Greece is the only Orthodox Country in Europe that celebrates Christmas officially on December 25th.
The Christmas season in Greece begins on December 6th, which is Saint Nicolas day and ends on January 6th, the day of Epiphany. The Greek Christmas traditions are a mixture of modern Western customs and older Eastern traditions. The largest Christmas tree in Europe is lit in Syntagma Square in Athens. Here you will also find the Christmas village and have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of festive events.
22/12 Arrive in Athens. Private taxi transfer to the hotel. Welcome & short orientation tour by local Rep (1h)
23/12 Full day organized tour to Argolis
Leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea, (short stop).
Drive to Mycenae, the Homeric city of Atreides, the city “rich in gold” of the ancient poets.
Visit the Lion’s Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, and the Royal Tombs e.t.c.
Depart for Nauplion through the fertile plain of Argolis, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress (short photo stop), leave for Epidauros, to visit the Theatre (4th century B.C.) famous for its astonishing acoustics.
Return to Athens by the National road connecting Epidauros with Corinth. Lunch in Mycenae.
24/12 City tour of Athens with Acropolis and museum (organized-half day: 5h)
This tour gives 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 place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum.
Afternoon free to visit Monastiraki and Christmas market (Syntagma square and Ermou) and maybe Gazi area. Evening- Christmas-eve dinner? Must pre-booked
25/12 Day at leisure.
26/12 Private taxi Transfer to Athens airport return
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