ANCIENT MONUMENTS AND THE BYZANTINE MONASTERIES - Seven days Tour
Athens - Epidaurus - Mycenae - Olympia - Delphi - Athens
(For Individual Tourists / FIT)
Day 1: Arrival and visit to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion (optional)
Arrival at Athens airport and transfer by deluxe a/c private car to hotel. Free day. Depending on arrival time, depart for an optional tour with a wonderful drive along the scenic coastal road which affords a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf, passing through some of Athens’ most beautiful suburbs (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza) to Cape Sounion where you will visit the 5th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon where one is deeply impressed by one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Athens sightseeing and Acropolis Museum
After breakfast, you will embark on a comprehensive half-day tour to the classical and modern highlights of Athens, which include the ancient Panathinaiko (= of all Athens) Stadium, cradle of the first modern Olympic Games of 1896 (short stop). Pass by the Prime Minister"s residence, the ex Royal Palace, (guarded by the colourful ‘Evzones’ in traditional costume), and the Zappion Conference and Exhibition Hall.
The tour continues by passing by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, noted for its very tall columns, the National Gardens, Hadrian’s Arc (Roman), St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann’s House (Numismatic Museum), the Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament, Constitution Square, Russian Orthodox Church, and finally the Acropolis (visit Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens). Continue the expert guided Athens sightseeing and museum tour with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theatre, in order to visit the new Acropolis museum, where main attractions such as votives, artefacts of everyday life, statues from the archaic period, the Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon Hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will all deeply impress you with their artistic beauty and sublime levels of workmanship.
Rest of day free for leisure or shopping. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Corinth Canal, Epidaurus, Nauplion, Mycenae, Olympia
Depart for the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive to Epidaurus and visit the Ancient theatre, world famous for its outstanding acoustics. Proceed to Nauplion (short stop) and through the plain of Argos arrive to Mycenae. Visits to the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. In the afternoon depart for Olympia, the birth place of the Olympic Games, through the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis.
Overnight stay in Olympia.
Day 4: Olympia, Delphi
Visit to the archaeological site of Olympia with the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Stadium and the archaeological Museum. Depart via Patras (short stop) to Rion, cross the Corinthian bay by the new bridge to Antirrion. Pass by the city of Nafpaktos and from there on, along the coastal road to Delphi, known in ancient times as the navel of the world. In the afternoon visit the picturesque mountain village of Arachova. Overnight stay in Delphi.
Day 5: Delphi – archaeological site and museum
Visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka via Central Greece (short stop by Lamia).
Overnight stay in Kalambaka (a small town built at the foot of the majestic rocks and crowned by the Meteora Monasteries).
Day 6: The Byzantine monasteries of Meteora
Leave in the morning for the unique, precipitous rock formations of Meteora to visit the Byzantine Monasteries*. Return to Athens passing the monument of Leonidas at Thermopylae which commemorates the epic battle of 480 BC between the Greeks and the countless Persian hordes.
Overnight stay in Athens.
Day 7: Departure
Transfer by deluxe a/c private car to Athens airport for departure.
- 3 overnights in selected hotel option in Athens in double room on breakfast buffet basis
- round trip transfer airport - hotel - airport by deluxe a/c taxi
- half day Athens sightseeing including visit to Acropolis and Acropolis museum
(afternoon tour to Cape Sounion is optional)
- 4 days tour in Greece in selected hotels which include 1 overnight in Olympia on breakfast buffet basis, 1 overnight in Delphi on breakfast buffet basis and 1 overnight in Kalambaka on breakfast buffet basis.
* Note: To enter the monasteries, appropriate clothing is required. Ladies should not wear short skirts and must have long sleeves. Men are not allowed to wear shorts.
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