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IRIS FAYE
March 19th, 2005, 06:43 PM
I have gotten very good advice from many. I am not quite aure about this one though. Should I visit the Acropolis, National Archaelogical Museum, see Old Olympic Stadium and shop at the Plaka OR see Acropolis, Temple of Poseidon, and then Plaka? Want to get all I can from Athens. Thanks All Iris

wwinfl91
March 19th, 2005, 06:49 PM
We did a cruise tour that sounds similar to your first choice except we couldn't do the National Archaelogical Museum because they were working on it in preperation for the upcoming Olympics and spend time in the Agora instead. Definitely try to pick the tour that spends the most time at the Acropolis as it is really worth seeing. From what we could tell the drive out to the Temple of Poseidon and back took up like 2 hours of our tour time and that was one of the reasons we decided against it. I suspect you will do like we did with the Old Olympic Stadium and that is do a drive by photo op. There really isn't much to see there anyway.

I'm not sure this helped but I have also read the National Archaelogical Museum has some great exhibits and is probably worth taking time to see. So my vote is for tour number one.

Have a great next cruise.

IRIS FAYE
March 20th, 2005, 08:57 AM
I reserved the first choice, but was going to change if anyone thought the second would be best. Yep, lots more time in the Acropolis seems lots better and I was not looking forward to the long long drive to the Poseiden. Thanks a Million Take Care

zwho
March 20th, 2005, 05:36 PM
I have some Athens questions that I hope you can help with. We would like to do Athens on our own. Can we find a (reputable) guide at the Acropolis, or do I need to reserve someone ahead of time? If that answer is yes can we make our way back down to town on our own, stopping along the way, or is that a dumb idea? With only 1 day in Athens I think if I see the most famous site and get a good explanation of that I would like to spend the rest of the day just soaking up the city life, the Plaka and such. Will it be easy to get a taxi at the port, or do I need to walk somewhere else to hook up with some sort of transportation to get us to the acropolis? Thanks for any help you can provide.

wwinfl91
March 20th, 2005, 05:53 PM
I did not see any independent guides at the Acropolis waiting to be hired. I did when we were in Italy at Pompeii but not in Greece. To be honest our guide with the ships tour got us together on the steps to point out a couple of things, then did it again in front of the Parthenon and then turned us loose to take pictures and see the museum there. If you are going by yourself be sure to also go to the Agora which is relatively close to the Acropolis and has a great temple as well as another museum. Then the Plaka isn't that far from either of these sites.

I know there is a train that goes from the port to the city but I don't know how hard it is to get to the train station from the dock your ship will be at. Because we took the ship tour they loaded us onto buses right by the port entrance but I believe there were taxis there that could be hired. Traffic in and around Athens is a real mess and you may spend time in a traffic both getting there and then getting back to the ship.

Have a great next cruise.

yannisusa
March 20th, 2005, 06:15 PM
Iris I believe you may like this itinerary.
First skip the Sounion drive for the temple of Poseidon. Even though it is a spectacular sight to visit, the drive going and coming is too long about 45+ miles each way and you donít have that much time left to do other things. I believe you should visit the Acropolis first. You will probably need to spend at least 2 hours there. Then take a taxi to the National Archeological museum. The exhibits there are awesome. It is considered one of the best museums in the world. Then take a cab to the Plaka area and spend some time there probably has a nice lunch in one of those outdoor/indoor restaurants. If you are hungry try any type of fish. Go to the kitchen and pick one. The Greeks really know how to prepare fish. If not hungry have a nice Greek salad (Choriatiki Salata), and Saganaki(special fried cheese or an assortment of appetizers). After exploring and shopping in Plaka, walk down to Syntagma square and watch the guards in front of the Parliament building. There is change of the guard every hour on the hour. It will be nice if you can catch that event. You will really enjoy it. Before going back to the ship have the taxi driver to drive you in front of the all marble Pan Athenian Stadium (very close to Syntagma square). It was used during the 1896 Olympic Games and for the Marathon event finish for the Athens 2004 Olympics.

By the way Athens is my hometown

Yannis

minke
March 21st, 2005, 12:06 PM
Hi Yannis, what is your schd this year? We are in Athens & Greek Is early Nov this year, do we need to take brollys? Before that we have 2 trips across the pond, Mercury for Mex Riv & car tour Nevada. See you around sometime. E

tommui987
March 21st, 2005, 08:51 PM
I have gotten very good advice from many. I am not quite aure about this one though. Should I visit the Acropolis, National Archaelogical Museum, see Old Olympic Stadium and shop at the Plaka OR see Acropolis, Temple of Poseidon, and then Plaka? Want to get all I can from Athens. Thanks All Iris

The first is probably the best bet.

We loved the picture of the Temple of Poseidon that every tourist sees - the lovely sunset and the shadows and the dying rays of the sun painting the ruins.

