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Book 10N Athens, Greece Vacation. This unique 10 nights Greece package is designed to give you an exciting tour experience of the country of Greece. The package is custom-designed to touch every aspect of the country including the region’s rich history, culture and cuisine. The Greece package is one of the best deals out there that allows you to explore every nook and corner of this contemporary ancient city. This travel tour will take you across all the important archaeological sites in the city along with some religious ones.
Day one of the tour will commence with your arrival at the Athens International Airport. On arrival, you will meet our representative and your personal chauffeur, who will facilitate your transfer and check-in at your hotel in Athens. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at your own leisure to explore the modern city of Athens. We recommend you get personal recommendations from your chauffeur for things to do the rest of the day.
After morning breakfast at the hotel in Athens, your licensed English-speaking guide will rendezvous with you in the hotel lobby. The first stop of the tour will be the Acropolis Museum, after which you will be given time to explore the city and the ancient temples of the Parthenon, Erechtheion and Athena. Hike up the hill of Philopappus to witness the panoramic views of Athens and Piraeus. Post this you will be able to visit the historic locations of Lynx, Plaka, Thisieon temple, Agora, Stoa Of Attalos, Hadrian’s library and the picturesque Tower Of The Winds. The return route will let you explore the other touristic attractions of Athens like Areopagus, Acropolis and Odeon of Herodes Atticus, which to this day is used as a venue for open-air concerts and theatrical performances. The final leg of the tour will bring you to Syntagma Square, where one will witness the changing of the guards at the “Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier”.
Day three begins with a hearty Greek breakfast at the hotel in Athens. Post that you will have the rest of the day at your leisure with recommendations from your travel guide for excursions, trips and other activities to do when in Athens.
Day four will commence with a healthy breakfast at the hotel, after which your private driver will pick you up for your fourth day of a tour across Athens. The tour will commence at the Saronic Gulf’s coastal stretch that lies near the Corinth Canal. The region of Corinth was the same biblical location where Saint Paul preached to the Corinthians. The next location is the place known as Peloponnese which leads to the city of Sparta, the same city that is the ancient home of the legendary greek warriors. The entrance of the city houses the statue of King Leonidas, who became popular through the movie “300”. After visiting the city of Sparta, head for Mistras, the capital of the Byzantine Empire and a little town popular for its churches and monasteries. The final location for the night will be the city of Olympia, where you will check in for the night.
Day five will continue with a tour of Olympia in the Peloponnese peninsula, which was known for being the holy sanctuary of the Greek king God Zeus and his wife Hera. The area is home to several smaller shrines, gymnasiums, sculptors and workshops. According to historic texts, Olympia was the site of the ancient Olympic games that began in ancient Greece dating back to 776 BC. Even today the ancient Olympic torch can still be seen here, where it comes back after four years to commemorate the ceremony.
Post this you will be taken to the historical museum in Olympia where you will be able to witness exhibits of unique sculptural masterpieces like Praxiteles' Hermes, Paeoneus' Victory, Apollo and many more. The journey across Olympia will continue on as you cross the newly constructed bridge near Patra as you head to your location of Arachova. The small village of Arachova is a quaint and peaceful village that lies on the outskirts of Olympia. In the evening you will have the chance to take a relaxing break with a nice dinner at a local tavern. While you roam the streets of this peaceful mountainous village.
Day six of the tour will commence after a hearty Geek breakfast. You will move to Delphi's archaeological site and the Delhpi Museum, which was once considered the centre of the entire Greek world. As it is the same location which served as the sanctuary for the Oracle and later became the humble abode of the Greek god Apollo during the classical era. After exploring the region of Delphi, you will make your way to Kalambaka, while stopping on the way to the historical Gravia. It was at this very location where Odysseus Androutsos with a team of only 100 men stopped eight thousand Turks in their tracks. We will make a quick stop for some coffee at the town of Domokos, before making our way to the hotel in Kalambaka.
Start the day by visiting Meteora, one of the most impressive sites in the world with ancient monasteries perched on top of granite monoliths. Learn about three of the monasteries suspended between the earth and the sky that contain historical and religious treasures, as well as Byzantine art. While driving back to Athens, you will stop again at Domokos for coffee or lunch, before visiting Leonidas' giant statue in Thermopiles, which was popularized by the movie 300, where the Persians fought the vastly outnumbered Greeks for three days. It was obvious that the Persians were going to win, but Leonidas stayed and fought the final battle with only 300 Spartans. After visiting Arkista, your journey will end in Athens where you will catch your flight to Crete. You will be met at the airport by a representative who will transfer you to your luxury hotel.
Take a private half-day tour of Knossos Palace or spend the day relaxing on your own. We will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the main centre of the Minoan Civilization before visiting the Archeological Museum of Heraklion. As you explore the city, stop at the Old Port, the Venetian Walls, the Municipal Market, the Castle or the Koules, museums, churches, fountains, and stores of your choice.
Relax on one of Crete's endless turquoise beaches or take in the island's rich history and culture. Your travel consultant can recommend their personal favorites.
On the final day of the tour, the group will have their breakfast at the hotel in Crete. After this, you will be transferred to the Heraklion International Airport for your flight back to Athens and then your home country, with memories of a wonderful tour that would last for a long time.