Greece may 6th to may 16th 2016

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Saturday May 6th: 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 your hotel.

Grande Bretagne
Room: Deluxe Room Acropolis View
Athens is always a popular destination. A contemporary city, combining the present and the past in a unique way. Modern restaurants with famous chefs, lovely nightlife and various cultural events run every day and still the Athenian past is obvious in every corner of the basin, reminding that Athens is the historical capital of Europe, with a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age.

Sunday May 7th: Full Day Walking Tour of Athens

At 10:00 am you will meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel and you will set off on your tour of Athens.

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.
The Ancient Agora was the cultural, social and political center of Athens. This is the place where public life took place and where citizens would congregate on a daily basis. Temples, law courts, market places, a gymnasium and even schools of philosophy were to be found here. This site is unique in that it gives you a genuine taste of what life was like for Athenians over 2,000 years ago. Here you will also find the Museum of the Ancient Agora, which is particularly interesting because it contains elements of daily life from ancient Greece.

After your tour you will return to your hotel where your tour will end.

Monday May 8th: Tour of Mycenae and Epidaurus

In the morning you will meet your guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will be driven to Mycenae. (the drive time is 1 hour)

Mycenea was the home of the powerful Mycenaean civilization. In 2000 BC this city, which was in fact a fortified palace, dominated most of Southern Greece and its influence was felt throughout the Greek world. This was an ancient civilization which pre-dated the greatness of Athens, Sparta and Corinth. In the Trojan wars - as described in Homer’s Iliad - the leader of the attacking Greek forces was king Agamemnon, ruler of Mycenae.

After your visit of Mycenae you will be transferred to the Ancient site of Epiduaurus. (the drive time is 1 hour)

Epidaurus was the mythical birth place of Apollo’s son: Asclepius god of medicine and healing. It was an independent city state which was small compared to its prominent neighbors Argolis, Sparta and Corinth, but its place in mythology ensured that the city would thrive as a medical center. Indeed one of Ancient Greece’s most important healing temples was built there and the city grew rich from donations which were brought by ailing patients hoping to recover their health.

After your visit you will be driven back to your hotel where your tour will end.

Tuesday May 9th: Transfer to Santorini

At 8:00 am you will meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will be transferred to the Athens International airport for your flight to Santorini (the drive time is 35 minutes)

Flight: Athens to Santorini

Time: Depart: 10:10 am | Arrive: 10:55 am

As you exit the luggage pickup area you will meet your driver and you will be transferred to your hotel.

Canaves Oia Suites
Superior Suite with plunge pool
Santorini…amazing views, romantic atmosphere, wild landscapes and a mysterious aura will embrace your arrival! A chic island which perfectly combines the dark volcanic beaches with the cliff hanging whitewashed houses and unforgettable sunsets. You will taste awarded local wines in elegant restaurants, you can enjoy a day trip to the volcano and the beaches with your private yacht or you can just relax with a cocktail listening classic music at Franco’s… An introduction which will indulge all your senses!

Wednesday May 10th: Island Tour of Santorini

In ancient Greece Santorini was known as ‘Strongili’ meaning: round. It was a large and wealthy island. However, about 3,600 years ago, at the height of the Minoan civilization, it was torn apart by a tremendous volcanic eruption. The devastating explosion literally ripped the island to pieces and where land stood, Santorini’s famous caldera was created.

You will drive south across the island and your first stop will be the archeological site of Akrotiri.

Akrotiri is a 5,000 year old Minoan settlement which has been preserved in ash. Indeed the town was entirely buried in the great volcanic eruption and remained untouched until it was discovered in 1967. This was possibly the most technologically advanced city of its time. The ruins are very well preserved: streets, buildings, stairs and even second floors of buildings are still visible. Here you can look at Minoan pottery and frescoes, and with a little imagination, feel what it would have been like to live in ancient Greece so many years ago.

After your visit you will proceed to the village of Pyrgos. This charming settlement dates from medieval times and is located on a hill overlooking the island. At the highest point stand the ruins of a Venetian castle and below it the village of Pyrgos.

