Piraeus Culture & history

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Athens: Full-Day Island Hopping Cruise with Lunch

1. Athens: Full-Day Island Hopping Cruise with Lunch

Take a day to explore the islands of Athens on a wooden cruise boat. Admire Agistri Island's natural beauty and walk through small villages. Next, arrive at the Island of Moni and enjoy swimming and lunch. Last, explore Aegina, with a visit to two temples and time to explore. Arrive at the meeting point and experience a warm welcome on board with coffee, juice, and pastries. Head out to sea and relax on the sofas on the boat or sunbathe on the deck until arrival at Agistri Island. Drop anchor at one of Greece's little island paradises, Agistri Island. Gaze at the amazing cliffs and hills covered with pine trees, swim in the emerald waters, and stroll through the traditional alleys of the small villages. Next, find yourself on the protected island of Moni, a small nature park with peacocks and deer as the only inhabitants. Enjoy lunch on the beach of Moni paired with Greek wine, beer, and soft drinks. Relax in the sun, swim, and snorkel in the turquoise water to admire the underwater world. The historical island of Aegina is the final stop. Admire this picturesque port and learn of the pistachio production that the island is famous for. Explore at your own pace and visit the Temple of Apollo and the Temple of Athena Aphaia before heading back to shore.

Athens: Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

2. Athens: Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

After traveling for a few kilometers through the South Coast and the Athenian Riviera, you will be bedazzled by the famous landscapes which surround Sounion. Sounion (or Sunium) was an important ancient Greek religious sanctuary dedicated to the gods Poseidon and Athena. Spectacularly located on a promontory in southern Attica, the site is dominated by the temple of Poseidon perched 70 meters above the sea on the cliff edge. Sounion is the setting for several episodes in Greek mythology, and is specifically mentioned as a place of religious significance in Homer’s Odyssey. In some myths, this is also the spot where the Athenian king Aegeus threw himself into the sea in despair upon having sighted the black sail of his son Theseus’ ship returning from Crete after his battle with the Minotaur. If you are keen on visiting the outskirts of Athens, such as Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon, you will be able to do so with a private tour. In a luxury limousine van with a private driver, you will be driven along to the Athens Riviera down to the famous Cape Sounion and back to Athens or Piraeus.

From Athens: Seaside Tour with Electric Bike

3. From Athens: Seaside Tour with Electric Bike

A ride of approximately 3.5 hours that will take you along the coast line. After a short stop at Kerameikos, the tour continues by using the new cycle path in Athens to go all the way down to the coastline. It will take around 30 minutes to reach the coastline. Arriving at Trocadero you can see and almost touch  the impressive reconstruction of Olympia. An entry into the floating naval museum is a must and a welcome surprise where you can really see what life on board was all about. The impressive yachts in the Marinas for pictures and continue towards picturesque Mikrolimano in Piraeus, where a short rest while watching the view is planned. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit so you can take a dip.

Athens: Private Tour to Corinth, Cave of Lakes & Cog Railway

4. Athens: Private Tour to Corinth, Cave of Lakes & Cog Railway

Spend a day on a private tour exploring the natural and man-made wonders surrounding the city of Athens, including the city of ancient Corinth, the Cave of Lakes, and a cog railway. Learn general information about the places you visit from your driver. Choose whether to opt for a guide in Corinth. After pickup from your accommodation in Athens, drive along the mainland coast to Peloponnese, where you’ll have your first short stop at the Corinth Canal, which connects the Gulf of Corinth to the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. Next, visit the Ancient Market and the Statue of Apostle Paul, walking along the same paths the Apostle walked and preached hundreds of years earlier. Then, visit the commercial town of Corinth and the Apostle Paul Metropolitan Church, founded by the Apostle himself around 51-52 AD.   Afterward, reach Diakofto to take the Cog Railway that goes through Vouraikos Canyon, one of the most beautiful natural sights and most spectacular railway rides in Greece. Your train ride ends in the town of Kalavryta, where your driver will meet you to take you to the mysterious and magnificent Cave of Lakes. Discover this rare creation of nature with 13 small and large lakes, each a different color, formed inside a cave that you can now explore. See the “hanging bridge” the “waterfalls”, and the unique stalactite formations as you get the feeling of being in a floating corridor. Head through an artificial tunnel that leads you directly to the second floor for some awe-inspiring sights.   Finally, stop for a meal in the picturesque village of Kalavrita before heading back to Athens.

