ARRIVAL AT THESSALONIKI-SIGHTSEEING TOUR-NIGHT EXCURSION IN “LADADIKA”-OVERNIGHT IN THESSALONIKI
Arrival at Thessaloniki. Welcoming and city tour. After your arrival, we are going to have a city tour until time for lunch. We will visit the “White Tower“, a landmark that has been part of the city fortifications and has a “twin” in Trigonion Square. Later, we will have dinner at the entertainment-quarter of the Thessaloniki-Ladadika. Return to the hotel and overnight.
MORNING TOUR IN THESSALONIKI-MIDDAY TRIP TO OURANOUPOLIS AND CRUISE TO MOUNT ATHOS-RETURN TO THESSALONIKI
After breakfast, we will visit the rest of the city. At midday, we will head to Ouranoupolis for a cruise to Mount Athos. The Holy Mount Athos lies in the northern headland of Chalkidiki peninsula. The peninsula with Mount Athos has been inhabited since antiquity and is well-known for various goods. The Holy Mount Athos is as a whole like a museum of byzantine art. Return to Thessaloniki, dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, we will head towards Pella. Pella was Alexander the Great’s birthplace. On the acropolis of the city, there had been the king’s treasure house and the aqueduct, with gigantic pipes providing clean water, great house-buildings embellished with mosaics and rows of columns as well as the great cemetry where graves of Macedonian style have been excavated. We will continue our journey towards Vergina. The most important monument of Vergina is undoubtedly the king grave that was discovered there. We will continue our journey to Edessa, also known as the city of waters, with the waterfalls at the outskirts of the city being the main attraction, unique not only in Greece but also Europe as a whole. Later we will return to Thessaloniki. Dinner and overnight.
TOWARDS THE MONASTERIES OF METEORA-OVERNIGHT IN KALAMBAKA
After our morning in Thessaloniki, we are to visit the monasteries of Meteora– a natural marvel. The cliffs of Meteora are part of Pindos mountain range, the largest of the country. The churches located there are important monuments of byzantine art.Today, only 6 monasteries are inhabited and we are going to visit two of them: Varlaam’s and Holy Trinity. Then we will return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
TOWARDS DELPHI-OVERNIGHT AT THE AREA OF PATRAS
In the morning, after breakfast, we will head to Delphi-the well known oracle of ancient Greece on the slopes of Mount Parnassos. A holy place in the honor of Apollo, god of music and poetry. We will visit Apollo’s sanctuary with the Athenian treasure house, Apollo’s temple, the theater, the stadium and the museum with the bronze statue of the Charioteer (Iniochos). Continuing our journey, we will have a short break in the area of Itea and Galaxidi on our way to Antirrion and over the new suspension bridge connecting the mainland with Peloponnese (the largest in Europe) at the area of Rion. Arrival at our hotel, dinner and overnight.
SCENIC TRIP TO MOUNTAIN VILLAGE OF KALAVRYTA
After breakfast, we will travel by bus to Diakofton along the coast of the Corinthian Gulf (about 20 minutes away). From there, we will travel downwards with the legendary cog railway through the Vouraikos Gorge towards the mountain village of Kalavryta. On our way to the Cave of the Lakes we will visit the historic monastery of Aghia Lavra, an important national memorial in Greece. After about 20 minutes by bus, we will reach the Cave of the Lakes, where we will be guided. Afterwards, we will return to Kalavryta for lunch. On our return from Kalavryta to our hotel, we will visit the Mega Spileon monastery so as to enjoy the breathtaking view of Vouraikos Gorge. Then, we will return to our hotel. Dinner and overnight.
TOWARDS OLYMPIA (THE NATIONAL SANCTUARY OF GREECE)-VISIT VASSAE-OVERNIGHT IN TOLON IN THE ARGOLIC GULF
After breakfast, we are going to visit Olympia-the cradle of the Olympic Games, established in 776 BC with a panhellenic character and reaching a peak in 576 BC. We will visit the excavation site of ancient Olympia and the museum. Later, we will also visit the temple and sanctuary of Apollo, one of the most important in antiquity and well-preserved since then. Then, we will continue our journey to Tolon, dinner and overnight.
DAYTRIP TO ARGOLIS-VISIT TO EPIDAURUS, NAUPLIA AND MYCENAE-OVERNIGHT IN ATHENS
After breakfast, we will head to Epidaurus, where we will be guided in the sanctuary of Asclepius, god of Medicine, and the ancient theater, famous for its acoustics. Then, we will go to Nauplion (Nauplia), the first capital of Greece after the Ottoman rule, where we will have a sightseeing tour to the Bavarian Lion in the entrance of the city and the Archaeological and Folklore museums of the city. Afterwards, we will visit the archaelogical site of Mycenae, excavated in 1876/77 by Heinrich Schliemann (Lions’ Gate, Cyclopian Walls, royal graves, treasure house of Atreus). Afterwards, we will travel along the canal of Corinth, where we will have a short pfoto-break, towards our hotel in Athens. Overnight.
MODERN AND OLD CITY OF ATHENS – ACROPOLIS AND THE NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM – AFTERNOON EXCURSION TO CAPE SOUNION – RETURN
After breakfast sightseeing of Athens. We are going to visit the world famous Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum. Acropolis is not only the symbol of the city of Athens, but also the most important national monument in Greece. Time for a tour across the old town (shopping spree). Afternoon trip to Cape Sounion – the southernmost tip of Attica, projecting into the Aegean Sea. There, we will visit the 5th century Poseidon Temple. Eventually, the sunset from the temple will offer a magnificent experience, followed by dinner in a fish tavern on our way back to Athens.
Breakfast in the morning and then departure from Athens.