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Historical Greece grand tour

CLASSICAL GREECE TOUR OXYGEN TOURS

Ancient Greece, the cradle of Western democracy, philosophy and science. Trace 5,000 years of Greek history while exploring the country’s incomparable archaeological treasures, UNESCO-listed classical sites of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia and Delphi. Visit breathtaking Meteora to explore its spectacular rocktop monasteries and enjoy a walking tour to the sites of capital Athens

TripAthens - Classical Greece
Duration8 days | 7 nights
PeriodNovember 2018 to October 2019
DeparturesDaily
ThemeHistorical - Mythology
Trip typeHoliday Package

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DAY 1: ATHENS

After your arrival, you will meet one of the tour’s assistants who will transfer you to your hotel. Detailed information will be presented to you about all art and music events that will take place in Athens during your stay, as well as a list of non-touristic restaurants in order to live a local experience in this city.

In the evening, optionally a tour representative will pick you up at the hotel and will take you to a selected restaurant for a first Greek seafood tasting which is not included in the price ( own expenses ). Afterwards, you will return to your hotel and spend the night there.

 

DAY 2: ATHENS

Breakfast will take place at your hotel and will energize you for a walking tour through Athens. This is the best way to see this city, feel its vibes, and meet the locals. You will start the day by climbing the Acropolis hill, where you will enjoy a guided tour to the Parthenon, the Erectheion, and the surrounding monuments for approximately one hour and 30 minutes. Afterwards, you will descend to the Acropolis Museum and receive a tour of its fascinating exhibitions. This tour will also take one hour and 30 minutes.

Your exploration will go on by crossing Andrianou Street, the most distinctive street of Plaka neighborhood, a place full of sophisticated shops and souvenirs. Later, you will reach the imposing Roman Agora and the Tower of The Winds, and a little further down, you will have the chance to admire the Library of Hadrian and the Monastiraki Square, a vivid place full of people and colors.

Then, you will stop for an optional refreshing lunch break with traditional Greek street food at a nearby restaurant, followed by a walk through Athinas and Evripidou Streets, the surrounding streets of Athens Central Market. Little shops will be all around you offering herbs, delicacies, nuts, and household items, among others.

After having crossed this fascinating commercial triangle, you will arrive at Panepistimiou Street, where you will be impressed by a trilogy of neoclassical buildings, such as the National Library, the Academy, and the University of Athens. If you walk further down, you will reach Syntagma Square, the most famous square of the city. There, you will take some time to watch the valiant Evzones in front of the building of the Greek Parliament.

Having left Syntagma Square behind you, you will stroll through the lush green oasis of the National Gardens. While this will be an ideal place to relax away from the city noise, your refreshing walk will lead you to the extraordinary Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place.

If you continue for a little while, you will reach the impressive neoclassical building of Zappeion Hall before being amazed by the size of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian Arch. Your walk will come to an end in front of the Lycicrates monument in Plaka, at a very close distance from the Acropolis Metro Station.

By this time, you will have seen the best of Athens in a walk that includes everything, such as history, architecture, and ancient and modern city life. Evening free at leisure.

 

DAY 3 : ATHENS – CORINTH –  EPIDAURUS

Depart for the Corinth canal. Drive to Epidaurus and visit the Ancient theatre, world famous for its outstanding acoustics. Proceed to Nauplia. Free  afternoon for walking around the old town of Nauplia (the first capital of Greece) or you can visit the Nafplia Gallery of Art with paintings of famous Greek artists dedicated to the Greek revolution. Dinner at a traditional restaurant.

 
DAY 4 : MYCENAE – OLYMPIA

Departure to visit Mycenae, land of Homer’s Golden Mycenae, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dating back to the second century B.C., Mycenae was one of the major centers of Greek civilization and a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece . You will see the Cyclopean Walls, the Lion’s Gate, the Royal Tombs, including Agamemnon  & Clytemnestra’s, and the Treasury of Atreus, a magnificent 14th-century B.C. structure.   In the afternoon (optional stop for souvenirs) depart for OLYMPIA, the birth place of the Olympic Games, through the cites of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight stay in Olympia Visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. In the afternoon (optional stop for souvenirs and lunch) depart for Olympia. Overnight stay in Olympia.
DAY 5: OLYMPIA – DELPHI

Visit the archaeological site with the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Stadium and the archaeological Museum. Depart via Patras and cross the Corinthian bay by the new bridge. Pass by the city of Nafpaktos and from there on,  along the coastal road to DelphiI, known in ancient times as the navel of the world. Overnight stay in Delphi.
DAY 6: DELPHI – METEORA

Visit the archaeological site and the MUSEUM of Delphi. Delphi, known in ancient times as the navel of the world. Pass by CASTALIA SPRING, visit at the archaeological site and view the monument of the Argive Kings, the temple of Pronaia, the treasury of the Athenians, the Athenian Stoa, the Polygonal Wall, the monument of Platea and  the Temple of Apollo famous for its oracle and  Delphi museum, with it’s spectacular exhibits include the frieze of the Treasury of the Sifnians, the Naxian Sphinx, the Statue of Antinoos the metopes of the Athenian treasury, the famous bronze Charioteer,  and many other artifacts.In the afternoon after optional lunch and overnight in Kalambaka

 

DAY 7: METEORA – ATHENS

Leave in the morning for nearby Meteora to visit the BYZANTINE MONASTERIES. Evening return to Athens passing the heroic monument of Leonidas at Thermopylae. Overnight in Athens

 

DAY 8 :

Day at leisure and transfer to airport for return flight

 

Included

  • Accomodation in 3* or 4* hotels 
  • Daily breakfast and 4 dinner during tour
  • Athens walking tour with a licensed tour guide
  • All transfers and tours as per program
  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • VAT

 

Excluded

  • Museum tickets and archaeological site entrances
  • Lunch and drinks
  • Hotel city tax ( pay on the spot )
  • Visit Unesco heritage sites such as Acropolis
  • Visit Acropolis museum
  • See the Parliament and the Stadium
  • Visit arch. site of Mycenae and Epidaurus
  • Corinth canal
  • Tomb of Agamemnon
  • Ancient theater of Epidaurus
  • Olympia archaiological site & museum
  • Rion bridge
  • Visit archaiological site of Delphi & museum
  • Meteora rocks with its spiritual monasteries

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