This popular eight-day tour offers you a fascinating introduction to the history and beauty of the “Cradle of Civilization.” See and experience the richness and heritage of Greece as you visit its major monuments and historical sites. Highlights of the tour include the visit of the Acropolis, the sanctuary of Zeus and its stadium, the archaeological site and museum of Delphi and the strikingly beautiful monasteries of Meteora.
Meet at Athens Airport and transfer to the hotel. Remainder of day at leisure. Athens is an amazing city to discover on your own with its numerous museums, archaeological sites, parks, hills and the shopping areas of Kolonaki, Ermou, Voukourestiou street, Monastiraki and Plaka.
After breakfast, pick up from the hotel for your half day morning tour. Our expert guide 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 Presidential residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Evzones 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 the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era, and the replica of Parthenon.(Mondays closed). Remainder of the day at leisure. You will have the opportunity to book a half day trip to Cape Sounion.
Driving over the Corinth Canal you cross to the east side of the Peloponnes and continue to Epidaurus. Here you will visit the most famous and well preserved Ancient Theater, which is well known for its acoustics. You will also visit the ruins of the Asclepion temple and the museum. You will continue your drive to Mycenae where you will visit the Lion‘s Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, and the Royal Tombs of Agamemnon the leader of the Greeks during the Troy war. Then depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnese. Arrive in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games. You will also have the opportunity to participate optional at a greek evening with folk dances and greek music.
In the morning visit the Archaeological Site the cradle of the Olympic Games with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, where there use to be the statue of Zeus one of the seven wonders of the world, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. Then drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque Town of Nafpactos and Itea, arrrive in Delphi
After breakfast in the morning you will visit Delphi, - the center of the Ancient world – the Temple of Apollon, the Treasury of the Athenians, Kastalia Spring and the museum. You will continue your trip to Kalambaka, a small town stated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora gigantic rocks.
After breakfast, we take you from your hotel by bus, from Athens to the Port of Piraeus for your embarkation to the cruise boat. The ship sails to the three beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf. First stop at Hydra, the beauty will conquer you forever! You will have about 2 hours to enjoy the unique charms of Hydra. Embarkation and sail for Poros, the lunch will be served during the voyage, the smallest of the three islands, separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strait and offering a most enchanting view of Poros Town. Your time at leisure in Poros will be about 60 minutes. Time will fly quickly…..you shall arrive to your last port of call, the island of Aegina. Aegina is the largest of the three islands. Apart from its harbor there are numerous interesting sites to discover on the island and therefore we propose…Optional excursion, by bus, to the fine preserved Temple of Aphaia Athena. But if you stay in Aegina you can enjoy a walk or horse-carriage ride around the town or relax in one of the harbor’s charming waterfront coffee shops. At 18.00 embarkation for the voyage of return to the port of Piraeus Arrive late in the afternoon and transfer to Athens.
Transfer to the airport and departure or the beginning of your connecting stay at the next booked hotel.