Athens -Delphi – Mycenae – Epidaurus – Nafplion – Sounion – 1 day cruise to the Greek islands
(based on a stay at a hotel in Athens)
Day 1: Arrival to Athens. Transfer to the hotel on your own.
Day 2: After breakfast enjoy a tour of Athens, combining many of the cities principal modern and classical sights. This tour includes an overview of the modern city and striking contrasts to the remains of its glorious past. Drive by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square, the Panathenian Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896). See the Presidential Palace (ex RoyalPalace), government buildings and elegant homes. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and see the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library and Omonia Square. In contrast, we visit the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus and the crowning beauty and glory that was Athens, the Acropolis with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens. We also visit the AcropolisMuseum. Afternoon is free.
Day 3: After breakfast we drive through LEVADIA and ARACHOVA (famous for its bright multi colored carpets). Arrive in DELPHI, the ancient sanctuary of Apollo. Visit the Museum where one can see among other archaeological treasures, the unique bronze Charioteer, then proceed through the sacred way to the Athenian treasury. After lunch visit the Temple of Apollo, the Castalia Spring. Return to Athens. Overnight in Athens.
Day 4: After breakfast we drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf to MYCENAE, visit the remains of the ancient city, including the lionesses gate, the tomb of Agamemnon and the Palace. Then through ARGOS on to NAFPLION. After lunch visit EPIDAURUS and its theatre, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Return to Athens via the Epidaurus /Corinth road. Overnight in Athens.
Day 5: Breakfast. Morning at leisure in Athens. Sounion tour at . Driving along the coastal rood passing by the wonderful beaches of GLYFADA, VOULIAGMENI, VARKIZA and countless coves, one has a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf. A crowning feature of the tour CapeSOUNION, dominated by the spectacular Temple of POSEIDON overlooking the Aegean Sea. Return to Athens. Overnight.
Day 6:After breakfast we are offered the enjoyment of a cruise in just one day to the Greek islands of Hydra, Poros, Aegina, including lunch on board and round-trip transfers by bus. Sail for the island of Hydra. On this fashionable artists' colony, a retreat of intellectuals and a favorite film location. The colorful harbor is ringed by an amphitheatrical town with well-preserved sea-merchant family mansions. Leisurely we have time for strolling, shopping or swimming. Continue your voyage to Poros where the first naval arsenal of independent Greece was established. Poros provides a delightful scenery marked by the low pine-wooded hills. Afternoon sail for Aegina where you 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 around the harbor browsing in the small gift shops or leisurely walk by the harbor of Aegina. Return to Athens in the early evening. Overnight.
Day 7: After breakfast departure to the airport.
P.S. Sequence of the tours can be changed.
- 6 nights at a centrally located hotel in Athens with breakfast
- 2 lunches
- group sightseeing tours accompanied by an English speaking guide
- entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
- 1 day cruise with lunch on board
- pick up from the hotel and drop back for the tours & cruise