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Classical Greece with Sparta and Mystras 8 days tour will show you all the most important places of Ancient Greece and the ruins of the Medival city of Mystras

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Day by Day Itinerary

DAY 1: ATHENS
Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Tonight we will have a panoramic tour of Athens and we will take you to a nice Greek restaurant at Pendeli mountain for dinner

DAY 2: ATHENS – HALF DAY CITY TOUR – GREEK NIGHT Athens_Greece_Godes_Athena

This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (shortstop).

Continue and pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colourful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, theNational Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts an order in the mind”, the Parthenon.

Tour will end by visiting the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content.

Afternoon free to visit Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns.

Tonight we will take you to a restaurant with Greek popular music (the transportation is included but not the meal and the drinks)

Epidaurus_Greece_TheaterDAY 3: ATHENS – EPIDAURUS -NAUPLION – SPARTA
Leave by the Coastal Road to the Corinth Canal (shortstop). Drive on and visit Epidaurus which was a small city in ancient Greece, at the Saronic Gulf. Reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius, the healer, Epidaurus was known for its sanctuary, the cult of Asclepius at Epidaurus is attested in the 6th century BC. as well as its theatre, which is once again in use today.
The Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus is a UNESCO world heritage site.
The theatre is marvelled for its exceptional acoustics, which permits almost perfect intelligibility of non-amplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.
Then proceed to the Town of Nauplion, the first capital of Greece. We will see the Bourtzi and the Palamidi fortresses and have lunch in a nice restaurant. Then we drive to Sparta.

DAY 4: SPARTA – MYSTRAS – VYTINA – STEMNITSA – DIMITSANA – LAGADIA – OLYMPIA
After breakfast in the hotel, we will visit Mystras. Mystras is a fortified town situated on Mt. Taygetos, that served as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea in the 14th and 15th centuries, experiencing a period of prosperity and cultural flowering. The site remained inhabited throughout the Ottoman period when it was mistaken by Western travellers for ancient Sparta.
The frescoes in the Peribleptos Monastery Church, dating between 1348 and 1380, are a very rare surviving late Byzantine cycle, crucial for the understanding of Byzantine art.
In 1989 the ruins, including the fortress, palace, churches, and monasteries, were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We will leave Mystras and drive to Olympia following the non-tourist roads. We will have a lot of drive through the forest, passing through the villages of Vytina, Pirgaki and Elati and arrive in the famous Stemnita with a lot of stone houses with a special colour. Then we go to Dimitsana, a small town that stands on the top of a small hill, with nice houses and a special open-air Hydropower Museum which we will visit inside. We continue to Lagadia village, famous for its architecture, built on the slope of the mountain. We leave the village and drive from the mountains to the flat Ancient Olympia, the Cradle of the Olympic Games for overnight.

DAY 5: OLYMPIA – WINE TASTING – DELPHI
Olympia was a sanctuary of ancient Greece, known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times, the most famous games in history.
The sanctuary, known as the Altis, consists of an unordered arrangement of various buildings. Enclosed within the temenos are the Temple of Hera (or Heraion/Heraeum) and Temple of Zeus, the Pelopion and the area of the altar, where the sacrifices were made. The Hippodrome and later stadium were also to the east.
To the north of the sanctuary can be found the Prytaneion and the Philippeion, as well as the array of treasuries representing the various city-states.
Olympia is also known for the gigantic ivory and gold statue of Zeus that used to stand there, sculpted by Pheidias, which was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Antipater of Sidon.
After the visit to the ancient places, we will go to a famous winery for inspection and wine tasting with Greek meze.
Then drive on through the plains of Eliad and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque Towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi for overnight.

DAY 6: DELPHI – METEORADelphi_Greece_The_Museum_The_Charioteer
Delphi was the centre of Ancient World – the “Omphalos” (Navel of Earth) – whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic World.
On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios.
Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Depart for Kalambaka, a small Town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks for overnight.
Before going to bed we have to admire the sunset on the top of Meteora and have dinner in a nice place outside the city.

Meteora_Greece_The_Holy_Monastery_of_Great_MeteoronDAY 7: METEORA – ATHENS
Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. Among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and the Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (visit the Leonida’s monument). Arrive in Athens in the evening and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 8: ATHENS – AIRPORT
According to your departure time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.
 

Please note:

The ideal time for this tour: April to October

The ideal size of the group: 4 to 8 persons

Official English speaking guide only on the Athens city tour

The price per person will be calculated according to the number of persons participating

Hotel category can be from 3* to 5* (5* hotels not available in all places)

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Classical Greece Santorini Chania tour off the tourist road 17 days. A private tour that covers the most important places of Classical Greece and two famous islands of Santorini and Crete, to  discover the hidden places of natural beauty and taste the authentic Greek cuisine

Travel Plan – Inclusions

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Day by Day Itinerary

DAY 1: ATHENS

Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. After a panoramic tour of Athens, we will take you to a nice Greek restaurant at Pendeli mountain for dinner and return you to your hotel.


