Piraeus has been an important port city since it became a municipality in 517 BC.
Since its early roots as an important port for ancient trade, Piraeus has become one of the largest ports in Europe and welcomes millions of cruise passengers every year. Piraeus is an essential part of Athens and holds the title of Greece’s largest harbour. Despite being a modern and bustling city, Piraeus maintains the charming traits of an ancient maritime hub which contributes to its popularity as a cruise destination.
There are very few places in the world that can offer tourists as much to discover as Athens. An ancient city, Athens shares its unique classical appeal with cities such as Rome and Alexandria, and cruise passengers can take advantage of shore excursions which lead them to ancient sites and discovery expeditions. No visit to Athens would be complete without a visit to the Acropolis of Athens, possibly the most famous attraction in Greece. Also known as the ‘Sacred Rock’ of Greece, it is now arguably the most recognisable and most important tourist site in Athens, and contains the renowned Pantheon. Poseidon’s Temple is not to be missed, and is located just a short trip from Athens. While the Pantheon is markedly ancient in a fragile way, Poseidon’s Temple is one of the best preserved in Greece and is guaranteed to take your breath away.
Athens / Piraeus Cruises
The port of Piraeus is an old-style Mediterranean port.