Discovery Family Acropolis & Rock N' Roll!

6 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-610
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Points of Interest

  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis
  • The Plaka
Includes meal, Strenuous activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

The word Acropolis means "high city" in ancient Greek, and your first destination sits on a rocky perch, towering more than 500 feet. The Acropolis is a symbol of Greek history, democracy and the ingenuity of the ancient world. Your Discovery Family exclusive full-day tour is geared to both maximize your experience at this singular attraction as well as entertain younger audiences by bringing the thrilling stories of Greek mythology to life.

Board your motorcoach and set off on a 40-minute drive through Athens. Meet your guide and climb up the 80 steep steps through the Propylaea, the monumental gateway that extends 150 feet across the Acropolis's western side. Its size ensured that a horse and chariot could easily pass through.

As your tour commences, take in the wonders of these ancient ruins, and fill your camera with extraordinary family pictures in front of the iconic landmarks. On the highest point of the Acropolis stands the Parthenon, one of the greatest monuments of ancient civilization and a perfect representation of Doric-style architecture. Have the kids count the sections that make up a Doric column and look for a slab of marble that they are permitted to touch.

Continue on to the north side of the Acropolis to see the Erectheum. This sacred site is where it was once decided which god would rule the city. Be sure to tell the kids the story of how when Poseidon thrust his trident into the ground, water burst forth, but when Athena touched the ground with her spear and an olive tree grew, so she was named ruler of the city. On the south side of the building, discover the Porch of the Caryatids, or Porch of the Maidens. Notice how these graceful sculptures are engineered to support the weight of the roof on the slender neck of each female figure. Legend tells that when Lord Elgin removed one of the original statues to decorate his Scottish mansion the remaining stone maidens could be heard crying in the night.

At the conclusion of your tour, take a little time to explore independently, then reboard the motorcoach and set off for a photo stop at the Old Olympic Stadium. The kids will enjoy mugging for the camera in front of this historic stadium that was used as the venue for the marathon finish as well as the archery competition in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Having worked up an appetite, and lunch will be served at the internationally famous Hard Rock Café. This rock 'n' roll themed restaurant displays its iconic music memorabilia from contemporary and legendary musicians from around the world. The high-energy establishment sells traditional American fare and handcrafted drinks.

Refreshed, settle back into the motorcoach and a scenic drive on your return to port that takes in all the highlights of Athens. Your informative, narrated drive will take you past a wealth of important sites, the perfect conclusion to this historical day.

Return to port after this terrific family tour with a camera filled with wonderful memories and a deeper appreciation of Athens' place in history.

Special Notes:

This tour is not available to passengers beginning or ending their voyage in Piraeus (Athens).

The visit to the Acropolis involves climbing approx. 80 steps, mostly big broad stairs but some steep, leading to the top. The visit also involves walking over some uneven and slippery paths. Low heeled comfortable shoes are recommended. Passengers with physical limitations are requested to take this into consideration.
Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Board motorcoach, drive to Acropolis

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
49
Travel time:
00:30
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No

Visit Acropolis and enjoy some free time

Time at site:
02:00
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
100
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Reboard motorcoach, continue drive with stop at Old Olympic Stadium

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
49
Travel time:
00:20
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Drive to Lunch at Rock 'N Roll Cafe

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
49
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
01:30
Free time at site:
20
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Steps:
10
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

After lunch, reboard motorcoach for sightseeing tour of Athens

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
49
Time at site:
00:40
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No

Drive back to ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
49
Travel time:
00:30
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No