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Detailed Itinerary

Arrival at Athens International Airport, meeting with an English-speaking assistant who will help you pick up your car.
Drive to the center of Athens.
Overnight at your hotel in Athens.

After your breakfast, meeting with your English-speaking Guide and departure by private car for your Athens Sightseeing tour including a panoramic tour of the city and a visit to Acropolis Archeological site. Our expert guide will take you to see the centre of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament (ex. Royal Palace), the Tomb to the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann s House, the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, the University and the National library. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, St. Paul s Church, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and will have a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion with its porch of Maidens and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the famous Parthenon. Return to your hotel and remaining of your day at leisure.
Overnight at your hotel in Athens

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:
-ATHENS MARKET SHOPPING & COOKING CLASS 85€ per pax

After breakfast depart by your car from Athens and start your 4-day classical tour.
Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidaurus, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the town of Nauplion (short photo stop) and through the plain of Argos arrive to Myceane and visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. In Mycenae you will have the opportunity to have CERAMIC LESSONS in Silo Art.
In the afternoon (optional stop for souvenirs) depart for Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games through Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis.
Overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games.

In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. After the visit you will have the opportunity to taste local products like wine, olives and oil. Then drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia, short stop in Patras town and afterwards cross the magnificent bridge of Corinthian Bay driving from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque town of Nafpactos, along the coastal road arrive in Delphi- known in ancient times as the navel of the world. In the afternoon visit the picturesque mountain village of Arachova.
Overnight stay in Arachova

After breakfast visit the Archaeological Site and the Museum of Delphi, one of the most important museums in Greece. Depart for Kalambaka via Central Greece (short stop by Lamia). Kalambaka is a small town stated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic grey rocks crowned by the Meteora Monasteries.
Overnight in Kalambaka.

OPTIONAL ACIVITIES
-MAJESTIC SUNSET METEORA TOUR 25€ per pax

Visit Meteora, among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. To enter the monasteries, appropriate clothing is required.
After the Metora visit, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the largest Icon-painting workshops in Greece. In this atelier, icons are created with the use of old traditional methods, while our visitors have the chance to watch this process in detail. Experienced and talented artists are happy to share with you the secrets of their work In the atelier, you can also find icon creations of the monks of Mount Athos.
Return to Athens via towns of Trikala and Lamia and passing the heroic monument of Leonidas of Sparta at Thermopylae.
Arrive in Athens early in the evening and overnight.

After breakfast, depart at indicated time for Athens International Airport and your departure flight.

Inclusions

• 6 overnights on BB basis in 4* hotels (standard rooms) as per itinerary
ATHENS : HOTEL NIECHE
OLYMPIA : HOTEL EUROPA
ARACHOVA : HOTEL SKAMNOS OR ARGYRIOU GUEST HOUSE
KALAMBAKA : HOTEL GRAND METEORA
• Half Day Athens Sightseeing Tour on private Basis (inc. English Speaking guide, e/fees and vehicle)
• Ceramic lessons in Silo Art in Mycenae
• Taste local products in Olympia
• Workshop in Byzantine icons Zervopoulos in Kalambaka
• Car Rental BMW 116 diesel or similar
• English-speaking escort upon arrival

Exclusions

• Lunches
• Dinners
• Drinks (except during wine tasting)
• Licensed Guides (except Athens Sightseeing)
• Entrance Fees to Archeological sites & museums (except Acropolis & Museum)
• Personal expenses
• Parking Expenses
• Fuel Expenses
• Navigation System (GPS)
• Accommodation Tax
• Everything not mentioned in the “included” section and the itinerary above

Notes

CANCELLATION POLICY
For cancellations received (according to Greek Timezone):
21-15 days before the arrival date 75% cancellation fees will apply
14-0 days prior the arrival date, non-show or early departure, 100% cancellation fees will apply

Important Notes:
Accommodation Tax will be paid by the clients at the hotel directly.
Should the VAT or the value of entrance fees of sites and museum increase, given rates will be adjusted accordingly.
Pick up point / Drop Off point of the car rental: Athens Airport

SUPPLEMENT:
- IN CASE THE ABOVE PROGRAM WILL BE MATERIALIZED BY A PRIVATE CAR (MERCEDES E CLASS) AND DRIVER  SUPPL. 2.180€ PER CAR (the driver will not sleep at the same hotels).
- MAXIMUM DRIVING 8 HRS.
- LOCAL GUIDES SUPPL. APPROX 150€ PER SITE

Trip Highlights

ATHENS-EPIDAURUS-MYCENAE-OLYMPIA-DELPHI-KALAMPAKA-METEORA

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