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|Highlights||Corinth Canal, ancient Olympia, Temple of Apollo at Delhi, Monasteries of Meteora, optional Mykonos extension|
|What to Expect||This fast-paced, locally hosted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations and may have limited rest stops.|
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Don't miss your chance to tour Athens and Classical Greece. Enjoy three days in Athens, the city where past meets present, known as the birthplace of western civilization. Stroll the Plaka and visit the new Acropolis Museum. Then venture inland to the cities of Mycenae, Olympia and Delphi to experience the world of ancient Greece. Visit the town of Kalambaka and see the monasteries of Meteora, perched on the rocky pinnacles. Want more out of our Greece tour package? Extend your stay to the chic island of Mykonos.
Day 1: Depart USA. Your exciting journey to Greece begins this evening as you check in for your overnight flight.
Day 2: Athens. Arrive today in Athens, the birthplace of western civilization. You'll be met by our representative and then escorted to your hotel, centrally located near Constitution Square and the famous Plaka (Old Town). Accommodations: Royal Olympic.
Day 3: Athens. This morning, experience breathtaking monuments of Athen's glorious past juxtaposed with elegant modernity. Visit the Acropolis, the crowning beauty and glory of ancient Athens, with its many monuments, including the Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, and National Library. Conclude your tour with a visit to the striking new Acropolis museum, a marvel of modern architecture, featuring a full exhibition on the glory of ancient Athens. Enjoy the remainder of the day and evening at leisure. Tonight, we suggest an evening at the Plaka, where you'll find typical Greek taverns complete with music, dancing, and celebratory throwing of plates. It's an experience not to be missed! Breakfast provided.
Day 4: Athens, Mycenae & Olympia. Board your touring coach and begin a tour of the classical cities of Greece. Drive across the Corinth Canal, which connects the Ionian Sea with the Aegean, to the Peloponnesian Peninsula, where 4,000 years of history are more fully and comprehensibly illustrated than anywhere else in Europe. Here you will visit the famous theater of Epidaurus, the best preserved in Greece, which reached the height of its fame in the 5th & 4th centuries B.C. The acoustics are so perfect that even from the last of the 55 tiers, every word can be heard. Continue to the ruins of ancient Mycenae, which according to the poets was founded by Perseus and built with the aid of the mythological Cyclops. Drive on to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, for dinner and overnight. Accommodations: Hotel Amalia Olympia or similar. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 5: Olympia, Nafpaktos & Delphi. This morning, tour the archaeological site and museum at Olympia, where the Olympic Games were conceived as a tribute to Hercules, son of Zeus. These games were the most important international event in the Hellenic world from 776 B.C. to 393 A.D. and continue today, with the lighting of the Olympic flame that is carried by runners throughout the world. Visit the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus and the Museum. This afternoon, drive via Patras to Rion, Antirion and picturesque Nafpaktos where, according to mythology, Hercules slew the Erymanthine boar. Stop to admire the view the lovely circular Venetian harbor. Continue to Delphi for dinner and overnight. Accommodations: Hotel Amalia Delphi or similar. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 6: Delphi & Kalambaka. After breakfast, explore the ancient site of Delphi, located on the slopes of the breathtaking Mount Parnassus. See the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the museum, which contains masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture including the famous bronze Charioteer. The site has been sacred since at least the Bronze Age. According to legend, the shrine was originally guarded by the she-dragon Pytho. She was killed by Apollo who then took over the oracle. In antiquity, Delphi was regarded as the center of the world. Later, depart for the small town of Kalambaka, built at the foot of the majestic gray rocks, at the point where the river Pinios leaves the Pindos Mountain. Accommodations: Hotel Amalia Kalambaka or similar. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 7: Meteora & Athens. This morning, visit the spectacular Meteora monasteries, perched upon the summits of some precipitous and isolated rocky pinnacles, which rise above the almost flat valley of the Pinios River, 9 km beyond Kalambaka. The monastic history of Meteora goes back to the 11th century AD, when the monks constructed inaccessible eagle's nests in the crannies of these rocks and today, four are still occupied. Later this afternoon, return to Athens, passing by Thermopylae, famous battleground from the Persian wars. Arrive in Athens and check in at your hotel. Accommodations: Royal Olympic. Breakfast provided.
Day 8: Athens/USA. Today you'll be escorted to the airport and bid farewell to Athens as you board your flight back home. Your exciting journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA later today. Breakfast provided.
Why not take advantage of your already-included international airfare and visit the beautiful island of Mykonos? This independent post-tour extension includes ferry from Athens to Mykonos, 3 nights first class accommodations in Mykonos, return flight from Mykonos to Athens, and 1 night at the Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel. You'll return to the U.S. 4 days after the return dates shown on the dates & prices tab.
Day 8: Athens, Piraeus & Mykonos. Transfer to Piraeus this morning to board your ferry to Mykonos. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day leisure. Accommodations: Leto Hotel, Andronikos Hotel or similar. Breakfast provided.
Day 9: Mykonos. Enjoy 2 days at leisure on Mykonos. Spend time at the pool of your hotel, or at one of Mykonos' many famous beaches. Optional tours of Mykonos and Delos Island will be available locally. Breakfast provided.
Day 10: Mykonos. Another day to explore Mykonos at your own pace. Breakfast provided.
Day 11: Mykonos & Athens. Enjoy breakfast and your last morning at leisure on Mykonos. Later today, transfer to the Mykonos Island National Airport to board your flight back to Athens. Upon arrival, collect your luggage and check into your airport hotel conveniently located just a short walk from the arrival & departure terminals. Accommodations: Sofitel Athens Airport. Breakfast provided.
Day 12: Athens/USA. This morning, return to the international departure terminal for check-in. Bid farewell to Athens as you board your flight back home. Your exciting journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA later today. Breakfast provided.
We loved it all! Greece was amazing and we fell in love with the people, the islands and Athens, the food, the hotel and the tours! I am so thankful for this trip, as it was a trip of a lifetime and opened my eyes to whole broader sense of the world and its people. It has whetted mine and my husband’s appetite for more trips abroad. Since we are so pleased with Friendly Planet, we of course would go through them if possible, and would surely recommend their services to our friends and family.