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The Best of Greece (6670) - 2015 / 2014

10 Day Tour from Athens to Athens


The Best of Greece
Corinth Canal in Greece
Corinth Canal 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
Delphi Ruins
Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece
Ancient amphitheater in Epidaurus, Greece
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Discover the best of historic and mythical Greece. Begin your vacation with two nights in Athens and guided sightseeing that includes the amazing ancient Acropolis as well as time at leisure. Cross the Corinth Canal and marvel at the perfect acoustics of the Epidaurus Theater and at the remains of the Mycenae fortress. Visit Sparta and Olympia, the legendary home of the Olympic Games, then cross the spectacular Rion-Antirion Bridge and spend time in mythical Delphi. Marvel at the extraordinary rock-top Meteora monasteries before returning to Athens.

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Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:
Visits to Epidaurus, Nauplia, Sparta, Mystra, Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora

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

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Athens and 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

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 is home to a large artist community and where beautiful boutiques line the scenic harbor. (B)

Day 3Athens–Corinth–Epidaurus–Nauplia

Join the included sightseeing tour of Athens, featuring the highlights of this ancient capital with a visit to the Acropolis. Next, west to the Corinth Canal. Journey into the Argolis to stop in Epidaurus, located in the hilly countryside dotted with pine trees and oleanders. In this magnificent setting you’ll visit the open-air theater that can still seat 14,000 spectators. Head for the coast and overnight in Nauplia. (B)

Day 4Nauplia–Mycenae–Sparta

This morning, enjoy the included excursion with a Local Guide to Mycenae, a city fortress cursed by the gods but rich in gold and warrior kings. Motor south in the afternoon deep into the Peloponnese to Sparta for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 5Sparta–Mystra–Olympia

Your morning highlight will be the included sightseeing of the medieval Byzantine citadel of Mystra, at one time known as the “Florence of the East.” In the afternoon, drive to Olympia. (B,D)

Day 6Olympia–Delphi

Focus on Olympia, where the athletes of antiquity performed in honor of the king of deities. Learn more about the history of the Olympic Games on the optional sightseeing tour. In the afternoon, drive north to Patras, the capital of the Peloponnese and the west coast’s largest port. Then, proceed via the spectacular Rion-Antirion Bridge through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mythical Delphi. (B)

Day 7Delphi–Kalambaka

Optional morning sightseeing of the archaeological site in Delphi. Once called the “Navel of the Earth,” Delphi was the greatest Oracle of the ancient world, where people flocked to seek advice. Now, it’s one of the grandest sights in Greece; its theater and Temple of Apollo still stand in their lovely natural setting. In the afternoon, drive north by way of Lamia and on to Trikala in Thessaly for an overnight in Kalambaka. (B,D)

Day 8Kalambaka–Meteora–Athens

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, drive south to Athens for an overnight. Why not join the optional Greek dinner? (B)

Day 9Athens

A full day at leisure to explore the unseen parts of the city, do last-minute shopping, or maybe even join one of the many optionals available. (B)

Day 10Athens

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 Golden Age (F)
NAUPLIA Rex (ST)
SPARTA Maniatis (ST)
OLYMPIA Olympion Asty (F)
DELPHI Apollonia (F)
KALAMBAKA Antoniadis (F)

Buffet breakfasts; 3 dinners

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