Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos)
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Arrival in Athens airport (Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport). Our driver will be waiting for the travelers at the airport to take them to the hotel in Athens for the check in. In the evening there will be a welcome meeting with the group leader. Travelers will receive the detailed agenda and download mobile application of tour. Free time.
Souvlaki experience & wine tasting. Experience Athens nightlife and the finest food in the city. The best souvlaki in town (along with the famous Greek salad, of course) will be served in a traditional restaurant in Monastiraki Area. After the meal travelers will enjoy a wine tasting experience at a cozy wine bar in Psirri area.
Best of Athens in a few hours. Hill of Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Ancient Agora, Panathenaic Stadium, Syntagma Square, Monastiraki Square, Plaka. A tour for our travelers to follow the footsteps of the ancient Greeks. The most memorable experience…. Free time.
Athens by night walking tour. The evening begins with a pleasant panoramic drive through the beautiful city center, near Acropolis, a stunning sight, and with a walk through the narrow pedestrian street of the “neighborhood of the Gods”, the famous Plaka area. Travelers will explore the old city of Athens with an exceptional guide, which will reveal them Athens through its contradictions. After wandering around the island-like neighborhood of Anafiotika, they enjoy a folklore show to a local tavern, with live music and dancers in traditional costumes. The travelers will taste the flavors of Greece at this restaurant. This evening is a perfect way to eat and drink like Greeks do.
Departure for Delphi via Thebes, Levadia and the picturesque village of Arachova, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, and arrival in Delphi. Our professional licensed tour guide will offer a guided tour at the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. They will learn about the history of one of the most significant archaeological sites which ancient Greeks considered to be the navel of the earth. They will see monuments such as the Athenian Treasury, the Theatre, the Navel of the Earth, the Sacred Way, the Apollo Temple and many more.
In the Museum of Delphi they will admire unique treasures such as the world famous bronze Charioteer, the Naxian Sphinx and the Statue of Antinoos and many other masterpieces of classical Greek art.
Drive by the central Greece towns of Amphissa, Lamia ( short stop in Thermopylae, famous for the ancient battle that took place there, see the memorial to Leonidas and his heroic Spartans ) and Larissa to the famous, sacred Macedonian town of Dion. Visit the ancient site of Dion, known as the “Home of Gods”, where the mythical Gods were worshiped.
Then continue to Thessaloniki, the largest town in Northern Greece. Dinner and overnight.
Best of Thessaloniki in a few hours. The city tour includes seven hot spots of Thessaloniki center. The tour starts from the White Tower (the main landmark of the city) and is followed by a visit in Agia Sofia and Agios Dimitrios, Byzantine church and its crypt, Byzantine castles (Ano poli), the Galerius Arch (Kamara), the Aristotelous Square, the Port of Thessaloniki and finally the famous Archeological Museum.
A tour for the travelers to follow the footsteps of the ancient Greeks. The most memorable experience….
Food tour. A chance to discover Thessaloniki’s nightlife and the finest food in the city. The participants will enjoy this unique journey by a food specialist guide and will acquaint themselves with the Greek Gastronomy in Ladadika area.
The food tour includes tasting of a wide variety of Greek delicacies including the best souvlaki in town (along with the famous Greek salad, of course), Feta cheese, the famous Greek olives and the traditional “bobidia” (spicy Greek meatballs) and of course the famous mouth-watering sweet “mpougatsa” and “trigona Panoramatos”!
Early morning departure from Thessaloniki. Travelers will visit some of the most important archaeological sites of Greece, starting from Vergina, the archaeological site of Aiges. It will be an amazing experience that will fascinate them and it will take them back to the era of mighty Macedonian state and magnificence of Alexander the Great, the place of the Royal Tombs, where they will see the King’s mausoleum and the famous museum with finds of the Tombs of King Philippos II, father of Alexander the Great. They will visit the most important remains of the monumental palace of the Kingdom of Macedonia, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world. The tour continues in the school of the great philosopher Aristotle, who was the teacher of Alexander the Great. Break for light lunch or coffee.
The travelers will continue their tour to Pella, the ancient capital town of Macedonia and native town of Alexander the Great. The small museum will give them the chance to see findings aged from 4th century BC.
The group will arrive to picturesque town Parga in the late afternoon. Free time and dinner in a seafood tavern, nearby to beach. Free time and overnight.
Next station. River Acherontas. The triumph of Love over Death: Orpheus, son of the muse Calliope, was devastated by the death of his wife Eurudice. With his weeping lyre he achieved to move the king and queen of the dead, Hades and Persephone, and won himself a chance to claim the blossom of his heart back from the Kingdom of Silence. To do so, he had to cross the Acheron River, the watery border between Life and Death. River Acherontas passes through wonderful gorges, proud and audacious precipices, endless landscapes of peace and handsomeness, and it forms some lakes here and there; and all that under the surveillance of age-old plane trees. And, of course, the habitat of such a unique place is a member of the Natura 2000 network.