Epidaurus_Greece_TheaterDAY 2: ATHENS – EPIDAURUS – NAUPLION -VALTESINIKO
Leave by the Coastal Road to the Corinth Canal (shortstop). Drive on and visit Epidaurus which was a small city in ancient Greece, at the Saronic Gulf. Reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius, the healer, Epidaurus was known for its sanctuary, the cult of Asclepius at Epidaurus is attested in the 6th century BC. as well as its theatre, which is once again in use today.
The Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus is a UNESCO world heritage site.
The theatre is marvelled for its exceptional acoustics, which permits almost perfect intelligibility of non-amplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.
Then proceed to the Town of Nauplion, the first capital of Greece. We will see the Bourtzi and the Palamidi fortresses and then continue to Tripolis for a sort stop. We will visit the small towns of Levidi and Vytina and arrive in the village of Valtesiniko to visit the monastery of the assumption of Virgin Mary and the monastery of Saint Nicolas, used as a fortress during the Greek revolution of 1821. Overnight at Valtesiniko

DAY 3: VALTESINIKO – STEMNITSA – DIMITSANA – LAGADIA – OLYMPIA
After breakfast in the hotel, we will shoot the sunrise from the opposite mountain and leave for today’s trip. We will have a lot of drive through the forest, passing through the villages of Pirgaki and Elati and arrive in the famous Stemnita with a lot of stone houses with a special colour. Then we go to Dimitsana, a small town that stands on the top of a small hill, with nice houses and a special open-air Hydropower Museum which we will visit. We continue to Lagadia village, famous for its architecture, built on the slope of the mountain. We leave the village and drive from the mountains to the flat Ancient Olympia, the Cradle of the Olympic Games for overnight.
 
 
 
 
 

DAY 4: OLYMPIA – WINE TASTING – DELPHI
Olympia was a sanctuary of ancient Greece, known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times, the most famous games in history.
The sanctuary, known as the Altis, consists of an unordered arrangement of various buildings. Enclosed within the temenos are the Temple of Hera (or Heraion/Heraeum) and Temple of Zeus, the Pelopion and the area of the altar, where the sacrifices were made. The Hippodrome and later stadium were also to the east.
To the north of the sanctuary can be found the Prytaneion and the Philippeion, as well as the array of treasuries representing the various city-states.
Olympia is also known for the gigantic ivory and gold statue of Zeus that used to stand there, sculpted by Pheidias, which was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Antipater of Sidon.
After the archaeological site, it is time for a modern famous Greek winery for inspection and wine tasting with Greek meze
Then drive on through the plains of Eliad and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque Towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi. Overnight in Delphi.

DAY 5: DELPHI – METEORADelphi_Greece_Tholos_Athina_Pronea
Delphi was the centre of Ancient World – the “Omphalos” (Navel of Earth) – whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic World.
On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios.
Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Depart for Kalambaka, a small Town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks.
Tonight we will take you to admire the sunset on the top of Meteora and then for dinner outside the city to a nice taverna to taste the local cuisine
Overnight in Kalambaka.
 

Meteora_Greece_The_Holy_Monastery_of_Great_MeteoronDAY 6: METEORA – ATHENS
Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. Among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and the Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (visit the Leonida’s monument). Arrive in Athens in the evening and transfer to your hotel.
 
 
 
 

DAY 7: ATHENS – SANTORINISantorini_Island_Greece

Early morning transfer to the pier of Piraeus to board the ferryboat to Santorini.

We go along the Athens Riviera in the Saronic Gulf to the south end of Attica passing close to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. Look around the ship, enjoy the sun on the decks and the services on board.

Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Tonight we will take you for dinner in a nice restaurant by the beach and then return you to your hotel.


Santorini_Island_Greece_Volcano_CruiseDAY 8: SANTORINI – VOLCANO CRUISE

Today enjoy a half day cruise to the small islands of Nea Kameni & Palea Kameni located inside the caldera, the Hot Springs with the green and yellow waters (with free time for swimming) and the island of Thirassia.

Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Vlyhada marina.
Orientation with the boat and sailing on the south coast of the island.

We will pass near the red and white beaches and continue sailing the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea to the Caldera. Near the Nea Kameni (volcano island) we will see the old port and then go to Palea Kameni and Thirasia. We will see the hot springs with green and yellow waters and have time for swimming here or in another place depending on the season of the year.

We continue sailing below Imerovigli, Firostefani and Fira towns and will arrive in Vlyhada marina.
Transfer to your hotel

Tonight we will take you to Fira town to admire the famous sunset over the Santorini Volcano and then to dinner in a nice restaurant.


DAY 9: SANTORINISantorini_Island_Greece_13

A day at leisure to enjoy the beach and know better this unique island. One of the jewels of small volcanic archipelagos five islands is undoubtedly Santorini. Santorini was created due to a volcanic eruption culminated in the explosion of a volcano caldera, therefore, its rugged landscapes dotted with huge cliffs.

Santorini’s capital, Fira, with white-washed houses, narrow streets and open air cafes that cling to a steep cliff, is at the top of the beautiful island where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the bay. Discover Santorini villages that retain their authenticity, with beautiful blue and white buildings and barren volcanic rocks. It is a very fascinating and picturesque island. A magical place that has nothing to do with the rest of the Greek islands, a place to spread the peaceful and hospitable nature of its people.

