The Landmarks of Doric Beauty

(12-days in Greece) (GR02)

 

1st day: Athens at Leisure

Welcome to Athens! You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome reception drink and a light meal.

 


2nd day: Parthenon, Mycenae and Nafplion

This morning’s sightseeing tour reveals the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of the Wingless Victory and Hadrian’s Arch. The highlight is a visit to the Parthenon, built atop the mighty Acropolis. Now follow the shores of the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, which divides the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Next is the ruined city of Mycenae, featured in epics of Homer. Walk through the Lion Gate, visit the royal ‘beehive’ tombs and see the giant Cyclopean stones used to build the city walls. Continue to the elegant seaside town of Nafplion.


3rd day: Olympia, Birthplace of the Olympics

After breakfast this morning travel into the heart of Argolis to visit the sanctuary of Asclepios at Epidauros with its superb 4th century BC theatre. Visit the Museum and the Asklepeion. Then a delightful drive takes you through the mountains of Arkadia to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games.

 


4th day: Delphi, Centre of the Ancient World

In Olympia this morning, see the Olympic Stadium where the original games were first held in 776BC, plus the athletes’ gymnasium and the city’s ancient temples. Then head north to Patras and cross the soaring Rio-Antirrio bridge to the mainland. Follow the coast road before climbing into the foothills of Mount Parnassus and on to your hotel.

 


5th day: The Sacred Way and Kalambaka

Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi, past the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and superb Polygonal Wall. Now approach the legendary Temple of Apollo, where the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ‘words’. Continuing north stop at the pass at Thermopylae, site of one of history’s most famous last stands in 480BC. Continue through the market town of Trikala to Kalambaka. This evening enjoy a Celebration Dinner at your hotel complete with wine and good cheer.


6th day: Meteora Monasteries and Athens

Visit one of the amazing Metéora monasteries, incredibly perched on top of pinnacles of rock and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley. Afterwards, cross fertile Thessaly, for a scenic drive along the coast to return to Athens.

 


7th to 9th day: Mykonos Mystique

An early departure takes you to the port of Piraeus where your high-speed express ferry awaits to whisk you over to the Island of Mykonos, playground of the rich and famous. On arrival you are transferred to your hotel. Then you have two glorious days at leisure. Explore the town with its winding maze of walkways, whitewashed houses, magnificent windmills and uninhibited nightlife. Perhaps watch the sunset at Shirley Valentine beach or take a short boat ride to Delos?

 


10th to 12th day: The Sunsets of Santorini

Board the high-speed bound for the truly beautiful island of Santorini. You are met at the port and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a superb dinner of local specialties while the sun disappears behind the silhouette of the submerged volcano. With two more sun drenched days on one of the most romantic islands on earth, you wont ever want to leave. Relax in clifftop restaurants, laze on the sun-soaked beaches or observe history unearthed at the site of Akrotiri?

 


13th day: Santorini - Athens

This morning maybe take one last dip in the pool and grab your final glimpse over the lustrous Aegean and world-famous caldera. You are transferred to the airport for your return flight to Athens. This evening you are invited to an end-of-tour celebration meal, which includes a taste of the famous national drink.


14th day: Depart Athens

Your tour comes to an end with a transfer to Athens airport.