Every Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday and Saturday until Oct 2019
Day 1: Athens -
Corinth Canal – Epidaurus – Nauplia – Mycenae - Olympia
Starting from Athens we drive westwards along
the scenic coast, until we reach the Corinth Canal for a short stop to
enjoy its breathtaking views. The Corinth Canal is an international sea
transport junction and serves ships coming from the western
Mediterranean and Adriatic. Continue along the coastal road of the
Saronic Gulf to Epidaurus for a visit. The theatre of the ancient city
is well preserved. Apart from a few rows of seats, it is made of
limestone. The theater has exceptional acoustics, which permit almost
perfect audibility of unamplified spoken word from the stage to all
12,000 spectators, regardless of their seating. Then depart for
first capital of Greece in 1829 for a
short stop before we drive to Mycenae. 'Rich in Gold', the kingdom of
the mythical Agamemnon,
Homer’s epics, is the most important and richest palatial center of the
Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest
civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization.
In the afternoon we depart for Olympia.
Dinner & Overnight.
Day 2: Olympia -
Olympia was dedicated to the father of all gods, Zeus. It sprawls over
the southwest foot of Mount Kronios, at the confluence of the Alpheios
and the Kladeos rivers, in a lush, green landscape. Although secluded
near the west coast of the Peloponnese, Olympia became the most
important religious and athletic center in Greece. Its fame rests upon
the Olympic Games, the greatest and highly prestigious festival, held
every four years to honor Zeus.
Visit the Archaeological Site & the
Museum and then drive via Patras and Rion, across the channel to
Antirion on the new suspension bridge considered. Arrive in Nafpaktos
(drive through) then continue to Delphi. Dinner & Overnight.
Day 3: Delphi -
Situated at the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the
twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of
Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was
regarded as the center of the world. According to mythology, it is here
that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to
find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a
most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and
religious center and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of
the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the
Olympics. Visit the archaeological site and the Museum where one can see
among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the
‘Charioteer’ dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in
478 B.C. after he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. This
incomparable statue is a representative example of the Attic style.
After the visits and some leisure time we start the drive to Kalambaka
for a short visit of the village upon arrival. Dinner & Overnight.
4:Kalambaka - Meteora
Today we will see one of the most amazing
places in Greece – Meteora. Meaning ‘suspended in air’ the name Meteora
soon came to encompass the entire rock community of 24 monasteries, the
biggest and most important group of monasteries in Greece after those in
Mount Athos 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 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 Meteoran emerged as the dominant community. The rock
monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of
cultural heritage. After visits start the drive back to Athens passing
through Thermopylae for a short stop. This visit sometimes can take
place the third day.
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