A panoramic tour of the island in the afternoon will end to Kamari beach for dinner by the sea and return to your hotel

DAY 10: SANTORINI – HERAKLION
This morning we will do a panoramic tour of Megalochori traditional village.
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port for your ferryboat to Heraklion. Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel
Tonight dinner in a local restaurant famous for its authentic Cretan cuisine

Heraklion_Crete_Island_Greece_Knossos_PalaceDAY 11: HERAKLION -KNOSSOS TOUR – CHANIA
After breakfast, we will visit the archaeological site of Knossos. The name Knossos survives from ancient Greek references to the major city of Crete. The identification of Knossos with the Bronze Age site is supported by tradition and by the Roman coins that were scattered over the fields surrounding the pre-excavation site, then a large mound named Kephala Hill, elevation 85 m (279 ft) from current sea level. Many of them were inscribed with Knosion or Knos on the obverse and an image of a Minotaur or Labyrinth on the reverse, both symbols deriving from the myth of King Minos, supposed to have reigned from Knossos.
Following we will visit the National Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and then we will drive to Chania. Rest of the day at leisure.
Tonight we will take you to a nice restaurant in the old city for dinner and return to your hotel for overnight


DAY 12:CHANIA – TOUR TO FALASSARNA BEACH AND GRAMVOUSA
Falassarna is an ancient Greek harbour town on the northwest coast of Crete. Falassarna beach is one of the most famous in Crete with clear blue waters. We will enjoy our bath here and the drive to Gramvousa area for lunch in a nice local restaurant and return to your hotel in Chania.
Tonight we will take you for dinner in a nice restaurant in the old harbour and return you to your hotel.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rethymnon_Crete_Island_Rortezza_CastleDAY 13: CHANIA – RETHYMNON – ARGYROUPOLIS – KOURNAS LAKE
After breakfast, we will drive to Rethymnon to visit the castle and do a panoramic tour of this small but beautiful city.
On the way to Chania, we will visit the Argyroupolis waterfalls to admire the scenery and have lunch in a special restaurant. Here we will taste a lamb roasted in a special way (antikristo). Then we will visit Kournas lake for a coffee and return to Chania.
Tonight we will take you to a nice restaurant in the old city for dinner and return you to your hotel.
 
 
 
 
 
 

DAY 14: CHANIA ATHENS Chania_Crete_Greece_The_Cathedral
Chania is the second largest city of Crete. Chania is the site of the Minoan settlement the Greeks called Kydonia. Some notable archaeological evidence for the existence of this Minoan city below some parts of today’s Chania was found by excavations in the district of Kasteli in the Old Town. This area appears to have been inhabited since the Neolithic era.
The city of Chania can be divided into two parts: the old town and the modern city which is the larger one. The old town is situated next to the old harbour and is the matrix around which the whole urban area was developed. It used to be surrounded by the old Venetian fortifications that started to be built in 1538.
Chania’s Old Town is considered the most beautiful urban district on Crete, especially the crumbling Venetian harbour.
Panoramic walking tour of the old town of Chania, the covered agora (market) and lunch in a Gyros restaurant
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port for your overnight ferryboat to Piraeus.

Athens_Greece_The_Caryatides_AcropolisDAY 15: ATHENS – CITY TOUR – GREEK NIGHT
Upon your arrival, you will be met at the port and transferred to the tour terminal for your morning sightseeing tour of Athens including all famous monuments: House of Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Adrian’s Arch, Temple of the Olympian Zeus, the Royal Palace, the Academy, the University and the National Library.
Tour will end by visiting the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content.
After your city tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Afternoon free to get some rest and be ready for our Greece night.
Tonight we will take you to a restaurant with Greek popular music (the transportation is included but not the meal and the drinks)
 

DAY 16: ATHENS – FULL DAY CRUISEHydra_Island_Greece_Boy_on_dolphin

This small cruise will take you to Hydra, Poros and Aegina and bring you back in the evening full of fun and with the taste of the Greek islands.

Morning transfer to the pier of Piraeus, to embark your cruise ship for your full day cruise to the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Good opportunity to know a little bit of Greek Islands and visit a small part of Ancient Greece in the optional tour to the temple of Aphea Athina in Aegina.

On the return trip, you enjoy a program with Greek music and songs and join the dancers on Greek folklore dancing. Included is the transfers to and from the port, port taxes and lunch on board.

 


DAY 17: ATHENS – AIRPORT

According to your departure time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

Please note:

The ideal time for this tour: April to October

The ideal size of the group: 4 to 8 persons

Official English speaking guide only on the Athens city tour

The price per person will be calculated according to the number of persons participating

Hotel category can be from 3* to 5* (5* hotels not available in all places)

Itinerary

Travel Plan – Inclusions

STARTING POINT: Athens, daily January to December
TRAVEL PLAN: 17 DAYS/ 16 nights
What’s Included

4 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
3 nights hotel accommodation in Santorini
1 night hotel accommodation in Heraklion
3 nights hotel accommodation in Chania
1 night hotel accommodation in Valtesiniko
1 night hotel accommodation in Olympia
1 night hotel accommodation in Delphi
1 night hotel accommodation in Kalambaka
1 overnight ferryboat tickets Chania – Piraeus
Ferryboat tickets Piraeus – Santorini
High-speed ferryboat tickets Santorini – Heraklion
Half day Athens city tour with the Acropolis Museum (Organized bus tour)
Half Day Private tour of Knossos
Half day Santorini Volcano Cruise
Full day tour to Falassarna beach and Granvousa area
Full day tour to Rethymnon, Argyroupolis waterfalls, Kournas lake
Full day cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra with lunch
Greek night restaurant (transportation only. Meal and drinks to be paid by clients)
All transfers as per program
Entrance fees to the archaeological sites during sightseeing
The service of an official English speaking guide at the Athens city tour
The services of an English speaking driver-tour leader
Daily breakfast
Government hotel taxes

* Special overnight tax of €4 for 5* hotels, €3 for 4* hotels, €1,5 for 3* hotels and €0,5 for 2* hotels per person per night to be paid by clients directly to the hotels in Greece.

