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THE WONDERS OF GREECE
An in-depth journey exploring all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece
Greece – one of the wonders of Europe and that of the ancient world. Greece offers to us the background to the history and culture that has led to the current civilisation. Our 10day Wonders of Greece has been specifically tailored to bring out the different wonders that Greece is all about.


Tour Summary
Map
Day

Place
01
Arrival Athens
02
Athens
03 Athens/Corinth Canal/Mycenae
/Epidaurus/Nafplion
04
Nafplion/Olympia
05
Olympia/Delphi
06
Delphi/Kalambaka
07
Kalambaka/Thessaloniki
08
Thessaloniki/Pella/Vergina
/Berea/Thessaloniki
09
Thessaloniki/Athens
10
Athens/Departure

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World Heritage Sites

Greece  
Archaeological Site of Delphi (1987) The pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the site of the omphalos, the 'navel of the world'. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and charged with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century B.C. was indeed the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world.
Acropolis, Athens (1987) Illustrating the civilizations, myths and religions that flourished in Greece over a period of more than 1,000 years, the Acropolis, the site of four of the greatest masterpieces of classical Greek art - the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Erechtheum and the Temple of Athena Nike – can be seen as symbolizing the idea of world heritage.
Meteora (1988) In a region of almost inaccessible sandstone peaks, monks settled on these 'columns of the sky' from the 11th century onwards. Twenty-four of these monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties, at the time of the great revival of the eremetic ideal in the 15th century. Their 16th-century frescoes mark a key stage in the development of post-Byzantine painting.
Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika (1988) Founded in 315 B.C., the provincial capital and sea port of Thessalonika was one of the first bases for the spread of Christianity. Among its Christian monuments are fine churches, some built on the Greek cross plan and others on the three-nave basilica plan. Constructed over a long period, from the 4th to the 15th century, they constitute a diachronic typological series, which had considerable influence in the Byzantine world. The mosaics of the rotunda, St Demetrius and St David are among the great masterpieces of early Christian art.
Archaeological Site of Epidaurus (1988) In a small valley in the Peloponnesus, the site of Epidaurus sprawls out over several levels. The cult of Asclepius first began there in the 6th century B.C., but the principal monuments, particularly the theatre - considered one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture – date from the 4th century. The vast site is a tribute to the healing cults of Greek and Roman times, with temples and hospital buildings devoted to its gods.
Archaeological Site of Olympia (1989) The site of Olympia, in a valley in the Peloponnesus, has been inhabited since prehistoric times. In the 10th century B.C., Olympia became a centre for the worship of Zeus. The Altis - the sanctuary to the gods - has one of the highest concentrations of masterpieces from the ancient Greek world. In addition to temples, there are the remains of all the sports structures erected for the Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia every four years beginning in 776 B.C.
Archaeological Site of Vergina (1996) The city of Aigai, the ancient first capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia, was discovered in the 19th century near Vergina, in northern Greece. The most important remains are the monumental palace, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs in the Great Tumulus is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world.
Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns (1999) The archaeological sites of Mycenae and Tiryns are the imposing ruins of the two greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilization, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th century B.C. and played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture. These two cities are indissolubly linked to the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, which have influenced European art and literature for more than three millennia.
Historic Centre (Chora) with the Monastery of Saint John "the Theologian" and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos (1999) The small island of Patmos in the Dodecanese is reputed to be where St John the Theologian wrote both his Gospel and the Apocalypse. A monastery dedicated to the 'beloved disciple' was founded there in the late 10th century and it has been a place of pilgrimage and Greek Orthodox learning ever since. The fine monastic complex dominates the island. The old settlement of Chora, associated with it, contains many religious and secular buildings.
Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Athens
Upon Your Arrival A Private Taxi Will Transfer To The Hotel For Check In And Overnight.   Check In Time Starts From 1400 Hrs.
Overnight: Hotel Herodion (2 Nights)

Day 02: Athens
Enjoy A Tour Of Athens, Combining Many Of The Cities Principal Modern And Classical Sights. This Tour Includes An Overview Of The Modern City And Striking Contrasts To The Remains Of Its Glorious Past. Drive By The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier In Front Of The Parliament House On Constitution Square, The Panathenian Stadium (Site Of The First Modern Olympic Games In 1896). See The Presidential Palace (Ex Royal Palace), Government Buildings And Elegant Homes. Drive Along Panepistimiou Avenue And See The Catholic Cathedral, The Academy, University, National Library And Omonia Square. In Contrast, We Visit The Roman Temple Of Olympian Zeus And The Crowning Beauty And Glory That Were Athens, The Acropolis With Its Many Monuments Atop Its Rocky Base, Including The Awesome Parthenon, The Propylae, The Temple Of Athena Nike And The Erechtheum With Its Porch Of Maidens. We Also Visit The Acropolis Museum.  The Rest Of The Afternoon Is Free At Leisure.   (B)

Day 03: Athens/Corinth Canal/Mycenae/Epidaurus/Nafplion  
In The Morning We Leave Athens By The Coastal Road To The Corinthian Canal (Short Stop For Pictures). We Then Continue To Mycenae To Visit The Archaeological Site.  Next Stop Is Epidaurus And Visit The Archaeological Site And The Best-Preserved Ancient Theater In All Of Greece, Famous For The Harmony Of Its Design And The Perfection Of Its Remarkable Acoustics, With A Seating Capacity Of 12,000 People. We Then Drive To Nauplia For Our Overnight Stop.
Overnight: Amalia Hotel (1 Night) (B, D)

