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Port Review: Athens

Set against a backdrop of warm temperatures and sunny skies are some of the most inspiring, historic and artistic sights on the globe. Athens offers the perfect day stop as a port of call, with the centre of Athens only 20 minutes by car from the port and it is very easy to get around the city by foot.

The Acropolis, the home to the 2400 year old Parthenon is the justifiable and obvious choice for most visitors. There are also many other priceless attractions in Athens, that mean it is a city worth visiting more than once, so don’t be put off an itinerary because you have “done” Athens before.

As a contrast to the abundance of historic grandeur is the quaint World Heritage Site, The Plaka District which contains an interesting collection of vibrant cafés, antique shops and characterful architecture.

Athens

Nearby is my other “must see in a day” attraction. Syntagma Square is home to the wonderful neoclassical parliament building and the sight of the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

These guards are the famous soldiers that wear frilly skirts, highly decorated waistcoats whilst performing high-kicks in their bobbled shoes.

I am a sports fan and I love stadiums so of course no visit would be complete without seeing the 1896 Olympic Stadium.

A day in Athens for most will be the best and most fulfilling day of the cruise holiday. 

Leigh Collis, Head of Cruise

 

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