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Day 1: Arrive in Athens
You are met upon arrival and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant in the Plaka district. Overnight in Athens.
Day 2: The Parthenon and Cape Sounion
Other than the pyramids in Egypt, the Parthenon of Athens has probably received more attention from archaeologists, historians and architects than any structure from the ancient world.
Day 3: The Byzantine City of Mystras
After an early breakfast we drive to Mystras via Corinth and Sparta. Once in Mystras we take a light hike to the Byzantine Citadel.
Day 4: Cape Tainaro - Entrance to the Underworld
After breakfast our journey takes us to Cape Tainaro. On our way, we will stop for a short visit to the partially restored village of Vathia. The basic settlement of Vathia was formed mainly after the 18th century. It flourished in the 19th century and began to decline in the 20th. At Cape Tainaro we walk (approximately 3 hours) to the Lighthouse at Cape Tainaro, the southernmost area of continental Europe. Greek Mythology says that Cape Tainaro was the entrance to the underworld. On our walk today we enjoy the rugged landscapes of the Mani region. Overnight in Stavri.
Day 5: Diros Caves, Kardamyli
This morning we travel to the picturesque village of Kardamyli. On the way we visit the Diros Caves, which were places of worship in Paleolithic and Neolithic times. They are part of a huge underground river system and are filled with stalagmites and stalactites. On arrival in Kardamyli, we take a light hike (approx. 1-2 hours) to visit the ancient ruins of the old city, including the church of St. Spyridonas and the dwellings of the Troupiani or Troupiakis-Mourzinos clan.
Day 6: Travel to Olympia the Birthplace of the Olympic Games
Today we drive through the Central Peloponnese before arriving in Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Here we visit the archaeological site of ancient Olympia, the archaeological museum and the monument of Cubertin.
Day 7: Delphi - The Center of the Ancient World
We depart from Olympia this morning crossing over the newly constructed Rio-Antirio Bridge and drive along the Corinthian Gulf. On our way to the picturesque fishing village of Galaxidi, we will stop for lunch in Nafpaktos. The rest of the afternoon will be free to explore the modern city of Delphi. Overnight in Delphi.
Day 8: The Handmade Textiles, Olives and Vineyards of Arahova
In the morning we are guided to the center of the Ancient World - the Omphalos (Navel) of the Earth. On the slopes of Mt. Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo.
Day 9: Meteora
The name Meteora, meaning "suspended in air" encompasses the 24 monasteries set in the canyons of the Eastern Pindus Mountains. The Byzantine Monasteries dating back to the 14th century were constructed on the tops of huge rock pillars, and are one of the most memorable sites in northern Greece.
Day 10: Ferry (catamaran) from Rafina to the Island of Tinos
This morning we have an early breakfast before we board our catamaran to the island of Tinos. Many Greek Orthodox make pilgrimages to Tinos' religious sites. The town of Tinos also has a bustling waterfront with many shops.
Day 11: Tinos, Chora
After an early breakfast, we depart for the village of Exomburgo, where a stunning view of the Aegean awaits us. Explore the Venetian Castle, situated on top of an overgrown hill. This fortress was built on the ruins of Psofida, an ancient acropolis of the islands. Continue on to the Church of the Sacred Heart. Following the well maintained path to Chora, we will pass through the village of Tripotamo and the Church of Kyra - Xeni to end the trek in Chora. Wonder through the white walled streets and lanes in one of the most picturesque Cylades settlements. In the afternoon journey back to Tinos for a relaxing dinner by the sea. Overnight in Tinos.
Day 12: Ferry to Mykonos
This morning we leave Tinos by local ferry to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos.
Day 13: The Sacred Island of Delos - the Temple of Apollo
Today we take a small boat over to the sacred Island of Delos, which is believed to be the birthplace of Apollo, the son of Zeus.
Day 14: To Naxos
In the morning we will transfer by high speed boat to Naxos Island, the largest and most fertile island of the Cyclades. The word Cyclades derives from the Greek word "kyklos" (circle). The five islands of Mykonos, Tinos, Naxos and Syros form a circle around the sacred island of Delos.
Day 15: Naxos, Athens
After breakfast we will take a morning ferry back to Athens for an evening free to enjoy this historic and exciting city. Overnight in Athens.
Day 16: Exploring Athens
This morning we visit the National Archeological Museum. Afternoon is free to visit the Temple of Zeus or take the funicular to the top of Lycabettus Hill for views of Athens and the Aegean Sea. We have our farewell dinner at a local restaurant in the Plaka. Overnight in Athens.
Day 17: Depart Athens
Today we transfer to the airport for our departure flights.
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