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Description of tours operated from ATHENS

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4-day Athens

Day

Pre-Congress Tour

1

Arrival to Athens

2

Half-day Athens Sight-seeing

3

Full-day tour to Delphi

4

Departure from Athens to Rhodes

Hotel Name

Double Room

Single Room

Athenaeum Intercontinental

€ 344

€ 514

Athens Hilton

€ 321

€ 465

Divani Caravel

€ 272

€ 420

Divani Apollon

€ 331

€ 529

Above rates are per person, for three overnights in Athens , including breakfast and taxes, transfers from Athens Airport to Hotel and vice versa, and tours.

6-day Athens

Day

Pre-Congress Tour

1

Arrival to Athens

2

Half-day Athens Sight-seeing

3

Full-day tour to Delphi

4

Free day

5

Full-day tour to Argolis

6

Departure from Athens to Rhodes

Hotel Name

Double Room

Single Room

Athenaeum Intercontinental

€ 560

€ 832

Athens Hilton

€ 518

€ 756

Divani Caravel

€ 439

€ 681

Divani Apollon

€ 529

€ 870

Above rates are per person, for five overnights in Athens , including breakfast and taxes, transfers from Athens Airport to Hotel and vice versa, and tours.

7-day Athens & Classical Greece

Day

Pre-Congress Tour

Day

Post-Congress Tour

1

Arrival to Athens

July 19

Arrival to Athens

2

Half-day Athens Sight-seeing

July 20

4-day Classical tour

3-4

4-day Classical tour

July 23

Return to Athens

5

Return to Athens

July 24

Half-day Athens Sight-seeing

6

Departure from Athens to Rhodes

July 25

Departure from Athens to Home Country

Hotel Name

Double Room

Single Room

Athenaeum Intercontinental

€ 567

€ 756

Athens Hilton

€ 545

€ 726

Divani Caravel

€ 492

€ 658

Divani Apollon

€ 560

€ 809

Above rates are per person, for three overnights in Athens, including breakfast and taxes, three overnights during the Classical tour, transfers from Athens Airport to Hotel and vice versa, and tours.


 Half-day Athens site Sight-seeing  (09:00-13:00 hrs) 
A guided coach tour of ancient Athens. Pass by the Zappion Garden - Hadrian's Arch - Temple of Olympian Zeus - Anglican Church - St. Nikodimos Byzantine Church - National Garden - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - House of Parliament - Schliemann's House - The Academy - The University - The National Library - The ex Royal Palace (guarded by the colourful Evzones) - Panathinaiko Stadium - Theatre of Dionysus. Reach the Acropolis (visit the Propylaea - Temple of Wingless Victory - Parthenon - Erechteon and the Museum of Acropolis ) and the Hill of Philopapos with a breathtaking view of the entire city and a drive past the highlights of the colourful capital of modern Greece.

 

Full-day Tour to Delphi – Including lunch ( 08:00-19:00 hrs)   
The tour to Delphi departs the hotel in the morning for what is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of classical Greece . The ride passes by colourful cliffs en route to the mountain village of Delphi, from which participants have a spectacular view of the olive groves in the valley below as they look out towards the sea. According to mythology, it was here in Delphi that Zeus released two eagles, one from the East and the other from the West. At the point where they met he threw a sacred stone, thus marking the centre of the earth, or the "Navel of the World".Today the excavations at this site have revealed the impressive Sanctuary of Apollo, dating back to the 5th century B.C., with its numerous temple ruins, treasuries and monument foundations. The centre of the sanctuary is dominated by a Doric temple dedicated to Apollo, the god of Spirit and Music. It was to this temple that ancient Greeks came to consult with one of the most important oracles of all antiquity -- the famous Oracle of Delphi. Their walk to the Temple of Apollo will follow the Sacred Way , a zigzagging path past the reconstructed treasury of the Athenians and the foundations of statues which once lined the entire route. Just above the temple is the well-preserved Theatre, built in the 4th-century BC. and restored during the Roman period. If they wish to climb a bit further, they can also see the ruins of the Stadium where 7,000 spectators could watch the ancient Python games. Following their visit to the excavations, they will have time to visit the Delphi Museum , where all the fine objects on display have been discovered in or near Delphi .

 

 Full-day Tour to Argolis – Including lunch (08:00-19:00 hrs)
This rich and varied tour departs the hotel in the early morning by air-conditioned motorcoach for the Argolis, an area in the northern part of the Peloponnese which played a major role in the history of Greece dating back to 1500 B.C. The tour will include a number of very different highlights, making this a truly one-of-a-kind experience in Greece . Included in the tour are:
The Corinth Canal -
The Peloponnese Peninsula is connected with the Greek mainland by a narrow bridge which spans the Corinth Canal . Built between 1882 and 1893, this canal was cut through 262 vertical feet of rock to form a water passage 4 miles long, 75 feet wide and 26 feet deep. Today, as then, it provides a quick link between the Ionian and Aegean Seas .
Mycenae - Up until it was destroyed by fire in 1100 B.C., the fortified city of Mycenae was the most powerful, brilliant and sovereign influence in Greece. The Acropolis offers a commanding view of valley and sea beyond, and is entered through the Lion Gate, the oldest example of monumental sculpture in Europe . Inside the fortress walls archaeologists have uncovered the original palace complex, the royal graves, and a number of houses, sanctuaries and other buildings. On a nearby hill the excavations have also uncovered the most stunning edifice of Mycenaean architecture, the Treasury of Atreus, also known as the Beehive tomb of Agamemnon.
Nafplion - One of the loveliest towns in all of Greece , the old section is known for its neo-classical houses with wooden balconies, picturesque streets, Turkish fountains and its Constitution Square with its fascinating mosques and innumerable outdoor cafes.
Epidaurus - Built against the lower slopes in a beautiful setting, the Theatre of Epidaurus is the most famous and best preserved of all the ancient theatres in Greece . Made of limestone, the theatre seats 14,000 people and is still used for performances today.
4-day Classical Tour
1st day: Leave Athens at 08:00 hrs, for the Corinth Canal via the new scenic highway (short stop). Pass the Ancient Corinth then on to Mycenae (visit). Proceed to Nafplion and then on to Epidaurus to visit the Ancient theatre. Overnight in Nafplion.
2nd day: Leave Nafplion in the morning, via Tripoli - Megalopolis, for Olympia . Visit the Sanctuary of Zeus and Museum. Overnight in Olympia .
3rd day: Departure from Olympia in the morning via Patras to Rion, cross the Corinthian bay by ferry-boat to Antirion. Drive to picturesque Nafpaktos and from there on, via the scenic new road along the coast, to Delphi . Visit part of the antiquities and Museum of Delphi . Overnight in Delphi .
4th day: Further sight-seeing of Delphi to complete visit. Return to Athens at 19:00 hrs, with short stop at the picturesque village of Arachova , built on the south slopes of Parnassus and famous for its attractive hand-woven carpets and guilts, as well as for its wine and cheese.
(Dinner on first day, breakfast and dinner on second and third day, breakfast on fourth day)
Accommodation in A' class superior hotels.
 
Half-day Tour to cape Sounion (Afternoon)  
Drive along the new coastal road, past the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Varkiza, Lagonissi, to Cape Sounion , renowned for its sunset and dominated by the spectacular Temple of Poseidon which overlooks the Aegean Sea .

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