Spring Break Study Tour & Cruise to Greece

 

 Spring Break Study Tour - Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion

 

March, April & May 2019-2020


Itinerary:

Day 1 Athens.
The Spring Break Tour to Greece starts upon your arrival at Athens Int’l Airport Venizelos. Meeting and transfer to your superior standard hotel in Athens, located near the Acropolis and the Plaka area. Afternoon at leisure. Welcome dinner in a Plaka restaurant . Overnight. (D )

Day 2 Athens
Sightseeing in Athens , including guided tours of the Acropolis (Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike , Erechtheion, and Acropolis Museum ), Theatre of Dionysus, Theatre of Herodes Atticus, Temple of Oympian Zeus , and Agora, where Socrates engaged Athenians in philosophical conversation and where a Temple of Hephaistos still stands.
The Areopagus, where the first Athenian law court was established and where Saint Paul preached in 54 A.D. and received his first Athenian convert to Christianity, can be viewed from the Acropolis. Lunch in Plaka area. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight. ( B, L )

(Optional trip: the afternoon a trip to Cape Sounion, Drive along the coast of Riviera Attika to visit the Temple of Poseidon, overlooking the Aegean Sea. Dinner in a typical taverna along the road.

Day 3 Athens –Corinth- Epidauros Theatre –Mycaene –Tyrins
We will tour the site of ancient Corinth , where Saint Paul preached to the Corinthians, and its small museum, after which we will proceed to Epidaurus . Epidaurus is the site of the best-preserved and constructed theater of ancient Greece (plays are still performed there); it was regarded as a place of healing and renewal for those attending the tragedies presented there.

Proceed to visit is to Tiryns , birthplace of Hercules, with its massive Cyclopean walls and fortifications. From Tiryns , which served as a satellite fortress for the Mycenaeans in the 13 th century B.C., we proceed to Mycenae itself. Mycenae was the home of the Achaian warrior and king Agamemnon, who marshaled and led the Greek troops in their ten-year siege of Troy after the Trojans’ abduction of Helen, the wife of Agamemnon’s brother, Menelaus.

We will visit the ruins of Mycenae, where the famed lion gates guarding Agamemnon’s palace can still be seen, along with the palace walls, rooms, famous “beehive tombs,” and other artifacts. Lunch in a small historical tavern in Mycaene. Return to Athens in the evening. Overnight. (B, L )

Day 4 Athens-Delphi-Athens
In the morning we start the full day trip to Delphi – which was the most celebrated and mysterious site of prophecy in ancient Greece. Home of the oracle of Apollo, it is situated on the side of Mount Parnassus , residence of the Muses.
We will visit the extensive site of the oracle, theater, and museum. Visit the Ossios Lucas Monastery . Lunch in the traditional village of Arachova. Return to Athens in the evening and transfer to Piraeus for the overnight trip to Heraklion, Crete, leaving at 21:00.Overnight onboard in 4-berth cabins. ( B, L)

Day 5 Crete – Heraklion
Arrive Heraklion, Crete in the morning. Transfer to the hotel. Full day Tour to Knossos Palace which is the most important archaeological site on Crete.
It contains the largest and most luxurious Minoan Palace, and the Museum of Heraklion, which is one of the most outstanding museums in the world. It contains finds from all over Crete, focused mostly on prehistoric Minoan civilization, a civilization which ruled the island for over 1,200 years. Lunch in a typical Cretean tavern with local specialties. Visit the Historical Museum, Arkadi Monastery,N. Kazantzakis Grave. Overnight. (L )

Day 6 Crete- Heraklion-Gorthys
A full day tour to Phaestos, which is the second most important town in Minoan Crete, with the palace of Rhadamanthys, brother of Minos. Unlike the Palace of Knossos there have been no reconstructions here. Continue to Matala, the fishing village, which was the port of Phaestos. (B,L)

Day 7 Crete – Piraeus – Athens
Day at leisure for students in Heraklion for optional excursions and visit. In the evening transfer to the port and embark ferry for the overnight trip back to Piraeus/Athens sailing at 21:00 Accommodation in tourist-class cabins, 4 bedded. (B).

Day 8 Athens
Arrive in Piraeus port around 6:00 am. Disembarkation and transfer to Athens. Day at leisure. Farewell dinner in Plaka. Overnight in Athens.

Day 9 Athens – USA
After breakfast transfer to Athens International Airport for the return flight back to the USA. End of the Cultural Study Tour of Greece.

Included:
in the Spring break tour to Greece

Accommodation for four nights in Athens and two nights in Crete in 2-3bedded rooms with private facilities in 3* hotels
Overnight ferry tickets to/from Crete in 4-bedded cabins with private facilities Two nights onboard.
Buffet breakfast ( 6)
Lunches ( 6)
Welcome dinner( 1)
Farewell dinner ( 1)
Transfers Athens Airport to Athens/Piraeus r/r
Transfer in Heraklion port to hotel r/t
English speaking guide/lecturer on the Athens Sightseeing tour, the Corinth tour and Delphi tour
Private coach transportation in the Athens sightseeing tour, Corinth and Delphi trip
English speaking guide lecturer in Crete for 2 days
Private coach in Crete for 2 days
Assistance 7/24 by our reps.in Athens and Crete

not-included:
Flight tickets to Greeece from USA, admission fees, shore excursions on the islands and gratuities to guide etc.
Other items not mentioned.

Price:
from 1,325 Euro per person *

* Rates for 2019-2020 Spring Break Trip to Greece, are based on the current exchange rate of the Euro to the Dollar and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.

remarks:
This Tour is for Groups only.

 

 

 

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