Athens and Piraeus Private Tour For Groups

5. Athens and Piraeus Private Tour For Groups

Discover both ancient and modern Athens on this tour. First, you will head to the Acropolis, which - along with its Parthenon - is the most important ancient site in the Western world. You need around one hour to visit the Acropolis and Parthenon (in high season calculate an hour and a half). After this, you will take a panoramic tour around all of Athens' most important monuments. You will have the opportunity to visit, stop, and take pictures at: the Temple of Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium, National Library, the Greek Parliament with the changing of the guards, and Ancient Agora/Roman Agora. You can also choose to stop for shopping, souvenirs, or a walk in famous areas like the Plaka old city area, the Monastiraki area, Ermou street shopping center, or Varvakeios central food market. Next, you will drive 10km south from the center of Athens to the port city of Piraeus. This is the biggest port in the Mediterranean, the hub of the Aegean ferry network, the centre of Greece’s maritime trade, and the base for its large merchant navy. Beyond its shipping offices, banks, and public buildings are a jumble of pedestrian precincts, shopping districts, and rather grungy areas. Discover the most attractive quarters of Piraeus city, like Mikrolimano little port, Marina Zeas/Pasalimani, the Peiraiki coastal area, and Kastella Hill.

From Athens or Piraeus: Meteora Full-Day Private Trip

6. From Athens or Piraeus: Meteora Full-Day Private Trip

Set off on a full-day trip to the Meteora caves from Athens or Piraeus. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site and marvel at the monasteries built on the towering pillar-like rocks. After being picked up by your driver/ guide from Athens or Piraeus, sit back and relax as you drive through the Greek mainland. Take in the stunning countryside as you travel and snap some photos. Have the chance to enjoy lunch at a nearby village on the way.  Reach the Meteora caves, where an unforgettable experience awaits you. Comprising of sandstone and conglomerate, the caves at Meteora are thought to have been inhabited as early as 50,000 years ago. In the 9th century, monks began inhabiting them again and in the 14th century, the first monasteries were built. Nowadays, Meteora is home to one of the most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries. See all six of these monasteries built on large naturally-formed pillars as you explore. Close to the city of Kalambaka, Meteora is waiting to fascinate you with breathtaking views and unique natural beauty. After your day of exploration, relax once more as you're transferred back to Athens or Piraeus.    

From Athens: Ferry to Aegina & Temples Private Day Trip

7. From Athens: Ferry to Aegina & Temples Private Day Trip

-Early in the morning, we will catch the ferry in Piraeus port for Aegina island. After 1 hour we reached our destination. First stop will be the ancient settlement of Colones, where you will admire the Temple of Apollo and so many foundings inside the archaeological museum. After that next stop will the Temple of Afaea. The view is breathtaking since you can see the whole Athens and Attica mountains from up there. Only a few kilometeres away, you will visit the church of Saint Nektarios and the little house he used to live in, near the monastery. Its swimming time in Clima beach and enjoy the blue waters!! Afterwards you visit Aegina town,which is called the ''peanut island'' because of a particular kind of peanut produced only on this island and famous worldwide. You will have the chance to try for free and buy as much as you want. After lunch in the town of Aegina, you will have 30 minutes free time to explore the centre and do some shopping. Then, we will catch the Ferry back to Athens

From Athens: Ancient Olympia Full-Day Private Tour

8. From Athens: Ancient Olympia Full-Day Private Tour

Explore Olympia, as the sanctuary of ancient Greece that birthed the Olympic Games. Examine the Temple of Hera, where the modern day flame still burns during Olympic Games. See the Temple of Zeus, once home to the Golden and Ivory statue of Zeus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Visit the original Stadium and Boulerterion monuments. Arrive at Athens, and see the Corinth Canal. Explore the modern town of Olympia where you can enjoy a traditional greek lunch. Shop for souvenirs in boutique stores. At the end day, be dropped back at your accommodation in Piraeus and Athens. 