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Private Classical Greece tourDear All
Regarding our private Classical Greece Tour, we just wanted to say again how much we enjoyed the trip. We loved all of the ancient sites and the beautiful places that we visited. It was such a pleasure to travel with you and we know that we did things and ate in places that we would never have been able to do if we had travelled alone.
The hotels were all excellent and we will never forget the view from our hotel in Athens. It was a lovely relaxing holiday even though we did such a lot.
The last evening in the restaurant on the beach was magical.

Thank you again
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Lin and Paul
UK

 

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Cappadocia Ephesus Classical Greece the most important places of Turkey and Greece.
With this package you will visit Istanbul, the Cappadocia area, ancient Ephesus and Izmir, Athens, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Ancient Olympia, Delphi and the Meteora Monasteries. Also you take a taste of the Greek Islands by visiting Aegina, Poros and Hydra.

SUNDAY: ISTANBUL: Arrival in Istanbul, meeting and assistance and then transfer to your selected hotel in Istanbul. Balance of the day at leisure.


MONDAY: ISTANBUL: After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. We begin our tour Istanbul_Turkey_Hagia_Sophiafrom the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul at Agia Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses (closed on Mondays).
Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial Mosque with six minarets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100.000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire.
The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4.000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons and leather goods.
Lunch in a local restaurant and continuation of our tour. Our afternoon will begin at Topkapi Palace which, from the 15th to 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans.
Little Agia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It is early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Agia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history.


Ankara_Turkey_Opera_HouseTUESDAY: ISTANBUL – ANKARA -CAPPADOCIA: In the morning, transfer to airport for flight to Ankara. Arrival in Ankara and then to town to visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk. Lunch and continue to Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight.


WEDNESDAY:CAPPADOCIA: Departure for a full day tour of the extraordinary and Cappadocia_Turkey_High_Chimneysfascinating Cappadocia starting with a visit to the underground city Kaymakli or Ozkonak, originally excavated by Christian communities, with a depth of 7 to 12 stories underground. Then we will go to Valley Güvercinlik (Pigeon Valley) and admire a panoramic view of the castle of Uchisar on top of a mound of volcanic rock crossed by tunnels and windows. In the afternoon, visit the open air museum of Göreme, World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Continued, visiting the vineyard where Pasabag are so-called “fairy chimneys”. Dinner and accommodation.


THURSDAY: CAPPADOCIA – KONYA – PAMUKKALE: Morning departure to Konya. En route visit the Caravanserai of “Sultanhan”. Arrival in Konya, visit Mevlana Museum and the Theological School of the Dervishes. Lunch & then to Pamukkale. Dinner and overnight.


Pamukkale_Turkey_Hot_Springs_LakesFRIDAY: PAMUKKALE – KUSADASI: In the morning visit to Hierapolis, the ruins of the necropolis and the Roman Baths. Continue to Aphrodisias and after lunch visit to this ancient Greco – Roman city, dedicated to the Goddess of Love Aphrodite. Departure for Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight.


SATURDAY: KUSADASI – IZMIR –  ISTANBUL: Departure in the morning and visit Ephesus_Turkey_Augustus_Gatethe House of Virgin Mary. Continue to Ephesus, the Roman capital in Asia Minor, to visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Arch, the Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, Agora and the Greco-Roman Theatre. After lunch, visit to the Basilica of San Juan and then to Smyrna. Arrival at the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Arrival in Istanbul and  transfer to hotel.


SUNDAY: ISTANBUL – ATHENS: At the appropriate time transfer to airport for flight to Athens. Rest of day free. Overnight at hotel.


Karyatides_Acropolis_Athens_GreeceMONDAY: ATHENS: Morning sightseeing tour of Athens including all famous monuments: House of Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Adrian’s Arch, Temple of the Olympian Zeus, the Royal Palace, the Academy, the University and the National Library. Tour will end by visiting the Acropolis.
Afternoon free to visit the old Athens city (Plaka) with lots of restaurants, taverns and souvenir shops


TUESDAY: ATHENS – HYDRA – POROS – AEGINA: This small cruise will take you Hydra_Island_Greece_Boy_on_dolphinto Hydra, Poros and Aegina and bring you back in the evening full of fun and with the taste of the Greek islands.
Morning transfer to the pier of Piraeus, to embark your cruise ship for your full day cruise to the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Good opportunity to know a little bit of Greek Islands and visit a small part of Ancient Greece in the optional tour to the temple of Aphea Athina in Aegina.
On the return trip you enjoy a program with Greek music and songs and join the dancers on Greek folklore dancing. Included is the transfers to and from the port, port taxes and lunch on board.


Olympic_Flame_Lighting_Olympia_GreeceWEDNESDAY: ATHENS – NAUPLION – OLYMPIA: Leave by the Coastal Road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit Epidaurus which was a small city in ancient Greece, at the Saronic Gulf. Reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius, the healer, Epidaurus was known for its sanctuary, the cult of Asclepius at Epidaurus is attested in the 6th century BC.as well as its theater, which is once again in use today.
The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus is a UNESCO world heritage site.
The theatre is marvelled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of non amplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.
Then proceed to the Town of Nauplion ( short stop) drive on to Mycenae. and visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Departure for Olympia Through Central Peloponnese and the Towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Dinner and overnight in Olympia, the Cradle of the Olympic Games.


