TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to Europe!!!. On arrival at the airport we shall be waiting to transfer you to the hotel. You can enjoy free time until your tour starts, information about the meeting place and start time can be found on the information boards in the hotel reception area.
IMPORTANT - IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.
NB: The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.
Athens- Kamena Vourla- Kastraki- Meteoras- Kalabaka.-
Total distance: 410 km.
Scenery: Views over the sea. Fantastic landscapes in the region of Meteoras, orthodox monasteries.
Notes: Wear appropriate clothing (women will have to wear the skirts that will be given at arrival to the monastery). Also foresee comfortable footwear... you will have to climb many steps in Meteoras!
08:00 hrs. Athens –departure-. We leave for the north of Greece. Pleasant Mediterranean landscapes.
10.15 hrs. - Kamena Vourla – Arrival.- Charming tourist centre by the sea amidst magnificent scenery. Time for a stroll and a coffee.
11.15 hrs. - Kamena Vourla –departure-. Continuation northbound. We make a brief stop at the gorge where the battle of Thermopylae took place.
13.45 hrs. Kastraki- stop for lunch in this picturesque town located at the foot of the Meteora. The views here are magnificent!. After lunch we will visit Meteoras an impressive place declared UNESCO World Heritage, an area that covers a few square kilometers and where an ancient monastic community and a rare geological phenomenon of huge rock pillars coexist in absolute harmony. We will see the whole valley and have the chance to go into one of the most famous monasteries (entrance included).
Accommodation in Kalambaka, a small town in the center of the Meteoras´ region. Dinner included.
Kalabaka - Delphi -Osios Loukas- Athens.-
Total distance covered: 435 km.
Scenery: Attractive Mediterranean landscapes. Very beautiful countryside in the Delphi region.
Note: The order of the stage may vary, with the Monasterio of Osios Loukas coming first and then, Delphi.
08:00 hrs - Kalabaka –Departure-. Journey through Thessaly towards central Greece. Spectacular countryside above the sea on arrival in Delphi.
11.30 hrs - Delphi –Arrival-. Entrance included to visit the beautiful archaeological site that dominates the Gulf of Corinth, a place that abounds with magic. Time for lunch.
14.30 hrs - Delphi –Departure-. Journey through the mountains, Mount Parnassus dominates the landscape.
15.15 hrs- Osios Loukas Monastery. Arrival to one of the most beautiful Byzantine monasteries in Greece, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its magnificent mosaics from the 11th century are surprising.
16.30 hrs- Osios Loukas departure.
19.30 hrs Athens –Arrival.
TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour in Athens.
We will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city with a local guide which includes the Presidential Palace, the Panathinaikos stadium where the first modern Olympic games were held, the national library, the bustling squares of the center; the new neighborhoods that emerged after the 2004 Olympic games. The tour will end at the Acropolis site (entry not included).
In the evening we include a transfer to the area of PLAKA, a place full of small Greek taverns where you can also enjoy this country´s folklore.
Athens - Corinth - Mycenae- Tripoli - Olympia.-
Total distance: 310 km
Countryside: Very pretty scenery with the sea in the background. Mountains of the interior of the Peloponnese.
NB: We suggest comfortable footwear to see the archaeological complexes. It is also recommendable to take sun protection and a bottle of water in the hotter months.
09.00 hrs - Athens -departure.
10:30 hrs Corinth Canal - A short stop to photograph this millenary work.
11.00 hrs - Acrocorinth. Entrance included to this immense mediaeval fortress alongside the ancient city of Corinth. At the top of the settlement of what was one of the largest Acropolis of ancient Greece are the foundations of what was formerly a temple to Aphrodite.
12.00 hrs - Acrocorinth. Departure.
13.00 hrs Mycenae. - Arrival to the colossal eighteenth century BC citadel, the cradle of the first European civilisation (tickets included). Time to visit and for lunch
15:30 hrs -Mycenae. Departure.
16:30 hrs Tripoli. A stop to stroll in the provincial capital of this region that produces excellent wines.
17:30 hrs Tripoli. Departure.
19:30 hrs Olympia – Arrival, accommodation and dinner included.
Olympia- Patras- Nafplio.-
Distance covered: 290 km. Countryside: Pretty Mediterranean scenery of hills and mountains on the Peloponnese Peninsula.
NB: We suggest sun protection and a bottle of water in the warmer months.
With a local guide, we visit OLYMPIA where you can see the archaeological complex (tour with a local guide and entrance included) which was the cradle of the Olympic Games in antiquity. We will see the Sanctuary of Zeus. After the visit there will be free time for you to visit the museum at your own pace if you like.
11:00 hrs - Olympia –Departure-. Mountain scenery, some picturesque villages on our way.
13.15 hrs - PATRAS –Arrival-. We visit the Cathedral of Patras, the largest in Greece, dedicated to Andrew, the first apostle. This Orthodox basilica is a place of Christian pilgrimage as it contains the relics of St. Andrew the Apostle. Time for lunch and to get to know Greeece´s third largest city.
16.00 hrs - Patras –Departure-. We continue our route through the Peloponnese, travelling to the shores of the Aegean Sea.
18.30 hrs - NAUPLIA, a charming coastal town overlooked by the citadel and Venetian fortress; time for a stroll and dinner included.
Nafplio- Epidaurus- Poros- Aegina- Athens.-
Distance covered by road: 85 km Countryside: Today we do most of the route by boat as it is dominated by the Aegean Sea.
Notes: The bus will not travel with us on our trips made by boat (we will meet it again on arrival in Athens). Do not forget to take your documentation with you and everything you might need during the day.
The timetables of the ferries connecting the Greek islands change a lot depending on the time of year, and will be announced very shortly beforehand. The timetable information given here is intended as a rough guide. The boat frequencies between Poros and Aegina are very limited. In the low season, the island of Aegina may be substituted by Hydra.
08:30 hrs –Nauplia - Departure-.
09.00hrs - EPIDAURUS, where there will be time to see its ancient theatre built 2400 years ago; it is magnificently preserved and is still used today, accommodating up to 14,000 people.
10:30 hrs - Epidaurus –Departure-.
11:15 hrs - Galatas – Arrival this small port, where we can see the island of Poros in front. We board a pleasant ferry which in fifteen minutes leaves us on the island of POROS. Time in this charming place full of tourist life; its ancient houses climb up to the clock tower. Time for a stroll and for lunch. After this (on a variable timetable depending on the time of year, a crossing of approximately 45 minutes) we take the ferry to AEGINA, an island inhabited for more than 4000 years, where we can stroll around its ancient churches, its picturesque port and its typical districts of small houses.
In the evening, we take the ferry once more, which takes around 45 minutes to return us to ATHENS –Arrival in the Piraeus, where our bus is waiting – collection of luggage and end of the services if you end your trip here.
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