At a certain point the river narrows between green-clad steep high cliffs that seem to be forming an enormous gate through which the water of the river rushes fiercely; Here is the legendary “The Gate to the Underworld”. The travelers will visit the oracle of death “Nekromanteion” an ancient Greek temple of necromancy devoted to Hades and Persephone. According to tradition, it was located on the banks of the Acheron river, near the ancient city of Ephyra. This site was believed by devotees to be the door to Hades, the realm of the dead. The travelers will enjoy fascinating experiences….
Drive to the ancient town of Nikopolis (Preveza) to see where the Battle of Actium took place and through the impressive Rio – Antirion bridge the group arrives to Peloponnese. Continue to Andritsena to visit the unique Temple of Vasses – Greece’s most isolated temple. Built between 400 and 420 BC on the site of an Archaic temple, the temple stands at a height of 1,130 metres on Mt Kotilio and combines all three architectural styles: Doric, Ionian and Corinthian. The temple is one of the best preserved monuments of the ancient classical world and is today protected by a giant tent. After this visit, drive on to Ancient Olympia where they will spend the night.
This morning the travelers will explore the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, a complex that once comprised temples and public buildings and was the site of the first Olympic Games. They will visit the Temple of Zeus, which once housed the gold and ivory statue of Zeus. Before it was destroyed by fire, the statue was listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The travelers will also see the original stadium and vouleuterion, which housed the council of citizens. The museum is near the archaeological site. It is home to many priceless exhibits, including marble statues from the Temple of Zeus and a unique statue of Hermes, carved by the ancient Greek sculptor Praxiteles. After visiting the site and the museum, travelers will make a short stop in the village of Olympia, where they will have free time.
Departure for the picturesque town Nafplio which nestles at the foot of a cliff with the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress towering above. This city is the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asklepios, the healer, and was the most famous healing center of the classical world. Check in hotel, free time and relaxation.
The afternoon begin a local food tour with an amazing food guide. The group will tour through the picturesque alleys of Nafplio with its neoclassical mansions and Venetian balconies. Their first tasting stop is a traditional grocery store where they will taste local varieties of cheese and sausage and learn their little manufacturing secrets from the owner.
Then, they will head to the Syntagma Square, the heart of the city and they will learn more about this historic square and the surrounding buildings. Here the travelers will enjoy Greek delicacies.
Continuing the tour and passing through the neighborhood of “Yialos” the participants will taste local varieties of wines, ouzo and tsipouro in a cellar wine shop while the owner narrates the art of wine.
The culinary excursion ends in an ice cream shop where they will taste Greek ice cream. Having ice cream at hand, the students will walk to the old port of Nafplio in order to admire the Venetian fortress of Bourtzi and will learn more about its historic existence over the centuries. Free time and overnight.
Travelers will visit some of the most important archaeological sites of Greece. Early morning departure from Mycenae. In about one hour the group arrives to the ancient city of Mycenae. They will visit the Treasury of Atreus (Tomb of Agamemnon), the Mycenaean Citadel with the Cyclopean Walls and the Lionesses Gate.
After lunch, in about 40 minutes, the group will reach Epidaurus; Epidaurus is probably most known for its theatre, one of the best preserved classical Greek buildings and is still used today due to its amazing acoustics. The way back passes from the Corinth Canal where the travelers will make a short stop to admire the Canal which connects two Greek Seas -The Aegean and the Ionian Sea.
The group arrives to Athens in the afternoon. Free time, dinner and overnight.
Sounio half day – trip. Travelers will enjoy an unforgettable trip to cape Sounio! It is going to be a memorable experience. They will feel unique vibes in the Temple of God Poseidon, while enjoying the panoramic sea views. Discover true Greece! Lunch will be served in Sounio.
Food tour and Greek night out! Travelers will enjoy a food tour accompanied by a guide, in non-tourist areas of Athens and will get to experience the Greek Gastronomy. The food tour includes tasting of a wide variety of Greek delicacies such as Feta cheese, the famous Greek Kalamon olives and the traditional “keftedakia” (spicy Greek meatballs) and Greek mezedes (appetizers and special tidbits)! The Greek night will end with a great tasting sweet and syrupy “loukoumades” or a glass of local organic wine.
After breakfast travelers will be transferred to the airport for the return flight. If the flight is late in the afternoon, participants may optionally visit another great archaeological site.
Ancient Agora & Hills of Athens Tour. The travelers will discover all the secrets of a very special archaeological site, the Ancient Agora. Also, they will explore the most famous Athenian Hills (Mars Hill and Pnyx Hill) where the great orators of the past were gathered to discuss about public issues. Discover the place where Democracy was born!
The participants will have experienced the Greek Ancient History and Culture and received a lot of knowledge. They are given the opportunity to see the amazing mainland Greece. Also, they will have enjoyed Greek gastronomy and they will have gained extraordinary experiences of Greek music and dances.
Very organized tour and on time. Tour guide met me at the hotel on the first day , he was lovely and explained everything to me!! Worth every penny ! Would definitely book with them again !!!
An excellent tour around a beautiful country. Greece is simply awesome…..
The itinerary was amazing and our tour guide Nick was perfect!! highly recommend!