Athens june 19th to june 28th 2017

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June 19th: 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.

Vehicle: Mercedes Mini bus

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.

Your afternoon will be at leisure for you to enjoy your hotel and the city of Athens.

Tuesday June 20th: 6 Hour Tour of Athens

At 10:00 am you will meet your guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will set off on your tour of Athens. On your way to the Acropolis, you will drive past the house of Parliament, the National Gardens and the Temple of Zeus.

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.

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. Temples, law courts, market places, a gymnasium and even schools of philosophy were to be found in the Agora. This site is unique in that it gives you a genuine taste of what everyday life was like for Athenians over 2,000 years ago.

At 4:00 pm you will be driven back to your hotel.

At 6:30 pm you will meet your guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will set off for Sounion. Cape Sounion is located about 40 miles outside Athens and the drive time is about 1 hour.

Here you will discover one of the most renowned ancient Greek temples, dedicated to Poseidon, the ancient Greek god of the sea. Built on a sheer cliff overlooking the Saronic Gulf, this temple is located in one of the most spectacular areas and was much visited by modern travelers, such as Lord Byron. You will view one of the most impressive sunsets in Greece and enjoy this monument in a truly memorable setting.

After sunset at the temple of Poseidon, you will be driven to a seaside fish tavern for dinner.

Wednesday June 21st: Food Tour of Athens

At 9:00 am your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and you will set off on your walking 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!

This tour will take about 3 h 30 mn. You will then make your way to the Cycladic Museum of Athens.

The Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC. It was founded in 1986, to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Since then it has grown in size to accommodate new acquisitions, obtained either through direct purchases or through donations by important collectors and institutions. It is a “boutique” Museum, with a very nice shop and a newly renovated patio to enjoy lunch after your tour.

You will then be driven to the port where you will embark your cruise ship.

Wednesday June 28th: Disembark and transfer to Athens International airport

As you exit the port you will meet your driver and you will be driven to the Athens International airport for your flight on wards.

Flight: TBA

End of Program

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