Athens Greece Cruise Port | Pireas | Honeymoon
Athens Greece, the port of Pireas is where you will dock for the day! From the boat you will walk the water’s edge around the large port to the pedi bridge and into the train station. On your walk you will see many Greek Orthodox churches, and large fast ferry boats to all the out grecian islands. The pedi bridge will be noticeable, when you find it, there will be escalators to go up and over the main road and right into the main train station that will take you in to Athens.
Once you get to the Pireas train station
, the end of the line, the only way to go is into Athens. Easy Peasy :)!!! You will need to purchase a train ticket at the machine into Athens central. We took the train from Pireas on the green line, changed at Monastiraki and proceeded to Sytagma to start on audio tour. You might have other plans the metro map
is super helpful! I think we bought our tickets for 1.00 Euro and we were able to ride all day long even though we only road twice! We felt extremely safe, they were very clean, and very easy to ride, and follow directions! The only thing I would remind you of is make sure you VALIDATE the ticket before boarding the train!
Sytagma Square (or parliament square), is where we started our day! Rick Steves’
and his good ole audio tours got us through Athens! He also shared with us that the city has free WIFI! Athens was the first place we had internet on our trip!
Rick Steves’ started us on our tour with a city walk from the top of the city heading towards the Acropolis, winding in and out of tiny streets, passing many small street greek orthodox churches, and eating a pretzel or two along the way! The city walk took us down modern streets, and old city streets, stopping us in front of some neat churches, and walking us through a major souvenir thoroughfare! We were happy that the tour took us through the market, because we were able to pick up some delicious delights and small trinkets for home! Olives, Olive Oils, and olive wood motar and pestle OH MY!!!
After a quick stop in the market Rick Steves’ helped us wander over to get a quick glimpse of Hadrian’s Arch and Zeus’ Temple
from the ground, we would get to see them from above at the Acropolis later! Both are ruins and very cool to hear the history from Rick Steves’
prospective! The best part of listening to Rick Steves’ is you can stop him, pause the audio, to take in the sights, then press play and move on your walk as you continue to listen! Winding back toward the market it was now time to listen closely and wander up some super skinny streets to the Acropolis! Following this path was confusing to us, but with our trust in Rick we got to see some of the coolest little streets in Athens! The streets were super tiny, and you almost felt as if you were walking into someones backyard, but just continue to follow the path and you will end up at the Acropolis! Promise :)!!
What can I say it was more than I imagined, and I am so glad I can check it off my bucket list! If you are in Athens it is a MUST SEE!!!!! I was in such awe of how large overwhelming and the amount of tourists there, that I had to have Dan recap the Rick Steves’ audio we left for the day, made for a good dinner conversation :)
A Couple tips:
It is HOT HOT HOT (we were there in late august), take lots of water with you!
IT IS DUSTY, extremely dusty so be prepared to not stay clean!
We did not buy tickets in advance, I do not think it is necessary, nor do I think you can! There will be a line, it moves extremely fast no need to worry! There will be people working the line to try to get you to go on their private tour, listen to Rick Steves’ it is a better tour I promise!
From the Acropolis, we followed our own path down the “mountain” to the Agora! You get automatic entry with your Acropolis ticket, so its worth a stop! Again Rick Steves’ has a great audio guide for this! I will be honest we kind of skipped around, we were tired, hot, dusty, and tired, and a little over ruins at this point! Although we were exhausted, we wanted to make sure we saw the best of it, so we skipped around on the audio guide which is why I love Mr. Steves’ :)!!!!
It is HOT HOT HOT!!!! take lots of water with you!
IT IS DUSTY!
Your ticket to the Acropolis gets you into the Agora, you still have to go to the ticket counter to prove you purchased the Acropolis ticket!
From the Agora we jumped back on our paused City walk audio guide, and picked up where we left off! There really wasn’t much left, I think we saw a ancient library, brothel, more ruins, and old streets! The last of the walk put us into Monastiraki square for one last look back at the Acropolis from below! It was quite the site to see! This whole city walk down from the Acropolis was the same walk that the Ancient Grecians took when they made their way to the Acropolis to party and celebrate Athena! It was very cool to imagine that we were walking the same ancient streets!
Since I said earlier we were exhausted! We decided since we had time to kill we would sit down at a local eatery, and take in some of the local fair! We had 2 kebabs (they were much larger than one person should eat alone, we could of shared), tzatziki and bread (that cost money) on the side, with a Limon soda (their sprite), and a Big Beer (we asked for a local beer, and that is what was delivered).
One tip for eating: There are Gypsies pedaling the streets for money and food, eating and enjoying your meal is completely safe, just be VIGILANT. They want the food you do not finish and the change you leave for your waiter, do not leave either for them! The restauranteurs will get very mad if the gypsies get close!
After our delicious meal we took one last photo, and hoped the train from Monastiraki back to Pireas! It was great to put our feet up for a ride back to the coast, and to our boat! On our walk back to our boat we dreamt of returning to catch the ferries out to some of the out islands (Santorini, Paros, etc.), it sounded so magical and relaxing! Next time we keep saying next time!
Here are the previous stops, if you itching for more reading!