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Day 1: Arrival in Athens
Today your adventure starts as you are transported into the magical, picturesque city of Athens. You can stroll around the pedestrian streets of Plaka and enjoy a meal or a drink in one of the numerous restaurants and coffee shops, overlooking the Acropolis. Feel the wind in your hair as you are truly welcomed to Greece in style.
Day 2: Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis museum
After waking up to the sun streaming through your windows, you will venture into the city for a tour, visiting the famous sites of the modern and ancient Athens. Witnessing the Athens Trilogy, National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Schliemann’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Old Parliament, Constitution Square and Russian Orthodox Church. Your head will be filled with wonder and knowledge as you end your tour with the highlight of a visit to the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum.
Day 3: Athens – Full day cruise to Saronic islands
Today you can wake up to the excitement of knowing there is a day on the sea in front of you. First you will set sail for the island of Poros, where you’ll have free time for strolling and shopping.
Next, it’s on to the island of Hydra, where you can explore its unique charms and whose amphitheater shape once served as a safe shelter for Saronic Pirates. From the decks, you will be able to admire the very special architecture and dramatic landscapes of this island, whose old traditional stone houses and mansions silently stand witness to a long and turbulent history.
Upon arrival in Egina (Aegina) why not go on an adventure to the Temple of Aphaia (cost not included) or take a walk around the main town, before returning back to Athens filled with memories and the smell of sea air still fresh in your brain.
Day 4: Olympia
Breakfast comes to you filled with excitement for the day ahead. Travelling to Epidaurus through the beautiful Corinth Canal. In Epidaurus you will visit the Ancient theatre, world famous for its outstanding acoustics, before continuing your trip to Nauplia and the plain of Argos, before arriving in Mycenae. Where a visit to the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon is a must! All too soon you must depart for Olympia, the birth place of the Olympic Games, and opening up your holiday for a whole new stage of adventure.
Day 5: Delphi
Olympia is the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece, being the most important religious and athletic centre. Visit the Archaeological Site & the Museum and then continue on a drive over the contemporary new suspended bridge, visiting many beautiful towns and sites, before arriving in Delphi.
Day 6: Kalampaka
Situated at the foot of Mount Parnassos, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Visit of the archaeological site and the Museum where you can see among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo. Wishing you could stay for more information on the fascinating Greek history, you will continue on to Kalampaka.
Day 7: Meteora – Athens
Today we will see one of the most amazing places in Greece – METEORA, meaning ‘suspended in air’. There were no steps and the main access to the monasteries was by means of a net that was hitched over a hook and hoisted up by rope and a hand cranked windlass to winch towers overhanging the chasm.
Monks descended in the nets or on retractable wooden ladders up to 40m long to the fertile valleys below to grow grapes, corn and potatoes. Each community developed its own resources and by the end of the 14th century, the Grand Meteoron emerged as the dominant community. Feeling as though you have just witnessed a glimpse of the past, you will begin the drive back to Athens.
Day 8: Departure from Athens
Your trip has been filled with history, sights and beauty, as you come to an end of a trip of a life time. Wave goodbye to the sea as you return back home.