THURSDAY: OLYMPIA – DELPHI: Olympia was a sanctuary of ancient Greece, Delphi_Greece_Tholos_Athina_Proneaknown for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times, the most famous games in history.
The sanctuary, known as the Altis, consists of an unordered arrangement of various buildings. Enclosed within the temenos are the Temple of Hera (or Heraion/Heraeum) and Temple of Zeus, the Pelopion and the area of the altar, where the sacrifices were made. The hippodrome and later stadium were also to the east.
To the north of the sanctuary can be found the Prytaneion and the Philippeion, as well as the array of treasuries representing the various city states.
Olympia is also known for the gigantic ivory and gold statue of Zeus that used to stand there, sculpted by Pheidias, which was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Antipater of Sidon.
Then drive on through the plains of Eliad and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque Towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi . Dinner and overnight.


Meteora_Greece_The_Holy_Monastery_of_Great_MeteoronFRIDAY: DELPHI – METEORA: Delphi was the centre of Ancient World – the “Omphalos” (Navel of Earth) – whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic World.
On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios.
Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias.. Depart for Kalambaka, a small Town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks. Dinner and overnight.


SATURDAY: METEORA – ATHENS: Meteora is one of the largest and most important Meteora_Greece_The_Holy_Monastery_of_Rousanou_01complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. Among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the north western edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (visit the Leonida’s monument). Arrive in Athens early in the evening.


SUNDAY: ATHENS – AIRPORT: At the indicated time according to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.

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Grand Tour of Greece is covering the most important ruins of ancient Greece and Byzantine Greece and showing the biggest part of mainland Greece country side. The ruins of ancient Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi, ancient Dion, Pella and Vergina and the famous monasteries in Meteora are worth visiting and will leave you with good memories. You visit Thessaloniki, the second biggest city of Greece with famous archaeological and Byzantine museums and also see a big part of the Greek countryside.

Day 1: ATHENS – OLYMPIA  Drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf you pass   Olympic-Flame-Olympia-GreeceDaphne and Eleusis and arrive to the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea (short stop). Drive on to Epidaurus to visit the Theatre (4th century B.C.) famous for its astonishing acoustics. Continue to Nafplion, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress, the first capital of Greece, for a sort stop. Drive through the fertile plain of Argolis and arrive at Mycenae , the legendary Homeric city of the Atreides – the city ‘rich in gold’ of the ancient poets (visit the Lion’s Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, the Royal Tombs) and depart for Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic games, through the central Peloponnese area passing the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Dinner and Overnight at Olympia.


Day 2: OLYMPIA – DELPHI

Delphi_Greece_Archaeological_Site  In the morning visit the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus and the museum and then drive through the plains of Eliad and Achaia, through Patras to Rion, cross the channel to Antirion on the ‘state of the art’ new suspended bridge considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe. Crossing the picturesque town of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and via the seaside area of Galaxidi and Itea arrive in Delphi. Dinner and Overnight


Day 3: DELPHI

In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. Afternoon free to Delphi_Greece_Tholos_Athina_Proneastroll around the village and admire the valley covered with olive trees like a big carpet. Dinner and Overnight


Day 4: DELPHI – KALAMBAKA – METEORA

In the morning depart for Kalambaka driving through the cities of Thessaly, Amphissa,   Meteora_Greece_The_Holy_Monastery_of_Rousanou_01Lamia and Trikala and arrive at Kalambaka. In the afternoon visit Meteora, among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Dinner and Overnight


Day 5: KALAMBAKA – THESSALONIKI

Drive through Trikala and Larissa to the famous, sacred Macedonian town of Dion (visit). Thessaloniki_White_Tower_and_promanadeThen continue to Thessaloniki, the largest city in northern Greece. Visit the most interesting museum of Thessaloniki and the other important sites of the city. Rest of the day at leisure to stroll around this beautiful city ‘the northern beauty’ full of monuments and nice cafes. Take a walk at the sea shore and admire the white tower or do your shopping in the nice shops of the city. Dinner and Overnight


Day 6: THESSALONIKI

Pella_Greece_Lion_Hunt_Mosaic   In the morning drive to Pella, Alexander the Great’s capital (visit). Continue to Vergina to visit the tomb of the King Philip and the famous ‘Vergina Treasures’. Then on to Lefkadia to visit the excavations. Return to Thessaloniki via Veria. This is your last chance to enjoy the city and discover its beauty, taste delicious sweets and the ‘Bougatsa’, Thessaloniki is famous for. Dinner and overnight.


Day 7: THESSALONIKI – ATHENS

Start the return drive to Athens. Pass the valley of Tempi with extraordinary beauty of   Euzones-Unkown-Soldier-monument-Athens-Greecethe entire scenery. Admire the combination of the high rocks with the small river and the very old palm trees. Continue passing by Larissa and Lamia and arrive at Thermopylae famous for the ancient battle. Visit the statue of Leonidas, from Sparta, standing here and teaching people of all ages that you have to fight for your liberty and your ideas. In the afternoon arrival in Athens.

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Cappadocia Classical Greece all together. In 15 days you have the opportunity to visit the most important places of Greece and Turkey with visits to Athens and the nearby islands, the Classical Greece 4 days tour, Istanbul, the Cappadocia area, ancient Ephesus and Izmir.

 

SUNDAY: ATHENS: Arrival in Athens, meeting and assistance and then transfer to  Academy_of_Athens_Greeceyour  selected hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.


Karyatides_Acropolis_Athens_Greece  MONDAY: ATHENS: Morning sightseeing tour of Athens including all famous monuments: House of Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Adrian’s Arch, Temple of the Olympian Zeus, the Royal Palace, the Academy, the University and the National Library. Tour will end by visiting the Acropolis and  the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content.
Afternoon free to visit  Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns.


