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Discover the regions of Greece and its historical aspects with a professional licensed guide who will assist you through the tour. You will see the major and more important places in Greek history, archeological sites and museums and admire the country with its small charming villages and beautiful mountains.

The package, includes the transfers in Athens, the excursion described guided with entrance fees, the hotel in Athens with breakfast , and during the tour in Half Board.

ATHENS AND CLASSICAL GREECE WITH METEORA

DAY 1 Arrive in Athens, Greece
Welcome and transfer to the hotel. 
Time to rest or to start exploring the Hellenic capital.
Overnight in Athens

DAY 2 ATHENS - CORINTH - MYCENAE - EPIDAURUS - NAUPLIA - OLYMPIA
Motor along the coast to the bridge crossing the spectacular Corinth Canal, 
Two more major features today : MYCENAE, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, Lion Gate, Europe’s oldest known monument, remains of Agamennon’s Royal Palace, and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. Then a short drive to EPIDAURUS for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300 years old open-air theater. In the afternoon, spectacular scenery on the way through the Arkadian mountains.
Overnight in Olympia (Breakfast, Dinner). 

                

DAY 3 OLYMPIA - DELPHI
In the morning, visit of Olympia, where the athletes of antiquity competed in Honor of the King of Deities. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also visit the MUSEUM that displays Praxiteles’ magnificent statue of Hermes. In the afternoon, drive to the busy seaport of Patras and proceed through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mystic Delphi.
Overnight in Delphi (Breakfast, Dinner). 

        

DAY 4 DELPHI - METEORA AREA
The morning is devoted to a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of MountParnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the EXCAVATIONS. visit to the ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. In the afternoon, North via Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka.
Overnight in Kalambaka (Breakfast, Dinner) 

DAY 5 METEORA AREA - THERMOPYLAE ATHENS
The morning is devoted to an unreal, fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. We have selected two of them for you to visit : VARLAAM MONASTERY, famous for its frescoes, and ST STEPHEN'S MONASTERY, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view. Today’s highlight is a guided visit to THERMOPYLAE, the site of the heroic Battle of Leonidas 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes’ huge Persian army. On the way back to Athens, your Tour Director will tell you about Thebes, the setting of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, and Marathon, where in 490 BC 10.000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders.
Overnight in Athens (Breakfast). 

        

DAY 6 ATHENS
Sightseeing with a local Guide features a visit to the Parthenon’s crowning beauty Atop the ACROPOLIS, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the beautifully Preserved Theseum, Roman Temple of Zeus, Theater of Dionysus and the Agora where Socrates taught. Vistas of the government building and elegant homes In the modern city provide a striking contrast to the remains of the glorious past. This tour includes the visit of the New Acropolis Museum.
Overnight in Athens (Breakfast). 

DAY 7 Transfer to Athens Airport. 



2 NIGHTS BREAK IN ATHENS


DAY 1 Arrival in Athens
Welcome and transfer to the hotel. 
Time to rest or to start exploring the Hellenic capital.
Overnight in Athens.

DAY 2 Morning, city tour of Athens. 
Sightseeing with a local Guide features a visit to the Parthenon’s crowning Beauty atop the ACROPOLIS, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the Beautifully preserved Theseum, Roman Temple of Zeus, Theater of Dionysus and the Agora where Socrates taught. Vistas of the government building and elegant homes in the modern city provide a striking contrast to the remains of the glorious past. This tour includes the visit of the New Acropolis Museum.(except on Mondays, closed)
Afternoon free
Overnight in Athens

                

DAY 3 After breakfast, transfer to Athens International Airport




Religious circuits 

St Paul Steps

Day 1 Arrival in Thessaloniki (via Athens or directly). 
Transfer and stay at hotel

Day 2 Panoramic tour of the city, visit of the old town, the walls, St Georges church, Galerian Arch.
Continue the visit of St Dimitri (the protector of the city), St Sophie.
Stay at the hotel

Day 3 Departure to Philippi, where the first Christian church has been build. St Paul travel there during his second trip.
Visit of the prison where he was with Silla, the village of Lydia where Lydia was baptized, and visit of Kaval where St Paul landed with Timothy. 
Return and stay in Thessaloniki.

Day 4 Departure for Veria, visit of the jew neighboor, Byzantine churches and the balkanik houses.
Visit the archeological museum and the Macedonian civilization. Continuation to Kalambaka. 
Night in Kalambaka

Day 5 Visit of the Monasteries in Kalambaka, build after the 12th century, The Great Meteoron, St Stefan or St Trinity. 
We continue our journey to Athens
Night in Athens

Day 6 Departure for Corynth, paasing through the Canal, visit of the Old City and the port of Lechaio.
Place where St Paul stayed there for 3 years and had the biggest Christian community. 
Return in Athens.

