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Imagine the roar of the crowds at the Panathenaic Stadium, site of the first modern Olympic Games.

The Theatre of Dyonisis, where men clad in goatskins sang, danced and feasted in the 6th century BC.

Presidential guards parading outside the Greek Parliament in Syntagma Square, often in traditional dress.

Cruise to Athens via the port of Piraeus on your dream holiday to Greece, Croatia or the Mediterranean. Feast your eyes on the magnificent Acropolis, perched on a fortified hill overlooking the modern city, with its amazing temples and monuments.

Marvel that democracy, philosophy and freedom of expression were born here, when 5th century BC Athens began its important building programme. Get a crash course in history during your Athens holiday at these breathtaking ancient sites, including the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaea and the temple of Athena Nike, as well as the ancient Agora, where Socrates and Plato once walked.

Admire the exquisite sculptures, pottery, jewellery and frescoes in the National Archaeological Museum and tour the picturesque streets of the atmospheric Plaka district, stopping off for refreshments and souvenirs.

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When can we take you to Athens?

Our ships travel around the world so there are times when they won’t be present in this port. The calendar shows you when one or more ships are departing on a cruise itinerary to Athens. New itineraries will be added, so it’s worth checking back.

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The best of Athens - things to see and do

The ancient and modern sit side by side in bustling Athens, where you’ll discover breathtaking monuments, spectacular views and atmospheric districts lively with shops, restaurants and nightlife. See our suggestions below to get the best of your holiday to Athens.

Be inspired in the National Archaeological Museum

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See the world's finest collection of Greek antiquities in the National Archaeological Museum. Treasures include amazing sculptures, pottery, jewellery, frescoes and artefacts found throughout Greece.

Enjoy far-reaching views

  • 230 ratings

On your holiday to Athens, take in the spectacular views of the city and the Aegean from Lycabettus hill, which stands high above Athens. Hike to the top or take the funicular, stopping to visit the small white chapel of St. George while you are there.

Visit incredible ancient treasures

  • 230 ratings

Explore the treasures of the Acropolis, whose ancient temples were built to reflect the splendor of Athens during the 5th century BC. Then visit the Panathenaic Stadium, built in the 4th century BC for athletic contests and restored in 1895 for the first modern Olympic Games a year later.

Explore modern-day Athens

  • 230 ratings

Buy bric-a-brac and handicrafts at Monastiraki Flea Market, then head to lively Plaka for restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. Enjoy a quiet stroll through the Anafiotika district, with its narrow streets and whitewashed houses draped with bougainvillea flowers.


What ships can I choose for my Athens cruise?

    Our ships travel around the world so there are times when they won’t be present in this location. so it’s worth checking back.


    Make the most of your holiday to Athens with our amazing shore excursions

    With expert local guides, easy 24-hour cancellations, plus guaranteed first off ship and return-to-ship if your tour is delayed, our tailor-made shore excursions allow you to experience each incredible destination in a whole new way. In Athens, explore the grandeur of the Acropolis with a knowledgeable guide, shop in picturesque Plaka, or take a boat trop on the Corinth Canal. To book the best Athens holiday, see our most popular shore excursions below.

    Explore Athens and ancient Acropolis

    Enjoy a narrated coach tour of the ancient and modern splendors of Athens. At the Acropolis, climb the pathway to the legendary hill for a tour of the Propylaea Entrance, the Erechtheum, the Temple of Wingless Victory, and the incomparable Parthenon.

    Ancient Athens, Plaka and shopping

    See the best of Athens on a panoramic drive and narrated tour of modern and ancient attractions, including the Academy, Hadrian's Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the National Gardens. Stop below the majestic Acropolis and enjoy free time to shop in the picturesque Plaka area.

    Ancient Corinth and canal cruise

    Zip by coach along the Saronic Gulf coastal road to the Corinth Canal for an impressive view of the waterway and a boat cruise. Take a narrated coach ride through Ancient Corinth, one of antiquity's most significant towns.

    Why book a shore excursion with us?

    Guaranteed first off ship

    Book a tour and you'll enjoy priority departure in port.

    Guaranteed Return To ship

    If our tours are delayed, the ship will wait for you!

    Safety First

    All our shore excursions are planned by insured partners, who adhere to the highest safety standards in the industry.

    Official blog - spotlight on your Athens cruise

    Stay up-to-date with the latest posts from the Official Royal Caribbean Blog dedicated to bringing you travel tips, news and information on over 260 destinations.

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    When you’re booking your holiday, somewhere that will make your Instagram feed light up is preferable. So, check out the top Instagrammed destinations of 2017 before you sign on the dotted line!

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    Experience a Taste of Athens

    An adventure to the ancient capital city of Athens is not to be missed. We’ve created a bite-sized list of places for you to visit and things for you to experience when you’re there.

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