Day 1: Athens
Arrival at Athens International Airport, assistance and transfer to the Hotel.
Day 2: Athens Tour with Museum
Departure from the Hotel in the morning for the tour giving you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex. Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon. Continue and visit the New Acropolis Museum and admire the wonders of the Classical Era. Afternoon free and overnight stay in Athens
Day 3: Full day Tour to Delphi
Drive through the fertile plain of Beotia, crossing the towns of Thebes connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus – Levadia and Arachova (short stop on the way back). Arrive at Delphi, the center of Ancient World – the “Omphalos” (Navel of Earth) – whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic World. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Lunch in the modern village of Delphi, return to Athens by the same route at about 19.00 and drop off at your Hotel.
Day 4: One Day Cruise in the Saronic Islands
Departure to Piraeus for your embarkation to the cruise boat. In Hydra you have free time for a walk or a swim. Embarkation and sail for Poros, the smallest of the three islands, separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strait and offering a most enchanting view of Poros Town. After a two hour trip we shall arrive to our last port of call, the island of Aegina where you have time for a swim. Optional excursion, by bus, to the fine preserved Temple of Afea Athena. Embarkation for the voyage of return to the port. Arrive to Piraeus, late in the afternoon.
Day 5: Athens
Breakfast and transfer to Athens International Airport at arranged time
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