Day 7 Visit of Athens, Panoramic tour, visit of the Acropol.
In the afternoon, visit of the Ancient Agora, where St Paul preached the Christianity. 

Day 8 Departure to the Airport 




Excursions

From Athens
City tour, Acropolis site and New Acropolis museum


Take a short drive to Athens, the cradle of the European civilization. For twenty-five centuries, the panorama of this city is dominated by the rock of the Acropolis. Walk uphill to visit the Acropolis and see the principal buildings: the Propylaia, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and the magnificent Parthenon. During your visit, you will also have some free time.

Continue on and walk through a nice pedestrian road situated on the slopes of the Acropolis hill and reach the New Acropolis Museum inaugurated in June 2009.The museum houses the greatest sculptural treasures of the ancient world including works from the temple of Athena Pronias on the Acropolis and parts of the Parthenon by ancient sculptor Phidias. Designed by Swiss American architect Bernard Tschumi, the glass, concrete and steel building is impressive from the outside. But, as you move through the courtyard to the entrance, the real strengths of the building become clear. A glass floor, allowing a view of the recently excavated remains of the merchant city of Athens beneath, leads you into the building and onto the ground level past glass lined walls behind which stand 2,500 year old vases and sculptures. On the first floor is the towering Archaic gallery. Marble sculptures on open plinths sparsely populate the area while the glass cases that usually surround such priceless artifacts are conspicuous by their absence. And then there’s the glorious top floor which houses what is left of the Parthenon’s sculptures and transferred to the British Museum.

Re-embark your coach and drive through the main sightseeing highlights of Athens: you will view the Olympieion (the Temple of Olympian Zeus) from the 6th Century BC, one of the largest Corynthian style temples in Greek, history and Hadrian’s Arch (2nd Century AD). This divided the Greek city from Hadrian’s new Roman city. Arriving at Syntagma Square, see the Royal Palace, built for Otto I of Bavaria and the present day Parliament. In front of the Palace stands the Monument of the Unknown Soldier where two soldiers (Evzoni) stand guard continuously.Drive further along and pass the neoclassical buildings of the University, Academy and Library before arriving at the Stadium laid out under Lycurgus in the 4th Century BC and rebuilt in 1896 on its original plan for the modern Olympic Games.




Delphi / Meteora

1st Day

Departure early morning to Delphi in the land of the Oracle, themost respected religious place in ancient Greece.
Drive through the fertile plain of Boeotia, crossing the towns of thebes connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus - Levadia and Arachova (short stop on the way back). Arrive at Delphi, the center of the world- the “Omphalos” (Navel of earth)- whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the treasury of the Athenians, the temple of Apollo and the new museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Lunch (if included) in the modern village of Delphi. Route to Kalambaka. 
Night in Kalambaka/Meteora and dinner if included.

2nd Day 

Visit Meteora, among striking scenery, 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. The most important ones are Varlaam and Aghios Stefanos, but many others have their particularity. 
Lunch if included, then return to Athens where you will arrive at around 19:00. 
You have time to visit 2 monasteries during the morning, then after lunch you will need 3-4 hours drive. 

Extra 3rd Day
If you want Visit more Monasteries, and spend more time in this enchanting area, you will need a 3rd day, so that you can visit 2 monasteries in the afternoon of the 2nd day and 2 other in the 3rd day.



Delphi

Drive through the fertile plain of Boeotia, crossing the towns of thebes connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus - Levadia and Arachova (short stop on the way back). Arrive at Delphi, the center of the world- the “Omphalos” (Navel of earth)- whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the treasury of the Athenians, the temple of Apollo and the museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Lunch in the modern village of Delphi, return to Athens by the same route



Argolis

Leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ioanian Sea, (short stop). Drive to Mycenaem the Homeric city of Atreides - the city “rich in gold” of the ancients poets. Visit the Lion’s gate, the Cyclopean Walls, the royal Tombs. Depart for Nauplion through the fertile plain of Argolis, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamide Fortress. Afternoon, leave for Epidauros to visit the Theatre (4th century BC) famous for its astonishing acoustics. Return to Athens by the National road connecting epidauros with Corinth. Lunch in Mycenae or Nafplion.




Cape Sounion


Drive along the coastal road, passing the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni & Varkiza to the most Southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. On the way, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, you have time to walk at leisure on the rocky promontory of Sounion.




One Day Cruise


In the morning we take you by bus, from Athens to Piraeus for your embarkation to the cruise boat. At: 08.30 depart to Hydra, where we arrive at: 11.45. Here you have free time for a walk or a swim. At: 13.30 embarkation and sail for Aegina past through Poros and seashore of Peloponnese. The lunch will be served during the voyage. At: 15.30 we arrive at Aegina where you have time for a swim. Optional excursion, by bus, to the fine preserved Temple of Afea Athena. At: 18.00 embarkations for the voyage of return to the port. Arrive to Piraeus, late in the after noon.