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8 Day Essential Greece 2017-2018 (Saturday Departure)

8 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
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DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Greece
Depart for Greece

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Athens
Arrive in Athens, the classical capital of Greece. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover the ancient wonders of this city known as the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy. This evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow traveling companions for a welcome drink and orientation at your hotel.

DAY 3, Monday - Athens Walking Tour
This morning meet your Tour Manager at the hotel and board the metro for Syntagma Square. Upon arrival, walk to Constitution Square where you might catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in the traditional Greek style. Walk through the lively Plaka area, the oldest section of Athens, a neighborhood of charming restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes. Finally visit the Acropolis Museum, built at the base of the famous monument, housing many of the precious original statues from the Acropolis. This afternoon is at leisure to further discover Athens on your own. Alternatively, join the optional guided tour of the Acropolis, the architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens and today designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Breakfast)

Optional: Acropolis Archaeological Site Walking Tour (PM).

DAY 4, Tuesday - Sightseeing en route to Olympia
Depart Athens via the scenic coastal road to the mighty Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Continue via Nauplion to Mycenae, the heartland of Greek mythology. Visit the Acropolis of Mycenae and the Tomb of Atreus, built around 1250 B.C. From here, drive through the Central Peloponnese Peninsula, whose major cities in classical times were Corinth and Sparta. Continue to Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5, Wednesday - Tour the Olympia Archaeological Site 
Morning visit to the archaeological site of Olympia, including the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, and the ancient stadium where the Olympic Games were first held in 776 B.C. At the Archaeological Museum view astonishing Greek works of art such as the Nike of Paionios and terracotta statues dating back to the 5th century B.C. Then, drive north through the plains of Eliad and Achaia, crossing the Corinth Strait via a cabled bridge from Rion to Antirion. Pass the town of Nafpaktos en route to Delphi, home of the ruins of the Tholos Temple. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 6, Thursday - Archaeological Tour of Delphi
Tour the excavated site of Delphi and the archaeological Museum, perched on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of the most important places in Greek history, its stunning setting and ancient ruins are truly inspirational. Walk the Sacred Way to the imposing 4th century Temple of Apollo, site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Travel south this afternoon, arriving in Athens in the late afternoon. Tonight, consider joining the optional dinner in Athens. Travel to the lively Plaka area under the Acropolis and enjoy a 3-course traditional Greek dinner, including wine. (Breakfast)

Optional: Dinner in Athens (PM)

DAY 7, Friday - Full Day in Athens
Today is at leisure to explore Athens independently. Perhaps join the optional full day cruise to Hydra Island. Travel by bus from Athens to the port for embarkation on a cruise to Hydra, Poros and Aegina islands. Enjoy time at leisure to explore Hydra on your own. Afterward, board your ship and sail to Poros, the smallest of the three islands, and historical Aegina, known for its delicious pistachios and the Temple of Afea. Explore Aegina independently, or opt for an excursion by coach to the temple. Finally, sail back and return to your hotel in Athens. (Breakfast)

Optional: Full Day Cruise to Hydra.

DAY 8, Saturday - Depart Greece
Your vacation ends after breakfast. (Breakfast)

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All This Included
  • 6 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • 8 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 3-6)
  • Services of local guide in Athens
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
Highlights
  • Visit the Acropolis Museum, a modern museum housing ancient relics from the Acropolis
  • Visit Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
  • Tour the archaeological sites of Delphi and the Temple of Apollo
Accommodations
Athens: The Stanley or Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
Olympia: Europa Hotel or Arty Grand Hotel
Delphi: Hotel Apollonia or Amalia Hotel
Arachova: Domotel Anemolia Mountain Resort
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • This is a partially escorted tour with services of a tour manager and porterage in Olympia, and Delphi. These services are not provided in Athens however a local guide will be present for the city tour. This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, and significant slopes.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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