Athens and Amanzoe july 15th to july 22nd 2017

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Saturday July 15th 2017: Arrival

Flight: TBA

A greeter will welcome you at the gate of the plane. He will accompany you through passport control, assist you with your luggage and introduce you to your driver.

You will then be transferred to the Grande Bretagne

Athens: Grande Bretagne
Deluxe Suite Acropolis View interconnecting with Deluxe Room Acropolis View. B&B.
Deluxe Room Acropolis View. B&B
Put the best of science, art and philosophy together in one creation and you have the definitive monument of human civilization. UNESCO calls it the symbol of World Heritage. The world calls it the Athenian Acropolis! The history of the Acropolis of Athens is long, with great moments, when democracy, science, philosophy and art flourished leading to its creation. The Acropolis, and the Parthenon in particular, is the most characteristic monument of the ancient Greek civilization.

Sunday July 16th 2017: Full Day Tour of Athens with Vehicle

The Acropolis was first inhabited in the early Neolithic age around 6000 BC. Since then temples and dwellings were built, destroyed and reconstructed numerous times. During the Golden Age of Athens, in the 5th Century BC, most of the major temples were re-built under the leadership of Pericles, and great feats of architecture, such as the Parthenon, were created. As you make your way through the Propylaea -which was the fortified entrance to the Acropolis- you will discover a complex of temples which had been erected to glorify Athena, the city’s goddess and protector, and Zeus her father and king of the gods.
Built at the foot of the Acropolis, the museum is dedicated to the exhibition of artefacts found on the rock and the surrounding settlements. Here you will have the chance to view some of the finest sculptures which graced the life of Ancient Athens. As you enter the museum you will pass by the ‘Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis’ which is dedicated to artefacts found in the sanctuaries and houses which were located at the foot of the Acropolis, below the temples.

You will then be driven to a traditional taverna in the historical center of Athens where you will enjoy lunch. Note: lunch is not included and will be a la carte

After lunch you will have two options: 1) remain in the historical center for a walking tour and shopping or 2) visit the Ancient Agora and then walk around the historical center.

The Ancient Agora was the cultural, social and political center of Athens. It is here that public life took place and it was the main location where citizens would congregate on a daily basis.

In the afternoon you will return to your hotel where your tour will end.

Monday July 17th 2017: Food Tour of Athens

At 9:30 am you will meet your English speaking guide in the lobby of your hotel and you will begin your tour.

Greek food is renowned for its wonderful taste and healthy recipes. This walking tour takes you into the heart of historical Athens where you will discover the original boutiques and markets where locals buy their favorite ingredients.
As you walk through the ancient streets, you will enjoy a multitude of tastes: koulouri (sesame bread), extra virgin olive oils, cheese, honey, specialty vinegars, pastourmas cured meat, cream-filled pie, loukoumades ( Greek doughnuts ) and of course the classical souvlaki!

You will also walk through the local street markets and enjoy a few hours of genuine Athenian life. This tour will take about 3 h30 mn and will finish back at your hotel.

Tuesday July 18th 2017: Transfer to Amanzoe

In the morning you will meet y our driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will be transferred to the Amanzoe. (the drive time is 2 hours and 30 minutes)

A modern hilltop acropolis, Amanzoe is a peaceful retreat from which to explore the nature, coastal pleasures and ancient heritage of the Peloponnese
1 Deluxe Pool Pavilion Premium View interconnecting with 1 x Pool Pavilion

Optional Tour: Mycenae and Epidaurus

In the morning you will meet your guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will set off for Mycenae. (the drive time is 1 hour and 30 minutes)

Mycenae, the “golden city” of ancient Greece is an UNESCO World Heritage Site that must not be missed. Mycenae was the epicenter of the Mycenaean world and gave its name to a period and a civilization that evolved throughout the entire Hellenic civilization and spread even further to the Mediterranean basin between the 16th and 12th c. BC. The museum of the site is full of beautiful cultural handicrafts and many golden items that give you a glimpse into the everyday life of the Mycenaeans beyond the stories left of their legacy.

You will then be driven to the Ancient site of Epidaurus. (the drive time is 50 minutes)

In the peaceful hinterland of Epidaurus, with its mild climate and abundant mineral springs, is the sanctuary of the god-physician Asklepios, the most famous healing center of the Greek and Roman world. It is considered the birthplace of medicine and is thought to have had more than two hundred dependent spas in the eastern Mediterranean. Its monuments, true masterpieces of ancient Greek art, are a precious testimony to the practice of medicine in antiquity. Visit the huge theater of Epidauros, where the famous Epidauros Festival takes place every summer with dramatic performances.

Optional Tour: Nafplio

In the morning you will meet your guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will be transferred to Nafplio for your tour. (the drive time is 1 hour and 15 minutes)

Nafplio is one of the most historic cities of the region, full of spectacular monuments and sights that have stories that span from the ancient times to the medieval. It hosted the first Greek parliament after the Greek War of Independence. It was also the town where the first pharmacy was opened, the first military school was founded and the first Governor of Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias, was murdered.

Optional Tour: Spetses

In the morning you will be transferred from the Amanzoe to the seaside where you will board your private boat. You will then set off on your cruise.

Water Panda Vessel
First stop could be Hinitsa Bay for swimming and then sail to Spetses, enjoying a fishing experience! Spetses Island retains much of the grandeur and old-world elegance of its heyday as an important shipbuilding and maritime trading center. Before reaching Spetses, you can visit Xilokeriza beach for a quick swim. The picturesque old harbour and Dápia, a tourist and commercial center where the heart of the island’s entertainment beats, are the trademarks of the town of Spetses. If you have time, you can take a trip around the island in horse-drawn carriages and admire the grand mansions adorning the narrow cobbled streets of the island.

Saturday July 22nd 2017: Departure

In the morning you will meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will be transferred to the Athens International airport for your flight on wards.

As you arrive at the airport you will meet your porter who will assist with your luggage and check-in for your flight.

Flight: TBA

End of Program

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