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Winter in Greece - 4 nights Athens & 1 night Olympia & 1 night Delphi & 1 night Kalambaka
Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities, is the capital and largest city of Greece, dominating the Attica region. Arrival at the airport which is named Elefthérios Venizélos, started operating in 2001 and it is about 30 km from Athens. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Athens.
The contrast between the monuments of a glorious past and the modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy most during your tour of Athens. City tours. Overnight in Athens.
After breakfast, pick up from your hotel and departure to Epidaurus through the Corinth Canal (short stop). In Epidaurus you will visit the Ancient theater, famous the world over for its outstanding acoustics. Continuing your trip to Nafplio(short stop) and through the plain of Argos, we arrive to Mycenae. Visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. In the afternoon (optional stop for souvenirs), depart for Olympia, the birth place of the Olympic Games, through the cites of Tripoli and Megalopolis (short stop). Overnight in Olympia.
After breakfast, pick up from your hotel to continue with your guided coach tour. Olympia was the most celebrated sanctuary as well as the most important religious and athletic center of ancient Greece. Visit the Archaeological Site & the Museum and then drive via Patras to Rion, across the channel to Antirrion on the new State of the Art suspended bridge. Arrive in Nafpaktos, then continue to Delphi. Dinner and overnight in Delphi.
Situated at the foot of Mount Parnassos lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Visit to the archaeological site and the Museum where one can see, among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer, dedicated to Apollo. After our visit, we depart for Kalambaka through Amphisa, Lamia and Trikala. Dinner & Overnight in Kalambaka.
Today we will see one of the most amazing places in Greece – Meteora, which means “suspended in the air”. There were no steps and the main access to the monasteries was by means of a net that was hitched over a hook and hoisted up by rope and a hand cranked windlass to winch the towers overhanging the chasm. Monks descended in the nets or on retractable wooden ladders, up to 40m long, to the fertile valleys below to grow grapes, corn and potatoes. Each community developed its own resources and by the end of the 14th century, the Grand Meteoron emerged as the dominant community. After our visits, we start the drive back to Athens, passing through Thermopylae and Kamena Vourla. Overnight in Athens.
Transfer to the airport.