From Cruise Port: The Acropolis & Athens Highlights Tour

9. From Cruise Port: The Acropolis & Athens Highlights Tour

Whether it's your first time to Athens and the Acropolis or one of many, this ingenious structure will never cease to take your breath away. But Athens is not just the Acropolis, it is a thriving modern metropolis with much to explore. Start the day at the Syntagma metro station, where you will enjoy a brief visit to the metro Museum and its fascinating archaeological artifacts from daily life in ancient Athens that came to light during the construction of the metro. Continue on to the National Gardens and pass the neoclassical architectural design of Zappeion Hall. From this vantage point, you can see the remaining colossal columns of the Temple of Zeus, as well as Hadrian’s Arch. The tour then continues to the Acropolis, entering from the southern slope to avoid the crowds, and the great Dionysus Theatre, the most significant theatre of its kind in Europe. Ascend the Sacred Hill of the Acropolis, stopping along the way at the great monuments, including the Parthenon, the Erectheion, the Propylaia, the Nike Temple, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the ancient Agora. Enjoy some free time to explore the Acropolis and Plaka before you begin to make your way back to Athens.

Athens Private Acropolis and Other Ancient Sites Tour

10. Athens Private Acropolis and Other Ancient Sites Tour

Take a 6 hour tour of all the must-see sights of Athens. If you are visiting Athens for the first time or just want to know, this tour provides an excellent introduction to one of the greatest cities of the ancient world. Your first stop is the Acropolis, for a visit to the symbol of the glory of ancient Greece. Climb the smooth marble steps on the Sacred Way, as visitors have for centuries. At any time, you can stop the car in order to take pictures, have a drink, extend your visit time to a site, shop, or anything else that you need. All tours are private, so you can change the schedule as you like. Along the way you will see many fascinating, ancient monuments that have amazed all who visit. You will visit the Parthenon, the largest building on the Acropolis and one of the world's most awe-inspiring man-made sites. Built by Pericles to honor the virgin goddess Athena, the Parthenon has been the model for thousands of buildings throughout the world. You will see the Theater of Dionysus, the oldest Greek theater built in the 5th Century, and then on to Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, once one of the largest temples in ancient Greece, that took almost 7 centuries to complete. Then take the chance to visit the new Acropolis Museum: Opened in 2009 after 30 years of planning, you will view all exhibits in natural light from a glass gallery. You will visit all this and much, much more as you explore no less than 9 fascinating sites on this 6-hour tour.

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4.9 / 5

based on 17 reviews

We had a wonderful day with Akis, a great driver and guide. Meteora looks totally much better in real life than photos or even 'Bond movie For Your Eyes Only'. Akis was so kind to show us the 'Memorial of Leonidas and 300 Spatarns' on the way back. A nice clean and comfortable Mercedes van made the long day trip (~13 hours) well worth it!

We had a great day on board! The lunchtime meal was delicious. We were able to swim in the middle of the ocean and the islands we visited were beautiful. The staff is attentive and very available. I recommend 100% this activity you will not be disappointed.

Our driver, Akis, was great! Very accommodating, pleasant, professional and most of all, a safe driver! He picked us up on time, gave us plenty of time in Olympia and returned us safely to Athens. I highly recommend Akis!

Akes was a wonderful driver and guide! He took us to all the top places and was waiting for us when we came out. Excellent trip!

Great informative tour, Sissy was a brilliant friendly and knowledgeable guide- would highly recommend!