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Classical Tour of Greece : "6-Day Athens, Peloponnese & Meteora"

 

Classical Tour of Greece. Meteora monasteries

6-Day Classical Tour of Greece, Athens, Peloponnese & Meteora Itinerary:

1st DAY. Arrive in Athens. Check in at the hotel, located next to the Acropolis new Museum in the Plaka area. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight.
 
2nd DAY  After breakfast,  at 09:30 start a 3 hrs walking tour of Athens
Visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch and the old Plaka district. Continue with visit of the Acropolis,the Temple of Nike, the Parthenon, the Propylea.
From the Acropolis hill you will have a breathtaking view of the surroundings, including the Agora,the Observatory, the Democracy hill ( Pnyx ), the Philopappos Hill and Mars Hill.
 You will also admire  the theater of Dionysos and the Odeion of Herodus Atticus where ancient Greek drama was first staged.
The guided tour will end on the hill of the Acropolis. (estimated walking distance 1500 meters)
Afternoon at leisure for to visit Athens on your own and shopping. Visit. Overnight.
 
3rd DAY: Starting at 08:30  from Athens we drive westwards along the scenic coast, until we reach the CORINTH CANAL (Short Stop).  We continue our Classical Tour of Greece along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf to Epidauros Theatre, Nauplion and Mycaene.
The theatre of the ancient city is quite well-preserved, in the shape it acquired during the latter years of its function. The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the scene to all 12,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.
Then depart for  NAUPLIA 1st capital of Greece in 1829 (Short Stop) drive to MYCENAE(Visit)  “Mycenae - the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, first sung by Homer in his epics, is the most important and richest palatial . Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization.”  In the afternoon depart for OLYMPIA – Dinner & Overnight in OLYMPIA. (D)

4th DAY: Olympia the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece, Dedicated to Zeus, the father of the gods, it sprawls over the southwest foot of Mount Kronios, at the confluence of the Alpheios and the Kladeos rivers, in a lush, green landscape. Although secluded near the west coast of the Peloponnese, Olympia became the most important religious and athletic centre in Greece. Its fame rests upon the Olympic Games, the greatest national festival and a highly prestigious one world-wide, which was held every four years to honor Zeus.  Visit the Archaeological Site & the Museum and then drive via PATRAS to RION, across the channel to ANTIRRION on the “State of the Art” new suspended bridge considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe. Drive through Naupaktos and then continue to DELPHI – Dinner & Overnight in DELPHI. (B.D)
 
5th DAY: Situated at the foot of Mount Parnassos,  lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years.
Visit of the archaeological site and the Museum where one can see among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 B.C. when he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. After visits depart for KALAMBAKA. Short visit of the village upon arrival. Dinner & Overnight in KALAMBAKA (B.D)
 
6th DAY: Today we will see one of the most amazing places in Greece - Meteora.
Meaning ‘suspended in air’ the name Meteora soon came to encompass the entire rock community of 24 monasteries, the biggest and most important group of monasteries in Greece after those in Mount Athos 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.
The rock monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage.
After visits start the drive back to ATHENS passing through THERMOPYLAE (Photo Stop). Monument of King Leonidas
Return to Athens around 19:00.   End of the 6-Day Classical Tour of Greece.




Departures:
Every Saturday all the year round 2017-2018
Every Sunday and Thursday  April – October 2017-2018
Dep.: 08:30 - Ret.: 19:00

Featuring:
Itinerary as per program by comfortable A/C coach, English-speaking archaeological licensed guide
during the coach tour, 5 nights accommodation in twin bedded rooms, breakfast (5),  dinners (3) ,
all admission fees to the sites and museums. Plus a 3 hrs walking tour of Athens with guide.

Rate for the 6-Day Classical Tour of Greece:
Euro 680  per person in 3* hotel
Euro 835 per person  in 4* hotel


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