GREAT TOUR OF GREECE:Athens - Epidaurus - Mycenae - Olympia - Delfi - Meteora - Pella - Vergina 10 DAYS
The grand tour of Greece combines ancient theaters, archeological sites hiding secrets of the past, monasteries perch on rocks and holy places where time has stopped .Enjoy activities, local specialties of Greek cuisine, shopping and nightlife. Complete package that includes 9 nights’ accommodation in a hotel of your choice with breakfast, transfers and visits.
Athens (Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Monastiraki, Thissio, Temple of Olympian Zeus, historical center)
Delfi (Oracle of Delfi, Temple of Apollo, archeological museum, ancient theatre, sacred way)
Olympia (Ancient stadium, Olympic Museum, Temple of Zeus, archeological museum)
Epidaurus (ancient theatre, Asklipio)
Mycenae (palace, Door of Lions, Cyclopean Walls)
Meteora (monasteries, cave of Theopetra)
Vergina (museum of the Royal tomb)
Pella (archeological site)
> 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 - Epidavros - Mycenai - Olympia
Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidauros famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the Town of Nauplion (short stop) drive on to Mycenae and visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Arrive at Olympia, cradle of the ancient Olympic Games. (Dinner and overnight)
> Day 4 | Olympia - Delfi
In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. Then drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque Towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi. (Dinner and overnight)
> Day 5 | Delfi - Kalambaka - Meteora
In the morning visit the Archaeological Site and the Museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of the Meteora, those gigantic rocks that rise steep from the plain of Thessaly. (Dinner and overnight)
> Day 6 | Meteora - Olympos - Thessaloniki
Visit the Meteora: perched on top of huge rocks, which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Depart from Kalambaka, drive through the striking plain of Thessaly and the Valley of Tempi, and admire the gigantic figure of Mount Olympos, the highest mountain in Greece and home of the 12 Gods in Greek Mythology. Arrival at Thessaloniki,the second largest and the most vibrant city in Greece. (Dinner and overnight)
> Day 7 | Thessaloniki city tour
In the morning visit the city that throughout the era of the Byzantine Empire was the "co-reigning" city, second in population and prestige only to Constantinople. Visit unique monuments and feel the glorious Byzantine past in some of the oldest and most characteristic churches of the Christian world as well as in the Museum of Byzantine Culture, awarded with the Council of Europe's Museum Prize for the year 2005. Rest of the day free, to enjoy time in the lively center of the city. (Dinner and overnight)
> Day 8 | Thessaloniki - Edessa - Naousa - Vergina
Depart in the morning for a unique approach to historical Macedonia. First stop at picturesque Edessa where we see the town's famous landmark, the Waterfalls. Then proceed to Naoussa, to a site of exceptional beauty and importance: Aristotle's School, the picturesque site where the great philosopher taught ‘the doctrines of morals and politics' to Alexander the Great and the Macedonian youth. Then drive to Vergina (ancient Aigai), to live the experience of a visit to the unique Museum, created in the Great Tumulus covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. See the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Phillip II, Alexander's father, and feel the thrill of the greatest discovery of the 20th century. In only a few miles away is Veria (Biblical Beroea) to visit Saint Paul's Bema, and then stroll through the old Jewish neighborhood and the colourful market area. A walk in a city where past is present and around. Return to Thessaloniki. (Dinner and overnight)
> Day 9 | Thessaloniki- Pella - Dion - Thermopulae - Athens
Drive to Pella, the capital of Alexander the Great. See the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century B.C. villas, in situ as well as in the new Museum. Then proceed and visit the Archaeological Park of Dion (sacred city of the Macedonians, at the foot of mountain Olympos). After the visit we shall start driving south and through Thessaly, Lamia, Thermopylae (see the Leonidas' Monument) and Thebes, arrive in Athens late in the afternoon.
> Day 10 | Athens - Flight back
►Hotels category 4* on Bed and Breakfast ► 6 dinners (without drinks) in total ►tour guide during the trip ►The entrance fees referred to in the program ►Transfers arrival and departure with assistance ►Luxurious bus
► Travel insurance ► International flights ► Personal expenses ► Gratuities ► Optional excursions
Note : If you wish a different cabin please contact us by mail
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM
Single supplement 40%
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