Athens is the historical capital of Europe, with a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. In the 5th Century BC (the “Golden Age of Pericles”) – the culmination of Athens’ long, fascinating history – the city’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments - a rare historical palimpsest. In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and in two centuries since it has become an attractive modern metropolis with unrivalled charm.
Athens is the capital of Greece. It was also at the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and empire. The city is still dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon temple. The Acropolis Museum, along with the National Archaeological Museum, preserves sculptures, vases, jewelry and more from Ancient Greece.
Arrival to Athens and transfer to the hotel. At night we provide and evening transfer to PLAKA area. This neighborhood is full of small Greek taverns where you can enjoy the rich folklore of this country.
In the morning, we will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city with a local guide which includes the Presidential Palace, the Panathinaikos stadium where the first modern Olympic games were held, the national library, the bustling squares of the center; the new neighborhoods that emerged after the 2004 Olympic games. The tour will end at the Acropolis site (entry not included).
Free time during the day to walk around and discover unforgettable places.
In the morning, we leave for the Peloponnese region. We make a stop at the CORINTH CANAL. After this, we have time in the immense fortress of ACCRA CORINTH. At the top of the settlement are the foundations of what was a temple to Aphrodite. We go on to MYCENAE, a colossal citadel from the eighteenth century BC, the birthplace of the first European civilisation. We stop in TRIPOLI, the provincial capital of a region that produces excellent wines. In the middle of the afternoon, we go on our way to OLYMPIA. Dinner included.
With a local guide, we visit OLYMPIA, where you can see the archaeological complex (entrance to the complex not included) which was the birthplace of the Olympic Games in antiquity. After this, we cross the mountainous interior of the Peloponnese on our way to MISTRA, alongside the ancient SPARTA, a very old Byzantine city which was abandoned in the nineteenth century. It ruins are impressive, and we particularly enjoy the Byzantine frescoes in its monasteries. We go on through inland Peloponnese to NAFPLIO, a delightful coastal city which takes its name from the Venetian Citadel and fortress. Dinner included.
Today we have a beautiful stage by land and sea. First of all we will see EPIDAURUS, its ancient theatre built 2400 ago is magnificently preserved and still used, and can accommodate up to 14,000 people. After this, we go to the coast of the Aegean Sea to continue our trip on the water. A short boat crossing takes us to POROS, a charming place full of tourist life, where its ancient houses climb up to the clock tower and we have time for a stroll and lunch. After this we take the ferry to AEGINA, an island inhabited for more than 4000 years, where we can stroll around its ancient churches, its picturesque port and its typical districts of little houses. At around 18.00 PM we will go back on the ferry, which will take us back to ATHENS in around 45 minutes – Arrival in Piraeus and transfer to the hotel.
Note: The ferry timetable changes depending on the season and crossings are very limited between Poros and Aegina. In the low season, the island of Aegina may be replaced by the island of Hydra.
After breakfast, we include a transfer to the port of Piraeus leaving Piraeus at 11.00hrs.- Enjoyment of the countryside from the sea. 18.00hrs .- Expected arrival in MYKONOS. Time on the island of windmills and white houses by the sea.- 23.00hrs- Mykonos , departure. Night on board.
07.00hrs.- KUSADASI -Arrival-. On the Turkish coast. You can shop in the bazaars or take a trip to see the ancient Ephesus.- 12.00hrs- Kusadasi -departure for Patmos-. 16.00hrs.- PATMOS -Arrival -. The island where the apostle St John wrote the Apocalypse; you can see the cave where he lived near the Monastery of the Apocalypse. 21.30hrs.- Patmos -departure-. Night on board, dance in the discotheque?
07.00 hrs- RHODES- Arrival- Impressive walled city protected in past times by one of the 7th wonder of the ancient World, The Colossus of Rhodes. 18: 00 hrs. Departure.- Our cruise returns to sail the sea. Enjoy on board.
07.00hrs.-HERAKLION.- Arrival in the capital of the Greek island of Crete along with the archaeological remains of Knossos. 11:30hrs.- Departure. 16:30 hrs.- SANTORINI- Probably the most impressive of the Mediterranean islands, its hillsides, its white villages full of light and impressive views of the sea. At 21.00 hrs our cruise goes back out to sea, night on board -enjoy the party!-.
Arrival to the port of Piraeus early in the morning (around 07.00hrs).
Note: In case of requesting additional nights in Athens, the port transfer to the hotel is not included and will be billed.
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