ATHENS We will start our tour with an early morning start from your Hotel, port, airport etc. Driving towards the western coast we will arrive at the Corinthian Canal, a six and a half kilometers canal separating the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea. We will stop at this amazing sight for a while and then we will continue our driving along the eastern side towards Peloponnese peninsula Twenty minutes later, we will arrive at a small town called Ancient Corinth where we will visit the archaeological site Temple of Apollo (Dating in 585 B.C.) with the Doric style columns. This is the place where St. Paul preached Then we will continue by visiting the acropolis of Ancient Corinth (AKROCORINTH).
Leaving the sight of ancient Corinth, we will continue our drive for thirty minutes headings to the archaeological sight of Mycenae (where the Trojan war took place) We will visit the great citadel of Mycenae, (Rich in Gold), which was the kingdom of Agamemnon and famous in Homer’s Iliad. The city looks out across the plain of Argos to the sea, where Nauplius comes to sight. Entering through, imposing Lion Gates and looking at the shaft graves of an early dynasty, the Megaron palace, where Heinrich Schliemann found the treasure and an amazing golden mask, thinking that this was Agamemnon. Outside the fortress is the impressive tombs of Atreus (Agamemnon’s father) known also as the Treasury of Atreus.
We will continue our drive through the plain of Argos along the farms of orange trees and olive farms heading to the first capital of Greece (1829 to 1834) a picturesque town, Nauplius, which is a sea side town where we will stop for a lunch break. The city lies under the imposing castle of Palamide, the most formidable Venetian Castle in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
Leaving the town of Nauplius, we are continuing our 2-hour drive Ancient Olympia which we are spending the night.
We will have our breakfast at the hotel and then head to the sight of Ancient Olympia where we will visit the museum of the Olympic games and the archaeological sites. The gold and ivory statue of Zeus, which was created by Phidias, was housing one of the 7 wonders of the Ancient world. At last we will have lunch at the cozy small town of Olympia
Last day of the tour, we will trace back the glory Ancient years of Greece, by visiting Delphi (center of the world).It is now an extensive archaeological site with a modern town nearby. It is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in having had a phenomenal influence in the Ancient world, as evidenced by the rich monuments built there by the most important ancient Greek persons. Moreover, Zeus marked the place as the center of the world and last but not least Delphi is a well-known place due to the games, taking place there. Departing from Delphi, we will be driving through Central Greece, through cotton, wheat, corn farms etc. and we will arrive in Kalambaka, a small traditional town that is built at the foot of the majestic sandy rocks of God, great Meteora Monasteries. Overnight Meteora.
METEORA – ATHENS: Visit to Meteora enjoying a unique and most impressive scenery of ageless monasteries, containing priceless historical and religious treasures, standing between Earth and Sky atop huge rocks. We visit the first great monastery of Barlaam, founded on the 16th century and located on the top of a rock at 380m height! Our second visit will be at the Monastery of St. Stephan, of the 15th century, also built on the top of the top of another huge rock where you will admire a small treasure of Byzantine and Christian items, at the museum inside the monastery. Return to Athens, passing by the small village of Domokos, we will make a stop at Thermopylaes, the battlefield of 300 Spartans against the immortal soldiers elites of the Persian empire. There we can see also the statue of Leonidas, king of Sparta as a memorial of the battle. Leaving the battlefield of Thermopylaes, we are heading back to Athens.
• High UV sun protection
• Water bottle
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From April 1st to October 31st
From November 1st to March 31st
1 January: closed
6 January: 08:30 - 15:00
Shrove Monday: 08:30 - 15:00
25 March: closed
May 1: closed
15 August: 08:30 - 15:00
28 October: 08:30 - 15:00
25 December: closed
26 December: closed
FREE ADMISSION DAYS
6 March In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism
& visionary Melina Mercury
5 June International Day for the Environment
18 April International Monuments Day
18 May International Museums Day
27 September International Tourism Day
* The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
* Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
* National Holidays
* The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September (when the first Sunday is a holiday, then the second is the free admission day).
Acropolis: 20 Euros
Temple of Zeus: 8 Euros
Ancient Agora: 8 Euros
Roman Agora: 8 Euros
Athens Multi Pass: 30 Euros 7 SITES INCLUDED VALID FOR 4 DAYS
New Acropolis Museum: 5 Euros
OR National Archaeological Museum: 10 Euros
Free admission for: Children under 18
Students from E.U.
Reduced admission for: Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65.
Students from countries outside the E.U.
Additional costs and charges.
The cost of transfers and tours includes,baby seat,booster,toll fees (where necessary) and all taxes. Prices are per vehicle, not per person.
Admission fees into archaeological sites, museums, possible meals are not included in the costs.