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Travelling through Theaters

Greece & Theater

Travelling through Theaters

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Once upon a time, the Theater was part of the everyday life. A unique journey through emblematic Theaters from Athens to Epirus…

Greece & Theater

Melodrakma’s thematic proposal, Travelling through Theaters. Epidaurus, Dodona Theater, Cassope Mountain-Theater, Nikopolis Roman Odeion of Nicopolis… Right where Drama was born!

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    Επιλεγμένα Ξενοδοχεία 4 Αστέρων
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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.
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.
Finally we head to the heart of Athens, Plaka, where we will walk in its magical narrow streets to the Roman Agora to see the 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
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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.
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DAY 3: ATHENS - EPIDAURUS - NAFPLIO (160KM, ~ 2H & 30 ')

After breakfast baggage 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.
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DAY 4: NAFPLIO - PREVEZA (330KM, ~ 4H)

We wake up in the morning and head west, crossing the country's largest prefecture, which has a plethora of ancient theaters. We will make a stop at one of them, in the small theater of the Oinades, in the city of the ancient Akarnanians, which was a commercial crossing to the west.
Today the ancient city’s famous shipyards are preserved in good condition in which ships were built and repaired. The small theater hosts festivals during the summer season.
We continue and arrive in the town of Preveza, located at the gate of the wetland park of Amvrakikos gulf and is built in a natural harbor.
A breath outside the city was given in 31 BC the battle of Actio between Cleopatra and Antonius against Augustus Octavian to conquer the throne of Rome. In honor of his victory, Octavian will build the city of Nicopolis that we will visit tomorrow.
Time to relax in the rhythms of a small Greek seaside town and enjoy traditional seafood restaurants.
Dinner and Overnight.
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DAY 5: PREVEZA – NIKOPOLI – KASSOPI - IOANNINA

Morning wake up and departure for our first stop in Nikopolis, the city symbol of Octavian's victory.
In the small but elegant and perfectly preserved Roman Odeon we will tell stories about love. Unlike the ancient Greek theaters,  the Odeon follows the logic of the Roman theaters of the period when it was built and it is entirely based on a built infrastructure that was created from three consecutive galleries and not in a natural sloping position, as it used to be in ancient Greek theaters.
We continue to ancient Kassopi, whose ruins extend to a natural plateau of a hill and have unobstructed views of the Ionian Sea and the city of Preveza. With the help of your imagination if you try a little you will see Acheron, the river that according to the ancient Greeks led to the gates of the underworld.
And if you look to your left you will see the emblematic Zalogos from where the women of Suli fell with their children in order not to be enslaved by the Turks.
Kassopi Theater will be our second stop today in telling stories about sacrifice.
Dinner and overnight.
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DAY 6: IOANNINA - DODONI (160KM, ~ 2H & 30')

Breakfast and departure for Dodoni's famous theater.
Upon arrival we will be left in the arms of one of the greatest places of the world ... Here according to Herodotus was the oldest city in Greece!
We are in one of the most important spiritual centers of antiquity, which today is a Monument ... Dodoni was once a great spiritual center, followed by Rome, Constantinople, Cordoba, later Paris, New York, London… (It is thrilling to think that one day only an archaeological site in Paris is left to visit…)
We enter…
Here is the archaeological site, the ancient theater, the ancient sanctuary, the oracle of Zeus, Moira (fate) and its Battle with the most important rival, Eros…
But honestly, if Moira wrote a 'no' for us, can a great love overthrow what has been foreseen... If not, if he can't, how then is he invincible in battle?
Let's go to the Oracle ... Tell us God, who will win, Moira or Eros?
A guided visit all around and immediately, a quick change of roles. We cease to be tourists. At Dodoni Theater, Katharsis can only be achieved by the theater!
Return to the city of Ioannina. First we go to the Castle, visit the old town and then the Museum of Silver Craft. 925 and 40 carats at a time. Free time in Ioannina.
Take time with ease. Coffee, food, anyone who wants to visit the Vrelli Museum, make an appointment with Ali Pasha, Sali Berisha, whatever you desire, see old friends who live there, make new friends and eat together with the couple you met in the theater today when at a certain melody all hearts saw 4 pairs of eyes crying ...
Free. Time to taste local wines and tsipouro.
Overnight.
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DAY 7: IOANNINA – ATHENS

Breakfast and departure for Athens.
Arrival at the hotel and free afternoon.
Overnight.
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DAY 8: 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 Treasures of the Ancient Greek World, so relevant to our modern life. We hope that this trip will mark your decision to return to share the Greek island experience. The Greek Islands have their own story to tell.
Farewell.

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A unique journey through emblematic Theaters from Athens to Epirus… Epidaurus, Dodona Theater, Cassope Mountain-Theater, Nikopolis Roman Odeion of Nicopolis…

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