New Cruises From Athens (Piraeus)

The wait is over. Join us this summer on new Greece cruises, departing from Piraeus (Athens), Aug. 15 through Sept. 5, 2021.

Cruises from Athens depart from Piraeus, the port of Athens about 7.5 miles (12km) from its city center. Before you leave on your cruise to Greek islands, take time to explore Athens' sun-dappled blend of ancient city and modern metropolis. Get up close to fascinating symbols of Western Civilization, such as the Parthenon, built in the 5th century B.C. See stone-carved stadiums and temples that dwell alongside stacked apartments. Watch the tangerine sun sink into sprawling cityscape from the top of Areopagus Hill. Share a mezze platter with friends, some ouzo and some laughs before it’s time to depart on your cruise from Athens.

New 7-Day & 14-Day Cruises From Athens, Departing Summer 2021

Open for booking now, Holland America Line cruises from Greece are available for guests who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination. View complete list of Greece Travel Requirements.

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7-Day Idyllic Greek Isles

Explore the walled Kotor, Montenegro and glide to sun-washed Greek islands of Corfu, Santorini and Mykonos on a cruise of a lifetime. Roundtrip from Piraeus (Athens).

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7-Day Ancient Wonders

Discover ancient wonders of Haifa (Nazareth), Rhodes, Mykonos, and Náfplion on a roundtrip voyage from Piraeus (Athens). Ruins, castles and fortresses await.

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7-Day Adriatic Allure

Glide to charming seafront villages. Depart Athens and soak up the sun in Mykonos, Crete, and Olympia, then it is on to Sarandë, Albania enchantment. Arrive to Venice, Italy.

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14-Day Greece Collector Voyages

Collectors’ Voyages combine two back-to-back itineraries to make your Greek cruise a longer journey at an incredible value. Our 14-day Collectors’ Voyages are discounted 10% from 7-day voyages. Only sailing ocean view, verandah, and suites.

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14-Day Idyllic Greek Isles & Ancient Wonders

Leave no beach unexplored. Cruise from Athens to Kotor, the coves of Corfu and Mykonos’ seafront tavernas then wander ancient wonders of Israel, Rhodes, Mykonos, and medieval Nafplion.

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14-Day Idyllic Greek Isles & Ancient Wonders

Step back in time with ancient wonders of Israel and Rhodes. Shop and dine in Mykonos. Explore medieval Nafplion, the walled Kotor, Corfu’s Cape Drastis, and more of Mykonos before an Athens arrival.

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14-Day Idyllic Greek Isles & Adriatic Allure

Cruise from Athens to Kotor, cool off on Corfu shores, taverna hop on Mykonos, visit the Acropolis of Athens, then Mykonos, Chaina, and Olympia before the rolling olive groves of Sarandë, Albania.

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HERE ARE THE COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
CURRENTLY PLANNED FOR GUESTS, WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS FURTHER DETAILS ARE ESTABLISHED. THEY WILL BE UPDATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH GUIDANCE FROM PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES.

Things to do in Athens

National Archaeological Museum

A collection of more than 11,000 Greek artifacts make this museum one of the most significant in the world. Golden death masks, larger-than-life bronze gods and black-and-terracotta pottery portray a panorama of Greek civilization. Highlights include the Antikythera Mechanism, a mechanical calculator designed to calculate astronomical positions, and dramatic Grecian frescoes depicting mysterious blue monkeys.

Acropolis

It’s impossible to miss the Parthenon, the majestic ruin rising above Athens. You’ll catch glimpses of it as you travel around the city. But to truly understand the significance of this 2,500-year-old symbol of ancient Greece, a trip up to the Acropolis—the high hill it sits on—is a must. The crowds at the Parthenon will be thick. Plan to visit early or late in the day.

Acropolis Display

A visit to this museum is a must for history enthusiasts and amateur archaeologists. See findings from the slopes of the Acropolis, from the Bronze Age to the Roman and Byzantine Greece. Reinforced glass floors offer an exciting view of the excavation below. The bittersweet highlight is the Parthenon frieze, an incredibly detailed marble sculpture, the majority of which is housed in the British Museum.

Kastella & Mikrolimano

This hilly district is undoubtedly the most scenic of Piraeus. Amble through Kastella’s winding uphill rues, past forgotten mansions with curled iron balconies. Take in dazzling sea views from the hill’s summit and see islands twinkling on the horizon. Catch a concert at the open-air Veakio Theatre. Make your way back down to Mikrolimano, the ritzy yacht-lined harbor for an al fresco lunch or dinner.

Cafe Dexameni

Founded around 1900, this kafeneion is a popular place in Dexameni square for an after-movie ouzo or a mezze (a bite). Get cozy and people-watch at a tiny table sidled up to a pedestrian walkway. Enjoy basil meatballs, deep-fried whitebait, and grilled halloumi (cheese) with candied figs.

Mount Lycabettus

A trip to Athens isn’t complete without climbing its highest peak. Don’t sweat it; the funicular whisks visitors up every half an hour. According to legend, Lycabettus was once the refuge of wolves, but now it is home to an open-air amphitheater, a restaurant with sweeping views, and St. George, a quaint Greek Orthodox church. See the island of Aegina shimmering on the horizon or watch the sun rise or set here; it’s magical.

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Santorini (Thira), Greece

Santorini is the crown jewel of Greece’s Cyclades. A massive volcano caldera, brilliant white clifftop villages, and legendary wines list just some of the island’s many attractions.

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Crete (Iraklion), Greece

Crete is a gift of natural splendors and ancient sites. Explore its picturesque villages and crystalline waters, then visit the Palace of Knossos, a massive archeological site that dates back thousands of years.

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Mykonos, Greece

No place compares to glamorous Mykonos. Take a dip in the crystal-clear Aegean, then savor bruschetta-like mostra for a late lunch. As the tangerine sun sets over the horizon, the island’s sizzling nightlife awakens.

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Cruise the Mediterranean aboard Eurodam, the first of our Signature-class ships. Discover dramatic coasts, hidden isles and ancient wonders aboard a stylish ship with a sleek design, spacious public areas and world-class dining and entertainment.

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Greece Vacation Packages

Add flights and hotels before or after your cruise (or both!). Arrange ground transportation to create a custom cruise vacation package.

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Find Flights

Book flights that depart and arrive in time for Greece cruises from Athens with Holland America Line Flight Ease®. Find low prices, loads of options, and enjoy flexibility and support should plans change.

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Add a Hotel Package

Athens stays up long after the sun goes down. Add a hotel package to your cruise and indulge in an unforgettable overnight in Athens.

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Plan Ground Transportation

There is a lot of ground to cover, we make it easy to schedule transfers between the airport and ship. Arrange ground transportation ahead of time and breeze to and from your Greece cruise.

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