TUESDAY: ATHENS – HYDRA – POROS – AEGINA: This small cruise will take you Hydra_Island_Greece_Boy_on_dolphinto Hydra, Poros and Aegina and bring you back in the evening full of fun and with the taste of the Greek islands.
Morning transfer to the pier of Piraeus, to embark your cruise ship for your full day cruise to the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Good opportunity to know a little bit of Greek Islands and visit a small part of Ancient Greece in the optional tour to the temple of Aphea Athina in Aegina.
On the return trip you enjoy a program with Greek music and songs and join the dancers on Greek folklore dancing. Included is the transfers to and from the port, port taxes and lunch on board.


Olympic_Flame_Lighting_Olympia_GreeceWEDNESDAYATHENS – NAUPLION – OLYMPIA: Leave by the Coastal Road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit Epidaurus which was a small city  in ancient Greece, at the Saronic Gulf. Reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius, the healer, Epidaurus was known for its sanctuary, the cult of Asclepius at Epidaurus is attested in the 6th century BC.as well as its theater, which is once again in use today.
The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus is a UNESCO world heritage site.
The theatre is marvelled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of non amplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.
Then proceed to the Town of Nauplion ( short stop) drive on to Mycenae. and visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Departure for Olympia Through Central Peloponnese and the Towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Dinner and overnight in Olympia, the Cradle of the Olympic Games.


  THURSDAY: OLYMPIA – DELPHI: Olympia was a sanctuary of ancient Greece,  Delphi_Greece_Tholos_Athina_Proneaknown for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times, the most famous games in history.
The sanctuary, known as the Altis, consists of an unordered arrangement of various buildings. Enclosed within the temenos  are the Temple of Hera (or Heraion/Heraeum) and Temple of Zeus, the Pelopion and the area of the altar, where the sacrifices were made. The hippodrome and later stadium were also to the east.
To the north of the sanctuary can be found the Prytaneion and the Philippeion, as well as the array of treasuries representing the various city states.
Olympia is also known for the gigantic ivory and gold statue of Zeus that used to stand there, sculpted by Pheidias, which was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Antipater of Sidon.
Then drive on through the plains of Eliad and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque Towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi . Dinner and overnight.


Meteora_Greece_The_Holy_Monastery_of_Great_MeteoronFRIDAY: DELPHI – METEORADelphi was the centre of Ancient World – the “Omphalos” (Navel of Earth) – whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic World.
On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios.
Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias.. Depart for Kalambaka, a small Town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks. Dinner and overnight.


   SATURDAY: METEORA – ATHENS: Meteora is one of the largest and most Meteora_Greece_The_Holy_Monastery_of_Rousanou_01important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. Among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the north western edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece.  The Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (visit the Leonida’s monument). Arrive in Athens early in the evening.


SUNDAY: ATHENS – ISTANBUL: At the appropriate time transfer to airport for flight    Istanbul_Turkey_Hagia_Sophia  to Istanbul. Upon your arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of day free. Overnight at hotel.


Istanbul_Turkey_Dolmabahce_Palace    MONDAY: ISTANBUL: After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. We begin our tour from the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul at Agia Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses (closed on Mondays).
Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial Mosque with six minarets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100.000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire.
The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4.000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons and leather goods (Closed on Sundays).
Lunch in a local restaurant and continuation of our tour. Our afternoon will begin at Topkapi Palace which, from the 15th to 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans (closed on Tuesdays).
Little Agia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It is early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Agia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history.


TUESDAY: ISTANBUL – ANKARA – CAPPADOCIA: In the morning, transfer to   Ankara_Turkey_Mausoleum_of_Ataturkairport for flight to Ankara. Arrival in Ankara and then to town to visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk. Lunch and continue to Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight.


Cappadocia_Turkey_Hot_Air_Ballon   WEDNESDAY: CAPPADOCIA: Visit the spectacular Cappadocia region, unique for its fascinating and unique landscape formed by the lava thrown out by volcanoes Erciyes and Hasan, 3 million years ago. Visit the many monasteries and chapels in Goreme, World Heritage Site by UNESCO, dug into the rocks and decorated with frescoes of the tenth century (some of them very well preserved). Pass by and admire a panoramic view of the castle of Uchisar on top of a mound of volcanic rock crossed by tunnels and windows and Avcilar Valley. Lunch and in the afternoon, visit the village of Avanos, famous for its handicrafts and valleys and G?vercinlik Valley (Pigeon Valley). Visit the underground city of Kaymakli or Serhatli, one of 36 underground cities of Cappadocia served as a refuge for Christians. Return to hotel and dinner.


THURSDAY: CAPPADOCIA – KONYA – PAMUKKALE: Morning departure to Pamukkale_Turkey_Travertine_hot_springsKonya.   En route visit the Caravanserai of “Sultanhan”. Arrival in Konya, visit Mevlana Museum and the Theological School of the Dervishes. Lunch & then to Pamukkale. Dinner and overnight.


Pamukkale_Turkey_Hot_Springs_Lakes   FRIDAY: PAMUKKALE – KUSADASI: In the morning visit to Hierapolis, the ruins of the necropolis and the Roman Baths. Continue to Aphrodisias and after lunch visit to this ancient Greco – Roman city, dedicated to the Goddess of Love Aphrodite. Departure for Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight.


