Byzantine & classical Greece 8 days
Explore Epidaurus | naupliON | MycEnAE | OlympiA | Arachova | DelphI | Kalambaka | Mereora | ThessalonikIExplore AthEns |
DAY 1 | Arrival in Athens. Arrival at Athens airport - Reception by our assistant, waiting for you and transfer by lyxurius car to the center of Athens - Accommodation at your hotel .Free afternoon. For the night we propose you Optional tour . Athens by night. thYour evening begins with a short panoramic drive through the city center and on the slopes of the sacred hill you will be able to see, admire and take photos of the illuminated Acropolis. Then a pleasant walk through the narrow picturesque streets of Plaka, the old city, will bring you at a Typical Greek Tavern where you will enjoy your dinner following a floor show with live music and Greek Folk Dances in traditional costumes.
DAY 2 | Panoramic tour of Athens. Departure to a half-day visit of Athens - Visit of the site of Acropolis and panoramic tour of the area by bus. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by the Prime Minister's residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).
On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts order in the mind", the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum. Enjoy the rest of the day.Visit others museums of Athens and you will get familiar with the history of Greek civilization. If you are fans of shopping, you'll find in the main street of Ermou your best choice for shopping. If you are fan of local food you will find various restaurants and small taverns with special Greek food and wine in Plaka. Dont forget to discover the Night life of Athens.
DAY 3 | Athens - Corinth - Epidaure- Nafplion - Mycenae - Olympia. After breakfast departure for Peloponnese, we head towards the Corinth Canal to visit the ancient theater of Epidaurus and the City of Nafplion. We continue to Mycenae, where Agamemnon’s tomb was found and the archaeological site. Lunch at Mycenae and departure for Olympia for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 | Olympia - Arachova. In the morning, visit at the archaeological site, the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium and archaeological museum. Lunch in Olympia, and crossing by the magnificent bridge of Rio over Patra’s Bay, we continue through picturesque towns such as Nafpaktos (Lepanto). Arrival in Arachova for dinner and overnight
DAY 5 | Delphi - Kalambaka. In the morning, visit the archaeological site of Delphi, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the museum. Lunch will be followed by a visit to the archaeological site and departure for the town of Kalambaka, which is a small town at the foot of the astonishing complex of the gigantic Meteora rocks. Dinner and overnight
DAY 6 | Meteora - Thessaloniki. After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit Meteora. Meteora or» pillars of heaven “are a group of monasteries built on spectacular natural sandstone rock pillars. Monks settled on these peaks from the 11th century. Following your visiting monasteries, you will lunch in a Local Kalambaka restaurant and continue our trip to the city of Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.
DAY 7 | Thessaloniki - City tour and museums. After breakfast we depart for the panoramic visit of the city. We’re going to visit Galerius Arc, Byzantine churches as Rotonda and the church of Saint Sofia, Egnatia Street and Aristotle’s square. Then we will climb at the castles of the city where we will admire the beautiful view. Following we will visit the Byzantine Museum with its wonderful Exhibition of Byzantine and Macedonian culture and enter the church of the Great Martyr St. Demetrius and His crypt. Finally we will visit the famous White Tower - Lunch at a local tavern - free afternoon - Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight
DAY 8 | Thessaloniki. After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for departure. Assistance to boarding
3* and 4* hotels for 7 nights.
Full board from dinner on the 1st day to breakfast on Day 8th.
guide during the trip.
large air-conditioned tourist bus for the excursions mentioned in the program
Entrance fees to sites and museums visited during the circuit (valid for 2016) of € 67.00.
Everything that is not mentioned in “The package includes”
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