A TOUR OF ATHENS, SOUNIO, THE PELOPONNESE, DELPHI & METEORA (to see the monasteries). 5 days, 4 nights (from Athens).
- Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
- Location: ATHENS, ATTICA
- Product code: A TOUR OF ATHENS, SOUNIO, THE PELOPONNESE, DELPHI & METEORA 5 days, 4 nights CATT
ATHENS & SOUNIO CAPE
The Parthenon, It is the ancient temple which was dedicated to Athena, the goddess that Athens got its name from. It is on top of the AcropolisHill, which is visible from many parts of Athens, and around is the historical center.
ARCH OF HANDRIAN, (Pili tou Adrianou)
The Hadrian’s Arch, a Roman structure dedicated to Theseus and Hadrian as the founders of Athens.
TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS
The Temple of Olympian Zeus,with only a few of its original 104 columns standing,
TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and see the changing the guard's.
The stadium where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.
TEMPLE OF POSEIDON
The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio. A getaway that is very close to Athens and it is famous for its beaches, fish restaurants and the striking ruins of the Temple of Poseidon. Set high on the promontory, the temple forms part of
a triangle of ancient sites, including the Acropolis and the Temple of Aphaea on Aegina. They are all equal distances from eachother as the crow flies, and on a clear day maybe you will be able to see the other two monuments. Sounio is also where Aegeus tragically fell from the cliffs when he saw the black sails that his son Theseus had forgotten to change and thought that he was dead. The Aegean sea was thus named after him. It is a beautiful place to watch the sunset, the white marble columns framed by the sky and the lovely blue sea! (Recommend for the sunset).
We stay overnight between the area of Sounio and Porto Rafti in a 3 or 4 star Hotel depending on availability.
See and learn the history of the Corinth Canal.
ANCIENT CORINTH (Archaia Korinthos)
The ancient city-state of Corinth was located on the narrow strip of land connecting the Peloponnese to mainland Greece, known as the Isthmusof Corinth. In ancient times, the city grew wealthy due to this strategic location and its control of the transportation of ships from the Corinthian to the Saronic gulf and vice versa. It became one of the most important trade powers in ancient Greece and had an extensive network of colonies. It was also the location of countless ancient myths, like the myth of Sisyphus and there were games like the Olympics held in the devotional area of Isthmia. Although the city was destroyed by earthquakes, you can still see the extensive ruins that testify to Corinth’s great prosperity, including the marble columns of the Temple of Apollo. It is also one of the places that Saint Paul visited and wrote letters to.
THE GREAT THEATER OF EPIDAURUS
Epidaurus, the famous theater. Built in the 4th century BC, it is famous for its acoustics - they are so perfect that words spoken on stage can be heard perfectly wherever you are in the audience.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE MYCENAE
Mycenae was the seat of Agamemnon, who led the Greeks against the Trojans to take back Helen, the wife of his brother Menelaus. The ruins of the ancient city are famous for the amazing “Cyclopean walls” - so named because the later Greeks thought that only a Cyclops could move such huge rocks into place. You will see the Lion Gate, which formed the entrance to the royal court and palace.
We will visit Nemea, an ancient wine making region of Greece. Nemea is home to an grape variety that is at least 3,000 years old, which is called "Agiorgitiko". Due to the different microclimates in the region, there is a variety of different wines produced here, from fruity and light to mature and full-bodied. At the winery, they will explain to us how the wine is made, and we will get to try 3 different types of wine. It will be accompanied by a selection of delicious local "mezes" , which is a selection of local foods similar to tapas and have a full meal (lunch or dinner).
Stepping forward in history, we will see the Palamidi Castle in Nafplio,built by the Venetians and famous for supposedly having 999 steps. According to legend, there were once 1000 steps leading to the castle, but one of them was crushed by Theodoros Kolokotronis, a leader of the Greek war of independence, when celebrating a victory against the Ottomans.
