7 Days Athens & Mainland Greece Tour Package from Travel2Greece (Posted on Jun 13 2011)

7 Days Athens & Mainland Greece Tour Package from Travel2Greece

ATHENS & MAINLAND GREECE

Experience the rich history and vibrant culture of Ancient and Modern Athens.  Visit the historical monuments and get lost in the streets of Plaka lined with numerous shops and restaurants.  Spend four unforgettable days exploring the classical sites and natural beauty of Mainland Greece as you journey through Sparta, Olympia, Nafplion, Delphi and Meteora.

Theme: History, Culture, Family
Duration: 6 Nights
Travel: Year Round
Destinations: Athens, Sparta, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora

MAINLAND GREECE

MAINLAND GREECE

Itinerary Includes: 6 Nights: Athens, Mainland Greece
> 3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at your Choice of Hotel in Athens (View Hotel Options)
> 1 Night Luxury Accommodations at Hotel Europa in Olympia
> 1 Night Luxury Accommodations at Nafsika Palace in Itea
> 1 Night Luxury Accommodations at Divani Hotel in Kalambaka/Meteora
> Private Half Day Tour of Athens with an English Speaking Licensed Guide
> Private 4 Day Tour of Mainland Greece with an English Speaking Driver
> Round-trip Airport Transfers
> Breakfast Daily
> All Hotel Taxes and Service Charges

ATHENS

DAY 1: Athens
Arrival in Greece, the land of the mythical Gods and ancient civilization. At Athens International Airport you will be welcomed by your private driver and taken to your five-star hotel. Enjoy your afternoon and evening exploring the vibrant culture and nightlife of Modern Athens. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their favorite Athens restaurants, cafes and entertainment.

DAY 2: Athens – Half Day Athens Walking Tour
After breakfast, your licensed English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. Begin your tour at the new Acropolis Museum and then visit the Acropolis itself and its timeless temples of Parthenon, Erectheion and Athena Nike. A short climb up to the Hill of Philopappus brings you to the imposing Roman period funeral monument and extensive views of Athens and Piraeus. You then descend to the hill of the Pnyx, the area used in Classical Athens as the meeting place for the democratic assembly. You enter the historical Plaka area close to the Thiseion temple, dating back to the 5th century BC, meandering past the ancient Agora with the impressively restored Stoa of Attalus, Hadrian’s Library, and the picturesque Tower of the Winds. The route back leads up over the Areopagus, or Hill of Mars, directly below the Acropolis. Here, in 54 AD, Saint Paul preached his Sermon on an unknown God, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. Finally, you pass the Roman period Odeion of Herodes Atticus, which is still used as a summer venue for open-air concerts and theatrical performances.  Your tour will end at Syntagma Square where you can enjoy the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

DAY 3:  Athens, Olympia
After breakfast, meet your private driver to begin your 4-day tour of Mainland Greece. The tour begins by travelling along the Saronic Gulf’s coastal road to the Corinth Canal. The Canal is a structure of great importance, as before it was built, ships sailing between the Aegean and Adriatic Seas had to circumnavigate the Peloponnese, adding about 185 nautical miles to their journey.  Visit Ancient Corinth where St. Paul spoke to the Corinthians. Continue driving across the Peloponnese until you reach Sparta.  Here you will see the huge statue of Leonidas, in his hometown, made popular by the movie “300”.  Also see the remains of the palace and the theatre there.  After visiting Sparta, continue to Mistras, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, with its churches and monasteries.  Finally, begin the drive towards Olympia where you will spend the evening.

DAY 4: Olympia, Arahova
After breakfast, the second day begins with Ancient Olympia, which gained its fame as a sanctuary of Zeus and Hera. The site also contains a wealth of other small shrines, gymnasiums and sculptors’ workshops. According to tradition, here is where the Olympic games were founded in 776 B.C.  It is from here that the Olympic torch is still lit and carried to whatever corner of the world the modern Olympiads are held in.  In the museum see exhibits of unique sculptural masterpieces, such as Praxiteles’ Hermes, Paeoneus’ Victory, Apollo and many other art treasures.  After visiting Olympia, the journey continues by crossing over the newly built bridge near Patra and leaving the Peloponnese and travelling towards the quaint village of Arachova.  Enjoy dinner and wandering through the streets of Arahova.

DAY 5: Delphi, Kalambaka
After breakfast, spend the morning exploring Delphi which was once considered to be the center of the universe.  Delphi is probably best-known for the oracle at the sanctuary that became dedicated to Apollo during the classical period.  Visit the archaeological site dedicated to the god Apollo and also see the impressive museum there.  After visiting Delphi, continue towards Kalambaka with a stop at Gravia.  This is where Odysseus Androutsos, with about 100 men, stopped 8 thousand Turks.  Over 400 of the Turks died, while Androutsos lost only 2 of his men.  Continue towards Kalambaka, driving through Lamia and making a stop in Domokos for coffee before ending the day at the hotel in Kalambaka.

Sparta theater

Sparta theater

DAY 6: Meteora, Athens
After breakfast, begin the day by visiting Meteora; a unique and impressive place with ageless monasteries that are perched on top of huge, monolithic granite rocks. Visit 3 of the monasteries that seem to be suspended between earth and sky containing priceless historical and religious treasures. Many pieces of Byzantine art are also found here.  The view from the monasteries is something that you will never forget.  Making our way back to Athens, we will stop again in Domokos for coffee or lunch.  Stop in Thermopiles to see the giant statue of Leonidas, made popular recently with the movie “300”.  This is where the Persians battled against the vastly outnumbered Greeks for 3 days.  Although it was clear that the Persians were going to win, Leonidas stayed and fought the final battle with only 300 men from Sparta.  The last stop is in Arkista, on the water, for a little rest before reaching your five-star hotel in Athens.

DAY 7: Departure
After breakfast meet your private driver in the hotel lobby your transfer to Athens International Airport to meet your flight home.

HOTELS:-

Athens Hotels
Steeped deep in the history and culture of Greece, Athens portrays a beautiful blend of the past with the future. Experience this journey through history while walking among the city’s numerous ancient monuments, vibrant tavernas and lively street markets.

Mainland Hotels
Your Mainland Greece experience will take you through spectacular landscapes, charming villages and ancient monuments.  You will begin your Mainland Greece tour by visiting ancient Corinth and then continue to ancient Olympia where you will enjoy your evening at the Hotel Europa located at the top of Drouvas Hill.  After visiting ancient Olympia in the morning, continue to the quaint village of Arahova, where your will enjoy a night at the Nafsika Palace.  Spend the morning exploring the archaeological site and ancient temples of Delphi.  Next, travel towards Kalabaka and enjoy your stay at the Divani Meteora located just below the towering rock formations.

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Posted by on Jun 13 2011. Filed under Athens, Delphi, Europe, Greece, Meteora, Patra.

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