Five Nights Five Stars
Just five days but the absolute sense of a 5 stars experience!
Acropolis, Epidaurus, and the island of Hydra…
Atenas – Epidaurus & islands of Argosaronikos
IncludeΣυνοδός-ΞεναγόςΠρωινό (Μπουφέ)Ταξιδιωτική Ασφάλεια (αστικής ευθύνης)Φ.Π.ΑΕπιλεγμένα Ξενοδοχεία 4 ΑστέρωνΜεταφορές απο / προς αεροδρόμια/ξενοδοχεία εξωτερικούΠολυτελές κλιματιζόμενο πούλμαν
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DAY 1: AIRPORT OF ORIGIN– ATHENS
Arrival, transfer and settlement at the hotel and immediate exit! We will not miss even a minute of this experience, it is great being here and Athens has a lot to show us.A first panoramic tour of Athens.First stop at the Panathenaic Stadium (Kalimarmaro), built by Lycurgus in 329 BC, the stadium was covered with marble in 140 AD and its original use was for the Panathenaic rituals in honor of the goddess Athena. In 1896, after the restoration of the stadium, it became the site of the first modern Olympic Games.We continue our tour to two monuments that are inextricably linked to Hadrian, the gate of Hadrian, built during his reign in honor of his visit to Athens, and the columns of Olympian Zeus, a temple dedicated to Zeus. It was also completed during the empire's rule by the great emperor.Finaly we head to the heart of Athens, Plaka, where we will walk in its magical narrow streets to the Roman Agora to see the <Aerides> the Tower of Winds, (an astronomical monument dedicated to the 8 main winds), the Temple of Eileithia (goddess of childbirth and labour pains) located next to the Cathedral of Athens and also stroll the narrow streets of the neighborhood within a neighborhood, Anafiotika. It was built in the 19th century by settlers from the island of Anafi. They came to Athens for work and created their Cycladic island, complete with boxy, whitewashed houses, lining streets that are really winding staircases, on the slopes of the Acropolis.Dinner and Overnight
DAY 2: ATHENS
Today the whole day is dedicated to the Acropolis one of the most important Monument-Symbol of Western Civilization.The Acropolis and the Parthenon dominate the skyline of Athens. These hilltop sights are stunning, and the view from the Acropolis of the city and the surrounding temples is one that will stay with you forever. The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. The word acropolis is from the Greek words ἄκρον (akron, "highest point, extremity") and πόλις (polis, "city"). Although the term acropolis is generic and there are many other acropoleis in Greece, the significance of the Acropolis of Athens is such that it is commonly known as "The Acropolis" without qualification. During ancient times it was known also more properly as Cecropia, after the legendary serpent-man, Cecrops, the supposed first Athenian king.While there is evidence that the hill was inhabited as far back as the fourth millennium BC, it was Pericles (c. 495–429 BC) in the fifth century BC who coordinated the construction of the site's most important present remains including the Parthenon, the Propylaia the main gateway to the citadel, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike. The Parthenon and the other buildings were seriously damaged during the 1687 siege by the Venetians during the Morean War when gunpowder being stored in the Parthenon was hit by a cannonball and exploded.After the visit to the sacred precinct, stop first to see the Ancient Theatre of Dionysus. This is the oldest surviving theater in the world. Built in the 5th century B.C., it was here, before an audience of 17,000, that the plays of Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Euripides and Sophocles were first performed.Continue to The Odeon of Herodes Atticus (also called Herodeion or Herodion is a stone Roman theater structure located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens, Greece. The building was completed in 161 AD and then renovated in 1950.Walk along the Street of the Tripods, an ancient road that led from the sanctuary of Dionysos around the east and northeast sides of the Acropolis till The Lysikrates Monument, the best preserved example of a choregic monument. Wealthy Athenian citizens financed the training and outfitting of choruses for competitive dramatical and musical performances.And then, the day continues with another great visit ... A tour of the Acropolis Museum that, besides the extraordinary exhibits, offers unobstructed views of the Acropolis rock with its monuments.Free afternoon, dinner and overnight.
DAY 3: ATHENS (KAISARIANI MONASTERY, SOUNIO, LAVRIO) 60KM, ~ 1H
Today's day is dedicated to the southern part of AtticaFirst a short stop at the slopes of Mount Hymettos to visit the monastery of Kaisariani and the Asteriou monastery, both excellent example of Greek religious art standing in a cool, bird inhabited grove of pines and cypresses on the middle site of mount ‘’Hymettus’’ a completely peaceful place dedicated to prayer and worship of God. A first taste of the Byzantine aspect of Greece. The two monasteries were built on existing temples and the columns, which support the main temple of each, are ancient columns. In the monasteries there are the 3 fountains of Ilissos, the second river of Attica, the fountain of the Cyclone Pira, the fountain of Krios and the fountain of Taxiarches.We continue towards Cape Sounion and the imposing Temple of Poseidon that stands on its top. Cape Sounion is one of those destinations that is as much a favorite with locals as it is with tourists, mainly for the breathtaking views you'll find here. A highlight of the cape is the Temple of Poseidon, a 5th Century temple with Doric columns that's become a favorite sunset-viewing spot for visitors.Free afternoon, dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: ATHENS - EPIDAURUS - NAFPLIO (160KM, ~ 2H & 30 ')
After breakfast baggages are loaded and we embark on a spectacular trip to the most important theater in the world, Epidaurus!The archaeological site of Epidaurus, a UNESCO World Heritage, is worth while visiting. The entrance to it consisted of two galleries with 6 columns each, built in Ionian and Corinthian type.Among the monuments of the Sanctuary is the Theatre of Epidaurus, the Temples of Artemis and Asklepios, the Tholos, the Enkoimeterion (dormitory) and the Propylaia.The shrine of Asklepios, the god of medicine, developed out of a much earlier cult of Apollo (Maleatas), during the 6th century BC at the latest, as the official cult of the city state of Epidaurus. Its principal monuments, particularly the temple of Asklepios, the Tholos and the Theatre - considered one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture – date from the 4th century. The vast site, with its temples and hospital buildings devoted to its healing gods, provides valuable insight into the healing cults of Greek and Roman times and witness to the emergence of scientific medicine.The Sanctuary is the earliest organized sanatorium and is significant for its association with the history of medicine, providing evidence of the transition from belief in divine healing to the science of medicine.Among the facilities of the classical period are buildings that represent all the functions of the Sanctuary, including healing cults and rituals, library, baths, sports, accommodation, hospital and theatre.In the afternoon, we head to Nafplio, the first capital of the modern Greek state, with the charm of old mansions and the aura of the beautiful harbor. Time to stroll around the old city and dinner.Overnight.
DAY 5: ATHENS – CRUISING THE ARGO SARONIC GULF
Morning wake up. Today Melodrakma will give you a taste of the wide Greek sea. A breath away from the capital are the islands of the Argosaronic Gulf where we sail. Diving among the seas, sunbathing and stops on 3 islands to get a taste of each, in Hydra the island of artists and captains, in Poros with its picturesque harbor and in Aegina, which is full of peanuts.Return to Piraeus late in the afternoon.Dinner and overnight
DAY 6: ATHENS-BACK TO THE AIRPORT OF ORIGIN
Breakfast and depending on our flight, time for a last stroll on the streets of Athens, and one last chance to put together thoughts and emotions we experienced during the trip.Transfer to the airport and flight back home.Thank you for your trust and we hope that this Greek experience unlocked your inner-feelings and helped you discover the Greek treasures, so relevant to our modern life. We hope that this trip will mark your decision to return to share more Greek landmarks.Farewell.
Atenas - Epidaurus & islands of Argosaronikos