13 days Travel explore Greece, historical/ educational tour, Athens, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Mani, Sparta, Monemvasia, Mycenae, Nafplion, Hydra island, Corinth.
13 days private tour with 12 exceptional overnights. Historical/ Educational tour of Greece.
Day 1: Welcome to Historical / Educational Tour of Greece/13 days
Meet at the airport. Transfer from Airport to your Hotel / Apartment. Then we'll get oriented to our neighborhood and walk to a nearby restaurant where we can get acquainted over dinner. Sleep in Athens (2 nights).
Day 2: Athens' Acropolis/ Parthenon/ Museum/ Zeus Temple...
This morning with your tour guide we'll hike to the top of Athens' legendary Acropolis, where we'll take a walking tour of its 2,500-year-old Golden Age temples, dominated by the dramatic Parthenon. We'll then work our way down and tour the sleek new Acropolis Museum, custom built to showcase the amazing Parthenon sculptures. Continue our tour by car, visit the Parliament, Stadium, Zeus Temple and Lycabetus Hill...Your evening is free for exploring Athens' marketplaces — the ancient Agora and the modern Plaka's labyrinth of inviting streets, squares, shops, and cafés. Walking: strenuous.
Day 3: Meteora Rocks & Monasteries
Historical/ Educational Tour of Greece departs from Athens (or other terminal - up request) via Lamia. We will stop at Thermopylae (where in 480 B.C. a battle between the ancient Greeks and Persians took place)to visit Leonidas Monument and then on via Trikala (Magnificent town, short stop). Visit Meteora, among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in Mid - Air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine Art. Of the 24 monasteries that grew up between the 13th and 16th centuries only six are still inhabited: The Great Meteoron, Agia Triad, Agios Nikolaos and Varlaam by monks: Agios Stephanos and Roussanou by nuns
Day 4: Delphi & Apollo Oracle
Further sightseeing in Meteora rocks and monasteries, this time will see the rocks early the morning with different light and shadows... and will take photos from different angles. Depart before noon for Trikala, (short stop to taste a Greek coffee) and continue for Lamia. the same way until Thermopylae where will turn west to across the Mount Parnassus, along Heracles road - this is a superb mountain road running between Bralos and Iraklia (90km/ 60miles about 1 hour) with an impressive landscape and extensive views. Late afternoon we will arrive at Delphi and visit the famous Apollo Temple, the oracle who was consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. Moreover, the Greeks considered Delphi the navel (or centre) of the world, as represented by the stone monument known as the Omphalos of Delphi. It occupies an impressive site on the south-western slope of Mount Parnassus, overlooking the coastal plain to the south and the valley of Phocis. It is now an extensive archaeological site with a small modern town of the same name nearby. It is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in having had a phenomenal influence in the ancient world, as evidenced by the rich monuments built there by most of the important ancient Greek city-states, demonstrating their fundamental Hellenic unity.
Visit Castalia Spring and the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaea , the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios and the Museum. Overnight on mount Parnassus which holds some of the most traditional villages in Greece.
Day5: Rio-Antirio Bridge / Rack railway Train/ Kalavryta
Historical/ Educational tour of Greece takes the scenic coast road to Patra. We visit Galaxidi, a picturesque fish village ( short stop for a coffee in front water) continue to take the ferry from Antirio to Rio and we will have the chance to admire the huge suspension bridge. Continue for Diakopto. Take the rack railway, for a steep, scenic cog railway ride up to the historic town of Kalavryta, past the waterfalls and caves lining the narrow Vouraikos Gorge, a train ride that is not to be missed. Kalavryta is one of the martyred villages in Greece that were destroyed in the Second World war. Visit the Historical Monastery of Agia Lavra / It was built in 961 AD, on Chelmos Mountain, at an altitude of 961 meters, and can be described as the symbolic birthplace of modern Greece. It stands as one of the oldest monasteries in the Peloponnese.
It was built in the 10th century but was burnt to the ground in 1585 by the Turks. It was rebuilt in 1600 while the frescoes by Anthimos were completed in 1645. It was burnt again in 1715 and in 1826 by the armies of Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt. In 1850 after the rebirth of modern Greece, the building was completely rebuilt. The monastery was burned down by German forces in 1943. It is famously linked with the Greek War of Independence, since it was here that the call for Eleftheria I Thanatos (Ελευθερία ή θάνατος) was first heard on 25 March 1821, launching the revolution against the Ottoman Empire. That day, Bishop Germanos of Patras performed a doxology and administered an oath to the Peloponnese fighters.The revolutionary flag was raised by Bishop under the plane tree just outside the gate of the monastery. Overnight in a hotel with an overlooking view of the village.