Cosmos

Greek Odyssey (6500) - 2014

8 Day Tour from Athens to Athens


Greek Odyssey
The Meteora monastery in Greece
The Meteora monastery in Greece
Olympia is the founding city of the Olympics, dated from 776 B.C.E.
The monasteries in Meteora, Greece are built on natural sandstone rock pillars
Delphi, Greece, known in ancient times known as the Navel of the Earth
In Meteora, Greece monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars
Corinth Canal in Greece
Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece
Ancient amphitheater in Epidaurus, Greece
Delphi Ruins
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Vacation Overview

Greece is a fascinating country with a long history and many fascinating traditions. This vacation features the major sites, starting in Athens with its Acropolis and lively Plaka district dotted with cafés and archaeological findings. Discover Meteora with its extraordinary monasteries built atop rock formations; ancient Delphi, site of the Delphic Oracle; and Olympia, site of the first Olympic Games. Test the acoustics at the Epidaurus Theater, and explore Mycenae, where Agamemnon’s golden mask was found. Cross the Corinth Canal and return to Athens for the conclusion of your Greek adventure.

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Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:
Visits to Epidaurus, Meteora, Kalambaka

Scenic Highlights:
Peloponnese, Mount Parnassus, Arcadian Mountains, Corinth Canal, Rion-Antirion Bridge

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae. Professional Tour Director while touring


Day 1Arrive in Athens, Greece

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring the Greek capital. Later, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers and maybe join them in an optional evening out.

Day 2Athens–Kalambaka

This morning’s included sightseeing features the highlights of Athens with a visit to the Acropolis. In the afternoon, after bypassing Lamia into Thessaly and by way of Trikala to Kalambaka, spend the night in the vicinity of Meteora, which will be visited tomorrow. (B,D)

Day 3Kalambaka–Meteora–Delphi

A short drive to Meteora, which is a cluster of monastic buildings perched in an unforgettable manner on a set of rising rock formations. Your included visit is certainly the day´s highlight. Later, retrace your steps southwards to reach Delphi for an overnight. (B)

Day 4Delphi–Olympia

Included morning sightseeing in Delphi, in ancient times known as the “Navel of the Earth.” Located five minutes from the village, the ancient site, backed by imposing Mount Parnassus, is in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the country. Sightseeing will guide you along the Sacred Way to see the Temple of Apollo, some of the treasures, and the theater. This afternoon, follow the Gulf of Corinth through Nakpaktos to Antirion over the new spectacular bridge towards Olympia for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 5Olympia–Epidaurus–Nauplia

The original home of the Olympic Games, first held in 776 BC, Olympia was a sacred precinct to the god Zeus, whose temple once housed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This morning’s included sightseeing takes in the ancient stadium where the games were held and the temples of Zeus and his wife, Hera. Later, travel across the mountains of Arcadia, passing through Tripolis before entering the Argolis, land of Greek myths and legends. Stop awhile to visit the Epidaurus theater, which can still seat 14,000 spectators. Overnight in Nauplia on the Argolic Gulf. (B)

Day 6Nauplia–Mycenae–Corinth Canal–Athens

This morning, visit the imposing ruins of the site of Mycenae with a Local Guide (entrance fees included), the ancient city Homer called a “city rich in gold.” It was here that the Golden Mask of Agamemnon was unearthed, along with many other treasures that matched exactly Homer’s descriptions in the Iliad. Enter the city by the magnificent Lion’s Gate and stroll up to Agamemnon’s Royal Palace. Then, to the Corinth Canal for a brief stop before continuing to Athens for two overnights. (B)

Day 7Athens

An opportunity to see island life from the cruise ship on the optional three-island cruise, visiting Aegina, Poros, and Hydra. Poros is a lush island with a maze of narrow streets. Aegina is the main producer of pistachio nuts in Greece, while Hydra, where beautiful boutiques line the scenic harbor, is home to a large artist’s community. (B)

Day 8Athens

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Athens if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach


ATHENS Acropolis Select (F)
KALAMBAKA Famisi (ST)
DELPHI Apollonia (F)
OLYMPIA Olympia Palace (F)
NAUPLIA Rex (ST)

Buffet breakfasts; 2 dinners

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