CLASSICAL GREECE

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CLASSICAL GREECE

Athens and Santorini island

8 Days – Avio/Bus
Autumn 2016

Day 1.Athens
Picking up the group at the airport and accommodation in the hotel. Going to Athens sightseeing. (Athens – cradle of democracy and birthplace of philosophy. How much of ourselves we can trace back to ancient Greece is truly remarkable, but when visiting this magnificent city, its history is not the first thing you meet. That Athens is rife with history is an adjunct, a secondary to the plain fact that Greece is one of the most visually stunning countries to ever nestle against the pellucid blue of the Mediterranean). National Historical Museum Athens. Monastiraki. Roman Agora. Ancient Agora. Temple of Hephaestus. (This Greek temple on Kolonos Agoraios hill overlooks the Agora in Athens; it was constructed in 449BC predating the construction of the Parthenon by 2 years). Free time. Return to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight.

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Day 2. Athens
Breakfast. Going to Athens sightseeing. Akropolis. Parthenon. (The Parthenon is the main ancient structure on the Acropolis, a hill in the center of Athens. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the symbol of Athens and the most famous of the surviving structures from the world of ancient Greece). Plaka. Theater of Dionysos. Hadrians Arch. Temple of Olympian. (The remains of this massive temple stand southeast of the Acropolis. The temple of Zeus Olympios was the largest in ancient Greece). Free time for lunch. Akropolis Museum. Return to the hotel. Supper in the restaurant with traditional Greek food and music. Overnight.

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Day 3. Athens – Corinth Canal – Mycenae – Epidaurus – Nauplia – Athens (309km)
Breakfast. Set off from Athens in the morning and head along the mainland coast to Corinth Canal. Linking the Saronic Gulf with the Gulf of Corinth, the canal is steep-sided and narrow, making it a favorite spot for thrill-seeking bungee jumpers. After stopping to see this impressive canal, your tour continues to the seaside town of Nauplia for a walk, and then continue to Mycenae. Learn about the Classical Greece era, hearing tales of the period’s strong influence on the Roman Empire. Here, enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, the archaeological site of Epidaurus. the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sanctuary of Asklepios (the shrine to the Greek god of medicine) and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. Arrive back in Athens. Free time. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 4. Athens – Delphi – Santorini (367km)
Breakfast. Rise early to explore Delphi – one of the most important archeological digs in Europe. As you walk around this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site with your guide, see monuments like the Sanctuary of Athena. Head inside the Delphi Archeological Museum and encounter numerous artifacts and relics that date back to 15th century BC. Watch out for the Charioteer of Delphi and the intriguing Sphinx of Naxos. Enjoy a break for lunch in town (own expense), and then relax on your afternoon transferred to the airport of Athens to catch a local flight to Santorini (45min.) Santorini (Fira) is a magical Greek island enveloped in mystery and charm. Often referred to as the “crown jewel of Greece,” Santorini continues to be one of the most popular destinations in the country, becoming one of the world’s top honeymoon spots. Santorini has some of the most unique geographical characteristics of any other island in the world – it was literally formed by a series of catastrophic volcanic explosions over the course of thousands of years. The result is a wonderland of steep cliffs, ebony volcanic rocks and mesmerizing ocean views. Check in to hotel. Dinner. Overnight.

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Day 5. Santorini
Breakfast. Go Sailing! Santorini’s unique landscape is best appreciated from the water. A sailing tour will reveal multihued rock formations, stunning beaches, and incredible views of the whitewashed towns perched high on the caldera. Stop for a swimming break and enjoy the plentiful seafood lunch prepared by the crew. (hot springs by Santorini’s famous volcano: NeaKameni. Submerge yourself in the warm waters for a relaxing and reviving bath. White Beach. Red Beach). This all-inclusive experience is the ultimate way to experience Santorini! Dinner. Overnight.

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Day 6. Santorini
Breakfast. Visit Ancient Akrotiri “Pompeii of the Aegean.” an ancient city that was frozen in time after a volcanic eruption some 3,600 years ago. Head inside with your guide — an expert in archeology — and learn about the Minoan city before the catastrophic event occurred. Explore three traditional island wineries and enjoy a platter of local delicacies alongside wine samples. The island of Santorini has a long history in viniculture, with the indigenous white Assyrtiko grape being the dominant variety. Wine production on the island dates back to Roman times, but particularly flourished under Venetian control during the Middle Ages. Visitors have plenty of dry whites, roses and reds to sample at the island’s best wineries. After learning about wine and history, finish your experience with a hotel drop-off. Dinner. Overnight.
Day 7. Santorini
Breakfast. Explore Oia. When you think of Santorini, what comes to mind? If you pictured whitewashed houses with blue shutters, then you must be imagining the beautiful village of

Oia. Perched on the northwest edge of the caldera, Oia is a maze of narrow streets, renovated cave houses and small squares. This town used to be a cluster of seamen houses, but now hosts thousands of tourists each year wanting to experience its breathtaking ocean views and take photos of one of the most iconic landscapes in all of Greece. Dinner. Overnight.
Day 8. Santorini-Athens
Breakfast. We will be transferred to the airport of Santorini to catch a local flight back to Athens. Arrive back in Athens. According to your departure’s flight schedule, transfer to the airport and assistance with check-in procedure.

 

PRICE PER PERSON:

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UNESCO World Heritage-listed:
Parthenon. The main ancient structure on the Acropolis, the symbol of Athens and the most famous of the surviving structures from the world of ancient Greece.
Epidaurus. Sanctuary of Asklepios (the shrine to the Greek god of medicine) and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus.
Delphi. One of the most important archeological digs in Europe.
Meteora. Incredible sandstone peaks topped with 11th-century monasteries.

The package includes
– Transport according to program by modern tourist bus (air conditioning, toilet) with 49 seats regardless of group size
– Flight ticket Athens-Santorini-Athens
– Accommodation in 4 * hotels and meals according to the program
– Tickets for cultural and historical monuments in the program
– English speaking guide during the tour
– Local guides where necessary
– 1 FOC for representative of agency
– Organization costs

The package not includes
– Flight ticket
Turkish Airlines
Tehran Istanbul
03:25 – 05:25
Istanbul Athens
07:30 – 09:30
Athens Istanbul
22:05 – 23:40
Istanbul Tehran
01:30 – 07:10
– Supplement for 1/1 room – € (on request)
– Individual costs of passenger


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