Arrive at AthensInternationalAirport “Eleftherios Venizelos”. We meet, welcome and assist you by our representative and transfer you to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)
DAY 2: ATHENS CITY TOUR
At in the morning we enjoy our sightseeing tour of Athens.We climb up to the marble-capped Acropolis and visit the famous Parthenon and the Erechteum.Then, we go to nearby Mars' Hill(or Areopagus). We visit the Theatre of Dionysos, the birthplace of Greek tragedy, it was the first theatre built of stone where Aeschylus’, Sophocles’ tragedies and Aristophanes’ comedies were performed. We also see Roman Odeon of Herodes Atticus built in 161 AD with its 5,000 seats. Today it is used for a range of entertainment, including plays, concerts, opera and ballet during the summer Athens Festival. Our tour continues with a panoramic bus ride to 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. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B-D)
DAY 3: FULL-DAY TOUR TO ARGOLIS (ANCIENT CORINTH - MYCENAE- EPIDAURUS)
At we drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf to ancient Corinth, passing by the CorinthianCanal, a four miles narrow cut of land, connecting the waters of the Saronic with the Corinthian Gulfs. We see all of the Greek and Roman sites: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Odeon, the Bema, and Gallio’s Seat, the Theatre, modified in the 3rd century AD so water could be piped in and mock sea battles staged.The SmallMuseum here is an eye opener!
Then we proceed to Mycenae to visit the remains of the prehistoric citadel fortified with the Cyclopean Walls, the Lionesses' Gate, the remains of the Mycenaean Palace and the Tomb of King Agamemnon in which we will actually enter.After lunch, through Argos on to Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece, we stop to take pictures. Then we continue on to visitEpidaurus: the Sanctuary of Asclepeios, ancient god of healing. We see the best-preserved ancient Theatre in all of Greece, famous for the harmony of its design and the perfection of its remarkable acoustics, easily accommodating 12,000 people. Return to the hotel in Athens for dinner and overnight. (B-L)
DAY 4: FULL-DAY EXCURSION TO DELPHI
At we depart from Athens by bus, driving us through the fertile plain of Boeotia, crossing the towns of Thebes connected with the tragedy of king Oedipus; next are the towns of Livadia and Arachova, famous for their colorful woolen rugs and carpets. Arrive at Delphi, the center of the Ancient world, the "omphalos" (navel) of the earth - whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. On the slopes of Mt.Parnassos, in a landscape of unparalleled natural beauty and majesty, lies the archaeological site of Delphi. We visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of theAthenians and the Theatre, built 2,500 years ago, seats 5,000 people. It rivals Epidaurus as one of the finest theatres in Greece. We visit the ArchaeologicalMuseum containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Lunch in a local restaurant. Then return to Athens for overnight at hotel. (B-L)
DAY 5: FULL-DAY VISIT OF ATHENS
Today we visit the TheatricalMuseum; it traces Greek theatrical history from Classical times to present day. Then we will visit the Megaron Athens Concert Hall which has given the city of Athens a first-class classical concert venue and draws some of the best names in the music world.There are so many fine theatres scattered around the city centre, often hidden in converted Neo-Classical mansion houses or arcades. Numerous popular revues that combine an entertainment mixture of contemporary political satire and comedy are regularly performed in theatres. Some excellent productions of 19th-century Greek and European and American plays are staged at the National Theatre, where we will have a guided tour. The major classical venues put on contemporary dance and ballet as well as plays and operas. In the evening we will enjoy a traditional Greek dinner with folk dances, bouzouki music and songs in a typical tavern in the oldest and most picturesque district of Athens, Plaka. (B-D)
DAY 6: ONE DAY CRUISE TO THE SARONIC GULFISLANDS
We are offered the enjoyment of a cruise in just one-day to the Greek islands of Aegina, Poros, and Hydra, including lunch on board and round-trip transfers by bus. First stopAegina, an attractive and tranquil resort place. Here we can either join the optional excursion to the Temple of Aphaia; one of the finest and the best preserved of the Greek temples, or walk leisurely around the harbor or browse in the small gift shops.From here we continue our voyage toPoros where the first naval arsenal of independent Greece was established. Poros provides delightful scenery marked by the low pine-wooded hills. Our last call is Hydra, fashionable artists' colony, a retreat of intellectuals and a favorite film location. An amphitheatrical town rings the colorful harbor with well-preserved sea-merchant family mansions. Leisurely we have time for strolling, shopping or swimming.Return to Athens in the early evening for overnight. (B-L)
DAY 7: ATHENS DEPARTURE TRANSFER HOTEL-AIRPORT
Transfer with our representative to AthensInternationalAirport “Eleftherios Venizelos” for your departure flight. (B)
We can make special arrangements for the group to assist to a theatrical performance, a ballet or an opera given by famous Greek artists. This is subject to pre-arrangements, theatrical venues and timing.