorway and takes approximately 1¼ hours each way.

    Tour code

    ATH_027

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Temple of Poseidon and Beach

    Get in touch with your inner poet at the awe-inspiringly beautiful Temple of Poseidon, then take a dip at the beach.

    Temple of Poseidon and Beach

    Embark on a scenic drive through the Attica Peninsula, blessed with picture-perfect landscapes, mountainous territory and a sharply indented coastline fringed with beautiful beaches.

    Perched high on a cliff at Cape Sounion, overlooking the glistening blue Aegean Sea stands the imposing Temple of Poseidon. This magnificent 5th century BC temple offers the quintessential view of classical Greece along with breathtaking scenery. With your guide, follow the rocky path to the remaining 17 columns of dazzling white marble and see where Lord Byron, who visited the temple in 1810, carved his name on one of the pillars.

    Then it’s time to take a cool dip on a hot summer’s day or a relaxing stroll down the sandy shores. Enjoy approximately 3 hours of free time at Yabanaki Beach. Yabanaki has plenty to offer, including watersports, traditional tavernas and cafés.


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This tour will operate on foot and by coach. You are advised that the pathway leading to the Temple of Poseidon is uneven with an incline and steps to negotiate. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. The drive to Cape Sounion takes approximately 1¼ hours. Guests are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Sunbeds and an umbrella are included. Refreshments and luncheon are not included, therefore euros is the accepted currency for purchases. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to Cunard. Before you book this excursion your must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    ATH_030

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • Discover Delphi

    Unearth the secrets of Delphi on this exclusive small group tour, which is bound to leave a powerful and lasting impression.

    Discover Delphi

    Embark on a journey of discovery to Delphi, considered by the ancient Greeks to be the physical and spiritual centre of the earth. During the drive, enjoy breathtaking mountain landscapes and gaze beyond to the blue waters of the Gulf of Corinth, a truly spectacular sight.

    En route you’ll pass the Springs of Castalia. Its waters are said to provide eternal youth, and in ancient times visitors would have to purify themselves in the spring before entering the sanctuary. Perched majestically on the slopes of Mount Parnassus lies one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. With your expert guide, you’ll ‘Walk the Sacred Way’, and visit the Temple of Apollo, the Treasuries and the 4th century BC Theatre of Delphi. Fortunately, there are 5,000 seats in which to rest, admire the stunning setting and try out the splendid acoustics.

    The Delphi Museum is considered one of the most important archaeological museums in Greece, and within it is an outstanding collection of classical and archaic pieces. One of the main highlights and best known Greek statues is the bronze Charioteer of Delphi. This 5th century BC treasure, was unearthed in 1896, after lying for more than 2,000 years under rubble from an earthquake. Astonishingly lifelike, he's heading into his victory lap, with the look of calm pride on his face, and his eyes, made of onyx, are still intact.

    A traditional luncheon will be served, followed by some free time in the modern village of Delphi.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey time to Delphi, including a comfort stop is approximately 2½ hours each way. This excursion involves uphill walking, with numerous steps to negotiate. Luncheon will be served at approximately 2.00pm, therefore a hearty breakfast is recommended before leaving the ship. Guests are advised to carry a hat, sun block and plenty of water.

    Tour code

    ATH_028

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    9 hours

  • Ancient Corinth & Canal Transit

    Do not miss this opportunity to sail along the amazing Corinth Canal and visit Ancient Corinth with its 6th century Temples.

    Ancient Corinth & Canal Transit

    In the days of St. Paul, Ancient Corinth possessed a forum larger than Rome, with temples, theatres, baths, shops and basilicas. See the remains of the beautifully-paved Lechaion Road and 6th century BC Doric Temple of Apollo. A visit will be made to the Museum, which houses some of the finds from the site.

    The Corinth Canal never fails to impress. Four miles long, 75 feet wide and 26 feet deep, it represents a great feat of engineering. An unforgettable sight, the Canal separates the narrow causeway joining the Peloponesse to the mainland.

    The highlight will be the Canal transit. Boarding a boat, you will travel serenely through the Canal, with the walls rising sheer on either side. Depending on Canal traffic, the trip through the Canal may be made twice, and if that is the case you will return to the original starting point. There may be a short wait whilst queuing to enter the Canal.

    A buffet luncheon including wine and coffee is included. There will be a short time available for shopping in the area outside the site of the Ancient Corinth.


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. The site of Corinth has uneven pathways with some steps to be negotiated. Comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended. Please note that due to the restrictions of the transit, luncheon may not be served until mid-afternoon. We recommend you have a hearty breakfast. The drive to Corinth will be by motorway and takes approximately one and a quarter hours each way. Flash photography is not permitted in the Corinth Museum.

    Tour code

    ATH_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8½ hours

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