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Istanbul to Barcelona

IDYLLIC HARBORS | 16 Nights | Departs Sep 28, 2015

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Athens (Piraeus), Greece

Athens (Piraeus), Greece-port

Piraeus is the gateway to the ancient city of Athens, known as the “Cradle of Western Civilization” because of its immense impact on cultural and political achievements throughout the world. Due mainly to tourism and the 2004 Olympics, Greece has redeveloped many sites in Athens. A historian’s delight, Athens is home to such magnificent wonders as: the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the atmospheric winding streets of the Plaka, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Temple of Athena Nike, and the Archaeological Museum with the world’s finest collection of ancient artifacts.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Acropolis & Plaka Stroll
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Acropolis, Plaka & New Museum
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Ancient Corinth & Mycenae
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Athens Panorama
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Cape Sounion
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Delphi
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Historic Athens & the Acropolis
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Historic Corinth and the Canal
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Private Tour
    Regent Choice
  • The Best of Athens and Cape Sounion
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Acropolis & Plaka Stroll

    Moderate Activity/Walking
    Duration: 6 3/4 hours
    Tour Code: pir-006

    Traveling by coach from the pier, this tour will provide you with an excellent introduction to one of the great cities of the ancient world. Some of the sites you will see along your tour route will be the Olympic Stadium where the Olympic Games were revived in 1896 and again returned in 2004, the former Royal Palace, which is now the Parliament Building, Constitution Square and the Monument to the Unknown Soldier.

    Your first stop will be a visit to the Acropolis, a symbol of the glory of ancient Greece. Experience the same awe climbing the smooth marble steps as visitors have for centuries. History will literally open before you as you reach the Propylaea, one of the masterpieces of classical architecture which serves as the entrance to the complex of buildings. During your visit you will see the Temple of Athena Nike (Wingless Victory), and the Erectheum, with its classical Porch of Maidens, the Caryatids. Stand in amazement of what is considered by many to be the most perfect example of classical architecture in the world - the Parthenon, designed as a shrine to Athena and at one time housing a massive gold and ivory statue of the warrior goddess.

    Gazing down from the Acropolis, you can view the two ancient theaters that rest in its shadow, the Greek theater of Dionyssos where the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes were first presented to delighted audiences, and the theater of Herod Atticus, a grand Roman theater restored and still used today for concerts and classical plays during the summer Athens Festival.

    Following your visit of the Acropolis, you will re-board your coach and proceed to the Historical Center of Athens for a guided walking tour and free time for lunch and shopping in Plaka. At the conclusion of your tour, your coach will return you to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking and/or standing, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time and there is a considerable amount of steps to negotiate at the Acropolis (approximately 80); therefore, this tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Order of sights visited may vary. The actual tour duration may vary due to traffic conditions.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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