Capital of Greece, Athens is a fantastic clash of new and old. The thing is, in this ancient city, the â€œoldâ€ is really old. The Acropolis, the Theatre of Dionysus, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and many more structures from the BC years serve as a reminder of how far back history stretches in this incredible part of the world. Alongside the ruins, relics and historical neighbourhoods is a modern urbanity - a bustling city with some amazing places to eat, shop and be entertained. Visiting the landmarks is a wonderful experience, but be sure to take notice of what you find along the way.
The busy cruise port at Piraeus is Athens' critical link with the Mediterranean, and the nerve centre of shipping and transport for much of the city's history. It's where the ferries to the fabulous Greek isles depart, and also where you will embark on your Athens cruise adventure.
Athens cruise lines and destinations
You could swap ancient Greek history for British maritime tradition by stepping aboard a Cunard cruise out of Athens, or enjoy a touch of luxury in the Med with a journey on an Azamara Club or Seabourn ship. The range of cruises from Athens is wide and growing - other options for cruises departing Athens include Princess, Holland America, cruises on the P&O line, Royal Caribbean cruises and cruises with Celebrity
Many Athens cruise departures are headed for the amazing Greek Islands - Santorini, Mykonos and Crete are popular destinations. Turkey is very close by to the east, and many ships will call in to Istanbul, Kusadasi and other ports there, some even passing through the Dardanelles and into the Black Sea. To the west, Croatia and the Adriatic are the closest cruising grounds, but some ships will venture as far as Italy's west coast, France and Spain to visit ports such as Rome, Marseille and Barcelona. The most adventurous itineraries pass through the Suez Canal to the Red Sea and the Middle East. The beautiful Italian city of Venice is also a regular visiting point for Greek cruises departing from Athens with cruise sale finder.
Athens cruise port
Cruise ships in Athens dock at Piraeus, where there are two cruise terminals. The main terminal, Terminal A, is located near Gate 11, and there is generally a shuttle bus between the two. Inside the main terminal you will find all the amenities necessary for a smooth departure or arrival - telephones, air conditioning, free WiFi and places to eat.
Piraeus and Athens are connected by Metro Line 1. The station is a twenty minute walk from the terminals, and the journey between the port and central Athens is often faster than the equivalent in a taxi. Change to Metro Line 3 for the airport.