Piraeus " The old new city"
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I had such a feeling as we were approaching the end of our cruise, so I decided to not waist too much time in sleeping, I woke up very early, went to the top deck and took some photos of the sun rise as the ship docked in Piraeus. After breakfast we disembarked to explore the city. Piraeus is the second largest municipality after Athens; around 25 minutes drive to Athens. Piraeus has 3 ports; each is assigned for certain category, one for commercial purposes, another for Cruise ships, and the third for fishing boats.
We didn’t book any excursion tour, we wanted to explore it ourselves, however, as we walked out of the harbour gate, many taxi drivers offered us a private tour, after a second thought, we elected to have the private tour saving the time and to explore the most we can of the city.
The taxi driver acted as our tour guide, it costs Euro 80 for around three and a half hours, we started with the Acropolis of Athens, we spent there around one hour and 20 minutes, then we drove to temple of Olympian Zeus, and Hadrian’s Gate, where we spent around half an hour, on our way we passed by the Olympic stadium, where the first Olympic games took place back in 1890s, then we stopped by the Palace, which is located next to the current presidential residence, to watch the change of guards , eventually we stopped by the Ancient Agora for 20 minutes, before we headed back to the ship.
At night after we finished our dinner, we had photos with some of the crew members, and watched the last show at our cruise.