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8 Days / 7 Nights

Day 1 - Friday: Rome - Athens
American buffet breakfast at the Hotel and transfer to Airport for a flight to Athens. Arrival at Athens International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Athens city center. Free time. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (D)

Day 2 - Saturday: Athens
Early breakfast at the Hotel. At 08h:00 start sailing to the three beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf. After departure, cruise guide and the hostesses will ask you to assemble in one of the main lounges of the ship to get acquainted and to give you all the information concerning the ship, the program of the cruise and the islands and to make sure you will have a pleasant day. First Port of call is Hydra. The favorite island of the jet set, whose old traditional beautiful stone houses and mansions silently witness to a long and turbulent story. The small narrow stone paved streets await you to explore them on foot or by the island,s tradi-tional “vehicle” the saddled donkeys… captivating walks along the old seaside promenade crystal clear waters, radiant fine craft shops and the beauty of Hydra will conquer you! Our stay in Hydra is about 2 hours. Next island is Poros. Although it is the smallest of the three islands that we visit, its attraction is the narrow strait offering a most enchanting view of the town of Poros. Our stay in Poros is about 1 hour. Our last stop is the island of Aegina. The largest of the three islands. Apart from its harbor, there are optional organized tours by air conditioned busses visiting the Temple of Afea (archaeological site) or the Church of Saint Nektarios, whose relics are display. The above mentioned tours are optional and are sold on board the ship. Our stay in Aegina is about 2 hours. Lunch will be served on board. On our way back to Marina Flisvos, a traditional Greek folk show with singers and dancers will entertain you up to the final moment as the ship arrives at Marina Flisvos. Return to Athens. Transfer to your Hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BD)

Day 3 - Sunday: Athens
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet our guide at the lobby of the hotel and start the Sightseeing Tour of Athens. This tour allows you to see the most important monuments and sites of the city. Visit the Acropolis and the Parthenon Temple and the National Archaeological Museum, rich and famous for its treasures. Continue a tour with a drive along the coastal road, passing the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza to the most Southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. In an idyllic position overlooking the Aegean Sea enjoy a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. According to the legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. The story goes that Aegeus, anxiously looking out from Sounion, despaired when he saw a black sail on his son Theseus's ship, returning from Crete. This led him to believe that his son had been killed in his contest with the dreaded Minotaur, a monster that was half man and half bull. He had agreed with his father that if he survived the contest, he would hoist a white sail. In fact, Theseus had overcome and slain the Minotaur, but tragically had simply forgotten about the white sail. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, you have time to walk at leisure on the rocky promontory of Sounion. Return to Athens late in the afternoon for dinner and overnight at the Hotel . (BD)

Day 4 - Monday: Athens - Corinth - Epidaurus - Nafplion - Mycenae - Olympia
Breakfast at the hotel. Embark the coach and drive by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short photo stop). Continue the drive and visit the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus and its exceptional acoustics, which permit the 14,000 spectators to perfectly hear the conversations at the center stage. Then proceed to the town of Nafplion (short photo stop), after Nafplion drive on to Mycenae, one of the major centres of Greek civilization in the second millennium BC with its Acropolis, the Palace and the famous Lion Gate. You will also visit the Tomb of Agamemnon which is one of the many 'beehive' tombs in the vicinity of the ancient site of Mycenae. It is by far the best preserved of these tholos tombs. Early afternoon depart to Olympia for dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BD)

Day 5 - Tuesday: Olympia - Arachova
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. There is probably no ancient archaeological site anywhere in the world that has more relevance on today's world than Olympia, the place where the ancient Olympic Games were held. Then drive through the stunning bridge connecting Peloponissos and the Mainland at Rio, pass by the picturesque seafront town of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and continue on the coastal road to the town of Arachova. After approximately an hours drive, you will arrive at Arachova, a village on the mountain well renowned for its colourful rugs and carpets. Check in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BD)

Day 6 - Wednesday: Arachova - Delphi - Kalambaka
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning visit the pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke and was the site of the omphalos, the 'naval of the world'. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and changes with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century BC, was indeed the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. While at the site, visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum. Departure for Kalambaka, a small town stated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora gigantic rocks. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BD)

Day 7 - Thursday: Kalambaka - Meteora - Athens
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Meteora, famous for its impressive scenery with ageless Monasteries*, that contain priceless historical and religious treasures as well as exquisite specimens of Byzantine art, standing between earth and sky atop huge rocks. Once you finish visiting the monasteries proceed to the town of Kalambaka and then return to Athens passing by the heroic monument of Leonidas at Thermopylae (short photo stop) where 300 strong Spartans battled the army of the Persian Empire. Arrive in Athens early in the evening for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

*In order to visit the Monasteries, skirts for the ladies and long trousers for the gentlemen are required. (BD)

Day 8 - Friday: Athens - Rome
After breakfast at the hotel, depart to the Athens International Airport for your return flight to Rome (end of the services) (B)

Note:
- Maximum Guests - 24 Pax
- English Speaking Tour Only
- City Tax cannot be pre-paid and is not included. Hence this must be paid directly at each hotel. The tax varies from Euro 3.00 to Euro 4.5 per room per night

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  2017        
           
  Operated Fridays From May To October, 2017  
       
  Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ  Tpl Occ  
  Jun 02, 16, 30 $1,750 $2,275 $1,605  
  Jul 07 $1,750 $2,275 $1,605  
  Sep 15, 29 $1,750 $2,275 $1,605  
  Oct 13, 27 $1,750 $2,275 $1,605  
   
  Accommodations:  
   
  Greece:  
  Accomodation on H/B bases in 4* hotels (Rooms are Run-of-the-House)  
   
   
   
   
 
INCLUDED:
  • Air Tickets ROMA-ATHENS-ROME
  • Air - conditioned motor-coach
  • Hotel accommodation (4 nights) in 4* or 5* hotel in Athens in HB basis
  • Hotel accommodation in 4* hotels during the tour on HB basis
  • Professional English Speaking Guide during the tour
  • Entrance Fees to Archaeological sites and Museums
  • VAT and all legal taxes included
NOT INCLUDED:
  • Drinks and beverages during all meals
  • Gratuities
  • Porterage service
  • Anything that is not specified in the program as included
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