Accommodation: We stay overnight at the area of Epidavrus or Nafplio in a 3 or 4 star Hotel depending on availability.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE ANCIENT OF OLYMPIA
This tour will take us across the Isthmus of Corinth and the Peloponnese to the valley of the river Alfios to see the ruins of the ancient Olympia, the historic site of the Olympic Games. This was the greatest of the Panhellenic Games and every four years Greeks from all the different city-states would put aside their disputes and come together to compete. The importance of Olympia can still be seen from its ruins, including the Temple of Zeus, which once contained a 13 meter statue of the god made of gold and ivory, the Temple of Hera, the stadium and the Shrine of Pelops. Even today, the Olympic Flame is lit in Olympia and then taken on a relay across the world to end up in the city where the Olympic Games are being held.
Accommodation: We stay overnight at the area of Galaxidi, Delphi or Arachova in a 3 or 4 star Hotel depending on availability.
We will visit Delphi, the site of the greatest oracle and the religious center of the ancient Greek world. Located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo overlook the timeless beauty of the ancient landscape. People from all over Greece would travel to ask advice from the Pythia, the oracle of Apollo. In fact, in some of the most important moments in history, her words had a massive effect on the course that the events took. The Temple of Apollo is the center of a extensive archaeological site that includes the Treasuries of the Siphnians and the Athenians, a theater and a stadium. You will also visit the museum, which houses the famous Delphic Charioteer and the statue of Antinoos, the lover of Hadrian. It has also been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We will stop over in the picturesque mountain resort of Arachova, which is one of the most popular places near Athens to go skiing in the winter. Therewe will have a chance to relax, enjoy the beautiful views,or have a coffee at one of the many cafés.
We will visit the site and the museum of the Leonidas’ 300 Spartans stand against the mighty army of the Xerxes of Persia - Thermopylae, or the “Hot Gates”. The Spartans and their allies lured the Persian army to this narrow pass between the cliffs and the sea and although they were defeated, their bravery allowed the other Greek city-states to mobilise and finally defeat the Persians at the Battle of Salamis.
KALAMBAKA -- METEORA
Finally we reach the village of Meteora, were we stay. We will have
dinner and enjoy the view of the monasteries (that we will visit the next day) from the village.
Accommodation: We stay overnight at the area of Meteora or Kalambaka in a 3 or 4 star Hotel depending on availability.
You will get to see at least 3 monasteries (if there is time even more), 2 of them will be guided with a professional guide.
Great Meteoron Monastery, Varlaam Monastery, Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), Monastery of Rousanou.
Then we have a meal and return to Athens late in the afternoon.
• Transportation from and to your central hotel in Athens or Piraeus or address you give us.
• Transportation from and to the cruise terminal of Piraeus port and ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
• Everything that involves the vehicle.
• Professional guide in the sites of ancient Corinth, ancient Olympia, Delphi and 2 monasteries at Meteora.
• Private tour (your party only), Air condition, Wi-Fi in vehicle, fuel surcharge and tolls.
• Professional English-speaking driver/guide. Gives information & tips but does not come in the sites.
• Dinner or lunch for each passenger.
• We stay overnight at different areas of in a 3 or 4 star Hotel depending on availability.
• Admission fees
• Coffee, drinks & snacks.
KNOW BEFORE YOU BOOK
• Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
• All prices are for one private vehicle, 1-3 passengers sedan 4-7 passengers minivan, usually Mercedes-Benz.
•You must be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain, other wise the driver will do the best so you can see most of the sites.
• departure time is up to you between 05:00am -09:00am
.• time needed 5 day, (we return late on the 5th day).
• We may reserve the right to cancel a customer's booking for a full refund in case of: Bad weather or if the sites are closed.
Our drivers are polite, friendly and professional. Their first priority is your satisfaction and safety. All drivers on tours know English,will help you and give you tips. The cars are well maintained and clean, all of them have free wifi. If needed we can also provide babychairs, wheelchairs and most phone chargers.
• You can cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
• If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
• If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
• After that time no changes of time, no refunds or cancellations can be made.