CLASSICAL GREECE with ONE DAY CRUISE
ATHENS - DELPHI - MYCENAE - EPIDAURUS and 3 ISLANDS AEGENA, POROS, HYDRA
Fun – History – Food! This tour combines the most impotrant UNESCO world Heritage sites of Greece with a relaxing day on the sea. Our -best-seller- day cruise to the beautiful Greek islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina is the best way to relax after the strong hint of Ancient Greece. The energy of the Acropolis hill and the impressive temple of Parthenon, the Homeric city of Mycenae with the tomb of Agamemnon, the Lions gate and the cyclopean walls, the world famous Ancient Theater of Epidaurus with its outstanding acoustics, the spiritual, educational and cultural dimension of the Olympic Games that Ancient Olympia radiate and the vibes of the Navel of the World at Delphi are definitely the most representative sites from Greek ancient times. And so the cruise is the ideal way to discover the Greek island beauty and the Greek entertainment.
- Tour Code: GRCL-07dc
- Duration: 7days/ 6nights
- Operating: All year round
- ATHENS SIGHTSEEING – Constitution Square (Syntagma), House of Parliament, Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, National Library, Hadrian’s Arch, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium (first modern Olympic Games), Acropolis, Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion, Parthenon, Acropolis Museum
- Ancient Theater of Epidaurus
- Tolo seaside fishing village
- Mycenae Homeric city
- Nafplion First capital of Greece in its modern history
- Ancient Olympia, site and Museum
- Delphi site and museum
- A full day cruise to the three Saronic islands, Hydra-Poros-Aegina with lunch and Greek Folklore Show on board
- All transfers with private luxury car / minivan or bus
- Hotels 3* or 4* on BB base, 3 nights in Athens, 1 night in Tolon, 1 night in Olympia, 1 night in Delphi
- One day cruise with lunch and folklore show on board
- Professional local guides
- Meet & Greet on the arrival at the Athens airport
- All entrance fees to archaeological sites and museums
- Flight tickets (can be included upon request)
- Hotel accommodation tax (1.5€ per day per room for 3* hotels / 3€ per day per room for 4* hotels / 4€ per day per room for 5* hotels) paid directly by the client to hotel
*All packages are flexible and dynamic for any changes according to any personal needs and desires upon request.
Welcome to Athens, Greece!
Day 1: Athens arrival (_,_,_)
Meet & Greet from our representative on the arrival at Athens airport, share information and private transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own Greece’s capital, Athens. You can walk (escorted upon request) at the Athens old town, Plaka, one of the most picturesque areas of Athens, where the architecture mirrors the Greek tradition and culture. On the way you have the chance to shop Greek folk-art products and taste our local street food, souvlaki. OPTIONAL to enjoy a dinner at a traditional music tavern in Plaka with Greek dances performance, local dishes and Greek wine. Next to the great history of Greece, there is a giant tradition in revelry!
Day 2 : Epidaurus , Mycenae, Nafplio, Olympia (B,_,_)
Today we start the classical Greece tour. After breakfast drive to Peloponnese. On the way short stop at Corinth canal. Guided visit to ancient open theater of Epidaurus (4th century B.C.); world famous for its acoustics and aesthetics. Continue the trip to the Homeric city of Mycenae (1300 B.C.), home town of Agamemnon, leader of Greeks in Trojan war. Visit the Lions Gate, the Cyclopean Walls and the Royal Tombs. Then driving through the picturesque countries of Central Peloponnese we arrive to Olympia. Overnight in Olympia.
Day 3: Ancient Olympia tour, Delphi (B._,_)
Today after breakfast we visit the Ancient Olympia, the archeological site with the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Olympic Stadium, where the first Olympic games took place in 776 B.C and the archaeological museum with the famous Hermes sculpture of Praxiteles. Continue the trip to Delphi, passing by Patras and crossing the Corinthian bay over the new bridge, pass by the beautiful city of Nafpaktos and following the coastal road we arrive at Delphi. Overnight in Delphi.
Day 4 : Delphi, Arachova, Athens (B,_,_)
Today we’ll visit Delphi. Delphi city considered by the ancients Greeks to be the center of the world and a religious center. Guided visit to archaeological site, Temple of Apollo, Theater, Market, the famous Omphalos (navel of the earth), and finally the Delphi Museum with the amazing sculptures. And you never know… as it happened for Alexander the Great before conquering the known in those day world, you might also get Pythia’s chrism(prophecy) for your future and the future of the world. We continue with a short stop at Arachova, a Greek traditional village and then drive back to Athens for overnight.
Day 5: One Day cruise, Aegina, Poros, Hydra islands (B,L,_)
If Greece means sun, see breeze, small ports with colorful fish-boats, pure Mediterranean tastes and folkloric dances, today you will get a strong taste of Greece! All you need today is your comfortable shoes to walk the islands and dance next to the professional dancers in original costumes, from all over Greece and your camera to capture the beauty of these three Greek islands. Hydra is a classy and romantic island. The fine and well preserved stone houses, the deep blue waters and the small paved streets where the vehicles are not allowed have inspired even Picasso. Poros at the first sight looks like a vintage island with neoclassical buildings and yacht marinas but walking through the narrow alleyways, whitewashed houses with blue windows and climbing bougainvilleas coming out and the scenery turns into a Cycladic carte-postal. Aegina is the biggest from the Saronic islands, famous for its amazing pistachios and rich in culture and history as it was the first capital of Greece. In current times this little island offers ancient historic and religious sites and at the same time delicious sea food dishes in traditional fish taverns and unique pastry recopies, all based on the local PDO pistachios. The uniqueness of this cruise is that the Greek “aroma” does not ends with the visiting and the exploring of the islands but continues with the same passion on board through a rich buffet with all representative Greek tastes and dishes and the Greek style fest from the professional dancers. Join them!
Day 6: Athens sightseeing – Departure (B,_,_)
After breakfast guided Athens sightseeing tour, Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier and the National Library. Driving down Herod Atticus st., you will see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus and you will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896. Then Acropolis, the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens (5th century BC), Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion, and finally Parthenon, an ode to civilization. We complete the visit with the Museum of Acropolis. Then transfer to Athens airport for your flight (after 16:00hrs) back home.