Athens and Argolis




Day 1: Athens

Meet with our representative at the Athens International Airport for your transfer to Athens downtown. Check in at your hotel. The afternoon is free for you for a first acquaintance with the Greek capital, and to prepare for the program ahead. Overnight at your hotel. (No meals)

Day 2: Athens

After breakfast, we will set off for a half-day Athens sightseeing tour. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guide takes you to see the center of the city; Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unkown Soldier and the National Library. Driving down Herod Atticus Street, you will see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis, you will see Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. On the Acropolis you can admire the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally, “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”; the Parthenon. We will then make our way on foot to the new impressive Acropolis Museum, an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on its feet, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies on the archaeological site of Makrygianni and the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens. The museum was founded in 2003, while the Organization of the Museum was established in 2008. It opened to the public on June 20, 2009. Nearly 4,000 objects are exhibited over an area of 14,000 square meters. The Organization for the Construction of the new museum is chaired by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Professor Emeritus of Archaeology, Dimitrios Pandermalis. The first museum was on the Acropolis; it was completed in 1874 and underwent a moderate expansion in the 1950s. However, successive excavations on the Acropolis uncovered many new artifacts which significantly exceeded its original capacity. Return to your hotel in the early afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in hotel. (B)

DAY 3: Athens

Drive through the fertile plain of Boeotia, crossing the towns of Thebes connected with the tragedy of king Oedipus – Levadia and Arachova, famous for its colorful rugs and carpets (short stop). Arrive in 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 Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Lunch in the modern village of Delphi. Return to Athens by the same route. Overnight in hotel (BL).

Day 4: Athens -Argolis-Athens

Leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea (Short stop). Drive on to Mycenae, the Homeric City of the Atreides – the city “rich in gold” of the ancient poets. Visit the Lion’s gate, the Cyclopean Walls, the Royal tombs etc.). Depart for Nauplion through the fertile plain of Argolis, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress. After lunch, leave for Epidaurus to visit the Theater (4th century BC) famous for its astonishing acoustics. Return to Athens by the national road connecting Epidaurus with Corinth. Overnight in Athens. (BL).

Day 5: Athens Departure

Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the Athens international airport, to connect with your flight back home. (B)
Round trip private transfers airport-hotel-airport.
Four-night accommodation at 4* hotel – Titania or similar
Guided half day Athens city tour, with pick-up & drop-off at the hotel.
Guided full day tour to Delphi, with pick-up & drop-off at the hotel.
Guided full-day tour to Argolis, with pick-up & drop-off at the hotel.
Entrance fees .
Lunch at typical local restaurant in Delphi / Argolis during the respective tours.
All applicable taxes.

o Air conditioning
o Coffee/tea maker
o Complimentary bottled water
o Complimentary wireless (high-speed) Internet access
o Hair dryer
o LCD television
o Minibar
o Private bathroom
o Slippers
o Television – satellite service



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