A Taste of Athens
A perfect introduction to the oldest and most historical neighborhood of Athens, begin this evening with an escorted walking tour of Plaka. Built around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, the district of Plaka is known as the neighborhood of the gods, referring not only to the numerous Archaeological sites, but also to the ancient gods of Greece and their passion for entertainment, drinking wine and dancing. While making your way through the labyrinth of small streets lined with souvenir shops selling leather, jewelry, replicas of archaelogical findings, also notice the neoclassical architecture. See the old houses, once mansions, with their red roof tiles, the Lysikrates Momument opposite Hadrians Arch and as you proceed along the main pedestrian street within Plaka called Andrianou Street, you will pass by the Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, the Bath house of the Winds, finally making your way towards the Greek taverna for dinner and entertainment. Our typical Greek menu begins with various starters to introduce you to the local food including cheese pies, spinach pies, village sausage, stuffed vine leaves and meatballs along with the famous tzatziki dip made of yogurt and garlic, a full greek salad and bread. The main course is a pork or chicken "souvlaki" served with oven potatoes and dessert is walnut cake with a scoop of ice-cream. Red and white local barrel wine is served to accompany this meal.
Approximate value: 45 EUR per person
"Today you have the opportunity to be taken on a guided tour of the newly built and internationally renowned Acropolis museum. Constructed in 2007 and designed by a Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi in co-operation with a Greek architect Michalis Fotiadis, the museum covers 25,000 sq. meters with 14,000 sq. meters of exhibition space. This was a long awaited vision of the Athenians to successfully support, conserve, safely house, and display the thousands of artifacts currently associated with the Acropolis and ancient Athens. Free time is allowed for walking or shopping in the Plaka district of Athens before entering the museum. The museum itself, suspended on pillars, is built above a large urban settlement which can be seen by looking down while walking around the exhibition as the floor surface is made of glass. The main attraction of the museum is the Parthenon Gallery. Found on the third floor, you can see what remains in Greece of the Parthenon marbles and fully understand the size and structure of the Acropolis. The gallery also constructed of glass, provides spectacular views of the Acropolis.
Approximate value: 30 EUR per person
"An early departure from the hotel with your Tour Director at approximately 7.15am, and drive to the designated port for embarkation on today's cruise of the Saronic Gulf. Departing at 8.00 am, begin sailing towards the island of Hydra, located approximately 37 nautical miles from the southern mainland. You will notice that donkeys are used for transportation on this small island as cars, by law, are prohibited. On Hydra you will stay approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes allowing for a walk around the shops along the quay or a swim in the Aegean Sea. Departing Hydra, en-route to the island of Poros, a Greek style buffet lunch is served with many of the local traditional foods including Greek salad, stuffed vine leaves, fish roe salad, beans, beetroot, tzatziki, local cheeses, and main courses with fish, beef, pork, chicken or vegetables are served. The island of Poros, 31 nautical miles from Piraeus and with only a 200 meter wide stretch of sea separating it from the town of Galatas on the mainland, is a popular weekend destination for Athenian travelers. The cruise remains on Poros for approximately 1 hour before departing for your final destination, the island of Aegina. The island of Aegina with a population of 13,550 is the largest of the 3 islands visited today. The ship remains at the port for approximately 2 hours allowing time for shopping, swimming or sightseeing. Even though an extinct volcano substitutes for 2/3's of the island, Aegina is well known for cultivating pistachio nuts and exporting worldwide. Estimated time of return to the port after todays cruise is approximately 19.30.
Approximate value: 88 EUR per person