However, in reality, the tours seem to get there early or midafternoon and it is just another ruin!

The Plaka is not just old Athens - there is the agora, the various cafes and open air markets. Incidentally, if the Old Olympic Stadium is the one where the "modern Olympics" started, it is a fast photo stop.- five or ten minutes at best.

If you are interested in my photographs of the Temple of Poseidon and the Olympic Stadium, I'll be glad to send them to your e-mail address.

yannisusa
March 22nd, 2005, 12:00 PM
Hello Eric

How are your gardens doing this year? We had over 100 inches of snow this year in New Hampshire. You will find the Greek Islands very peaceful in November. No tourists. You need to bring umbrellas but you will only use them very few times
We will be spending the month of May on the Med. That includes a week in Athens and 12 days on the Millennium. In October we will be taking the Infinity to Hawaii and in February 2006 the Infinity out of Buenos Aires. One of these days our paths will cross and meet again.

Yannis

IRIS FAYE
March 22nd, 2005, 06:29 PM
Thanks so much for the tips. I will pick more time for the Acropolis. Again Thanks Happy Trips to all Iris

usavvy2
March 24th, 2005, 07:38 PM
if we take a ship's tour of the Acropolis, we'll have a long walk uphill to the site; I was wondering if a private guide/driver can get us closer without that climb uphill? (DH has a medical problem which might make climbing VERY slow or impossible)

any recommendations for a private guide?

jbond
March 24th, 2005, 10:55 PM
if we take a ship's tour of the Acropolis, we'll have a long walk uphill to the site; I was wondering if a private guide/driver can get us closer without that climb uphill? (DH has a medical problem which might make climbing VERY slow or impossible)
any recommendations for a private guide?
We had a private tour and we parked in almost the same area. The walk isn't too strenuous, it's just hot. There is very limited shade, but once at the toll booths(?) they have a "disability elevator" to get you up to the "Parthenon level", for the sake of a better description. We had friends with us that used a wheel chair and they found that to be very helpful.
One advantage of a private tour is that you can get to view sites that the big tour buses can't. We got to drive over to the viewpoint where all the classic photos of the Acropolis are taken, not available to the larger coaches. http://community.webshots.com/photo/206657814/206672709AaDpZV
Whatever you choose to do, take plenty of bottled water, it was hot.

usavvy2
March 25th, 2005, 12:17 PM
thanks for the info. what time of year did you visit the Acropolis?

jbond
March 25th, 2005, 12:28 PM
We were in Athens on September 30th. I would guess the temperature was in the high 80's, very dry and very little shade.

drwong
March 26th, 2005, 02:28 AM
There's a direct subway connection between Piraeus and downtown Athens. The train station is about half-mile or so from the cruise ship terminal. Buy an all-day pass from the station agent, and then board a Green Line train into Athens. You can transfer to a Blue or Red line station which will get you closer to the Acropolis (the Red Line actually has an Acropolis Station, while the Blue Line lets you off in the midst of the open air market at the foot of the Acropolis).

From the Acropolis, you can jump back onto the Blue Line to Syntagma Square for photos of the changing-of-the-guard ceremony in front of Parliament House and see the famous Gran Bretagne Hotel across the street (and the Prime Minister's residence behind Parliament House) and then walk over to the Zeppilon, the old Olympic Stadium, and the head back to the subway and the port. It's all doable in a day. But then again, we're in our 30's and we enjoy seeing cities by foot.

You may have trouble finding guides waiting atop the Acropolis, depending on the season and the time of day. You might be able to latch onto an existing tour group (for an additional fee), or you can make arrangements in advance - we used Maria Skiniti at mskiniti@hol.gr. We were satisfied with her (excellent English - her daughter hopes to study in the States) and will probably use her again when we take the in-laws back this fall. If you want to cut your walking time, you can ask Maria to arrange for a car and driver so you can cover much more territory.

AliceS
April 7th, 2005, 10:17 PM
Thanks for the information, Yannis. We are doing (Athens On Our Own), but are doing it through the ship, the Grand Princess. We will be driven by bus from the pier and dropped at the Plaka and will be picked up there. We have been to Athens, but have never seen the museum. How far is it from the Plaka? Any other ideas?

drwong
April 8th, 2005, 12:54 AM
There was far too much to enjoy outdoors to spend hours in a museum, especially when you're only in port for a day! Unless it's rainy or swelteringly hot, enjoy the outdoor sights - buy a nice lace tablecloth to bring back home. If you've really got a hankering for a museum, there's one atop the Acropolis, and it's covered with the price of your admission ticket. On a good day, you should be able to see your cruise ship down in Piraeus from the Acropolis, and on an even better day, you should be able to see the Bay of Salamis (for you naval history buffs).