This itinerary is for a past tour program.
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|Itinerary at a Glance
A Taste of Greece
|3||Athens, Mycenae & Olympia|
|4||Olympia, Nafpaktos & Delphi|
|5||Delphi & Kalambaka|
|6||Meteora & Athens|
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.
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). Divani Palace Acropolis or similar
Day 3: Athens, Mycenae & Olympia. After breakfast this morning, 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. Hotel Amalia Olympia or similar Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 4: Olympia, Nafpaktos & Delphi. This morning, tour the archeological 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 and where we'll view the lovely circular Venetian harbor. Continue to Delphi for dinner and overnight. Hotel Amalia Delphi or similar Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 5: Delphi & Kalambaka. After breakfast you'll explore the ancient site of Delphi, located on the slopes of the breathtaking Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty. Here lie 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 had 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 river Pinios leaves the Pindos Mountain. Hotel Amalia Kalambaka or similar. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 6: Meteora & Athens. This morning we will 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 we'll drive back to Athens, via Thermopylae, famous battleground from the Persian wars. Arrive in Athens and check in at our hotel. Divani Palace Acropolis or similar Breakfast provided.
Day 7: Athens. During your tour of the city today, you'll 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 atop its rocky base, including the awesome 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), 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 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 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.
I judge the value of a vacation by the desire to return. After seeing Greece on this tour, I most certainly want to go back.
— Carol Gargan