SATURDAY: KUSADASI – IZMIR – ISTANBUL: Departure in the morning and visit    Ephesus-Turkey-Celcius-Library  the House of Virgin Mary. Continue to Ephesus, the Roman capital in Asia Minor, to visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Arch, the Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, Agora and the Greco-Roman Theatre. After lunch, visit to the Basilica of San John and then to Smyrna. Arrival at the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Arrival & transfer to hotel.


Istanbul_Turkey_Bosporus_Houses_02  SUNDAY: ISTANBUL – AIRPORT: At the indicated time according to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.

 

 

 

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4 Days Classical Greece Bus Tour to Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora.
3 days Cruise to Greek Islands and Turkey visiting Mykonos, Patmos, Kussadasi, Heraklion in Crete Island and Santorini. Ancient Greece and Islands combination.

SATURDAY: ATHENS: Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your selected Academy_of_Athens_Greece hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.


Acropolis Museum Athens Greece  SUNDAY: ATHENS: Morning sightseeing tour of Athens including all famous monuments: House of Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Adrian’s Arch, Temple of the Olympian Zeus, the Royal Palace, the Academy, the University and the National Library. Tour will end by visiting the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content.
Afternoon free to visit  Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns.


MONDAY: ATHENS – NAUPLION – OLYMPIA: Leave by the Coastal Road to the Corinth Canal (short stop).  Olympic-Flame-Olympia-GreeceDrive on and visit the Theatre of Epidaurus famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the Town of Nauplion ( short stop) drive on to Mycenae and visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Departure for Olympia Through Central Peloponnese and the Towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Dinner and overnight in Olympia, the Cradle of the Olympic Games.


Delphi_Greece_Archaeological_Site TUESDAY: OLYMPIA – DELPHI:In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. Then drive on through the plains of Eliad and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque Towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi . Dinner and overnight.


WEDNESDAY: DELPHI – METEORA:Visit the Archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi. Depart for  Meteora_Greece_The_Holy_Monastery_of_Rousanou_01Kalambaka, a small Town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks. Dinner and overnight.


Meteora_Greece_The_Holy_Monastery_of_Varlaam THURSDAY: METEORA – ATHENS: Visit Meteora, among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine Art. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (visit the Leonida’s monument). Arrive in Athens early in the evening.


FRIDAY: ATHENS – MYKONOS: Morning transfer to Piraeus port to embark your selected cruise ship. Our  Mykonos-Island-Greece-Little-Venicecruise ship will leave the port of Piraeus at 11:00 for a 3 full days of fun and experiences. We go along the Athens Riviera in the Saronic Golf to the south end of Attica passing close to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. This afternoon is a good opportunity to get around and know your ship and the services we provide.
In the afternoon we arrive in Mykonos, the island of the international “jet set”, famous for its beautiful sandy beaches and incredible night life. Take a taste of the island and check if you maybe like to return in the future to spend more time. In the evening return to the ship for overnight travel to our next destination


Ephesus_Turkey_Augustus_Gate SATURDAY: KUSADASI – PATMOS*: First port of call is the Turkish port of Kusadasi. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the city of Ephesus. One of the most complete ancient cities ever excavated, where St. Paul was arrested and then banished. In the afternoon arrival to Patmos, where participating in the optional tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery and the Grotto of St. John, where he lived and recorded the book of the Revelation.


SUNDAY: HERAKLION (CRETE) – SANTORINI: We arrive at Heraklion in the morning and have the Meteora_Greece_The_Holy_Monastery_of_Varlaam opportunity to visit the archaeological site of Knossos Palace or the Archaeological Museum or just stroll around and see the biggest city of Crete Island.
We will then sail to and spend the afternoon in the most breathtaking island, Santorini, believed to be the lost continent of Atlantis. You can participate in the optional tours or just relax in one of the famous cafes of the town and admire the sunset on the Caldera, known to be the most famous in the world. Do not miss to taste the Greek and Mediterranean food in one of the island’s restaurants.


MONDAY: PIRAEUS – AIRPORT: Early morning return to Piraeus port. After breakfast, disembarkation and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Athina_Pronaia_Sanctuary_Delphi_GreeceDear Apostolos,

 We have been traveling for quite some time and now I have the opportunity to provide feedback on our wonderful trip.  Thank you so much for arranging it!  The accommodations were very good and the tour was well paced.  The only thing I would do differently next time was allow more time, especially on Crete. Good job!
Blaine and I have spent two weeks in Greece and had a wonderful time. The first week was filled with the classical portion of the Greek mainland. I got so confused with the various gods, goddesses, foreign occupations and wars that I broke down and bought a book about mythology and spent a good part of some evenings researching the political history. It helped to orient us to this beautiful country.
In Athens and in Iraklion (capitol of Crete) we witnessed political demonstrations. They did not appear to get violent but we chose not to stick around in case they did. In Athens we also toured the Acropolis, Plaka (old city) and the National Archeology Museum. Amazing!!!
We had the most wonderful guide for the tour to classical Greece (Corinth, Epidarus, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora). His name was Yani and had unending enthusiasm and a vast wealth of knowledge. He was probably the best guide we have ever had. The group was also interesting. We traveled with people from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, England, Singapore, Malaysia and, of course the US. The group was a mixture of gay and straight people and reminded me a lot of the poeple who attend our UU church in Denver. Conversations at meal times were very entertaining! One night we ran into our guide, Yani and bus driver, Nicholas outside a Greek taverna. He invited us and several others from our group to join him. The wine flowed and at the end of the evening her refused to let any of us pay!
The second week we were on our own touring several Greek islands. My favorite was Mykonos because no cars were allowed within the town walls and everything was in walking distance. However, the hotel in Santorini was the fanciest place I have ever stayed. It had five swimming pools! We took a day trip to the island of Delos. It has the largest archaeological site in Europe and was the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo. Yesterday we went to Knossos, I city that was founded in 1700 BC.
Iraklion was the only place we had language difficulties and navigational challenges. Not much is in English and the roads were wound within the Venetian walls of the 15th century. The problem was solved by buying ticket to a hop on hop off tour bus. We sat on the upper level and were able to figure out where we were. We ate at this amazing place called the Fish Tavern which was cheap, good and overlooked the Venetian harbor.
Today we are off to Istanbul.
I hope everyone is well and happy,
Hasta pronto!
Felicita
Phylis and Cloyce
USA

