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7 Day Essential Greece 2020-2021 (Monday Departure)

7 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
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DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Greece
Depart for Greece.

DAY 2, Tuesday - 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 travelers for a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting at approximately 7 PM at your hotel. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible.

DAY 3, Wednesday - Athens Walking Tour
This morning is at leisure, or join the optional guided tour of the Acropolis. This architectural masterpiece was built during the Golden Age of Athens and today is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For passengers who opt not participate in the optional tour, transportation has been included to meet the Tour Manager and the rest of the group at the Acropolis Museum. Visit the museum, built at the base of the famous monument, housing many of the precious original statues from the Acropolis. After lunch on your own, join the Tour Manager for a walk through the lively Plaka area, the oldest section of Athens, a neighborhood of charming restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes. Continue by bus to Syntagma Square. Upon arrival, you might catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in the traditional Greek style. Tonight, consider joining the optional dinner in Athens. Begin the evening with a panoramic drive through illuminated Athens. Continue to the lively Plaka area under the Acropolis and enjoy a 3-course traditional Greek dinner, including wine and live music at a typical Greek taverna. (Breakfast)

Optional: Acropolis Archaeological Site Walking Tour (AM)
Optional: Dinner in Athens (PM)

DAY 4, Thursday - 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, Friday - 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. Visit a local store, where you will have a chance to taste local olive oil and spices. 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, Saturday - 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 B.C. Temple of Apollo, site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Afterward, travel south and arrive in Athens in the late afternoon. The rest of the evening is at leisure to further discover Athens on your own. Tonight, attend a Farewell Reception with your Tour Manager and newfound friends. (Breakfast)

DAY 7, Sunday - Full Day in Athens
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)

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All This Included
  • 5 nights accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 7 meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • 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: Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
Olympia: Europa Hotel
Delphi: Hotel Apollonia

Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • In order to attend the Orientation Meeting at approximately 7 PM on Day 2, we recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 PM or earlier, if possible.
  • This value program provides the comfort of an escorted tour, with the freedom to explore on your own. Minimal inclusions plus a variety of optional excursions allow maximum customization. This program is moderately active. Walking is done over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. For touring days, expect most of the sightseeing to require three to four hours of walking as well as a considerable time standing. Many historical cities have specific driving regulations, with set drop off and pick up points, that result in extra walking to and from the sights. The pacing is moderate as numerous sites are included. A variety of airfare options are available for this program, including some low-cost fares which may exclude complimentary checked luggage and advance seat assignments. Please read each offering to ensure you choose the option that best fits your wishes. This is a Value program. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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