Day 1: Evening departure with an
overnight flight to Athens.
Day 2: Upon arrival at Athens
airport, a tour escort will meet the group and take the group
to their hotel via motor coach. After check in the group will
have time to unpack and have some refreshments. Next we will
have a walking tour of the Plaka district. Located just below
the Acropolis, Plaka is the oldest section of Athens. While
there we will see Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympion
Zeus. We will have dinner at a local restaurant and return
to the hotel for the evening.
Day 3: After breakfast, we will
begin our guided city tour via motor coach. We will visit
the Acropolis and see the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena
Nike, Syntagma and Omonia Squares. We will also see the Kallimarmaro
stadium the site of the first modern Olympics. After the tour
we will have a free afternoon to shop and explore this magnificent
ancient city. Dinner will be at a local restaurant, then we
will return to our hotel for the night.
Day 4: After breakfast, the group
will have the option of a free day in Athens or a full day
excursion to Olympia. At Olympia we will visit the site of
the first Olympic games dating back to 776BC. We will stop
for dinner en route back to Athens.
Day 5: After breakfast we will
take a daylong cruise of the Saronic Gulf. We will visit the
islands of Hydra, Aegina and Poros before returning to Athens.
Upon our return to port we will have dinner at a local restaurant.
The group will have a free evening.
Day 6: After breakfast, the group
will board a motor coach for an excursion to Ancient Mycenae,
the home of King Agamemnon from Homer’s Iliad. We will
also visit Epidaurus, which is the locale of a 3rd century
open-air theatre. Here tragedies by Sophicles, Euripides and
Aeschylus where performed until the 4th century B.C. We will
have dinner upon our return to Athens, and the group will
have a free evening.
Day 7: After breakfast, the group
will depart for an excursion to Delphi. Known in Ancient times
as the center of the world, the place where the heavens meet
the earth, it was home to the Oracle of Delphi. It is here,
that we will visit the Sanctuary of Apollo. People would travel
from great distances to ask the Pythia (priestess) for guidance,
she would channel the spirit of the God Apollo and prophesize.
We will have dinner upon our return to Athens. The group will
determine the evening’s activity.
Day 8: After breakfast, the group
will check out and depart for the airport via motor coach
and start their journey home.