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4 days Classical Greece Bus Tour with visits to Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora, 5 days Cruise to Greek Islands and Turkey gives you a full impresion of Greece!

MONDAY: ATHENS(GR): Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.  Euzones-Unkown-Soldier-monument-Athens-GreeceBalance of day at leisure.


Olympic-Flame-Olympia-Greece   TUESDAY: ATHENS / OLYMPIA: Today we drive towards the Corinth Canal where we will make our first stop. Then visit the famous theater of Epidaurus, world famous for its acoustics and the Museum of Asclepius (the father of medicine). Passing through the town of Nauplion, we reach Mycenae where we come to know the prehistoric Acropolis, with the Lion Gate and Agamemnon’s tomb. In the afternoon, we go through the central Peloponnese to Olympia. Dinner and overnight in Olympia.

WEDNESDAY: OLYMPIA / DELPHI : In the morning we will know the premises of the former Olympic  Athena-Pronea-Temple-Delphi-Greecestadium, where the first Olympic Games held and then we will visit the Museum of Olympia. In the afternoon, passing by the new suspension bridge, the largest in the world, we will arrive at Delphi. Dinner and overnight in Delphi.

Holly-Monaster-of-Varlaam-Meteora-Greece   THURSDAY: DELPHI / METEORA: At Delphi, a city known as the center of the world, we will visit the local museum with its famous statue “The Bronze Charioteer” and the archaeological site. Departure to Kalambaka. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.

FRIDAY: METEORA /ATHENS: In the morning visit to Meteora, which combines the natural beauty of the   Academy-Athens-Greeceregion, with the timeless monasteries located on the rocks. Departure to Athens, via Thermopylae, where the statue of the Spartan King Leonidas. Return to your hotel in Athens, in the afternoon.

Acropolis Museum Athens Greece   SATURDAY: ATHENS: Morning sightseeing tour of Athens including all famous monuments: House of Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, AdrianR17;s Arch, Temple of the Olympian Zeus, the Royal Palace, the Academy, the University and the National Library. Tour will end by visiting the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content. .
Afternoon free to visit Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns.

SUNDAY: ATHENS: Free day in Athens to stroll around the city and know better the sites and the people.   Karyatides-Acropolis-Athens-GreeceGood opportunity to visit one of the famous museums like the  National Archaeological museum or the Benaki Museum. Use metro not only for your transportation but also visit the different stations to admire pieces of ancient and modern art. Not the miss the visit to Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns.

Mykonos-Island-Greece-Little-Venice   MONDAY: ATHENS / MYKONOS: In the morning, transfer to the port of Piraeus to board your cruise ship. Our cruise ship will leave the port of Piraeus at 11:00 for a 3 full days of fun and experiences. We go along the Athens Riviera in the Saronic Golf to the south end of Attica passing close to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. This afternoon is a good opportunity to get around and know your ship and the services we provide. In the afternoon arrival at the famous island of Mykonos, an international “jet-set” known for its beautiful sandy beaches, hundreds of tiny white chapels and incredible night life. Walk around the town and admire the small houses, all white and blue, have a coffee or a cocktail in one of the famous bars and promise to return for longer stay and more experiences.

TUESDAY: KUSADASI / PATMOS: First port of call today is the Turkish port of Kusadasi with the option to  Temple-of-Hadrian-Ephesus-Turkeyvisit Ephesus, one of the most complete ancient cities ever excavated. Then on to the island of Patmos, where participating in the optional tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery & the Grotto of St. John, where he lived and recorded the Book of Revelation.

Rhodes-Rodos-Island-Greece   WEDNESDAY: RHODES: Today we visit the magnificent island of the roses, Knights and Butterflies. Participating in one of the optional tours, you can visit the old medieval city and the famous Acropolis of Lindos. If you want to be on your own you can swim in one of the many beaches of the island or just stroll in the old city and imagine being one of its inhabitants of the ancient times, Late evening return in the ship.. Participating in one of the optional tours, you can visit the famous Acropolis of Lindos.

THURSDAY: HERAKLION / SANTORINI: New port, new places, new interesting sites in Crete. We will  Santorini-Thira-Island-Greecewake up in Heraklion, the biggest city of Crete, the island full of archaeological sites, beautiful beaches and fantastic scenery. Take the opportunity to participate in the optional tour to the Palace of Knossos, the centre of the Minoan Civilization. We continue and this afternoon we visit the most breathtaking island, Santorini, believed to be the lost continent of Atlantis. You can participate in the optional tours or just relax in one of the famous cafes of the town and admire the sunset on the Caldera, known to be the most famous.

FRIDAY: PIRAEUS / AIRPORT: Return to the port of Piraeus early in the morning. Breakfast on board, disembark and transfer to airport for return flight.