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Private Athens, Acropolis And Cape Sounion With Lunch

Step in the tracks of ancient Olympic athletes, shop to your heart's delight in the Plaka and so much more on this private Athens tour.

Get ready for an all-out epic excursion with a visit to the iconic Old Olympic Stadium, the Acropolis hill, and more when you embark on this private tour in Athens. Your tour includes an expert, local guide who will show you major monuments and iconic landmarks that depict Ancient Greece's past, including the Temple of Poseidon. Enjoy your private drive in comfort along the scenic and panoramic route through the Sounion cape. Have time to shop around in one of Athens' oldest neighborhoods and get the chance to dine on a delicious local lunch consisting of Greek cuisine and quench your thirst with delicious wine.

Your tour begins as you depart from the historic Piraeus port with your private guide to take a scenic drive to make your way to the Acropolis hill aboard your comfortable transportation. Have your camera ready to take Insta-worthy pictures of popular attractions you will see along the way, such as the National Gardens and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, a former oversized temple built during the Athenian tyrant reign to honor the Greek god Zeus. Once you arrive, follow your guide for a stroll up the hill to enter the Acropolis. During your guided tour see iconic monuments of architectural grandeur, including the Temple of Wingless Victory, the Propylaea Entrance and Parthenon- a former temple dedicated to the Athenian goddess Athena.

Next, continue with a ride to the Old Olympic Stadium for a brief visit where past Olympic athletes once stood. Then follow your guide for a short walk down the cobble-stoned streets of the Plaka, Athens' oldest neighborhood. Have free time to explore the many cafes, souvenir stalls, and boutiques in town where you can opt to relax with a cup of Greek coffee or shop for handcrafted jewelry and other keepsakes.

After breaking for lunch to dine on Greek cuisine, continue your journey as you travel along the picturesque route of Cape Sounion for an hour to see breathtaking views of Attica's west coast. View the iconic Temple of Poseidon along the way and witness architecture excellence of the ancient temple that sits cliff-side overlooking the Aegean Sea as you stop for a guided tour and climb its rocky path. Take in the wonder of its 16 Doric columns made of Pentelic marble. Conclude your tour with a scenic drive back to Piraeus port as you reminisce about your time in Greece.

If a well-guided, private tour of Ancient Athens infused with great shopping and mouth-watering Greek food sounds good to you, then you don't want to miss out on this tour. Book this cultural excursion now for a trip of a lifetime!

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Tour Type
Private
 
Group Size
Private
 
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Scenic, Walking
 
Tour Duration
9.75 Hours
 
Activity Level
Moderate
 
Tour Leaves From
Outside Cruise Terminal.
 
Food/Beverage Provided
Local Greek lunch with house wine and mineral water
 
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. Sunscreen and sunglasses are also recommended. For those wishing to visit any churches, ensure shoulders and knees are covered.
 
Restrictions
Security restrictions at the Acropolis prohibit entrance with large bags and backpacks. Guests should expect lines and crowds at the Acropolis. Minimum age to consume alcohol is 21 years. There is a moderate amount of walking on this tour (more than 1 mile) and you may need to climb up full flights of steps and/or negotiate uneven terrain. This tour is not wheelchair accessible but folding wheelchairs can be stored on the bus.
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About Shore Excursions Group
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

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We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

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Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

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Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.

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