Day 04: Nafplion/Olympia
Today We Head For The Central Peloponnese Area Passing The Cities Of Megalopolis & Tripolis Before Arriving To Olympia, The Birthplace Of The Olympic Games And The Most Important Sanctuary Of Zeus.   In The Afternoon We Will Be Visiting The Archaeological Site And Museum Of Olympia. The Museum Contains Most Interesting Exhibits Such As The Pediments And The Metopes Of The Temple Of Zeus, The Statue Of Hermes By Praxiteles.
Overnight: Amalia Hotel (1 Night) (B, D)

Day 05: Olympia/Delphi
We Then Drive To Patras, The Third Largest City-Port Of Greece, To Rion Where We Cross The Channel To Antirion On The “State Of The Art” New Suspended Bridge Considered To Be The Longest And Most Modern In Europe.  We Arrive In Nafpaktos, And Continue To Delphi, The Sanctuary Of Apollo And Home Of The Oracle.  In The Afternoon We Visit  The Archaeological Site Of Delphi. We Proceed Onto The Sacred Way To The Athenian Treasury, The Stoas (Arcades), The Temple Of Apollo, The Theater And The Remains Of The Stadium. We Then Enjoy The Rest Of The Day At Leisure In Delphi.
Overnight: Amalia Hotel (1 Night) (B, D)

Day 06: Delphi/Kalambaka
This Morning We Visit The Archaeological Museum Of Delphi, In Which We Can See Among Other Treasures, The Unique Bronze Charioteer.   Continue Our Drive Through Central Greece Passing Through The Towns Of Amphissa, Lamia And Trikala To Kalambaka. In The Afternoon We Will Enjoy A Spectacular Drive Up To Visit Meteora. Colossal Symmetrical Gray And Reddish Boulders, As Though Pushed Upwards From The Bowels Of Mother Earth By An Invisible Hand, Sustain Breathtaking Beautiful Monasteries Perched Precariously High Above The Ground. First Built In The 14th Century By Monks Seeking Isolation And Salvation, Accessible Only By Ropes Thrown From Above. We Will Climb Through Steps Built Since. They Are Veritable Byzantine Museums Exhibiting Superb Icons, Old Manuscripts And Unique Mosaics And Frescoes.  Overnight At The Hotel In Kalambaka.
Overnight: Amalia Hotel (1 Night) (B, D)

Day 07: Kalambaka/Thessaloniki
In The Morning We Will Drive By Trikala And Larissa To The Famous Sacred Macedonian Town Of Dion Where We Visit The Archaeological Site. Then Continue To Thessaloniki, The Second Largest City Of Greece. We Will Visit The Most Interesting Museum Of Thessaloniki And Enjoy A Sightseeing Tour Of The City. Check Into The Hotel In Thessaloniki.
Overnight:  Amalia Hotel (2 Nights) (B, D)

Day 08: Thessaloniki/Pella/Vergina/Berea/Thessaloniki
In The Morning We Drive To Ancient Pella, The Capital Of Ancient Macedonia State And Birthplace Of Alexander The Great. In The 4th Century Bc The City Was Laid Out In The Familiar «Hippodameian» Pattern Of Regular Rectangular Building Blocks With Impressive Broad Streets And A First Class Water Supply Network. The Houses Were Of The Typical Greek Style Dwelling With A Central Courtyard Surrounded By A Colonnade And Open Galleries.  On The Hill To The West Stand The Remains Of The Citadel Of The Hellenistic Period.  We Visit The Excavation Sites. We Then Drive On To Vergina To Visit The Most Important Tomb Ever Discovered; That Of King Philip Ii And The Famous “Vergina Treasures” On To Lefkadia Where You Visit The Excavations And Return To Thessaloniki Via Berea For Dinner And Overnight At Hotel.  (B, D)

Day 09: Thessaloniki/Athens 
After Breakfast At The Hotel, We Take The Road Back To Athens. We Pass Through Katerini And Gaze Upon The Snow-Capped Mount Olympus, The Home Of The Twelve Olympian Gods And Goddesses.  We Go Through The Valley Of Tempe, Larissa And Lamia. We Stop At Thermopylae To See The Statue Of Leonidas. It Commemorates The Historic Battle Between The 300 Spartans, Led By Leonidas And The Persian Army Of Xerxes In 480 Bc Composed Of Thousands.  We Arrive In Athens In The Evening. Check Into The Hotel For Overnight.
Overnight: Hotel Herodion (1 Night) (B)

Day 10: Depart Athens
This Morning You Will Be Transferred To Athens International Airport For Your Departure Flight.   Check Out Time Is By 1100 Hrs.  (B)

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

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Departure Dates
2015
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Prices
Departures Tour Price US$ Single Sup US$
2015

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Tour Price Includes Tour Price Does Not Include:
  • Hotels as mentioned or similar
  • Meals as mentioned (B-Breakfast,
    D
    -Dinner)
  • Sightseeing and transfers mentioned by seat-in-coach.
  • Services of multilingual speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary.
  • Any airfare
  • Airport/Departure/Security taxes
  • Travel Insurances
  • Visa Fees
  • Drinks/Beverages with meals
  • Tips/Gratuities to Drivers & Guides

Estimated International Airfare (not included in tour price)
East Coast US $ 1200
West Coast US $ 1400
Note: This tour operates with a minimum of 10 participants

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Customized tours can be conducted in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian. Each departure is conducted in the designated language only.

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