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Byzantine Culture of Central Greece - 9 days tour

 

Day 1. Arrival / Athens.
Arrival at the Athens airport. Welcome assistance and transfer to the hotel in Athens. Short briefing about your tour and rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2. Athens / Athens.Erechtion
The day is dedicated to the city of Athens. Departing from our hotel, we will take a panoramic tour of Athens, passing by the House of Parliament and the tomb of the Unknown soldier, the Presidential Palace, Panathinaikon stadium, Hadrian's Arch, and other main landmarks of Athens. Soon we will arrive under the sacred rock of Acropolis. Here we will visit the ruins of Parthenon, the Erechtheion and the Propylaea. On our exit we shall stop at Mars Hill where Paul delivered his well-known sermon, and start descending towards the Agora, the ancient market where Paul spoke to the Athenians. Afternoon will be free to explore more of the city of Athens or visit the old part of the city, the so called Plaka.

OsiosLoukasDay 3. Ossios Loukas, Arachova, Delphi / Delphi.
We leave Athens behind as we head north. First stop on our way is the monastery of Ossios Loukas famous for the precious and unique mosaics. The road leads through the picturesque village of Arachova, to Delphi, the "omphalos" (navel) of the earth. We will admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, and the museum of Delphi. Overnight.

 

 

Day 4. Kalambaka, Meteora / Kalambaka.MeteoraMonastery
We continue our drive northwards to arrive in Kalambaka. After our lunch stop our coach will climb up to Meteora. Byzantine monasteries perched high on top of gigantic rocks stand ageless among striking scenery. We shall visit at least two of the monasteries and marvel outstanding views before we return to Kalambaka for overnight.

Day 5. Metsovo, Ioannina / Ioannina.
As we head west crossing the winding road of the mountains of central Greece, we arrive at the village of Metsovo. Hidden and isolated, this is one of the most beautiful villages of the Greek countryside. Pebble paved streets, wooden houses and typical unspoiled local color fascinate the visitor. Wander around the little village and enjoy this unique typical Greek atmosphere before we continue on to Ioannina. We tour the beautiful city built around a lake and board the local boats that will take us on a small island in the middle of the lake to enjoy our lunch. Return to the city of Ioannina and settle to our hotel. Overnight.

NekromantioDay 6. Nikopolis, Nekromandio / Ioannina.
We begin our day with a visit to ancient and Byzantine Nikopolis located on the peninsula of Preveza, in SW Epirus and covering an area of 900 hectares. It was founded by Octavianus, after the naval battle of Actium, in 31 B.C. The city enjoyed special political and financial privileges, had its own mint and every four years celebrated the Actia, festivals including athletic, musical and racing contests. The city continued to be inhabited during the Byzantine period. We shall visit the Odeum, the north Thermae, the theater, the Nymphaeum, and local Basilicas before we continue for a drive to Nekromandio (Oracle of the dead) at Acheron which was the most famous of its kind in antiquity. The majority of the findings belong to the period of the flourishing of the sanctuary, in the 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C. but objects dating from the end of the 4th or the beginning of the 3rd century were also uncovered. A polygonal circuit wall, a courtyard and several rooms were added to the building at the end of the 3rd century B.C. We will return to Ioannina for some free time to wander in the city. Overnight.

Day 7. Naupaktos, Rion-Antirion canal / Athens.
We slowly take the road back to Athens. On our way we will stop in the beautiful seaside village of Naupaktos, dominated by its Byzantine castle. After our lunch we continue crossing the Rion-Antirion canal to arrive in Athens early in the evening. Overnight in Athens.

Day 8. Cruise Aegina, Poros, Hydra / Athens.Hydra
This day is at leisure. We suggest to follow our optional one day cruise to the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. We will have the chance to discuss all we've seen during our tour, while cruising the Saronic gulf waters. Live shows on board the cruise ship and seated lunch will ease our day. In the afternoon we will return to Athens.

Day 9. Departure.
Should the time allows, we shall take our last walks in the streets of Athens before we board our coach for the transfer to the Athens airport. Departure.