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Athens Introduction With Acropolis And Museum

Visit the Acropolis and see the famous Porch of Maidens at the Erechtheum Temple, stand before the Parthenon, explore the Acropolis Museum, and see multiple other national treasures during this all-day cultural tour of Athens.

Athens Introduction with Acropolis and Museum

With recorded history of more than 3,000 years, Athens is the capital of Greece and no doubt one of the most interesting places in the world. The birthplace of Classical Greece, and therefore of Western civilization, the design of the city is marked by Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman civilizations. Spend the day viewing the many historical and archeological monuments that date back to the 5th century BC and the Golden Age of Pericles.

With a multitude of conquerors occupying Athens, there are unique and splendid monuments everywhere. In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and in two centuries since it has become an attractive, modern metropolis with unrivalled charm. Visit the Acropolis and see the Parthenon dedicated to the Goddess Athena, the Propylaea, the Temple of the Athena Nike, and the Erechtheum Temple, the latter that at one point was used for cult worship.

Throughout your Acropolis tour, you will also see Mars Hill, where St. Paul preached Christianity; the Ancient Agoria with its classic columns; the Herodes Atticus Theatre; the Theatre of Dionysus; the Temple of Zeus; and the University of Athens. Also on tap are the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the National Library, and the Panathenaic Olympic Stadium where the first modern Olympic games were held in 1896.

At the New Acropolis Museum you will see some of the more than 4,000 artifacts carefully preserved from the Acropolis site as well as exhibits covering the Greek Bronze Age and the Roman and Byzantine periods.

Enjoy some free time in the Plaka neighborhood with its narrow cobblestoned streets, idyllic sidewalk cafes and numerous boutiques selling clothes, ceramics and jewelry.

This full-day small group tour is a must-do for those who love history and architecture, reserve your spot today.

Please Note: This tour includes admissions and a visit to both the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum.

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Tour Type
Group
 
Group Size
Small
 
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Scenic
 
Tour Duration
7.5 Hours
 
Activity Level
Moderate
 
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
 
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
 
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, closed-toe walking shoes. Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat are also suggested.
 
Restrictions
Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
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ABOUT US
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.

Our Approach
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.

Our Tours
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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In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

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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