Ancient Greece - Islands, Myths and Legends

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Highlights

• 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
• Parthenon
• Cape Sounion
• The rugged beauty of the Peloponnese
• Visit Olympia - the birthplace of the Olympic Games
• Explore the Byzantine monasteries of the Eastern Pindus Mountains
• Hike on Tinos and Naxos
• Athens Archeological Museum

Fact File

• 17 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start and finish in Athens
• All meals included
• Activity Level: 3

 

Journey into the realm of the Gods... Athena, Apollo, Hercules, Poseidon and the mighty Zeus. Bring the mythology and legends of ancient Greece to life in an epic journey taking you from the impressive Parthenon in Athens’ Acropolis, to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic games, to the stunning Greek islands.

We visit a myriad of ancient sites including the Parthenon, the Panathenaic Stadium and the Temple of Poseidon. Drive through the central Peloponnese, before arriving in Olympia, where the games began in 776 BC. The impressive Temple of Zeus was built here to honor the great god.

Continue on to Delphi, the heart of the ancient world, just as kings and warriors did, to consult with the Oracle in exchange for great treasures. Drive through rural picturesque villages enroute to the impressive 14th-century Meteora Monasteries, set in the canyons of the Eastern Pindus Mountains. Ample opportunities exist to meet many of the locals during our countryside explorations.

No journey to Greece would be complete without a visit to the Greek Isles with their relaxed atmosphere and turquoise waters. Exploration is on foot; truly the best way to connect with the land, the people and their history.

Our epic journey to Greece concludes in Athens, as we bid farewell to a land of beautiful islands, ancient temples, friendly faces and a mythology that would even make the gods smile.

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Accommodations

Comfortable, well-located accommodations with private bathrooms throughout.

Comfort notes

For hiking enthusiasts. Terrain at ruin sites may be uneven and loose and slopes can be steep. Footing can be unstable on ferry crossings.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Athens
Day 2: The Parthenon and Cape Sounion
Day 3: The Byzantine City of Mystras
Day 4: Cape Tainaro - Entrance to the Underworld
Day 5: Diros Caves, Kardamyli
Day 6: Travel to Olympia the Birthplace of the Olympic Games
Day 7: Delphi - The Center of the Ancient World
Day 8: The Handmade Textiles, Olives and Vineyards of Arahova
Day 9: Meteora
Day 10: Ferry (catamaran) from Rafina to the Island of Tinos
Day 11: Tinos, Chora
Day 12: Ferry to Mykonos
Day 13: The Sacred Island of Delos - the Temple of Apollo
Day 14: To Naxos
Day 15: Naxos, Athens
Day 16: Exploring Athens
Day 17: Depart Athens
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