Classical Greece – 6 nights
Day 1: Arrive Athens / Athens by night tour
On arrival at Athens International airport, you will met by our office representative and will be assisted to the chauffeur who will in turn transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the afternoon will be at leisure after your check in. Later in the evening, you will picked up from the hotel lobby at around 2000hrs for Athens by Night tour with Dinner and Folk Show
The tour starts with a visit to the main Greek port of Piraeus, passing by the most important points of the city (City Hall, picturesque yacht’s harbour of Microlimano). Following the principal avenues and passing by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, National Garden, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament we arrive at Plaka.
Short pleasant walk through the old unique Athens city to one of the popular taverns for dinner with live bouzouki music and Greek folk dances. Note: Drinks at the tavern are not included in the price. Overnight at hotel in Athens. (D)
Day 2: Half day City tour of Athens with Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up at around 1000 Hrs from your hotel lobby for City tour of Athens.
You will start your tour with the visit to Panathinaiko Stadium which was the cradle of the first Olympic Games took place in 1896 (short stop). Then you will pass by the Prime’s Ministers residence, Ex Royal Palace, (guarded by colourful Evzones) Zappion (Conference and Exhibition Hall), National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Schlieman’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament, Constitution Square, Russian Orthodox Church and then visit the Acropolis, the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. Later you will conclude the tour with the visit to the new Acropolis museum. The new Acropolis museum is considered one of the most important archaeological museums in Athens and ranks among the most important museums of the world.
For the first time ever all the surviving treasures of the Acropolis will be seen together in one place. Works currently held in storage or in other museum in Greece and all over the world are now together in the museum and close to their original location. The Acropolis museum main attractions such as votives, artifacts of every day life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you. Another major exhibit is the remains of the ancient Athenian city that revealed by archaeological excavations on the site of the museum. Overnight at hotel in Athens. (B)
Day 3: Olympia
After breakfast, you will be picked up at around 0745hrs from the hotel to depart on an exciting and fascinating tour. You will pass by the New Olympic Stadium to see the Athens 2004 Olympics main venue. Then will continue for the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive to Epidaurus and visit the Ancient theatre, world famous for its outstanding acoustics. Proceed to Nauplia (short stop) and through the plain of Argos arrive to Mycenae. Visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon.
In the afternoon, depart for Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, through the cites of Tripolis and Megalopolis (short stop). Overnight stay in Olympia. (B / D)
Day 4: Delphi
After breakfast, you will depart and visit the archaeological site 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 Antirion. 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 (B / D)
Day 5: Kalambaka (Meteora)
After breakfast, you will depart and visit the archaeological site, and, the Museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka via Central Greece (short stop by Lamia). Kalambaka is a small town built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks and crowned by the Meteora Monasteries. Overnight stay in Kalambaka. (B / D)
Day 6: Arrive back into Athens
After breakfast, you will depart for nearby Meteora to visit the Byzantine – Monasteries. Return to passing the heroic monument of Leonidas at Thermopylae. Later around 1830 hrs, you will be dropped off to the hotel in Athens. Overnight at hotel in Athens. (B)
Day 7: Depart Athens
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be met and transferred to the airport as per your schedule for your flight back home.
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