Athens – Epidaurus – Mycenae – Olympia – Delphi – Kalambaka – Meteora
6 Nights / 7 Days
May – October 2018
Arrival to Athens: Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday
Minimum 2 participants
Day 1 – Athens – Arrival
Upon arrival at Athens International Airport, our representative el will meet and assist you with your transfer by taxi (not included in tour rate) to the hotel. Rest of the day for leisure.
Overnight in Athens.
Day 2 – Athens City & Cape Sunion Tour
After breakfast enjoy a half-day morning tour of Athens. Climb up to the marble-capped Acropolis and visit the famous Parthenon and the Erechtheion. Our tour continues with the highlights of modern Athens: we pass by the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, Presidential Palace, Panathenian Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Academy, the University and the National Library. We also visit the new Acropolis Museum to admire all the original sculptures and artifacts excavated on the Acropolis Hill. In the afternoon we drive along the picturesque coastal road, passing by the beautiful beaches of Kalamaki, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza, with its countless coves, with the beautiful blue waters of the Saronic Gulf only feet from us, and continue toward Sounion. A crowning feature of the tour is Cape Sounion, famous for its radiant sunsets and dominated by the Doric white marble Temple of Poseidon that overlooks the blue Aegean Sea.
Overnight in Athens. (B)
Day 3 – Corinth Canal – Epidaurus – Nafplion – Olympia
Check-out from the hotel and depart for a 4-day tour out of Athens. Short stop at Corinth Canal then drive to Epidaurus (visit the archaeological site and the theatre, famous for its remarkable acoustics) and then on to Nafplion (short stop). We drive to Mycenae where we visit the archaeological site, and then we depart for Olympia, through the central Peloponnese area passing the cities of Megalopolis and Tripolis.
Overnight in Olymoia (B,D)
Day 4 – Olympia – Delphi
After breakfast we visit the archaeological site and the museum of Olympia. Then we drive via Patras to Rion, across the channel to Antirion crossing over the new bridge considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe. We arrive in Nafpaktos and then continue on to Delphi.
Overnight in Delphi (B,D)
Day 5 – Delphi – Kalambaka
After breakfast we visit the archaeological site and museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka. We drive through Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala. Arrive in Kalambaka.
Overnight in Kalambaka (B,D)
Day 6 – Kalambaka – Meteora
After breakfast we visit the breathtaking rocky formations of Meteora and in the early afternoon we start the drive back to Athens passing via Thermopylae (stop for photos) and Kammena Vourla.
Overnight in Athens (B)
Day 7 – Athens – Departure
Transfer by taxi (not included in tour rate) to Athens International Airport for departure flight.
Saronic Gulf Islands of Hydra: Poros & Aegina (with buffet lunch on board)
Depart at 7:45 a.m. – Return at 7:00 p.m.
Day 1 – Islands cruise to Hydra – Aegina – Poros
At 7:45 am transfer by motor-coach from Athens to the port and embark on the cruise-boat. At 8:15 am sail for the island of Hydra, a favorite of the international jet set. Hydra is the beloved muse of painters, craftsmen and photographers. Its unique architecture, crystal clear waters, splendid craft and jewel shops, folk art and the island’s traditional means of transport – the donkey, make it one of the last examples of “living Mediterranean history”. In Hydra you have time at leisure for strolling, shopping or swimming. In the early afternoon sail for the island of Aegina. Upon arrival in Aegina you can either join the excursion to the majestic 5th century BC Temple of Aphaia (optional tour), which is regarded as the best preserved ancient temple of Greece offering a magnificent view of the whole Saronic Gulf, or walk around the main town. Aegina, is known for its rich history, inspiring pistachio grove landscapes, Aegina harbor’s lively fish market and colorful floating fruit and vegetable marketplace as well as picturesque seaside villages such as St. Marina with its taverns, traditional shops and beautiful golden beaches. Sailing to Poros, the smallest of the three islands. Poros town quietly nestled in the embrace of deep green pine forests and mildly scented lemon groves. Strolling about the town, you will come across the town-hall, the archaeological museum, the municipal library, the cultural hall. A climb to the town’s magnificent bell tower offers an unforgettable view. Buffet lunch on board. Finally, re-embark for the sail back to Athens port at 19:00 and transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Athens (B)