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8-Day Classic Greece Tour from Athens

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8 Days 7 Nights

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Highlights: Visit Argos, Athens, Corinth, Delphi, Epidaurus, Meteora, Olympia, Thermopylae.

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    Day 1

    Athens

    Welcome to Athens! At 6:00 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink with your Tour Director.
    Standard Hotel: Zafolia or similar
    Day 2

    Athens

    Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the world-famous Acropolis. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the Temple of Athena Nike, and enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the Agora, where Socrates taught, with the beautifully preserved Theseum. Later, a city orientation tour features the Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner outing to try the local fare.
    • Athens, GREECE

      One of the oldest cities in the world, Athenian history spans more than three millennia, and served as the foundation for much of modern Western culture. Ancient monuments like the Parthenon have been standing for thousands of years.

      Acropolis

      The Acropolis of Athens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been standing strong for more than two thousand years. Its most famous building is the Parthenon, an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess of wisdom, Athena.

      Panathenaic Stadium

      One of the main historic attractions of Athens, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble. It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and was the venue for 4 of the 9 contested sports. It was used for various purposes in the 20th century and was once again used as an Olympic venue in 2004.
    Standard Hotel: Zafolia or similar
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 3

    Athens - Corinth - Mycenae - Epidaurus - Nafplio (16043 km)

    Stop at the Corinth Canal to take a photo. Highlights today include Mycenae. Admire the Beehive Tombs, known as the Treasury of Atreus; Lion Gate, Europe's oldest known monument; the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace, and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. Also visit the museum before a short drive to Epidaurus for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theater. Stay overnight in nearby Nafplio.
    • Corinth, GREECE

      An ancient city which is located in south-central Greece.

      Corinth Canal

      Although proposed on numerous occasions throughout history (the earliest known being 700 BC), the Corinth Canal wasn't actually built until the late 19th century. Unfortunately, it is too narrow for modern boat traffic and is mostly a tourist attraction today.
    • Argos, GREECE

      One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.Considerable remains of the ancient and medieval city survive and are a popular tourist attraction.

      Mycenae

      Mycenae is a Greek archeological site that dates back more than 4000 years. During the 2000s BC, Mycenae was a center or Grecian culture and civilization. In mythology, it was the home of the hero Agamemnon.
    • Epidaurus, GREECE

      A small city in ancient Greece, known for its sanctuary situated about five miles (8 km) from the town, as well as its theater, which is once again in use today.
    Standard Hotel: Amalia Nauplia or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 4

    Nafplio - Olympia (104 km)

    Take in the spectacular scenery on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Then, spend the afternoon in Olympia. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also visit the Museum that displays Praxiteles' magnificent statue of Hermes. Tonight, enjoy a Cooking Demonstration and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer.
    • Olympia, GREECE

      A small town in Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, famous for the nearby archaeological site of the same name, which was a major Panhellenic religious sanctuary of ancient Greece, where the ancient Olympic Games were held.

      Temple of Zeus

      The Temple of Zeus at Olympia is an archaeological site that is believed to have been built toward the end of the fifth century BC. It would have been the most important of the ancient Greek temples.

      Archaeological Museum of Olympia

      The museum houses discoveries from the surrounding area, including the site of the Ancient Olympic Games. The collection includes objects produced and used in the area from prehistory to its time under Roman rule. The principal pieces in the museum are Hermes and the Infant Dionysus. The extent of its bronze collection makes it one of the most important in the world.
    Standard Hotel: Europa or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 5

    Olympia - Delphi (120 km)

    Journey to mystic Delphi. The afternoon is devoted to a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the Excavations. End the day with a visit to the Archaeological Museum to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century-BC bronze statue. A highlight this evening is a Dance Lesson, where you'll learn how to dance the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek, accompanied by a glass of the traditional Ouzo.
    • Delphi, GREECE

      It occupies an impressive site on the south-western slope of Mount Parnassus, overlooking the coastal plain to the south and the valley of Phocis. It is now an extensive archaeological site with a small modern town of the same name nearby. It is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in having had a phenomenal influence in the ancient world.

      Temple of Apollo

      The Temple of Apollo at Delphi is an archaeological site that dates to the 4th century BC. Carved into the temple was the Delphic and Apollonian maxim "Know Thyself." It was destroyed in 390 AD by Christian emperor Theodosius I.

      Delphi Archaeological Museum

      Founded in 1903, it has been rearranged several times and houses the discoveries made at the panhellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which date from the Late Helladic (Mycenean) period to the early Byzantine era.
    Standard Hotel: Amalia Delphi or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 6

    Delphi - Meteora (156 km)

    Drive past Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka in the unreal, fantastic landscape of Meteora with its rock-top monasteries. Visit Varlaam Monastery, famous for its frescoes, and St. Stepen's Monastery, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view. (Ladies should pack one long skirt, as shorts or trousers may be inappropriate when visiting the monasteries.)
    • Meteora, GREECE

      A rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries, second in importance only to Mount Athos and included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

      Monastery of Varlaam

      The second largest monastery in the Meteora complex built in 1541 and embellished in 1548. A church, dedicated to All Saints, is in the Athonite type (cross-in-square with dome and choirs), with spacious exonarthex (lite) is surrounded by a dome.

      Monastery of St. Stephen

      A small church built in the 16th century and decorated in 1545. This monastery rests on the plain rather than on a cliff. It was shelled by the Nazis during World War II who believed it was harboring insurgents and was abandoned.The monastery was given over to nuns in 1961 and they have reconstructed it into a flourishing nunnery, with 28 nuns in residence in 2015.
    Standard Hotel: Amalia Kakambaka or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 7

    Meteora - Thermopylae - Athens (9804 km)

    Today's highlight is a guided visit to Thermopylae. On the way back to Athens, the tour director will tell you about Thebes, the setting of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, and Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional dinner at a local restaurant.
    • Thermopylae, GREECE

      A place in Greece where a narrow coastal passage existed in antiquity, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas’ 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes’ huge Persian army.
    Standard Hotel: Zafolia or similar
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 8

    Athens

    Your vacation will end with breakfast this morning.
    Breakfast: Included
    • Price Includes

    • Headsets throughout the tour
    • 4 three-course dinners with wine
    • 7 nights hotel accommodations with breakfast
    • Local Guides for city sightseeing. Services of a professional Tour Director while touring(Level 2: semi-guided tour)
    • Motorcoach with free wifi
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