Educational Tour in Greece

Optional day: Arrive in Athens, Transfer from the airport to your hotel by the Acropolis. We'll visit the Acropolis and the highlights of Athens. Optional tour Athens by night.

1st day: Starting from Athens we drive westwards towards along the scenic coast of the Saronic Gulf until we reach the Corinth canal with its breathtaking views (short stop). Shortly after we reach the Ancient town of Corinth (visit). Back in ancient times Corinth was almost one of the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge Agora (market place) and Apollo's Temple (6th c. B.C.)

 

Visit Mycenae, the Homeric city of the Atreides - the city "rich in gold" of the ancient poets. (Visit the Lions Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, the Royal Tombs e.t.c.).
Proceed to Nafplion, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress. Overnight in a traditional hotel, located in the centre of the old city, just under the castle.

2nd day: Nafplion  (first capital city of Greece in modern times) the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress. After breakfast on a beautiful veranda with the best view over the city, visit the castle of Palamidi which is a unique fort. Compromised of seven individual Bastions.

Then drive on to Epidavros to visit the sanctuary of Asklepios, the most brilliant centre of healing in the ancient world and the theatre (4th century B.C.) one of the most perfect and the best preserved of the ancient Greek theatres, famous for its acoustics (On summer weekends ancient plays take place).
3rd day: Leave Nafplion in the morning, through Central Peloponnese. We'll drive south by the scenic coast  of the Argolis Gulf, from the town of Astros we will turn to Central Peloponnese, (Arcadia, through the village of Agios Petros, ( 3000 ft. high -short stop -the village became capital city of Greece for 24 hours, short stop) and  Karies on the slopes of the mount Parnon.

 

Shortly we will arrive in Sparta, the modern town was developed in the reign of King Otto after 1834. Visit the archaeological site, the Acropolis and the theatre of Ancient Sparta and then on to visit the Medieval state of Mystras
Continue for Mani an undeveloped rocky wild area strewn with 15th 16th c. stone tower houses. Areopolis: This is a large village (with taverns) in the typical Maniot style with tradesmen's workshops (bakery), tower houses and churches (Overnight in a  tower house built in 17th c.)  
4th day:  Leave after breakfast,  down the west coast of Mani, opening into Diros Bay are two caves which were explored after the Second World War. The largest, Glifada, is one of the most spectacular natural sights in Greece. We'll visit the Caves and Museum of Diros tel. (0733) 52.22. The cave is well organized for visitors with floating lights and colored light projectors. The guided tour consists of a boat trip (about 2km/1.25mi) along both arms of the river which splits in two in the cave. Daily 8a.m to 5p.m (2.30p.m winter) Entrance fee 12 Euro child (under 12) 6 Euro. Return to Arepolis and drive through the scenic coast and via Kalamata to Olympia / overnight

5th day:  The ruins of Olympia in the idyllic Alfios Valley testify to the grandeur of the ancient sanctuary which through the Olympic Games was a symbol of Greek unity - the cradle of the Olympic Games. After breakfast we'll visit  the archaeological area of Olympia, the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus the Archaeological Museum (one of the biggest and nicest in Greece) and the Museum of the Olympic games. Overnight in Olympia.

6th day: Departure , drive on through the plains of Elias and Arcadia, and take the Car-Ferry across the "Little Dardanelles - Half hour" from Rio to Antirio. Take in the site of the newly built suspension bridge.

Crossing to the picturesque town of Nafpaktos, charming little city at the northwest end of the Gulf of Corinth which was fortified by the Venetians in the 15C. Under its medieval name of Lepando it recalls the famous naval battle which took place in 1571 between the Christian fleet from Spain, Genoa, Naples, Malta and Venice with the Turkish fleet of Sultan Selim.
Continue along the scenic new road on the coast until we arrive in Delphi . Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios and the Museum in the evening. Overnight in Delphi or Arachova one of the most traditional villages in Greece.
7th day: Further sightseeing of Delphi, visit Castalia Spring and the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaea. Continue for Meteora, passing through, Lamia, typical towns and numerous picturesque villages of Central Greece. Stay overnight in Kastraki, the closest village to Meteora with the best view or Trikala one of the nicest cities in Greece.
8th day: Visit Meteora, amongst striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in Mid - Air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine Art.
 Of the 24 monasteries that grew up between the 13th and 16th centuries only six are still inhabited: The Great Meteoron, Agia Triad, Agios Nikolaos and Varlaam by monks: Agios Stephanos and Roussanou by nuns.

9th day: Visit Macedonia / Vergina. A highly important ancient city, certainly to be identified with Aegae, the ancient capital of the kingdom of Lower Macedonia, spreading over the low hills in the northern slopes of' the Pierian range, between the modern villages of Palatitsia and Vergina.

Corinth    Epidavros    Mycenae  Nemea    Nafplion    Sparta  

Olympia   Olympic Games    Meteora  Vergina  Thessalonike

This city was the most important urban centre in the region until the 4th C. BC. Here were to be found the ancestral sanctuaries of the Macedonians, and the palaces and the tombs (with their famous treasures) of the Argead dynasty, which traced its origins to the mythical hero Herakles and gave Greek history its most captivating figure, Alexander the Great: Stay overnight in Thessalonike.
10th day: Return to Athens via Larissa, Lamia, Thermopylae (where in 480 B.C. a battle between the ancient Greeks and Persians took place, visit the Leonida's Monument) and Kammena Vourla (last stop for  a coffee break by the sea). Arrive in Athens in the evening.

Daily: 8.00am. Return approx 7.00 p.m.on tenth day .

Comment: See the main cultural and archaeological, historical and religious highlights of Greece. Time is allowed for gentle walks, swimming and coastal relaxation. Most of the driving is on mountain and coastal roads.

Closed on Holidays: January 1st. March 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On Good Friday, the sites are open 12.00 - 17.00. Ps : Have in mind that most of the Archaeological sites in winter close at 2.45 pm.

All the information & photos on this website is updated continuously. I myself visit all sites at least once the month. 

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