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Religion Tour of Northern Greece

Duration:
12 Days
Departure:
Everyday
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Visit the Mount of Athos, the Monasteries of Meteora, Ancient Market in Korinthos, Gortyna Crete and the beautiful Island of Santorini!

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 ZeusNational GardenParliament, 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 – Delphi – Thessaloniki
After your breakfast, pick you up from your Hotel about 08.30 and about 2 hours later we will arrive at Delphi area. Along the way, you will see the plain of Beotia, an agricultural center and you will also pass by the city of Theva, the birthplace of King Oedipus. Our first stop that it is worth to visit will be at the wonderful Byzantine Monastery of St. Loukas or at the Monastery of St. John Theologos. Continuing we will visit Castalia Spring, visit at the archaeological site and view the monument of the Argive Kings, the treasury of the Athenians, the Athenian Stoa, the Polygonal Wall, the monument of Platea and  the Temple of Apollo famous for its oracle and  Delphi museum, with its spectacular exhibits include the frieze of the Treasury of the Sifnians, the Naxian Sphinx, the Statue of Antinoos the metopes of the Athenian treasury, the famous bronze Charioteer, originally created to commemorate a victory during the 476 B.C. Pythian Games, and many other artifacts. Late in the evening and through at the wonderful Tempi Valley, we arrive at the biggest town of Northern Greece, Thessaloniki. Having check –in at the hotel and you have free time to walk and enjoy the town and the coast of Thermaikos Gulf. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
4th Day: Thessaloniki - Kavala
Start early in the morning, and we visit the small town of Nea Fokea and the ‘’Agiasma of St. Paul’’, that is an underground corridor ends to a chamber where St. Paul was hidden when people of Thessaloniki was running after him. Afterwards, we will reach the town of Kavala and then Filippoi, where St, Paul preached his first evangelical sermon and baptized the first Christians in Europe! Visit the ‘’Baptismal’’ site, where Lydia baptized as the first European woman and the secret crypt where Paul was prisoned in. Finally, we visit Acropolis of Filippoi, the Ancient Market, Basilica and Theatre. Overnight in Kavala.

5th Day: Kavala - Mount of Athos Tour
After your breakfast we will driving along to Ouranoupolis in order to take the ferry for Mount of Athos that is called Virgin Mary’s garden. The jewel of Orthodoxy. The place where Holy Fathers have lived for centuries in enlightenment and continue to do so. For the devout, it is a place of spiritual enlightenment, a place of worship, a chance for reflection, meditation and spiritual renewal. The ferry depart at 14.00 starting from Ouranoupolis and we will see 7 monasteries, our English speaking guide explain everything about the monasteries. The duration of the tour is about 3 hours. At the end about 19.00, our driver pick you up and driving to your hotel at Thessaloniki for overnight.
6th Day: Thessaloniki to Meteora:
We leave from Kavala, and we arrive at the beautiful town of Veria at Northwestern Greece. Visit the made of marble ‘’Vima of Apostle Paul’’, the place Paul preached to the people of one of his beloved towns for many days. We continue to the Ancient town of Vergina and to the King’s tombs, one of them of Alexander the Great father and ex-king, and we finally arrive to the picturesque town of Kalambaka, next to the amazing Monasteries of Meteora. Overnight in Kalambaka (Meteora).
7th Day: Meteora - Korinthos:
Early in the morning, we drive to Meteora and the breathtaking rock tower monasteries of the 11th Century! We visit the first great monastery of Varlaam, founded on 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! If we have more time depend form the opened hours of the Monasteries we will visit Agia Triada (also Ayia Triada or Aghia Triada; "Holy Trinity" is one of the most dramatically positioned monastery of the Meteora. We arrive for overnight at Korinthos, Peloponnese. Overnight in Korinthos.

8th Day: Korinthos to Athens
In Corinth, one of Paul’s beloved cities, the town that inspired many of Paul’s letters, we keep following his steps, by visiting, the ancient Roman market with the famous speakers platform (Vima) form which Saint Paul preach to the citizens, the Temple of Apollo, also we will visit the Cathedral of St. Paul, and walk at the same paths that Apostle of Nations walked and preached hundreds of years earlier. We will also visit the ancient town of Mycenae and the Gate of Lions, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, and after a short stop at the Canal of Corinth we return back to Athens. Transfer to hotel for overnight.

9th Day: Athens - Santorini
After breakfast we will be transfered to Pireas to get the ship to Santorini Island which departs at 08:20 am and arrives at 10:25 am. Our driver will be waiting at Santorini port and transfer you at your hotel. After your check in and your rest our driver pick you up from your hotel at about 14.00 to visit Pyrgos village that is the highest point of the island,  stands the Monastery of Prophet Elias, which was built in 1711, Megalochori, Archaeological sites of Akrotiri the famous Red beach. At the end of the tour we will return at your hotel. Free time for yourself. Overnight in Santorini

10th Day: Santorini island
After your breakfast, the bus pick up up (about 10.30) form your hotel to transfer you at Athinios Port to take the boat in order to visit VOLCANO – HOT SPRING – THIRASIA here you can swimming at Hot Spring if you wish and then reach at THIRASIA a wonderful small islands which you have a rest and lunch. After that you will reach at Amoudi beach, will get off the boat you will walk on foot or with donkey to reach at famous Oia (about 17.00) to admire the sunset, to walk at Narrow Street, etc. The end of sunset (about 20.00 0  the bus wait for you at Oia area to transfer you back to your hotel. Overnight in Santorini.
11th Day: Santorini to Athens
Free time for yourself until our driver transfer you to Santorini Port at 15:30 for Piraeus Port and you will arrive at 23.15. Transfer you at your hotel. Overnight in Athens.
12th Day: Athens Departure
Our driver transfer you at Athens airport according to your flight details.

 

Prices and Services

 PRICE PER PERSON IN DBL ROOM
On request

Included

  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in Athens at 3*/4* hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation in Thessaloniki at 3*/4* hotel
  • 1 night accommodation in Kalambaka at 3*/4* hotel
  • 1 night accommodation in Korinthos at 3*/4* hotel
  • 3 nights accommodation in Santorini at 3*/4* hotel
  • Breakfast daily
  • 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

Additional notes

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