Athens Airport – El. Venizelos
Arrival at the Athens airport, welcome assistance and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Athens.
The day is dedicated to exploring the city of Athens. We will begin with a panoramic tour passing by the most important monuments and landmarks of the city. We will marvel the Panathinaikon stadium (the marble stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896), pass by the ex Royal Palace and today the Prime Minister’s residence, the Zappeion (ex Royal gardens and today conference and exhibition hall), the temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament with the tomb of the unknown soldier guarded by the colorful Evzones, Schliemann’s house, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the old Parliament, Constitution (Syntagma) square and St. Paul’s church. Our panoramic tour will end at the Acropolis, for our guided visit, including the Propylae, the temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, the Erechtheion. Later, we will walk through Herodion and Dionysos theater to the nearby museum of Acropolis. Voted one of the best museums in the world, the museum will impress you with numerous exhibits such as votives, statues from archaic period, the Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze. Rest of the day will be at leisure. In the evening, you will enjoy a dinner along with live Greek music and traditional folk dances, in a typical Greek restaurant in Plaka area. Overnight in Athens.
Breakfast and morning at leisure to explore more of the city on your own or for some shopping. In the afternoon we will be visiting Cape Sounion with the Temple of Poseidon. Cape Sounion is located at the southern-most tip of Attica some 70 kilometers from the center of Athens. We will be driving along the coastal road of Attica, passing through some of the most prestigious suburbs of Athens, like Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza. The temple of Poseidon is built on the top of a high rock, offering stunning panoramic views to the Aegean sea, and on a clear day you can spot up to 7 of the Cycladic islands. Return to our hotel in Athens for overnight.
Breakfast and day at leisure for your own activities and explorations of the city. Alternatively we suggest to follow an optional day cruise to the Saronic gulf islands. You will visit the famous islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina. During the cruise you will enjoy a lunch on board, and you will have the chance to learn some of the famous Greek dances! You will also have free time on each island to explore at your own pace. Return back to Athens in the evening. Overnight in Athens.
Breakfast and at the appropriate time, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.