Departing outside your cruise terminal and after one hour and fifteen minutes drive you will reach the ancient town of Corinth where Saint Paul leaved and preached for two years. Back in the ancient times, Corinth was amongst the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge Agora (Market Place) and Apollo’s Temple (6th BC century). Your next stop is the famous Corinth Canal. The Canal is 4 miles long, 70 feet wide and has sloping sides, which reach 170 feet. The depth is at 26 feet. Its construction commenced in 1881, although the idea of connecting the Ionian and Aegean seas in order to provide a short cut seems to date back to at least Roman times.
Following your photo stop at the canal, you will board your vehicle for a drive back to the center of Athens, to see points of interest such as Constitution Square (Syntagma Square), the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier, the Greek Parliament, Hadrian’s Gate and the Panathenaic Stadium before arriving to the Acropolis hill. On the sacred rock of the Acropolis the monuments date from the prehistoric period to the end of antiquity. Sights include the Propylaea, the Temple of Apteros Niki, the Erectheion and the architectural triumph of the Parthenon.
After visiting the Acropolis, you will be returned back to your cruise terminal.
- Entrance fees, to the Acropolis & Temple of Zeus, are 26 Euro total pp.
- Entrance Fees to Ancient Corinth is 6 Euros
Free admission for:
- Persons under 18 (with current identification to prove age)
- University students from Greece and the E.U
Free admission (for all) on the following dates:
- 6 March
- 5 June
- 18 April
- 18 May (International Museums Day)
- The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
Summer period: 1 April – 31 October
Winter period: 1 November – 31 March
Opening hours for the archeological sites of Athens including Acropolis:
- Winter period: 8:30 – 15:00
- Summer period: 8:00 – 19:30
Opening hours for the archaeological area of Ancient Corinth:
- Winter period:8:00am-15:00
- Summer period:
From 3/4 to 30/4, 08:00am-19:00
From 2/5 to 30/9, 08:00am-20:00
From 1/10/ to 15/10, 08:00am-19:00
From 16/10 to 31/10, 08:00am-18:00
All sites and museums are closed or have reduced opening hours, on the following holidays:
- 1 January: closed
- 6 January: closed
- Shrove Monday: 08.30-15.00
- 25 March: closed
- Good Friday: until 12:00 closed
- Holy Saturday: 08.30-15.00
- Easter Sunday : closed
- Easter Monday: 08.30-15.00
- 1 May: closed
- Holy Spirit Day: 08.30-15.00
- 15 August: 08.30-15.00
- 28 October: 08.30-15.00
- 25 December: closed
- 26 December: closed
- Please note that on this tour, your driver is not licensed to accompany you on your climb to the top of the Acropolis or inside any other site or museum. If you want a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you can hire one at extra cost.
- The Acropolis may only be accessed by walking uphill. It is a strenuous walk and you must be in good physical condition. There is a pathway, but there are also steps near the top. Keep in mind that the weather may be very hot during the summer.
- Disabled access at the Acropolis is provided by a wheelchair stair climber lift elevator. Please do keep in mind that this is an elevator strictly available to disabled visitors only. That includes:
-visitors using a wheelchair or some other kinetic equipment
-visitors with some kind of physiopathological situation that affects their kinetic ability either permanently or temporarily and
-visitors that have a certified rate of disability whether this is affecting their kinetic ability or not.
- Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sun screen are suggested.
- Walking: Difficult-To climb up to the Acropolis, guests must be able to walk over paved, inclined paths, some with steps, then climb a series of steps to reach the Propylea. The walking surfaces on top of the Acropolis are uneven.
- Photography is permitted throughout the tour.
- The order of the sites may change due to crowds, traffic and demonstrations.We do our best to ensure that every stop described is available for your visit. There are some times when a site or building is closed at the last moment with little to no warning. We assume that those in charge make those decisions based on external information and for the visitors’ safety and we apologize when this causes inconvenience and disappointment.
- Our prices are much better in comparison to those of the big cruise companies, because we are ourselves the tour operator and we do not use third party providers.
- It’s always a great idea to bring a bottle of water and sunscreen with you because in the warmer months it becomes quite hot and sunny.
- A hat to protect your head and shade your face is also recommended when spending a significant amount of time in the sun.
- The area around the Acropolis Hill and Syntagma Square (changing of the guards) can become quite crowded, especially during the peak travel months, so be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings close to you.
- Do not accept ‘gifts’ from street vendors approaching tourists. They may offer you roses, but if choose you accept, you will be expected to pay or give a tip for them.
More details about the attractions you visit
For your safety inside the vehicle, drivers provide commentary only when it is deemed safe to do so while driving. When your driver must concentrate during difficult driving conditions, please refrain from any distracting behaviour as your safety during the tour is our top priority.
Your Driver will drop you off as close to the sites as legally possible and in accordance to the Municipality and Traffic laws of Athens.
Our service is solely confirmed when the potential customer has received and email confirming services along with the details of the tour. If the confirmation email is not received than please conclude that the service has not been confirmed. We suggest you contact us immediately for further clarification.
Hi Nicholas!Sue Rivers, USA
I want to thank you for helping to make our time in and around Athens such a wonderful time! I am very glad that I requested Kostas as our driver. He was punctual, polite, helpful, full of interesting information about Ancient and modern Greece (including super drawings and photos!) and a lot of fun, too! Kostas helped us to make the most of our two days exploring Athens and Corinth. We saw and appreciated so much more than we would have been able to without his expertise. We were also very comfortable with his driving and always felt safe.
Thanks again to you, Kostas and George’s Taxi Tours for a wonderful time!