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    5 Days Athens-1Day Cruise-Argolis-Olympia

5 Days Athens-1Day Cruise-Argolis-Olympia


1st DAY ARRIVAL / ATHENS SIGHTSEEING  

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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)  

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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: ARGOLIS (EPIDAURUS-NAFPLION) OLYMPIA TOUR

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After breakfast, depart with your guide (ESG) for one day tour via the coastal national  highway  for  the  Corinth Canal  (short stop).  Drive  to  Epidaurus  and visit the  ancient theatre.  The  Unesco’s  world heritage  listed monument is reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo's son Asklepios, the healer and was the most celebrated healing center of the classical world. Epidaurus is probably most famous for its theatre, one of the best preserved classical Greek buildings and still used today due to its amazing acoustics.  Lunch  at traditional  Greek  taverna.  Then proceed to  Nafplion,  the  first  capital  of modern Greece with its Venetian fortress of Palamidi and the fortified islet of Bourtzi (short stop). 

Then transfer to Olympia, the birth place of Olympic Games, the sanctuary of ancient Greece in Elis, which is known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times, comparable in importance  to  the  Pythian  Games  held in  Delphi.  The  first Olympic  Games  were  in  Olympia  in honor of Zeus. Check in and dinner at hotel. Overnight. 

 

 


 

 

4th DAY: ARGOLIS (EPIDAURUS-NAFPLION) OLYMPIA TOUR

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07:15-09:00 Breakfast.

09:30 Check out and departure to the archaeological site.

09:45  Visit the  archaeological  site of  Olympia  with  the  Temple of Zeus,  the  Temple of  Hera, the  altar of  the Olympic  flame  and the Stadium. The Temple of Zeus dedicated to the chief of the gods, Zeus. It was the very model of the fully-developed classical Greek temple of the Doric order. The temple, built between 472 and 456 BCE, stood in the most famous sanctuary of Greece, which had been dedicated to local  and Pan-Hellenic  deities  and had probably  been  established towards the end of  the  Mycenaean  period.  The  Altis,  the enclosure with its sacred grove, open-air altars and the tumulus of Pelops, was first formed during  the  tenth  and ninth  centuries  BCE  Greece's "Dark Age", when the cult of Zeus was joined to the already establish cult here of Hera. The  Temple  of  Hera was  destroyed by  an earthquake  in  the  early  4th  century  AD,  and  never  rebuilt.  In modern  times,  the  temple  is  the location  where  the  torch  of  the Olympic flame is lit, by focusing the rays of the sun. The temple was dedicated to Hera, the wife of Zeus and one of the most important female deities in Greek religion. 

11:15-12:00  Visit the  archaeological  museum  of  Olympia,  built opposite the excavation site in a valley northwest of the Kronion hill. Designed by Patroklos Karantinos, it was officially opened in 1982. One of the best known exhibits is the Nike of Paeonius, which is featured on the medals awarded during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

12:15-13:00 Lunch at a local restaurant.

13:00-14:00 Free time in leisure, shopping, etc.

14:00 Return to Athens through the Corinth canal (optional stop)

19:00-19:30 Dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Athens. 

20:00 Transfer to the hotel. Check in. Overnight. 

 


 

 

5th DAY DEPARTURE AFTERNOON

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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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