You will then proceed a small distance to the village of Megalochori and the Venetsano winery which is located on its outskirts. Megalochori is one of the more traditional and quieter villages of the island. Here you will enjoy a short walk through the ancient streets of the village and discover Santorini as it once was. You will have the opportunity to see dwellings which were built in the traditional Cycladic architecture and to walk through the tight streets which were designed as such in order to make the village more defendable against pirate attacks.

Thursday May 11th: Cooking Experience

At 9:30 am you will be picked up from your hotel and you will begin your Cooking Experience.

A blend of Santorini’s best tastes and flavors with a “touch” of your effort to cook authentic Santorinian recipes are the main ingredients of the experience that is the Cooking & Tasting Experience Tour. The tour includes the a visit to a winery, a local farm, and a hands-on cooking lesson, by local experts, along with information about the local wines and finally, the pleasure of enjoying your gastronomic creations.

After the cooking demonstration you will return to your hotel where your tour will end.

Friday May 12th: Semi-Private Sunset Tour

This cruise, which lasts about 5 hours combines swimming and snorkelling, dinner on board and sailing across the sea while the sun is setting. During your tour you will have the opportunity to visit the Hot Springs, sail past the Volcano and admire the beautiful coastline and beaches, while swimming at various locations at your leisure. As the sun is setting you will make your way back towards the port and enjoy the dreamy view. The cruise includes dinner and drinks on board.

Saturday May 13th: Option 1: Mykonos

In the morning you will meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will be transferred to the Santorini port for your ferry to Mykonos.

Ferry: Santorini to Mykonos

Time: Depart: 11:00 am | Arrive: 1:30 pm Seats: VIP

As you exit the port you will meet your driver and be transferred to your hotel.

Belvedere Boutique Hotel
Standard Room Sea View
Mykonos is probably the most famous between the Greek islands… and not without a cause… With its giant whitewashed windmills and chapels scattered along the countryside, divine sandy beaches, unique Cycladic architectural style, wild, cosmopolitan nightlife, endless entertainment opportunities, yummy local delicacies and countless gastronomic restaurants!

Sunday May 14th and Monday May 15th: days at leisure

Today you will have the opportunity to enjoy your hotel and island at leisure.

Saturday May 13th: Option 2: Chania Crete

In the afternoon you will meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will be transferred to the Santorini port for your ferry to Heraklion.

Ferry: Santorini to Heraklion

Time: Depart: 5:25 pm | Arrive: 6:50 pm Seats: VIP

As you exit the port you will meet your driver and you will be transferred to Chania. (the drive time is 1 hour and 45 minutes)

Exuding a Venetian charm, Chania is the second largest city of the island and one of the most favorable tourist destinations. Scenic monasteries, traditional houses and elegant mansions in the old town and stunning landscapes allure visitors with their historical magnificence and their mystical ambience.
Casa Delfino
Presidential Suite

Sunday May 14th: Tour of Chania

In the morning you will meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel and you will begin your tour of Chania.

You will visit the most important sites of the town, such as the Venetian fortifications, the Arsenals, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the Roman Catholic cathedral, the old Jewish and Turkish quarters behind the inner harbor. The tour will also bring out plenty of hidden spots off the beaten track, which reflect the mix of influences that has given Chania its very unique atmosphere.

Monday May 15th: Tour Cretan Villages

At 9:00 am you will meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will set off on your tour.

Driving towards the Akrotiri peninsula, our fist visit is to the monastery of Agia Triada Tzagarolon. Built in the 17th century, with a majestic cruciform church, it is set on a wonderfully overgrown landscape of olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees. Continuing our drive towards the verdant province of Apokoronas, we will stop by the Fortress of Koules, set on an impressive hillside position, a great vista point. Our next stop is at the tiny Maheri, one of the most authentic and unspoilt Cretan villages for a stroll around its alleys and refreshments at a typical ‘kafenion’.
The tour will then take us further inland and we will visit the studio & home of a known local ceramicist. Continuing our scenic drive along the foothills of the White Mountains, we will stop for a delicious rustic meal at a family-run tavern, located on a privileged vista point overlooking the valley and the sea beyond. Late afternoon return at your hotel.

Tuesday May 16th: Departure

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

As you exit the gate of the plane you will meet your porter who will assist with your baggage, luggage and check-in for your flight on wards.

End of program

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