Hop-on Hop-off Athens Highlights Tour (Athens and Piraeus)
The Athens sightseeing bus tour will take you past ancient sites such as the Acropolis, Parthenon, and world-famous museums. In Athens you will experience the contrast between the ancient history clashing with modern architecture and culture.
Don't miss the stop at the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens that contains the remains of many ancient structures. The most famous of the structures is the Parthenon. The Parthenon is a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. This spectacular structure is regarded as the symbol of democracy and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments.
On this hop on, hop off tour of Athens, enjoy all that central Athens has to offer. Get off the bus to shop, eat, and indulge in Greek culture. The Athens Hop-On Hop-Off tour provides easy access to the city's best sights and the flexibility to exit and enter the tour bus whenever you choose. Your ticket also includes access to 4 interesting walking tours on history and culture.
Travel past the Marina Zea Harbor with its myriad of tall mast ships, schooners and cruisers and Microlimano Harbor, a pretty fishing port where once Themistocles' victorious Triremes were berthed before the epic, history-changing sea battle of nearby Salamis. The archaeological and nautical museums located here are well worth visiting. You can also view the Hill of Mars or the ancient court of Athens, the area which is around the Ancient Agora. Travel down through the Plaka and around the Roman Agora, which includes the famous Tower of the Winds. You'll see it all on this hop on, hop off tour of Athens.
Please Note: There are 2 bus routes with varying schedules and tour durations. The Athens Route runs every 15 minutes April to October, and every 30 minutes November to March. It takes approximately 80 minutes to complete the route without getting off. The Piraeus Route runs every 30 minutes and it takes approximately 80 minutes to complete the routes without getting off. The tours are narrated in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Chinese, Russian, Greek, and Turkish. First and last tour times vary by route and will be detailed in your electronic ticket.
The Athens Route includes the following stops:
- Syntagma Square
- Melina Merkouri Statue
- Acropolis Museum
- The Acropolis and Parthenon
- Temple of Zeus
- National Gardens
- Benaki & Byzantine Museums & Cycladic Museum
- Panathinaikon Stadium
- National Library
- National Archaeological Museum
- Thession Station
The Piraeus Route includes the following stops:
- Cruise Terminal
- Lions Gate
- Archaeological Musuem of Piraeus
- Votsalakia Beach
- Mikrolimano Harbor
- Athens Ledra and Intercontinental
- Acropolis & Parthenon
- Municipal Theater
To see a map of the stops that are included in this tour, please CLICK HERE.
Reviewer: Ann Woleslagle
I recommend hop-on-hop-off as a good way to see Athens in the limited time allowed on-shore from a cruise.
Reviewer: Jose DaCunha
Nothing special about the bus and the route was what we expected. Very crowded in most stops but manageable so if you only have a day go for it and don't forget your hat.
Reviewer: SUSAN LISICKI
These buses are the way to go to view the area and find out where you want to stop and get back on. Easy access, many stops, audio tours. Very pleasant and interesting to see from above.
Reviewer: Maria White
This tour is a good way of seeing the city while on the bus. Due to time constraints, we were only able to get off once - at the Acropolis. Once we got on the bus, there is no time to get off at another location. If you just want to see the overview of the city, this is a good way to go but don't expect to be able to get off more than once or twice if you want to make it back to your ship on time.
Reviewer: Patricia McLaughlin
Great fun! Easy way to see a lot.