Husband and I are taking our first cruise Aug 23 on Splendor of the Seas through the Mediterranean. We're wondering which excursions are worth the price and which stops are fun to just get out and wander the city on our own. We're young (30s is still young, right?) and fairly fit so lots of walking is no problem but figuring out mass transportation when I don't speak the language stresses me out.
Don't know about the others but in PIraeus either book a tour to see Athens or go on your own. If you do it through the ship book early, probably through the website, because it will sell out. We really wanted to do A Taste of Athens on Brilliance and missed out...so all we saw was the Acropolis.
Whatever you choose, don't miss the Acropolis. It's incredible.
We are on the same cruise same date as you. We are thinking to use Public transport in Athens as the metro takes you straight to the centre for peanuts and a circular hop on hop off tourist bus is available for around 4 euros. Hire a scooter in Mykonos (the beach is a must there) in my opinion forget Delos. Katakolon is a bit difficult as it sounds like a one horse town 40kms from the old Olimpia, might join the tour on that one. Corfu town is supposed to be very nice (short walk from the Ship) Split is a big town with very interesting Islands nearby and I am not sure about that one.
Do worry about the language issue you will find this is no problem in the areas we are visiting.
Thanks! I'm a bit nervous about trying to figure out the Metro system to Athens but don't want to fork over a ton of money for a cruise-arranged bus tour.
Delos - thanks. We were trying to figure out if it was worthwhile.
I think Katakolon is the only place we'll do excursions.
Actually Katakolon is the only Port where I have no idea what to do. According to a few comments I have seen Olympia is nor recognisable as an Atletics venue at all, I seen comments like ´just a bunch of rocks`. There is also a vist to a vineyard but. I am tempted to look into a third option. I see that there is some pressue to book tours early to avoid disappointment, dont know if this is sales talk or fact. What do you think?