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    5 Days Athens-1Day Cruise-Delphi-Kalampaka

5 Days Athens-1Day Cruise-Delphi-Kalampaka


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 at hotel 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: TOUR DELPHI-KALAMPAKA (1st DAY)

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After  breakfast,  departure  with  your  English  Speaking  guide (ESG) for two days tour in Delphi and Kalampaka. 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. Then transfer to Kalampaka. Check in at hotel. Dinner and Overnight.  

 

 


 

 

4th DAY: TOUR DELPHI-KALAMPAKA (2nd DAY) 

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American  Buffet Breakfast.  Visit  the  nearby  2 Byzantine monasteries built on top of rock towers and providing fantastic views over the plain. Meteora is included on the UNESCO world heritage  monument. The  monasteries  are  perched on  top  of towers  of  sandstone,  which  for  centuries  provided totally inaccessible retreats for the monks. Meteora is considered one of the most beautiful area of mainland Greece, and its monasteries are one of the country's most unique attractions.  Then  lunch  at a local  restaurant, with  the  traditional cuisine  of Thessaly.  Free time in Kalampaka.

On the way back to Athens, you will pass by the heroic monument of Leonidas king  of  Sparta in  Thermopylae  (15’  stop for  photos).  The  monument built to commemorate  the  battle  at Thermopylae,  and is  located at the  centre  of  the pass,  where  the  final  phase  of  the  battle  took  place,  as  is  attested by  the accumulation at the foot of the hill of iron and bronze spearheads dated to the 5th century B.C. members of the Amphiktyony erected on the hill a stone statue of  a  lion  in  memory  of  the  deceased warriors,  with  an  epigram  written  by Simonides, but the monument is not preserved today.

19:00-19:40 Arrival at Athens & dinner at a Chinese restaurant. 

19:45-20:00 Transfer to the hotel. Check in. Overnight in Athens. 


 


 

 

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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