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Footsteps of St. Paul & Aegean Cruise

Duration:
10 Days
Departure:
Everyday
from

Olympia - Delphi - Kalambaka - Meteora - Athens - Cruise to Kusadasi - Patmos - Heraklio Crete

1ST Day: Arrival in Athens  - Optional Tour: Athens By Night & Greek dance show
Arrival in Athens where our representative will meet and assist you.  Then you will be transferred to your hotel for check in. The rest of the day will be free at your disposal. You can enjoy a walking tour of the historical area of Athens between Plaka and Monastiraki or Ermou Street which is famous for shopping. Late afternoon we recommend our organized tour Athens by Night & Greek dance show.  The tour starts with a visit to the main Greek port of Piraeus, passing by the most important points of the city (City Hall, picturesque yacht's harbour of Microlimano etc). Following the principal avenues and passing by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, National Garden, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament we arrive at Plaka. Short pleasant walk through the old unique Athens city to one of the popular taverns for dinner with live bouzouki music and Greek folk dances. Overnight at hotel.

2nd Day: Athens Sightseeing & Acropolis Museum & Optional Half Day tour to Cape Sounion
After our breakfast, you will start our Athens half day tour which begins with a panoramic drive around Syntagma square, passing by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arch, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Catholic Cathedral,and Schliemann’s House. You will then drive past the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Your licensed guide will explain more of Athens’s history old and new as you look at these stately buildings. Continue for  a photo stop at Panathinaiko Stadium where the first  Olympic Games took place in 1896. It is the only stadium built out of white marble. Proceed, passing by Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus.  Make your way to the archaeological site of Acropolis an UNESCO’S world heritage monument and visit Propylae the monumental entrance to the Acropolis which blends Doric and Ionic building principles, and the small temple Athena Nike, which stands on a protruding mass of rock, protecting the gate to the citadel and of course the Parthenon, and Erechtheion with its porch of Maidens. For those who may be interested  we will continue the expert guided Athens sightseeing and museum tour with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theater, in order to visit the  ACROPOLIS museum. Avoid and skip the lines of the new museum. Main attractions such as votives, artifacts of everyday life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you. Transfer to hotel & the rest of the day free . On the afternoon we recommend  an organized tour in Cape Sounio & the temple of Poseidon. Begin your Sounio tour with a wonderful drive  along the scenic coastal road which affords a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf, passing through some of Athens most beautiful suburbs (Glyfada,Vouliagmeni, Varkiza). As you approach Cape Sounion, it rises like a sheer cliff out of the sea. At  Cape Sounio where you will visit the 5th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon with one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world(on a clear day you can see at least seven islands).The precipice is a sheer 197 foot drop to the sea. Land masses to the west stand out in sharp profile: the island of Aegina backed by the mountains of the Peloponnese. The beauty of the surviving Doric columns has inspired many poets, including Lord Byron who carved his name on one of the columns.  Transfer back to hotel for overnight.

3rd Day: Athens – Epidaurus – Nafplion -  Myceane - Olympia
Depart from Athens for the Corinth canal (short stop). Drive to Epidaurus and visit the Ancient theatre, world famous for its outstanding acoustics. Proceed to Nauplia (short stop) and through the plain of Argos arrive to Myceane. Visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. In the afternoon (optional stop for souvenirs) depart for Olympia, the birth place of the Olympic Games. Overnight stay in Olympia.


4th Day: Olympia – Patra – Rio – Antirio – Nafpaktos – Arachova - Delphi
Visit the archaeological site with the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Stadium and the archaeological Museum. Depart via PATRAS (short stop) to RION, cross the Corinthian bay by the  bridge to ANTIRION. Pass by the city of Nafpaktos and from there on,  along the coastal road to Delphi, known in ancient times as the navel of the world. In the afternoon visit the picturesque mountain village of Arachova. Overnight stay in Delphi.


5th Day: Delphi Sightseeing  – Kalambaka
Visit the archaeological site, and, the Museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka via Central Greece (short stop by Lamia). Overnight stay in Kalambaka (a small town built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks and crowned by the Meteora Monasteries).


6th Day: Meteora-Athens
Visit Meteora the ageless monasteries and speciments of Byzantine art. Early evening return to Athens.


7th Day: Athens-Piraeus-Myconos
Transfer to Piraeus this morning to embark on your luxury cruise ship for a three day cruise to the Greek Islands and Turkey. First port of call is the exciting island of Myconos.


8th Day: Kusadasi - Patmos
First port of call is the Turkish port of Kusadasi with the option to visit Ephessus, one of the most complete ancient cities ever excavated. Then on to the island of Patmos, where participating in the optional tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery & the Grotto of St. John, where he lived and recorded the book of the Revelation.


9th Day: Heraklio-Santorini
First port of call is the Cretan port of Heraklio. Take the opportunity to participate in the optional tour to the Palace of Knossos, to visit the center of the Minoan Civilization. Continue in the afternoon to the most breathtaking island, Santorini, believed to be the lost continent of the Atlantis.


10th Day: Athens-airport
After breakfast on board, disembarkation and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Prices and Services

 PRICE PER PERSON IN DBL ROOM
On request

General Notes

  • SINGLE | TRIPLE Rates upon request
  • OPTIONAL TOURS Rates upon request
  • Special offers for groups & Travel agencies

Included

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in  Athens
  • 1 night accommodation in Olympia in tourist class hotel
  • 1 night accommodation in Delphi in tourist class hotel
  • 1 night accommodation in Kalambaka in tourist class hotel
  • Cruise Accomodation in inside cabin (exterior cabin + 75 €), full board (breakfast, Lunch & dinner), taxes & other expences
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 dinners totally ( 1 in Olympia, 1 in Delphi and 1 in Kalambaka)
  • Athens sightseeing tour – Half day city tour including the Acropolis museum
  • Entrance fees of the Acropolis and Acropolis museum
  • Services of a Professional and licensed guide for the sightseeing of Athens
  • Transportation by luxury bus
  • Entrance fees
  • Round trip transfers as per itinerary
  • Tours as per itinerary
  • Services of a Professional and Licensed guide for the tours
  • Information documents

Not included

  • Optional excursions, transfer services to/of departure ports, travel insurance, spa services, personal expenses
  • International flight tickets
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expensses
  • Anything is not included on the included services

There is discount of 100 € per person if the tour is booked till 31st of August for October period!