8 Days Greece Explorer

Itinerary

DAY 1:     ARRIVE ATHENS (-)
At Athens International Airport, after arrival formalities, you will be escorted to your hotel.

Rest of the day is at leisure.

Athens is an amazing city to discover on your own with its numerous museums, parks, and the shopping areas of Kolonaki, Hermou, Voukourestiou street, Monastiraki and Plaka.

Overnight at Athens.

Note:
B= Breakfast  L= Lunch  D= Dinner  O/N= Overnight stay


DAY 2:    ATHENS CITY SIGHTS (B)
After breakfast, a half day tour shows you the the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city.

In the city centre, there is Syntagma Constitution Square, House of Parliament, and the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier. Driving down the Herod Atticus street you will see the Evzones, elite ceremonial guards in their striking uniform guarding the Presidential Palace.

Make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era was held in 1896. On your way to the Acropolis you will see Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Zeus.

At the Acropolis, see architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age like the Propylea gateway, Temple of Athena Nike, Erectheion Temple and finally the "harmony between material and spirit ", the Parthenon.

The afternoon is at leisure.

Overnight at Athens.

DAY 3:    ATHENS: SARONIC ISLANDS CRUISE (B,L)
At 8.00am, the coach takes you to Marina Trocadero (Paleo Phalero) to board the cruise ship.

Cruise to the Saronic Islands:

(i ) Poros (the island of Poseidon from the Greek mythology) is overgrown with pine trees which reaches the rugged shores. The houses by the sea are big and neoclassical. And on Poros pier, there are many taverns, restaurants, bars and tourist shops.

(ii ) Hydra harbour (on an amphitheater shape bay that once served as a safe shelter for Saronic pirates) has special architecture of old traditional stone houses and mansions. The small narrow stone-paved streets awaits you to be explored on foot or by the island’s traditional vehicle, the saddled donkey.

(iii) Aegina (once a major rival to Athens) is the largest of the three islands. Aegina town's waterfront cafes is the place to relax and enjoy a glass of Ouzo along with a choice of irresistible Greek “Mezedes” (appetizers). Optional: bus excursion to the preserved Temple of Afea Athena.

Note: Buffet lunch is served onboard. 

At 6.00pm depart Aegina, and while onboard enjoy a lively traditional Greek Folk Show with singers and dancers in original costumes.

The ship docks at Piraeus around 7.15pm and you will then be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Athens.

DAY 4:    CLASSICAL TOUR: ATHENS - ARGOLIS - OLYMPIA (B & D)
After breakfast, leave Athens on a coach for the Argolis region via the Corinth Canal.

Corinth is the first city to be met coming from Athens to the Peloponnese Peninsula. The ancient Corinthians were the first to have the idea of cutting a canal through the isthmus (to connect the Gulf of Corinth and Saronic Gulf) but were unable to accomplish this feat. Instead, they invented and built a paved slipway called the diolkos to haul their boats over the isthmus. In 67 AD, the emperor Nero started digging through the isthmus but due to his death it got as far as a big trench. In the modern era, the canal finally became a reality in 1893 after eleven years of work.

Move on to the ancient theatre of Epidaurus which is famous for its acoustics. See the charming seaport town of Nafplion before arriving at Mycenae for its archaeological site and the Royal Tomb of Agammemnon (leader of the Troy War).

Continue across central Peloponnese to Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games. From here, the Olympic Flame begins its journey to the Olympic Games every four years.

Overnight at Olympia.

DAY 5:    OLYMPIA - DELPHI (B & D)
In the morning, visit the original Olympic Stadium and the Archaeological Museum.

Drive north to Patras and cross the new bridge from Rion to Antirion over the Corinthian Bay towards Delphi.

Delphi site of the most important oracle and home of the god of light, Apollo, was the largest religious and spiritual centre in ancient Greece. Delphi's fame and prestige was known throughout the Mediterranean and people came from all corners of the then known world to seek its priestess wise prophecy.

Overnight at Delphi.

DAY 6:   DELPHI - METEORA (KALAMBAKA) (B & D)
After breakfast, visit the archaeological site, the museum and the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios on the slopes of Mount Parnassus.

In the afternoon leave Delphi for a scenic drive through central Greece to Kalambaka (Meteora).

Meteora is a monastery complex perched three hundred metres on top of a few rock pillars. Its Greek name, Meteora, means suspended in the air. Dating back to the eleventh century, Meteora today is the second largest monastic complex in Greece after Mount Athos. Richly decorated with paintings and icons, Meteora has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. And at its base, in the shadow of  loomings crags is the town of Kalambaka, one of the most beautiful places in Greece.

Overnight at Kalambaka.

DAY 7:    KALAMBAKA - ATHENS (B)
Visit Meteora with its impressive scenery and ageless monasteries suspended between earth and sky. Inside the sanctuaries, see priceless historical and religious treasures.

Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia and if time permits, stop at Thermopylae for the Leonidas Monument, the Spartan leader made more famous by the "300" movie a few years ago.

Overnight at Athens.

DAY 8:    DEPART ATHENS (B)
At leisure until transferred to the airport..

Hotels

Accommodation List:

  Hotel
Class
8D 7N Greece Explorer

Rate Per Person (in RM)
01 April-31 October 2017
01
4N Athens Marina or Oscar
1N Olympia Amalia
1N Kalambaka Divani Meteora
1N Delphi Amalia
3*
4*
4*
4*
3735
01 April-31 October
02
4N Athens Best Wester: Candia or Ilisia
1N Olympia Amalia
1N Kalambaka Divani Meteora
1N Delphi Amalia
4*
4*
4*
4*
3845
01 April-31 October
03

4N Athens Novotel or Callirhoe
1N Olympia Amalia
1N Kalambaka Divani Meteora
1N Delphi Amalia

4*
4*
4*
4*
4175
01-30 April and
01 July-31 August
4285
01 May-30 June and
01 September-31 October
 

Remarks:
Rate per person is on twin share (double occupancy) basis.
Rate may change on irregular fluctuations in the currency exchange rate.
Depending on your international flight schedule, you might have to do a pre or post tour stay (excluded from the rate).
The classical tour (Day 04) departs only on Monday, Tuesday or Saturday.
Prices may change on irregular fluctuations in the currency exchange rate.

Package Includes:
Transfers, accommodation, daily breakfast, meals, and tours with transportation, guide & entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary.

Package Excludes:
Airfares, pre or post tour land arrangements, additional meals, shore excursion, optional tours, gratuities and personal incidentals

 


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