4 Days Athens-1 Day Cruise-Delphi
4 Days Athens-1 Day Cruise-Delphi
1st DAY ARRIVAL / ATHENS SIGHTSEEING
Upon your arrival you will be met by your English Speaking Assistant (ESA) who will welcome you and help you with your luggage. You will be directly transferred to Athens centre where you will start your 5hrs Half Day Athens City Tour. The tour will start with your English Speaking Guide (ESG) with the visit of the Acropolis site visiting Propylae, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens. After Acropolis site pass by the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus (short stop). Then visit Panathinaiko Stadium, the cradle of the first modern Olympic Games that took place in 1896 (short stop).
The tour continues passing by the National Garden, Hadrian's Arc, St. Paul's Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann's House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament, Constitution Square and Russian Orthodox Church. Your dinner will be at Chinese restaurant. Finish athotel in the evening. Overnight.
2nd DAY: 1 DAY CRUISE (THREE SARONIC ISLANDS)
After breakfast, depart with your assistant (ESA) to Piraeus port to join the Three islands Cruise. At 08:00 a.m. the ship sails from the Port of Piraeus for the three beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf. Poros – Hydra – Aegina or Aegina – Poros – Hydra. (Order may change depending on which day you travel) The guests will join the cruise without any Assistant or Guide. Shortly after departure, the multi-lingual guides and hostesses invite the passengers to assemble in one of the Lounges, in order to give them all the necessary information concerning the ship, the cruise program as well as the islands.
Within 2 hours, you will arrive on the island of Poros, the smallest of the three islands, separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strait and offering a most enchanting view of Poros Town. The time at leisure in Poros to stroll around the small picturesque streets of the island town, is about 50 minutes. Immediately upon the ships departure from Poros, lunch will be served for passengers who have the first sitting. As sailing towards Hydra the remaining guests relax in the Ship's Lounge in happy hour or enjoy the sun and beautiful panoramic view from one of the spacious decks.
An hour and 15 minutes later, the ship enters the port of Hydra, whose amphitheater shape once served as a safe shelter for Saronic Pirates. From the decks, the passengers are able to admire the very special architecture and dramatic landscapes of this island, whose old traditional stone houses and mansions silently stand witness to a long and turbulent history. 1 hour and 30 minutes is enough to enjoy the unique charms of Hydra and return back on board to receive a homecoming welcome. The tables will be set for the second sitting giving an opportunity to taste the gastronomic creations of the Chef. After the meal there is time to relax with the orchestra and singer, and to have a good laugh with the entertainer. After two hours the ship will arrive in Aegina, the largest of the three islands. The passengers can enjoy a walk or horse-carriage ride around the town or relax in one of the harbor's charming waterfront coffee shops. There is one Optional Tour by a guided bus, starting with a visit to the Temple of Afea which is the best preserved temple in Greece and one of the 3 temples forming the famous "Sacred Triangle" of Greek antiquity. After Aegina, the ship will start sailing back to Piraeus port and arrival at 19:30. After disembarkation transfer to Chinese restaurant for dinner. Then back to hotel. Overnight.
3rd DAY: DELPHI TOUR
After breakfast, departure with your English Speaking guide (ESG) to Delphi. You will pass through Thebes, Levadia and Arachova. Arrival at Delphi, known in ancient times as the navel of the world, on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis and visit the archaeological site, the Temple of Apollo famous for its oracle and the Museum of Delphi, with its spectacular finds, including the bronze Charioteer, the Naxian Sphinx and the Statue of Antinoos. In Greek mythology, Delphi was the site of the Delphic oracle, the most important oracle in the classical Greek world, and a major site for the worship of the god Apollo after he slew the Python, a deity who lived there and protected the navel of the Earth. Python (derived from the verb pythein, "to rot") is claimed by some to be the original name of the site in recognition of the Python that Apollo defeated. The Homeric Hymn to Delphic Apollo recalled that the ancient name of this site had been Krisa.
In the inner hestia ("hearth") of the Temple of Apollo, an eternal flame burned. After the battle of Plataea, the Greek cities extinguished their fires and brought new fire from the hearth of Greece, at Delphi; in the foundation stories of several Greek colonies, the founding colonists were first dedicated at Delphi. Lunch at a traditional Greek restaurant.
Stop at the picturesque mountain village of Arachova, built on the south slopes of Parnassus, well known for its attractive hand-woven carpets, rugs and quilts, as well as for its wine and cheese. Dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Athens. Overnight in Athens.
4th DAY DEPARTURE AFTERNOON
After breakfast, transfer with your Assistant (ESA) to Plaka area, shopping, etc. In the afternoon lunch at Chinese restaurant. Then transfer to Athens Airport for departure.
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