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Athens – Epidavros – Nafplio – Mycenae – Olympia – Arachova – Delphi – Kalampaka – Meteora – Thermopylae – Athens
Explore the most famous monuments of Greece, all seen at once on the same guided tour. By starting and ending in Athens, this tour brings participants in contact with history, architecture, nature and introduces to them the modern way of life in Greece.
Monday: Athens (D)
Arrival at Athens International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Athens city center. Check in to your room. Free time. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Tuesday: Athens (B-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day at leisure. Optionally you may participate on a 1-day cruise excursion to three beautiful Greek islands in the Saronic Gulf, Poros, Hydra and Aegina. Get on board and experience the harmonious combination of Greek hospitality with traditional entertainment, and a wonderful meal on board. Return to Athens early in the evening. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Wednesday: Athens – Delphi – Kalambaka (B-L-D)
In the morning, meet our guide at the hotel and depart for a tour to Delphi and Kalambaka. First we will visit the pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke and was the site of the omphalos, the ‘naval of the world’. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and changes with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century BC, was indeed the religious center and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. While at the site, visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum. Afterwards, lunch will be served at a nearby restaurant. Departure for Kalambaka, a small town stated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora gigantic rocks. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Thursday: Kalambaka – Meteora – Athens (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Meteora (2 Monasteries), famous for its impressive scenery with ageless Monasteries*, that contain priceless historical and religious treasures as well as exquisite specimens of Byzantine art, standing between earth and sky atop huge rocks. Once you finish visiting the monasteries proceed to the town of Kalambaka for lunch and then return to Athens passing by the heroic monument of Leonidas at Thermopylae (short photo stop) where 300 strong Spartans battled the army of the Persian Empire. Arrive in Athens early in the evening for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
*In order to visit the Monasteries, skirts for the ladies and long trousers for the gentlemen are required.
Friday: Athens – Corinth – Epidaurus – Nafplion – Mycenae – Olympia (B-L-D)
In the morning, meet our guide at the hotel and depart for a tour, driving by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short photo stop). Continue the drive and visit the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus and its exceptional acoustics, which permit the 14,000 spectators to perfectly hear the conversations at the center stage. Then proceed to the town of Nafplion (short photo stop), after Nafplion drive on to Mycenae, one of the major centres of Greek civilization in the second millennium BC with its Acropolis, the Palace and the famous Lion Gate. You will also visit the Tomb of Agamemnon which is one of the many ‘beehive’ tombs in the vicinity of the ancient site of Mycenae. It is by far the best preserved of these tholos tombs. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Mycenae. Then depart to Olympia for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Saturday: Olympia – Athens (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. There is probably no ancient archaeological site anywhere in the world that has more relevance on today’s world than Olympia, the place where the ancient Olympic Games were held. After lunch, drive back to Athens. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Sunday: Athens (B-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet our guide at the lobby of the hotel and start the Sightseeing Tour of Athens. This tour allows you to see the most important monuments and sites of the city. Visit the Acropolis and the Parthenon Temple and the National Archaeological Museum, rich and famous for its treasures. The tour ends before lunch time and you are transferred back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. For those who wish to visit Cape Sounio, an optional excursion is available. The excursion starts after lunch. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Monday: Athens (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, depart to the Athens International Airport.
Customers arriving Monday can choose the optional excursion of the Saronic Gulf Cruise, Tuesday
Customers arriving on Tuesday may choose the optional excursion of the Saronic Gulf Cruise, Monday of next week