|VIP private home pick-up service|
|Services of a tour director|
|Free Wi-Fi on coach|
|Individual audio system|
|All airport taxes|
Get picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point (within 50 miles).
Meals included: 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Fly to Athens where you will meet your Tour Director, travelling companions and enjoy a welcome drink.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the world-famous Acropolis, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the Temple of Athena Nike, and enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Old Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner outing to try out the local fare.
Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal, then visit Ancient Corinth, where St. Paul preached. Two highlights today: Mycenae, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendours so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, known as the Treasury of Atreus; Lion Gate, Europe's oldest known monument; the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace, and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. Also, visit the museum. Then, a short drive to Epidaurus for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theatre.
Spectacular scenery on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Then, spend the afternoon in Olympia, where the athletes of antiquity competed in honour of the King of Deities. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also, visit the Museum that displays Praxiteles' magnificent statue of Hermes. Tonight, enjoy a cooking demonstration and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetiser.
Via the busy seaport of Patras, proceed to mystic Delphi. The afternoon is devoted to a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the excavations. End the day with a visit to the Archeological Museum to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. A highlight this evening is a dance lesson, where you'll learn how to dance the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek, accompanied by a glass of the traditional Ouzo.
Leave fascinating Delphi behind you this morning and head back to Athens stopping en-route at the pretty town of Arachova located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, boasting panoramic views. Stroll around the town and admire the picturesque architecture before arriving in Athens with time to do some last-minute exploring on your own. Tonight, enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Accommodation will be as stated or similar.
This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.
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